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Destination RV'ing. What's been your favorites?


As an armchair RV'er so far, I think of destination travel.  A few examples, the Bourbon Whiskey trail in Kentucky, the vineyards of Napa, the American Indian reservations of the Southwest, the zoos and museums of major cities.  Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite.  A place where you might spend a couple of weeks or a month in one location just playing tourist.

What has been your favorite?  



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We spend 2-4 weeks every year in. Sonoma County 🍷 tasting. Napa is over priced, snotty, and not as much fun.

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We have enjoyed exploring Asheville NC; Knoxville TN; Glacier NP; Columbia River Gorge; Acadia NP Maine; Prince Edward Island; Yukon, Granby CO; Steamboat Springs CO; Durango CO; Zion NP UT; Bryce NP UT;UP on Michigan; and the list goes on. I guess we just like to go exploring. Lots to see and do a these locations including hiking, biking, kayaking, museums, and local restaurants and lore.

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After 4 years of wandering about our top pick would have to be the "Big 5" National Parks in Southern Utah.  Shock & Awe would be my best description.  

This Spring we did the 2 million acre Dixie National Forest that runs between Zion, Bryce, and Capitol Reef.  It is an amazing area that could easily compete with almost any National Park.  We still have so much to see.   America the beautiful, indeed.



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I think Alaska has been our best stop…but really we have found very, very few places that we didn't have a good time, see cool stuff, and would go back to again.

We're in southern UT now…and Bryce/Zion/Antelope Canyon/Grand Canyon have been great…but as I said even places where we thought we would just veg out for a few days have turned out to be nice…Fulton MO, Casey IL for instance both had great stuff to see that we had no idea was there.

The Bourbon Trail was great…as was the UP of Michigan and just about every other place we've been in the past 5 years.

 



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I'll have to agree with Neil and Connie. We've found a few RV parks we wouldn't use again, but no place in the country we haven't enjoyed and found something worthwhile. We've also found that thinking there is someplace we have to revisit regularly (i.e. yearly) takes up time we could be exploring someplace new. The only regular repeats are the places where our mothers and grandkids live.

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Alaska, every time.  We had a great adventure going to Inuvik in the Canadian Northwest Territories. (Once is enough - challenging trip.) Have done the Canadian Maritimes including taking the RV on the big ferry to Newfoundland.  That's a great trip, highly recommended.  Done almost all the national parks and the Pacific northwest. We've filled in the US map - visited in the RV - to every state in the US.  But hands down, Alaska.  I'd go again in a heartbeat.  You also get the beautiful northwest country of Canada as a bonus during the journey.

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I can't help much here as the wife and I spend longer periods of time in one place, mostly so that we can have plenty of time to really explore an area.  For instance, after retiring, we moved to the Colorado Springs area and was there for about 20 months.  Now, we are in SW Oregon near Grants Pass.  We've not been able to really explore a lot because of the "job" we have, but we also don't have any lot rent or utilities to pay.  All of that is paid by our "employer."

So far here in Oregon, we've explored some of the Redwoods in Northern California, kayaked the Smith River east of Crescent City, CA (first time ever for kayaking for this 70/64 year old couple), toured and photographed along the Oregon coast from Brookings up to Lincoln City, OR, and of course, a day trip to Crater Lake.  Youngest son is scheduled to take vacation for 2 weeks out here in November, so I need to begin planning where we will go.  Thinking of along the northern coastline of Oregon and the Columbia River area, and perhaps maybe even a trip down south with plans of visiting Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for a day.

Favorites so far are hard to nail down.  I'd just have to say I'm blessed to be able to say that there are so many places in the west that we have thoroughly enjoyed.

As for the future, perhaps in about 1 1/2 years, southern Utah.  I'd really like to find a year round job with the Utah state park system where utilities again would be paid.  But, with Utah, that would have to include 50 amp electric.  I'm not so much liking hot weather anymore.

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Alaska can be the best option.

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Yosemite Valley- best experience was one night during a full moon. The granite walls and waterfalls lit by the moon seemed like they were from another world
Grand Canyon- watching the sun come up from sunrise point. A trip to the canyon on the train with a three night stay.
Round Trip from LA to Missouri- stopping at most of the places of interest along the way

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Spring and Fall along U.S. Hwy. 395 from Lone Pine to Topaz Lake, and anytime from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz via CA Hwy. 1.

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We've been so many beautiful places but I have to say that the Black Hills of South Dakota was a surprise. Can't believe how much I enjoyed our time there.

