The View Campground, Olijato-Monument Valley, Arizona

On our second trip to Monument Valley, we decided to stay at The View Campground, located adjacent to the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Visitor's Center. We pulled into the Visitor's Center parking lot and quickly toured the gift shop and exhibits. It was noon, and we were eager to settle into our campsite and enjoy the views of the valley. We drove over to the campground, which is along an uneven gravel road and really just an extension of the Visitor's Center parking lot. The hustle and bustle of the parking lot and its tour buses, and the dusty travel in and out of the valley floor were inescapable. We walked into the small office, already

Moab Rim Campark, Moab, Utah

This small RV park is one of many in the Moab area. With so many to choose from, it can be overwhelming to find the type of campground or RV park that has what you're looking for. With Moab being an outdoor playground, many folks want to either be sleeping IN that playground, while others want to PLAY and sleep at a more refined park with all the amenities RV parks offer at their fingertips. South of downtown Moab and Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, this park is nicely groomed and offers nice views of the surrounding area. Sites are typical of an RV park: situated closely together with full hookups. Cabins are also available for rental, as are two larger, nicely landscaped group sites for those traveling with friends. Interior roads are packed gravel, as well as site pads. Sites include

Comb Wash, Bears Ears National Monument, Bears Ears, Utah

Bears Ears National Monument, a new and controversial National Monument, was just off the highway during our travel south from Moab to Monument Valley. We decided to call the ranger station for the monument to find out about the various types of camping, restrictions, and roadways in Bears Ears, as we had never been before. The ranger suggested we stay at Comb Wash, a free, "dispersed" BLM campground that we would be able to easily access. We traveled off the main highway through some lumbering hills and approached the Bears Ears wilderness area with great anticipation. There are several historical Native American cliff dwellings and sites within the monument. We did not stop to view any, but pressed deeper into this large area to camp. After descending a steep grade,

Upper Onion Campground, Moab, Utah

Upper Onion Creek Campground is one of a string of BLM campgrounds you will find along the Colorado River region as you head east out of Moab along Highway 128. If you head east from Moab along the highway, you will pass many different campgrounds, all primitive, that have views of the lake. Upper Onion is one of the last campgrounds you will stumble upon, over twenty miles from Moab. Upper Onion is different from the other BLMs in this area in that it is not along the Colorado River. A one mile gravel road will lead you from the highway to camp, where you will see two group camps and a small loop of less than fifteen campsites. All sites, true to BLM camping, are first come, first served, except the

Ken's Lake Campground, Moab, Utah

This BLM campground is located in southern Moab, outside the hustle and bustle of the small town that thrives on campers and RVers coming to enjoy the outside playground Moab offers. Ken's Lake is more of a reservoir than a lake in our minds, but nonetheless the area was beautiful, offering both lake and mountain views. The BLM is, like all, first come, first served, and it offers no hookups, dump, or water fill. This BLM does have trash dumpsters. Spring and fall are busiest here, with mild temperatures and lovely weather to enjoy. Summers can be hot, so during our spring stay the campground was full by early evening. Sites can be paid for

Leaf Verde RV Resort, Buckeye, Arizona

Each spring, we head to the Phoenix area for MLB Spring Training. Over the years we have learned a few things about a spring Phoenix stay. The weather in Phoenix this time of year can vary greatly due to changing seasons. Most importantly, book your site early, as snowbirds flock to Phoenix for mild winter weather, NASCAR races, and MLB Spring Training. Families will find this more difficult as many RV resorts in the area are 55+ only resorts, limiting your options. This past spring, we found our usual resort to be booked solid. So, we opted for Leaf Verde RV Resort. This resort is

City of Rocks State Park, Faywood, New Mexico

Hookup Site
I had my eye on this state park for quite some time after reading an article in a magazine about the interesting rock formations off the beaten path of Interstate 10 in western New Mexico. About thirty miles north of Deming you will find this little state park. On our drive in, we had that all too familiar, "Where is this place? Should we just turn back? Surely this place can't be very good based on what we're driving through!" But,

Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson, Arizona

Camping at Arizona's most popular cave system is a must for travelers along the I-10. The campground is adjacent to the cave and the Discovery Center, gift shop, and Bat Cafe. Tucked away from the busy parking lot of the Discovery Center, this campground is peaceful, has views of the surrounding mountains, and offers

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur, California

This beautiful state park is set along the Big Sur River which eventually flows to the ocean. Sites here are either among coastal oaks or nestled within the redwoods. We always prefer redwoods, so we found ourselves leaning towards those sites as our favorites listed below. The campground is quite large with 189 sites to choose from spread across several loops. All areas of the campground are away from day use areas which can become crowded during holiday or summer weekends. Many campsites are creekside, which allows you to hear the gurgling of the river day and night, however those sites are typically oak-riparian. If redwood sites are more to your liking, you'll want to select a site

Wilson State Park, Wilson, Kansas

This state park is located just off of Interstate 70 in central Kansas. Just a few small towns spot the interstate through this stretch of the country, so this state park was a welcome sight. The lake itself is known for being the clearest lake in Kansas. You will drive through rolling hills to make your way to this clear lake and meander through the state park roads past different branches of campground loops. Visitors can enjoy boating, swimming, camping, hunting, and hiking here. Boat launches and rentals are available over at the marina. During the scorching summer temperatures of our stay, we were definitely enticed by the waters. Campground roads are

Cherry Creek State Park, Aurora, Colorado

We scouted this place out and found a few things appealed to us about it. The location and proximity to downtown Denver, its "camping" feel, and the easy access to public transportation. We do not tow a dinghy, and with our plans to see the Rockies MLB team in action, we needed a park or resort that would offer close proximity to the city. Cherry Creek State Park offers that along with its beautiful setting and flurry of activities. This park offers a wide use of day use and camping activities, so be prepared for a slow check in process at the start of a weekend. The park includes a lake which in winter can be used for ice fishing and in summer boating and fishing. Boat launches are located in two areas of the park. If riding horses is your forte, then bring your own or rent a horse at the on site stables and enjoy the miles of trails within the park. There is a swim beach, model airplane airfield, multi-use trails, picnic areas, off leash dog park, and a Family Shooting Center

Arrow Rock State Park, Arrow Rock, Missouri

We stopped here on our journey towards St. Louis, Missouri, as it was easily accessed from the interstate and it offered historical district. The campground is located less than a mile from the historic district and can be accessed via paved road or a dirt walking path. We opted to ride our bikes from camp into the historical area, and though hilly, can be done. The historical district is a quaint region of old homes and shops that were built over a century ago. Shops are open, as well as the oldest continuously run restaurant west of the Mississippi, J. Huston Tavern. A renovated church serves as a live theater where you can view some of the most popular plays. Be sure to also explore the Visitor's Center where you will learn about the interesting history of this Boone's Lick country. When you head back to camp,

Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, Texas

This was one of our favorite state park stays during our summer trip into the Midwest. This large park is in the rolling hills of Texas just West of Austin. When entering the park via the park road, you will begin to see views of the lakes and the lakeside homes that border much of the lake. Summer is a busy time here, as residents from Austin and neighboring areas come to escape the summer heat by enjoying all of the activities Inks Lake provides including boating, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing, cliff jumping, swimming, and fishing. There are several different loops of the campground. When reserving, you will merely secure a type of campsite (tent only, water only site, or water and electric site). Thus, when you arrive at camp you will be assigned your site. My advice is to arrive

Worlds of Fun Village, Kansas City, Missouri

On the north edge of Kansas City, Missouri you will find this RV village with about eighty campsites and forty cabins adjacent to the water and amusement park. The park is nicely situated in a well landscaped area. The grounds are spotless. If you are visiting the area or playing at the water or amusement park, this RV park is conveniently located. Sites here are all paved, level, offer full hookups, are spacious, have maturing trees to offer some privacy between sites, and can accommodate large RVs. At check in you will meet friendly folks who will inform you not only of activities and how to get around the Worlds of Fun parks, but also the surrounding area. A path leads from the RV park directly to the entrance of the parks. A small gift shop with a few conveniences, but mainly souvenirs, is connected to the office. There is a beautiful pool and hot tub with lifeguard,

