RV Camping and NASCAR Racing – Destination Daytona

A fun and fast way to spend your holiday: come to Daytona for the Daytona Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR race, July 5th-7th at the Daytona International Speedway. One of NASCAR’s most anticipated events, the Coke Zero Sugar 400, brings together NASCAR racing under the lights with pageantry and patriotism to make for an Independence Day weekend celebration unlike any other.

This fan-favorite event includes some of the most exciting racing of the season as drivers battle three-wide for a coveted DAYTONA victory. Pack up your cooler, swimming pool and RV, and be sure to bring your family and friends as the holiday weekend and friendly prices truly make this a family event.

You could build a week-long vacation around this exciting event to take time to enjoy some of the sights in addition to the race at the Space Coast.

First, here are a few of the highlights of this exciting three day racing event:

On July 5th, you can enjoy NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice as well as the NASCAR Racing Experience Ride-Along Program at Daytona. All this week the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) offers its Fanzone hands-on racing experience.

On Friday the 6th, there is more Ride-Along time as well as the Midway and the UNOH Fanzone. Then the NASCAR XFINITY Qualifying race, followed by Monster Energy Cup Series Qualifying race and then in the evening is the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 race.

And finally on the 7th, (the Big race day), you can enjoy a concert by Josh Turner, multi-platinum, Nashville-based singer before the race. The big race starts at 7 pm: the 60th Annual Coke Zero Sugar 400, followed by evening fireworks after the race is complete.

For more details about the race schedules, the entertainment and the venue of Daytona International Speedway, see their website.

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway

 Camping Spots Nearby:

1) You can camp right in the middle of the track if you book early enough: Any DAYTONA veteran will tell you that you haven’t truly experienced the “World Center of Racing” until you’ve loaded up the RV, called up your closest friends and set up camp somewhere in the 180-acre infield. You can camp from the 4th of July to the 8th right in the track.

Surrounded by DAYTONA’s famous 31-degree banked turns, you’ll find that there’s far more happening at DAYTONA than just three-wide racing. Devoted race fans from all over the world descend upon every inch of the infield, creating a rich communal atmosphere from campsite-to-campsite.

Whether you’re in a decked out motor coach or a tent is more your style, DAYTONA offers a camping option that puts you right next to all the history and heritage that’s made this place world-famous. For more details, see their website.

If Daytona Speedway is all booked, you can still park your RV nearby at a number of campgrounds in the Daytona area or just a bit south at New Smyrna Beach.

You can also check these out:

2) Daytona Racetrack RV- closest campground to the Speedway – located just across the street.

3) Finishline Park

4) International RV Park and Campground of Daytona Beach

5) Daytona Speedway RV

Other Sights to See Around Volusia County

While here, take time to enjoy some of the other sights and natural beauty of Florida’s Space Coast.

1) Lighthouse Point Park

Lighthouse Point Park is at the southern tip of Ponce Inlet. The natural beauty of the undisturbed land has been preserved for all to enjoy. Dolphins frequent the shoreline, gopher tortoises can be found in sandy areas, and other wildlife (including raccoons, possums, skunks, armadillos, shore birds and birds of prey) can be observed. Lighthouse Point Park is one of the few County parks where man’s best friend may enjoy the amenities. However, pets must be leashed at all times.

2) Smyrna Dunes Park

Visitors to Smyrna Dunes Park may arrive by land or by sea. Perched on 73 acres of pristine land at the northern tip of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula, the area is surrounded by water on three sides. Waters from the Indian River flow through Ponce Inlet and into the Atlantic Ocean providing a variety of fishing or swimming venues for park goers.

The park also provides a unique opportunity to see a wide variety of animals, birds, reptiles, marine life and vegetation in their natural habitat. The surrounding waters provide excellent fishing, boating and swimming opportunities.

3) Cape Canaveral National Seashore

Located about 30 miles south of Daytona is this unique national treasure. You can even enjoy backcountry camping here if you like, just in view of the launching pad of Kennedy Space Center. Check out their website for more details.

