PODCAST: RVFTA’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

We’ve recommended a ton of fantastic RV gear over the years, so it’s always hard to narrow down our choices for fellow camping enthusiasts. On this special podcast produced exclusively for Go RVing, we picked some of our very favorite gifts.

We have broken it down into three different categories: Gifts for the Lively Little Campers, Jeremy’s Picks, and Stephanie’s Picks. If you want to find even more great gift ideas, check out our other Holiday Gift guide podcasts available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or at rvfamilytravelatlas.com.

Gifts for the Lively Little Campers

Trivial Pursuit National Parks Edition ($20)

This trivia game is great for long car rides with energetic kids. 600 questions come on cards stored in a hard sided case with a secure carabiner latch. This latch will keep the cards from exploding into a spontaneous game of 52 card pick up. Trivial Pursuit is a great way to pass the time in the car and build your knowledge of national parks. It’s entertaining and challenging for kids and adults alike.

National Parks Monopoly Edition ($40)

This is a perfect game to keep you entertained through the long winter months especially if you, like us, have to winterize your RV. Monopoly is one our kids’ favorite family games, and even our four year old can play along with a little help from his brothers. The board features 22 of the most popular and scenic national parks. An additional game feature has players match animals to the parks they inhabit. Parents will appreciate the optional 60-minute game speed play rules.

Motorola Two-Way Radio Walkie Talkies ($90)

We have been using these walkie talkies for years at the campground, and they have never let us down. Kids love to use these with their siblings and friends. The secret is that they are really more of a present for parents. We can keep in touch with our boys when they are riding their bikes or walking to the playground, even if we are in a remote environment with no cell service. The range is great, and we love that we can lock in the settings so the kids can’t change channels.

Nebo Poppy Lantern and Spotlight ($20)

Flashlights go with camping as much as the requisite marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers. Let’s face it: making smoke sabers in the campfire with flashlights is a right of passage for RV kids. We love this Nebu Poppy because it combines a lantern with a spotlight, making it perfect for finding your way to the bathhouse or reading in bed at night. This product combines functional with fun..the perfect match for an RV-themed gift.

Stephanie’s Picks

Camp Casual Throws ($80)

If you really, really love someone, then get them one of these blankets. There is simply no cozier item on the face of the planet. Our boys walk around the house with these wrapped around their bodies. We have the Sequoia Throw for our RV master bed. One snuggle with these throw blankets and you will be hooked.

Beddy’s ($200)

Use code RVFAMILY for 20% off!

Nothing gets the heart rate up like making RV beds, and some people brag about the calories burned during this activity. RV beds are not only notoriously difficult to make, they also are tough to keep neat and tidy. Beddy’s bed sets are like one giant fitted sheet that easily wrap around the RV mattress. A zipper runs around the bedding set just like a sleeping bag, but way more stylish. If you know someone who stresses while making the RV bed, this would make the perfect gift!

Stainless Steel Wine Glasses ($25)

No self-respecting oenophile should be drinking wine at the campground out of red solo cups. In fact, any sort of plastic cup just doesn’t seem to cut it. However, glass isn’t a good match for RV travel for a lot of different reasons. Enter the stainless steel wine glass. We added these to our camping collection last year and they are one of our favorite RV items of all time. Practical and fashionable equals gift perfection.

Family Camping Sign ($50-$100)

Creative Designs 77 

Black River Wood Shop

Take a stroll around the campground and you will quickly notice that personalized camping signs are a favorite accessory for RVers. We bought our family camping sign just weeks after we came home with our first pop up camper. Etsy has a wide variety of shops with adorable sign options, all customizable with your family’s names, hometown, and even pets’ names. We particularly like the colorful, fun signs from the Creative Designs 77 Etsy shop and the rustic, outdoorsy options from the Black River Wood Shop.