Kansas City West/ Lawrence KOA, Lawrence, Kansas

The morning of our arrival we called ahead to see if this KOA had a site available for us for the night. Luckily, they did. About an hour west of Kansas City, Missouri, this KOA has all of the usual amenities and layout of a typical KOA. Inside the office at check-in you will find a little store with souvenirs and camping supplies.  Additionally,

Campground at the Falls, Pineville, Missouri

We were hesitantly anticipating our one night overnight stay here. The campground website lacked many pictures, but descriptions of the park sounded enticing with tubing, swimming, zipling, and campsites along the rushing river. We pulled into the campground on a very hot summer day. We were not initially

Advanced RV Resort, Houston-Pearland, Texas

We didn't get much of a chance to explore this RV park close to Houston's downtown area as we were only there one night, headed into town to take a tour of the Astro's stadium, see a game, and also endure some severe thunderstorms. This large resort offers hundreds of sites, all which are big rig friendly, level, and have polished landscaping. The park has dog runs and washes, bicycles for use, two clubhouses, propane services, several laundry rooms, horseshoe pits, BBQ areas, pool and spa, bathhouses, gate guarded entry, Wi-Fi and an office with a few RV supplies should you need them. Sites have concrete pads and full hookups to keep you comfortable, whether it is in the summer heat or crisp evening air of winter. We most enjoyed

Saddlehorn Campground, Colorado National Monument, Fruita, Colorado

We have been eyeballing this campground and National Monument for years, but have been leery of camping here with a larger rig, even though the park itself allows rigs up to forty feet in length. With the purchase of our thirty footer, we decided we would be just fine entering the park via windy, switchback roads along the rim of the canyon. This beautiful drive through the park has steep grades in both directions. We found most interesting that we headed UP in elevation into the park, and not down into a canyon like we thought. The road through the park can be accessed from either Grand Junction or Fruita, Colorado. The campground itself is closest to Fruita; just a four mile drive from the entrance. We opted to use the entrance at Grand Junction, as we wanted to

Casino Queen RV, East St. Louis, Illinois

We aren't typically the type to seek out urban campgrounds. However with a visit to a Cardinals game on tap, we found this RV park to be the perfect set up to see the sights of the city of St. Louis. At the park you will find yourself in an asphalt lot behind the riverfront Casino Queen. Offering over 100 full hookup sites, those situated on the North side of the park

River Ranch RV Resort, New Braunfels, Texas

With plans to visit the oldest dance hall in Texas in Gruene, this little unexpected gem was a great stop! Located in New Braunfels, about 90 minutes south of Austin, this RV park is only a couple miles from historic, quaint Gruene. We were concerned upon arrival just how close to the freeway this place is (the arch in the picture is the overpass!), however the noise of commuters quickly melts away in this lush underbelly of this underpass. On site

Bud's Place, Carlsbad, New Mexico

We were headed back to the Carlsbad Caverns for a quick overnight stay and decided to give this new RV park a chance. We had previously stayed at a KOA pretty far North from town, so we were excited that this park was only a few miles from the National Park. We rolled in after dark since we visited the caverns on the way into town and saw the evening bat flight program (a must see!). After navigating some city streets and skirting residential neighborhoods, we spotted our park. The park

Devil's Den State Park, Winslow, Arkansas

This lush, forested Arkansas state park is tucked between a ripple in the Ozarks. The campground loops, all five of them, are beautiful, shady, and spacious. We had reserved Loop C, which we found on arrival was the most primitive of all the loops. We were supplied with an electric hookup, but a

