Why You Should Take an RV on your Next Road Trip to Disney

Whether coming to America for a road trip to a Disney theme park, or heading out from your home base in the States, traveling there by RV makes sense. For lodging and travel, you can’t beat the comfort of a recreational vehicle. Traveling to your Disney destination by RV can also be a special time of family bonding, close enough to connect and roomy enough to prevent sibling squabbles.

Add that to the savings of renting a campsite versus staying in hotels and being able to cook some meals to stay on budget, and you’ll wonder why you’ve ever traveled any other way. Hold on as we share the details you’ll need to plan your next RV road trip to Disney. 

RV Camping to Disney World

One of the many reasons RVers love Disney World in Orlando, Florida is Fort Wilderness, Disney’s beautiful on-site resort and campground. Park among the trees in one of four levels of campsites, depending on your preferred camping style. You’ll be saving plenty to spend on Disney souvenirs, with campsite rental rates below $100 for the most premium amenities.

When you return from a thrilling day at Disney World, the kids won’t want to retire to the camper. Fort Wilderness offers more than seven-hundred wooded acres filled with hiking trails, swimming pools, a lake with boat, canoe and kayak rentals as well as fishing excursions, arcades, outdoor sports courts and many more ways to play back at the campground. This is one place the kids will beg to return to, thanks to the care Disney takes to make your camping experience memorable.

RV Camping Trip to Disneyland

The original Disney theme park, located in Anaheim, is a beloved destination for families traveling to California by RV. The Disneyland park doesn’t have on-site camping, but there’s no reason not to travel there by RV, thanks to several RV parks within a short drive.

Disneyland Castle

Disneyland Castle

Anaheim RV Park is directly across I-5 from Disneyland, offering camping within a shuttle ride or short walk to the park. Anaheim Harbor RV Park is just north of Disneyland, two blocks from I-5. Orangeland RV Park is about fifteen minutes east of the theme park, close to shopping and entertainment districts. One more choice for visitors who hope to enjoy the great outdoors while camping is Canyon RV Park, a thirty-minute drive from Disneyland via CA-91.

These RV parks close to Disneyland offer different levels of amenities, so be sure to check their websites for more information before making reservations. A quick check of hotels within the same proximity to Disneyland will let you know the rates can be hundreds of dollars per night, compared to an average rate of $75 per night for these campgrounds. By the way, if you’re arriving in a motorhome without a towed vehicle, there’s parking available in the ‘oversized vehicle’ lot right on the Disney property.

No matter which Anaheim campground you choose, the convenience and camaraderie of traveling together, having the option of preparing some of your meals and saving money while enjoying the legendary thrills of Disneyland make RV camping your best travel and lodging choice.

Ready to head for Orlando or Anaheim on your next RV camping vacation? We’re here to help with RV rentals! RV camping and Disney…it’s going to be one of your best vacation memories.

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5 Popular Tourist Attractions to Visit in Orange County on Your Next RV Trip

Orange County is one of the most popular tourist areas in California, and for good reason. Orange County offers the best of both worlds with sprawling natural landscapes, ever-growing cities, year-round festivities, and great places to eat. Taking an RV trip to Orange County is a no-brainer, but the real question is what should you do once you get there?

Unless you have a lot of time and money on your hands, there’s no way you will be able to see everything Orange County has to offer in one trip.  Of course, you could make the leap and move there, but not many people have the luxury of uprooting just to get a full experience. Assuming you only have a few days to tour Orange County, here are some of the top tourist attractions to check out.

  1. Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park - Anaheim, CA

Disneyland Park – Anaheim, CA

Orange County is most recognizable as the home of Disneyland. Thousands of people flood to this famed park each year, providing Orange County with the publicity it needs to draw tourists. Disneyland’s attractions continue to grow and evolve even today. Long-time staples like Mickey’s Toontown, Adventureland, and Tomorrowland are enough to bring people from all over to Orange County’s top theme park but newer classics such as Fantasy Faire work to draw even more tourism to the area.

Be sure to check out the RV parking situation before you arrive or plan to make camp at one of the nearby campgrounds.

