Along the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail by RV

RV travelers who enjoy good wines simply must make the trip to Texas Hill Country. That’s where you’ll discover more than two dozen wineries that call this scenic region home. You’ll also find warm Texas hospitality waiting at RV resorts and campgrounds near towns like Fredericksburg, Kerrville and Boerne.

Grab your corkscrew and travel along as we journey the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail by RV.

Where to Find Texas Hill Country Wineries

Picture a circle that begins west of Temple, TX at San Saba and then swings south and east to encompass Austin and New Braunfels, west to pick up Kerrville and Fredericksburg and then back north to its starting point. That’s a rough approximation of the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail.

It leads to vineyards and tasting rooms in the towns we just mentioned, plus those in Hill Country burgs like Stonewall, Tow and Dripping Springs. The vineyards stretch out for miles, offering spectacular views that invite Texas RV travelers to stop and drink in the beauty unfolding through their windshields.

Wine Vineyards

Wine Vineyards

The vineyards that dot the countryside offer award-winning vintages for visitors to sample in their tasting rooms. Surrounded by historic buildings, state-of-the-art winemaking technology and beautifully groomed grounds, Hill Country wineries invite you to stay and sip awhile before choosing which wines to take home with you.

Here’s a small sampling of the amazing establishments RV travelers to Texas will enjoy while visiting Hill Country. Be sure to use the link above to learn more about what’s waiting for you there.

  • Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, a small boutique winemaker near New Braunfels, pioneered the ‘Black Spanish’ wine explosion in Texas. Beautiful grounds and one heck of a survival story make them a favorite with Wine Country visitors.
  • Chisholm Trail Winery just west of Fredericksburg is famous for its free-roaming livestock as well as its wide selection of award-winning wines.
  • Perissos Vineyard & Winery near Burnet, TX is not only scenic, it’s a friendly, family-run place that’s been built on a tradition of excellence.
  • Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 is a collection of fifteen wineries along US Hwy 290 east of Fredericksburg. If you’re limited on time and would like to visit as many Hill Country wineries as possible on your RV camping trip, this is the place to be. From Grape Creek Vineyards to Lost Draw Cellars, the tasting rooms along US Hwy 290 are sure to offer a new favorite. 

Where to Camp in Texas Wine Country

Once you’ve settled on the wineries you’d like to tour, it’s time to book the campsites that suit your style and budget. Texas Hill Country campgrounds run the gamut from a small but scenic golf and RV resort on the Llano River to an urban RV campground just south of Austin. You’ll also find numerous Corps of Engineers campgrounds at area lakes and an impressive number of affordable, well-maintained campgrounds in towns like Kerrville, Bandera and Spicewood.

Whether you’re planning to meander your way through Hill Country, visiting one winery at a time, or to book a chauffeured Wine Country tour, complete with guide, your RV trip to visit Texas Hill Country vineyards will be remarkable. Be sure to check the websites of the ones you’d like to visit, as many of them host special events that will add even more enjoyment to your trip. And don’t forget, El Monte RV Rentals in Dallas is just three hours north of Hill Country wineries and always happy to help with your travel needs.

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Three Spring Break RV Camping Itineraries

Kids out of school soon and still haven’t picked your Spring Break vacation spot? Why not take the family RV camping this year? We’ve put together three camping destinations perfect for families on Spring Break.

Spring Break RV Camping & Fishing Trip: Lake Texana, Edna, Texas 

Have a houseful of eager young anglers looking forward to catching the big ones? Take the RV southeast from Austin to Edna, Texas and the wonders of Lake Texana.

Brackenridge Park and Campground and Texana Park and Campground, both part of the Brackenridge Recreation Complex on the lake, offer Texas Spring Break RV Campers plenty of choice for accommodations. Not sure how to please everyone in your crew? Whether it’s hiking the trails, photographing wildlife or enjoying legendary Texas bass fishing, we think you’ll find something for everyone to enjoy on your stay.

With a fishing pier, perfect bass habitat, canoe and kayak rentals and six hundred acres of shoreline to enjoy, this South Texas lake is an excellent place to entertain the youngsters on Spring Break. Don’t forget to reserve your Texas RV rental. Spring Break is right around the corner!

Spring Break in the Heart of California Gold Country – Columbia, CA 

Hoping to surprise the youngsters with a little gold this Spring Break? Why not camp in the heart of California’s Gold Country and spend some time in the town that’s also a State Historic Park? Columbia, California, home to an impressive collection of Gold Rush-era structures, has plenty for young prospectors to explore.

