Lower Gulf Coast RV Getaway

Are you hoping to get away from ice, sleet and snow when you hit the road this winter? Florida’s Lower Gulf Coast offers fabulous weather, fascinating attractions and top-notch RV camping.

Ft. Meyers, Smuggler's Cove

Smuggler’s Cove

The southwestern coast of Florida centers on the sunny islands of Sanibel and Estero and the cities of Fort Myers and Naples. Whether you choose to add to your seashell collection, soak up the sun on a white sand beach or kayak down a tree-lined paddling trail, there’s a place to do it when you get here.

Ride along as we unveil the joys of RV camping on Florida’s Lower Gulf Coast!

Places to Enjoy

With more than a dozen amenity rich RV parks in the Fort Myers/Estero Island area, there’s no reason not to go right now. Find the park closest to your favorite attractions and call today for reservations.

Here are just a few of the reasons RV travelers love the laid-back beauty of the region:

    • Beaches: This sun-drenched region is a haven for beach-loving motorhome travelers. With calm seas and gentle slopes underwater, you can safely enjoy your time in the water. Just a few of the family-friendly beaches you’ll want to explore are Bowditch Point Park, Lovers Key State Park, Lynn Hall Memorial Park and Pier and Lighthouse Park Beach on nearby Sanibel Island.
    • Wildlife: Grab a kayak and paddle the Great Calusa Blueway to spot dolphins and manatees within an oar’s reach of your watercraft. Hike the trails at Estero Bay Preserve State Park for a full day of bird watching in an unspoiled setting. If you have the time, make the jump to Sanibel Island’s J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge. That’s where thousands of migratory birds arrive each winter, to make their home with the resident shorebirds. And did we mention the alligators?
    • Golf: Did you know that one of the biggest draws to Florida’s southwestern coast is the availability of excellent golfing? Thrill your golf playing campers with world-class opportunities to play. Here’s a useful link to golf courses in the region—reserve your tee times before you go and don’t forget the sunscreen!
    • History: Like to visit historic sites? Then Florida’s Lower Gulf Coast is your perfect winter vacation spot, with attractions like Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s winter homes in Fort Myers, Sanibel Island Lighthouse and Estero’s Koreshan State Historic Site that includes the remnants of a 19th century utopian compound. From early Native American burial mounds to a museum of railroad history, you’ll find your history fix in the Fort Myers area.
    • Shopping: If someone in your RV camping family likes to shop, they’ll have to pace themselves, because there are literally too many outlet malls and upscale shopping districts to count. Top recommendations are legendary Miromar Outlets, the scenic Coconut Point mall in Estero and Fort Myer’s exciting River District.                        

Ready to roll your RV toward fascinating southwest Florida? We’re ready to help with RV rentals and information on local attractions. Don’t wait—experience Florida’s Lower Gulf Coast this year.

 Monty the MotorhomePhoto credit:  Smuggler’s Cove, Ft. Meyer’s by Jason Helle, licensed under Flickr Creative Commons

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An RV Trip to Seattle is Great for the Whole Family

The Pacific Northwest is a wonderful place to vacation in a motor home, with friendly folk, gorgeous scenery, and  lots of good food.  Seattle is one of the main tourist destinations at all times of the year; however, winter is especially desirable for a family vacation as you will be avoiding the crowds!  Lake Pleasant RV Park is one camping spot that comes highly recommended.  Make the park your home base and begin your Seattle adventure.

Lovely Seattle, Washington

Lovely Seattle, Washington

The first place in Seattle to see is the Space Needle.  This is likely the biggest attraction for those visiting for the first time (and the second and the third…).  Once you are 520 feet above sea level and are observing the city from the Observation Deck, you will see why this is the place to visit first in this Washington city.  You’ll see Elliott Bay sparkling in the sun, the  gorgeous mountains in the distance, and enjoy watching the hustle and bustle of downtown from high above.  An amazing panoramic overview indeed!

Seattle's Space Needle Lookout City Tower

Seattle’s Space Needle – the City’s Lookout Tower

Next you should head for Olympic Sculpture Park and nine acres of artwork to take in.  It is definitely an inspiring place to visit.  Right on the waterfront, this park has unique views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, as well as the opportunity to enjoy this great outdoor art.  Also, in visiting the Valley next to the Gates Amphitheater, you will see tall fir and cedar trees, lovely blooming shrubs, colorful flowers, and ferns.  There is much, much more to explore to your heart’s content!

Naturally, the Woodland Park Zoo can’t be missed, particularly if you have kids with you on your trip.  It is a place of wonder for kids and adults alike.  The children will love riding on the Carousel and then heading over to get up close to and feed the penguins.   At Willawong Station, the family can experience an aviary where many colorful birds are flying free.  Don’t miss the grizzly exhibit while you are here!

