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Take an uncrowded Florida RV beach trip at Road Runner Travel Resort.
Don’t pay for an overcrowded beach and expensive resort. Get away from the congested beaches of South Florida and enjoy some of the most beautiful and roomy beaches in Florida. The Road Runner Travel Resort is an exemplary campground and resort, located in Fort Pierce, tucked away in a vibrant Florida woodland, surrounded by tropical flora, only 10 minutes from the beach. We offer sites for all types and sizes of RVs and one and two bedroom deluxe cabins to rent.
Our sunny tropical weather creates a lively environment, covered with tall palm trees and dynamic flowering trees. Our sparkling pond becomes an epicenter for many different types of wading birds, ducks, large fish and otters. The Road Runner Travel Resort is a tropical paradise with warm sunshine in January for those looking to escape the freezing cold winter of the north.
Our RV sites have county water and sewer disposal, 50-amp electric service, a concrete patio with a picnic table and enough room for anything from a conversion van to a Class A motorhome. The Resort offers sun and shade lots, lakeside lots, tent lots and brand-new deluxe pull-through lots for RVs. If you do not have an RV, no problem; we also offer one-bedroom, two-bedroom and deluxe suite cabins, equipped with a fully-furnished and spacious kitchen, living room, dining room and bathroom and bedroom with cable TV and Wi-Fi. We offer rates for daily, weekly and monthly stays.
The Resort has all the amenities you need for a home away from home. On the grounds, we have a heated swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, four shuffleboard courts, three-hole golf course, pétanque court and cozy fire pit for cool nights. Our many paved roads are great for cycling, jogging, and simply enjoying closeness with nature. In addition, we also have Wi-Fi across the campground, a full-service laundry room, newly renovated bathhouse and a convenience store with a restaurant on site.
Our warm staff provides many different activities and events during the winter to help you enjoy your stay and have a peaceful and enjoyable vacation. Activities include Zumba and other fitness pursuits, fishing club, bingo, quilting, wood carving and water aerobics.
Fort Pierce Fun
Offsite, Fort Pierce has many events and activities to fill your time, including St. Lucie Country Aquarium, the Navy UDT-Seal Museum, Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, the Fort Pierce Manatee Observation and Education Center, and the Spring Training facility for the New York Mets and their Single-A baseball team. You’ll also find 21 miles of free public beaches. Fort Pierce’s deep history, museums and historical sites are great for those interested in days gone by.
Whether spending your time at the resort or enjoying the surrounding area, we have everything you need for a restful and enjoyable vacation. We look forward to seeing you and giving you a delightful experience.
In the shadow of the Bradshaw and Mingus mountain ranges, in the beautiful Prescott area sits Orchard Ranch Resort a wonderful 55+ community. Each year active adults flock to this great location to spend their days with friends joining in on countless fun from beading to Bunco and quilting to woodshop. Evenings are filled with just as many activities indoors and out since Orchard Ranch Resort is nestled in the perfect year round climate of the high dessert. Since year after year these active adults bring their friends to join in on the fun, the Orchard is full.
Orchard Ranch Resort to Expand!
So, what do you do when your resort is such a success? We are excited to announce that Orchard Ranch Resort will be expanding by an additional 37 acres near the intersection at Fain Road and Sarah Jane Lane. This will allow the resort to add an additional 210 sites in the beginning. By completion there will be 493 that will accommodate both RV units along with Manufactured home spaces. Even more of you can come and enjoy all Prescott and Prescott Valley have to offer. Their new expansion will be called Orchard Ranch Resort North, please watch for the progress.
Along with the wide variety of activities inside the gates of Orchard Ranch Resort, the Prescott area is booming with a wide variety of activities for those interested in Arizona History, Western & Native American Art, Antique Shops, Golfing, Fishing, Hiking, Gambling Casinos, Panning for Gold, or just exploring the many back-mountain roads and the fresh air and amazing scenery of the high desert.
RV Sites and Park Models
For the RV enthusiasts they have shaded pull-thru, full hook-up sites. For others wanting a resort atmosphere there are park model rental units. Or if you want to retire in the beautiful Prescott area and not have to spend all of your retirement dollars for a home, the resort offers stunning park models and manufactured homes for sale. So you can rest assured you will always have a place to stay in this amazing full service resort serving the interests and lifestyle of an active 55+ community.
Orchard Ranch management sponsors special events that are held throughout the year. Active members of the Ranch community volunteer to host activities they wish to share with others. Be it a special event or member-hosted activity, there is always fun to be had at the resort. Their activities include Church Services, Quilting, Arts & Crafts, Poker, Cards, Wood Shop, Bunco, Beading, Tripoli, Bingo and Luncheons. Check out the calendar for the entire schedule of events.
So when you need a Prescott area RV park, consider Orchard Ranch your best Prescott RV park choice.
Take the historic train into Grand Canyon National Park without having to worry about navigating through the busy local roadways and crowded park entrance gates and parking lots. Park your RV in the clean mountain air in Williams, just two blocks away from Route 66.