Jeremy’s Picks

Nebo Slyde King Flashlight ($40)

It’s tough for someone with a world-famous flashlight collection to pick a favorite, but if you shined a spotlight in his eyes, Jeremy might pick the Nebo Slyde King. It’s made of high-quality aluminum and is water and impact resistant. Use it as a standard flashlight or slide it open to reveal a work light. Jeremy particularly loves that it’s USB rechargeable and has a magnetic base for when you need to be hands free.

UE Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker ($80)

Most RVs come with exterior bluetooth speakers, but most of the time we don’t want to broadcast our music to the entire campground. The UE Wonderboom speakers are compact, lightweight, and waterproof. We use them by the grill when cooking, at the picnic table while eating, and around the campfire at night. The cute colors are just an added bonus.

Cabela’s Roughneck Flannel-Lined Stonewash Canvas Shirt ($40)

Can a man camp without a flannel-lined canvas shirt? Well, Jeremy certainly can’t. It’s hard to find an option that is warm and comfortable without being too bulky. This is his favorite wardrobe addition in a long time. Jeremy is no fashionista, but this shirt makes him act like one.

See America Prints ($25-$70)

We have bought our own fair share of these See America prints over the years, but they are also one of our favorite gifts to give friends and family that love to travel. If there is a national park or historic monument that your loved ones visited this year, a framed picture from See America will bring back those wonderful memories for years to come.

Picking out the perfect gifts for your friends and family is part of the joy of the holiday season. We always like to remember, however, that the holiday spirit is really about spending time and creating memories with the people you love.

Just like RVing.

A very, very happy holiday season from our family to yours. See you at the campground in 2018.

Stephanie and Jeremy

HOLIDAY GIFTS TO MAKE FOR CAMPING FRIENDS

Every year I try and hand make gifts for the special people in my life. There is such a temptation to just log on and “swipe” a gift to the friends and family on your list but I feel that the old fashioned sentiment of offering good cheer is lost in that transaction. This year I went old school with my Girl Camping friends and made each a bucket of fire starters. After all, sitting around the campfire with these women is just about my favorite thing. Here are a few of my offerings.

 The dried leaf and flower bouquets.

You will need: Branches with dried leaves on them or dried flowers, melted wax, parchment or brown paper for wrapping the bouquet and string to tie it.

The basis for most fire starters is wax and that’s what I am using. I started by gathering all the old candle stubs, birthday candles and flea market and garage sale wax finds I could get my hands on and placed them all in an aluminum disposable pan. I placed it in a 300 degree oven at home and melted the wax. Don’t go too high with the temperature and get it out as soon as it is melted.

I gathered fallen branches that had lots of dried leaves on them. I added to this a good pile of dried roses that I had saved over the course of the year. When I see that a bouquet of roses is about to droop I tie them up and hang them upside down to dry.

I dipped each branch of leaves in the wax and placed them on a sheet of waxed paper to solidify. I did the same with the roses. I then wrapped them in parchment paper and tied them up as pretty bouquets. The whole spray can be paced in the fire to help get it started.

Brown Paper Wreath

You will need: A roll of brown craft paper that is about 18 inches wide, petroleum jelly, a spoon, twine and a sprig of greenery to embellish.

I thought a Christmas wreath would make a nice addition to the bucket for a seasonal gift. I bought brown craft paper on a roll and cut the pieces at about 30 inches each. The paper is about 18 inches wide. I then used the back of a spoon to add a line of petroleum jelly to one edge of the paper.

After applying the petroleum jelly,  roll the paper lengthwise and then twist it. I tied three twisted pieces together and tightly braided them. I connected the ends to form a circle and added a sprig of green and some rose hips from my rose bushes. You can toss the whole wreath in the fire and it will burn for quite a while thanks to the petroleum jelly.

Waxed Fall Leaves

You will need: Large pretty fall leaves that are dry, melted wax, brown waxed sandwich bags, scissors, and straight dry sticks to close package.