Stroll the boardwalks with the family and soak up 1850s ambience, then stop to enjoy a meal, shop for souvenirs and enjoy the living history presentations. There are enough historic structures, museums and exhibits to keep everyone busy. Be sure to let the kids try their luck at gold panning, too; it’s a favorite activity for Columbia visitors.

You’ll also enjoy camping in the beauty of the Sierra Nevada foothills. Private campgrounds in Columbia help keep family RV camping convenient.

Spring Break in the Pacific Northwest – Bellingham, Washington 

Families who want to divide their Spring Break time between urban adventures and outdoor recreation will find no better place than Bellingham, WA. Just south of the Canadian border and a couple of hours north of Seattle, this coastal city has plenty to discover.

Larrabee State Park

Larrabee State Park

Start your time RV camping in Bellingham by challenging the young ones to complete at least part of the six-mile Interurban Trail. They’ll be rewarded with views of Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and waterfalls in a dense urban forest. Plan to play awhile at Larrabee State Park  at the trail’s southern end, where gorgeous Samish Bay and trails into the Chuckanut Mountains are just part of the outdoor splendor.

While in Bellingham with kids, you’ll also want to visit the city’s exciting museums. One of the best is the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, where you’ll find thrills for the entire family. Another don’t miss—Mindport, where art and science come together in a fun, interactive environment.

Two more ideas for active families hoping for the full Bellingham experience on Spring Break:

  • Spend a day in the city’s Historic Fairhaven District enjoying shops, coffee houses and vintage charm.
  • Take an hour’s drive east to Mount Baker Ski Area for a day on their world-famous slopes.

One last travel tip for Bellingham RV campers—March will be cooler in Washington than in Southern Spring Break destinations, so pack plenty of cool weather clothing for the kids. Aren’t you glad you’ll be traveling in the roomy comfort of an RV?

And there you have it, three fantastic ways to spend Spring Break RV camping with the kids. Whether you decide to travel to Texas, California or Washington, you’re sure to bring back memories that only camping with the family can deliver.

Photo attribution: By Cody Logan (clpo13) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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Paddling and RV Camping Expedition to Bastrop, Texas

Bring your kayaks and canoes to Bastrop, Texas, RV travelers, for some stellar paddling action on the Colorado River. This beautiful waterway provides year-round recreation in the Austin area, whether you like to fly fish, paddle, hike a trail or simply set up camp nearby and watch the sun rise over the river.

If you’ve never traveled to this stretch of Texas, your best route from the north is I-35 from Dallas to Austin, then thirty miles southeast to Bastrop via TX-71. Once in Bastrop, you’ll find the perfect launch spot for the six-mile El Camino Real Paddling Trail at the city’s Fisherman’s Park.

Take a few minutes before you launch to enjoy Bastrop’s Riverwalk that links this park to Ferry Park just down the river. When you’re done admiring the view, head back to the boat launch and paddle downstream toward Lost Pines Recreational Trails. The Colorado makes a big loop around the city of Bastrop, but you won’t know you’re close to town once you get out on the water.

The unspoiled, backwoods beauty of this paddling trail makes it popular for kayakers, fly fishermen and the well-run paddling tours led by local outfitters. If you don’t have your own watercraft, be sure to book a tour as you plan your RV camping trip to Bastrop. For paddlers who want to drop a line while on the water for Guadalupe bass, smallmouth bass or channel cats, the El Camino Paddling Trail offers excellent prospects.

Entrance to Bastrop State Park

Entrance to Bastrop State Park

When you decide to take a break from the water, head over to Bastrop State Park  to enjoy the beauty of the ‘Lost Pines’, a remnant of loblolly pines found only in this section of Central Texas. You’ll also find RV campsites there, so if you like the idea of camping in a deep, green forest, by all means set up camp there for the night.

Another popular way to get out on the Colorado River while camping near Bastrop, Texas involves a visit to the Colorado River Refuge. Accessible right in town in the Tahitian Village Subdivision, the Refuge offers not only hiking trails and nature talks led by local volunteers, but also a launch point to yet another scenic stretch of the Colorado.

If you’d like to paddle a little longer on the Colorado near Bastrop, why not take the Wilbarger Paddling Trail? Put in at the bridge north of Bastrop on Farm-to-Market Road 969 and float fourteen miles past sandstone cliffs, hardwood forests and plenty of birds and wildlife, all the way down to Fisherman’s Park.