The Lake Union Area of Seattle offers some interesting sights, including the Museum of History and Industry and its awesome Art Deco-style features.  Tour the museum for a view of almost four million photos and historic artifacts.  All through the Lake Union neighborhood you’ll see art displayed by local artists.

Another thrill for young and old alike is the Seattle Aquarium!  Besides sea life, there is a wide array of shows and exhibits to enjoy.  Watch the divers submerge into the water and still be able to answer your questions.  Watch the marine animals being fed.  The giant Pacific octopus is also waiting to meet you and yours.  After your visit here you can go to see the Pacific Science Center where a huge diversity of things await you.  For instance, you can learn a lot about the world of espionage and see collections from the CIA and FBI.

An RV trip to Seattle can fulfill the wildest vacation dreams.  Allow enough time to see everything when you come to this fascinating Pacific Northwest city.  Seattle has it all!

El Monte RV

El Monte RV Rentals and Sales

For information on renting or buying a motor home CLICK HERE!

Picture credits:  Seattle overview by Elias Daniel, the space needle by Frank Kovalcheck “Alaskan Dude” are licensed under the Flickr Creative Commons Attribution license.  Thank you!
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A Winter RV Vacation in Louisiana

The natural beauty of Louisiana attracts people from all over the country – those who love the wildlife of the bayous and rivers, the scenic forests and marshes and the many miles of trails and paths.  Enjoying the diversity of landscapes is just one aspect of experiencing a Louisiana vacation.  There is also outdoor recreation that can’t be beat!  And driving an RV to this vacation destination makes the entire getaway one of ease and comfort.

Louisiana bayou

Down by the Bayou

A visit to the Kisatchie National Forest offers the opportunity to explore some of nature in its purest form.  The bayous are alive with flora and fauna and wildlife is hugely abundant.  This is the only national forest in the entire state, and most definitely worth a trip.  Within the boundaries of the forest is the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness and a scenic drive on the Longleaf Scenic Byway.  Numerous trails take you in the back country for a real wilderness experience.

Fishing is always a great vacation activity and you can catch some catfish or bass at Kincaid Lake Recreation Area.  You can camp with your RV at Kincaid Lake Campground and find shower facilities, full hookups, and a dump station.  They also have a boat dock, ramps, hiking trails, and much more.  Nearby attractions include Tunica-Biloxi Indian Museum, Louisiana Cowboy Town and Hodges Gardens.

Swimming Bass

Swimming Bass

Find some great fishing also at Fullerton Lake.  There are crappie, catfish, largemouth bass, and other game fish for you to hook.  Between fishing expeditions, you can get in some hiking.  The favorite trails are Big Branch Trail and the Ouiska Chitto Trail.  The outdoor fun in this region is something exciting for the whole family to experience.  From horseback riding and hiking, to fishing, and boating or kayaking – there is a favorite kind of fun for everyone!

Ensure you put the Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge on your list to see.  The forest wildlife is thrilling to see, particularly if you happen across a black bear or catch a glimpse of a bald eagle soaring across the sky.  Specifically this is waterfowl habitat so you can expect to see wood ducks, mallards, teal, and plenty of geese.

Next should come the Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge, a huge refuge at 25,000 acres of lowland forest.  Regular flooding creates the ideal environment for many birds and wildlife species.  This is the perfect time of year to visit as migratory waterfowl are wintering here.  You will witness wildlife in their natural habitat such as raptors, reptiles and amphibians.  Nearby you might like to see the Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area where raccoon, rabbits, mink, bobcat, and beaver roam.

You will never seem to be able to get enough of wildlife refuges or forest areas when in Louisiana.  Don’t leave out Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge or the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge.  So many species of birds, fish, and mammals live in these regions, and you can add to your list of sightings as you travel through this amazing state.  An RV trip to Louisiana –  a complete adventure and one you shouldn’t pass up.

El Monte RV

El Monte RV

For information on renting an RV near Louisiana, CLICK HERE.

Picture credits:  Top photo of the bayou by Pop Top Lady and the swimming bass by Jprime84 are both licensed under Explore/Creative Attribution Commons license on Flickr 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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An RV Vacation to Miami for the Complete Dining Experience

If you have ever dreamed of the ultimate culinary dining experience, now is your chance to make that dream come true.  You can hit the road and head for Miami on an RV vacation to enjoy the rewards of eating some of the best-tasting food in the country!   Miami, Florida, is a culinary paradise with many ethnic food offerings from all over the world — from Peruvian to Cuban and beyond.

Dining in South Beach, Miami

Dining in South Beach, Miami

In no particular order, let’s look at some of the best places to eat in Miami.  Once you get settled in a lovely RV camping spot, you can start your eating adventure.  If you love Italian food, your first choice should be Casa Tua in South Beach.   Order some delicious stone crab or try the lamb chop.  You won’t be disappointed!

