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Camp America!  Home of the free and the brave!

The United States is by far the greatest camping destination in the world.  Each region of the country offers unique and special camping experiences to the camper and RVer.  This is a country of great diversity of people, cultures and geography. 

From 'sea to shining sea' as the song goes and everything in between.  The center of the country, known as the Heartland, is filled with spectacular scenery from undulating fields of grain, to endless inland prairies, farms growing everything imaginable, and urban centers, like Chicago, filled with all sorts of attractions.  Head west to the heart-stopping splendor of the Rocky Mountains, the vast open sky of the deserts of the southwest, the red rocks that provide a show of ever-changing color with each subtle shift of the sun, then on to the Pacific for sun, surf and Hollywood. Or you could go south, into the coastal marshes of the Carolinas, the Mississippi delta highlighted by a trip to swamps and 200 year old plantation homes.  Head even further south toward the sawgrass islands of the Florida Everglades or the laid-back conch republic of Key West and the Florida Keys.

Want a taste of salt water taffy, brisk breezes against a powder blue sky? The take a drive along our Northeasern seashores.  From the rocky crag filled "downeast" Maine coastline filled with quaint towns and real working lobstering villages, to the sweet sun-kissed "Jersey" shore, or the island off Delaware where wild mustangs still run free protected in a national seashore. 

Head to the Northwest coasts of Washington and Oregon for a nature lovers paradise.  The Oregon Coast is filled with sand dunes the size of mountains and miles of sweatshirt friendly beaches. The Washington coast is filled temperate rain forests so green and lush that it look s like something from a Dr Suess book and offers miles of kayaking around the islands of Puget Sound.


Looking for something more cosmopolitan?  There is great camping around our major cities - head to New York for a taste of Broadway and food from around the world.  Looking for a little glitz and glamour how about  Las Vegas?  There are even RV Resort right off the strip so you won't miss a minute of the action and nearby there is great hiking and climbing in red rocks.  Or hope a helicopter trip to Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.   San Francisco is a great day trip from some of the most compelling camping country in the US, here the towering Redwoods meet the ocean and don't miss the fun and always funky fisherman's wharf and for a 60's throwback make you way to Haight-Ashbury. In the heart of dixie New Orleans is still the belle of the old south ball.  Here you can enjoy everything from gentile southern charm in uptown or take a walk on the wild side with a quick trip to Bourbon street.  (Don't forget to make a quick stop at Cafe Du Monde for cafe au lait and beignets).  Texas boast some great towns - one not-to-miss up-and-comer is nestled in the Texas Hill country - Austin with a great indie music scene and (in my mind) the most beautiful scenery and surroundings in all of Texas hill country.

Whether you are planning a weeks worth of wanderings or finalizing plans for your great full-time RV escape or anything in between - this is a country filled with sight, sounds and people to make your camping and RV travel special.

There is something for everyone around every corner of the road.  Get out and explore this great country. 

Pick your interests and plan your trip around them.  Love lighthouses, plan a lighthouse camping tour, can't get enough 4-h country fair kitsch plan your RV adventure through the heartland during fair and festival time.
 


 

Alaska Travel Guide

Alaska
Land of the Midnight Sun

Alaska, the land of the midnight sun, is a world of wonders. From its southern forests to the arctic north, Alaska is thick with wildlife, mountains, fjords, and tundra. This is a land for intrepid explorers, those who dare to hike, drive, or paddle their way to sights that are unknown in the lower forty-eight states. Wildlife is everywhere, so keep your eyes open for moose or bear along the roadside.
Its sheer size, at one-fifth the size of the contiguous United States, explains the variety of Alaska's climate. The Inside Passage, South Central, and Southwest are relatively warm and damp, featuring wildlife such as whales, sea lions, Kodiak bears, and shorebirds. The Interior region contains magnificent mountains, including towering Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America. There, at Denali National Park, are grizzly bears, caribou, Dall's sheep, and bald eagles. In the Arctic Circle, the frigid the Far North is home to frozen tundra dwellers like caribou, fox, wolves, and bears.
Alaska's history is as diverse as its terrain. Native peoples--the Eskimo, Aleut, and Indian--live throughout Alaska in villages and cities. Russia's influence is felt everywhere, from the settlement at Kodiak Island to Sitka, on the Inside Passage. The gold rush of 1897-98 brought a boom to Skagway and sent thousands of prospectors into Alaska through Chilkoot Pass. More recently, the renowned Alaska pipeline sends oil from the fields near Prudhoe Bay south to fuel the rest of the country.

Far North

Alaska
FAR NORTH

 Located north of the Arctic Circle, this region contains spectacular tundra and an icy coastline. In the summertime, wildflowers fill the grasslands. Near the summer solstice (June 21), the sun never sets in this region, making for endless days of touring and hiking. Giant herds of caribou migrate through the Far North each year, and birds and marine mammals flock to its arctic coastline. Alaska’s largest Eskimo communities reside in this area. It contains no large towns, but if you hunger for the warmth of village life, visit the towns of Barrow, Nome, or Deadhorse and its near neighbor, Prudhoe Bay.
 
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