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Thanksgiving in an RV

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

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.

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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.


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Miami RV Rental Rates and Prices

Enjoy the sun, sand and surf while renting a Miami RV Rental. Rest assured that we at Adventure Touring have the best prices in Miami, so look no further. Whether you are looking for a 19’ Class C or a 32’ Class A you will get the best rates when booking with us. Use the rates below as a guide, then check out the quote program to get the exact pricing for your dates. You will not be disappointed.

 

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CLASS C 19’        $118     $118     $107     $88
CLASS C 22’        $108     $54     $92     $98
CLASS C 25’        $78     $100     –     –
CLASS A 32’        $268     $167     $172     $206

*all prices are in US dollars

*these rates are a price guide only, please use the quote program to find exact prices for your dates

 

 

 


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New York to Miami Road Trip

One Way Road Trips: New York to Miami

We just love road trips and what better way to experience it then to use a one way RV rental. As falls comes into full swing and the colours are blooming, who wouldn’t want to travel from New York to Miami? With all of the adventures that New York and Miami have to offer, but also the secret spots of fun along the way.

New York to Miami Road Trip
So if you’re looking to rent an RV for a one way road trip from New York to Miami, here are our must see stops along the way:

First Stop: Washington DC
Park the RV for the day and make use of city sightseeing by hoping on a trolley bus tour of the old town or amphibious vehicle tours on the Potomac river. If you’re in the city and museums are your thing, a stop at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and for some time outdoors US Botanical Gardens is a gorgeous stop.

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Beach Time: VA Beach
Check out where Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. There’s a 3-mile boardwalk that stretches along the oceanfront. There’s plenty of restaurants, nightlife and even amusement parks for the kids. Outside of city life, there’s hiking trails and endless water sports.

From there, you can take the drive to Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive all the way to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Mountains Are Calling: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
After lounging on the beach, it’s time to hit the mountains and explore the world renowned diversity of plant and animal life in the ancient mountains of the Great Smokies. The Appalachian Trail also passes through the center of the park.

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Back to the Beach: Myrtle Beach
After some solid hiking in the mountains, it’s always great to relax. And where better then on Myrtle Beach with it’s 60-mile Grand Strand string of beaches.

Stepping into the City: Savannah River Street
After all of that relaxation, it’s time to head back to the city. But let’s take it slow. River Street in Savannah is the perfect place to start. With its century old buildings, spectacular galleries, and amazing brew pubs, restaurants and nightclubs, it’s the perfect stop before heading into Florida.

Fun for All Ages: Orlando, Florida
Walt Disney World is a stop that’s fun for all ages. Between the rides, entertainment, dining, events and tours, Disney is the place to be. There’s multiple theme and water parks that appeal to child in you where a magic world never has to end.

The Last Stop Between Orlando and Miami: Kennedy Space Center
The last leg between Orlando and Miami is a short 3 hour jet, stopping at the Kennedy Space Center is a must. Why Kennedy? Check out the rocket garden, the Apollo/Saturn V Center, the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit and take a ride on the Shuttle Launch Experience to learn what it really feels like to launch into space.

It’s a great one way trip from New York to Miami with all kinds of hidden adventures for every soul.

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West Coast Bird Watching Road Trip

Are you an avid bird watcher or simply like to take in the sights? Check out this west coast road trip that features birding to see some of the most exotic birds in the USA.

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Port Lavaca, Texas
The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to start off the trip. With 54,000 acre’s, this refuge is most famous for its rarest bird, the whooping crane. Out of the 250 left in the world, more than 100 of this highly endangered species usually arrives here between mid October and early April. To protect the cranes, visitors can view them only by boat, but it’s well worth the trip. 5,000 acres of the refuge is accessible by car and on foot making sightings of many herons and egrets, sandhill cranes, waterfowl, shorebirds, and terns plentiful during the winter months.