For some incredible Mexican delights, try the fare at Los Tres Amigos.  They have some take-out too.  You might like the Mexican herbs used on the tripe and beef dishes.  Order Pollo a la Parrilla, which is simply grilled chicken with rice and beans.

If your appetite is demanding Greek dishes, Mykonos on Coral Way is the perfect destination.  Those who eat the Chicken Gyro Platter rave about how delicious it is.  The Vegetarian Mousaka is the ideal dish to order to avoid meat for this meal.

Now let’s do a dinner over at El Meson del Paraiso, a completely unique experience in Peruvian food.  Their seafood is “to-die-for” and they offer some lucuma ice cream to top off the meal.  Don’t expect very fancy dining, but expect great food and a satisfied appetite.

Some go wild for Indonesian cuisine — but, whether you go wild or are simply ready to try a bit of this original taste, Indomania is the place to go.  The menu is translated for easy ordering.  The traditional meals and the special treats are enough to make you want to come back again before leaving town.

The Akashi Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar is not just known for its excellent food but is also respected for its amazing artistic presentations.  Order salmon, yellowtail, or shrimp or go for the sushi boat or a tempura dish.  The lighting sets the mood; the food brings it all together for a tantalizingly memorable dining experience.

Visit and dine in Coconut Grove at Le Bouchon du Grove.  This is French cuisine in a warm Franco atmosphere.  You’ll think you are in France as you savor the French onion soup.

The next meal will need to be in Little Havana.  Eating Cuban food can mean more than just a meal; it can also mean making some local Cuban friends.  You will love the authentic menu at Versailles.  Everyone loves the plantains and the double fried tostones, as well as the Cuban bread.

Naturally, you may prefer traditional fare and should head to Brickell for dining at Tobacco Road.  You see, in Miami, no matter what your preferred dining pleasure is, you can find any food choice you want to satisfy the most discerning of appetites!  Choose restaurants with live music or quiet nooks to relax and enjoy a meal.  Come back often on an RV vacation to savor Miami’s array of cuisine.

For information on booking an RV Trip in or near Miami, 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 South Beach, Miami, was taken by Phillip Pessar on Flickr Commons.  It is licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons Attribution license.

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Head to Palm Springs for a Fabulous Winter RV Vacation

It is time for a winter getaway with the family!  Taking an RV into the Palm Springs area is a great way to experience some of the best the desert valley has to offer.  It is just plain fun to get out there on the open road and discover what is waiting for you.  Whether it is some quiet solitude surrounded by the beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains or the special bonds that develop while hiking diverse landscapes with friends and family, you will find it all right here in and around Palm Springs.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

The first thing to do while in town is take the Palm Springs Tram so you can see the vistas spread out before you of the Chino Canyon and the desert valley floor.  The hiking trails at the top of the San Jacinto Mountains let you get into the groove of the area’s natural beauty.

A day trip that you may wish to take from Palm Springs is the one to Joshua Tree National Park. With 800,000 acres of high and low desert, you will see how very special this spot is.  When you visit, you’ll be impressed with the unique animal and plant life.  Winter is the perfect season to come.  Summer is impossible as it is far too hot to enjoy.

If you love to go wine tasting, you will get the chance by driving Highway 74 over the mountains.  This part of the Pines to Palms Scenic Byway gives you incredible views before it takes you down into Temecula Valley with lots of wineries and delicious wine tasting.

From Highway 74, take Highway 243 to Idyllwild.  You will enjoy this mountain town.  Just ensure the weather will permit a trip here in an RV.  Check the road conditions first.  If the weather permits, you are going to get some wonderful views from the overlooks and there are plenty of outdoor activities for the entire family.

Salton Inland Sea, California

Salton Inland Sea, California

Another side trip you may wish to take is a drive to the inland sea – the Salton Sea.  Visit the wildlife refuges that surround the sea, go hiking, and even try some kayaking if you dare.  Once you’ve finished exploring, you can head to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for some great off-roading.  This is a magical place with hundreds of miles of trails and wildlife everywhere.

Not far from Palm Springs there is a preserve that is an important place to visit.  At Thousand Palms Preserve you are in a lovely area with streams, a lake, and more nature to enjoy.  This preserve is part of the Coachella Valley Preserve and is a great place for a picnic.  Bring along your camera gear as you will discover a number of photo opportunities.  This is true of the entire trip.

Use Palm Springs as your base of operations for this winter vacation and take your time to enjoy each spot to the utmost.

For information on booking an RV Trip near Palm Springs, California –CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside of the state of California, CLICK HERE.

Picture credits: The photo of Joshua Tree National Park is from Flickr Commons by javi.velazquez and the photo of the Salton Sea from Flickr Commons by Mike Baird.  It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

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