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We’re incredibly lucky to have one of the top locations in the world for wine tasting right in our own backyard. When people think of the best vineyards, they think of California. And why not? California boasts cozy caverns, scenic vineyards and more then 50 types of grapes. What better way to tour the top California wine regions then in an RV. Your home away from home is ready and waiting.
When most people think of So-Cal they think of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Malibu. For the wine lover, winemaking has been taking place in these wine regions since the late 1700s. Grab some lunch and road trip up to the high elevation wineries in Malibu. Elevations range from sea level to 3,111 feet at Sandstone Peak. The newly granted Malibu Coast AVA is mainly in the Santa Monica Mountains and is about 46 miles long and 8 miles wide and includes 198 acres of vines for 52 grape growers. The high elevation in this “region’s climate, soils and unique aspects affect the taste of the wine produced.” Check out this post, by Wine Folly for an easy to understand write up of why that’s important. Why does this matter? It matters because the combination produces the delicious wine we know and love in Malibu.
While driving along the coast, don’t forget to stop by Mission San Diego de Alcala, as they are home to the oldest grapes in California. About an hour northeast of San Diego, off the beaten path, you can stumble upon Temecula. Best known for their Italian and Rhône varietals and the annual Balloon and Wine Festival. The Cucamonga Valley should also be on your hit list. Famous for preserving the past with historic vineyards and ranches and their old-vine Zinfandel and Portstyle wines.
HIGHWAY 1 – THE CENTRAL COAST.
If you’re doing a California road trip, how can you not drive highway 1? The coastal ocean views, the winding road, the wine along the way. Starting in LA, a quick two hour drive north make sure to stop downtown Santa Barbara for lunch and visit beautiful State Street and sample some of the regional wines at one of the street’s many tasting rooms. From there head inland. The Paso Robles wine region is unique as the day/night temperature swings create bold red wines that are a must. Paso Robles is about half way between LA and San Fran.
Continue heading north towards Monterey and stop by A Taste of Monterey, the regions ofﬁcial wine visitors center. You can learn all about Monterey Bay’s unique landscape and how it effects the vineyards, sample the regions wine, and maybe spot the whales migrating.
Next stop, San Fran. Home of amazing restaurants, fresh local foods and the urban wine movement. During the day, wine and dine on Fisherman’s Wharf, then head to Jackson Square and sample wines at the various wine bars downtown. Check out this half day tour.
Any road trip that’s centered around wine tasting isn’t complete without stopping in Napa Valley. Just an hour northeast of San Francisco, start the day wandering downtown Napa and enjoy some local wines at the Oxbow Public Market. Head up Highway 29 to ﬁll your sights with what Napa Valley has to offer, stopping at renowned wineries for tastings. Keep an eye out for the landmark sign “Wine is bottled poetry” as quoted by Robert Louis Stevenson after a visit to Napa Valley in the 1880s. Known for its life-change Cabernet, Napa Valley boasts tiered hillsides, wine caverns and illustrious estates, making for stellar scenery every wine lover will swoon over.
Sonoma Valley, also know as Valley of the Moon, offers a bit more laid back atmosphere in comparison to Napa Valley. However, there are still more than 400 wineries with some of the best being: Chateau St. Jean, Simi, Sebastiani, Rodney Strong, Marcassin, Paul Hobbs, La Crema, and Kistler. The Somona Valley is known for its cool-climate Pinot Noirs. Be sure to taste a variety. While in the valley, Sonoma Plaza lies in the heart and offers a historic view of the country.
Fall is my favorite time of year. Don’t get me wrong, I love every season for its own uniqueness, but there’s just something about the fall. The temperature allows for outdoor activities like biking without getting overheated, fire bans are lifted, everyone gets together for dinner parties and the colors of the changing leaves… oh the colors!
So you’ve decided that you want to set out and take a road trip. It’s harvest time, wine tours are at their peak, as is the fall foliage. But no matter where you are, or where you go, the way to cover the most ground—and take in the biggest eyeful of color—is behind the wheel. So the ultimate question is: where to go? Take a look at our top 5 spots across the country that can’t be missed!