  1. Mission San Juan Capistrano

This 200-year-old mission is now a monument to Orange County’s diverse past and present. Built by Spanish Catholic priests and Native Americans, the mission was once the center of a self-sufficient community involving agriculture, religion, education, and industry. The mission now offers a number of exhibits, some permanent and some temporary, to go alongside the building’s own historic attributes.

  1. Crystal Cove State Park

For a more natural destination, Crystal Cove has been designated a nature reserve where it fosters the growth of natural plants and animals in its forested canyons, stretches of beach, and tidal pools. It is popular for swimming, surfing, and tidal pool exploration. There are also a number of coves frequently used for after-dark bonfires. Spending a relaxing day at the beach can be a good way to unwind and recuperate from your trip to Disneyland. Just be sure to reserve a spot at the campground for your RV ahead of time!

  1. Huntington Beach Pier

If the ocean is your draw to California, Huntington Beach Pier is a must-visit. The surrounding city of Huntington is known as “Surf City” for the sheer number of surf-driven tourists. People come from all corners of the U.S. to catch a wave and enjoy some of the nation’s best surfing. The website for the famous pier is even updated three times a day for visitors to track the surfing conditions. If you do not surf but want to visit Orange County, now may be the time to learn. RVs are definitely welcome just be sure to check for parking restrictions.

  1. Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is a part of the enormous theme park that does not require tickets. You can stroll the pristine walkways and peruse the rows of shops, many containing Disney-related merchandise. It also offers the colors and flashiness of Disney without the theme park atmosphere. Entertainment such as night clubs, movie theaters, and live, outdoor shows can all be found in the Downtown Disney district.

Visiting or even moving to Orange County can be an extraordinarily rewarding experience. The area is rich with local culture, diversity, and events while still appealing to the tourist industry with its theme parks and beaches. Regardless of the time you spend in Orange County, it will be worth your while.

Catherine Workman grew up in a small town where she yearned to stretch her wings. Now that she’s left the nest, she spends every available weekend exploring different cities across the country and someday, across the world. She started WellnessVoyager.com with her friends to share her travels and experiences and hopes to inspire others to embrace the hidden gems of the world.

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Dallas/Fort Worth Family RV Camping

Have you thought about taking the kids RV camping to Dallas this year? This booming Texas metroplex has attractions to tempt every youngster, from toddler to teenager. To help you start planning your next vacation, here’s a quick list of ways to enjoy family RV camping in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Cowboy Up

Bull riding

Bull riding

We can’t talk about these big Texas towns without a tip of the ten-gallon hat to their Western heritage. Once you’ve set up camp in DFW, follow the trail to the Fort Worth Stockyards, a historic district with enough Western-themed attractions to keep you busy all week.

Stockyards Station combines walking tours to attractions like the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame with fantastic shopping and dining venues. Be sure to visit the Fort Worth Herd of longhorns and challenge the family to conquer the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze (keep an eye out for the cattle drive!)

Be a Sport

Home to the Texas Rangers, Dallas/Fort Worth is the perfect place to come RV camping during baseball season. The team’s new home at Globe Park in Arlington is fully dedicated to the sport, from the Rangers Hall of Fame to the state of the art ballpark.

But that’s not the only sport in town! Score big points by taking young football fans on a tour of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, where plenty of Dallas Cowboys history is displayed in this enormous domed stadium. One more tip for RV camping sports fans in Dallas—check the schedule for the American Airlines Center, home to Dallas Mavericks NBA action and the Dallas Stars NHL hockey.

Take a Thrill Ride

If you’ve been to Dallas in the past, chances are you’ve visited Six Flags Over Texas, home to some of the best thrill rides in Texas. But did you know there’s even more for amusement park fans to experience in DFW?  Sandy Lake Amusement Park in Carrollton is an old-fashioned attraction that offers your family swimming, amusement rides, mini-golf and a beautiful lakeside setting.

Here’s one more tip for thrill-seeking campers when they visit Dallas: Zero Gravity Thrill Park is the place to go for bungee jumping, taking a ride on a SkyCoaster or free-falling more than one hundred feet into a net!

