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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How to Find America’s Top Diners on your RV Road Trip

Does your mind turn to diners when you feel the need for comfort food? If your idea of culinary comfort is chicken fried steak, exotic versions of mac ‘n cheese or a steaming stack of hotcakes, America’s diners can deliver. Here’s a thought—why not plan your next RV camping trip around the best roadside diners in a state or larger geographic region, or along a scenic byway?

Where Can I Find Information on Diners?

Let’s dive right into the real meat and potatoes. Once upon a time, the rule for finding great diners was ‘where do truck drivers stop to eat?’ Times have changed! The internet now offers abundant information on those cozy places where casual food is king.

Start your trip by researching questions like “Where’s the best diner in (my state, the South, New England, and so forth)”? You’re going to find information from a variety of sources. Here are seven sites that either get their feedback from diner fans or do their own research by visiting the grills, greasy spoons and quick-lunch counters in every town.

  • Thrillist.com – that compendium of experiences that offers interesting articles on everything, including diners.
  • RoadFood.com – their map search lets RVers zero in on the best eats in a city, state or region.
  • ExtraCrispy.com – plunges into diner culture in amazing ways, with guides and stories that will get your RV on the road quicker than butter melts on a short-stack.
  • Zomato.com – pick your preferred city from the dropdown and refine your search.
  • Yelp.com – member reviews on just about everything. Searchable by city.
  • RoadTrippers.com – a colossal collection of road trip information, including where to find the best eats on each itinerary. Perfect for RV travelers.
  • Google Maps – pull up your intended destination on the map and then search for ‘diner’. You’ll get a list of local diners and ratings from Google Maps users.

One more tip for using these guides to find America’s top diners—most of them also have apps to use on your tablet or smartphone.

Food RV Road Trips

Food RV Road Trips

Diner Dessert

Just in case you’re still hungry for more information on the diners along your route, you can also read through online travel guides that highlight the best features of an area. You may also know someone who used to live where you’re going. Ask where to find the best 24-hour diners or where you can grab an outstanding burger without visiting a fast food chain. Websites for camping clubs have member forums to discuss things like local attractions and eateries. Your campground host should be able to point you to local diners, too.

An RV road trip to experience America’s best diners is one you can scale to fit the travel time available. Start keeping a log of your diner food discoveries, and be sure to share reviews online so the rest of us can follow in your tire tracks. We’ll see you out there on the road!

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RV Road Trip Nirvana: Stalking Seattle’s Grunge History

“RV camping” and “Grunge” may not click at first glance, but if you still miss the ‘90s and the glory days of Grunge, it will all soon make sense. Seattle, the birthplace of flannel-wearing, electric guitar slamming garage bands, also happens to be an awesome RV camping venue. If your vintage vinyl honors Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and Nirvana, your next RV road trip should be to Seattle.

Where Can I Find Seattle Grunge Landmarks?

Your Seattle pilgrimage can take you to the places where the bands played, recorded and hung out in the late ‘80s and ‘90s. Expect some of the locations to be under different names now; as with every city, businesses come and go. You can, however, map the trail of places important during the Grunge movement without much trouble.

As you pay homage to the Grunge Movement in Seattle, you’ll want to visit the unofficial Kurt Cobain memorial in Viretta Park. This unassuming little spot directly across the street from the house where Kurt Cobain died includes a park bench covered with graffiti from Cobain fans. Feel free to photograph the house from a distance, remembering that it’s private property.

Check the website for London Bridge Studio before you come to find out when they’ll be open for tours. Some of the biggest names in Grunge recorded here, including Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Buy your tour tickets online before you come to Seattle on your RV road trip.

Grunge may be gone, but Seattle still has a five-star indy and live music scene. Plan to visit The Crocodile, a live music venue where Nirvana and Pearl Jam were known to play. Check their concert schedule; you might just get lucky and be in Seattle when one of the Grunge tribute bands is performing.