Route 112, New Hampshire
The ‘Kanc’ (Kancamagus Highway) is always worth a drive. Taking route 112 west is a special treat. Be sure to keep an eye out for fun off-shoot roads that can provide stunning views and fun side adventures.
Best time to go: mid-September with peak times the first two weeks of October.
Skyline Drive, Virgina
It’s easy to fall in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains. Especially with its 105-mile-long Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. A special mention has to be made for route 211, around it’s 32 mile marker, there are plenty of overlooks to snap photos. And don’t forget to stop at the host of vineyards for some wine tasting.
Best time to go: 2nd to 3rd week in October.
When searching for the perfect fall foliage drive, how can you go wrong when the world-famous town is named after an extraordinary tree. Aspen leaves turn a rich yellow hue in the fall making a picture perfect contrast with the evergreens and gorgeous mountain peaks.
Best time to go: mid September to first week of October.
Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the US with 800 miles of roads and hiking trails. There are more than 100 species of native tress, including maples, scarlet oaks, hickories and sweet gums providing a jaw-dropping display of fall foliage in golds, oranges, crimsons, and purples.
Best time to go: early October through early November.
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
With nearly 4 million acres, Michigan’s state forest system is the largest in the eastern U.S.. The U.P. offers more then twenty forested state parks, all with a variety of ash, aspen, beech, birch, maple, oak sycamore, tamarack and many more. Not to mention the state is sandwich between three of the Great Lakes providing the perfect mirror to the rich fall colors.
Best time to go: mid-September to mid-October, with the peak happening in October.
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?
Driving across Canada has been on my bucket list for years. There is just so much open space and each province seems to offer a different view. Taking the Trans Canada Highway is one of those must do adventures.
The east coast offers gorgeous views and boasts some of the best fish and chips that can be found. Don’t forget to pop into a few local restaurants to try the catch of the day.
Montreal is one of those cities that is unique to Canada. They speak different language, have the best poutine (a must try when visiting Canada), and has a culture that is so open to community, music and the arts. Be sure to check the events calendar to see what is going on in the city as you’re passing through.
Toronto, it’s one of my favorite cities. The food, the sights, the different cultural districts, The CN tower, the Skydome (yes, I’m still calling it the Skydome), the museums, the night life, the life, the city of love.
Continuing on the drive, northern Ontario is an experience with the twisty, rolling hills and colorful rocks. Just beware of the type of year as the bugs can be out of this world! Stopping in Sudbury to check out the Big Nickel and grab some lunch is also a great treat.
Manitoba and Saskatchewan offer golden fields that stretch for miles. Cities pop up out of no where and you really start to feel how much land Canada has to offer.
Alberta offers your first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains. They are an eye opener. Towering in the background as you come upon them. Stopping in Lake Louise and Banff are a must. The ski towns offer year round adventures and standing in the mountains is an experience that must be done!
The drive between Calgary, Alberta and Revelstoke, British Columbia through Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass is my favorite stretch of the Trans Canada Highway. There’s just something about driving through the mountains that speaks to me. There’s nothing else like it.
If you’re looking to have a meal on the top of a mountain, stopping in Revelstoke and visiting Mount Revelstoke National Park is a must. You can drive almost to the top and walk the last 1 km to summit the mountain. At the top, there is a short half hour hike through Meadows in the Sky that provides views of the mountain ranges that are a must see.
Completing the coast to coast journey, taking the ferry to Victoria, BC is a must. The island is gorgeous and if you keep a look out you can see the whales playing in the water beside the ferry. It’s a perfect way to finish off an unforgettable trip!
What is your favorite stretch of the Trans Canada? We’d love to hear all about your adventures! And don’t forget to enter our photo contest for a chance to win a $100 gift Amazon gift card! Just send in a photo of you camping or rv’ing for your chance to win!