4) Daytona Beach

Don’t forget the beach! Daytona is one of the prettiest beaches on Florida’s east coast and one of the only ones that still allows motorists to drive right on the sand. Sunbathers and swimmers can park their vehicles within 30 yards of the surf, enjoying the convenience of having their car parked nearby.

Need an RV?

To rent an RV for your trip, check our Orlando RV Rentals location.

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NASCAR RV Tailgating Vacation at Chicagoland

Chicagoland Hosts 6 Solid Days of NASCAR Racing Fun

Been dreaming about watching not one but four NASCAR races in one long weekend? How about 4th of July weekend in Chicago?

If you are a NASCAR fan anywhere in the Midwest, you can experience Chicagoland Speedway’s NASCAR weekend (for almost a week) from June 27th to July 2nd. Get up close and personal to your favorite drivers; experience a pre-race drivers’ meeting as if you were a racer, and enjoy the 400 Pre-Race Concert, featuring Randy Houser.

NASCAR Tailgating Party

NASCAR Tailgating Party

Not only that, but you can actually camp at the Speedway for the whole long weekend. RV campers can park for the full four race dates from June 28th to July 1st or stay the whole long weekend from the 27th of June to the 2nd of July.

CAMPING

Camp Wednesday through Monday morning and enjoy four races as NASCAR’s stars come to this magnificent mile and a half.

With over 1,800 campsites in four different campgrounds, you will find easy camping within earshot of the world’s greatest drivers leaving their best on the track.  Plus, don’t miss the camper-only parties, music, giveaways and so much more!

Camping at Chicagoland Speedway offers:

  • Complimentary community Wi-Fi hot spots
  • Campground entertainment
  • Campground concessions and convenience store
  • Welcome party and campground activities
  • Dedicated guest parking and shuttle service
  • Close to the track and Champions Park with on-site shuttle service
  • Campground amenities including complimentary shower facilities
  • Free tow vehicle parking (One vehicle per parking spot)
  • Group areas

Below is a brief outline of your RV Camping options at the Speedway. For all pricing and details please see their website.

INFIELD CAMPING OPTIONS

Never want to miss a second of the action from the comfort of your campsite?  Then Gecko RV Park is for you!  Be in the middle of the action with a trackside or non-trackside Infield RV campsite, with one of the best views at Chicagoland Speedway.  Your Infield RV space gives you a 360 degree view of racing action from right atop your camper!  Get one of the best NASCAR Camping Experiences available now.

GECKO PARK LOWER RIDGE

Stay in Lower Ridge, Chicagoland Speedway’s backstretch campground! Complete with 30-amp electric, experience an exciting NASCAR atmosphere in this RV campground.  Never miss a moment of all the racing action by staying on property. Plus you are just feet away from the nearest tram stop to get you to and from your seats for every race!

GECKO PARK LAKESIDE

If you want to watch the racing from the grandstands but stay on property, GEICO Park Lakeside is a great option for you!  Never have to worry about traffic and enjoy all the best aspects of this NASCAR race weekend.  Have easy access to the shuttle stop, convenience store, post-race concerts and so much more!

GECKO RIDGE, AKA SPEEDWAY RIDGE

So close you can smell the burning rubber! This is Chicagoland Speedway’s premier camping option. GECKO RIDGE (Speedway Ridge) is located between Turns 2 & 3 on the backstretch.  Each space provides the ultimate race fan a panoramic view of the racing action over the entire race weekend. You get all the convenience of camping without ever missing the cars on track.

FAMILY CAMPING

If you want to bring your family to the track and be a part of a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, this is the spot for you. Located in the quiet corner of the GEICO Park Lakeside campground, you’ll never have to worry about traffic and enjoy all the best aspects of this NASCAR race weekend. Have easy access to the shuttle stop, convenience store, post-race concerts and so much more! 

More family camping amenities will be announced soon. Check their website for updates and details.

Billed as the ultimate pre-race experience, this long weekend includes a cold garage pass, which means you get access to the pits, except when the cars are hot; usually this is up to a half-hour before the race.

If you and your family are racing fans, what better way to spend your 4th of July weekend than watching NASCAR races with other fans? This could be an experience you and your family will remember for a long time to come.

