Let’s explore some “NEW” places to visit during 2018!

Our first adventure takes us to “NEW” Hampshire…

 White Mountain National Forest 

The White Mountain National Forest in eastern New Hampshire and western Maine features Mt. Washington, the highest peak north of the Smokey Mountains and east of the Mississippi River.   Established in 1918 as part of the National Parks System after years of unregulated logging and forest fires ravaged the landscape, this park has grown to almost 800,000 acres of pristine forest land. The park is open is open year round and hosts up to 6 million visitors annually.

Mt. Washington in New Hampshire

Mt. Washington in New Hampshire

Hike to the peak of Mt. Washington on a clear day and you may be rewarded with a panoramic view of 100 miles of beautiful hardwood forests, sparkling mountain lakes, and wandering streams.

 

What to see/do while you are visiting:

Are you a history buff or just fascinated by the way people lived a hundred years ago?

  • visit a 19th century farmhouse

The Russell-Colbath House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Step back in time as a docent guides you through this historical museum. You will learn about life in the Passaconaway Valley, examine artifacts, and view furnishings from this time period. Located on the Kancamagus Highway in Albany, NH. Contact the Saco Ranger District for hours and more information. (Open seasonally)

Touring a house/museum not your idea of learning about history?

  • explore the wilderness-

Then you will want to explore the great out of doors and visit the backwoods along the many hiking trails. Here you can discover the crumbling remains of a logging camp or an old mill dam. You may stumble across some railroad tracks. What would it have been like to ride a logging train?  Perhaps you will find the remains of a wilderness family’s home. Can’t you just imagine what life might have been like a hundred years ago for these people?

Would you rather explore by vehicle?

  • take a drive-

Hop in the RV with the family and take a leisurely drive down the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, which locals refer to as the “Kanc”. This route is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful routes through New Hampshire’s White Mountains. It is very popular during the autumn “leaf season” so make plans now for next fall or perhaps you would want to explore in the winter wonderland.

Winter Recreation your passion?

  • bundle up for some outdoor fun-

If you are not afraid of the arctic weather and speed excites you, then check out snowmobiling, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, or alpine skiing which are all available at White Mountain National Park. If you prefer a somewhat slower pace, but the chill factor is still mandatory, check out cross country skiing or snowshoe hiking. Whatever route you choose, bundle up and stay warm!

After a day exploring White Mountain National Park in scenic New Hampshire, head back to your comfy home away from home and curl up with a good book and a mug of hot tea or chocolate. There is always something new to explore the next day.

Stay tuned for our next “NEW” adventure!  Where will we explore next?

There are many different campgrounds in White Mountain National Park, but Hancock Campground is one that is open year round.

Hancock Campground

  • Exit 31 off Interstate 93. (Route 112); 5 miles East of Lincoln, NH.
  • Open year round
  • Plowed for winter use
  • Near Lincoln Woods Visitor Center

Before you leave for your trip:

Be sure to check out the Alerts and Notices tab on the White Mountain National Park’s  web page https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/whitemountain/home  to check for trail closings and any other important park information.

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Let an RV Rental Help With Extra Accommodations

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, don’t let the need for extra sleeping accommodations add to your worry.  An RV rental can make providing extra beds for visiting relatives or friends easy!  You can set them up in your driveway, or find a nearby campground, but either way, it’s comfortable and convenient.  Going out of town for the holidays instead?  Renting an RV makes your trip easy with plenty of storage for you and your presents!

El Monte RV not only has sizes from 22′ to 37′ that sleep up to 8, but we currently have a rental special that makes your holidays a little more bright!  Rent any day in December for at least 6 nights, and get an additional night free, along with 50 free miles per night!   Be sure to use Coupon Code:  HOLIDAY when making your reservation, either online or from our Reservations Call Center.

Santa's One RV Open Sleigh Saves the Day!

Santa’s One RV Open Sleigh Saves the Day!

No matter what your plans have in store for you, we wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season!  Let us help make it a little more merry!

 

 

 

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Visiting the National Parks by RV

Seeing a Show While Visiting the National Parks

There’s no better way to see the beauty of our country’s national parks than with an RV vacation. In an RV, you can make yourself at home on the road, to chart your own course and stray off the beaten path to see parks up close and personal. When the sun sets on an amazing day in the national park, head to a nearby city to enjoy a game, performance or concert. We’ve listed a few of our favorite national parks, as well as nearby towns where you can catch a show and be ready to get back to nature the next day.