Another venerable music venue that should be on your list is The Showbox near Pike Place Market. Grunge gods often played here, and it’s still a good place to catch live music, with every genre music you can imagine playing here since the ‘30s.

One more stop Grunge fans will want to make before leaving Seattle is Re-Bar, the legendary club where Nirvana was bounced for starting a food fight during the release party for Nevermind. Not your run-of-the-mill art/music/comedy venue, Re-Bar offers edgy shows and often features regional bands.

What RV Campgrounds Are Near Seattle?

It is possible to find a campsite close-in to the city, but drawing a circle in a forty-mile radius around Seattle will give you lots of amazing options. You’ll find private camping resorts and campgrounds from Everett to Tacoma. We’ll highlight just a few.

Eagle Tree RV Park in Poulsbo, WA, is on the Kitsap Peninsula, just across Puget Sound from downtown Seattle and served by the Seattle-Bremerton Ferry.  Lake Pleasant RV Park, north of Seattle in Bothell, WA, has lakeside campsites and easy access to bike trails that will take you to downtown Seattle.  Blue Sky RV Park, twenty miles west of Seattle on I-90, has a nice, park-like feel with plenty of green space.

National park campgrounds near Seattle are another option. The Seattle/Puget Sound area is ringed by national parks with picturesque RV campsites. You’re going to have to drive a little farther to reach those Seattle Grunge landmarks, but the view will make it worth the trip.

Mount Rainier National Park, in the shadow of that mighty peak, has three campgrounds that accommodate RVs. (Check the website for RV length limits.)   

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

Olympic National Park & Forest west of Seattle also accommodates RVs in three of its campgrounds.

North Cascades National Park, where the glaciers rule, has RV-ready campsites in its main campground. Here’s one more resource to help you find the right campground in Washington State.

Where’s Seattle’s Best Coffee Shop?

Admit it, when I said “Seattle”, your brain said, “coffee”. And what would a Grunge-seeking, coffee-loving RVer do when visiting Seattle except search for the city’s best coffee shops? It’s going to take some time to visit the espresso options in this java-centric city, but here are a few suggestions to get you started.

  •         Milstead & Co. in the Fremont neighborhood ranks high in hipster chic, but Grunge fans will still love the coffee.
  •         Storyville Coffee in the famed Pike Place Market never lacks in espresso-scented charm.
  •         Voxx on Eastlake comes with the bonus of mid-century modern décor.

If Grunge music never died, as far as you’re concerned, and you’ve learned how comfortable RV travel can be, it’s time to put tires to pavement and get to Seattle. Walk the streets, visit the venues and experience the coffee of your dreams in the town where the best bands of the nineties got their start.

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Your Guide to RV Campgrounds for Adults Over 21

From glamping weekends for ladies only to summer camp for adults, the adults only camping craze is catching on. RV campgrounds have led this trend, with over-21 and over-50 campgrounds located across the country. If you long to find an RV camping destination where the kiddies can’t come along, our guide to adults only RV campgrounds is a good place to start.

Camping for adults only comes in a variety of styles. Let’s look at the most common options available for adults who prefer to camp without kids around.

Over-21 RV Resorts

The first type of adults only campground is the over-21 RV resort, where activities and amenities cater to adult campers. A quick check of the what’s offered at Edge-O-Dells Resort in Wisconsin will give you a good idea of what’s out there. Guests there enjoy an on-site restaurant and bar with live music, a large pool with hot tub and quick access to the local casino. Special events like weekly Bike Nights keep the party atmosphere humming, a common theme for campgrounds that cater to the over-21 crowd.

Over 21 rv camping

Over 21 rv camping

If you’re hoping to find a more peaceful adults only setting,  Wild Duck Campground and RV Park in Maine’s Scarborough Marsh is a good example of an over-21 campground for nature lovers. This type of campground tends to be situated in pristine natural settings where outdoor recreation is easy to access.

No matter which style camper you are, you should be able to easily locate a no-kids-allowed campground to suit your fancy.

