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Road Trip | Yosemite Valley

Hit the Road for an RV Camping Road in the Yosemite Valley


The Yosemite Valley is filled with wonderful destinations. Many of these destinations offer amazing opportunities for recreation, wildlife viewing and much more. The region is best known for the wonders of Yosemite National Park, but there are many more destinations within the region. All of these factors make it a great option for a road trip.

Camping Gem | California's Madera Wine Trail

Experience The Madera Wine Trail

California produces some of the best wine in the country. One region to enjoy these wines is in Madera Country. Here you can tour the Madera Wine Trail and enjoy some of the best wineries in the country. Enjoy the views of the grape fields, the tasting, meeting the winemakers and all of the recreation to be found throughout the region.

State Park Guides | Top Florida State Parks

Top Picks | Florida State Parks


Guide to Florida's Best State Parks.  Florida is more than just sun and sand - plan to spend some time exploring Florida's State Parks.

Top Picks | Top Snorkeling Locations


Dive in and Explore the Underwater Wonders - The Best Places to Snorkel

Tropical Reefs, Freshwater Springs & Kelp Forests

Snorkeling is a great way to enjoy the beautiful creatures that live in the sea. Throughout the country there are some great spots to enjoy coral reefs, tropical and non-tropical fish and much more. Here are a few of the best snorkeling destinations in the country.

Fitness | Five Healthy Habits

Start the New Year Right with These Five Healthy Habits

hiking-at-sunsetAt times it can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling. Here are five healthy habits to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle while enjoying your RV travels.

Campfire Cooking | Clambakes

Plan a bonfire and a traditional clambake

The Clambake is a traditional New England method of cooking seafood. Clambakes are generally held on special occasions, but they can certainly become an event in and of themselves. This picnic-style feast is an all day project for the hosts, but it is a great way to share fresh seafood for friends and family.

Top Picks | Best Surf Beaches

Best Surf Beaches


Surfing is a great way to enjoy the beauty and excitement of the ocean and the beach. There are amazing spots to enjoy first-class waves throughout the country and throughout the year. Here are some of the best beaches and towns to enjoy on the East coast, West coast and Hawaii. 

The Magic of Fall Photography

The Magic Of Fall Photography

Fall is a magical time for photography. It is a time when Nature transforms the greens of summer into the muted reds, browns, yellows and oranges of fall. These colors at this time of year exist only during this season. It is an event we look forward to every year, however, many of us are disappointed with our results. Below are some tips on how to improve your fall color photographs.

To get the great color shots, you have to get creative and use the colors of fall in less predictable ways. One way to do this is to use high color contrast which is achieved by using complementary colors in your compositions. By definition, complementary colors form the color gray when combined in equal amounts.

On a color wheel, the complementary colors are opposite each other. See sidebar. So the complementary color to red is green, to blue is orange, and to yellow is magenta. Using complementary colors together will make your photos “pop” with color. One color combination that works really well in nature shots is red and green. In the muted colors of fall, red and green, and orange and blue are fairly easy to find. Magenta is the hard one to find to use with yellow. When you have yellow, you can use blue as the complementary substitute for magenta. When around water, blue is easy to find and many times it can be worked in as a background to a yellow or orange subject.

As an alternative to the usual grand panoramic shots, look more for a subject with a single color as a focal point. When looking for this type of subject, walk around the subject and see which shooting position will give you the best shot. Strive for a scene that eliminates competing and distracting elements. Some ways to get rid of these elements is to zoom in on the subject or to use a small f-stop number to reduce the depth-of-field thereby making the background blurry and less distinct.

Once you have a good sense of composition, experiment with the perspective, framing, angles and focal lengths. If the primary color is distributed or repeated throughout the scene, play up to that repetition. Also, don’t overlook vertical formats. Shooting a scene vertically, gives it an all together different perspective.

To go along with the composition advice above, below are some standard shooting tips:

Make adjustments for digital - Choose a low ISO to minimize noise which shows up as “grain”. If you want to experiment, crank up the ISO to achieve that impressionistic look with grain. Be sure to set the white balance to match the ambient light.

Take advantage of filters - The key to great fall color is to use a polarizer filter. This filter eliminates reflections, saturates colors and cuts through haze. A polarizing filter, commonly called a polarizer, accents leaf color by reducing the light reflected off the leaves. It works well when used after a rain or when shooting side-lit subjects.