The Park: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of the east coast and spend some time in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Before the arrival of European settlers, the park was once the home to the Cherokee people, and it was officially dedicated a national park by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. Explore the pristine beauty of over 500,000 acres of woods, rivers and historic settlements. With its convenient location and beautiful surroundings, it’s easy to see why Great Smoky Mountains is the most frequently visited national park in the country.

The Venue: The Orange Peel, Asheville, N.C.

After you’ve hiked, fished and relaxed in the wilderness, head just 40 miles east to the city of Asheville, N.C. Nestled in the mountains, Asheville has long been a destination for friendly people, great food and fantastic music. While you’re in town, catch a show at The Orange Peel, which has been recognized as one of the top music venues in the country. The intimate space only holds about 1,000 people, but it has drawn musical acts such as Bob Dylan and Smashing Pumpkins. You can even catch a great comedy show there; comedian Tig Notaro will be performing at the Orange Peel on December 12, 2017.

The Park: Yosemite National Park

On the other side of the country is Yosemite National Park, an iconic American gem in Northern California. The park makes up more than 1,200 square miles of mountain vistas, valleys and breathtaking waterfalls, including Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America. Much of the land making up Yosemite National Park has been protected since the mid-19th century, and the plants and animal life in the park are incredibly diverse.

The Venue: Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif.

Yosemite is just over an hour from Fresno, where you’ll find the Save Mart Center on the California State University campus. This multipurpose arena hosts everything from UFC fights and comedy shows to concerts from the likes of Miranda Lambert, Pink and Bruno Mars. It’s also home to the Fresno State men’s and women’s basketball teams. Pair an exciting event with a trip to Yosemite for a vacation that checks all the boxes.

The Park: Grand Canyon National Park

They say there’s no way to prepare yourself for seeing the Grand Canyon. No photo or description can do it justice; you just have to stand on the edge of its walls and see it for yourself. It was officially declared a national park in 1919, and more than 5 million Americans head to the northwestern corner of Arizona to see it every year. Whether you walk from one side to the other, fly over it on a helicopter tour, or just take it all in from the visitor’s center, a visit to Grand Canyon National Park is an experience you and your family will be talking about for years to come.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

The Venue: The Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff, Ariz.

The Orpheum Theater was originally built in 1911 as a movie theater, and has been transformed into a state-of-the-art venue for film, live music and stage performances. Flagstaff is about an hour from Grand Canyon National Park, and a great home base for your Grand Canyon adventure. The theater is in Flagstaff’s beautiful downtown, close to restaurants, shops and surrounded by the area’s natural beauty. Visit the Orpheum to see rock shows, singer-songwriters or even a classic film on the big screen.

The Park: Mt. Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier is an active volcano southeast of Seattle that rises over 14,000 feet above sea level. The highest mountain of the Cascade Range, it’s also the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S., and it spawns six major rivers. Visitors can skip through wildflower meadows, marvel at powerful waterfalls and hike on well over 100 trails in this massive park.

The Venue: The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Wash.

With stunning views over the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River, this outdoor amphitheater is known as one of the most scenic in America. It seats nearly 30,000 fans, and although it’s located in a fairly rural area, there are several campgrounds nearby.

The United States has 58 National Parks, which means you may never run out of sights to see and beautiful roads to drive. Get creative on your next National Park adventure and add in some evening entertainment. An RV adventure gives you the flexibility to make the most of your vacation, no matter where the road takes you.

About the Author

Adam Young enjoys exploring the country’s national parks when he’s not serving as the CEO of Event Tickets Center. His home state of Florida offers a range of parks that are perfect for visiting via RV.

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Holiday RV Travel—Christmas on the Road

Travel over Christmas break isn’t something new—but it doesn’t have to mean a crowded ski lodge or peak-season-priced hotel rooms. If your family’s ready to try something new, why not pack the RV and find the magic of Christmas on the road? For regions where weather conditions don’t favor RV travel, consider flying to a warmer spot and picking up a rental RV for your adventure.