On my last campout of the season I walked around the campground gathering the big pretty fall leaves. I individually dipped each one in wax and placed them on brown paper to dry. I gathered them in piles of seven or eight and put them in brown waxed paper lunch bags that I found in the supermarket. To add more burning power I folded over the top and made two cuts. I secured the bag with a straight dried stick that I cut to size and dipped in the wax.

Pinecone Boats

You will need:

Cardboard food boats, dry pinecones, melted wax, crinkle cut paper or torn newspaper for the bottom of the boat, waxed paper and string to tie it up.

On the same campout I was lucky enough to be in an area heavily wooded with evergreens. I grabbed a bag and picked up all the pinecones with branches still attached to them. I dipped them at the campground after heating up the wax on the edge of the fire pit. You can reheat the wax over and over. I found cute cardboard boats meant for cakes or cookies and I added a heaping tablespoon of the melted wax and crinkled paper to the bottom of the boat.

I placed all the dipped pinecones on top of the paper and wrapped the whole thing in waxed kitchen paper and tied them with twine. You can toss the whole boat in the fire.

Cardboard Roll and Lint Poppers

You need: cardboard rolls from toilet paper or paper towels, scissors, lint from the dryer, tea light candles, parchment paper, melted wax.

This is a little “twist” on the classic Christmas poppers. I cut paper towel and toilet paper rolls into small (about 3”) circles and lined them up on a piece of waxed paper. I added a small amount of lint to the bottom of each and then placed the wax from a tea light candle the metal and wick removed on top of the lint. I topped it off with more lint and then rolled it around in the melted wax.

I precut the parchment paper about 7 inches wide and rolled up the dipped cardboard and lint while it was still very hot. I twisted the ends in opposite directions and held it for a moment to set. The oozing wax held the ends closed so no string ties were necessary.

Do you use firestarters?

 

 

 

RV GIFT GUIDE: IDEAS FOR THE RVER IN YOUR LIFE

Every year I say this, but I can’t believe the holidays are almost here again. Didn’t we just take down last year’s decorations?

 

It’s taken me my whole life, but I’m happy to say I’ve pretty much gotten the whole holiday thing down. The decorations, the get-togethers, NOT gaining that extra 10 pounds…all of that no problem. The only part of the holidays that remains a challenge for me is figuring out the perfect gifts for loved ones.

 

Which brings me to this list. I’ve compiled this list of gift suggestions in hopes that helping you will kick a little karma my way and in turn will make my shopping easier this year, too.

 

 

I’m guessing many of you found your way here because you’re simply looking for a gift for an RVer you know and might not be RVers yourselves. With that in mind, I wrote up my thoughts on why each item makes a good gift for my fellow RV-loving nuts.

 

Also, if you’re an RVer and are looking for a shopping guide for RV necessities instead of gifts, come swing by our extensive list of products for RVers over on The Fit RV website HERE.

 

On the list below, I’ve provided Amazon-affiliate links that’ll take you directly to the products priced from lowest to highest. Just click the title and off you go.

 

With that, let’s go shopping!

Campground Ledger: A Logbook for RVers

Price: $9.95

http://amzn.to/2xM75Jm

 

This campground record book is a great way for any RVer to remember the campgrounds they’ve visited. It’s a logbook with every page the same, ready for the RVer to jot down notes on their campsite experiences. You can tell the author is an RVer herself, because the points of information she included in her checklist are things that are valuable to RVers…like levelness of spot, unbearable insects, cell-reception, etc. My favorite item in her checklist is the one for future choice site numbers. RVers tend to either book a site online and unseen, or they roll to a campground and have to pick the leftovers. So, I always find myself scouting the best sites and trying to remember them, which I never do. Now with this book, I’ll always know the best sites when we return!

Portable Tool Box

Price: $12.70

http://amzn.to/2yrOi85

 

While you always HOPE each RV trip will go off without a hitch, it’s best to be prepared. A toolbox makes a great gift, especially for a newer RVer who might not have had time to prepare a portable toolkit yet.  The best toolbox to gift is going to be small and portable, but functional and heavy duty enough to carry essentials without issue. If you’d also like to buy some RV-essential tools to go in your toolbox gift, swing by The Fit RV website HERE, and see our recommended list of tools for RVers.

