RV Vacation Idea – May NASCAR Races

The Racing Never Stops!

NASCAR drivers race to Dover, Delaware this May 3rd -5th, followed by Kansas City, May 10th -12th, and then two weekends at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the 17th-19th and the 25th-27th of May (Memorial Day weekend.) Enjoy all the exciting action at the track when you go in your RV or ours to any of these fun-filled NASCAR events.

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

Don’t miss the excitement of the 50th anniversary at Dover Speedway, as NASCAR fills the first weekend in May with tons of racing fun. The “JEGS 200” NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Race kicks off the festivities on Friday night beginning at 5 pm. Then Saturday, racers compete in the “Allied Steel Buildings 200,” a NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 pm. The weekend finale is the “Gander RV 400” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race starting at 2 pm on Sunday May 5th.

Camping at Dover

If you want to camp at Dover there are many monster mile camping options. You can choose from the Meadow, the Hideout and many more. Check out all the camping options on the Dover Speedway site.

The next weekend, the KC Masterpiece 400 will take racers around the track at the Kansas Speedway. The first big race on May 10th will begin at 7:30 pm, the Digital Ally 250. Then on Saturday night, May 11th, the excitement of the Digital Ally 400 starts at 6:30 pm. Don’t miss the Pre-race concert by Sister Hazel on Saturday night. Pre-race passes for Saturday night, May 11, which allow up close access to the Sister Hazel concert and driver introductions, are currently available online. Pre-race passes must be accompanied by a grandstand ticket or RV admission. Tickets for the May 11 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race and May 10 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race are also available.

Camping at Kansas Speedway

Enjoy the thrill of one of NASCAR’s most unpredictable tracks from right in the middle of the action! Skip the traffic and enjoy your Kansas Speedway experience from the comfort of your own RV. With six unique campgrounds to choose from, there is a space for every camper right here at the track. Find out details and availability of spaces at Kansas Speedway RV Camping.

Then on May 17-19th, check out the NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the following weekend brings fans from all over the country to Charlotte again for the Coca-Cola 600 race.

The highlight of this first weekend is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday night, May 18th starting at 8:00 pm. The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will battle under the lights at America’s Home for Racing, Charlotte Motor Speedway in what will surely be a night to remember. Prior to the racing action AJR is performing the pre-race concert on Party Island located outside turn 1.

AJR PRE-RACE CONCERT

Don’t miss platinum recording artists AJR as they ramp up the pre-race festivities for the 35th running of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a spectacular concert!

Post-Race Concert: Once the smoke clears from the AJR show and the biggest all-star event in sports, stick around for the post-race concert featuring Hairball – an acclaimed group of performers who specialize in 1980s hair metal music – fueled by Monster Energy who will bringing arena rock to America’s Home for Racing!

The next weekend at Charlotte features the Coca-Cola 600 at 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 26th. This will be the historic 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s toughest test of man and machine! Tickets to the Coca-Cola 600 include additional fan-friendly entertainment including a spectacular, patriotic pre-race salute to our military heroes and a concert featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick! After the stage clears and the green flag flies, sit back and enjoy watching the excitement of the Coca-Cola 600.

Click here to find out more about camping at Charlotte Motor Speedway. There are many options available but they go quickly on big weekends so be sure to contact the track directly to make reservations soon for the campground setup you prefer.

More about Camping at NASCAR Tracks:

Visit Monty’s Musings blog topic – NASCAR RV Camping – The Ultimate Racing Experience. Learn the top ten things you need to know before you go.

Need to Rent an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV for your trip to any of these three locations  from our El Monte RV rentals locations. For RV Rental near Dover, our nearest spot will be our Baltimore El Monte RV Rentals location. For Kansas City and Charlotte, check out our Louisville RV Rentals location. See availability and rental rates on their pages.

No matter where you start on your May NASCAR RV Vacation, enjoy the roar of the engines and the cheers of the crowds.

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NHRA Races from North Carolina to Virginia and Route 66

NHRA racing continues in late April and May with some really exciting races.