Need an RV to experience the fun? To find out about renting an RV from our Chicago West RV Rentals, El Monte RV location, please click here.

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Memorial Day Racing RV Vacation

The Charlotte Motor Speedway is home to some of the best auto racing in the Carolinas. Located outside Charlotte, North Carolina the racetrack was built in 1959 and has been hosting NASCAR races since 1960. The racetrack is 1.5 miles long. A revolutionary lighting system installed in 1992 allowed Charlotte Motor Speedway to become the first modern speedway to host night racing.

NASCAR Tailgating Party

NASCAR Tailgating Party

There is much more to do besides watch the race. The speedway has a Fan Zone which is a 10-acre area just outside the main entrance. Racing fans can play interactive games and purchase NASCAR merchandise. Kids will enjoy the bounce houses, petting zoo, and face painting located in the Play Zone.

The Coca-Cola 600 race is part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Tickets are on sale now for the May 27th event. This year the Eli Young Band will be the pre-race concert and is included when you purchase race tickets.

Many people who attend the race make a week of it and camp while they are there. Check out the speedway’s camping rules here. 

There are different campgrounds to suit your family’s needs: 

Turn 4 Family Campground:

This is a popular, family-friendly campground. It is perfect for families of all sizes and is especially suitable for children. Quiet time is observed daily. The campground is located near the Turn 4 grandstands and is a standard, no-hookup facility. However, there are modern restrooms/showers located nearby.

Tim Flock Campground:

This is a centrally located, standard no-hookup campground. It is located near a convenience store and gas station. Campsites are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Extra tow vehicle passes can be purchased.

Morehead Farms Camp:

This standard, no-hookup campground is located on the backside of the speedway. It is a short 15-minute walk to the track and trams also run before and after the race. If you like a more secluded campsite, this will suit you.

Rock City Campground:

Located less than a mile from the front stretch, this is the best campground for partying with family and friends. It is a standard, no-hookup campground. A tram runs from Rock City to the speedway before and after the race.

Infield Camping:

If you would like to be in the middle of the action, then this is the place for you. There are premium RV sites that offer electric only. You can view the race on the huge HDTV in the infield. These campsites are ideal for entertaining clients or visiting with family and friends.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway’s philosophy is to make a fan’s visit the experience of a lifetime, whether it be watching the race, playing in the Fan Zone, looking through NASCAR memorabilia, viewing the race on the world’s largest HDTV, or camping right in the middle of all the action.

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NASCAR RV Camping—The Ultimate Racing Experience

NASCAR Tailgating Party

NASCAR Tailgating Party

Set up your motorhome inside Turn One at the speedway and you’ll soon understand why RV camping at a NASCAR race is the ultimate experience for racing fans. Whether you camp in the infield, next to the grandstand or in a lakeside campground adjacent to the speedway, RV camping NASCAR fans take racing mania to a whole new level.

Ready to find out why? Here are the top ten things you need to know about camping in a motorhome at a NASCAR track.

  1. Some tracks have a waitlist or book their campsites months in advance. Check your track’s website for details on when a campsite can be reserved.
  2. Several venues for RV camping may be available at your favorite track—in the infield, on a terrace overlooking the racetrack, or even at campgrounds run by nearby sponsors/partners of the speedway. Depending on your camping budget, you can get as up-close-and-personal as you’d like to racing action.
  3. Know the rules for your campground before you go—things like whether external speakers are allowed, if motorized scooters and golf carts can be brought on racetrack property, what kind of coolers are allowed at the track, where towed vehicles should be parked and the hours quiet rules are enforced are important to know to keep things running smoothly during race week.
  4. The fan pages on NASCAR track websites are a great source of information for new NASCAR campers. Ask veteran fans your questions and get advice on how to maximize the fun.
  5. Knowing what to pack is the foundation of any great RV vacation, and that goes for NASCAR camping, too.
  6. If you don’t own an RV, but love the idea of camping at the races, we can help. Renting an RV for a NASCAR vacation is easy and affordable.
  7. Services for NASCAR campers vary depending on the type of RV camping you’ve reserved at the track, from port-a-jons at every campsite to full-service hookups. You’ll also find a wide range of amenities to enhance your camping experience. Dover International Speedway, for example, offers RV camping race fans mobile pumping service and water delivery as well as a huge grocery tent with everything you’ll need for camping and tailgating during race week.
  8. And speaking of tailgating, what could you cook up in a fully-equipped motorhome kitchen? Use these tips to get your menu started, and don’t be afraid to experiment. You might just become a racetrack legend for your burgers, brats or muffalettas!
  9. If you’re ready to turn your next camping trip into a NASCAR vacation, there are plenty of places to visit. Did you know there are more than one hundred tracks in 38 states, as well as Mexico and Canada? Use this list of NASCAR tracks to start planning your next RV camping vacation at the track.
  10. What if you find you love NASCAR camping enough to buy season tickets? That’s a great idea! You’ll find that season camping passes have perks, like two tickets for the races or the chance to purchase additional tickets for your guests.

