Friday

Wonderful West Coast Destinations



Casey’s Riverside RV Park (OR)
















Recreation: Hiking, biking, fly fishing, golf, swimming pool, boat rentals (including kayaks, rafts, and drift boats), and close proximity to Willamet National Forest.

Campsites: $38 per day, $215 per week, or $600 per month. All rates include water, sewage, electric, garbage, cable and Wifi. 

Please visit http://www.caseysrvpark.com/ for more information.

Blackwell Island RV Park (ID)














Recreation: Golfing, parasailing, hiking, biking, hunting, boat rentals (including 18’&24’ pontoons, canoes, and water bikes).

Campsites: Big rig friendly sites with 60x40 foot drive through pads. Sites are full hookups. Please visit the website or call 1-888-571-2900 or 1-208-665-1300 to get information on pricing and availability.

Please contact http://www.idahorvpark.com/ for more information.


East Canyon Resort  (UT)                                                            

Recreation: 2 outdoor pools, 2 wading pools, 2 tennis courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball, mini-golf, hiking, horseback riding, biking, horseshoes, shuffleboard, splash pad, fishing, hunting, ATV.

Campsites: Full hookup sites. Please refer to website for information on pricing and availability.
  
Please visit  http://www.eastcanyon.com/home.html for more information

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Thursday

Breeze Through the Windy City!



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Downtown Chicago is really a gem when it comes to family adventure. The huge museum campus houses the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium as well as Soldier Field, the oldest active stadium in the National Football League and home of the Chicago Bears.

The museum campus is also nestled next to both MillenniumPark and Navy Pier. Millennium Park is a collection of gardens, architecture and beautiful landscaping that hosts a variety of activities from live entertainment in Pritzker Pavilion to family activities and exhibits. In addition, the park is home to CrownFountain, a 50 foot glass tower with video imaging that doubles as a mini-water park.

 Minutes away is Navy Pier. Navy Pier is home to the Chicago Children’s Museum as well as countless boat tours. In addition, Navy Pier is home to an 18- hole miniature golf course, carousel, and the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel which offers unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline, as well as other rides. The pier is also home to its very own IMAX theatre as well as many restaurants.

There are many RV parks within 50 miles of downtown Chicago. One of the most popular is Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, IL. Only 45 minutes from downtown Chicago, Illinois Beach State Park sits on the shores of Lake Michigan. 

If you’d rather not drive around the city, there’s plenty of public transportation to get you around. Visitors may utilize both the Metra and CTA train systems as well as the CTA bus system and, for a ride with more views, the Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co. For more information on getting around the city please visit http://www.transitchicago.com/ , http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home.html, or http://www.coachusa.com/chicagotrolley/ .

It's clear that the Windy City is the perfect place for family fun. For more information on Chicago or to plan your trip please visit http://www.choosechicago.com/
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Tuesday

Family Fun in Williamsburg, VA



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Williamsburg,Virginia is a great place to soak up sun, fun, and history. The abundance of activities and experiences make Williamsburg the perfect place for a family trip. You know the deal, pack up the kids and fuel up the RV; it’s time for another adventure! 

Anvil Campground in Williamsburg has been family owned and operated since 1954 and is the only campground with shuttle service to all of the attractions, restaurants, and shopping you can bear. They also offer a variety of activities in their own right including fishing charters, sightseeing and pleasure cruises, a swimming pool, horseshoes, corn hole, basketball, and an arcade. In addition, Anvil Campground is only 1 mile away from Waller Mill Park where visitors can hike, bike, boat, fish, and even spend time with Fido at the dog park.

Once you’re settled in you can spend time exploring Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Bush Gardens is a European-themed park with 350 acres of rides, attractions, animal encounters and live shows. With 43 acres of pools, play areas, lazy rivers, and water rides, Water Country USA is a sure fire way to have a wet and wild adventure. And aside from being the mid-Atlantic’s largest water park, Water Country USA is a great place to cool off!

For more information on the family fun to be had in Williamsburg please visit http://visitwilliamsburg.com/williamsburg-attractions/index.aspx

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Monday

Ease to the East Coast for RV Bliss



Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, NC

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Recreation: Golf, horse shoes, BMX racing, award winning golf courses, fishing, boating, mountain biking, hiking, tennis, and playgrounds.

