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Road Trip: Chicago to Las Vegas on Route 66

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Route 66 is an iconic road trip route worth putting on your bucket list. So rent an RV and start the drive!

Chicago
Between Cloud Gate, Navy Pier and the Lake Michigan shore line the windy city has loads to offer and is a great starting point to this great road trip. Historic Route 66 awaits.

Springfield
Route 66 signs are well marked heading from Chicago to Springfield. The Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home and Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb can all be found downtown Springfield and is a great stop.

Meramec Caverns
Missouri holds one of the greatest of the old Route 66 tourist attractions – the Meramec Caverns. Guided tours of these extensive limestone caves are well worth the stop. Tours are just over an hour long.

Tulsa
If museums are your thing, Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum hosts vast a art museum in an Italian style villa with exhibits from around the world surrounded by acres of lush gardens.

New Mexico
New Mexico boasts the mother of all road attractions including: Cadillac Ranch, Midpoint Cafe and the Route 66 Auto Museum in Santa Rosa. If you’re in need of a big break, stop in Albuquerque for an air balloon ride.

Flagstaff
A quick stop to see the Petrified Forest National Park and the Meteor Crater is a must. An even further detour to El Morro to see the signatures of road trippers from past centuries.

Las Vegas
On the trip from Chicago to Las Vegas make sure to visit the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. The Colorado river has forged a mile deep, 18 mile wide and 277 mile long gauge into Arizona, don’t miss this stop!

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Road Trip: New York to LA

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Traveling from New York to LA or vice versa, it’s one of the trips that can lead to an epic adventure no matter which route you take. It’s 100% American. 100% Fun. But choosing which route to take really just depends on what type of adventure you want to take. Here are our favorite routes with our favorite adventures.

The Northern Route – If Mountains and Parks are your thing.

Road Trip: New York

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New York
New York boasts everything you would want in a city. From the Empire State Building to every kind of food you can possibly imagine. Stay a few days and explore.

Niagara Falls/Cedar Point
With 3 staggering waterfalls the views are epic. If you want to get a little closer try the ‘Maid of the Mist’ cruise taking you under the falls. If jaw dropping thrills are more you style, stop in at the Cedar Point adventure park.

Chicago
If cities aren’t your thing, check out the Shipshewana Amish Community.

Minnesota
visit the famous Jolly Green Giant Statue in the ‘City of Blue Earth’

Badlands National Park
The rugged beauty of the badlands will make you feel like you’re walking on the moon.

Mount Rushmore
The sculpture on Mount Rushmore features presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln at a staggering 18 metres (60 ft).

Wild Wyoming
If you’re passing through in from June to August be sure to check out an authentic Cody Rodeo.

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is America’s first national park complete with spouting geysers, waterfalls and mud pools.

Grand Teton National Park – Jackson
White water raft Snake River, or go for a hike and take in the beauty of jagged peaks and picture perfect lakes in Grand Teton.

Grand Basin Nevada – Lake Tahoe
Stop for a swim in the crystal clear Lake Tahoe.

Yosemite National Park
Follow the Sierra Mountains into Yosemite. Opt for some world class rock climbing, float down the Merced River or explore this extra ordinary park on foot.

San Francisco
San Francisco is home to hippy vibes, cafe culture, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Pier 39. You’re sure to have an experience.

California Coast to Santa Barbara and LA
Travel down the beautiful highway 1 to Santa Barbara and into LA.

The Southern Route – If cities and soul are your thing.

New York
New York boasts everything you would want in a city. From the Empire State Building to every kind of food you can possibly imagine. Stay a few days and explore.

Washington, DC
Check out the White House and the Smithsonian Museums. Finish the day off with a drink in Georgetown.

Asheville
A road trip just isn’t the same unless you see mountains. Take in the mountain vibes and epic views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Nashville
Visit the world-famous Grand Ole Opry and The Country Music Hall of Fame as the home of country music takes you in.

Memphis
Memphis is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Need we say more? Head down Beale Street, visit Graceland and take in a tasty Memphis BBQ.

New Orleans
If you’re after some soul, New Orleans is the place for you. Check out a ‘Voodoo and Graveyard’ tour, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River or fill your face with Cajun and Creole grub or some authentic gumbo.