Travel Book: 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die

Price: $14.68

http://amzn.to/2ytxspu

 

This book is a fun resource for anyone who loves to travel. The saying goes: “So many places, so little time.” Thanks to this book, RVers can find inspiration on where to point the rig next. The book suggests restaurants, beaches, museums, sports and adventures, road trips, and more. There’s also an index that breaks out the best destinations for families with children. And since it comes in paperback, it easily stows in the RV and makes a handy reference when out on the road.

Protective Wine Bottle Carriers

Price: $14.99

http://amzn.to/2kWzBHc

 

To an RVer who enjoys wine and RVing to wineries, this simple and useful gift is going to make their day. Wine bottles are a tricky thing to store in the RV, and when traveling, they’re vulnerable to tipping or breaking. These insulated carriers protect the bottles, and also keep them from rattling and making noise while driving, which is what happens with traditional wine racks in the RV. And if you REALLY love your RVer friend, you can even fill the sleeves with their favorite wines! Me personally, I’m a sucker for a good Chianti (just hint sayin’ hint).

No-Power-Needed Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Brewer

Price: $19.99

http://amzn.to/2yvr42I

 

If you’re not an RVer yourself, you may not be aware that regular household AC electricity isn’t always available in the RV. For those outlets to work, most RVers have to turn on their generators (which are loud and intrusive to neighbors) or be plugged in to shore power. For RVers like us, we prefer to RV more remotely, where plugging in isn’t an option. This clever little K-cup contraption is a great way for RVers to get a cup of coffee without being dependent on electricity. An added bonus, you can use it outside at your picnic table, too, unlike electric coffee-makers. You do need hot water, but that’s easy enough to boil in a kettle on top of the propane cooktop found in many RV kitchens. With this coffee brewer, you simply put your K-cup in, put the plastic tube over it, pour in your hot water, press, and voila! You’ve got a piping hot cup of coffee to jump-start your day’s adventures.

Portable Camping Hammock

Price: $19.99

http://amzn.to/2yvyYt2

 

Portable hammocks can be great fun on RV trips, and make an excellent gift for RVers who enjoy the outdoors. Since they pack down into a tiny bag, they’re easy to transport in the RV and don’t take up much space. They’re surprisingly sturdy and attach to trees in minutes. If you’re buying these for a couple, they can use them for campsite snuggle-time. Or comedy-hour, which is usually how it goes when James and I get in the hammock…

Color-Changing Inflatable Solar Luci Light

Price: $24.93

http://amzn.to/2hMM7nM

 

Luci lights are totally waterproof inflatable solar lights that pack down flat and only take one large breath to fill. They make any campsite fun and festive. You can either hang them, set them on your picnic table, or even float them in water. They’re virtually weightless and take no batteries. You get 8 color options, or you can set them to cycle through all the colors. Just place it in direct sunlight for 7 hours, and you’ll get 6 hours of light out of it. Even better, Luci sends their lamps to people without electricity in developing countries, which makes a purchase from this company something to feel good about.

Resistance Bands Gift Set

Price: $29.95

http://amzn.to/2kVzBHn

 

If you’d like to encourage the RVer in your life to lead a healthy RV lifestyle, here’s the perfect gift. Resistance bands sets come in their own special bag with everything you need, including a book with exercise suggestions. They’re light and compact, and travel well in the RV. This is the same brand we travel with (Bodylastics) and the same bands I use with my personal training clients. Bodylastics bands have a safety cord that runs inside them, so if they were to snap (though mine never have), you’ll still be safe. Getting exercise on the road can be challenging, but having  resistance bands in the rig makes it much easier to keep exercise a priority on the road.