Over-50 RV Resorts

With so many seniors choosing full-time RV living, there’s been an explosion of over-50 campgrounds to meet their needs. From long-term campsites for snowbirds in states with mild winter weather to overnight camping for older campers on the move, RV resorts for seniors understand the needs of the over-50 set.

One of the ways these campgrounds attract a steady stream of RVers is by offering a range of amenities to appeal to active seniors or older campers who prefer to stay close to the campground, as well as retired campers who’ve chosen to pursue an ‘encore career’ while on the road. Cable television and wireless internet, exercise classes or facilities and venues for outdoor recreation such as golf, fishing and hiking nearby top the list of features seniors look for in an RV resort.

Need an example of what might be available if you’re one of the flood of older campers hitting the road?  Winterset RV Resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast keeps campers happy with an on-site wood shop, fitness center, business center and a full schedule of planned activities. They welcome both long-term ‘snowbirds’ and overnight campers fifty-five and over.

Where to Find Adults Only RV Campgrounds

Where can you find a campground that doesn’t allow kids? An easy way to start your search is by checking the online directories of RV clubs. Passport America and Good Sam members, for example, can search for adults only RV resorts and then add additional search filters to find the amenities they prefer.

A simple internet search for “RV campgrounds for adults only” or a similar search phrase will also yield many pages of options to explore. You can narrow down your search online by adding the state or city you’d like to visit.

Once you’ve found the place that sounds perfect for your next RV camping vacation, be sure to read their Rules and Regulations page so you’ll know if there are restrictions on things like pets and under-age visitors. Check their schedule of activities and outdoor recreation options. You may find you can enjoy a well-rounded vacation taking advantage of what’s available free for RV park visitors.

Camping without kids can be a nice break for parents or an RV-lifestyle choice. Whatever your reason for choosing a child-free campground (or seniors-only resort), we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what’s available near your chosen destination.

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Six Awesome Swimming Holes to Visit By RV

When experiencing the sweltering heat of summer, it’s natural to daydream about shady pools where the cool, clear water is waiting to offer relief. If swimming holes are in short supply near you, no worries! We’re going to share six swimming holes RV travelers love to visit.

South Yuba River State Park – Bridgeport, CA

The dog days of summer are the perfect time to hike down this scenic waterway to one of the many swimming holes within the state park. Spring flows can be treacherous, but by late summer the river has calmed down and offers sweet relief in its cool, granite-lined waters. Be prepared to hike in the river, as no ‘drive-up’ access to these pools is available.  RV campgrounds in Camptonville and Browns Valley are a short drive from the state park.

Slide Rock State Park – Sedona, AZ

Slide Rock State Park, AZ

Slide Rock State Park, AZ

The cold, clear waters of Oak Creek slip along an eighty-foot groove over smooth sandstone boulders. Swimmers can travel down this natural water slide and beat the heat while enjoying the beauty of Sedona’s famed red rocks. Three tips for enjoying this swimming hole that’s consistently chosen as one of America’s favorites—wear water shoes to avoid falling on slippery rock, wear old shorts over your swimwear to avoid friction related malfunctions and call ahead to make sure the swimming hole is open in late summer (low water flows may close the attraction). Numerous private campgrounds between Flagstaff and Sedona are waiting to welcome RV campers.

Inks Lake State Park – Burnet, TX

The rocky terrain and cool blue waters of this Hill Country lake keep swimmers (and campers) coming back for more. Devil’s Waterhole is a sweet spot for adventurous souls brave enough to dive from the cliffs above. The large, on-site RV campground makes it easy to stay awhile and experience the rugged beauty of the area.

Kings River Falls – Witter, AR

Located in the northwest corner of Ozark National Forest, the Kings River Falls Natural Area is a sight to behold. Ozark Mountain beauty frames the Kings River as it flows over large slabs of rock to create the Falls that swimming hole fans rave about. The water is cold and pristine and so worth the two-mile round-trip hike from the parking area to reach the Falls. More than a dozen developed campgrounds within the national forest present plenty of possibilities for RVers.