Austin
If you haven’t had enough music on this trip, Austin is a must stop as they are the ‘live music capital of the world’ after all.

Amarillo
Everything just seems bigger in Texas. Stop at Cadillac Ranch to see all the classic cars you can handle and if you’re hungry along the ol’ route 66, try your hand at the Big Texan Steak Ranch and see if you can finish your dinner.

Santa Fe
The best Mexican food in the USA plus all the sunshine you can handle at 325 days a year. Who can say no to Santa Fe?

Monument Valley
The red rock vistas await on your trip to Monument Valley.

Grand Canyon and Las Vegas
The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas are a must stop. Both enormous in their own beauty

San Diego to LA
Leave the desert behind and head to the coast. Stop in San Diego for some sun and swim. Travel from to LA.

Road Trip: LA

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Thanksgiving in an RV

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

As the weather turns cooler, pot lucks begin and then finally a wonderful gathering of family at Thanksgiving. This time of year always makes me think of my roots, where it all began. Family road trips can be it’s own adventure, but why not take one to the roots of Thanksgiving.

TOP STOPS:

Plymouth, Massachusetts

There’s no better place to start this journey then where the first historic gathering happened, Plymouth, Massachusetts, a 45 minute drive from Boston. At Plimouth Plantation, you can experience history brought to life with outdoor living exhibits, the Mayflower II, Pilmoth Grist Mill and traditional New England trimmings where you can talk about the 1621 feast that started it all.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

To learn more about Native American culture, head to Santa Fe for its world-renowned art galleries and museums. A three-day Winter Indian Market hosts 200 artists, native dance groups and music for all the entertainment and history you can handle.

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New York City, New York

If you’re a fan of gatherings and thanksgiving, the biggest gathering to celebrate the holiday is in the Big Apple at the Thanksgiving Day Parade with over three million spectators. If crowds aren’t your thing, cozy up with the family in an overlooking hotel room for the ultimate high up viewpoint.

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Where will you be spending this Thanksgiving? Will you be joining us on the road for a family fun road trip?

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RV Travel Apps

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

If you are getting ready to start your RV adventure you may want to check out some of these helpful apps to make your trip a little more carefree.

There are lots of apps helping you to decide where to stay. I don’t like dishing out money to buy apps, there are lots of free apps available, but some of these are worth the price. Here are some of the most popular.

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ALLSTAYS-Camp & RV, this app lets you find and filter places with or without available internet. This is a great app that includes filtering by tenting, RV resorts, parking lots (that you are allowed to stay in), fuel stops, rest areas, and more. It’s worth the price. Allstays also has a Walmart Overnight Parking app that comes in handy when you are just looking for a place to get a few hours sleep.

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Some of the best apps for navigating come built into our phones. The built in IOS map app is a great app, Suri gives good directs so that you do not need to be looking at your phone while you are driving. Even for an iPhone user like me the Google app has its place. When you are on a website and hit the get directions link it usually uses Google maps. I don’t think that it is as smooth as the IOS version but not everyone is lucky enough to have an iPhone.

Coverage?

There is a RV travel blog http://www.technomadia.com/ that I have been reading and they have created some of there own apps based on RV travel need. This one lets you track cellular signal off line so that you can check and make sure that the campground you are planning on staying at has cellular connection.

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Let’s face it, we want to rent an RV so that we can reconnect with our family. The last thing we want the kids to be doing is staring at their cell phones. Why not use the phones do get everyone in the same place interacting with each other. The Campfire Songs app will remind you of all those great songs that you used to sing as a kid.

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How about taking the kids on a treasure hunt with this Geocaching app. This is a great way to get everybody together, to get moving and see somewhere that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

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This has to be my favorite apps for getting people moving and interacting with the world. Don’t discount Pokemon Go as an app only for kids. I would say it is for ages 10-99. This apps gets people out walking, and interacting with other people playing the game. When you are at a Pokestop you end up talking to other people that are there and comparing Pokemon, finding out where they are from and a little of their story. The draw back to this is that you need to be in populated areas to find the Pokemon. If your RV rental trip includes some city stops you should give this app a try, you may be surprised.