We’ve collected some tips for keeping Christmas merry and bright while traveling by RV with the family. Pick one or try them all—these ideas are handpicked to bring holiday cheer to RV camping families.  We’ve even got a Holiday Special to help with your RV rental!

Christmas TreeRV Holiday Travel Destinations 

What RV camping destinations are popular at Christmas? Let’s narrow that answer down a bit. What does your family enjoy doing together? Where have you dreamed of going to get away for the holidays? Combining the winter holidays with activities everyone will enjoy is the key to an unforgettable holiday RV road trip.

Here are just a few suggestions for holiday RV travel destinations.

Ski Resorts with RV Parks combine winter sports, beautiful mountain settings and affordable accommodations. An excellent example of a year-round campground is the Fireside Resort near the ski slopes in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Many ski resorts allow boondocking, or dry camping, in self-contained motorhomes in their parking lots, so be sure to ask what’s available.

Theme Park Christmas Getaways are perfect for RV camping families who want to keep the fun going over the holidays. A big plus—theme parks dress up in their holiday best and host special events to add excitement to your family’s winter break.

Many RVers are familiar with Fort Wilderness Camping Resort at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, but did you know there are plenty of other options for holiday camping near theme parks? Check out Paradise by the Sea Resort in San Diego. You’ll be within easy driving distance of Legoland and San Diego Sea World. Arlington KOA is minutes away from Six Flags Over Texas. When you’ve chosen your theme park destination, look for on-site campgrounds or campgrounds within an easy drive.

Christmas Camping in the Beauty of Nature

Discovering natural wonders is one more way families who camp together get the most from their winter breaks. Think of the memories you’ll make sharing Yuletide delights surrounded by desert vistas (Mojave National Preserve in Southern California), discovering trails along a rocky riverbank (Colorado Bend State Park north of Austin, TX) or exploring Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia.

RV Holiday Travel Tips 

No matter which holiday RV travel destination you choose, it’s easy to keep the excitement building along the way. Try these tips: 

Twelve Days of RV Christmas: Pick a theme and plan small gifts for everyone to enjoy each day as the holiday approaches. Time together as a family is the goal as each person unwraps the day’s gift. You could also draw names for ‘Secret Santa’ gifts to be purchased along the way or before you begin your trip.

Take Holiday Traditions on the Road: Bring along the holiday traditions that mean the most to your family. Pack the holiday books or movies you always share as a family. Sing along with Christmas music on the radio. Make each youngster a travel bag with holiday-themed coloring or puzzle books. Let older kids choose an audiobook of a Christmas classic to share.

Bring the ingredients for favorite cookies and candies, and spend the day baking together at the campground. Stock your RV kitchen with cocoa mix, marshmallows and candy canes for a shared treat while watching for Santa. Buy Command™ hooks to hang stockings without damaging the walls of your motorhome. Do you always have chili for Christmas Eve dinner? Is there a special cookie plate to set out with Santa’s goodies? All it takes is a little planning to transform your winter RV trip into a holiday to remember.

Holiday travel by RV can be whatever your family wants it to be. Carry on treasured traditions while traveling to a special destination, or explore the holiday traditions of other regions and cultures. Camp in extraordinary natural settings and spend the time bonding with your family. Traveling by motorhome gives you the freedom to shape your winter holiday celebrations into something remarkable.

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Rental RV Delivery for Special Events

Here’s a scenario that might sound familiar:

“I want to rent an RV for a music fest, but I’ve never set one up at the campground. I know I’ll be so stressed setting up the RV that I won’t enjoy the event. Does anyone deliver and setup motorhomes at special events?”

If you’ve had that same question, we’re glad you found our blog! An El Monte RV Rental location near the event may be able to help. For some major events, our local rental locations can provide delivery and setup service at the event campground.

When would RV delivery come in handy?  Your special event might be a NASCAR race or a multi-day music festival. It could be an annual week-long swap meet where thousands of RV campers converge. When you call to rent an RV for the event, be sure to ask if delivery and setup service is available.

That’s not all El Monte RV Rentals locations can do to make RV camping at special events a success. They may also be able to provide a convenience kit that contains linens, dishes and silverware, or a kitchen kit that supplies cookware, kitchen tools, a coffee/tea pot and cleaning equipment.

