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

Image via Flickr/H. Micheal Miley

 

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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HEADING WEST: EXPLORING THE BADLANDS AND BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Eager to get out west, we left Wisconsin with rugged landscapes and mountains on our minds.

 

 

But there was no way we could pass through Minnesota without stopping to visit our dear friends, the O’dells. We met the O’dells almost four years ago while on a walk in a campground outside of Savannah, GA. We connected instantly, and since then we’ve met up numerous times at their house and in Colorado.

 

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HOT SPRINGS, SOUTH DAKOTA — THE SOUTHERN GATEWAY TO THE BLACK HILLS

Before we purchased our motorhome we rented one, just to see if we would enjoy RVing as much as we thought we would. And, to no one’s surprise, we loved it. That trip took us to Yellowstone National Park and back, with an overnight stop in the Black Hills.

We made the obligatory visit to Mount Rushmore and the girls earned their Junior Ranger Badges, but we had time for little else, leaving us longing to return to southwestern South Dakota.

Fast forward a few years and we were back in our own RV. This time, we set up camp at the KOA in Hot Springs, the southern ‘Gateway to the Black Hills’.

Though I had a few attractions on our itinerary, this trip was more a ‘let’s explore and see what we find’ adventure, with plenty of pool time for my water babies in the evenings.

 

 

My girls are a bit horse crazy – most girls are, I think — so I had initially planned to take them to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, but tours to view the herds were booked full. With the help of the Hot Springs visitors’ bureau I learned of Windcross Conservancy, a Spanish Mustang Preservation.

 

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