USB-Powered Essential Oil Diffuser http://amzn.to/2xOjLVd and Peppermint Essential Oil http://amzn.to/2hMSt6E

Price (combined for both): $30.97

 

With close quarters in the RV, smells get compounded. Diffusers are a healthy way to add a pleasant scent to the air, and can set a nice mood. And while you can choose any essential oil to gift with this diffuser, I recommend peppermint. Even though peppermint oil has about a billion uses and benefits, there are three main reasons why it’s great for RVers. First, peppermint oil is a natural energizer. The scent of peppermint oil during a long day of driving is great for keeping you alert and clear-headed. Second, peppermint oil can be an effective mouse deterrent. Mice don’t like the smell. So if your RV smells pepperminty, perhaps they’ll go bother someone else. And third, it’s a natural bug repellant! Bugs can make or break an RV trip. Just like with the mice, bugs are less likely to want in your peppermint-scented RV. Plus, a little peppermint oil dabbed around the body when you’re hanging outside at the RV park is a much healthier alternative to using commercial mosquito repellants.

Sand-Free Outdoor Mat

Price: $40

http://amzn.to/2zh50Gu

 

For RVers that like things clean, this mat would make an excellent gift. The mat, meant to be set up outside the RV door, allows small dirt particles and sand to fall through the weave, so you’re left with a clean surface and you’ll track less inside the RV. This won’t surprise anyone who knows James (and his sandphobic ways)…we have two.

Meori Collapsible Storage Box

http://amzn.to/2yy6tuq

Price: $42.00

 

This box is quite useful in the RV lifestyle. First off, when we RVers load up our rigs for a road trip, we don’t travel with our clothes in suitcases or our groceries stowed in bags. Everything gets put away in cabinets, or the fridge, just like you do at home. This outdoor box is perfect for carrying items between the house and the RV. And since it takes very little space when it’s folded down, the Meori box comes in handy during RV trips, too…like carrying dishes, utensils, and food over to the neighbors’ campsite for a potluck, or perhaps hauling your towels and shower accessories to the showerhouse, or even setting it up outside on the picnic table as a place to stash all your outdoor camping supplies. The possibilities are endless, and ours gets used on every trip.

Harvest Hosts One-Year Membership

Price: $44.00

https://harvesthosts.com/

 

Harvest Hosts is a fantastic program for RVers that allows members to park their RVs overnight for free at affiliated wineries, farms, and museums across the country. The Harvest Hosts website is very easy to use and allows members to search any area for affiliated hosts. There are reviews and pictures for each of the hosts, which is handy when deciding which host to visit. Once you’ve located a place you’d like to stay, you simply make a phone call to the location, let them know which day you’ll be coming, and find out if they have availability. Even though there is a 1-night limit at each host location and there are no hook-ups available, we very much enjoy our membership and have stayed in some beautiful locations that otherwise wouldn’t have been available to us.

Cauldryn Fyre Battery-Operated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

http://www.cauldryn.com/

Price: $69.99

 

Since the Cauldryn was just released this month, it’s most likely your RVer doesn’t already have it! The Cauldryn is a water bottle that can heat water right in the bottle, giving it loads of possibilities for use. Beyond coffee, you could also use it to boil water to cook, make soup, tea, sterilize water, anything where you need hot water!  The heating element attaches to the bottle and has four different heat settings—Hot, Extra Hot, Brew, and Boil, allowing the contents to reach up to 212 degrees F. It can either run from battery or directly from an AC power source using the included AC base. For the outdoorsy-type RVer who has everything, this could make an excellent gift.

So there you have it!

Hopefully you found some inspiration on the gifts I suggested and spotted something that looks perfect for your RVer. If not, feel free to peruse our extensive RV necessities product guide over on the FitRV website. No matter what you end up buying, here’s to hoping your holidays this year, and your holiday RV adventures, are absolutely incredible!

Seasons greetings from our RV to yours,

Stefany and James Adinaro…and our Adventure Cat Mel

TOP 20 RECIPES FROM 20 YEARS OF RVING

Go RVing’s 20th anniversary celebration continues! We’ve tried a lot of RV recipes over the years, and we’ve compiled our top 20 favorites for the colder months below. After all, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Click the recipe name to get the full ingredient list and directions. Bon appétit!