Campsites: $31 per night and include full hookups with 20, 30, or 50 amp electric.


Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach, SC
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Recreation: Surf camp, skate park, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, biking, mini-golf, indoor pool, and Olympic size outdoor pool.

Ocean Lakes also has a nature center that provides beach interpretation and ocean life demonstrations.

Campsites: Ocean front, lakeside, and shaded sites available. All sites are pull through along paved roads. Every site includes 20, 30, or 50 amp electric, water, sewer, complimentary 70 channel cable hookup, phone jack with free local calls, Wifi, and a picnic table. Campsites are big rig friendly. Sites range from $64-$71 and are subject to change.

Alpine Lake RV Resort in Corinth, NY
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Recreation: Pool, fishing, boat rentals (including kayaks, paddleboats, canoes, and row boats), shuffleboard, horseshoes, basketball, biking and bike rentals, hiking, golf, tennis, and volleyball.

Alpine Lake RV Resort also has trolley service to Lake George and Great escape during July and August as well as Saratoga Racetrack in August.

Campsites: Standard campsites include water, 30 or 50 amp electric, and sewer and cost $50-$52 nightly. Lake view and lake front sites available at an additional cost.

Cherry Hill Park in College Park, MD
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Recreation: Mini-golf, playground, pools, hot tub, sauna, nature trail.

Cherry Hill is the closest RV park and campground to Washington, DC.

Campsites: Include 20,30, or 50 amp electric, water, sewer, and cable.

Strawberry Park in Preston, CT
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Recreation: 3 large swimming pools, softball, 2 regulation basketball courts, 8 championship horseshoe pits, 8 washer toss courts, 4 regulation sand volleyball courts, soccer field, shuffleboard, 6 bocce ball courts, 9-hole disk golf course.

Campsites: Accommodate a family of 5 or 4 adults. Both basic and full hookup sites available. Please visit site for pricing details. 
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Friday

June Dealer Spotlight - Johnnie Walker RV's!





RV Trader would like to recognize Johnnie Walker RV’s in this month’s Dealer Spotlight!

Johnnie Walker RV’s will be celebrating their 50th anniversary next year! They have been a member of RV Trader since October of 2002, and are Nevada’s oldest and largest RV dealer with 3 locations in Las Vegas.

Johnnie Walker RV has been serving campers from all over the country since 1963. With state of the art facilities and a full-service body shop for collision and paint work, they really are a one-stop-shop for RV enthusiasts across the country.

The main reason for the longevity of this dealership is providing their customers with the highest level of service possible. Many of Johnnie Walker RV employees have been with the company for over 15 years, some even for over 35 years! Combine experience with excellent customer service, and you have found Johnnie Walker RV’s!

And, one of the really cool benefits of visiting a Johnnie Walker dealership? RV enthusiasts can spend the night in an on-site RV park!

For more information, visit JWRV.com, or to view RVs for sale, click here!
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Wednesday

Palm Trees and RVs!



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According to the travel channel Boyd’s Key West Campground is one of the top ten RV parks to visit. But I bet you’d like to see for yourselves. That’s right folks, it’s time to pack up the RV and hit the road!

Boyd’s is a fully loaded RV resort with a boat ramp and docks, a heated pool with poolside Tiki and big screen, game room, ATM, 4 clean bath houses, dump station and pumpout service, dishwashing stations, and a convenience store. Right on the city limits of Key West, Boyd’s offers full hookup oceanfront campsites with CATV for reasonable rates.

Aside from top notch campgrounds and beautiful weather that varies by only 12 degrees year-round, camping in Key West also offers hundreds of things to see and do. Visitors can explore the local culture and enjoy a variety of water sports, golf, and outdoor excursions.

Key West offers many organized events. One of the most well known, the Key West Fishing Tournament (KWFT), runs from March 17th until November 30th. The competition is open to all ages and targets over 40 different fish species. In its 47th year, the KWFT gives both locals and visitors a chance to hook a monster and reel in a variety of prizes. Just one of the other events in Key West this summer is the Key West Lobsterfest. The fest kicks off with a party at Durty Harry’s Entertainment Complex followed by the Duval Crawl, a street fair, and of course a lobster brunch.