 

There are sani-dump apps and gas price check apps, things to do apps, weather apps, hiking trail apps, the list is endless of what is available to us online. Check out the star gazer apps that will name constellations as you view them through your phone. What a great way to spend an evening by the campfire.

Seeing Miami in an RV

Monday, July 25th, 2016

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Miami is a great location to pick up your RV because there is plenty of beachy campgrounds, it’s close driving distance to the Everglades and there’s endless options about where to go after Florida. Do you want to travel up the coast of Florida? Maybe continue up the east coast towards New York? Or perhaps head west with a one-way RV motorhome rental and drive along the Gulf of Mexico to New Orleans and Houston? Whatever you decide, make sure you check out what Miami has to offer before heading on the road!

Outside in the City

Boat Tour

Take a boat tour or an airboat with one of many companies in Miami. Get the chance to see flowers and wildlife in nature! Alligators and baby alligators are commonly seen on boat tours.

Buffalo Tiger’s Airboat Tours

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Wynwood

The Wynwood area is known for its graphic street art. The ‘walls’ here are covered in amazing, colorful art pieces. Walk around, enjoy the art and maybe drop-in to a craft brewery. There is also lots of great restaurants in this area.

Bayfront Park
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The Bayfront Park is 32-acres of maintained greenery located in the centre of downtown Miami. Take part in the activities held here or catch a show at the amphitheatre. There is a sandy beach, a waterfall, tropical rock garden, and vendors to quench your thirst. Taking a stroll around the park will give you the opportunity to see monuments such as a World War 2 Veteran’s Memorial, the Challenger Memorial, Statues of Claude Pepper, Julia Tuttle, and Christopher Columbus, and the Mildred and Claude Pepper’s Fountain. The park extends along Biscayne Bay leading to the Bayside Marketplace.

Attractions & Entertainment

Zoological Wildlife Foundation

The ZWF is no ordinary zoo. When you arrive you will be appointed a knowledgeable guide to lead you around the area. You have the opportunity to get personal with the animals and even hold them. The centre truly cares about providing the best quality of life to the animals as possible. A great family activity to see local and exotic animals.

Dolphin Mall

Outlet shopping, anyone?!

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Photo courtesy of: By Bobak Ha’Eri (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bayside Marketplace

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Visit Bayside in the afternoon or evening for live music. This is a great place to shop for souvenirs, hangout, people watch, and grab a bite to eat!

Others:
Miami Trolley
Miami Design District
Food Tours
Coconut Grove

History & Museums

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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‘Villa Vizcaya’ is a former estate of James Deering, a successful antiquities collector. It is in the Coconut Grove neighbourhood on the Biscayne Bay. There is Italian Renaissance gardens and the architecture and furnishings were also inspired by Italy when the estate was built in the early 1900’s.

Perez Art Museum Miami
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If you like modern art, the PAMM is for you.

Little Havana

Culture, history, good food and even better cigars! Little Havana is named after the capital of Cuba, and is appropriate because the Cuban-American population here is large. You can get by with English but a Spanish phrase book is always handy. Sip on a mojito after taking a walking tour of this colorful district. Make sure to seek a cigar shop that rolls the cigars in front of your eyes!

Landmarks include the American Airlines Arena, Marlins Park and the Freedom Tower.

Where to camp near Miami after you pick up your RV:

Florida City Camp Site and RV Park
Southern Comfort RV Resort
The Boardwalk RV Resort
Miami Everglades RV Resort
Thompson Park Campground
Embassy RV Park
Larry & Penny Thompson Campground in South Miami
For more RV parks and campgrounds in Florida check out Florida’s chapter of RV on the go.

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Boston: Top 5 Things To Do

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Boston is well-known for fantastic food, nice people and beautiful fall foilage in the country’s oldest public park. Here are the top 5 things to do in Boston!

1) Walk the Freedom Trail

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Set aside half a day to walk this 2.5 mile trail which is arguably the best way to soak up the history of Boston and check-out great restaurants. Shopping is also available along the trail.

2) Enjoy Italian Food

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Tune in to your foodie side and enjoy some pizza, espresso, cannoli and other classic Italian cuisine. The North End is the best place to experience fresh, delicious food. Book a reservation if you want dinner there on a weekend evening!

