The Perfect Time for an RV Trip to Acadia National Park

Picture of an Acadia National Park SignTraveling to Maine is a pleasure in itself, with gorgeous coastal scenery and historical sites to visit. But the best destination in Maine for those who love nature is Acadia National Park. This is a park situated on beautiful islands on the coast, with hundreds of species of birds, a wide variety of wildlife and plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family. This time of year is the very best time to visit, too!

You can explore the rugged coastline and the forests by taking the Park Loop Road. This is twenty-seven miles of incredible scenery and peaceful tranquility. You can then choose a park campground to stay in. There are two which accommodate RVs up to 35 feet. Or you can park your RV in Bar Harbor at Hadley’s Point Campground and enjoy the quiet location and convenience of this lovely campground.

Acadia boasts some wonderful museums if you want to get some history education into your vacation. The Islesford Historical Museum is on Little Cranberry Island. This is a spot where you can learn the fascinating story of this island and its people. The Abbe Museum is in the Sieur de Monts Spring area and you won’t want to miss the exhibits there. You also don’t want to miss the main museum in downtown Bar Harbor.

View From the Top of Cadillac Mountain

View From the Top of Cadillac Mountain

While in the Sieur de Monts Spring area you should stop at the Wild Gardens of Acadia. These gardens are open all year and will enthrall you with the many native species on display. The fact that it is free is an added bonus. Then head for Cadillac Mountain for some outdoor fun. This is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard, rising 1,530 feet above sea level and overlooking Bar Harbor.

More fun awaits you in the park, with ponds and lakes for fishing and more than 120 miles of hiking trails. You will definitely want to get out into the forest. The best hikes are found on some of the carriage roads but you may want to take more strenuous trails. The Cadillac North Ridge Trail is four miles out and back and of moderate difficulty. The Cadillac South Ridge Trail is more strenuous and is 7 miles round trip.

Bass Harbor Head Light

Bass Harbor Head Light

If you love to visit lighthouses, you will find Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse offers magnificent views. You’ll discover the short hiking trails close by where you can get some exercise. Mount Desert Island is a wonderful place to spend some time while at Acadia National Park. Breathe in that fresh sea air and let your imagination do the rest.

Shore Path in Bar Harbor, Maine

Shore Path in Bar Harbor, Maine

 

Bar Harbor is nearby and is well worth a visit. Spend some time in this quaint Maine town, grab a lobster dinner and relax. Once recovered from your earlier adventures in Acadia, you may take the Bar Harbor Shore Path. This is a short hike where you’ll get some great views of the harbor and island, as well as experience what Maine is all about.

This Acadia adventure gave you everything a vacation can be expected to provide – lovely scenery, a unique nature experience, historic sites and a new look at our lovely land. Come back another time for more!

Picture credits: All pictures are courtesy of Travel New England.
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Take an RV Trip over Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park

St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park

St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park

A trip to Glacier National Park offers the awe-inspiring beauty you have always dreamed of in a refreshing and unique vacation. Traveling in an RV to this wonderland of peaks and meadows is the perfect getaway for the whole family this summer. Wildlife is abundant, wooded slopes invite you into their depths for a nature hike and the fresh air stimulates and excites as nothing else can.

It is the Going-to-the-Sun Road that is the true adventure in a Glacier National Park trip. You get 50 miles of absolute gorgeous vistas and diverse landscapes. Lakes, glaciers, mountains’ majesty – the sights never stop. Glimpsing the mountain goats and bighorn sheep is a real thrill. You can’t forget your camera on this trip or you’ll end up buying another so you won’t miss a shot.

St. Mary Lake graces St. Mary Valley and you will want to stop and view Virginia Falls while here. The region around this lake has been the home of Native Americans for centuries. Stop at the St. Mary Visitor Center and get more education about the tribes who lived here and those that still exist. Many award-winning and amazingly varied performances happen at the visitor center throughout the summer.

You will find one of the Glacier National Park campgrounds will be just the place for you to make your base of operations while visiting the park. Different campgrounds take different lengths of RV motorhomes, so you can choose depending on the length of yours. The campground that takes the longest RVs is Apgar, accommodating those up to 40 feet long.

Of course, the park is named for the numerous glaciers here, and these glaciers are what formed the park as you see it now. They carved the bowls and created the moraines of today. The very heart of the park is at Many Glacier where you can get up close and see these magnificent wonders of nature.

If you want to get out and hike, Chief Mountain is the place to do it! Some of the trails are pretty strenuous, but you will find some are not so tough. To get to the mountain, you will have to cross Blackfeet land. There are tribal regulations in place, so be sure to find out what they are before you embark.

One breathtaking view after another is available at Logan Pass. This is the highest point in the park and you will most certainly want to make it to the top. The meadows are blooming with lovely wildflowers and you may even glimpse a grizzly bear. Two great trails are in the area that you can hike – the Hidden Lake and the Highline trails.