Shop, Shop, Shop

Have a teen with a retail addiction? The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is a paradise for shoppers. Plan time to treat them to one of the area’s many upscale shopping districts like Fort Worth’s West 7th. If you’re always happy to find a bargain on vacation, be sure to visit the outlet malls in Grand Prairie and Grapevine. Two more standouts—Firewheel Town Center in Garland, a ‘small town’ with shop-lined streets that will fascinate the whole family, and shops like Wild Bill’s Western Wear in the historic West End district of Dallas.

Whether your RV camping family wants to head to the ballpark, take a ride on a roller coaster or shop while surrounded by cattle town history, the Dallas/Fort Worth area has an awesome place to do it. Book a Dallas RV rental and make your campground reservations early—there’s no better time than right now to visit Dallas/Fort Worth by RV.

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The Perfect Time for an RV Trip to San Diego

There is an early spring everywhere it seems and San Diego is no exception.  It is the ideal time to head to southern California and the coastal city of San Diego for a little getaway.  The ocean is a brilliant blue, the sky mirrors the depth of color with added highlights of soft white clouds, and the sun is shining overhead spreading its health-invigorating affects all around.  Traveling in an RV to experience this early spring weather is a grand choice as you will have a wonderful place to relax while on the road and in between adventures.

San Diego Seaside

San Diego Seaside

When coming to San Diego in an RV, there are many RV campgrounds from which to choose.  You should take your time to pick your favorite before leaving home.  You might like La Pacifica RV Resort or Campland on the Bay.  Perhaps Santa Fe Park RV Resort or Paradise by the Sea RV Resort would be your top choice.  Whichever you pick, you’ll discover great amenities and easy access to all San Diego sights.

Perhaps the first thing you’d like to do is get out into nature and enjoy the great fishing and hiking that this area has to offer.  At Lake Cuyamaca the crappie and sturgeon are biting.  When you visit Lake Morena you can fish between hiking adventures.  Catch some bluegill and native trout at Lake Jennings.

There are always wonderful things to do and see at Balboa Park.   This is where you’ll find San Diego Zoo and the animals that are waiting just for you to stop by.  The lions, giraffes, tigers, and monkeys are such fun to see.  Hike the trails, bring your pets out to play, and tour the gardens in Balboa Park.  This is the best spot to spend an entire weekend.

Sea World in San Diego, California

Sea World in San Diego, California

Of course, you realize that Sea World is nearby!  This is one attraction you simply can’t miss when in San Diego.  Besides the fascinating marine life and fun shows, like Blue Horizon, there are plenty of great rides – different kinds for different members of the family.  Explorer’s Reef is a new exhibit and you’ll want to be one of the first to see it.

Now it’s time to take it easy, get out of the sun, and visit some of the area museums.  The first one to see is the Museum of Contemporary Art.  No matter the age of your family members, everyone can enjoy this museum.  For the younger ones, include a stop at the New Children’s Museum.

With so many museums around San Diego, you can pretty much choose the ones that are a fit for your interests.  There is the San Diego Model Railroad Museum for model railroad lovers, the San Diego Air & Space Museum for air and space lovers and, naturally, the San Diego Museum of Art for art lovers.  Once you have taken in these museums, perhaps, it is time to get outdoors again.  Why not at the beach?

Before you end your visit to San Diego, be sure to get to the beach for some relaxing fun.  One of the favorites is Ocean Beach with options to play volleyball or to take a hike in the area.  Yes, a trip to San Diego in an RV offers all sorts of interesting activities for the whole family.  Don’t miss it this spring!

For information on renting a motorhome CLICK HERE!

Picture credits:  San Diego Seaside by Truyen Nguyen is licensed under the Flickr Creative Commons Attribution license  and Sea World by svabo (http://creativecommons.org/licenses)via Wikimedia Commons Thank you!
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An RV Camping Trip on the California Coast

There is no better time to explore the California coast than right now.  It may still be winter, but the crowds are gone and you are going to get some solitude and privacy on this western vacation.  Take an RV as your mode of transport and sleeping quarters.  You will quickly find out how thrilling a trip up the Pacific coast can be.  It is also very convenient.  Rent your RV at El Monte RV Rentals in San Diego and get ready to experience the California coast in style.