I love music festivals. Discovering new artists, being in a crowd of people thoroughly enjoying the pumping tunes coming out of the speakers, and singing along to my favorite songs being sung by the artists themselves, is a feeling of freedom. From Coachella, to Lollapalooza, to Shambhala, to Osheaga, each offers a slightly different feel and experience. While Lolla happens in the fabulous Grant Park in the Windy City, Chicago, they offer the ultimate line up of artists right on the water, right downtown. Fun! Shambhala Music Festival brings the electronic groove to Southern British Columbia, Canada. You’ll be dancing the night away in a beautiful slice of forest and farm for the best outdoors experience. Osheaga is the mini, if you can call it that, sister to Lollapalooza and Coachella. Offering epic music in downtown Montreal in Jean-Drapeau Park. And then there is Coachella, with its two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival. Located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. No where else can you find the perfect variety of music, in a hot sunny desert with so many options for fun!
When getting around to all of these fun and fab music festivals there are many ways to live in comfort while not having to slog around in the mud and use public toilets. You can actually have that long desired shower before the end of the festival.
Enter the RV. Recreational Vehicle. Motor Home. Whatever name you choose the luxury it offers while camping out at a music festival is great. Here are a few great benefits to going to a music festival with an RV:
1. Setup. Everything is already set up and ready to go when you arrive, and take down is super easy.
2. Privacy. You have your own private toilet, toilet paper and best of all SHOWER!
3. Location. You can stay right on the festival grounds, or nearby, which saves on taxi rides or additional car rental and parking costs.
4. Cleanliness. Your sleeping area is much easier to keep clean.
5. Food. You can easily cook your own food with nearly full size appliances.
6. Safety. All of your belongings are safely locked away.
7. Comfort. There’s nothing like sleeping in a comfy bed instead of on an air mattress.
8. Weather. If it rains, or snows, or is extremely hot or cold, you have a safe haven.
9. Sound. If the show goes all night and you’re ready to crash, an RV provides some sound protection.
10. Convenience. It’s like a hotel room where ever, whenever you want.
Book now for pick up between Nov 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 and we will waive the one way fee. With 14 locations to choose from you will be sure to find a holiday to suit you. With the cold weather setting in why not get away from the snow and head south for a few weeks. You could pick up in Chicago, New York, Boston and Seattle and drop off in Orlando, Ft Lauderdale or how about Los Angeles. You could even do a cross country trip from San Francisco to Atlanta. Or look at Dallas, Salt Lake City or Las Vegas. With these 14 cities to choose from there are endless possibilities for this years winter vacation.
One ways RV rentals can be a great way to see a lot of the country. Having the option to pick up in San Francisco and drop off in New York or Florida lets you drive across the country and then fly home. Maybe you want to see the Rocky Mountains, you could pick up in Denver and drop off in Seattle. Historic Route 66 is another must travel route. Starting in Chicago this highway takes you on one of the original highways from 1926. By the 1950’s and 60’s this highway was getting less and less travelers so new development stopped, so now travelling this highway is like taking a step back in time as you make your way to Los Angeles. Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Dallas, Miami, Orlando Las Vegas, the combination of trips are endless.
If you are going to plan a one way RV rental trip my advice to you is to plan the trip well in advance, 8 months to a year is not too far in advance to plan if you are planning on travelling June through September. Planning this far in advance will give you the most options as far of cities and size of RV. Start looking now for your trip next summer by filling out the city, date and vehicle fields above. Someone will get back to you with the availability for the trip you have selected.
If you are looking to book for a last minute special and your plans are flexible, fill in the fields above and write in the comment section that you are looking for a one way special and that your plans are flexible and someone will email you with the specials that are available.
Why not spend some time going one way from Orlando to Ft Lauderdale in January, what a great way to see Florida and beat the winter blues.
No one way fees for pick ups between November 1st, 2012 and March 31st, 2013, between 14 US cities.
RV can be picked up or dropped off in the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Ft Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle. Call one of our friendly reservation associates or get a quote online.