Traveling to a NASCAR race in RV comfort, and camping close to the action with a whole lot of friendly racing fans can bring new meaning to ‘vacation’ for your family. Pick a race, get tips from motorhome camping NASCAR fans and reserve your campsite and an RV rental for race week. You know you want to!

Photo credits:  Wikimedia Commons

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A Winter RV Adventure to Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Oceanfront View, Myrtle Beach Alongside Ocean Boulevard

Oceanfront View, Myrtle Beach Alongside Ocean Boulevard

Who would have thought that Myrtle Beach, South Carolina would be a wonderful winter destination for an RV adventure? It is all about the beach, right? And who is going to swim in the ocean in the wintertime? Well, Myrtle Beach is most definitely a great winter vacation spot, with plenty of attractions and fun to keep the entire family entertained for hours and days on end.

Of course, the beach is one of the best parts of Myrtle Beach. There are sixty miles of sand with the crashing waves of the Atlantic an inspiring sight. Beach combing is always fun, finding those gems among the sandy stretches. This time of year the daytime temperatures get up in the 70s and nights sink into the 50s. Ideal weather to get outside and get some sun during the day without getting too hot!

First find your RV camping spot so you can get settled in and prepare for days of fun. You may like to stay directly on the beach at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, winner of National RV Park of the Year awards over and over again. Then you should meander over to the boardwalk to get your first introduction to this marvelous place. At the long Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade you will truly get to discover the coastline and true beauty of this South Carolina gem.

A great treat for the kids, the Children’s Museum of SC has an abundance of exhibits that inspire the imagination. There are interactive programs that invite the little ones (and the adults) to touch explore and play. Get a little more serious about the history of our navel heroes as you explore the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Learn some historic stories of honest and brave men and women.

Once done absorbing the past of this region, you may be ready for a little excitement. At Myrtle Beach Adrenaline Adventures you will never experience zipline fun like you will find here. This will get the blood flowing and the limbs nimble. Start with a 600-foot trip from one tower to another and finish off with a free-fall from the top of a 60-foot tower. A little less heart-pounding but fun nevertheless is the Myrtle Beach Skywheel. Get ready for breathtaking views.

Check out Myrtle Beach Speedway to see what events are happening during your stay. You wouldn’t want to miss any super NASCAR races or other thrilling shows. Then head over to the Wheels of Yesteryear where you can see some impressive collections of classic cars. And to get the flavor of even earlier times, explore all there is to see at the Hopsewee Plantation, built forty years before the Revolutionary War.

More outdoor fun awaits at the Brookgreen Gardens with an incredible zoo and gardens and at the Huntington Beach State Park where you can fit in some bird watching. And before you leave to go home, drive over to Myrtle Beach State Park and say so long to the ocean and to the long days of relaxation. It has been an incredibly satisfying RV vacation!

Picture credits: The oceanfront picture of Myrtle Beach is by Phil Guest and is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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Jacksonville by RV – Top 10 Places to Go

Jacksonville, Florida, an RV-friendly city, is home to outdoor recreation, natural wonders and RV parks that demonstrate pure Southern hospitality. An RV rental is the beginning of fun in the sun, and here are ten exciting places you’ll want to go.