It wouldn't be Key West without some outdoor adventure. One must visit destination is Everglades National Park. With 1.5 million acres to explore, Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and is chock full of opportunities for outdoor adventure. Another great place to visit while you’re in Key West is Dry Tortugas National Park. Visitors can reach the islands via seaplane, ferry, or private charter. Whether you want to explore historic Fort Jefferson, immerse yourself in an incredible marine habitat on a snorkeling trip, or enjoy world-class bird watching, Dry Tortugas National Park is perfect for you.

As you can see Key West has the keys to a perfect RV adventure for any traveler. For more information or to plan your trip to Key West visit http://www.fla-keys.com/ .
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Tuesday

Everything’s Bigger in Texas!



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Lake Livingston in Lake Livingston State Park is one of the largest lakes in Texas and is the perfect place to take the RV for a ride. The park spans over 635 acres in its entirety and offers visitors many ways to get in touch with nature. Campsites at the park range from just $10-$25 nightly.

One of the more popular activities is horseback riding. Visitors have the opportunity to rent a horse and tour over 2 miles of scenic and wooded terrain thanks to Faith Ridin Stables. Visitors can also view magnificent views from the hundreds of biking and hiking paths located throughout the park. There are paths for every skill level so that both beginners and pro’s can enjoy the splendor of Lake Livingston. For visitors looking for a little more speed, off-roading may be the perfect activity.

It wouldn’t be a lake without water. For visitors looking to enjoy the liquid nature of Lake Livingston there’s swimming, boating, and paddling. Along with a swim in the lake, visitors can also enjoy a dip in the pool courtesy of the park.

For visitors that want to get in touch with their inner hunter, there are plenty of great places to fish and hunt for game. Some of the most common fish in the lake are the crappie, perch, catfish, and bass. For more information on obtaining a license please visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/.

Lake Livingston State Park also offers a park store stocked with groceries, ice, bait, tackle, firewood, camping and RV supplies, souvenirs, T-shirts and mountain bike rentals. There is also a marina which offers fuel on the water and boat rentals such as kayaks, paddle boats, canoes, and rowboats.
It’s obvious that Lake Livingston has a lot to offer to anyone that chooses to visit. For more information on Lake Livingston State Park or to plan your trip please visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/lake-livingston.
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Friday

The Luck Runs Deep!



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The world’s luckiest fishing village has a lot to offer an RV traveler. Just 50 miles from Pensacola, Destin, FL  is a great place for a road trip. Once you get there, you can experience true beach camping at Camp Gulf RV Parkand Campground. The park puts campers literally ON the beach to experience some of the most beautiful views and convenient beach access anywhere. 

Camp Gulf doesn’t just stop at the awesome location. It also boasts its own solar heated pools, water slide, spa, activity center, camp store and gift shop. In addition guests are provided with beach wagon, segway, and golf cart rentals. The park also has commercially equipped laundry facilities and 22 family style bathrooms located throughout 3 bath houses. If sand at your door isn’t quite your idea of fun, Camp Gulf also offers full hookup and big rig friendly sites just off of the beach.

Now that you’re settled, it’s time to explore. There’s great food to taste at local favorites like Cuvee Bistro, Seagar’s Prime Steak and Seafood, and Palace Louisiana Lagniappe.
Once your belly is full there are many great things to do in Destin. They don’t call it the world’s luckiest fishing village for nothing. Destin has the closest deep water access in the Northern Gulf and no shortage of services that will float you out to the deep blue sea to test your luck.

Visitors can also enjoy the clear waters from some more original vantage points. Helicopter tours are available for visitors to get a bird’s eye view of the lucky city named one of the 10 Most Beautiful Places in America by Good Morning America. Adventurers can also view the sea from below the water line on a mission to find flipper and other marine life. Visitors board a glass-bottom boat and sail out to enjoy the marine life in their natural habitats and maybe even spot a pod of dolphins. You can also visit the marine life of the gulf at the Mid-Bay Marina; however you won’t be looking for them in the water. Destin is home to famous marine life artist Wyland’s Whaling Wall #88. The massive mural stands 60 feet high and 1,480 feet long and is meant to raise awareness for the marine life of the Gulf.

These are just a few awesome adventures, but there are a lot more great things to see and do in Destin. For more information or to plan your trip please visit http://www.emeraldcoastfl.com/.