This filter works best when your camera is approximately 90 degrees to the direction of the sun.

To use a polarizer, focus on your subject and slowly turn the outside ring of the filter while looking through your camera's viewfinder. The more you turn the ring, the more vivid the colors. Once you have rotated the ring about one-fourth of a turn, the effect starts to reverse itself. Be sure to use a linear polarizer with non-autofocus cameras and a circular polarizer with autofocus types.

Provide depth, scale and distance – For landscape shots, as well as other shots, include one or more elements thereby providing a sense of depth, scale and distance. That element can be as simple as a rock in the foreground or a pine cone next to a seasonal cluster of berries.

Maximize depth of field – To maximize depth-of-field, use a large f-stop number and focus one-third of the way into the scene.

Make red work for you – Red is a visually dominant color. Strive to use it with intention to enhance a composition and draw the viewer’s eye. Also, red is not that common in nature so when it is found, it draws attention.

Determine the message – Figure out why you are taking the photo. What drew your attention to the subject in the first place. Doing this will increase your awareness and communicate your message to the viewer.

Be creative – Try multiple exposures, soft-focus or warm-up filters and unconventional camera angles.

This is the season to get outdoors and enjoy the brief time we have to shoot fall color. By using the tips and techniques above, you will see your fall color photos improve.

Happy shooting!


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  • Hit the Road and Camp America!

    Hit the Road and Camp America

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    Camp America!

    Ready to answer the call of the open road?  Then you've come to the right place.  Here you'll find great ideas for finding the best camping and RVing road trips.  We'll show you which routes to take, which exits have a "don't miss attraction and profile great campgrounds along the way.  So grab your gear, pack the car or the RV and get ready to hit the road.

  • Camp Cuisine

    Camp Cuisine - Camping Recipes

    Inspire your inner camp chef with recipes for camping trips.  It doesn’t matter if it’s shared around a campfire, cooked in your RV's gourmet kitchen, or take-out from the local deli, food just tastes better on a camping vacation!
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  • Road Trip


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  • Hot Spots

    Camping Hot Spots

    Find great places to camp and gain insights into activities to make the most of the top camping hot spots. Get the scoop on where to go next. Discover destinations that offer unique opportunities for you to experience the great outdoors through recreation activities, wildlife viewing, and unforgettable vistas.

  • Camping Gems

    Camping Gems

    Find those fun and funky “special” places across the country. Hit the road and discover all the odd roadside attractions that make getting there more than half the fun. Road tripping gives you an excuse to search out hidden gems along your route. Look inside for suggested trips and inspiration to plan your own camping gem journey.

  • Fur Kids

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  • Sport Spotlight

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    Wild or mild outdoor sports and recreation are a passion of the editors.  Here we profile different sports and outdoor recreation activities.  We'll give you tips on getting started, tell you about the great places for outdoor sports and show you what gear you need to be comfortable in all conditions.  So whether you're a seasoned outdoor sports enthusiast or a enthusiastic beginner we have tips and advice to make the most of your outdoor recreation passion.

  • Camp Kids

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    Camping with kids can be very rewarding. Find ideas about teaching children to love and respect the outdoors and camping. Find ways to keep the kids busy on the way to cam, plus games and other fun ideas to keep kids stimulated and engaged while at camp. Keep kids safe outdoors and teach them wilderness skills.
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  • New To Do


    New To Do

    Try something different. As the saying goes, Ïf you're not learning you're not living. Get out there and try something new! Never been fond of mud season? Learn to love it! Never took the time to learn your constellations? Well, now is the time! Get ideas for expanding your camping horizons.

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  • Camp Styles

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    Get in shape for your camping adventure. Whether your camping vacation involves a wilderness hike, a month on the road in your RV, or just a family camping road trip, get fitness advice to get and stay in shape. Being fit and healthy makes camping and outdoor activities more enjoyable. Get tips for making fitness fun.

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    Confused about wicking? Baffled by sleeping bag ratings?  We’ll help you wade through the techno speak of high performance camping and outdoor gear.  Having the perfect camp clothes makes camping and participating in outdoor sports fun and comfortable no matter what Mother Nature dishes out.

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    Snap Shots - Outdoor Photography Tips

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