Barton Flats, Angelus Oaks, California

The San Bernardino National Forest holds a slew of campgrounds operated by the US Forest Service. We always enjoy the simplicity of the USFS run campgrounds, and Barton Flats is no exception to that. With unforeseen changes to our summer plans, we snagged a last minute campsite at Barton Flats over the 4th of July. We meandered up this less known mountain highway that serves as a back entry into Big Bear Lake, a more popular destination. Angelus Oaks is a teeny, tiny little blip with very few amenities and spotted with cabins and camps. We pulled into Barton Flats easily and noted campers of all types; big rigs to tents. The campground is typical of USFS campgrounds with paved interior roads and site pads, fire rings, picnic tables, bear lockers, and fairly spacious sites. Restrooms are also available on site. Some sites are more wooded, while others are sunnier and less private. Our site pictured here

Goblin Valley State Park, Green River, Utah

This is one of my favorite campgrounds, just for the scenery alone. When driving to this campground located about 40 miles south of Interstate 70, you will realize you are headed to the boondocks. Along the way, you will begin to see the landscape change and notice to the west the San Rafael swell, a huge uplift of rock that provides its own plethora of activities. As you come closer to the swell, you will pass a popular BLM campground, a great stay-over if the state park is full. Additionally, you will pass the gravel road that leads to Wild Horse Canyon which is a spectacular hike through slot canyons created by the uplift.
   Once you reach the state park entrance, you will spot

Snow Canyon State Park, Ivins, Utah

You will find this park just about ten miles east of St. George, Utah. Just a quick drive from the city transports you into a beautiful park surrounded by towering sandstone mountains. The campground is about midway along the sole park road, which can be accessed from the North or south. A small campground holding just over 20 sites, Snow Canyon Campground is a beautiful respite from the city. You will find two main types of sites here; hookup sites that are extremely close together, or primitive sites that are spacious and more scenic. We opted for the primitive sites, sight unseen, and were very pleased we did not succumb to the ease of hookup camping. The hookup sites, although convenient in summer and winter months with more extreme temperatures, were so

Kayenta Campground, Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab, Utah

Despite its name, Dead Horse Point is a spectacular place outside of downtown Moab to enjoy a few days of mountain biking, hiking, camping, and the scenery the area offers. You will find the turn off to this hard-to-get-into state park about 8 miles before the entrance to Canyonlands National Park. The state park offers a nice, 21 site campground that has peek-a-boo views of the canyon walls, easy access to hiking and mountain biking trails, and a quiet place to relax. The campground is spotted with juniper and pinyon pines. The red, silty dirt is all over camp, but with paved site pads, gravel and concrete patios at camp, the dirt isn't troublesome. Additionally, each site offers two large tent pads, electric hookups, and easy access to restrooms. There is no potable water here to fill your RV tanks with, so prepare accordingly. There is, however,

Twin Peaks Campground, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo, Arizona

Early to mid spring is the best time of year to visit Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument because of the blooming desert species. Our visit was in late November and we found the first come, first served Twin Peaks Campground to be pretty empty, which was excellent! This is the only developed campground within the monument. Days and nights here are peaceful, quiet, and full of solitude. There are several hikes from the campground that lead to former mines where you can see abandoned machinery, shafts, and buildings. There are also two graded, unpaved scenic loops that wind through different mountain ranges within the park. The desert and campground are spotted with Saguaro and the infamous

Picacho Peak State Park, Picacho, Arizona

This beautiful state park is located adjacent to Interstate 10 about midway between Phoenix and Tuscon. Having driven past this park many times and been intrigued each time by its volcanic rock peaks spotted with saguaro cacti, I tucked it away in my travel destination wish list. Most heavily visited in the late fall through mid spring, this park offers easy on and off highway access, hiking trails galore, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets in its desert setting. The only drawback here is slight interestate noise. A visitor's center has exhibits featuring the flora and fauna and wildlife of the area, as well as a little history of the site. Picacho Peak is home to the westernmost battle of the

Tombstone RV Park, Tombstone, Arizona

This private little RV park just a mile or two from the historical district of Tombstone is a wonderful place to stay. There are several other RV parks in the area that are closer (within walking distance) of the historical avenue, but we opted to stick to our reservation at Tombstone RV after driving by the others with tight spots. This park sports gravel roads and pads that were nicely spaced to give each RVer a patio space including a picnic table. Sites offer full hookups, desert landscaping, and are level. Most sites for short stays are pull thru, and those staying on a monthly basis are usually assigned to a back in site upon check in. The park offers a heated pool, horses and steers, laundry, a small gift shop, and rec room with a kitchen where they were preparing to host a

Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton, Indiana

This beautiful state park in Indiana has many things that make it a desirable place to stay. Set along Lake Michigan and bordering Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, this park offers beach and lake access, hiking trails, historical sites, and a wooded campground with great amenities. This is the only modern campground that offers direct access to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A small creek flows behind sites 25, 26, 62, and 63, however access to the creek is impossible.  Interior roads and site pads are paved and level. All sites offer electric hookups, are spacious and have shade trees. Here you will also find playgrounds, bath houses, picnic shelters, and a camp store. The Beach Trail

Raccoon Creek State Park, Hookstown, Pennsylvania

We pulled into this campground after a beautiful drive through West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Lush and abound with trees, this park is fairly enormous and offers a playground of amenities for campers to enjoy. With six different campground loops, each loop offers slightly different accommodations in regards to pets, so check carefully as you make your site specific reservation. Sites here vary; some offer 50 amp electricity, others are dry camping. Some allow pets, others do not. Site pads are paved in Loops A, B, E, and F. Gravel pads or just grass parking is what you will find in Loops C and D. All sites vary in length from 20 feet to 78 feet, so a big rig certainly will fit here. Interior roads are paved in the A, B, E, and F loops, and rough and unpaved in the C and D loops. All sites are wooded, shady, and spacious. We once again were thrilled to find such a gem of a park and realized,

Hersheypark Camping Resort, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

We had plans to stay at a smaller, private RV park in the middle of Pennsylvania Amish country, however in their transfer of ownership our reservation was lost. Earlier in the day, we had passed by Hersheypark Camping Resort on our way into the Hershey Chocolate Factory. I had also researched the resort prior to our arrival, but decided against a stay here as it seemed to commercialized and very pricey with minimum night stays, even though the webpage's pictures portrayed a crisp, perfectly landscaped resort, which we thought on arrival were angled and touched up just right to mislead

Elkhorn Campground, Frankfort, Kentucky

This private park about an hour east of Louisville, in Kentucky's capital, Frankfort, was a great overnight stop for us! Set along Elkhorn Creek, a majority of the park's sites back up onto the creek, offering a beautiful setting. Sites along the creek offer water and electricity only. We had selected a full hookup site when booking, and wished we had opted for the partial hookup, creek side site. Some back in sites back you up pretty closely to a neighbor, so opt for a perimeter site when possible. Site pads are paved, level, and long, allowing plenty of room for big rigs and tow vehicles. Within in the park you will find friendly folks enjoying basketball, miniature golf, shuffleboard, volleyball, the pool, playground, horseshoes, or maybe even an event in the pavilion. A small store offering hand-dipped ice cream, a laundry room, and propane are available as well. Upon our arrival, we learned that the week before they had a big

Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Maryland

We had run into other fellow RVers who had highly recommended Cherry Hill Park as a great home base while exploring the Washington D.C., area. When planning our cross country trip to Washington D.C., we took the advice of others and planned a stay here. WOW! We really were surprised to find this well run private RV park so close to DC and all it has to offer! With over 150 sites, Cherry Hill offers full hookup sites for all RVers. Tenters can enjoy tent specific sites, or if a cottage, yurt, or log cabin is more your style, those are available as well. This park is large, but well run. Upon check-in, an informative receptionist will help you understand all the park has to offer, including

Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton, Arkansas

This park finds itself on a plateau-topped mountain just west of Little Rock, Arkansas. Keep in mind, mountains in these parts are not the steep Colorado peaks touching 13,000 feet, rather sloping, rolling mountains that top out at a few thousand feet. A manageable but winding road leads you up to the state park boundary. Along your drive in from the east you will pass Petit (pronounced "petty") Jean's gravesite; a pullout is available if you wish to stop. Bordering the state park boundary you will also see a couple of summer camps for kids. Once inside the park, you will find an abundance of amenities. The park has four different campground areas, the only Arkansas state park with