From April 26th – 28th the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Mello Yello Four-Wide Nationals will burn up the track at the zMax Dragway in Concord, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NC. This Dragway is famous for its fan amenities and enormous grandstands, where tons of fans can watch the excitement. Racers try to qualify in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycles, as well as Pro Mod racing. The Semi-Finals and Finals take place on Sunday afternoon. Take the time to watch the Top Alcohol racers as well as racers in the Sportsman category at this NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series race. The wheels will be spinning and tires burning as top racers vie for points in Charlotte.

Camping for your RV is available from 4/25-4/28 at the Camping World Racing Resort adjacent to the zMax Dragway. And, trackside camping is available at the Dragway where you can  enjoy the comforts of home while watching the fastest accelerating machines on the planet race all weekend. These sites are located near the top of the timing light on the east side. For more information on tickets and to reserve camping, see NGK Spark Plugs NHRA race.

The next weekend takes racers to the Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway. This race weekend occurs on May 3rd through the 5th with Pro Qualifying races on Friday and Saturday with the Pro Stock Motorcycle and Nitro Final races on Sunday afternoon. This is one of NHRA’s long-established events; this belle of the south has gained a reputation as one of the tougher events on the tour to win. With summer approaching, warm temperatures can turn the event into “Hotlanta” and throw crew chiefs a curve as they try to glue their charges to the facility’s 660-foot concrete launch pad.

For more information or to find out more schedule details or to see about on-site camping, check the Atlanta Dragway website.

As the temperatures heat up, so does the excitement while the NHRA’s best Top Fuel and Funny Car competitors battle at Virginia NHRA Mello Yello Nationals in Virginia Motorsports Park. This exciting event takes place on the weekend of May 17th-19th and will be full of fast cars, motorcycles and fun! Starting with Pro Stock Qualifying and Nitro Qualifying sessions on Friday, the excitement continues on Saturday and Pro Stock Eliminations and Nitro Elimination finals are on Sunday.

Camping inside is available and you can get all the details of the race and the available campgrounds at the Virginia Motorsports Park website.

And to wrap up May, from the 30th to June 2nd, don’t miss the Route 66 Nationals at the northeast end of Route 66 in Chicago. Friday and Saturday are qualifying rounds and Sunday will be the eliminations, semi-Finals and Finals for the Pro Stock and Nitro Eliminations races. For more information on the races, camping and tickets see Route 66 NHRA Nationals.

NHRA racing

NHRA racing

Don’t miss the exciting action at the track when you go in your RV to any of these NHRA events.

Need to rent an RV?  Find your ideal recreational vehicle at one of our El Monte RV Rental locations. See our Where to Rent an RV page for all our El Monte Rental locations and check with the nearest one for available rentals.

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NASCAR This April – Races at Bristol, Richmond and Talladega

NASCAR racing continues this month with the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on the weekend of April 6-8th, then the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 12-14, followed two weeks later by the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on the weekend of April 27th-29th. Don’t miss the exciting action at the track when you go in your RV or ours to any of these NASCAR events.

Bristol Motor Speedway hosts race fans for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on April 7th. The Food City 500 is the cornerstone event of the Spring race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, and one of the most anticipated events on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, with action that lasts all weekend long. For infield access, or schedule information or to learn more about camping on site, check out Bristol Motor Speedway Fan Information.

Richmond Raceway is the site of the next weekend’s NASCAR action. Here, racers will line up for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday night April 13th. Leading up to that event, however, fans can experience three days of ultra-exciting racing action. Get down and dirty with dirt racing on Thursday April 11th, followed by the Toyota Care 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday April 12th. The schedule is jam-packed with action from fan-viewing the Monster Energy Cars in the NASCAR Garage, to practice races all weekend long. Plus the Xfinity Series Qualifying race on Friday afternoon at 3:40 pm. Then don’t miss a chance to sit in on the Xfinity Series Drive/Crew Chief Meeting and another Monster Energy Qualifying race at 5:40. Saturday is full again with driver introductions and the 400 lap, 300 mile Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy race at 7:30. Don’t miss all the action!

