Itching to hit the open road in your RV?
Well, look no further.
Whether you want to see a historic Northern Lights show this winter or you’re planning for a big summer trip to the mountains, this list is sure to fulfill your traveling needs.
From the beaches to the desert, there is no shortage of terrain to explore, and several of these RV resorts are situated in the center of some of the most beautiful and historic sites in the U.S.
Here’s a look at the 10 best RV resorts across America.
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina (Newport Beach, Calif.)
For those of you who love the beach life, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina would be a good place to camp.
Located at the entrance of Back Bay Nature Preserve, the 110-acre spread offers a waterpark complete with sailboats, kayaks, motorboats and pedal boats. Your family can also play volleyball, enjoy movies on the beach, compete in cardboard boat regattas and hang out at the campfire.
Don’t forget to eat at Back Bay Bistro, located on the tranquil bay, or hang out at the Village Square, complete with golf carts and surreys.
Shady Dell (Bisbee, Ariz.)
Don’t let the name fool you: There’s nothing shady about this place.
The Shady Dell in Bisbee, Ariz., is a 1950′s-themed RV park featuring unique trailers travelers can hop into for a taste of the past.
There are no RV hook-ups at the site; rather, it’s an experience in itself to drive over there and camp in Shady Dell’s accommodations.
From the 1947 Tiki Bus to the 1951 Royal Mansion trailers, there’s a little bit for everybody here.
The Royal Mansion is 33 feet long, complete with a leopard carpet, a full size bed, a breakfast booth, vintage martini glasses and a phonograph with a collection of 78 rpm records.
Yosemite Pines RV Park (Groveland, Calif.)
What better place to RV than Yosemite National Park?
The nearby Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging is a great place to camp out by one of the nation’s most beautiful national parks.
Not only do you get to hike, bike and explore the plentiful trails in the area, this resort also features an on-site gold mine, an alpaca petting farm, a swimming pool and a barbecue and picnic area.
The cheap prices and savings cinch the deal.
Lake George RV Park (Lake George, N.Y.)
A great location for family, the warm and friendly Lake George RV Park in New York is an 150-acre spread that includes a playhouse with live entertainment, a private pond for fishing, swimming pools and bike trails, basketball and tennis courts, a softball field and a fitness center.
Nearby attractions include a golf course, a water slide park, steamboat cruises, a performing arts center and an amusement park.
Add plenty of room for families of six and package deals and you have yourself a winner of multiple national awards.
Ocean Lakes Family Campground (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Winner of numerous awards throughout the years, the RV park at Ocean Lakes Family Campground in South Carolina has become a well-known destination for travelers.
The sites are massive, with accommodations for even the largest trailers out there. The grounds feature a harbor, a camptown center, a nature center, a church and playgrounds.
And services include bicycle rentals and RV and golf cart sales.
Heck, there are even numerous special events that go on, from “Bluegrass Weekend” to the daring “Polar Bear Plunge” that tests guests’ willpower in the frigid waters below.
River’s Edge RV Park (Fairbanks, Alaska)
Don’t know if you’ve heard, but the best Northern Lights show in a decade is expected this winter.
Fortunately for RV travelers, one of the best RV resorts in the nation is located in Fairbanks, a prime spot for Northern Lights sightings.
River’s Edge Resort and RV Park not only offers great views of the natural phenomenon, it features plenty of hook-ups and an on-site grill.
Also, with the resort’s extensive city tours, you are guided through old gold mines, the Chena River via riverboat, and the Arctic Circle landscape (a perfect tour for Northern Lights sightings).
Zion River Resort (Virgin, Utah)
A great spot for hikers, Zion River Resort is a hop, skip and a jump from Zion National Park.
It is also a great base camp for day trips to Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon or Cedar Breaks National Monument, while there are nearby museums and galleries for the artsy.
As far as the resort itself, it offers plenty of hook-ups, as well as activities such as cookouts, Wii tournaments and even geocaching (treasure hunting with GPS).