Loft Mountain Campground, Shenandoah NP, Crozet, Virginia

We continue to be amazed by our National Park system. Loft Mountain Campground is one of several campgrounds you can stay at within Shenandoah National Park. For our purposes, this southernmost campground best fit into our itinerary. Shenandoah is most known for its Skyline Drive across the ridge of this mountain range. The 101 mile road that runs the length of the park from North to south is a beautiful drive with abundant turn outs for viewing the expansive landscape. These rolling hills are lush and covered with vegetation and wildlife. Loft Mountain Campground is at about mile marker 80 on this drive, about 20 miles north of the southern entrance, Rockfish Gap. It is also about 15 miles south from the east/west entrance at Swift Run Gap. Either entrance is easily navigated. Once in the campground,

Liberty Harbor RV Park, Jersey City, New Jersey

Considering location, Liberty Harbor RV Park is an excellent choice for RVers who desire to spend a few days in New York City. We were expecting parking lot style camping, which is true to what you will find here. The RV Park is within Liberty Marina in New Jersey, and if you are lucky enough to snag one of the end sites facing the marina (A2, A3, B1, B2, C1, C2), you will have a view of not only boats in the marina, but you will also be able to see the Statue of Liberty. Liberty Harbor is a bustling harbor that provides ferry access to Liberty Harbor State Park as well as the main attraction itself, New York City. We were thrilled to stay here. The view of the city from Liberty Harbor itself is

Anvil Campground, Williamsburg, Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg, a historical site, resides within Williamsburg, a modern town spotted with breweries, restaurants, shopping, and friendly folks a few hours south of Washington DC. We selected this RV park over others in the area as it is the closest to Colonial Williamsburg, the focus of our stay. It also can boast that it is the only campground with city bus service to Colonial Williamsburg. We were pleased with our speedy ride into the attraction, but found on our return to camp that the bus ride was approximately an hour. That's where we called an Uber to get us back to camp in a more timely fashion. Family owned and operated for three generations, this park has nearly sixty sites for guests to enjoy and prides itself on being the "cleanest campground in the nation." Sites are gravel and have

Red Rock Canyon State Park, Hinton, Oklahoma

If you have done any extensive research on Red Rock Canyon State Park in Hinton, Oklahoma, you may have found a few posts about the steep and windy road going in and out of the park. I had booked our stay before coming across these posts and only found out the road after searching further about the campground's amenities on our drive to the park. With only a few hours until our arrival, I stumbled across blog posts in various RV forums that warned RVers (especially those over 30 feet) of the road with hairpin turns, S turns, steep grades, and tight curves. I began to panic. I found a couple of video posts on YouTube. After watching the first post, I thought, "These people are over exaggerating." After the second video post, I was a wreck. I warned my hubby that maybe we should reconsider and go to our beloved RV park that we have visited many times in Oklahoma City, Twin Fountains RV Resort. He however reminded me that if the state park website had no warnings about the road and the campground accommodates 40+ foot rigs, then there was nothing to worry about. Well,

A. Doubleday Campground, Cooperstown, New York

A. Doubleday Campground is one of several located within in the infamous Cooperstown, New York area. Cooperstown, located a few hours from NYC is a lush, rural, small town that thrives on baseball. Each year thousands swarm here during the summer months not only to celebrate the Baseball Hall of Fame inductions at the town's museum, but to play in various baseball tournaments at the various facilities in the small town. The town's Main Street is loaded with shops and eateries catering to the baseball fan. This campground is about ten miles North of

Robidoux RV Park, Gering, Nebraska

We were so pleased to pull into this small but spacious RV park after a long days drive across the Midwestern plains. Located in western Nebraska, Robidoux RV Park is one of few in the area and offers about forty sites for guests. This park not only offers spectacular views of Scott's Bluff National Monument, it also has spacious sites that affords you a pleasant stay. Sites are either back in or pull through and provide ample space from neighbors. All sites offer views of the monument, which is just a short drive or