For more information about camping near or in the Richmond Raceway, see the GEICO Camping Richmond Raceway – Tickets and Camping page. Richmond Raceway offers both RV and tent camping. All lots are reserved, so please contact them in advance to see what spots are available. And, if they are full, there are other RV campgrounds nearby at Ashland, just 20 minutes away at Americamps RV Resort and another at Kosmo Village in Glen Allen, VA, only 10 minutes from the Raceway.

Talladega Motor Speedway is open for action for the GEICO 500 from Thursday April 25th, with campgrounds open even earlier on Monday, April 22nd. The actual GEICO 500 race takes place on Sunday and is part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. In addition this weekend will be the site for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the ARCA Menards Series races. Friday sees driver introductions at 4:30 for the ARCA race and the General Tire 200/ ARCA, 76 lap race begins at 5:00 pm. This will be followed by Big One on the Blvd Infield Party at 7:00 pm.

Then Saturday, April 27th, the MoneyLion 200 Xfinity series race, kicks off at 12 pm followed by a Saturday night Infield Concert at 7:00 pm. Lots of other activities will be happening all weekend long. Sunday is the GEICO 500 Monster Energy Series race starting at 1:00 pm.

Check out the Talladega SuperSpeedway  website for more schedule details.

And if you want to camp at Talladega, there are many options for you, including three free campgrounds for fans who hold a Sunday Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ticket. Entry to these campgrounds begins Monday of race week at 9:00 AM. Learn more about each campground by checking out the Talladega Find Your Campground Camping Pages.

More about Camping at NASCAR Tracks:

Visit Monty’s Musings blog topic – NASCAR RV Camping – The Ultimate Racing Experience. Learn the top ten things you need to know before you go.

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

Need to Rent an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV for your trip to any of these three locations  from our El Monte RV rentals locations. The closest for Bristol would be our Louisville RV Rentals location. For RV Rental near Richmond, our nearest spot will be our Baltimore El Monte RV Rentals location. And for Talladega, check out Louisville RV Rentals or our Orlando El Monte RV Rentals location.

See availability and rental rates on their pages. No matter where you start on this NASCAR RV Vacation, you are certain to enjoy the roar of the engines and the cheers of the crowds.

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RV Fall Foliage Vacation – Spectacular Virginia

Spectacular color changes paint the landscape every fall, especially in the State of Virginia! Take the time to take an RV fall foliage vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll be treated to fall colors against the beautiful backdrop of the mountains and valleys that were home to our founding fathers.

Starting in the Shenandoah Valley, just 20 miles from downtown Staunton lies the entrance to both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. These scenic routes make for a great driving tour offering scenic overlooks with breathtaking mountain views ideal for photo ops and picnics. They also provide access to a number of the area’s most popular hiking destinations for all ages and abilities. From Skyline Drive try Blackrock Summit, a geological wonder that’s an easy 1-mile loop. From the summit of boulder-strewn Blackrock enjoy views that extend for miles in multiple directions.

Fall Foliage Viewing RV Trips

Fall Foliage Viewing RV Trips

From the Blue Ridge Parkway, try Humpback Rocks; a challenging two-mile hike offering amazing views from the top of this popular rock outcropping. For those looking for an easy leg-stretcher start at the Humpback Visitor Center and take the Mountain Farm Trail (.25 mile) leading to the Outdoor Farm Museum where you can tour a 19th century log cabin and outbuildings complete with costumed interpreters providing demonstrations of subsistence farmers. Another nearby hike, Catoctin Trail, starts at the Humpback Rocks picnic area and is an easy walk (.3 mile) leading you to an overlook of the Shenandoah Valley. Spend the afternoon discovering the region’s flora and fauna culminating in a picnic lunch. On your way back to Staunton stop in at Stable Craft Brewing for brews and light bites. Experience a true working farm brewery as you take a behind scenes tour, see the hop fields, and visit with the horses

But that is not your only choice for driving to see the beautiful leaves changing. Here is a list of other options around Virginia you may consider.

More Scenic Fall Drives in Virginia

  1. Mountains 2 Main Streets Fall
  2. LeafPeeping on Skyline Drive.
  3. Find Your Passion Along the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  4. AutumnSplendor in the Cabin Capital of Virginia.
  5. Follow the Apple Trail this Fallin Winchester.
  6. Autumnat Skyland Resort.
  7. From the Bridge to the Ridge.

