|So, you’re ready to head out into the great outdoors! The following tips will help ensure that your trip is as carefree and enjoyable as possible by making sure you, and your rig, are “ready to roll.”
The key to any enjoyable RV/camping trip is planning, and although a decision where to camp all depends on your personal preference, a little pre-trip planning can help avoid preventable mishaps. So the question is, “Where to start?”
Right here, of course! Our “Find a Park” section gives you access to thousands of parks nationwide, with complete descriptions, dates of operation, number of RV/camp sites available and more. And many even offer booking directly online. You might also want to look through state campground directories, travel guides, national directories, state tourism boards and other Internet sites.
Another good source of information is local stores that sell camping equipment. Many stores provide bulletin boards that note weather forecasts, trail conditions, tide tables, and other useful information — and talking with other RVers and campers.
There are also a number of specialty sites available depending on your interests. For example, if you love to hike, check out the American Hiking Society at http://www.americanhiking.org/. Or if history is your passion, check out Recreation.gov. This site offers a bounty of information on historic and cultural sites.
Wherever you choose to go, make sure that the park meets your and your family’s needs. Certain parks will specialize in family activities, and include many kid-oriented programs such as day camps, crafts, and hikes for tikes. Others are purposely remote and do not recommend their camp for families with young children.
Do your research in advance, and book as far in advance as possible (many parks book up for summers and popular time periods months in advance) and you’re sure to have a fun and memorable experience!