  1. Beaches Town Center, at the heart of Atlantic and Neptune Beaches, is the gateway to days of adventure. Restaurants, shops and, of course, the beautiful Northeast Florida beaches offer your RV camping crew the chance to do it all.
  2. Boating the Intracoastal Waterway is a wonderful way to get to know Jacksonville. The Intracoastal actually runs from Norfolk, VA all the way to Miami, with plenty of ways to experience the southern Atlantic Coast if you’d like to venture beyond Jacksonville. For Intracoastal angling action, charter a Jacksonville fishing excursion and get ready to reel in the big ones!
  3. Cumberland Island National Seashore – Run across the state line to historic St. Mary’s, Georgia and take the ferry to Cumberland Island. Much more than just a scenic island, this site offers RVers the chance to bike, hike, visit historic sites and photograph a wide variety of wildlife. May we suggest a stay at Jacksonville North/St. Mary’s KOA?
  4. Daytona Speedway Racing – An hour and a half down the road in Daytona, race fans will find the home of the Daytona 500. Daytona International Speedway hosts blazing NASCAR action, thrilling bike racing events and some of the top IMSA events in the country.
  5. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, seventy miles south of Jacksonville at Flagler Beach, is a delightful place to play in the waves. Fish, surf, swim or sit in the sun at this beautiful park tucked between the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway.
  6. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is located just north of Jacksonville at the Georgia State line. The granddaddy of all marshland preserves, it is a four hundred thousand acre wonderland of cypress forests, canals and wildlife-studded prairies. Come watch for alligators and sandhill cranes on a boat tour, hike the boardwalks that wind through the park or put a canoe in the water and paddle through unforgettable scenery. This is a “must-see” when you come to Jacksonville!
  7. Osceola National Forest – The bright blue waterways winding through this national forest west of Jacksonville set the stage for hiking, paddling or fishing. Camp at Ocean Pond Campground and slow down the pace to experience the cypress swamps and other unusual ecosystems that combine to create Osceola.
  8. Pecan Park Flea & Farmer’s Market – Love to shop for a bargain? Your North Florida shopping excursion isn’t complete without a stop at Pecan Park. Open weekends, this 700-plus vendor marketplace is North Florida’s largest. Stay right next door at Pecan Park RV Resort!
  9. Riverside Avondale District is an historic Jacksonville neighborhood filled with vintage architecture, the Riverside Arts Market, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and many other charming attractions throughout the district. Take the podcast guided walking tour to get the flavor of “Old Jacksonville.”
  10. Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve is a National Park Service site celebrating the coastal wetlands of Northeast Florida. You’ll find hiking trails, historic sites and places to paddle, swim and learn about Native American, early Florida and Civil War history. Campsites can be found within the Preserve’s boundaries at Little Talbot Island State Park. Don’t miss the beautiful beach at Huguenot Memorial Park, also part of the Timucuan complex.

All this and more are waiting for you in Jacksonville, Florida. Affordable RV camping makes this trip one we recommend to all our readers!

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Ten Places to Visit by RV Near Palmer, Texas

Traveling in Texas is always interesting, especially in the comfort of an RV rental. Palmer, Texas, just south of Dallas, is the perfect starting point for your Texas RV camping vacation. Here are ten places to visit by RV near Palmer, Texas that will keep your crew busy from dawn to dusk.