Start out in Southern California and head north.  This is going to be a trip of a lifetime, with beaches where the Pacific ocean crashes ashore, redwoods shade your picnic area in the afternoon and comfortable RV campgrounds exist all along the way.  It is great to begin your adventures in San Diego where you can take time to visit the San Diego Zoo.  If the weather is warm enough, which it most likely will be, you can beachcomb on Coronado Beach.

Entrance to San Diego Zoo

Entrance to San Diego Zoo

A little further north is a mecca of seaside amusement – Oceanside.  Take a boating tour, go jet skiing or fish from the pier.  You can play a round of golf on one of the golf courses here in Oceanside or you may enjoy visiting the California Surf Museum.  RV camping is recommended at Oceanside RV Park .  Here you’ll have easy access to all the attractions the area has to offer.

The next place on your itinerary for the California coast trip is beautiful Santa Barbara.  Besides the lovely ocean views, there are historic sites to see, shops where you can pick up unique gifts for those back home, and hiking trails to explore at El Capitan State Beach.

Everyone must visit Monterey and Big Sur at least once in their life.  Driving Big Sur is a breathtaking trip along some of the most beautiful coastline in the United States.  With lots to do in Monterey, you can stay here for some days.  Bird watchers come to try and catch a glimpse of the rare California condor.  Others come specifically to tour the Monterey Aquarium.

Big Sur Coast

Big Sur Coast

A spectacular view of ocean and coastline is available at Point Reyes National Seashore.  As you watch the waves crashing against the headlands and see the sandy beaches and lighthouse, you know you have come to the right place to get inspiration for whatever your big dream is.  It’s a place of beauty and solitude.

After visiting Eureka and absorbing some area history in Old Town, you can head to Redwood National Park to walk among the redwoods.  This is a truly unique experience if you’ve never been to the coastal redwood forests before.

This is just a taste of what awaits you on the California coast.  Pack up the kids, your friends, neighbors and relatives and head off for one super RV trip.  You will love every second.

Picture credits: photo of the San Diego Zoo and Big Sur are all licensed under the Wikimedia Creative Commons.
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An RV Trip around Los Angeles for a Fun-Filled Time

Southern California is a surprise this time of year, with warm weather and sunny days.  This is the ideal time for a vacation around the Los Angeles and Hollywood area.  There are so many things to do and places to go.  You don’t have to stay in the city but can experience the mountains or desert on your trip.  The best of all worlds!  First you can find the perfect RV motorhome at El Monte RV Rentals near Los Angeles then move to your RV camping location to make your home base.

The first destination once you are settled should be Disneyland.  Visiting this famous park is a fabulous start to your vacation – full of rides, delicious food and Disney characters.  Be ready to do a lot of walking, but every second is worth it.  You’ll see why they call it the Happiest Place on Earth.  You could spend a week here, but two days might be enough.  Then it will be time to move on to more sights and sounds!

Disneyland Castle

Disneyland Castle

Two more theme parks are worth a visit.  At Universal Studios you’ll find some unique rides and the opportunity to take a fascinating tour of Universal.  At Six Flags Magic Mountain you will discover more fun, with great rides, plenty of friendly faces and more good food and snacks.

Before leaving the city to explore outdoor recreation options, you can see some of the sights in town.  Naturally, Hollywood is a must-see, with the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd.  You can walk from one end to the other, watching for the stars of your favorite actors and actresses.  Meanwhile you can shop in many fine boutiques, and end up at Grauman’s Chinese Theater and see a show.

After this adventure of discovering Hollywood’s attractions, you can now head for the out-of-doors with confidence.  Right in the city you can explore Griffith Park and hike, bike or have a picnic.  There is a place where kids can have fun on a carousel, take pony rides and much more.

To really get out into nature, you can go to Angeles National Forest, only about thirty miles away.  You’ll find wildlife is abundant and so are scenic views.  Stop and take a deep breath of the forest smells.  You can hike as long as you like as there are 500 miles of trails here.

Another great day trip from Los Angeles is the Mojave Desert.  Visit the Ghost Town of Calico to really get an idea how people lived in this mining town in the late 1800s.