Bonus Bastrop Travel Tip: Don’t leave this Texas small-town gem without experiencing the charm of Bastrop’s Main Street. Maxine’s on Main is known throughout Texas for rib-sticking eats and the homes and shops around town represent with flair one of the Lone Star State’s earliest settlements.

With several campgrounds located along the river in the Bastrop area, including the Colorado River KOA, there’s no obstacle to an extended RV camping and paddling expedition to Central Texas. Get in touch with us for a Texas RV rental and plan to spend time on the Colorado River soon.

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Tee Off with Texas RV Camping & Golf

Deep in the heart of Texas there are hundreds of public golf courses just waiting to rev up your RV camping vacation. With more than seven hundred courses to choose from, you could golf and camp full-time, or simply set up an impressive golfing itinerary for a shorter vacation. Here are top picks for Texas public golf courses situated near excellent RV camping.

Texas Star Golf Course – Euless

Located on the north side of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Euless, Texas is home to top-ranked Texas Star Golf Course. RV travelers who love to play golf will enjoy the woodsy feel of this par 71 course featuring several natural rises in elevation, creek-side play and expansive greens. The DFW area offers dozens of RV camping choices, from high-end RV resorts to cozy campgrounds on the banks of one of the area’s many lakes.

The Golf Club at Fossil Creek – Fort Worth

Another highly-rated golf course in the DFW area is Fossil Creek, designed by Arnold Palmer. Park your RV at a Fort Worth campground and then come play 18 holes on this par 72 course. It’s blessed with enough challenge to keep every golfer in your foursome paying attention. Rolling hills, a scenic creek and lush, Texas-sized trees make playing a round on Fossil Creek a memorable experience.

Tribute Golf Club – The Colony

The Colony, on the shores of Lake Lewisville north of Dallas, is home to two outstanding courses. Book a site at your favorite DFW RV resort and then book a tee time at Tribute Golf Club, named #1 by Golf Digest for three years in a row. Golfers who enjoy Scottish style golf will be thrilled to discover the rugged, picturesque beauty of one of the best courses this side of Scotland.

Old American Golf Club – The Colony

Adjacent to The Tribute on the shores of Lake Lewisville, the Old American Golf Club was designed to offer a classic American golf experience. Windswept greens and natural bunkers are just two of the ways the course designers worked to create golf as it was played in the early 1900s. Old American is a semi-private course, so check the website for dress code and tee time opportunities.

Brackenridge Park – San Antonio

Not only will RV campers in San Antonio love the wide range of campgrounds available, they’ll also love the golfing experience at Brackenridge Park. Part of the Alamo City Golf Trail, this historic course gives golfers the feel of a city park combined with the thrill of championship golf.

Quarry Golf Club – San Antonio

With the back nine set in a one-hundred-year-old rock quarry, this San Antonio course offers Texas campers a unique golfing experience. Plan to play at least one round on the Quarry when you’re camping in San Antonio—it’s known among top golfers as one of the most memorable courses in Texas. Use this guide to book your San Antonio area campsite now.

Starting to get the picture that RV camping in Texas can include great golfing adventures? These are just six of the courses that top golfers have named best in the state. Book your Texas RV rental soon, pack your favorite clubs and get ready to play at the best courses the Lone Star State has to offer.

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Why RV Campers Love Austin in Autumn!

Austin, TX RV Vacation

Austin, TX RV Vacation

With average temps in the 70s well into November, road-smart RV travelers have already made their plans for an Austin RV camping trip this autumn. But the weather’s not the only reason to visit the Texas capitol soon—in fact, there are four more temptations to get you into an RV and on the road to Austin.

The Trails!

Did you know that this vibrant Texas city, just two and a half hours south of Dallas, is famous for its outdoor recreation? With a couple hundred miles of trails winding in and out of the city’s most famous attractions, there’s no reason to stay at the campground once you’re there. Here are just three suggestions for exciting day hikes in the Austin area.

  • Barton Creek Greenbelt – Close to downtown Austin, with a wonderland of waterfalls, rock walls and trails that cross over Barton Creek. Several access points give you a different hike each time, with a wealth of wildlife to discover as you follow the trails.
  • Turkey Creek Nature Trail (Emma Long Park) – This a great trail for the whole family, running through woods and along the creek without any major obstacles for hikers.
  • Lady Bird Lake—Ten miles of trails edge this wonderfully scenic, urban lake in the heart of Austin. It’s also a paddler’s paradise, so if you like a good water trail to follow on vacation, this is the place!