And don’t forget to check out Grafton Ghost Town nearby, one of the most photographed ghost towns in the West which was featured in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
Horse Thief Campground & RV Resort (Hill City, S.D.)
Family-owned and operated, Horse Thief Campground & RV Resort has become a popular destination for families.
Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, it’s hard not to love this place, whether you are a hiker, a fisherman, a mountain climber, a horseback rider or a photographer.
Featuring large camping sites, a heated swimming pool and basketball and horseshoe areas, you aren’t going to run out of things to do there, whether you are camping out or exploring the wilderness.
Durango RV Resort (Red Bluff, Calif.)
A wildly popular RV resort in Northern California, the Red Bluff-based Durango RV Resort has certainly made a name for itself.
Featuring large pull-through sites and “super spaces” with extra outdoor landscaped areas, this RV destination has plenty of space for you.
It also has plenty for you to do.
In addition to pet facilities, two clubhouses, a lap pool and spa, a vehicle wash area, a showcase area and a fire pit, it also sports athletic facilities including a bocce ball court, a basketball hoop and a putting green.
And with places like Lassen Volcanic National Park nearby, you can enjoy great hiking and fishing in the area.
Boyd’s Key West Campground (Key West, Fla.)
Boyd’s Key West Campground certainly has an ideal location in Key West, Fla.
But there is much more for the RV traveler at this popular site.
Not only are full hook-up areas available, the campground also comes complete with a boat ramp, a heated swimming pool, a game room, a Tiki Hut with a big screen TV, bath houses and a picnic pavilion.
Activities on site include crafting, yoga, potlucks, live music, pool parties, fashion shows, luncheons, cookouts, movie nights, cruises and even line dancing.
Of course, for those of you planning on going for New Year’s Eve, there are plenty of celebrations to keep you busy.
National, Chevy Offer Innovative Impala Test-Drive Promo
National Car Rental and Chevrolet are offering a 2014 Impala test-drive promotion to National’s Emerald Club Executive® and Executive Elite® members.
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The new Impalas are available to these members at the top 20 U.S. airports to rent now.
Emerald Club members in Phoenix, Atlanta and select New York, Connecticut and New Jersey counties who rent the 2014 Impala will receive a complimentary weekend test drive of another 2014 Impala when they return the car.
The promotion runs through Jan. 31, 2014.
“One of the reasons we chose National as our partner for this program is the opportunity for exposure. The customer base and extensive network of locations give the 2014 Chevrolet Impala a very personal introduction to drivers,” said Jon Hahn, Impala marketing manager for Chevrolet.
“This program gives National’s customers access to an extended test drive of our newly redesigned 2014 Impala, and we look forward to hearing their feedback on all the new features and advanced technology that make the 2014 model so special.”
Enterprise Holdings, the owner and operator of National Car Rental and the Alamo Rent A Car and Enterprise Rent-A-Car brands, commissioned a recent Polk study which found that customers who rent a car from National’s airport locations are 45 percent more likely to purchase a new vehicle within six months of their rental than the average U.S. consumer.
The study covered 23 million individual renters over a 12-month period, and strongly indicates that many car rental customers are using their rentals to experience new makes and models.
On average, 77 percent of the customers who purchased a vehicle they had rented bought a different make and model than what they already owned.
“Offering our frequent business renters access to the critically acclaimed 2014 Chevy Impala is just one example of our commitment to work with our manufacturer partners to provide a wide selection of vehicles that meet and exceed our customers’ expectations,” said Rob Connors, assistant vice president of brand marketing at National Car Rental.
He added, “Our partnership with Chevrolet to offer one of America’s best-selling, full-size sedans to Emerald Club’s most frequent renters gives high potential car buyers exposure to the new 2014 Impala’s design and technology so they can ‘try before they buy.’”
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Baby boomers would prefer to spend spare time on a road trip than with children or grandchildren, according to new research.
A survey of over 12,000 people reveals the trend is for more frequent, shorter trips where the destination is a hotel with a large, comfy room.
The research, for Homewood Suites by Hilton, shows baby boomers are traveling primarily within North America and are driving to reach their destinations.