What if Delivery Service isn’t Available?

Even if a specific rental location isn’t able to provide delivery service, rest assured that there will be experienced staff on hand to help. They will guide you through El Monte RV Rentals’ training tools for driving and setup procedures. We’ll never just ‘turn you loose’ to figure out driving and setting up an RV on your own.

RV Delivery for Temporary Housing

But what if your RV delivery need isn’t for a special event? Maybe you’re launching a major remodel and don’t want to live in a hotel room until it’s completed. It could be that relatives are coming in for the holidays and there’s not enough bedroom space. You might even have been impacted by a natural disaster and need a place to call home until your home can be repaired.

Call your local El Monte RV Rentals office and ask about delivery of a motorhome or travel trailer.     

El Monte RV Motor Home

El Monte RV Motor Home

Here’s another scenario in which an RV as temporary housing makes sense—if your employees need to be housed near a remote work location. We often, for example, provide RVs for film production companies to use while filming on location.

No matter what the reason you need temporary housing, we can provide recreational vehicle delivery and set-up assistance.

Beginning to get the picture? We’ve got the help you need, whether it’s setting up a Class C motorhome at a major music fest or delivering multiple temporary housing units to your remote workplace. Give us a call or visit your local El Monte RV Rentals location as you make your plans. We’ll do our very best to deliver exceptional service.

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How to Choose the Right RV Storage Site

Many RV owners require offsite storage for their motorhomes, fifth wheels or travel trailers. City zoning laws or neighborhood covenants may restrict whether or not you’re allowed to store your recreational vehicle on your own property. It may also be easier to rent a storage space than to build a canopy or garage and to implement appropriate security. Whether for the winter, for whenever you aren’t camping or for more extended periods, choosing a safe, affordable place to house an RV doesn’t have to be difficult.  

RV Storage Class C RV

RV Storage Class C RV

What should you look for when choosing an RV storage site? It’s a fact that not all storage facilities are the same. There are several important criteria to consider. The following is a checklist you can use when deciding where your RV will be stored.

  1.      Is covered or indoor RV storage available?

You may prefer to keep your recreational vehicle under-cover and out of the weather. Is the storage area an open lot? Does it have some covered spaces?  Is there some type of indoor storage available? Some storage facilities have a variety of options based on your rental needs.

RV Storage Tip: No matter what type of site you choose, you should prep your RV for storage. That includes draining or winterizing waste and water systems, taking precautions against rodent and insect infestation, shutting off breakers and LP valves and removing any food from the camper.

  1.      What security is in place to protect stored RVs?

How will the facility owner protect your investment? Do they offer video surveillance, security lighting, gated code-specific access, on-site management or extended-height fencing? They may not, but make sure you know how motorhomes and trailers are protected against theft and vandalism. RV owners should also check their RV insurance policy to understand what’s covered while the unit is in storage.

  1.      How much storage space is allowed per RV?

Will your RV fit in the storage space allowed? Know the exact length and width of your trailer or motorhome before you look. Depending on whether the facility is a fenced, paved parking lot or simply a land lot, offers some covered spaces or even indoor storage, you’ll discover there’s a range of storage space sizes. They could be between 20 and 50 feet long and fifteen to twenty feet wide.  Ask to see where RVs are stored. Will moving your unit out for service or a camping trip be a simple task or a Jenga match? Will you be moving your own RV in and out, or do they offer valet parking?

  1.      When can you access your stored RV?

Some RV storage facilities offer 24-hour access to rental customers, while others have specific hours you can get to your motorhome. “When are RVs available to owner access?” is a good question to ask before you sign a storage agreement.

  1.      Does the storage location offer mechanical services such as interior repairs, engine inspection or appliance checks?

Some RV owners like to have an RV technician check their unit over while it’s in storage, so it will be ready for camping. If that’s an important feature to you, add that to your list of criteria as you begin your search.

  1.      What other RV amenities are offered on-site?

Does the storage facility offer such amenities as RV parts, water, air or a dump station? Are interior or exterior cleaning services available? Not all RV storage locations offer these services, but if they’re important to you, be sure to ask.