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Cave Creek Canyon, Portal, Arizona
After hitting up the wildlife refuge, head west to southern Arizona. There are many outstanding birding locales in southern Arizona, however, Cave Creek is of special interest. The canyon not only houses a wide variety of species in a small area, but also many essentially Mexican birds. These birds don’t venture much farther north then Cave Creek including the elegant trogon, the painted redstart and many hummingbirds.

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Monterey Peninsula, California
Next, head towards California and take a drive up Highway One to Monterey and keep an eye out for saltwater ducks, gulls and alcids such as guillemots, murres, and other pufflinlike birds on the municipal wharf and the Coast Guard pier. If you’re looking for a California native, the chestnut-backed chickadee can be found in the hills of Monterey cypress and pine.

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Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite is a unique birding locale as it offers 1,189 accessible square miles with elevations that range from 2,000 to 13,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada range. Due to the cross section of habitats, birds that are typically in more northerly locations, such as Canada, can easily be seen. The great gray owl, pine grosbeak, calliope hummingbird, white-headed woodpecker and many more .

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Tule Lake, California
If you couldn’t get enough waterbirds, head up to Tule Lake which houses three national wildlife refuges – Clear Lake (not open to the public), Lower Klamath and Tule Lake itself. In the dry uplands you can spot the rarely seen sage grouse and in the fall hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese and swans stop here before continuing their migration south.

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See San Francisco

San Francisco is the friendliest and artsiest city in the US. Here are five things to make sure you do when in ‘Shaky Town’.

Golden Gate Bridge

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This famous bridge is possibly the most well-known thing about San Francisco, and it merits a visit for sure. Put on sunscreen for your walk across the famous bridge or else you will end up with an asymmetrical burn, still worth it though!

Fisherman’s Wharf / Pier 39

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Here is a little bit of everything San Francisco has to offer. Shopping, great sweet and savoury food, street performers, museums, art galleries, and a chance to see the sea lions that hang out on the rocky shore.

Alcatraz Island

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The famous former prison can be reached by ferry. Once you arrive you will receive a head set and a tap to listen to the tour at your leisure. The story about the prison escape is the most interesting. Outside you can walk around the island and enjoy the grounds. A truly unique and eerie National Historic Landmark.

Lands’ End

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This little slice of heaven feels completely isolated from the city and you have a less touristy, more authentic experience. There are hiking trails winding around a rugged coastline with hidden gems such as Sutro bath and caves. Located on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, it provides awesome views of the city and the bridge, especially from the Cliff House Bar. It gets chilly by the water so dress in layers!

Golden Gate Park

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The Golden Gate Park has plenty of attractions to offer but if you are short on time I would recommend the trio of the Japanese Tea Garden, California Academy of Sciences, and the De Young (fine arts) museum, all located in the Music Concourse Area. These are connected by an open-air plaza that is often filled with street performers and artists.


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Seeing Miami in an RV

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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!

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Food Tours
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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.

Use our quote program at the top of this page to browse and compare prices on RV rentals and motorhomes in Miami. For one-way RV Rental options, choose your ideal pick-up and drop-off locations from the drop down menus.

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Our Top 5 Must See Beaches

There’s just something about warm weather and beaches that go together. Is it the sand, the surf, the relaxation? Or a little bit of all three. As we travel around during summer vacations to soak up the sun, where are some of the best places to go? Take a look at our top 5 must see beaches across the USA:

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

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With a variety of beaches to choose from at Martha’s Vineyard it’s difficult to choose just one as they each offer sights not to be missed. Our favorite choice is to spend some time and visit them all.

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Clearwater Beach, Florida

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Spread along a narrow 3 mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula on the Golf Coast, Clearwater straddles Tampa Bay to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. Visitors can relax on the beach and swim or spend the day playing beach volleyball, taking a dolphin-watching cruise, rent a fishing boat or go parasailing.