Almost two thirds (61%) are traveling throughout the continental U.S. and Canada, with 40% choosing to drive to their destination, compared with only 28% that indicated a preference for airline travel.
The vast majority of those surveyed (72%) are looking for a large, comfy hotel room to return to after a long day of travel and are spending their travel budgets on shorter, more frequent trips.
Furthermore, 60% are choosing hotels that package valued amenities, such as internet, breakfast and grocery shopping services, into one bundled price.
“We know this segment seeks out value, ample space and comfort when selecting a hotel,” said Christian Kuhn, vice president of marketing, Homewood Suites by Hilton.
“Whether joining us for an extended stay vacation or for one night in their journeys, baby boomers feel at home with our suites and amenities.”
Over half said they spend less than two months planning for a trip; 83% seek out online customer ratings and of those, 93% say their travel decisions are influenced by review sites.
The research was carried out among members of AARP.
Avis Budget Group Shores Up Mobile Infrastructure
Avis Budget Group has shored up its mobile features on the car rental’s website in order to cater to customers using handheld devices to browse, reserve and manage their rental experience.
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All of the new website features are being delivered at faster speeds, according to Gerard Insall, senior vice president and chief information officer.
“Our customers are increasingly using handheld mobile devices to manage their travel, and they expect the websites they use to perform at a very high level,” said Insall. “Given that our mobile channels are our fastest growing channels, this investment makes sense both for our customers as well as our shareholders.”
The new enhancements deliver faster response times on the four currently available mobile platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.
Consumers can also take advantage of coupons and special discounts, including Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) and Budget Customer Discount (BCD) codes, via handheld devices.
Some of the new features include enhanced menu of cars available at specific Avis and Budget locations; ability to reserve ancillary products; ability to use mobile device’s GPS to locate the nearest Avis or Budget location; special offers exclusively for mobile users.
“The customer experience is at the core of everything we do, and enhancing our mobile website is no exception,” said Jeannine Haas, chief marketing officer, North America. “Partnering with our technology team to bring these state of the art mobile experiences to life is one way we ensure we deliver premium customer service.”
The new enhancements can be viewed at the link: www.avisbudgetgroup.com
Avis Preferred Aligns with Google Wallet Mobile App
Avis Car Rental is the first to align its express Avis Preferred service with Google Wallet, a mobile app to aggregate all loyalty program information and offers in one place. Google Wallet is available for iPhone and Android devices.
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Now, Avis Preferred members can enroll via Google Wallet, and the Avis Wizard number automatically “populates” in the app. Existing Avis Preferred members can save their Wizard number in the app, too.
Storing this information will allow Google Wallet users to receive offers for Avis rentals directly via the Google Wallet app and easily retrieve their Wizard number when needed. Membership is free.
“Like Avis Preferred, Google Wallet saves people valuable time and provides them with added convenience,” said Jeannine Haas, chief marketing officer-North America for Avis Budget Group. “This enables us to market our products and services to customers through a dynamic, emerging channel and thereby help to generate incremental bookings.”
In addition, Google Wallet allows money to be sent to anyone in the United States.
As we head into the loneliest time of the year – holiday season – Hertz Corporation is trying to address the problem for our troops who face these hardships overseas.
Partnering with Support Our Troops, Hertz has expanded its Hertz 24/7 Give +Go rental program that allows customers to support charities in local communities through hourly car rentals.
The proceeds from the first hour of every Hertz 24/7 Give + Go rental will be donated to Operation Support Our Troops. More than 10,000 pounds of care packages will be delivered to U.S. troops overseas.
Each Hertz 24/7 rental in a Give + Go car will provide four deployed U.S. troops with personalized care packages from home.
The goal of the Hertz 24/7 Give + Go program is to make everyday activities, like renting a car or running errands, contribute to healthier, happier communities.
Hertz has honored the troops in the past with its Hertz for Heroes program begun in 2011 by employees with a military background.
“Hertz has a long history of supporting our troops, both in the field and veterans returning home from duty,” said Paula Rivera, manager public affairs for Hertz. “This year, we’re excited to partner with Operation Support Our Troops America as the group prepares to deliver thousands of care packages overseas.