  1.      What surface will your RV be parked on—concrete, gravel, asphalt, dirt or grass?

Especially if you’re looking for long-term storage, pay attention to the parking surface. Concrete and asphalt won’t get tracked into your motorhome, but experienced RVers still use some sort of raised mat under their tires to prevent water pooling against the tires and causing damage.

  1.      Do you prefer to store your RV close to your favorite lake or recreation area?

It’s typical to find RV storage near state parks, lakes and other locations that attract large numbers of campers. If you like the idea of keeping your motorhome or trailer near the action, start your search for storage there.

  1.      What storage rate best fits your budget?

Rental rates vary, even within the same city. How much can you afford to spend on monthly, quarterly or annual RV storage rates? (And don’t forget to ask if you’ll be required to pay a security deposit.)

Finding the right storage for your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel doesn’t have to be difficult. Use these questions to filter your choices until you’ve found the facility that best meets your needs.

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Ten Road Trip Songs for Your Next RV Trip

Everything goes better with music, including RV road trips. With today’s easy access to music online, you can down your road trip ‘mix tape’ in no time. We’ve picked ten classic songs about the road to sing along to on your next RV trip.   

Road Trip Music

Road Trip Music

  1.   Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver

Who can resist the strong, clear voice of John Denver as he sings about traveling home to West Virginia?

  1.   Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf

Yes, it’s a really, really old song, but that driving beat will keep the RV rolling while you and your traveling buddies belt out those classic lyrics.

  1.   Midnight Rider – Allman Brothers

Great late-night road trip song. We defy you not to sing along with Gregg Allman about the endless road.

  1.   Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts

Obvious, we admit, but this happy tune might be a mood changer when you’ve spent a little too much time together on the road.

  1.   Amarillo by Morning – George Strait

We had to include the cowboy anthem about chasing the next rodeo down the highway.

  1.   Radar Love – Golden Earring

The beat alone will revive weary drivers and keep your road trip buzzing.

  1.   City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie

The perfect song to learn on a cross-country RV trip.

  1.   Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight and the Pips

So easy to sing along with the soulful Miss Knight.

  1.   Travelin’ Man – Ricky Nelson

Such a smooth, smooth voice, it’s hard not to smile as you sing along.

  1.   Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles

Finger snapping music to revive weary travelers and keep the road trip fun!

Your kids will wonder who in the world most of these artists are, but it’s never too late to teach them the classics! Let us know in the Comments section below what songs are part of your RV road trip traditions.

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RV Scavenger Hunt around Lancaster County, PA

Are you and the kids feeling restless for one more adventure this fall? An RV scavenger hunt and camping trip could be just the ticket. This week we’ve chosen Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and adjacent towns as our target for scavenger hunting fun. Just a couple hours south of Kingston, PA, the rolling hills and scenic towns of this region offer plenty to see and do as your crew follows your trail in search of treasure.

How Do You Plan a Scavenger Hunt?

Don’t panic—this is where your creativity will come in handy. Decide on a theme and then begin compiling a list of items for players to collect or photograph. Players can work in teams to help younger travelers compete, but make sure everyone keeps their finds secret until someone’s found everything on the list.

Not sure where to start? We’ve got the clues to keep your RV scavenger hunt rolling.

Lancaster County RV Scavenger Hunt

This version of a mobile scavenger hunt is based on attractions to be found in and near Lancaster County, with clever clues describing each. Instead of actual items to be collected, you’re going to ask players to take photos that identify the items on their lists. Make sure each team has a cell phone or digital camera for the game.

Use these suggested clues, or research Lancaster County roadside attractions and create your own. Let’s get started.

Start by camping at  Pinch Pond Family Campground, north of Manheim, PA. That will put you within an easy drive of most of our highlighted attractions. Be sure to plan time to stop and savor the flavors, fun and history that will greet you.

Try these sample clues to start your hunt:

  1.      “I need tracks to roll along the street. Shiny yellow paint makes me easy to see.” (Trolley – Manheim Historical Society)
  2.      “The wind is my friend that keeps me spinning. Take my pic and you’re one step closer to winning!” (Windmill – can be spotted on Amish farms throughout Lancaster County.) Driving Route: PA-283 through Elizabethtown and Ronks.
  3.      “My name sounds like an insect, but I’m used to travel the roads. I’m only one horse-power, but I can handle the load.” (Horse-Drawn Buggy – along roads and in small towns throughout the county.)