Mojave Desert

Mojave Desert

There are so many interesting places to visit so close to Los Angeles and Hollywood.  You have to spend time planning your California vacation so you have time to see everything.  Decide how many sights you can see in a day, then plan out how many days you’ll need and arrange to rent your RV for that long and make reservations in a campground which you can make as a home base.  This truly will be a vacation to remember.

To book an RV rental in Los Angeles, CA – CLICK HERE

Picture credits: photo of Disneyland Castle and Mojave Desert are all licensed under the Wikimedia Creative Commons.
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Travel to Orlando for a Wide Array of Things to Do

There are many fun things to do around Orlando.  Taking an RV motorhome and using it as the home base for your Orlando vacation is probably the best way to spend your getaway time in Central Florida.  Once you settle down in a comfortable RV campground, you can begin your adventures.  Retiring to your RV campground in the evening enhances your vacation experience.  Your family takes in all the city-life attractions by day and soaks in the outdoor camping experience by night.  Kids love to camp!  It’s a win-win vacation!   Here are just a few attractions you will love.

  • Sea World Orlando – This is a great attraction for family members of all ages.  Just at Sea World alone there is a long list of things to do.  Get a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about what goes on in the background every day at Sea World.  Then there are the up-close tours of dolphins, penguins, and sea lions.  Visit Shamu’s Happy Harbor®.  Try one of the paddle boats for a tour of the beautiful lake.  Be sure to see Dolphin Cove with the interactive dolphin pool.  Shark Encounter® is one of the most popular Sea World exhibits.

    Sea World - Orlando, Florida

    Sea World – Orlando, Florida

  • Universal Studios – It is really time to cut loose and experience some adventures in Orlando.  This is what Universal Studios Orlando offers – adventures!  This is a real working studio and film production facility that is unlike any other.  You will get on rides that will take your breath away, become a part of a major movie, and even enjoy some special dining options.  Shopping is great here too!
  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure – If you thought Universal Studios was exciting, wait until you see Universal’s Islands of Adventure!  The rides are more thrilling than you could ever imagine, and the most popular shows are on every day.  Some of the most
    Universal Islands of Adventure - Orlando, Florida

    Universal Islands of Adventure – Orlando, Florida

    popular adventures here are the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Marvel Super Hero Island.  Ever wish you could see the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park up close and personal?  Now is your chance!

 

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park  Encounter many exotic animals as you explore six different lands, including Discovery Island and DinoLand.  The animals number more than 1,700 and you can visit every single one if you wish. This is Disney’s Animal Kingdom and you will love it!

    Disney's Animal Kingdom - Orlando, Florida

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Orlando, Florida

  • Magic Kingdom Park – is another place for the family to come when visiting Orlando.  You will see fireworks, enjoy music parades, and get to shoot photos of you right beside one of the beloved Disney characters.  Visit Fantasyland and ride the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!  This will be remembered as one of the best times of your life!  Walk Main Street and experience all the happiness that this spot provides.  Let the kids thrill to the Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.  Magic Kingdom is just that – magic!
  • Epcot – More attractions at Epcot for the family.  Here you will share in the cultures of eleven different countries.  Entertainment is big here too, and all ages will find something to love.  Epcot’s visitor rating ranks as the third most visited theme park in the United States, and the sixth most visited theme park in the world; it fascinates both adult and child alike!

In between all the exciting activities, you will have a place to retire and relax before the next adventure – your RV.  Save money by fixing your own meals, collecting easy recipes before you leave for your time in Orlando.

This can be a vacation of a lifetime.  With so much to do and see, Orlando provides a destination that everyone must see at least once in their lifetime.

For information on renting an RV in or near Orlando, Florida – CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside of the state of Florida, – CLICK HERE

Picture credits: The photo of Sea World Orlando (top) by Ricymar, the Island’s of Adventure photo by Avrene, and the photo of Disney’s Animal Kingdom by Kellyv are from Flickr Commons. It is licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons Attribution license.
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The Best Way to Visit Orlando – in an RV

Everyone loves an Orlando vacation, no matter their age.  The number of attractions in the area is enough to keep an entire family busy for well over a month!