 

1. Apple Cider

 

2. 2×4 Soup

 

3. Baked Corn

 

4. Betty’s Cherry Cobbler

 

5. Camp Pie

 

6. Challah French Toast with Caramel Sauce

 

7. Crockpot Hot Cocoa

 

8. Broccoli and Cheese Potatoes

 

9. Game Day Chili

 

10. Pie Iron Grilled Cheese

 

11. On the Road Again Sliders

 

12. Cast Iron Egg and Ham Cups

 

13. Huevos Rancheros

 

14. Comforting Chicken Stew

 

15. Pan-Seared Skirt Steak and Chimichurri

 

16. Grilled Peach and Pound Cake Kabobs

 

17. 3-Minute Fudge

 

18. Campfire Apple Pie

 

19. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

 

20. HCR’s Homestead Cherry Chutney

 

 

Have a favorite RV recipe? Share yours in the comments below!

RVING FOR HISTORY BUFFS: 10 MUST SEE PLACES

When many people think about RVing they think of parking next to the lake for a weekend of fishing or heading to the mountains for hiking, but RVing is also the perfect way to get out and explore North America’s rich history.

We spent four years touring the United States in our RV. Much of that time was dedicated to visiting historical sites from Key West to Alaska and San Francisco to New York City and hundreds of places in between. Narrowing down my list to 10 places was next to impossible. It would have been much easier to write 100 Must See Places but for the sake of length and your time I whittled the list down to ten. I chose RV-friendly places in a variety of locations around the country and most have the added benefit of natural beauty for outdoor enthusiasts.

 

 

Boston, MA

For early American history, it doesn’t get much better than Boston. Boston is home to the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile marked path through downtown that passes by 16 historical significant locations. It starts at the Boston Commons and winds its way down to Bunker Hill. While not a part of the Freedom Trail, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum offers an

in- depth look at an event that changed the course of history. Not far from Boston you’ll also find Plymouth Plantation, a living history museum about the early settlement of Plymouth Colony. Campgrounds are limited to the outskirts of Boston. We’d recommend camping at one of the numerous campgrounds between Boston and Cape Cod so you can experience Boston’s history and spend a day or two experiencing the beauty of Cape Cod.

 

 

Charleston, SC

The history of Charleston, South Carolina is one of the most enduring in the country. Founded by the English in 1670, Charleston began as a small seaport settlement. By the 18th century it had grown into a wealthy city. The bloodiest four years in America began in April of 1861 when Confederate soldiers opened fire at Union-occupied Fort Sumter in the Charleston Harbor. The Civil War devastated Charleston but the lack of funds forced the city to repair instead of replace buildings thus preserving a large array of significant architecture. Start your visit at the Charleston Visitor Center for suggestions from their friendly and helpful staff and be sure to watch, Forever Charleston, to get an overview of the city’s history. Must-sees include Fort Sumpter National Monument, a walking tour of historic downtown self-guided or otherwise, Battery Park, and Charleston City Market. A handful of campgrounds are on the outskirts of the city including Edisto Beach State Park where you can camp on the coast. Or consider staying further south and add a day trip to Savannah, Georgia to your history tour.

 

 

Dearborn, MI

Located just outside Detroit, MI, Dearborn is a haven of history in the Midwest. The must-see attraction is The Henry Ford. The Henry Ford Museum of Innovation is nothing short of spectacular. Step onto the bus where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, see past presidential cars, learn about manufacturing, and even see early RVs. Head over to Greenfield Village where you can ride in a Model T, explore Thomas Edison’s lab, and see the workshop where the Wright brothers thought to reach for the sky. There are a number of campgrounds located outside the Detroit area. If you want to spend some time enjoying Lake Erie, we suggest Sterling State Park Campground located south of Dearborn on the lake.