    Hershey's Chocolate World

    Hershey’s Chocolate World

  4.      “We haven’t forgotten your appetite, never fear. A world of sweet discoveries can be found here.” (Hershey’s Chocolate World on PA-283 west of Manheim.)  
  5.      “Whether carved with a face or made into a pie, in Autumn fields I’m easy to spy.” (Pumpkins – many roadside stands, and farmers’ markets such as Lancaster’s 275-year-old Central Market.)
  6.      “We’ve been doing this since 1861. Come taste our twist on warm and salty fun.” (Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz, PA – east of Manheim on Rt 772)
  7.      “Doing great so far, but here’s a riddle: what keeps heads and feet dry, beginning, end and middle?” (Covered Bridges are abundant in Lancaster County, more than two dozen, in fact.)
  8.      “You won’t find baby chickens here, but rock climbers love my face!” (Chickies Rock – Chickies Rock County Park between Marietta and Columbia Boroughs.
  9.      “I get steamed up several times a day. It’s just how I roll.” (Steam engines Strasburg Railroad, Ronks, PA)
  10.  “The mighty Susquehanna is at my feet. My maps and exhibits will make your trip complete!” (Columbia Crossing River Trails Center – Columbia, PA)

Get the idea? Pick places you’d like to share with your family in Lancaster County, PA—museums, amusement parks, hiking trails, farmers’ markets or historic places—and think of the things they can photograph there to complete your scavenger hunt.

Have everyone save their scavenger hunt photos to share back at the campground. Who knows? Maybe the kids would like to plan the next RV camping trip, based on scavenger hunt clues they create. For now, get to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for an autumn RV scavenger hunt adventure.

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Fall Foliage RV Road Trips to Remember

The fall foliage forecasts for many US regions are calling for early, but spectacular, autumn color. Before you plan your autumn RV road trip, use these tips to find the most colorful displays of the season.   

Fall Foliage Viewing RV Trips

Fall Foliage Viewing RV Trips

What looks good for 2017?

We’re glad you asked, because this year, the shrubs and trees across America are slated to outdo themselves. Here are our top suggestions for 2017 RV road trips to find fall foliage.

  • Drive along Grand Traverse Bay in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula from Charlevoix to Northport via US-31. It’s less than one hundred miles total, but you’re going to want to explore the side roads and fishing villages, as well as historic sites, lighthouses and wineries around Traverse City. Orange and yellow blazes of color will delight the eye as oaks and maples turn through October. Here’s a list of Michigan RV campgrounds to help you start planning.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio boasts thirty-thousand-plus acres of hiking trails and scenic drives custom-made for leaf peeping. Follow SR-303 across the park for especially lush fall color. There’s no RV camping within the park, but the National Park Service has created this helpful list of RV campgrounds near Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
  • Driving the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway in Northern New Mexico is a magical way to spend an autumn weekend. A little less than ninety miles full circle, this route promises breathtaking autumn color late September to mid-October. You’ll circumnavigate Wheeler Peak from Taos north to Questa, then around the mountain down to Angel Fire. Plenty of wildlife, mountain passes and fall foliage combine for a drive you won’t soon forget.
  • Take a road trip to Quechee State Park, a few minutes west of I-89 at Hartford, Vermont, for outstanding leaf peeping opportunities. Quechee Gorge overflows with fall color, as well as views of the Outtauquechee River fall below. Park campgrounds are open through mid-October, allowing you to stay several days to explore the hiking trails.
  • If you happen to be in California’s Eastern Sierra this autumn, be sure to visit sites around Bishop, California to spy the luscious golds of aspens and cottonwoods against a backdrop of rugged mountains.  Owens Valley and the Lake Sabrina/Bishop Creek Canyon area, in particular, deliver autumn views worth slowing down to savor. Creekside RV Park west of Bishop is open through mid-October.

Where can I find more information on fall foliage?

There’s a wealth of information online to steer road trippers to the best fall color. One source often used by fall RV travelers is the Weather Channel’s annual fall foliage map. This map set reveals the forecasted peak of color for each region. There’s also a feature for uploading your own autumn foliage photos.