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I really enjoyed some waterfront RV campground.
Here are some of my favorite spots:
1. Hunting Island State Park – South Carolina
The sand was pretty. The area had a nice tropical feel. Plus, we finally found shark teeth which we have been looking for for a couple years in various locations.
2. Camp Gulf Holiday Travel Park – Florida
3. South Beach Campground – Washington
4. Camp Gulf Holiday Travel Park – Florida
Beach is so close- you can hear the waves. Great help to direct you via golf cart to your sight. Sights are close together so be prepared to be friendly with your neighbors but who is going to stay at the RV When you can go to the beach!

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Winchester Bay, Oregon. Fall asleep listening to the wave on the breakwater.
Peggy’s Cove and the Halifax area. In fact all of Nova Scotia.

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Terry and Jo wrote:

I can't help much here as the wife and I spend longer periods of time in one place, mostly so that we can have plenty of time to really explore an area.  For instance, after retiring, we moved to the Colorado Springs area and was there for about 20 months.  Now, we are in SW Oregon near Grants Pass.  We've not been able to really explore a lot because of the "job" we have, but we also don't have any lot rent or utilities to pay.  All of that is paid by our "employer."

So far here in Oregon, we've explored some of the Redwoods in Northern California, kayaked the Smith River east of Crescent City, CA (first time ever for kayaking for this 70/64 year old couple), toured and photographed along the Oregon coast from Brookings up to Lincoln City, OR, and of course, a day trip to Crater Lake.  Youngest son is scheduled to take vacation for 2 weeks out here in November, so I need to begin planning where we will go.  Thinking of along the northern coastline of Oregon and the Columbia River area, and perhaps maybe even a trip down south with plans of visiting Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for a day.

Favorites so far are hard to nail down.  I'd just have to say I'm blessed to be able to say that there are so many places in the west that we have thoroughly enjoyed.

As for the future, perhaps in about 1 1/2 years, southern Utah.  I'd really like to find a year round job with the Utah state park system where utilities again would be paid.  But, with Utah, that would have to include 50 amp electric.  I'm not so much liking hot weather anymore.

Terry


 

Okay, I have to revisit this thread and my previous comment.  Moving to Southern Utah came much sooner.  We found a small RV park in Kanab, Utah where we are now serving as camp hosts until at least November.  We ended up coming down from Oregon in late September instead of the 1 to 1 1/2 years that I had previously mentioned.

We have a work schedule to "die for."  We work 3 days (up to 14 hours each day) and get 6 days off because there are other camp hosts that work those days.  Because of that work schedule, we have plenty of time to explore the area, and there is a LOT to see.  More than just the 5 Utah national parks and the Grand Canyon.

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My family and I enjoyed staying in Silver Summit RV park in Silverton. Great surrounding with clouds hanging around.

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Boondocking in a lonely USFS forest north of Mammoth Lakes, CA or in the Alabama Hills on Movie Road near Lone Pine, CA.

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We spend 2-4 weeks every year in. Sonoma County 🍷 tasting. Napa is over priced, snotty, and not as much fun.


 You might make a trip to El Dorado county if you like great Zinfandel. Sierra soil is Zin soil.



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As an armchair RV'er so far, I think of destination travel.  A few examples, the Bourbon Whiskey trail in Kentucky, the vineyards of Napa, the American Indian reservations of the Southwest, the zoos and museums of major cities.  Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite.  A place where you might spend a couple of weeks or a month in one location just playing tourist.

What has been your favorite?  


 Without a doubt, the trip from what has been home (Bay Area, almost my whole life) to the Very Large Array in New Mexico. This space nut still mourns the ending of the US space mission Now we're hitch-hiking with Russians. #SMH

The free campground at Henry's Lake, ID, is #2 so far. Another on and off again tour I want to make is to see various solar-energy generating stations. There are so many different types! Panels, mirrors, mirror/tower plants, all are fascinating to me. Since we'll be fully solar powered (ditching the Onan, smaller Honda in its place as a backup), the topic interests me. Not having to pay electric utilities pleases me, too. (self-censor, here evileye)



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Terry and Jo wrote:

Okay, I have to revisit this thread and my previous comment.  Moving to Southern Utah came much sooner.  We found a small RV park in Kanab, Utah where we are now serving as camp hosts until at least November.  We ended up coming down from Oregon in late September instead of the 1 to 1 1/2 years that I had previously mentioned.

We have a work schedule to "die for."  We work 3 days (up to 14 hours each day) and get 6 days off because there are other camp hosts that work those days.  Because of that work schedule, we have plenty of time to explore the area, and there is a LOT to see.  More than just the 5 Utah national parks and the Grand Canyon.