3) Visit Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum & Museum of Fine Arts

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ISGM, also known as Fenway Court, displays many types of art pieces from their ‘Art Collection of World Importance’ such as tapestries, paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. Wear Boston Red Sox memorabilia to get discounted admittance!
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is one of the largest, most-visited art museums in the world. Within walking distance of Fenway Court you can visit these both in the same day!

4) Experience the North End

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A great place for a walking tour, this part of town is cute and authentic! Take in the historical sites, cobble-stoned streets and yummy food in little Italy.

5) Stroll Boston Commons & Boston Public Garden

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Located adjacent to each other, this is a perfect day trip! There is free tennis courts and wading in the summertime. Picnic here and you might catch a free outdoor concert!

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Super Bowl 50 in a RV

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Super Bowl 50

Are you counting down the days to Super Bowl 50? We sure are! And yes it’s Super Bowl 50 not Super Bowl L. The NFL has decided to celebrate this milestone by suspending the Roman numerals for this year only.

This Sunday’s game (January 24, 2016) the Super Bowl participants will be determined. The Denver Broncos will face off against the New England Patriots (AFC) and the Arizona Cardinals and the Florida Panthers (NFC) will duke it out for the conference championship games.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan. The food, the buzz, the game. Getting down to the Super Bowl is always a bit of a feat. But what better way, than to arrive in style with an RV Motorhome. No drinking and driving needed. You just pull up and go. Plus, who wouldn’t love to stay in the Super Tailgate Village?

The Details of Super Bowl 50:

When: Sunday, February 7, 2016
Where: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California (home of the San Francisco 49ers)

Halftime show: Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Beyonce.

CBS Pregame programming

11 a.m. ET: Super Bowl 50: Before they were pros (NFL Films).
Noon ET: Road to the Super Bowl (NFL Films).
1 p.m. ET: Phil Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition.
2-6 p.m. ET: The Super Bowl Today.
Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. ET.

Enjoy the tailgate, the food, the game all in an RV just minutes from Levi Stadium. Book your Super Bowl RV today!

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10 Tips to Survive Disneyland in an RV

Friday, August 14th, 2015

As you’re sitting around your kitchen table discussing with the family where the next big trip to go, the kids always chant… Disneyland, Disneyland! And why not! There’s so much to see and do. Why not make it an adventure like no other and make it a road trip?

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Here are our top 10 tips to surviving Disneyland in an RV:

  1. Where to stay? Are there RV Resorts close by? Sure there are! Check out this link for the top resorts with the best reviews.
  2. Enjoy the view. Don’t forget to enjoy the views during your drive. No matter where you are coming from, California has some amazing sights that shouldn’t be missed. Especially if you’re driving along the coast!
  3. How long are the lines? If you’re wondering how long am I going to wait in this line for, there’s this handy little app called MouseWait that will tell you all you need to know!
  4. But where do I park when I get there?! Check out this link on where to park if you don’t have a shuttle service at your RV resort (some resorts offer shuttle service to and from Disneyland. Be sure to check that out before taking parking.)
  5. When to visit. If you’re wondering when is the least busy time to visit, there is a formula for that! Whenever school is in and during the week. That’s your best chance at missing the huge crowds.
  6. Preplan.  Since you’ve decided to travel all that way to get to Disneyland, make sure to do some pre-planning and buy your tickets online and book your resort before hand. Purchasing tickets at the front gate is the most expensive spot. Check out this site for some great deals.
  7. Food and drinks. There are so many fun and amazing foods you can cook in an RV (stay tuned for our next blog post on all kinds of fun ideas) but can you bring outside food into the park? You sure CAN! As much as you want. Just don’t try to bring in a cooler or anything bigger then 24″x15″x18″. And no alcohol.
  8. Home away from home. One of the best things about bringing an RV is that you can lounge and nap at your leisure. No need to leave the room during mousekeeping. And no need to pack and unpack during your trip!
  9. Where to stay along the drive.  If you are going to a number of National Parks and State Parks then look at getting the Interagency Annual Pass for USD $80 rather than having to pay $20 or $30 per park. This all depends on how long your drive is, obviously.
  10. Enjoy the drive. Don’t forget about all of the other fun stops to make during your journey. Check out these fun roadside attractions and historic sites.