 

 

New Orleans, LA

In 1803 the United States bought approximately 827,000 square miles of land for 15 million dollars from France. Known as the Louisiana Purchase, this territory located west of the Mississippi included New Orleans. New Orleans’ history is as rich and varied as its food. Stroll the famous French Quarter and visit the St. Louis Cathedral. Built in 1724, St Louis is the oldest continuously active Catholic cathedral in the United States. Ride one of the continuously operating streetcars in the world. You’ll also find museums galore including The New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park and The National World War II Museum. As for places to camp you’ll find RV parks within walking distance to the French Quarter or pick one of the many nearby campgrounds located and drive in for the day. For more tips on visiting New Orleans with kids check out RVing in New Orleans.

 

 

Philadelphia, PA

A history trip isn’t complete without a visit to our nation’s first capitol city, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The main course is Independence National Historic Park. Independence NHP is an urban park that contains historical delights like the Liberty Bell, the Benjamin Franklin Museum, Carpenter’s Hall, and Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. In addition, there are many other smaller sites that commemorate the people and places of our rich history. Consider visiting nearby Valley Forge located northeast of the Philadelphia to learn more about place where the American Continental Army spent the harsh winter 1777 and 1778. Campgrounds are speckled all around the city, including one in downtown.

 

 

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe is the oldest capitol city in the United States and the oldest European community west of the Mississippi. Explore ancient Native Americans petroglyphs or visit the Palace of the Governors, one of the nation’s oldest government buildings. Currently, the Palace of the Governors serves as New Mexico’s History Museum. Just outside of the city, you’ll find Pecos National Historical Park where the remains of Indian Pueblos teach us about the ancient peoples who once thrived in this high desert. History, art, and culture are rich in Santa Fe and there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had as well. All of this makes it a wonderful stop for RVing history buffs.

 

 

St. Augustine, FL

Along the sandy shores of the Atlantic in northern Florida, lies the oldest permanent European settlement in the United States, St Augustine. St. Augustine was founded in by Spanish conquistador, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, in 1565. St. Augustine has been the home to a wide array of cultures from Native Americans, Spanish settlers, British soldiers, and unconventional millionaires, all who have left their mark on this beautiful coastal city. Visit the Castillo de San Marcos, a 17th-century Spanish fortress, walk through the historic district, and spend time at the beach. If you can get a spot (reserve early), stay at Anastasia State Park located across Matanzas Bay from downtown St. Augustine.

 

 

Washington DC

Of course, no list of best places for history buffs is complete without our nation’s capital city, Washington D.C. It might surprise you that Washington D.C. is very RV friendly. Well, you won’t be parking on the National Mall, but there are plenty of options nearby making an RV trip to Washington D.C. educational and affordable! The list of attractions in D.C. is long and ever growing so plan accordingly. For an in depth look at our favorite places to visit while RVing Washington D.C. check out this post.

 

 

Williamsburg, VA

Known as the Historic Triangle, Williamsburg, Virginia is where American history comes alive. You’ll be able to walk through and touch hundreds of years of history in the living history museums. From the Native Americans who first called this area home to the first settlers founding Jamestown in 1607 to the Battle of Yorktown, history is thick around Williamsburg. Plan on spending multiple days to tour Historic Jamestown, Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Williamsburg, American Revolutionary Museum at Yorktown, and Yorktown Battlefield. There are a number of campgrounds to choose from in the area. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

Yellowstone National Park, WY, ID, MT

National parks and RVing are like ice cream and cake. They just fit together. Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park and, depending on who you ask, the second oldest in the world. This history with its unmatched geological wonders makes it a must see for RVers. Be sure to attend a ranger program or two discussing the history of the park. It’s fascinating to hear how conservancy and culture has changed over the years. Today you wouldn’t think of intentionally feeding bears but back in the 1900s it was a common occurrence and there are pictures to prove it! You’ll find numerous campgrounds located in and around the park. If possible plan a visit early or late in the season to avoid crowds.

Are you a history buff? Where are some of your favorite places to Go RVing?