  1. Cedar Creek Reservoir, sixty miles south of Dallas, is an angling paradise, with largemouth bass, flatheads and black crappie galore. Camp at Lakeridge RV Park in Gun Barrel City for easy access to fishing action.
  2. Cedar Hill State Park is another excellent venue for fishing, boating, hiking, swimming and enjoying Texas outdoors. An on-site campground keeps your trip to Cedar Hill simple and affordable.
  3. Dallas Arts District is the largest such district in the nation, featuring nineteen blocks of galleries, shops, museums and outdoor features like sculpture gardens. Save on lodging with a Dallas RV rental and then indulge your artistic side with purchases from The District.
  4. Davy Crockett National Forest, two and half hours south of Palmer, TX, welcomes RVers to camp in the woods at Ratcliff Lake. Enjoy the trails, and swim, paddle or fish in this small woodland lake.
  5. First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas offers bargain shoppers the chance to visit hundreds of booths stocked by vendors from all over America. Held the Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of every month, it’s a Texas treat worth traveling to experience.
  6. Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District plunges visitors straight into the Wild West. This wild ‘n wooly entertainment district features some of the most sizzling nightlife in Texas. Come for the daytime history lesson and stay to visit exciting nighttime venues in an historic Western setting.
  7. Lake Whitney is the perfect place for RVers who enjoy developed campgrounds close to plenty of amenities. Southwest of Palmer on the Brazos River, Lake Whitney offers an amazing variety of RV campgrounds from which to choose.
  8. Richland Chambers Reservoir, an hour south of Palmer, promises excellent catfish, white bass and crappie fishing. Midway Landing on the lake provides not only RV campsites but everything a fisherman could possibly need to hit the water.
  9. Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington is a perennial Texas attraction. Ride the rides, see the shows and immerse yourself in “Tejas” culture, then go home to comfortable RV camping at Dallas/Arlington KOA.
  10. Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth is hallowed ground for NASCAR fans. They know they’ll always find great racing action and a wide selection of RV camping options at the track.

Isn’t it time for you to visit Palmer, Texas and its wide range of exciting attractions? It’s big, it’s Texas and it’s fantastic to visit by RV.

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Top Ten List of Places to See in Myrtle Beach

Experiencing South Carolina should definitely include a trip to Myrtle Beach on the state’s Atlantic Coast. Bright blue water, low country food and dozens of exciting attractions make this “Jewel of the Grand Strand” the ultimate sun ‘n fun vacation spot.

To help our readers plan their RV camping calendars, we’d like to share our Top Ten List of Places to See in Myrtle Beach.

  1. A Beach to Remember – Be prepared to play on a beautiful white sand beach when you come to Myrtle Beach. Rated one of the Best Beaches on the East Coast by the Travel Channel, Myrtle Beach is the perfect family playground. It’s ideal for parasailing, banana boat riding, scuba diving or just kicking around in the waves.
  2. Broadway at the Beach – This exciting ocean-side venue has something for everyone. Shops, restaurants, water and amusement parks and year-round festivals keep thousands of visitors flocking to Broadway at the Beach. A tip: treat yourself to Low Country cuisine, with regional favorites like “chicken bog” and fresh local seafood cooked to perfection.
  3. Family KingdomFamily Kingdom seaside amusement park is a delightful blend of old-fashioned amusements (try the Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster) and the latest in thrills (an 11-story “sling shot”!)
  4. Hunting Island State Park & Lighthouse – Climb to the top of this legendary light and get a bird’s eye view of the park‘s beautiful beach, a saltwater lagoon teeming with wildlife, a seaside campground and maybe even a loggerhead sea turtle!
  5. Myrtle Beach Casino Cruise – Myrtle Beach Casino Cruises are another star attraction, offering exciting gaming action while enjoying the view along the Little River Inlet.
  6. Myrtle Beach Golf Courses – Did you know more than one hundred golf courses are within easy reach of Myrtle Beach? Challenging public courses and private golf resorts with visitor privileges make this town a magnet for golf-playing vacationers. Check in at the Myrtle Beach Golf Association website if you’re hoping to hit the links on vacation.
  7. Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball – BB&T Coastal Field is home to great minor league baseball, thanks to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The team has made a name for themselves in the Carolina League, and baseball fans will want to take in a game while in town.
  8. Myrtle Beach RV Camping – When South Carolina rolls out the welcome mat to RV travelers, it does it with style. The RV resorts in this sun-drenched town are some of the best in the country. Consider these RV campground gems:
    • Lakewood Camping Resort – right on the Atlantic, with more than one thousand campsites and an amazing array of amenities.
    • Myrtle Beach KOA – friendly campground within walking distance of attractions your kids are going to love.
    • Ocean Lakes Family Campground – adjacent to a mile of soft sand beach and twice rated ARVC’s National RV Park of the Year.
  9. Myrtle Beach State ParkMyrtle Beach State Park is a wonderful spot to take the kids. Fish from the pier, hike the Sculptured Oak Nature Trail or visit the nature center. This beautiful beach front sanctuary includes an RV campground to make a visit even more attractive.
  10. NASCAR SpeedPark – Run off some vacation energy on the tracks at the family-fun NASCAR SpeedPark with plenty of thrills and spills!