“In addition to providing items not commonly found in the PX, we love that the packages are unique in providing a letter of support from community citizens.”
The packages all contain 25 pounds of goodies that are not sold onsite at the military bases or that are unique to the good’ ole USA. It’s that little bit of home that makes all the difference to military personnel stationed far away from loved ones.
Personal letters, from people in the local community, are included in each package, too, letting soldiers know they are sending holiday wishes for peace, love and understanding.
To date, Operation Support Our Troops, founded in 2003, has supplied more than 1.3 million pounds of comfort packages to soldiers overseas.
In 1896, prospectors found gold in a creek near Dawson City, triggering a stampede to the Klondike. Bolstered by dreams and heartened by stories of riches, thousands of miners struggled across Chilkoot Pass and floated the Yukon River to Dawson City. Soon a rollicking frontier town, Dawson filled up with desperate prospectors, shrewd entrepreneurs, Mounties and dancehall girls.
Today, Dawson City is a lively and colourful place bursting with heritage sites and attractions, where you can still meet placer miners, dog mushers and other Klondike characters. You’ll feel the grit, heartache and golden dreams of the Klondike Gold Rush when you reach this authentic frontier town. Walk among the carefully restored buildings with costumed interpreters and feel like you’re stepping back in time.
Try your hand at blackjack, sample the infamous Sourtoe Cocktail, or take in a show at Diamond Tooth Gerties gambling hall. First Nations cultural experiences and wilderness adventures are an important part of the Klondike experience. Dawson City is a convenient base from which to explore the Dempster Highway to Tombstone Park, the Arctic Circle and North Yukon, and across the Yukon River to the Top of the World Highway.
One of three Canadian territories, Yukon is situated in the northwest corner of Canada, between the Canadian province of British Columbia and the Arctic Ocean, with Alaska to the west and the Northwest Territories to the east.
Yukon’s jaw-dropping natural features are what set this place apart. This is a land rich with dramatic mountain vistas, wild rivers and crystal clear lakes. Close to 80 per cent remains pristine wilderness. Home to Canada’s highest peak, the world’s largest non-polar ice fields, several Canadian Heritage Rivers and healthy, abundant wildlife. Its wild regions, varied ecosystems, and relatively sparse human population make the Yukon a haven for some of North America’s most rare and impressive species like caribou, wolves and grizzly bears and millions of migratory birds. Lynx, coyotes, foxes and scores of small mammals thrive in its forests.
Visitors come to explore legendary northern parks including Kluane, Tombstone, Ivvavik and the historic Chilkoot Trail. Yukon also enjoys a rich cultural heritage – about one-quarter of all Yukoners are of Aboriginal ancestry and belong to one of fourteen Yukon First Nations and eight language groups.
Other news: Air North, Yukon’s Airline announces a major expansion of its network with the addition of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Ottawa, Ontario
The new connection between Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Ottawa will begin during the first quarter of 2014, and is expected to bring exciting new tourism opportunities as the Yukon is made that much simpler for international travellers to access. The expansion adds Ottawa and Yellowknife to the list of Air North’s gateway cities to the Yukon, which also includes Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, and Edmonton.
Audley Travel offer a 15-day ‘Spectacular Yukon’ tour
Explore the highlights of the Yukon including Dawson City, historic small gold rush towns and, of course, the breathtaking crowd-free mountain scenery.
Complete North America offer a 15-day ‘Alaska & Yukon Highlights’ tour
Drive some of the most amazing highways in the world such as The ‘Top of The World’ and the Klondike Highway and visit some of the most spectacular and unspoilt National Parks in North America and learn about the rich First Nation and Gold Rush history.
Billed as, ‘the greatest party on earth,’ next year’s Rio Carnival is set to be bigger and better than ever as Rio flexes its hosting muscles ahead of the World Cup.
“The World Cup is huge news for Brazil, but for non-football fans, or for travellers wanting to bridge the gap between Carnival and kick-off, extended Carnival trips that given an in-depth view of South America and its people are ideal,” says Lorna Archibald, Marketing Manager.