Southside Quarry – Louisville, KY

This Louisville entertainment staple is an old-fashioned, quarry-turned-swimming-hole where the music is playing, the sun is shining and there’s a laid-back adults only atmosphere. The quarry is quite deep, so most folks bring along something to keep them afloat. Rocky cliffs along one side create visual interest (and a place to dive from, if you’re brave). The entrance fee goes to charity, so you can do something good while cooling off from Southern summer sizzle.

Madison Blue Spring State Park – Lee, FL

The turquoise waters of North Florida’s natural springs make for some of the best swimming imaginable. Madison Blue Spring on the Withlacoochee River flows up into a hardwood forest, creating an idyllic spot for a lazy, summer afternoon. Both swimmers and cave divers take advantage of the limestone ledges surrounding the pool to make their launch into the spring. Nearby campgrounds include Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Madison, just ten minutes away.

Pack the RV and grab your swim gear. There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than an RV camping trip to find awesome swimming holes.

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Five Northwest Lake Destinations to Discover

Out of RV Travel Ideas?

If you camp by RV often, you may find the same old campgrounds losing their luster. We’ve got five enticing lake destinations in America’s rugged Northwest to help restart your RV camping hearts. Pick one from our list below and get back on the road to camping fun.

  1.   Washington – Lake Chelan

Located in the mountainous forests of Central Washington, Lake Chelan is a developed lake ringed by resort properties, quaint villages and abundant RV camping options.

Sunset at Lake Chelan, WA

Sunset at Lake Chelan, WA

Winding its way through Lake Chelan National Recreation AreaLakeshore RV Resort, operated by the city of Chelan, features full-service amenities paired with a swimming beach and easy access to services in town.the lake is custom-made for outdoor recreation. Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and camping are popular ways to enjoy the bright blue waters of Lake Chelan and the surrounding Cascades. Campers are also within an easy drive of wineries, galleries, restaurants and shops in two lakeside villages – Chelan and Manson. A must-do day trip idea—hike or take the passenger ferry to the rustic village of Stehekin to enjoy unspoiled beauty.    

  1.   Oregon – Lake of the Woods

If you’ve been RV camping in Oregon, you’ve probably camped at magnificent Crater Lake. We’d like to offer Oregon travelers another possibility—RV camping at Lake of the Woods, a smaller, more intimate setting with plenty of woodsy charm.

Lake of the Woods, in Oregon’s Southern Cascades, is a high mountain lake kept full year-round by snow runoff and natural springs. Kokanee salmon, German Brown and Rainbow Trout thrive in the cold, clear waters at five-thousand-feet elevation.

Lake of the Woods Resort operates the camping concession within Fremont-Winema National Forest. Their small, nicely wooded campground features full hook-up and electric & water sites and is close to the marina.

Plan to spend many hours outdoors at this lush mountain paradise, where trails wind through old-growth forests, around the lake and beyond to nearby mountains. Views of Mt. McLoughlin frame your journey as you paddle a canoe or kayak along the lake’s shoreline.

  1.   Idaho – Lake Coeur d’Alene

Lake Coeur d’Alene in Northern Idaho is famous for its bright blue waters and first-class outdoor recreation. Camp in one of several RV campgrounds and resorts near the city of Coeur d’Alene and enjoy tour boat cruises, guided fishing excursions for chinook and bass, and golf on one of ten courses that ring this stunningly scenic lake.

Trails in and around the city (be sure to try Tubbs Hill), as well as a section of the seventy-mile Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, cater to hikers, trail runners and mountain biking enthusiasts. Adjacent Coeur d’Alene National Forest is also home to hundreds of miles of trails.

  1.   Montana – Flathead Lake

Been promising your camping companions a fishing charter experience? There’s no better place in Montana to fish than Flathead Lake, the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi.