There you have it, ten great reasons to go RV camping at Myrtle Beach, SC. Visit soon!

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RVing in Florida Offers A Range of Possibilities

Other than the Rockies or Sonoran desert, you can pretty much find any type of RVing option you’d like within the state of Florida. Many don’t think of the Sunshine State as having a diversity of environments, but in reality, it does.

And while I’m not strictly speaking in terms of natural wonders – no Rockies, cactus, or midwestern prairies, you will find forests, rivers, lakes, beaches, theme parks, race tracks, and even a wetland or two.

See, diversity…

So where should we begin? Lets make a north to south sweep of just some of the RVing choices, and you decide which environment is most appealing.

St. Augustine, in Florida’s northeast corner and roughly 40 miles from Jacksonville, is known for its historic foundation on the American shores of this “new world”. You’ll be able to view an historic fort, walk the generations old streets, and enjoy beaches first crossed by European explorers on your St. Augustine RV visit.

From the state park at Faver-Dykes, where a winding river and towering trees filled with local wildlife offer up fishing, canoeing, and more, to the family owned campground and fishing resort, where trees and the beautiful St. Johns River create a rustic background to your visit. From the beach front stroll to the tidal salt marsh of Anastasia State Park to a Stagecoach mere miles from the historic area, you’re sure to find a setting that feels both welcoming and inspiring.

For more on the St. Augustine area and RVing options, visit the Accomodations/Camping/ page of the St. Augustine Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, Florida website.

Pensacola, home of the Navy’s Blue Angel’s, great beaches, and plenty of history is a sure-fire, high energy, laid-back, sunset watching kind of spot.

This is Florida’s panhandle. Pensacola and its surrounding area offer a range of activities, budget sizes and outdoor activities to choose from, there are plenty of chances to tempt your tastes and peak your interests. The RVing is one of the options as well.

Cruise a river through the tall trees of the backcountry. Kayak, fish, hike, spot protected native species, swim, and explore. Discover America’s history, watch the Blue Angels, touch America in a way you never expected you’d find along the Gulf shores of Florida.

For more on the Pensacola area and its RV options, visit the camping page of their tourism site.

Daytona, known for one thing: speed. NASCAR has put this sandy little town on the map. Along with the main attraction – NASCAR racing – one can visit the Daytona International Speedway year round for its “experience”.

With plenty of other things to do in the area, Daytona isn’t necessarily just for speed, its just an awesome part of it. But there are things such as beaches, shopping, great food, and you’re not too far from the Kennedy Space Center. This is the eastern edge of Florida, and its a great RVing and travel destination.

For more on Daytona and RVing options, visit the Daytona International Speedway page or the Daytona Beach, Florida visitors site.

Walt Disney World & Fort Wilderness Resort. Let’s face it, no discussion of RVing in Florida would be complete without a look at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. One of the “original 3” resorts at the Disney complex, its still one of the most popular. No matter the time of year, people who stay here are friendly, loving the Mouse and his house, and are ready to not only enjoy their RVing experience, but the world of Disney as well.

Set in the heart of the WDW resort, campsites at Fort Wilderness are fully equipped, and only a boat ride away from all the magic. One of Disney & Florida’s best known and most beloved dinner shows has its home right here; the Hoop De Doo Review.

For more on Disney’s Fort Wilderness, and all you need to know about a Walt Disney World vacation, please visit the Fort Wilderness Resort website.

The Everglades. One of the most unique environments on earth, your stay in the Glades can last a few hours or several days. “Civilization” can be found on either end in either Miami to the east http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/Index.asp or Naples to the west, but in the heart of it all is the Glades.

