ONE RV ADVENTURE TO HAVE WITH YOUR KIDS IN EVERY STATE BEFORE THEY GROW UP

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Alabama

Go to Space Camp. Rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun wanted a place to inspire kids about space travel, and the result was Space Camp, where kids participate in simulated missions, experience what gravity feels like on the moon, and spin themselves silly on the multi-axis trainer.

 

Alaska

Go dogsledding. Whether you want to see the northern lights, explore Denali National Park or visit a glacier, get there by dogsled. The cold air in your face as you glide across the snow…there’s nothing else like it. Mush!

 

Arizona

Camp out in the Grand Canyon. But don’t stare at it for five minutes and then wonder, “Now what?” There are plenty of wonders waiting to be discovered inside the canyon. Climb down and explore, then spend the night under the stars at Mather Campground.

 

Arkansas

Dig for diamonds. Visit Crater of Diamonds State Park to find your own gemstones. It’s the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public, so start digging!

 

California

 

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8 UNDERRATED NATIONAL PARKS THAT WILL LEAVE YOU SPEECHLESS

National Parks such as YellowstoneYosemite, or the Grand Canyon are rightfully some of the most famous destinations in the U.S. They’re iconic and beautiful, and deserving of their formidable reputations. But there are more than 400 parks, preserves, reserves, seashores and other units under the protection of the National Park System. Iconic park sights such as Old Faithful are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the natural beauty of the United States. Here are eight other national parks you don’t want to miss.
Great Basin National Park, Nevada

 

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Best known as home to the stunning Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park is a glacier-carved natural wonder. Take the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive 10,000 feet up, then hike to the summit to see the only glacier in Nevada, the Wheeler Peak Glacier​. While you’re there, be sure to examine the bristlecone pines, some of the world’s oldest trees, the last remnants of a Pleistocene forest… some of the trees are 3,000 years old, before Rome was even established as a city! Once you’ve admired the views, head underground to see Lehman Caves, a marble cavern ornately decorated with cave formations and 1.5 miles of underground passages. The park averages about 80,000 visitors a year and is a must-visit on a southwest road trip.

 

Congaree National Park, South Carolina

 

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HAPPIER TRAILS AHEAD

 

Carole with her snowbird parents!

 

At the age of 6 weeks Carole Steinberg went on her first camping trip. Her British parents took her tent camping in Wales and she has been camping ever since. She and her younger sister Jeanette lived an outdoor life camping all over England and Wales with their parents. When Carole was seven the family boarded the Queen Mary and, landing in northeast Pennsylvania, continued their active outdoor life there. Carole became a US citizen when she was 16.  When Carole married a military man and set out to make a life, camping was in the cards. Together she and her husband, Eric, moved wherever the next deployment took them. They lived in the Azores and Japan and camped there with their sons. Once stateside again they moved every few years. Raising their two boys and a foster son who became their own, they all enjoyed the outdoor life.

 

Carole in her Sprinter before it went in for customization.

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WINTER RVING IN PARK CITY, UTAH!

 

The boys were set up in the back seat and Meow Cow took his place on the center console as we set off on our long drive across Nevada’s high desert from Lake Tahoe, California to Park City, Utah.

 

 

Just after dark on our first night, we pulled into a campground in Winnemucca, Nevada. The next morning, we were pleasantly surprised to awake to views of the surrounding mountains. We took Hope’s suggestion from the Go RVing Facebook page and treated ourselves to breakfast at the The Griddle. It was delicious. Thanks for the recommendation, Hope!

 

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