For more information about these wonderful visual treats, visit the Virginia website here.

Fall Foliage Campground Choices:

Virginia offers a host of different options for camping with your RV. The Virginia State Parks, voted “America’s Best,” have campgrounds in 28 of its parks. They’re open the first Friday in March until the first Monday in December.

Virginia also has a range of National Parks and National Forests to choose from. Check out Shenandoah National Park, which is open for primitive back country camping, if that is your style. Also, about 549 miles of the Appalachian Trail runs through Virginia; 107 miles of it is in Shenandoah National Park. The trail here is well-maintained, excellent for beginning hikers. Enjoy an abundance of wildlife and beautiful mountain vistas. Many folks camp in the woodlands off the trail.

Campgrounds along Skyline Drive include Big Meadows, Mathews Arm, Lewis Mountain, Loft Mountain and a group-only campground, Dundo. Park Rangers oversee all the campgrounds, which are recommended for families with little ones and less experienced campers.

Prince William Forest Park features tent and RV camping for six campers per site at its Oak Ridge Campground, which is open all year. Travel Trailer Village is for RVs only, and Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground is for seven or more campers per group.

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests flow together along the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. About 2,000 miles of hiking trails, including 330 miles of the Appalachian Trail, are major attractions, as well as lakes, ponds and streams for swimming, boating and fishing galore! See their website here for more information.

Another popular attraction is the Virginia Creeper Trail for biking and hiking.

One of the most popular family campgrounds is Sherando Lake Recreation Area, which features 65 family campsites as well as a sandy beach swimming area!

Enjoy the spectacle of fall foliage from the comfort of your RV. To rent an RV for the Fall Leaves Spectacular, visit either of our rv rental locations at Baltimore or Louisville.

Plan to stop and visit some historic places along your way or on your return. You can also rent an El Monte RV at one of these locations and return it to the other if you have time for a longer trip.

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RV Camping to Special Events—Two Southern Festivals in May

What could be more fun than coming together for a weekend of good food, good music and outdoor festival camaraderie? RV camping at festivals adds an additional layer of enjoyment to multi-day festivities. Whether you’re camping right in the heart of festival action or at a comfortable campground nearby, the convenience and affordability of festival camping make it a favorite activity of RV travelers.

We’ve picked two special festivals for you to consider for this year’s camping itinerary—and both take place the first week in May! From smokin’ hot blues in Memphis to a luscious celebration of South Carolina strawberries, they’re both good reasons to reserve an RV rental and plan your own Southern festival weekend.

South Carolina Strawberry Festival, Fort Mill, South Carolina, May 5-6, 2017

If you love the experience of small-town festivals, where local elementary school choirs take the same stage as regional country-rock bands and well-known blues artists, you’ll want to turn your RV toward Fort Mill, SC this May.

Fort Mill, a four-hour drive from Roanoke, VA on US-220, and just across the state border from

South Carolina Strawberry Festival

South Carolina Strawberry Festival

Charlotte, NC, is home to the annual South Carolina Strawberry Festival that honors the sweet red fruit that comes ripe right as this festival begins.

There are festival-related events like a pageant and golf tournament the week prior to Festival Weekend, but the action really starts to get sweet on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Home-spun fun such as shortcake and hot wing eating contests and a ring-full of professional wrestlers raising funds to fight cancer will keep RVers plenty occupied. That’s even before we mention the musical talent that takes the Strawberry Jam Stage both Friday night and all day Saturday.

There’s even a Strawberry Pancake Breakfast Saturday morning at the local high school. And it’s all within easy reach, as most festival events take place in or near the town’s Walter Elisha Park.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? But you may be wondering where to camp close to the festival. You’ll find plenty of private campgrounds in the area. Here are just a few:

  • Camp Wilderness at Carowinds Amusement Park, fifteen minutes north of the Festival grounds. Why not plan to stay and play at Carowinds to round out your South Carolina family RV camping vacation?
  • Charlotte/Fort Mill KOA, just off I-77 and less than ten minutes from Walter Elisha Park, gets high marks from RV travelers.
  • Crown Cove RV Park on the North Carolina/South Carolina border, minutes from Fort Mill, is another highly-recommended campground close to the Festival.