Terry


 If we were in Kanab, half our days off would be spent volunteering at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.



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Alaska and Florida are my favorites. Quite at opposite ends when it comes to conditions, but both worth the trip.

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There are fabulous places to visit and see, three that I really liked were Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore and Niagara Falls.

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I just spent 3 months boondocking in SE Utah, seeing the big 5 national parks, many state parks and national monuments too. Heck half the state should be declared a NP - I'm not exaggerating in the least! Utah has 43 state parks alone. It's by far the best, for the sheer volume of spectacular scenery, as nearly everyone has said. In 3 months we didn't even see half of it.

Of course there are many other beautiful places as well, all across the USA. I particularly liked Yosemite, CA and the Redwoods, CO, especially around the Silverton/Durango area, both rims of the Grand Canyon, favoring the N. rim., the Smoky Mountains/Blue Ridge Parkway especially in the fall (for the scenery and the outstanding gem mining), Big Bend, NP in TX for its rugged beauty, heck I could go on for hours.

BTW, Terry and Jo and Old Man, funny you should mention Kanab, UT. My DW said when our wheels stop rolling she would like to settle down there. Yep, been to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, nestled in beautiful Angel Canyon and boondocked for a couple weeks not far from there (Twin Hollows Canyon) while we took in Zion. Not to be missed is nearby Duck Creek, near Cedar Breaks MN - but don't go in the winter unless you like to ski/snowmobile, cause they had 20 ft of snow last year. The amount of wildlife in the area is unbelievable. In addition to all the small game, birds, etc. there were herds of deer, elk and antelopes. We even woke up to a herd of perhaps 100 sheep one morning surrounding our RV near Duck Creek.

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Chip,

If you were to settle down in the Kanab area, you would want to buy a house.  While we were park hosts, our site and most utilities were paid, but anyone staying at the hotels were paying big prices per night for a room.  Just before we left, we had a couple come in and wanted to "rent" the park's electrical vehicle charging site to keep their vehicle charged.  They wanted it for a whole week.  They had looked at hotel prices and decided that an airbnb was way, way cheaper than the hotels, plus they had more room and could do their own cooking, thus saving money on meals.

We were in Kanab for about 9 months before needing to come back to Oklahoma to help our youngest son after a surgery.  (He isn't married, thus he doesn't have a "live-in" nurse to help him recuperate.)  But, you are right about there being so much to see and do there.  We were there the nine months, but still didn't get to see all we wanted.

As for the Grand Canyon, I loved the north rim because of its trees and being right on the Kiabab Plateau.  But, for taking pictures, the south rim was better because one could get so much more in an image, thus really giving one a vista to look at.  Granted, there were a lot more tourists there, but each of the rims have their own beauty.

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Thanks Terry and Jo, but a house is out of our budget now that we're retired and living on Social Security. We had to let our S&B home in Louisiana go, as we couldn't afford the property taxes and insurance. That's why I'm currently living in an RV. In contrast, the Kaibab Paiute RV park in Fredonia AZ (about 16 miles from Kanab) has a monthly rate of only $450 including electricity. This is about 1/3rd of what I used to pay in property tax, insurance and electricity alone in my old S&B home - not to mention all the other expenses of home ownership. Though I boondock most of the year now, (for the adventure as much as the cost savings) I am now wintering over in a FHU RV park near Brownsville TX, with a friendly group of like minded snowbirds for only $170/mo +elec. ($160/mo for a 6 mo. stay.) I paid more than twice that in property taxes alone on my old house on 1/2 acre in rural Louisiana.

I liked the N. Rim of the Grand Canyon best because we got to camp overlooking the north rim itself (near the end of FR-611.) We had a million dollar view and stayed 2 weeks for free! We boondocked just outside the NP on the S. Rim for 2 weeks for free too. We camped on the Coconino Rim road (FR-310) on the edge of a beautiful meadow with plenty of elk, deer and other wildlife. We even saw a lone Wolf one morning that's not supposed to even be there, but there it was, big as day!

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Our favorite RVing this last 2 months is at National Parks in Southern Utah. We had a great time there.

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Our most memorable trip was when we traveled from Washington to Arizona. We stopped at Lewis & Clark Caverns in Montana, then Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks, followed by all 5 National Parks in Utah. Then on to Paige, AZ and Lone Rock Campground, Horseshoe Bend and the Antelope Canyons, followed by the Grand Canyon NP. Then to Yuma, AZ via the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

Yep. Quite a trip!

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