Situated in the valley adjacent to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake is fed by two cold, clear rivers. Local outfitters can guide you to where the forty-plus-pound Lake Trout (Mackinaws) feed.

If you’re not into fishing, never fear. The lake is surrounded by hiking trails, two scenic highways that skirt the lake’s thirty-mile length and plenty of places to enjoy wildlife watching, swimming, water sports and comfortable Montana RV camping.

Speaking of camping, Finley Point State Park Campground and a half-dozen private RV parks ring the lake, offering a variety of amenities. Most are on the water or in the lakeside towns of Polson, Bigfork and Rollins.

  1.   Wyoming – Jackson Lake

One of the star attractions of Grand Teton National Park is the collection of alpine lakes within the park’s boundaries. Several of these mountain lakes are remote, accessible to hikers and tent campers. There are, however, RV camping options near the chilly, pristine waters of Jackson Lake.

Colter Bay RV Park, five minutes from Jackson Lake, is a full-service campground with full-hookups and easy access to services in Colter Bay Village. Colter Bay Campground is a large, wooded campground suitable for dry camping in an RV. Showers, laundry facilities and a dump station are close by.

Why camp at Jackson Lake while visiting Grand Teton National Park? It’s centrally located for access to all the park has to offer. The lake itself is famous for cutthroat, brown trout and lake trout fishing, and is also perfect for launching your sailboat or kayak. Boat tours are offered throughout the summer to give campers an up-close view of Mt. Moran and other jagged peaks that border the lake.

Pick a lake that appeals to your heart and plan to go RV camping soon in America’s glorious Northwest. Be sure to let us know which lakeside camping adventure you’ll be repeating!

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RVer’s Guide to Finding Country Music History

The freedom to pursue our passions is one of the best reasons to travel by RV. For some of us, that means tracking down the places connected to our favorite pastimes. You could, for example, map a course for your next RV camping trip to places rich with country music history. If that sounds like your kind of journey, consider this itinerary to spots sacred to country music fans.

RV Travel on the Country Music Highway

An RV camping trip along Eastern Kentucky’s “Country Music Highway” will lead campers to the hometowns of no less than eleven country stars. This route, also known as US-23, runs along the Kentucky/West Virginia border through the Pound Gap from Virginia to the city of Flatwoods near the Ohio border.

Here’s our route: start your trip on the southern border of Kentucky, and drive to Jenkins, birthplace of the late singer/songwriter Gary Stewart. Detour thirty minutes east on KY-197 through coal mining country to see Elkhorn City, hometown of Patty Loveless.

We’ll then return to the Country Music Highway and travel north to the coal town of Betsy Layne, where country megastar Dwight Yoakum was born. Farther north along US23, RV travelers will find the coal camp of Van Lear, KY. Plan to tour the homeplace of Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle, just outside of town in ‘Butcher Holler’. For five dollars each, you’ll see the settings immortalized in the film Coal Miner’s Daughter and get a feel for the rugged, family-centered life that nurtured both country superstars.

Van Lear is also on the outskirts of Paintsville, where country fans can visit the US-23 Country Music Museum, an attraction rich with exhibits that tell the stories of stars born in Eastern Kentucky.  

Country Music

Country Music

You may be wondering at this point where to find RV campgrounds in the area. If you’re a state park camper, you’ll enjoy the wooded campsites and mountain lake recreation at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, just off US-23 at Prestonsburg. North of Paintsville, RV campers will find full-hookup campsites and hiking trails through densely-wooded terrain at Paintsville Lake State Park.

A little farther up the road, near the towns of River, KY (hometown of singer Frank “Hylo” Brown) and Cordell, where bluegrass and country superstar Ricky Skaggs was born, Yatesville Lake State Park offers modern campsites and amenities, including an 18-hole golf course.

Numerous private campgrounds can also be found along your route. You’ll find more on Kentucky RV campgrounds here. Our El Monte RV Rental location in Louisville will also be happy to provide a rental RV for your trip.