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Yes, Orlando, Florida, is a wonderful vacation destination.  And even better – an RV vacation!    Rent an RV at the Orlando El Monte RV location to experience the convenience that comes with  having an RV vacation.  It can end up costing a lot less, too!  We are only 20 minutes from Walt Disney World.  And for those in the market to purchase a well-maintained motor home, our Orlando RV location has a nice selection from which to choose as well!   RV rentals and sales has been our business for over 40 years!

So once you have your RV, the opportunities just expand for your Orlando vacation.  When visiting Walt Disney World (probably THE most popular attraction in the Orlando region), you will discover the best place to camp is Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.  You can hike the surrounding trails, go horseback riding, or do some beachcombing.  You are close enough to Walt Disney World that you can easily access all the fun!  Even if you have been here before, it is always a unique and memorable experience.

Disney World's Fort Wilderness Campground, Orlando, Florida

Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Campground, Orlando, Florida

You won’t want to miss the sea animals at SeaWorld either.  The shows are fascinating with whales and dolphins and many other sea creatures, all being extraordinarily entertaining.  If you have a video camera, you will want to ensure the battery is charged because there are a lot of things to film.  Once you have your fill of Sea World (if that is even possible), visiting Universal Studios Orlando should be next on your list.  This is where you will get the flavor of the world of movies.  You make your way behind the scenes to discover what it is like to make cinema thrillers.

By the way, you will find a number of great RV campgrounds where you can stay for different segments of your vacation.  There is the Lake Whipporwill KOA with full hookups that also offers  a pool and hot tub.  Two others include the Tropical Palms Resort and Campground and the Orange Blossom KOA.  You can RV-camp in your top choice the entire vacation or move around as the mood strikes.

El Monte RV Orlando, Florida, Location

El Monte RV Orlando, Florida, Location

If you have kids along, you’ll want to add Legoland Florida to your itinerary.  The rides are a huge thrill for the younger set and the older set too!  Adults and children from all over love the Orlando Museum of Art, enjoying the beautiful array of inspiring artworks.  The Bok Tower Gardens gives you the chance to see lovely gardens and a fascinating mansion, the Pinewood Estate.

Of course, there are even more things to do around Orlando.  Don’t forget to stop in and see Ripley’s Believe It Or Not where you will be enthralled with the various facts and stories that are VERY hard to believe until you see them with your own eyes.  And no trip to Florida is complete without seeing the alligators at Gatorland.

Gatorland near Orlando, Florida

Gatorland near Orlando, Florida

Enjoy the attractions and retire to your RV rental to reflect on the day’s adventures.  This is one RV vacation that can’t be beat – Orlando with its many attractions.  You will discover just how easy and inexpensive this type of getaway can be!

For information on renting an RV in or near Orlando, FLorida – CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside of the state of Florida, –  CLICK HERE.

Picture credits: The photo of Disney World (top) was taken by Jeffrey Zeldman, the photo of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground by Darren Wittker, and the photo of Gatorland by “makelessnoise” were found on Flickr Commons.  They are all licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons Attribution license.  Monty would like to extend his appreciation for the license to use these pictures to promote RV traveling and vacationing in Florida.  Thank you!

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Tour Some Texas State Parks for a Unique RV Vacation

The Paluxy River in Dinosaur Valley State Park

The Paluxy River in Dinosaur Valley State Park

Just south of the Dallas / Fort Worth area, you can enjoy a short tour of some Texas State Parks for an interesting and unique RV vacation. Outdoor recreation in abundance, plenty of wildlife and lots of sights you will see no place else – this is what this tour is going to offer you. There are numerous RV parks in the area.

If traveling south from Fort Worth, your first stop can be in Acton, Texas at the smallest state park in Texas, the Acton State Historic Site. This is the grave site of Davy Crockett’s second wife and two of her children. Then head south to Dinosaur Valley State Park. You may want to begin by making a home base at Tres Rios RV Park in Glen Rose. Here you will be close to these first few Texas destinations and have three lovely Texas rivers converging at the southern point of the RV park, providing fishing, boating, rafting and swimming.