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Top 10 Things to Bring to Burning Man when Traveling in an RV

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Burning Man is an experience like no other. It’s different for everyone who goes and changes every year. But it is still one of those festivals that cannot be missed. Traveling in style, in an RV that is, isn’t a must but it provides some creature comforts to the experience, that by the end of the week, you’ll be dreaming of.

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RV’ing at Burning Man? Here are some “must have” items:

WATER! – You can never have too much water. From the water you need to drink, to the elusive water for a shower, to the lemon water needed to clean out all of that Playa dust. The lemon in the water will help with the alkaline in the dust and your skin will love it. More is better.

Hide-a-Key – If you’re traveling with more then just yourself, have a hide a key hidden somewhere on your RV is handy to have. That way people can come and go without worry of loosing a key or not having enough keys for everyone.

Shade – Even if you have a generator and air conditioning there’s nothing like sitting outside in the shade and enjoying the buzz around you and meeting new people. But make sure it’s sound enough to stand against those high winds!

Ziplock Bags – it’s always nice to have some fresh clean clothes to drive home in. Plus don’t forget to keep your electronics (phone, camera, etc) safe from the dust, along with prepared meals.

Garbage Bags – Remember that Burning Man runs on a ‘what you bring you leave with’ campaign. So when packing don’t forget to bring things that can either be cleaned and reused or burned, otherwise you’ll be driving out with more trash then your RV can carry.

Medical Kit and Extra Toilet Paper (1ply) – From stepping on rebar to just being plain clumsy, it’s important to stock up a medical kit. Extra toilet paper is a must as well, put together a personal washroom pack for when you are out adventuring as the port-a-potties always run out.

Bike and Lights (for yourself and your bike) – The Black Rock Desert becomes a small city, with last year holding over 65,000 people. Covering that distance by foot isn’t practical. Bring along a cheap bike to help you travel. And lights! It gets dark, I mean really dark. Help everyone out by attaching lights to yourself and your bike to prevent collisions.

Dust Cover for Your Bed – As much as you may try dust will be EVERYWHERE. Bringing a dust cover for your bed will help keep the dust down when you are sleeping. Even an extra sheet to cover your bedding will do wonders.

Oil for Your Generator – Either you or someone around you will run out of oil, it’s guaranteed. So why not bring some extra just in case.

Solar Power – Save your generator and use as much solar power as possible to run your necessities. Every little bit helps to keep our lovely planet clean.

Last but not least, remember to have fun and keep your mind open to all the wonderful possibilities that Burning Man provides.

Seattle – Local Attractions

Monday, August 12th, 2013

The most famous attraction in Seattle must be the Space Needle. Millions of people of have taken the elevator up the 605 feet since its opening in 1962. From the glistening waters of the Puget Sound, the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Rainer, the beautiful skyline of downtown Seattle the view from the Space Needle has it all. Stay and dine atop the Space Needle in the revolving Skycity Restaurant.

Seattle’s Public Market, where downtown Seattle meets the farm. Open since 1907 this year round market has bakeries, fish mongers, butcher shops, produce stands and specialties stores. There are over 80 restaurants and over 200 unique owner operated shops and services. Tours of the market are also available for those of you who want a little history with your shopping experience.

The Pacific Science Center, where the future is bright. Lay back and check out the Laser Dome, the 80 foot wide screen combines music and laser lights as artists create a different live show every night. The Imax has lots of movies for you to watch, there is a movie for everyone. View the planetarium and look at the ever changing exhibits, no to visit to the Pacific Science Center are ever the same.

The Center for Wooden Boats is dedicated to preserving the history of the Pacific Northwest, with its three campus’s and over 100 historically significant boats. Rent a boat, take a class or take in the exhibits,and connect this the history of this beautiful area.

The Hiram M Chittenden Locks are a complex set of locks the have three main purposes. The first is to maintain the water level of Lake Washington and Union Lake, the second is to prevent the mixing of fresh water with the sea water and the third is to move boats up and down between the lakes and the Puget Sound. This spot is also known as the Ballard Locks by the locals. Venture through the gardens or have a picnic on the lawn while you watch the boat go through, but make sure that you take time to cross one of the bridges so that you can see the salmon ladders.