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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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California Wine Road Trips

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
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.

Malibu Wine Road Trip

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.

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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.

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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.

SAN FRANCISCO.
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.

Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

NAPA VALLEY.
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.

Napa Valley Wine Country Road Trip
SONOMA COUNTRY. 
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.

Sonoma Valley Wine Country Road Trip

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Best Fall Road Trips

Monday, September 21st, 2015

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.

Fall Foliage Road Trips Kancamagus HighwayImage: Denis Jr. Tamgmey/Getty Images

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.

Best Fall Foliage Drives Skyline DriveImage: Getty Images

Aspen, Colorado
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.

Best Fall Foliage Road Trips Aspen ColoradoImage: Mike Norton/Shutterstock

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.

Best Fall Foliage Road Trips Great Smokey MountainsImage: Nataliya Hora/Shutterstock

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.

Best Fall Foliage Road Trips Upper Peninsula MichiganImage: John McCormich/Shutterstock

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?

Disneyland
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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Cross Canada Adventure

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

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.

Nova ScotiaNova Scotia

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

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.

TorontoTorontoCNTower

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.
NiagaraFalls

Niagara Falls is also one of those places that is worth the detour off of the Trans Canada to see. The small town is quaint and the falls are boastful. Algonquin Park Canoeing
Algonquin Park

If you’re looking for a place to camp or do some canoeing on your trip, Algonquin Park is the place to stop.
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Northern Ontario Canada

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.

PrariesSaskatchewan

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.

AlbertaLake Louise, AB

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!

Rogers PassGlacier National Park Bear Creek Falls

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.

Meadows in the Sky Revelstoke National ParkRevelstoke, BC

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.

Victoria Island, British Columbia

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!

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