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The American Northeast is a land of cool green forests, deep clear lakes and sparkling waterfalls. Its wild coastlines and mercurial climate will test the mettle of even the hardiest traveler, and its brilliant autumn colors call to road trippers from all over the country. It’s hard to know where to start, so we’ve thrown together a list of sights you really don’t want to miss.


Taughannock Falls State Park


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Vacationing with kids is always fun— but it can also be a challenge, too. Finding stuff to keep them entertained, but also engaged is key to making your family trip a success… and if they’re tired of the same old museums and state parks, it’s time to start thinking outside the box when planning a family vacation. Luckily, we’ve gathered a list of unusual and exciting places that kids and adults alike will love. Get out there and get exploring!


Natural Waterslides


If your kids love waterslides, but standing in line for hours isn’t your cup of tea, check out these gorgeous natural waterslides. Meadow Run in Pennsylvania’s Ohiopyle State Park has slowly been earning a reputation as one of the best natural waterslides in the country. Its long corkscrew waterway dumps you into a shallow pool at the end. It can move you pretty fast, so you might want to wear jeans to protect your skin! This park offers RV-friendly camping, making this a great weekend trip during the summer.


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Forests, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, streams, sand dunes, ponds, and abundant wildlife are all a part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.



We continued our adventure in Munising, MI, along Lake Superior’s southern shore. I called ahead to the campground to ask about available spots and the campground informed me that someone had just made a cancellation on a waterfront site! This isn’t the first time this has happened.


For instance, we used to live near Refugio Beach State Park in California. It’s a gorgeous campground right on the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, it books up a year in advance. While our busy schedules wouldn’t allow us to make reservations that far in advance, we could always get by calling and and asking about cancellations. People’s plans change all the time and if you are consistent (and polite) you’re bound to get a spot at some of the busiest campgrounds… or in this case one of the few lakefront spots!


Lake superior is the largest, coldest, and deepest of all the Great Lakes. It’s beautiful to behold and we were so excited that it was right in our backyard!


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Mountain views, fresh air, peaceful forests – Shenandoah National Park is the perfect RV escape (and our featured park of the month)!

The breathtaking Shenandoah National Park in Virginia’s scenic Blue Ridge Mountains is less than two hours from the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C., making it an easy weekend getaway.

The park has four entrances and charges an entrance fee per vehicle that is good for seven days. Big Meadows recreation area is the perfect place to park and explore Shenandoah and all its natural splendor. Three waterfalls are within walking distance, or you can just enjoy the simple beauty of the vast meadow.

Be sure to travel the park’s famous Skyline Drive featuring 105 miles of gorgeous scenery from atop the mountains. The winding, mountainous road is RV-friendly; however, RV drivers should note that Mary’s Rock Tunnel has a max height of 12’8″, although there are other routes through that area without height restrictions.

The Shenandoah Valley is also home to the Luray Caverns. Toss a coin (or paper money if you really need some luck) into the Wishing Well and listen to the Great Stalacpipe Organ – the world’s largest musical instrument.

A few hours south, you can see Virginia’s Natural Bridge. Hike past the 20 stories of sheer, nature-carved rock on the Cedar Creek Trail.

After your hike, reward yourself with a night in Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park and enjoy some family fun. Canoe on the James River or, if you’re looking for a more relaxing way to cool off, head to the campground’s on-site water park!

Next time you need a natural escape, look no further than Shenandoah National Park and the surrounding valley!

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