The Music!

Fans of live music of all kinds flock to Austin for the variety of music districts to experience. From clubs in the Red River district to the smokin’ hot sounds in downtown Austin venues, visitors to Austin can get their fill of the best bands in the country while they’re here. Use this guide to Austin live music to choose where you’ll go first.

The Fishing!

Have we mentioned how many great fishing holes you’ll find on your RV camping trip to Austin?

Large impoundments of the Colorado River offer major fishing possibilities. Lake Travis, just north of the city, reports strong fishing for black, white and striped bass. Lake Austin, a beautiful, urban waterway, has quite the reputation among bass anglers for white and Guadalupe bass. There’s also Lake Bastrop, about an hour southeast of Austin, where the big channel cats are taking the bait this fall. And don’t miss the bass fishing at Lake Fayette, just a little farther down the road.

The Scenery!

Self-guided and guided tours to Austin’s memorable sights can be the highlight of your Texas RV vacation. The Texas State Capitol Building on Congress Avenue is an architectural treasure. The vintage homes through the Capitol area are also worth a stroll-by.

You’ll want to visit the Sixth Street Historic District, just blocks away, to enjoy the old-fashioned charm of the Driskill Hotel, built in 1886, as well as the epicenter of Austin’s live music scene.

For one of the best scenic drives within a city limits, be sure to follow Route 360 over Lake Austin via the Pennybacker Bridge. You can park at the north end of the bridge and hike the cliffs to reach the scenic overlook, if you’re feeling athletic. Bottom line for Austin visitors: this city is rich with tree-lined lakes, fascinating historic treasures and well-maintained parks and natural areas. Get out and explore, it’s the best thing about being in Austin!

Austin, Texas is custom-made for autumn RV travelers. Stop dreaming and start packing, and if you need a Texas RV rental, give us a call. The weather’s fine and Austin is ready and waiting to entertain you!

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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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Winter Beach Camping at Mustang Island

What could be more perfect than sand, sea, and an average daytime temperature of 72 degrees?  Winter RV campers should definitely make plans to visit Mustang Island, off the coast of Texas in the Gulf.  Beach camping at its best awaits, so what are you waiting for?

How to Get There

This Texas barrier island is easy to reach by RV; travel to Corpus Christi and then across the JFK Causeway to Padre Island.  Mustang Island is minutes away on Hwy 361.  By the way, if you don’t own an RV, El Monte RV Rentals in McKinney will be happy to help!

McKinney, TX El Monte RV Location

McKinney, TX El Monte RV Location

What You’ll Find on Mustang Island

The whole family will find a new favorite activity on Mustang Island. Besides seaside RV camping, you can spend your winter vacation days hiking the dunes and soaking up the Gulf Coast sun.  Nature lovers in your crew will find an amazing abundance of birds to watch here; in fact, there are several local stops along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.

And the Gulf itself has so much in store for Mustang Island RV campers!  Snorkeling, scuba fishing, windsurfing, swimming, dolphin watching, shelling and beach strolling are just the beginning of what you’ll find to do on eighteen miles of public beaches.

Soothing Waters of Mustang Island, Texas

Soothing Waters of Mustang Island, Texas

Mustang Island State Park, the heart of this barrier island, not only offers scenic 50-amp RV campsites, it tempts winter Texas travelers with its unspoiled beaches and fascinating variety of wildlife.  Plenty of fishing awaits at the Park, too; you can even borrow fishing gear if you forget to bring yours!

When you’re ready for a bit more civilization, roll into the scenic island town of Port Aransas. A wide range of shops and museums (and a convenient trolley system) offer delightful ways to pass your time.  And the food!  You’ll find the freshest seafood on the Gulf right here in Port Aransas.

Speaking of seafood, we also hear a trip to Keepers Pier will keep the fishermen in your party happy – Cobia, Red Drum and several varieties of Shark are pulled from these waters regularly!

One more excursion idea – take the family on a water tour around the Lydia Ann Lighthouse in Aransas Pass.  For an even more memorable experience, bring the kayaks and paddle the Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail that winds through black mangroves and tidal waters near the lighthouse.

We’ve already mentioned the RV campsites available at the State Park, but there are plenty of other places on the island to park an RV.

Spots like On the Beach RV Park will welcome you for Gulf-side camping and easy access to the entire island. Nearly a dozen RV campgrounds in the area ensure there’ll always be a place to call home on your Mustang Island RV camping trip.

