THE MOST AMAZING CAMPGROUNDS FOR STARGAZING WITH THE KIDS

Part of the romance of camping is the chance to sleep under the stars. But due to the ever-growing light pollution in this country, campgrounds with really stellar stargazing are rare. On average, city residents can only see a handful of stars. People living in really rural areas may be able to see a couple thousand. But there are a few spots left in the country where you’ll be able to see up to 10,000 stars (and maybe even some planets!) with just the naked eye. It can hardly be surprising that the best sites can be found within our national parks, where civilization is kept at bay. One of best ways to choose a stargazing destination is to find a Dark Sky Park. Parks can be certified a Dark Sky Park on a national and international level. With that in mind, here are a few of the best spots in the US to see the stars:

 

Pennsylvania’s Cherry Springs State Park

 

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This Pennsylvania State Park is the darkest and most remote spot east of the Mississippi. The high elevation and the fact that the viewing field is on a plateau means that you’ll have a 360-degree view of the skies around you– perfect for stellar stargazing! It was the first park to be certified as Dark Sky in the US and the second in the world. On a clear night, you’ll be able to see ten thousand stars and have a vivid view of the Milky Way. There are easily accessible viewing areas if you only want to visit for a few hours, or you could spend the night in one of the park’s campsites. One of the most popular events is the Black Forest Star Party, which attracts hundreds of astronomers every year.

 

California’s Death Valley National Park

 

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ATTRACTIONS YOU WILL ONLY SEE WHILE ON THE ROAD

 

When traveling in an RV, it can be tempting to linger after setting up camp. However, you will be far happier to venture out and see what the road ahead has to offer. Our New England trip was full of rainy days, so we were more than happy to get out of our campground and explore once we finally caught some sunshine. The amazing thing about seeing New England in an RV is that you can see so much and still make it back to camp in time for dinner. Another thing I love about New England is that you will find something historic everywhere you turn. If you are the co-pilot, be sure to keep an eye out for historic landmarks. There is history all around you!

 

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TOP 5 REASONS TO RV THROUGH NEW ENGLAND IN THE FALL

 

The Fall Foliage

Did you expect anything different for number one? Tourists flock from not only all over the country, but from all over the world to see these radiant colors in New England. The foliage is the number one reason for visiting New England in the fall, but “leaf peeping” from the comfort of your RV makes the experience even more special.

The comfort you have of viewing the radiant colors from an RV is unbeatable. While heading down roads that look like they belong in a glamorous magazine or movie, you can easily stop and grab a soda out of your own fridge or pull off to the side of the road and have a spontaneous picnic.

 

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A NEW ENGLAND RV ADVENTURE

Editor’s note: Heather K. has been RVing for a couple of years, and in that time she has traveled to 15 states, RVed with friends across the country, and fell in love with RVing as a way of life. She loves traveling with her husband and two kids, but drags her friends into any travel opportunity possible. Her motto is always, “the more the merrier.”  You can find her adventures on her blog Mamas Spot.

As the leaves start changing and cool crisp air rolls in I start getting antsy to hit the road and soak it all in. It’s time to leave the city and see some amazing fall beauty. The place I want to be whisked away to is New England, for it has some of the best foliage in the world. The best way, and in my opinion, the only way to see all that New England has to offer is by RV. There is no better way to revel in the most unforgettable trip you will ever take. If you haven’t seen fall foliage in New England you haven’t really seen fall and if you haven’t done it in an RV you haven’t done it right! When visiting New England in the fall you will want to give yourself at least a week to do it. We decided to embark on our journey mid-October; going at this time had its challenges and its upsides. We found that a lot of the RV campgrounds have closed by the beginning of October or sooner, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time, and with more RV campgrounds closed it just meant that we weren’t fighting our way through other tourists.

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GIVE THANKS FOR NOVEMBER

November doesn’t tend to be the first month that comes to mind when considering RV vacation plans. But don’t let the chilly weather keep you cooped up inside. November is a time to remember to be grateful for what you have, for the ability to travel this great country of ours and pto expand our horizons.

People will be on the move for Thanksgiving. As families become more and more scattered, bringing everyone together can be difficult. But traveling to see family should not be a chore. Look at it as an opportunity. Turn Thanksgiving into an awesome family RV road trip! If you’re heading to New York, think about hitting the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you’ll be in New England, be sure to stop at Plymouth Plantation, home of the first Thanksgiving. Or if you’re in the DC area, see the President pardon a turkey, and enjoy the museums without the summer crowds.

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