At Dinosaur Valley State Park you can see dinosaur tracks, models of the huge monsters that ranged our planet millions of years ago and you can find some outdoor fun here too. Swim or fish in the river, picnic or go horseback riding. Additionally, you can download a smartphone app for the park and the Glen Rose area for free. This is how to get a real-time tour and learn of all the points of interest in the area.

Next stop will be the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, further south on your tour route. Stop at the admissions center, get some feed and start your journey into the wildlife arena. You will drive on a 9.5-mile scenic drive to experience the wildlife up close and personal. Watch the zebra, deer and antelope wandering their pastures and forests. Enjoy your own personal safari. Exotic and endangered species are in abundance.

Next head northeast to visit Cleburne State Park. If you brought your mountain bike, you will find more than five miles of trails that offer amazing scenery. The trails can be challenging, so beware! Cedar Lake is the perfect place to fish or boat. Ranger programs are available as well, where you will learn a lot about this region. Another favorite pastime here is birding. There is a long list of birds to view and identify.

Now south again to Lake Whitney State Park! Water sports here attract people from all over. Activities include boating, fishing, scuba diving and water skiing. Of course, the area also boasts hiking, picnicking, and lots of fascinating nature study opportunities. If you are here on the first Saturday in June, you can witness (or your kids can take part in) the annual youth fishing tournament. Wildlife you may see: foxes, deer, bobcats and coyotes.

The last stop will be to the west at Meridian State Park with more boating and swimming. Hike around Lake Meridian and see fossils in the rock outcroppings. Once done here, you may want to head home, but you should be sure not to miss the famous Six Flags over Texas, right up there between Fort Worth and Dallas in Arlington. All the rides, entertainment and events will be the perfect ending to a perfect RV vacation.

Picture credits: The picture of the Paluxy River in Dinosaur Valley State Park is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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The Florida Coast is Ideal for an RV Vacation in the Spring

An RV trip down the Florida coast is the ideal getaway for a spring vacation. The weather is just about perfect, not too hot yet and not chilly. As you drive south you will be surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Atlantic and a fascinating waterway on the other side of the highway. Take in the sights and stop at many famous attractions.

Jacksonville, Florida is the starting point for your trip down the Florida coast. Stunning beaches and many cultural attractions make Jacksonville a real wonderful destination in itself. No matter how long it took to get here from your home, you can unwind and enjoy the nightlife that this Florida city has to offer. You will find RV camping in many great campgrounds in the area but you may wish to try the Flamingo Lake RV Resort in North Jacksonville. They have a large number of full hookup sites and free wireless Internet. The best part? A lake right there.

Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Beach

The place to go biking is at Ponte Vedra Beach or you can do some deep sea fishing if you hire a guide to take you out into the ocean’s expanse. This is not far from Jacksonville and on your way down the coast to your next stop. The sand dunes are something extraordinary, with sometimes forty feet of sand stretching toward the blue skies. Plenty to do here!

Now for one of the main stops along the way! St. Augustine, Florida is an amazing place indeed, with history, outdoor fun and so much more. The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum should be on your list of things to see. Discover just gorgeous views and more history to educate you on this intriguing region. Then for some outdoor exploration, make your way to Anastasia State Park. There is four miles of pristine beach, plenty of room for surfing or fishing or swimming.

Some other stops you need to make are the ones ranking high on tourist lists. One of those is the St. Augustine Wild Reserve where rescued wild animals have their home. You need to make an appointment to visit, but it is worth the time and effort. Fort Matanzas introduces you to more of Florida’s history. Taking a ferry to the island where the fort is built is half the fun. And of course, when in Florida, you can’t miss seeing some alligators. At the St. Augustine Alligator Farm there is not just one alligator but a multitude! Zip lining is also a great activity here as you sail over the gators below you, just like in some James Bond movie.

As you move further south, stop at Marineland to visit all sorts of sea animals, and then continue down to Gamble Rogers Memorial Park for some water fun. It’s right on the beach where you can snorkel or lay out in the sun. Then a memorable stop at the Canaveral National Seashore! The fun never ends!

As you come to the end of your RV journey, you may be sorry that all these good times are going to end. But stay a while in Key West and soak up more Florida sun before heading back the way you came. You can take some time for more sightseeing as you go.

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