Our next festival takes us to Memphis, home of blues, barbeque and sassy Southern hospitality.

Beale Street Musical Festival, Memphis, Tennessee, May 5-7, 2017

Each May, more than one hundred thousand music lovers congregate on the banks of the Mississippi at Tom Lee Park in Memphis to enjoy musicians as varied as Snoop Dogg to Drive-By Truckers. The 2017 Beale Street Music Festival will be held May 5-7 and promises to be one of the best reasons to travel to Memphis by RV this year.

Bring your blanket (no coolers, outside beverages or lawn chairs, please) and your love of good music to this three-day festival in a city world-renowned for its musical offerings. The eclectic mix of artists on four stages will ensure everyone in your camping crew has a stellar festival experience. And what could be more exciting than a festival with the South’s most iconic river as a backdrop? (By the way, you’ll need to buy your tickets now, as Tier I and II passes have already sold out!)

Where to camp close to the Beale Street Music Festival? Try these campgrounds for RV camping within thirty miles of the Festival:

  • Memphis Jellystone Park, Horn Lake, MS
  • Graceland RV Park & Campground on Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis
  • Memphis KOA, twenty minutes away, across the state line in Marion, Arkansas
  • Tom Sawyer RV Campground in West Memphis, Arkansas

Bonus Memphis RV camping idea: While RV camping in Memphis to attend the Beale Street Music Festival, while not schedule a longer stay to enjoy the other Memphis in May International Festival events? Kicking off with the Beale Street Music Festival the first weekend in May and stretching to the 901Fest in late May that celebrates all the 901 (Memphis) area code has to offer, this quartet of Memphis festivals in May will tempt RVers to linger longer.

It’s time to start planning your festival RV camping experiences! Use these ideas as a springboard to make your 2017 festival camping plans, and don’t forget—we’re here to help you have your best RV travel experience yet.

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Camping and Paddling the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway

Three serene, unspoiled rivers and two picturesque lakes in southern Virginia are the path to take for days of paddling on the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway. Mix in attractive RV campgrounds all along your route and this Virginia camping and paddling trip can become one of your best vacations yet.

If you’ve never paddled a kayak or canoe here, it’s high time you did! Pack the RV and your favorite watercraft and use these tips to plan your own trip down the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway. Don’t own an RV? Be sure to get in touch for an RV rental—we’ve got you covered.

Mapping Your Adventure 

With more than one hundred miles of waterways to explore on this Blueway, you have plenty of choices for where to put in, how far to paddle and where to camp. The Staunton (Roanoke), Dan and Banister Rivers tempt paddlers with wooded shores, man-made and natural features and plenty of wildlife. These rivers all flow into John H Kerr Reservoir, also known as Buggs Island Lake, which straddles the Virginia/North Carolina border.

State park campgrounds all along the lakeshore make it possible to stay and explore Virginia’s largest lake awhile. But you’ll want to float the Blueway farther south along the state line, as well, to where Lake Gaston offers its own special charm.

Suggested Trips along the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway

To explore the Staunton River leg of the Blueway, put in at Long Island Park in Long Island, VA, slip around the Hale Islands and paddle downstream eleven miles to the Brookneal boat launch. You’ll find Class I and II rapids during peak flow and a nicely wooded shoreline. Primitive campsites are available in Long Island Park.

The Dan River, on the other hand, converges with the Staunton River at Staunton River State Park on the north shore of John H Kerr Reservoir. Enter the water at the boat launch off US-360 in South Boston, VA and slip around a series of islands for about thirteen miles until you reach the lake’s backwaters. The modern campground at Staunton River State Park

Canoeing in Virginia

Canoeing in Virginia

is surrounded by wooded trails and features standard electric campsites.

One more suggested river trip—the Bannister River from the King’s Bridge access point on the outskirts of Halifax, VA about seven miles downstream to the Terry’s Bridge takeout point at US-360. The route’s made more interesting by man-made rapids created by wing dams, and the scenery is surprisingly unspoiled, despite nearby towns. You’re close enough to camp at Staunton River State Park on this route, as well.