Wahweap RV & Campground, Glen Canyon NRA, Page, Arizona

It had been several decades since I had been to Lake Powell, and I had very fond memories of the scenery and fun activities that the lake provided. Upon our arrival, I found that all those memories had not been embellished and that Glen Canyon National Recreation Area containing Lake Powell is just as beautiful as I remembered. If you've never been to Lake Powell, imagine being on a lake in the canyons of Zion, Canyonlands, or the Grand Canyon. In fact, the NRA is adjacent to several other National Parks including, Capitol Reef, Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Vermillion Cliffs, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and contains Rainbow Bridge NM within the boundary of Glen Canyon. Wahweap is one of several marinas around this massive lake and within the marina you will dabble between Utah and Arizona, depending on where you are standing. The marina is a well appointed one with an RV park, boat/water toy rentals, fuel dock, boat launches, a dock shop with a Starbucks kiosk, a well-stocked convenience market, souvenirs, showers, laundry, a lodge with a grille, pool, pool bar, and additional gift shop. There is also plenty of overnight parking for boat trailers. In summer a shuttle

Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Buellton, California

If you haven't been here recently, Flying Flags has undergone a recent remodel after a change of ownership. The park is a delightful place to spend a few days to either relax at camp or explore all the area has to offer. Flying Flags is a spectacular RV park in Buellton offering over 350 sites and is located about four miles west of the quaint Solvang village, the Danish Capitol of America. After hearing from a friend that the resort had been remodeled, we decided to give this place a try! We, too, found Flying Flags to be conveniently located to the area's interesting sights, clean, scenic and quiet.
We enjoyed staying in the Premium Plus sites which are found in the newer section of the park.  All sites offer

Vines RV Resort, Paso Robles, California

This resort right along the 101 in Paso Robles is a sister resort to Wine Country RV Resort, part of the Sun RV Resorts system. Welcoming all ages, this resort has many upscale amenities similar to Wine Country RV, and still maintains convenient access to the 101 and the small town of Paso Robles. All sites here offer full hookups, paved, level pads and pristine landscaping. There are also cottages for rent. The office staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful, especially when we inquired about transportation into town. Two pools, a spa, laundry, small gift shop, wifi, exercise room, sparkling bathrooms, a rich library, and a dog run are all of the typical amenities you will find here. We also noticed and liked the convenient Domino's kiosk to have pizza delivered to your site. Upon our arrival, the friendly staff informed us of the complimentary wine tasting hosted by a local winery in one of two ballrooms, as well as the happy hour going on in the Magnolia Lounge. We weren't sure what to expect with either of these, but

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

Nothing is more refreshing than rolling into a National Park campground. Newhalem Campground is one of a few campgrounds within the boundary of North Cascades National Park. We opted to stay at this campground over the others as it took reservations, was located in close proximity to the town of Newhalem, and had the park's Visitor's Center within camp. We reserved a site in Loop A, the only loop that accepts reservations. Due to some itinerary issues we had prior to our arrival, we pulled into the park a day earlier than our reservation with fingers and toes crossed that any site fitting our rig would be available for a night. Boy, we had

Valley of the Rogue State Park, Gold Hill, Oregon

This state park, situated conveniently off Interstate 5 and along the Rogue River is a beautiful place to set up camp for a few days. With over 150 sites to choose from, your bound to find someplace to settle in for a night or two. The campground is broken down into 6 loops. A loop is strictly for tenters. Spacious, shady sites offer a nice place for pitching your tent. B, C, D, and E loops are situated in two sets of concentric circles with C and E loops being the interior sites. F is a loop further out from the others and offers shady, spacious sites that are set further back from the Rogue River. All sites in B-E

Pacific Shores Motorcoach Resort, Newport, Oregon

We have never been to a friendlier place. In a pinch because of a complication with leveling at a Washington State Park, and after a night in a Walmart parking lot with nowhere else to go, we researched and found this place that fit pretty well into our itinerary. With a hefty price tag per night close to the century mark, we had worries that we would find an overpriced, under-maintained RV "resort" like so many we have encountered. Our preconceived notions were wrong and we rolled into a beautiful RV resort, allowing only Class As and Cs, impeccably maintained with spacious sites and lovely amenities. This is an ownership park, so many folks here during our stay were owners staying in their sites for a few weeks. We also happened to be there the weekend before "Owner's Week" so the park was beginning to really fill up. When owners are not in their sites, those sites become available for nightly stays to non-owners. We couldn't believe how friendly everyone was. Our neighbors, owners, in the sites on both sides of us took time to introduce themselves, swap RV stories, travel itineraries, and tips. We also met many folks who were just