Coming back to our search for the places that influenced some of country music’s greatest stars—we’ll detour at Blaine along KY-32 to find Sandy Hook, the birthplace of the late Keith Whitley. Although Whitley was buried in Nashville, you’ll find a statue in his honor at the local cemetery.

Loop north on State Highway 504 to Olive Hill, KY for a chance to visit the hometown of country great Tom T. Hall. This quaint mountain town is also a stopping point on the Kentucky Quilt Trail, so be sure to enjoy the artwork displayed by local quilters. Nearby Carter Caves State Resort Park welcomes RVers with full-hookups campsites, scenic hiking trails and guided cave tours.

To finish our journey, we’ll follow US-64 back to the Country Music Highway and go north to Ashland, birthplace of Naomi Judd. One half of the famous singing duo The Judds, Naomi returns to Ashland often and her famous daughter, Wynonna, gives concerts in town from time to time.

Your final stop to find the Eastern Kentucky towns where country music stars were born is Flatwoods, a small bedroom community just north of Ashland. Flatwoods is the hometown of Billy Ray Cyrus, star of the ‘Doc’ television series and famous for his hit song ‘Achy Breaky Heart’.

Our journey along the Country Music Highway in Kentucky has covered about two-hundred-fifty miles, and could be completed in just a few hours. For RV travelers, though, the joy is in the journey, so take the time to discover the rugged beauty of the Appalachians, the remote towns and mining camps where coal was once king and the people and places who influenced some of country music’s most cherished stars.

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Accommodating Your Car-Sick Pet on RV Trips

Taking our furry family members on RV trips is second-nature for many campers. But what if Fido has a tricky tummy that doesn’t travel well? There are things you can do on RV camping trips to accommodate your car-sick pet. Let’s look at how seasoned RV travelers get their four-legged friends in great shape for road trips.

Proper Placement for Car-Sick Pets

First of all, they know that where their pets ride in the vehicle can help prevent motion sickness. As with humans with car-sickness issues, the worst place to ride in a vehicle is in the back. Centering your pet’s carrier in the RV or tow vehicle reduces the amount of motion their inner ears must adjust to.

Traveling backward is another trigger for travel-queasy pets. Securing your pet face-forward can also help prevent motion sickness. Besides the inner ear, the eyes have a big impact on motion-related dizziness. Your pet may need to be confined where she can’t look out, if other car-sickness tips don’t help.

Extra Help for Car-Sick Pets

There are numerous products that RV travelers with pets swear by for relieving motion sickness. The first step should always be to talk to your vet about what might be causing your pet to get sick while traveling. Sometimes it’s due to an imbalance in the inner ear. For other pets, it’s anxiety about traveling.

He’ll ask you to describe your pet’s symptoms—is she panting and drooling, refusing to eat, unable to keep food down? Does she lie around the campground after a long trip, without her usual energy?

All those behaviors are important to share with the vet. They’ll help you determine why road trips upset your pup, and come up with a plan that will have him riding happily along on your next excursion.

He may also recommend Dramamine or a similar travel sickness medication. Another prescription medication often used is Cerenia. There are also natural herbal remedies that may help, but always get your vet’s approval first.

Acclimating Pets to RV Travel

Some pet owners who camp with their pets prefer not to use medication. If you’re in that group, you can try acclimating your pet to travel over time. Do some trial runs in your vehicle, traveling short distances and watching to see how they react. If he seems to relax on short rides, try increasing travel time gradually until they’re ready for a trip to the campground.

Other precautions that can help your pet love traveling with you by RV: always make sure there’s enough airflow where your pet is confined. Overheating is dangerous for dogs, especially, and can add to the symptoms of motion sickness. You should also avoid feeding

Travelling with Pets

Travelling with Pets

your animals immediately before starting your journey. Take breaks to allow time outside the vehicle—even humans can get queasy from too many hours on the road.   

Take the time to learn what works to relieve your pet’s travel sickness. A healthy companion for your RV travels can be your long-term reward.

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