There’s an old proverb that says: the air is always coldest before the thaw. Wait, no, that can’t be right.
Regardless, Punxsutawney Phil from Gobbler’s Knob hill in Pennsylvania says spring is right around the corner. You can trust him, too, because his meteorological methods go back 127 years and they are 100% accurate, nearly half of the time. His website proclaims him the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet without Peer.
You guessed it, Punxsutawney Phil, is a groundhog and on February 2, he emerged from his weather station (a hole in the ground) and did not see his shadow!
This means, of course, that it is time to begin thinking about what adventures your family will take once the warmer weather arrives.
In short: it’s nearly RV season.
Memories and the Open Road
While it may seem like our children’s world is completely alien to the one we grew up in, family RV trips remain the great equalizer. Even with handheld games and built-in television screens, not much has changed when it comes to road trips.
Small spaces and long distances are part of an American tradition that is as timeless as it is priceless. There’s something undeniably magical about a family road trip.
Just picture it:
You’re on the seventh hour of a nine hour drive, holding hands with your smiling spouse as Otis Redding plays in the background. In the rear view mirror you see that the kids have stopped arguing. They’re all quietly snoring in the back, draped over one another like a litter of puppies. You take a deep breath and soak it all in just as the sun drops below the horizon.
Sounds nice, doesn’t it? This is what road trips are all about.
Smart Choice, Easy Choice
Now, we know that sometimes the prospect of driving a few days can seem daunting, even in an RV. When you’re planning the trip, staring at the calendar and deciding how to budget your precious vacation time, it can be tempting to pay a little extra to just fly the family to your destination and put them up in a hotel.
But we’re always idealistic about flights and hotels, aren’t we? When we’re planning, our flights are never cancelled or delayed, our bags are never lost, and hotels are always clean, accommodating, and safe. However, if years of traveling have taught us anything, it’s that these things are rarely as we want them to be.
Just remember why you went with an RV: so trips would be perfectly tailored to your family. You can go where you want to go and stay where you want to stay.
The fact that RV travel is more economical than booking hotels is also nice. Consider these tidbits:
- Studies show that RV trips can be up to 60% cheaper than other types of vacations
- Families tend to “eat in” more on RV trips, whereas they normally eat their meals in restaurants otherwise. This can save hundreds of dollars.
- If you’re willing to look, some RV camp sites can even be free. Granted, they’ll lack the accommodations of pay sites, but still… free!!!
Hit the Road, Jack
If you’re looking for some great road trip ideas, consider these great options:
Disney in the Offseason
Disney parks are an obvious choice, but they can make surprisingly inexpensive driving destinations that are very RV friendly, and inexpensive. For example, the Walt Disney World Resort is a wonderful destination for the family, even in the early spring. While much of the country is still under several inches of snow, your family could be strolling the Magic Kingdom in 80 degree weather. This is perfect if your kids have early spring breaks.
Also, several Major League baseball teams hold their Spring Training camps and games in the area. These games are generally cheap, not crowded, and offer ample opportunities for you and the kids to meet and get autographs from big-leaguers.
United States National Parks
The US Park Service offers some of the best deals one can find, period. They’re family-friendly, educational, and even the hardest to impress members of your family won’t be able to deny the majesty of places like the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, or Yellowstone National Park. They’re also tailored to RVs and camping.
Niagara Falls as a trip packs a great punch. It’s located on the border between the United States and Canada, so aside from the park, there’s plenty to explore both north and south of the border. Inside the park, there are three beautiful waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. Your family can ride the famous Maid of the Mist into the Falls, and there are lots of upscale restaurants, casinos, music and nightlife for adults to enjoy. There are several picturesque campgrounds to choose from.
Sea and Sand RV Park – Depoe Bay, Oregon
Sea and Sand RV Park is perfect for those who want to switch it up and get away from it all. This park offers “spectacular beach and ocean views from our terraced ocean RV sites, as well as beautiful and cozy forested campground sites, all with easy beach access.” With family activities including deep sea fishing, and whale watching (yes, whale watching!), this is an idyllic destination far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Be ready for spring when it gets here this year by planning a wonderful car trip for your family. It’s economical, practical, and the experiences are unforgettable. So, where would you like to go today?
About the Author: Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals, your nationwide source for RV rentals. El Monte RV also sells used motorhomes through eight different locations across the United States. For more information on purchasing a used motorhome see http://www.elmontervsales.com/.