Lava Flow Campground, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco, Idaho

This National Monument is a striking landscape that seems to just pop out of nowhere in the southern plains of Idaho. Just a couple hours drive away from Twin Falls, Lava Flow is the only campground within the boundary of this National Monument. The campground is located just beyond the entrance and visible from the Visitor's Center. It does make for a fairly busy area with all traffic coming into the park passing the campground entrance. Low lying trees spot the lava flows that this campground is surrounded by and built upon. Interior roads are paved, site pads are crushed lava flow gravel, and sites are primitive, with only a picnic table and charcoal grill. There are no showers, but restrooms are available. All 51 sites here are all first come first served, which is why we opted to stay at an RV park in Arco, just about eighteen miles northeast. When we pulled into the park,

Battle Ground Lake State Park, Battle Ground, Washington

What a beautiful state park in Washington! Battle Ground Lake, formerly named Crater Lake until Crater Lake as we know it was named, is a unique volcanic occurrence, similar to a crater, and has filled with rainwater. This wooded area is a spectacular place for recreation including fishing, swimming, paddle boating and more. We were so excited when we pulled in, but immediately nervous when the camp host stopped us and said, "We don't get many folks in here as big as you! Watch out for the limbs!" Well, the tree limbs were not an issue here, rather our campsite pad. In this fully reserved camp, we had probably the best scenic site, but worst site pad; a severely sloped pull through. So severe, we could not safely level despite several attempts. We hated to, but had to pull up jacks and leave this spacious, shady, beautiful camp and find refuge somewhere else (which ended up being a

Carmela RV Park, Glenns Ferry, Idaho

This small RV Park with just over a dozen sites is located in historic Glenn's Ferry, Idaho, named for Glenn's Ferry that ferried wagons and goods across the Snake River during the Oregon Trail days. Today, this small town is rather run down and has a few shops, a museum, a state park, and The Crossings Winery. This RV Park is affiliated with the winery and is directly across the road and adjacent to the winery's golf course.  Gravel roads and pads, small grassy patios and hookups are in each site. During our stay at the nearby state park, we visited the winery and only a handful of RVs were staying here. We preferred the amenities available at the state park. With the winery in such close proximity, comes the availability of wine tasting, a gift shop, restaurant, bar and some beautiful scenery. If your sole purpose is to visit

Durango RV Resorts, Red Bluff, California

Durango RV Resort is a upscale, beautiful facility for those traveling along the I-5 corridor. Just north of Sacramento and south of Shasta Lake, the park is set along the Sacramento River. Several sites are situated on the riverfront, while other sites are along a string of fountains. Also, the highway into Lassen National Park is in Red Bluff, making this a great home base if you have a tow vehicle.
The park is impeccable and well maintained. Large meeting rooms in several locations, an exercise room, two laundry facilities, and even a kitchen which serves morning coffee for a small fee are available to guests. There is also a large pool, spa, sports complex, pet wash station, propane, on site spa services, putting green, walking paths, and a small store. Curbside trash pick up is also available. Sites are paved with hookup posts positioned so you can pull nose in or back in, whichever you prefer. We chose to

Candlestick RV Park, San Francisco, California

This RV park is appropriately named as it is just across the street from the old Candlestick Stadium. During our visit, the stadium was being torn down. Gated in, this asphalt park spotted with a few trees here and there is located in a run down area of town, but we did feel safe and comfortable during our stay. The park was quite full, reservations are recommended, and space is definitely tight here. Sites are just wide enough to get your rig in and slides out. There is no patio space. Amenities are limited to hookups, laundry, a small convenience store, and, the reason for our stay,