That’s not the only good news. At a time when prices in Rio are soaring as hotels and operators cash in on the World Cup, Dragoman is offering discounts on over 150 trips that include Rio Carnival (February 28th – March 4th 2014), ideal for travellers wanting to make the most of Rio by extending their visit to other South American countries ahead of the World Cup.
Sample extended Rio Carnival trips include: Rio to Cusco, 32 days departing 28th February 2014. Was £1967, now
£1,671. Save nearly £300.
Rio to La Paz, via Patagonia, 44 days departing 28th February 2014. Was £3705, now £3,334. Save over £370.
Buenos Aires to Rio, 25 days departing 10th February 2014. Was £1,685, now £1,516. Save nearly £170.
Lima to Rio, 65 days departing 31st December 2013. Was £3,100, now £2,790. Save £310.
(Note: the kitty payment is unchanged).
Things get better. For travellers wanting to experience the Carnival only, there are spaces left on the operator’s best-selling Basic, Standard and Superior Carnival Packages. Prices range from £990 per person (Basic), £1550 (Standard) to £2,900 (Superior), depending on the level of inclusions (such as VIP tickets to the Sambadrome) preferred.
For bookings, contact Dragoman on 01728 861133 or visit http://www.dragoman.com/
Amtrak, Caltrans and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) are adding 5,500 seats to the San Joaquin, Pacific Surfliner and Capitol Corridor routes to accommodate more Thanksgiving travelers.
The Pacific Surfliner (San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara-Los Angeles and San Diego) trains will have 4,200 additional seats and reservations will be required from Tuesday, Nov. 26 through Monday, Dec. 2. More than 700 seats will be added to the Capitol Corridor (Auburn-Sacramento-Oakland-Emeryville-San Jose) beginning Tuesday, Nov. 26. An additional 600 extra seats will also be added to the San Joaquin service (Bakersfield- Oakland-Sacramento) beginning Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 1.
Amtrak will also be adding more than 100 Thruway buses statewide on its busiest routes as needed. Passengers can anticipate exceptionally heavy travel the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving so reservations for these days should be made as soon as possible (where required).
Thanksgiving week is typically Amtrak’s busiest travel period of the year. The heaviest travel days are Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Sunday after the holiday. With the exception of Thanksgiving Day, morning trains typically have more available seats than those in the afternoon and evening. Passengers are encouraged to check baggage (where available).
Amtrak is working to make the holiday travel experience as pleasant as possible and encourages passengers to consider the following holiday travel tips to help ensure a smooth trip:
Avoid the Rush: The busiest Amtrak travel days are the Wednesday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving. Purchase tickets early using Amtrak.com and print an eTicket or use your smartphone, use the Amtrak iPhone app or the Amtrak Android app, QuikTraksm ticket vending machines or ticket windows at staffed stations or call 800-USA-RAIL Arrive at the Station Early: Allow plenty of time at stations prior to departure – at least 45 minutes before if tickets need to be picked up. Arrange for pre-boarding if you need extra time or assistance and use Red Cap agents to help you with your baggage. In addition, suburban Amtrak stops can be less crowded than downtown locations and can enable you to get a jump on your trip if the station is in your direction of travel.
Know the Limits: Note the limit of two carry-on bags per person (excluding laptops, purses, briefcases), and be sure all luggage is tagged with your name and address. Remember to check baggage where available.
Carry photo ID: Passengers are required to show valid photo identification when purchasing tickets. Make sure to carry valid photo ID at all times, as it can be requested aboard trains.
Be Safe: Be aware of your surroundings, stand back from the edge of the platform, do not leave your bags unattended, and watch your step when boarding and leaving the train or when walking between cars while the train is in motion.
Security Matters: If you see something suspicious or unusual, say something. Call Amtrak Police at 800.331.0008 or 911. Passengers might notice additional police presence at stations and on board our trains as part of our planned increased security efforts which also include random baggage screening at various stations.
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