The largest lake in Glacier National Park is Lake McDonald. You will find plenty of outdoor fun at this lake, particularly hiking. The best trails here are the Trail of the Cedars and the Avalanche Lake Trail. Once you enjoy the spectacular views you can move on along Going-to-the-Sun Road to the end, but your trip will never end because you’ll carry memories of it with you forever.

Picture credits: The picture of St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is in the public domain.

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An RV Adventure at Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls

Traveling to Arizona and the Grand Canyon area is quite a treat for any vacationer, but there is no comparison to the unique experience you can have during an RV trip to the Havasupai Indian Reservation and all the fun to be had here. The sights and sounds of this Arizona wonderland are enough to inspire anyone.

The main attraction is Havasu Falls, its picture pasted in publications around the world and on television and beyond. The water is a vibrant blue, a blue you will see nowhere else. With the reds of the canyon walls and the soft blue skies, the entire combination of colors in this natural palette is relaxing and refreshing. A short hike and you can personally witness this beautiful sight, even becoming a part of the landscape by swimming in the pools available in the flowing streams.

RV campgrounds on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon are the closest RV parks to Havasu Falls and give you the opportunity to enjoy this wonder of the world as well on your vacation. You can camp in Mather Campground or Trailer Village in Grand Canyon Village. Each one offers wonderful amenities. It is a three hour drive to Havasu Falls.

Once you make the trip to the falls, you will find it is well worth the drive. The magnesium in the water is what makes it the lovely blue you see, and the water is always about 70 degrees, no matter the time of year. The falls itself was created by a huge flash flood in 1910, which cut a channel that allowed this cascade of water to amaze visitors.

Another waterfall in the area is Mooney Falls which is the tallest of falls in this area. It cascades more than 190 feet into a lovely blue pool. You reach this falls by hiking along a steep trail. You will even hike through some tunnels above the canyon floor. Ladders provide ways to scale the cliffs and you should be prepared for this climb and be ready to feel the spray from the falls.

If you love hiking, you will love Havasupai. In the summer months it gets really hot and you should be ready for monsoons striking in July and August. This region has such unique scenery and gives you the opportunity to feel you are back in time and living how the Indians did so long ago. It is an experience not to pass up.

Another sight you will want to see is the Skywalk. This attraction is managed by the Hualapai Tribe and on tribal lands, not inside Grand Canyon National Park. This projection over the canyon rim has a glass floor so you can get views like no place else. If you don’t suffer from vertigo, you will not want to miss this exciting attraction.

Yes, a trip to Havasu Falls is one amazing venture, and one you will remember for a long time to come. Heading home is almost a disappointment, but you can bolster your morale by realizing you can always come back another time.

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Some Western National Parks Worth an RV Visit

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

FindTheBest created a US National Park comparison that allows users to find and compare all the US National Parks based on acreage, activities offered, location, and more! Let’s take a look at some RV worthy national parks in the western United States:

  • Yellowstone National Park: This Wyoming national park is one of the biggest in the nation spanning over two million acres. Known for its geothermal activity, the park is home to many different hot springs and geysers including the world famous geyser Old Faithful. Upon your arrival at the park be prepared to pay a per vehicle fee of $25. Once inside the park be ready for a full day or weekend of fun! In the winter you can ski, cross-country ski, snowmobile, and more. In the warmer months explore the park’s beautiful waterfalls and rivers.
  • Grand Canyon National Park: Grand Canyon National park is home to the Grand Canyon. This world wonder is a continuous natural canvas showcasing the layers of our world’s life. At its apexes the canyon is 15 miles wide and 227 miles long. The creator of the canyon, the Colorado River, also provides visitors with rafting opportunities. If the water isn’t your thing consider taking a mule or donkey ride down the canyon – very fun!
  • Great Basin National Park: Located on the boarder of Nevada and Utah this national park is home to 5,000-year-old bristlecone pines, glacial moraines, and the limestone Lehman Caves. The park has some of the countries darkest night skies, so if your looking to find a galaxy far far away this is the spot to set up your telescope.
  • Zion National Park: This particular park houses four separate ecosystems so expect to see a variety of wildlife during your visit. The park’s high plateaus and rock towers will add provide prospective. Aside from its natural beauty the park also offers a variety of activities including camping, hiking, horseback riding, and much more!
  • Joshua Tree National Park: The Joshua Tree is a giant member of the lily family and was first used by Native Americans for basket weaving and eating – the trees roots are very notorious! This desert-based park in the summer can easily surpass a hundred degrees (F) and doesn’t let up in the evening with temperatures in the high eighties. The heat shouldn’t keep you from visiting though with hiking, rock climbing, scenic driving, and bird watching there is plenty to keep your mind off the heat.

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