Fishing, boating, air boat tours, wildlife watching are all apart of a Glades adventure. Whether stepping into the heart of the Glades or staying on the edges, whether searching for its rich native history, or seeking those illusive creatures that call this environ home, there is plenty to do.

For more on Everglades RVing, visit these sites: Lake Okeechobee Outpost, Miami Everglades, Everglades Holiday.

And don’t miss the Monty’s Musings – RV Travel Blog article: RV Camping to Everglades National Park.

Florida Keys. Capping off our RVing tour of Florida, we end at its end; the Florida Keys. Like a tail on a tiger, the Florida Keys are a range of energy, excitement, and power. They’re a lazy day under the sun, a pouncing delight, a delicious way to cap off a tasty adventure.

At the northern end, Key Largo with the excitement of diving John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park and the awe-inspiring Statue of Christ of the Abyss, where fish of many colors and coral in an array of patterns live and play. Islamorada and its world renown fishing, attracting fishermen and presidents for generations. Marathon at the middle, home of the Great American Road’s 7-Mile Bridge and close by, Dolphin Research Center. Big Pine Key and its natural, laid-back, less crowds, more natural kinda place. And Key West. The cap of America. Where being who you are and doing what you do isn’t a “thing,” its away of life.

These are the Florida Keys, and I’ve barely tapped the surface of this watery abyss of fun. Not only an amazingly fun and adventurous, romantic, family friendly or interesting place to visit, but an RVer’s delight.

For more on the Florida Keys and Key West, and RVing along the Keys, please visit the tourism website Florida Keys & Key West.

About the Author
Rori Paul, known around travel circles as RoriTravel, writes about Florida travel on her blog RoriTravel’s Florida, as well as shares more on Florida & travel on Twitter/RoriTravel & Facebook, RoriTravel’s Florida.

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RV Trip to NASCAR Hall of Fame Grand Opening

We have the perfect excuse for the ultimate RV road trip – the grand opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC! Imagine a trip that combines RV camping comfort with all the NASCAR-related events you can experience in one vacation. For those of you who simply must be in the crowd May 11 when the doors open at this NASCAR mecca, here are the details.

What & When: NASCAR Hall of Fame Grand Opening May 11, 2010
The fun starts at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 in front of the Museum with an opening ceremony on Ceremonial Plaza. Once the Museum is open, you can either purchase a ticket (or order one in advance) or hang out on Ceremonial Plaza, where driver appearances, autograph sessions and concerts will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. By the way, you should plan to spend at least three hours once inside the Museum in order to see all the interactive exhibits, memorabilia and multimedia presentations.

Where: Uptown Charlotte North Carolina
This state-of-the-art, 40,000 square foot museum celebrating everything NASCAR is located right in the heart of the action in Uptown Charlotte. Located at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard and Brevard Street, the museum is adjacent to the Charlotte Convention Center. The City of Charlotte, owner and operator of the Museum, has committed to offering the ultimate NASCAR experience to every fan.

It’s easily accessible from the John Belk Freeway, so you’ll find traveling to the NASCAR Hall of Fame a breeze. It’s also right on Charlotte’s LYNX light rail line.

Charlotte Area RV Camping Information
One Charlotte area campground has the added appeal of being located in a nature preserve. McDowell Nature Preserve Campground is located on the shores of Lake Wylie, and offers motorhome campers a chance to roam scenic trails, fish and observe the abundant wildlife.

Or if you’re traveling to the grand opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame with kids, why not make it a vacation for the record books by staying at Carowinds, the South’s premier amusement park? Camp Wilderness, Carowinds’ on-site RV campground, can be the center of your Charlotte stay, with its easy access to the City’s light rail system.

Join the race to Charlotte this May for the grand opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame! Traveling by RV makes going there easy, comfortable and affordable. We have El Monte RV Rental locations all over the country where you can rent the right RV for the trip. Ladies and gentleman, start your RV engines and make tracks for Charlotte for this premier NASCAR fan event!

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