The two lakes on the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway give paddling enthusiasts even more opportunities to explore. Occoneechee State Park on Kerr Reservoir (Buggs Island Lake) features standard electric campsites right on the lakeshore, close enough to Clarksville to make a quick trip for supplies. The reservoir’s eight-hundred-fifty-miles of shoreline includes secluded coves accessible at points like Longwood Park (a nice campground here, too) and Island Creek Park. Fish, paddle or hike until you’re ready to move on; it’s an outdoor playground worth getting to know.

Kerr Tailrace Park is your access to the waters of the Roanoke (Staunton) River as they flow once again toward Lake Gaston. The area is rich with wildlife, in particular bald eagles, osprey and great blue herons who come to feed below the dam. Camping is available just down the shoreline within the large campground at North Bend Park.

And we can’t leave the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway without offering a peek at Lake Gaston. After you’ve explored the Kerr Tailrace/Bugg Island waters, venture downstream at least as far as the Steel Bridge or Flat Creek access points for a taste of the Blueway’s southern limits. Lake Gaston is more highly-developed than Kerr Reservoir, but you’ll still find plenty of places to paddle.

As you do, you’ll be close enough to camp at North Bend Park again, or you can enjoy all the amenities of a full-service RV campground at Lake Gaston Americamps.

If you love to explore scenic waterways by kayak or canoe, you can’t beat the more than one-hundred-miles of adventure on the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway. With convenient, friendly campgrounds the entire way, there’s no reason not to add this trip to your ‘gotta do it’ camping and paddling vacation list.

Photo attribution:  By Virginia State Parks staff (DSCN0595  Uploaded by AlbertHerring) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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How to Get Away from the Crowd While RV Camping

Traveling by RV is always comfortable, no matter whether you’re parked in a luxury RV resort or deep within a national forest. For campers who enjoy solitude, seeking campsites beyond developed campgrounds can be your best choice, if you’re willing to plan ahead.

One of the easiest ways to get away from the crowd while RV camping is to take advantage of campsites at state and national forests. Here are just a few spots to consider as you plan your adventures:

  • If you’re planning a Virginia RV camping adventure, consider a visit to Shenandoah National Forest. The campgrounds there, set among woodlands, waterfalls and trails with panoramic views, offer dump stations, drinking water and large campsites.
  • Travelers planning a Pennsylvania RV vacation should take a look at the less-developed campgrounds in Allegheny National Forest. This vast greenspace is a fishing and hiking paradise and some campgrounds offer both electric or primitive campsites.
  • Visitors to California will want to take a look at Lassen National Forest, where several campgrounds accommodate your need for no-hookups privacy (and the views are simply breathtaking!)
  • Florida RV campers hoping for a less crowded environment can check out Osceola National Forest west of Jacksonville, especially the Ocean Pond campground. Three levels of camping allow you to pick how isolated you’d like to be while exploring the trails and waterways in this lush, green environment.

But you may be saying, “Wait a minute! What exactly do you mean by “camping outside of developed campgrounds”? What we’re talking about is a camping area where you’ll find a water supply, dump station and shower/restroom facilities close by, but perhaps without electric or water hookups at each campsite. You may not be able to use your electronic appliances and devices unless generator use is allowed, but the trade-off is in uncluttered views and uncrowded camping.

To take advantage of the beauty many of these campgrounds have to offer, you’ll have to plan ahead and make some adjustments to expectations. Here are some suggestions as you prepare to camp in a state or national forest campground.

  • Check ahead for rules about generator use, and plan for essentials accordingly.
  • Fill water tanks and empty waste water tanks before arriving.
  • Plan to cook on a gas stove or grill or plan menus that don’t require cooking.
  • Take care to only dispose of waste water at campground or park dump stations.
  • During the warmest hours of the day, plan activities like swimming or hiking in the deep woods to stay cool.
  • Plan ahead for safe food storage.
  • For ‘dispersed camping’ spots, where parking the RV is allowed in areas without amenities, you’ll need to pack out your own trash.

Being able to embrace the beauty of natural areas is possible even while enjoying RV comfort. Don’t own an RV? No problem—we’re always here to help with an RV rental.