Winter camping at the beach builds memories for a lifetime! Get to know the Gulf Coast of Texas this winter with an RV camping expedition to Mustang Island.

For more information on renting or buying a motor home CLICK HERE! or call 1-888-337-2208

Photo credits:  The Mustang Island photo is licensed under Wikimedia Commons and the El Monte RV location photo is an El Monte RV stock photo.
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It’s Time for a Gulf Coast Getaway in Texas!

You probably don’t think of the coast when you first think of Texas, and that’s understandable.  The state is better known for its cowboys, cacti, and barbecue than it is for its sand, beaches, and boardwalks.  But when you realize that the state claims over 600 miles of gorgeous coastline ripe for exploration, there’s no reason not to saddle up in an RV rental and set out!

A Beautiful Beach in Galveston, Texas

A Beautiful Beach in Galveston, Texas

If you’re ready for a Lone Star State adventure, start your journey in McKinney to pick up your RV.  After you’ve got your rig, head down Interstate 40 towards the coast.  Before you get there, however, stop off in Ennis for a trip to the Galaxy Drive-In.  The Galaxy is a throwback to the good old days of double features projected on a giant, outdoor screen (after all, everything is bigger in Texas; right?)  With six screens to choose from at one low price, you can choose exactly which movie-going experience is right for your family.  Will it be back-to-back super hero flicks, or are two kids’ movies more your speed?  It’s your call, but make sure to hit the snack bar in between features to re-fill the popcorn.

Once you get through Houston and arrive at the coast, you may want to make Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge your next stop.  This refuge has more than 44,000 acres of tidal flats teeming with wildlife.  On any given day, you might be able to spot beautiful birds such as migrating Canadian geese or delicate Sandhill cranes.  If you’re lucky (and brave), you can even come face-to-face with alligators; however, we don’t recommend getting too close!

After a full day of site-seeing, head to the Sand Piper RV Resort in Galveston.  This RV campground is situated on a slice of barrier island with incredible views of the Gulf.  Not only does it have 36 beachfront spots for your RV, the resort also has a coffee bar, infinity poo,l and a hot tub awaiting you at the end of the day.  You won’t find a better location for Texan relaxation!

You’ve probably walked along a number of beaches, but if you want a completely new way to get some sand in your hair, travel a few miles down to S & G Horseback Riding.  S & G offers rides along the beach or a nearby bay, and you can even try out a sunrise or moonlight beach ride.  There’s really nothing like riding by the gentle waves on a starry night to make an unforgettable RV vacation memory!

Travel further down the coast to Corpus Christi and you’ll be able to make two great day trips, a visit to the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium.  The USS Lexington is a retired aircraft carrier from World War II, but it has been refurbished into a floating museum.  At the aquarium, you can satisfy your curiosity by watching (and even touching!) some of the Gulf Coast’s thousands of native aquatic species.  In one day, you can learn more about the region’s natural wildlife and an important part of its history!

What are you waiting for?  It’s time to get to the Gulf on your next RV vacation adventure!

Picture Credit:  Wildflowers on beach in Galveston, TX, is  licensed under the Wikimedia commons attribution license.
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Take Off Through Texas Hill Country in an RV

An RV trip through the rugged landscapes of the Texas Hill Country will put a refreshing twist on your vacation.  This is not just the colorful hills of the Lone Star State but an enchanting land of palm trees, cowboys, and German culture to explore.  Texas Hill Country isn’t just a vacation; it is an experience!

Natural Bridge in Texas Hill Country

Natural Bridge in Texas Hill Country

Starting out in Austin is the best plan, and there are many sights to see in that city, too.  But you will want to move on as there is a lot to see on this Hill Country tour.  Stop at Johnson City, Texas with its fascinating history and attractions for young and old.  The grownups might enjoy a guided hunt.  The whole family will love the Exotic Resort Zoo.  There are more than 500 types of animals to see here, many endangered.

Next stop can be beautiful Fredericksburg with its historical heritage, lovely galleries and delicious German food.  Drink up the great beer and then arrange a tour of the Admiral Nimitz Museum and the National Museum of the Pacific War.  The kids and adults will find the Japanese midget submarine an awesome exhibit indeed.

Then move on to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, the ideal place to have a picnic and hike to the top of a pink mountain.  The granite is pink, and yes, you’ll need your camera gear so you can take a photo.  You might catch a shot of some of the wildlife that make this area their home.