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Wednesday

RV Trip Must Haves




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Going on an RV trip? Here are a few must haves everyone should consider before hitting the road!

  1. GPS
Unless you enjoy a challenge or have a great memory, then some form of direction is needed when traveling. You may decide to make an extra stop or take a wrong turn, but no need to worry! Your electronic map is there to lead the way! With the option of listed, picture, or turn-by-turn navigation you will never hit a bump in the road as long as you have your GPS.
(Always charge when not in use).

  1. First Aid Kit 
Accidents happen, but the best way to deal with the pain is to always have a stocked first aid kit prepared for any emergencies. (For severe conditions please see a doctor).

  1. Music
What’s a trip without your favorite tunes? Make sure you gather your best CDs; create playlists for your MP3 players, and let the music play!

  1. Games
Whether it be Spades, never ending Monopoly, Chess, or any other game that keeps you going; find and create games to keep everyone involved and entertained.

  1. Can opener
Sometimes it is so easy to forget the simplest things. Do not forget this item because when it is time for that can of beans to be opened, all of the hungry eyes will be staring at you!

  1. Photo/video Camera
Memories are great to share but photos/videos are better to see. Plus these can be stored for years to come. It is fun to look back and remember an adventure you took, site you saw, or remember your vacation. Creating scrapbooks are always a great idea, too! (Keep the cameras charged when not in use)

  1. Flashlights
Can you see me now? Not if you are stuck in a storm or there is no light around you. Be sure to have those emergency flashlights on hand. Remember to have the batteries necessary to operate them, and a few spare ones too, just in case!

  1. Batteries/Chargers
Cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, tablets, GPS, and all of those necessary electronics that we just can not live without, all need batteries and/or chargers. What works best is to make a list of all of the items you plan to take and gather the chargers/batteries that are necessary for each item to operate properly.

  1. Emergency Contacts List
Technology has made it so easy to store information at our finger tips. But what happens when one of the sources we depend highly upon decides to not work at the time we need it? Make sure you have sat down to think about the more important numbers you may need to have if a situation like this does arise, and make sure to also write them down and keep in a safe place.
(Inform all parties on the trip about the list so that everyone can be aware of this important information).

  1. Tool bag
“If it weren’t for bad luck I wouldn’t have any luck at all”—is an old saying many have heard before. Something always needs fixing at the most unplanned times. Keep those tools handy, you never know when you may need them.

  1. Knitting supplies
Don’t forget the needles and yarn! Knit crafty accessories along the ride that the family will love and stay busy while the kids are playing with their electronics.

  1. Tablet
This is the perfect time to test out those new apps or read that book you’ve been hearing so much about. Bring along your tablet to keep yourself entertained on long car rides or trips when you’re not behind the wheel!

  1. Fishing supplies
Catching your own dinner tonight? Not if you forget the fishing poles! Make sure to remember to grab some bait and extra supplies for those unexpected issues.

  1. Rain gear
Those unexpected rain days always come. Make sure to bring rain jackets, boots, and umbrellas.

  1. Dogs/Cats

Those little rascals we can not bear to leave behind! Be sure to bring your family favorites with plenty of pet food, toys, beds, and supplies to keep them happy.

Most importantly, don’t forget the kids and your spouse! They will make great company!
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Friday

High Times at Hoover Dam!



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What is over 700 feet high, 1,200 feet across, up to 660 feet thick, and a reservoir of up to 9.2 TRILLION gallons of water from the Colorado River? 

The Hoover Dam in the historic Lake Mead National Recreational Area is an architectural marvel that has created an oasis for campers and water sport enthusiasts alike.

Lake Mead National Recreational Area offers many RV sites with full hookups (electric, water, and sewage) that are offered by concessioners.  Some of the concession RV sites with hookups in the area include Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach, Katherine Landing, Callville Bay, Cottonwood Cove, and Temple Bar. For reservations, RV’ers are encouraged to contact the concessioners directly.

Visitors can tour the power plant and see presentations and exhibits on how the dam operates, while guided tours will take them on an exploration of the dam’s lesser-known areas. Outside of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead National Recreational Area also offers many other activities. With up to 9.2 trillion gallons of water it’s no surprise that there are an abundance of water activities to enjoy. Boating, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing are just a few of the activities to enjoy at the oasis of the Mojave Desert.