With a little planning, camping in less crowded campgrounds might just become your favorite way to vacation. Why not start planning your get-away-from-it-all adventure now?

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Four East Coast Camping Destinations for Early Autumn

You may think you’ve missed your chance to visit America’s East Coast by RV, now that the calendar reads September. The truth is, many Eastern campgrounds are open thru at least October and welcome autumn visitors. We’ve picked four East Coast RV camping destinations with something special to offer, to tempt you into taking one more trip.

Fisherman’s Memorial State Park – Rhode Island

The Ocean State boasts gorgeous ocean views, an abundance of historic treasures and nicely-maintained state park campgrounds, Fisherman’s Memorial State Park Campground is open through October and promises a pleasant RV camping experience way out on Point Judith. With five scenic beaches, Point Judith Lighthouse and the fishing village of Galilee nearby, you’ll find plenty to do on an autumn day. Use our quick link to Rhode Island RV campgrounds if you’re planning to travel the state.

Cedarville State Forest – Maryland

Come to Southern Maryland in early autumn and enjoy the peace and solitude of Cedarville State Forest, just an hour and a half south of Baltimore. Set up camp and then hike nearly twenty miles of trails through deep forest, exploring the Zekiah freshwater swamp and a surprising variety of plant and animal life. Click here to reserve your campsite now. Bonus: Here are even more Maryland RV campground possibilities as you travel the Old Line State.

Pocahontas State Park – Virginia

Just south of Richmond and a couple hours east of Roanoke, Pocahontas State Park is another awesome autumn getaway. With eighty miles of hiking and biking trails, this is a popular stop for ‘mid-season’ campers. The park’s campgrounds are open thru November and offer electric and water hookups (some 50 amp).

While camping in the area, be sure to take the short drive to Richmond to see the architectural treasures of Capitol Square, take the walking tour of Hollywood Cemetery and visit the city’s numerous museums. Click the link for even more Virginia RV camping locations to extend your stay.

Cape Cod National Seashore and Area Campgrounds – Massachusetts

Here’s the recipe for an unforgettable autumn camping excursion—pick up your RV rental and then head southeast through Plymouth and Barnstable to Cape Cod. The National Parks Service has preserved forty thousand acres of Atlantic shoreline, marshes and dunes, as well as an entire guidebook full of historic sites, for RV campers to enjoy.

It may be too chilly to swim in early autumn, but you’ll be blessed with uncrowded trail and beach hikes and views of more than a dozen Cape Cod lighthouses. No camping facilities within the Cape’s boundaries, but, lucky for you, we’ve gathered information on Cape Cod area campgrounds to help you plan.

Autumn camping

Autumn camping

From Cape Cod to Narragansett,
the crowds have gone home and left peace and quiet for autumn RV campers to enjoy.    Pack your own RV or pick up a convenient motorhome rental near your destination. Either way, it’s time to head east to discover the joys of autumn East Coast camping.

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Chincoteague Island—RV Camping in Paradise

Chincoteague Island, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, can be your starting point for an unforgettable RV camping vacation. The timeless beauty of Chincoteague draws visitors all summer long to hike or bike to a wildlife refuge, kayak in Chincoteague Bay or watch for dolphins from a picturesque lighthouse. Unspoiled by over-development, it’s as close to nature as you’ll find on the Eastern Seaboard.

Coming to Chincoteague by RV is the perfect choice for several reasons. Thanks to the variety of campgrounds in the area, it’s possible to maximize your family’s vacation activities. Chincoteague campgrounds are close to area attractions and most also offer access to clamming, crabbing, boat rentals, scenic land and water tours and other outdoor recreation favorites.

Here’s one more bonus: knowing you’ll be coming home to sleep in RV comfort and can cook when you choose in a well-equipped RV kitchen makes vacationing that much more relaxing.

Now that you know you’re making the right choice traveling by RV, here are even more reasons to take an RV camping trip to Chincoteague Island.

Assateague Island National Seashore

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

An extraordinary place divided between Maryland and Virginia (and a stone’s throw from Chincoteague), Assateague Island is home to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, where wild ponies play among the dunes.