Visit the town of Kerrville for an introduction to some wonderful home cooking and plenty of live music.  Continue on and loop around to Bandera, Texas.  This is another spot where you can find great country home cooking and a lot of country music to boot.  Relax and enjoy the ambience of the Texas Hill Country.  You’ll want to visit the Frontier Times Museum for another view of the history of this region.  You may be surprised to also see a shrunken head.  Wait a minute!  How did that get here?

At the Hamilton Pool Preserve you can go hiking and study nature, then drive to the Guadalupe River State Park to paddle on the river.  The next stop on your trip is New Braunfels, a German community that welcomes visitors and shows everyone a wonderful time.  This town was founded by a German prince and the town has followed German culture throughout the years.  Ride a miniature train, take a paddle boat on the river, and shop for creative gifts to take back home.  The Hill Country RV Resort is a great place to stay.

Grounds at the Alamo in Texas

Grounds at the Alamo in Texas

Final stop on this RV trip in Texas Hill Country is San Antonio.  Naturally, you’ll want to experience the River Walk and take in the beauty of the Alamo, but you will also love visiting the San Antonio Zoo.  There are always things happening in San Antonio.  Plan ahead by checking online for dates of fun-filled events going on during your RV trip in town so you won’t miss a thing.  This would be the proper ending to a well-planned, well-executed RV Texas Hill Country trip!

For information on renting an RV in Texas, CLICK HERE or to rent a motor home outside of the state of Texas,  CLICK HERE.

Picture credits:  Top photo of the natural bridge by Nick Cobb and the bottom photo of the grounds at the Alamo by C. Thomas Caldwell are licensed under the Explore/Creative Attribution Commons license on Flickr.
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Vacation this Winter in Galveston, Texas

An RV vacation to Galveston, Texas, can be the ideal winter getaway for the whole family.  Start the New Year out right with an adventure on the Gulf Coast.  Southern Texas has it all!

Galveston Island, Texas

Galveston Island, Texas

Instead of shoveling snow, you can sit on a beach and enjoy the gorgeous sunsets.  Instead of slipping and sliding around on frozen streets, you can travel the highways in style in an RV motorhome.  You have a wide choice of places to stay in Galveston.  The Jamaica Beach RV Park is one of the top choices for RV camping enthusiasts.  You will be near the beach, and have easy access to all sorts of fun activities, including watching dolphins play, taking a boat tour, and much more.

One of the most exciting things about Galveston is that you can enjoy playing in a water park, even in winter!  The Schlitterbahn Water Park is the only indoor waterpark in the state where you can have swimming fun like you wouldn’t believe.  You won’t freeze – the waters are heated!

History plays a large part in your Galveston experience.  You must take in some sights which give you the opportunity to tune-in to some of the Texan past.  Bishop’s Palace is one place to visit, an ornate mansion on the National Register of Historic Places.  The very first brick home in the state was Ashton Villa, built in 1859.  Stop by here to see the museum housed within.

And speaking of museums, there are others around Galveston that you shouldn’t miss.  One is the Railroad Museum with its fascinating railcars, artifacts, and even a ride on the Harborside Express.  The model trains thrill “kids” of all ages.  Another museum which is a must-see is the Texas Seaport Museum.  You will enjoy a self-guided tour of the numerous exhibits found there.

All aviation enthusiasts who enjoy viewing aircraft of early days will love the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame.  Some of the best displays in the nation are available here.   Some are permanent and some are rotating, but whichever it is, you should not pass up this chance to see aviation at its finest.

Kids and adults alike love heading over to Moody Gardens where you’ll see the animals and birds that thrive in a tropical rainforest.  Visit with “happy feet” in the Aquarium Pyramid – yes, penguins!  Also see some happy seals as well.  Fit in a science lesson or two at the Discovery Museum.

Before you pack up and head home, you will want to take the family to Galveston Island State Park.  You can enjoy the mild climate as you go hiking on trails, fish the waters, or watch the numerous species of birds.  This is a wonderful way to top off your RV vacation activities.  The weather should always cooperate with your time in Galveston, Texas.  And if it doesn’t, you will have a nice, warm motor home to retire to.

This winter head for southern Texas and all the sights and sounds of the Gulf to make your vacation the best it can be.

Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas

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

Picture credits: The photo of Galveston, Texas, (top) was taken by Todd Carr and the photo (right) by Drew Mark on Flickr Commons. It is licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons Attribution license.
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