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Manele Bay, Hawaii

Manele Bay, Hawaii

One of the worlds most perfect stretches of sand, Hulopo’e Beach can be found at the base of Manele Bay, a designated marine preserve. The Bay is filled with colorful fish making snorkeling and diving a must. Plus swimming in 70-degree water doesn’t hurt either.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Myrtle Beach is the largest resort along the South Carolina’s 60-mile Grand Strand and is an ultimate vacation hub. With amusement and water parks, restaurants and live entertainment their is no shortage of fun to be had.

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Coronado, California

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Stretching 1.5 miles behind the houses of Ocean Boulevard in front of the Hotel Del Coronado, there’s something for everyone who loves to play in the water. From swimming, surfing, sand sculpting to whale watching.

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Luxury RV Rentals

Luxury Camping or ‘Glamping’ is a fairly recent take on camping – enjoying the great outdoors without giving up the comforts of home.

The most extravagant RV’s are Class A or Class C RV’s. The luxury RV’s we offer can be over 40-feet long with 1-4 slide outs. Depending on the model, they can accommodate up to 8 people. If you are interested in smaller luxury RV Rentals, we have that too!

What is Class A?
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Class A is your typical tour bus style RV. These are often built on a sturdier frame than Class C’s, which is why the biggest RV’s are Class A.

What is a Class C?
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Class C’s are motorhomes with a bed overhanging the driving cab.

Luxury RV’s may come with..

One-three TV/DVD set-ups, satellite/direct TV, surround sound, a gas fireplace, extensive indoor seating, large fridges, a microwave, a washer and dryer, an interior shower with a glass door and skylight, a fiberglass bathtub, an exterior shower, awnings – and all around just more amenities and space!
Some offer outdoor cooking stations with a BBQ, sink, fridge and adequate storage and counter space. Some also have outdoor TV’s.

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Please see individual models for info on towing, pets, bike racks, leaving your vehicle at the rental centre, and features.

Our main Luxury RV suppliers are El Monte, Corona & Road Bear.

Pick-Up Your Luxury Motorhome From…

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas, Denver, Boston, New York, Miami, Orlando or Corona.

Please call 1-877-778-9569 or use our Price Comparison Tool at the top of this page to book your Luxury RV or motorhome rental today! Book early to get the best rate and RV possible.

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Compare and Book Cruise America RV Rentals

Cruise America is one of our suppliers for RV rentals in America.
The Cruise America RV Rentals and Sales Company was founded in 1972 and they have exceeded customer expectations for over 40 years.
Cruise is the biggest recreational vehicle and motorhome rental company in the country simply because they have the largest fleet, and the most locations. Their 117 locations in the US are scattered across the country, including Alaska. Currently, all of their RV’s are on a Ford frame.

When in our quote program, you can identify Cruise America RV’s by their pictures below.

All of these units have a Shower, Fresh Water Toilet, Microwave Oven, AC, & Furnace.

Truck & Camper, 17’

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Limited Availability
Sleeps 3
Additional Details:
Two-burner cooktop, 3 ft. refrigerator, AM / FM / CD / USB / Bluetooth / Aux Sound System.

Compact, 19’

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Limited Availability
Sleeps 3
Additional Details:
Two-2 burner cooktop, Stereo Sound system, and Refrigerator.

 

Standard, 25’

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Sleeps 5
Available everywhere
Additional Details
Three- burner cooktop, stereo sound system, Refrigerator and freezer.

 

Large, 30’

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Sleeps 7
Available everywhere
Additional Details
Three-burner cooktop, stereo sound system, Refrigerator and freezer, and amplified outside storage.

Use our price comparison tool at the top of this page to browse and compare prices on RV’s and motorhomes in the United States. For one-way RV Rental options, choose your ideal pick-up and drop-off locations from the drop down menus. Once you start the price comparison tool you will have the option of live chatting with one of our sales specialists or you can call 1-877-778-9569. To receive the cheapest rate, book as soon as possible.

Happy RV-ing!


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