On the last Saturday of July, those ponies swim the narrow channel between the two islands in preparation for the Pony Auction held annually to reduce the herd to limits allowed on the island. Tip: If your family is planning to attend this amazing event, plan to park at the school on Chincoteague and take the shuttle to avoid the congestion.

Kayaking, hiking, wildlife viewing and saltwater fishing are other favorite activities for visitors to Assateague. Take the time to visit Assateague Lighthouse, a quick drive or bike ride from Chincoteague. Built in 1833, the light’s attractive red and white tower promises wonderful vacation photos and a chance to climb the steps to the top for even better views.

There are Assateague Island RV campgrounds on the Maryland side, if you enjoy ‘boondocking’ with no hookups and cold water showers. It’s best to plan on camping here during the week in the summertime, as weekend sites are booked months in advance.

Find time to come to Virginia’s Eastern Shore this summer. Whether you come to ride a horse along the beach, learn the history of Assateague and Chincoteague on a boat tour, paddle your way through the area’s many water trails or photograph the sun setting over the dunes, your time on these islands will be magical.

And did we mention the area is famous for its summertime festivals? Be sure to ask your campground host what’s coming up so you won’t miss any of the fun.

We’d love to help you with a Virginia or Maryland RV rental, as well as more information about area activities. Use this link to make your reservations at your favorite Virginia campground and start planning your own Chincoteague Island RV camping vacation.

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Five Summer Food Festivals to Tempt RV Travelers

A weekend food fest is the perfect excuse to head down the road in an RV. Today’s post is a delicious concoction of food fest and camping info from five of the best summer fests. Read on for what you need to know to plan your next RV camping trip to US food festivals.

Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival – Centreville, VA – May 30-31

Who knows what kind of fun RV campers could get into when two dozen Virginia wineries, a cavalcade of top-notch food trucks and a whole lot of food and wine lovers converge on Bull Run Regional Park? Great food, sassy music and the best of Virginia wines are featured at this fabulous outdoor festival just down the road from Manassas Battlefield. Get your tickets here and make it a weekend to remember!

Here’s a link to Virginia RV campgrounds. El Monte RV Rentals in Manassas is happy to help with the right RV for your trip.

Great Chowder Cook-Off – Newport, RI – June 6

If you love a good cuppa chowda, Rhode Island’s world-famous chowder fest is the place for your next RV camping trip. Heated competition for the chowder crown blends with spicy local bands and fun family activities at Fort Adams State Park.

Camp near Newport and make it a long weekend as you discover the mansions, beaches and local charm that make Newport an A-1 tourist destination. 

French Market Creole Tomato Fest – New Orleans, LA – June 13-14

Did you know a tomato imported from the West Indies is at the heart of many Creole culinary treats? The Creole tomato is so important to cuisine in New Orleans that a festival is held in its honor every June! Bring the family on this weekend RV trip and let the kids play in Dutch Alley, watch cooking demonstrations and, of course, sample savory dishes featuring the star of the festival.

Louisiana RV camping venues can be found here.

Arcata Bay Oyster Festival – Arcata, CA – June 20

Here’s the chance to visit California’s magnificent Redwood Coast and enjoy boatloads of fresh oysters as a bonus! The Arcata Bay Oyster Festival celebrates the bivalves that fuel this area’s aquaculture, and it’s a whole lot of fun for oyster lovers, too. Come sample oyster creations from talented chefs, watch cooking demonstrations and get in on family-friendly festival fun.

Eight national forests nearby supply unforgettable scenery as you camp, so plan to stay awhile after the festival. Here’s a list of California campgrounds, including those in the Arcata area. Bon appetit!

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas – Chicago, IL – June 18-21

Scenic Humboldt Park is the setting for this enormous celebration of Puerto Rico and its culture, music and cuisine. Come and sample, play and people watch with thousands of festival goers and don’t miss the parade on Saturday!

Camping in the Windy City is simple—just use our guide to point you in the right direction.

There’s so much to taste, see and do this summer in cities across America! Get started now making your RV camping plans to visit food festivals. Grab your knives and forks and be sure to let us know which ones you can’t wait to visit again next year.

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