Land lovers can go horseback riding throughout the park or explore the backcountry and hundreds of paths and trails for biking and hiking. This is also a great destination for hunters. The park boasts vast areas for hunting. However, be sure to refer to park hunting maps for designated hunting areas and to review state hunting regulations for seasons and ensure you possess the appropriate hunting licenses.

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead National Recreational Area are also close to many different locations that make for promising day trips. Only 30 minutes away from Las Vegas, two hours from Peach Springs, four hours away from the Grand Canyon, and two hours away from Lake Havasu, the dam offers just enough proximity to allow visitors to visit many places in the surrounding area. Aside from activities, Lake Mead National Recreational Area also offers stunning views and long roads for scenic drives.

For more information on visiting the Hoover Dam, please visit http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/ .

Photo by: Mike Miley


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Thursday

Desert Your Worries!



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It’s hard to imagine how a dog-friendly, award-winning RV park with easy access to local attractions and restaurants in a major American city can be any better!  Well, add concrete patios, a heated pool and spa, a fitness center, a game room, a book exchange, a playscape, and spotless laundry and restroom facilities, and you’ve certainly sweetened the deal. Take all of these amenities and place them in Phoenix, AZ and you’ve just found water in the desert!

Rightfully coined, Desert’sEdge RV Park is located just east of I-17 on the north side of Phoenix and only minutes away from shopping, dining, sports arenas, entertainment pavilions, convention halls, and Downtown Phoenix. Transportation to and around downtown is also very convenient. Car services and taxicabs operate throughout the city as well as METRO Light Rail service. For more information on transportation in and around Phoenix please visit http://www.valleymetro.org/about_lightrail/.

Phoenix is a melting pot for different types of food and dining. There are many international eateries like Avanti Restaurant and Caterers of Distinction as well as places to enjoy American cuisine like AZ88. There are also lots of locally unique wineries and wine bars like Cheuvront’s. And of course, there are plenty of places to grab a great steak or southwestern and Mexican food like Bandera and Barrio CafĂ©.
There are also many fun events in America’s sixth largest city. You can enjoy live music in the Desert Botanical Garden which is home to over 50,000 desert plants along five themed trails. You can also stop by Artlink’s First Fridays, the nation’s largest self guided art walk with over 70 galleries. Whether you’re rooting for the Diamondbacks at Chase Field or the Rattlers at US Airways Center, if you’re a sports fan, Phoenix has room for you too!

One thing is for sure, whether you’re sampling local cuisine, cheering your heart out at a sporting event, enjoying the many cultural activities, or experiencing any of the other wonderful things Phoenix has to offer, you are sure to have a blast on this RVing adventure.

For more information on visiting Phoenix please visit http://www.visitphoenix.com/about-phoenix/index.aspx.  

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Tuesday

Head of State says Head Outside!




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It’s time to saddle up the RV and get outdoors. President Obama has proclaimed June to be Great Outdoors Month. According to the proclamation the Great Outdoors Month initiative is meant to, “celebrate our long legacy of environmental stewardship and resolve to preserve clean and healthy outdoor spaces for generations to come.”

 As part of the Great Outdoors Month initiative there are many different events such as National Fishing and Boating Week (June 2nd-10th), National Marina Day (June 9th), Great American Backyard Campout (June 23rd), and of course National GO Day (June 9th).

Great Outdoors Month isn’t the first push from the White House for us all to enjoy the outdoors. First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Outside! initiative also encourages families to participate in healthy outdoor activities and engage their children in outdoor recreation.

With all the great things going on this month there’s no reason to be cooped up in the house. Gas up the RV and go, because the president said so!

For more information on outdoor activities to enjoy during Great Outdoors Month please visit http://www.recreation.gov/recgovHome.do?topTabIndex=Home 

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Monday

Get Up and Out!



National Get Outdoors Day, a fairly new annual event to encourage outdoor fun and activity, is fast approaching. On June 9, several federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry are teaming up for the fifth time to host the National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day)!

There are over 100 National Get Outdoors Day locations that will have a wide array of events that encourage a healthy outdoor lifestyle. In addition, participants will have free admission to a list of national and state parks. If you’ve been wishing for a day to just enjoy nature and the great outdoors, grab a few friends and get up and out!

To find more information on National GO Day and how you can be part of the festivities, please visit

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