Be sure to visit local tourism offices or websites, as well, to learn where folks are seeing the best fall color. And don’t forget, this blog – Monty’s Musings – is searchable, so be sure to read through past blog posts on ‘leaf peeping’ and ‘fall foliage’ for more ideas.

It’s high time you hit the road for your own leaf peeping tour. You’ll enjoy cool weather camping and beautiful scenery on the same RV road trip. Who could turn down a chance to do that? We ramp up the enticement another notch with our Autumn RV Rental Special. Where will you go this year in search of fall foliage?

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Four Easy Ways to Save Big on RV Travel

Love to travel by RV but don’t have a big travel budget? Lucky for you, we’ve found four easy ways to save big money on every RV camping trip. Use these ideas on your next RV vacation and watch your travel budget stretch in surprising ways.

  1. How to Save Money at Campgrounds

Most private campgrounds offer special rates, especially if you’re traveling ‘off-season’ or planning an extended stay. Do a little research on campground websites to learn when peak season ends, if they offer multi-day discounts and whether midweek campers save on the regular campsite rate.

Another way to save money on campsites is to camp in state or national forests. Many offer water and electric sites at minimal cost, and the proximity to outdoor recreation can save travel dollars, as well. Oh Ranger park finder app can help you locate state and national forests and other recreation areas across the US.

A third option is boondocking on public lands. You may wonder, if you normally camp in RV parks, what, exactly, ‘boondocking’ means.  The term boondocking in its most basic form means camping on public lands with no amenities or defined campsites. With some preparation (filling the RV water tanks, using solar or some other alternative form of power) you can camp free in some wild and gorgeous places.

To find free, dispersed campsites on public lands, check the BLM website and locate wilderness areas you’d like to visit. Call the closest BLM regional office (on the website) to make sure an area is accessible by RVs. The camping app Campendium is also a good source of information on dispersed camping areas. 

Palisade State Park

Palisade State Park

  1. How to Find Free Overnight Parking

Ever need somewhere to park the RV and sleep before moving on down the road? Wondering if you can park an RV anywhere? The big answer is ‘No’, but there are places where RVs are welcome to park overnight for no charge. Some Walmart stores allow RVers to park in specific areas of their parking lots overnight, but you need to check with the store first. Highway rest stops and casino parking lots may also allow free overnight parking. You can use a travel app such as AllStays to search for ‘Overnight Parking’ or ‘Walmart Ask to Park’.

  1. How to Save Money on Meals While Camping

One reason RV travel saves money is that you have an on-board kitchen to cook meals. Come up with standard menus that are RV-travel friendly. Stock your RV kitchen with staples like pasta, rice, canned sauces and beans. Buy meat in bulk if there’s significant savings and make meals ahead to freeze. Heating premade chilis, soups, sloppy joe mix, homemade pasta sauces, pre-cut stir-fry veggie and meat mixes and so forth will help you save big dollars over restaurant meals.

  1. How to Save Money on Fuel for RVs

Every RV traveler likes to save money on fuel. With today’s handy travel apps, it’s easy to find the stations with the cheapest gas along your route. Here are just a few of the top fuel price tracking apps to try.

GasBuddy provides user-based reports on the latest gas prices in each area. RV travelers who help other drivers by posting gas prices have a chance to win a $100 gas gift card each month.

Gas Guru posts prices provided by the Oil Price Information Service, and offers directions from your location to the cheapest gas in the area.

Fuelio is a way to track mileage, fuel consumption and maintenance costs. It also displays the cheapest fuel prices based on your GPS location. If you’re one of those RVers who loves to keep a log of all costs connected to your vehicle, this is an app to consider.

MapQuest app is well-known for giving travelers directions from point-to-point, but did you know if you click the ‘Nearby’ button and the gas icon, it displays current price per gallon along your route? 

What if I Don’t Own an RV?

RV rental companies often offer specials based on season, number of days you’ll be traveling or membership in travel-related clubs. Before you rent an RV for your next trip, be sure to ask what specials are currently available.

Saving money while RV camping is easy, once you learn the apps and hacks that smart RVers use. Whether it’s discounted campsite rentals or feeding your fellow campers economically, you’ll soon be saving big money on your RV camping excursions.

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