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Articles for ‘2016’

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 its 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.

Annual Thanksgiving Plymouth Parade

Photo credit: bigstockphoto.com

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.

Santa Fe Home with Blue Door

Photo credit: bigstockphoto.com

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.

Turkey Float at New York Thanksgiving Parade

Photo credit: bigstockphoto.com

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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Road Trips: New York to Miami

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

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 colors 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 Map
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 hopping 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.

Blue Ridge Parkway vibrant fall coloursPhoto credit: Blue Ridge Parkway Daily

Beach Time: VA Beach
Check out where the 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.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park between North Carolina and Tennessee

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 brewpubs, 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 are multiple theme and water parks that appeal to the 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.

New York to Miami Road Trip

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West Coast Bird Watching Road Trip

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

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 acres, 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 arrive 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.

Whooping Crane in flight
Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture – Flickr: 20110214-USDA-JN-0001 by John Noll

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.

Trogon perched on a branch in Cave Creek Canyon

Photo credit: Nick Athanas

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 puffin like 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.

Chestnut Backed Chickadee on a brand
Photo credit: jkcassady.com

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.

Great Gray Owl in Yosemite National Park
Photo credit: Cameron Rognan

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.

Sage Grouse Tule Lake
Photo credit: Snowmanradio, Wikipedia

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