More than a century after its creation, the Grand Canyon Railway is delivering passengers to the canyon’s South Rim on a ride that blends adventure, history and culture.
5 Unusual Facts About the Grand Canyon Railway:
1. Its locomotives have distinct personalities
Yes, they’re machines. But even engines built in the same factory in the same year exhibit individual idiosyncrasies. Just ask Eric Hadder, the railway’s chief mechanical officer and a 27-year veteran of the operation. He confesses he’s partial to steam engines, though they can be “quite cantankerous.” While the railway’s six operable diesel-powered locomotives do the lion’s share of the work, one of two steam engines – a 1923 workhorse and a 1906 model — is pressed into service about once a month. “I appreciate steam engines’ place in the development of the nation and the ingenuity and trial and error that went into developing them,” says Hadder. “They reflect a simpler time.”
2. Both of its two steam engines run on vegetable oil
Dubbed the French Fry Express, Locomotive No. 4960 runs on recycled waste vegetable oil (WVO) – minus the crispy bits – collected from restaurants in Williams at the South Rim. The 1923 Baldwin Locomotive Works engine was converted in 2009 to run on WVO, an innovation that reduces emissions by half. A second steam engine, No. 29, is also due to be converted to run on WVO in 2016.
3. The Grand Canyon Railway delivers passengers to the nation’s only operational log depot
The Grand Canyon Depot, a fixture since 1910, sits near the South Rim steps from the iconic El Tovar Hotel. Constructed of fat, round logs painted milk-chocolate brown, it’s one of three remaining log depots and the only one that’s in use. Check out the vintage black and white photos circa 1915 on display there. You won’t see many Grand Canyon visitors today dressed in suits and derby hats, but other than that, the scene is eerily frozen in time.
4. They say it costs a million dollars a mile to run the railroad
That may be hyperbolic, but the sentiment reflects the fact that operating a railway requires a staggering amount of investment. The Grand Canyon Railway’s 65 miles of track have 65 bridges dating to 1900. The tracks have 340,000 ties and about 6,000 annually are replaced at a cost of $79 each. The cost of refurbishing a single passenger railway car can exceed $1 million.
5. One of its luxury parlor cars, the Chief, was once confiscated by the Mexican government
The railway’s passenger cars have hauled U.S. troops to war and ferried baseball fans to San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. But one of the more colorful back stories belongs to the Chief. After doing service between New York and Miami for more than three decades, it was retired and bought by a private owner for use as a dinner train. It eventually ended up as a chartered dining car in Mexico, where it was seized by the government. After a year-long legal battle, it was returned to the border in 1994. The Chief was supposed to be delivered to San Antonio, but went missing and was later found in New Orleans. On the trip back to San Antonio, it was rear-ended and put into storage. To conceal the damage, a buyer in 1999 added a rear observation platform, where riders today can step out and feel the wind in their hair.
Quietwoods South Camping Resort is the first campground as you enter into beautiful Door County. Family owned and operated, we are situated on 51 acres of quiet, wooded seclusion.
Door County Belgian Heritage
Brussels and its surrounding communities are full of history. The rich Belgian heritage is visible in historic chapels, one-room schoolhouses, and unique red-brick homes. This resilient farming community in Southern Door County was founded in 1858 by four Belgian immigrant families. Thet Belgian heritage remains evident throughout the countryside today. The nation’s largest Belgian settlement, it was destroyed by the devastating Peshtigo Fire in 1871. The settlers rebuilt, this time with brick and stone instead of wood and their architecture still dots the landscape of Brussels. Some residents can still speak Walloon, the language of the original settlers, and many celebrate the Belgian Kermiss festival each September with traditional Belgian food and drink.
After a fun-filled day touring the area, come back to your site, relax and enjoy the real beauty of Door County’s countryside. Our expanded pool and waterslide, along with the game room and fishing pond, are sure to keep the kids entertained. Also join us for our many activity themed weekends throughout the summer.
Spring Break is approaching, so it’s time to pack up and hit the road. For some, road trips bring up thoughts of discovering new places and taking the road less traveled, but for many it can be a tiresome, time-consuming endeavor.
We at Houma Travel have a few tips to get you ready for your Spring Break road trip.
Get the kids involved in planning: Present a few ideas to your kids and get their feedback. If they feel that they were a part of the planning process, you will have much more engaged kids. Start with the Family Fun section of HoumaTravel.com for some great ideas.
Pack in stages: Packing the car can be a stressful time. Am I forgetting something? Will everything fit in the trunk? We suggest having a packing list and put all nonessential items in your vehicle a day before leaving. This will eliminate packing time on the day you leave and get you on the road quicker.
Have a Road Trip Kit: Snacks, games and electronics chargers… these are all road trip necessities. Try to anticipate the needs of your kids and have the answers to these needs on hand in the car. Nothing is worse than a modern kid’s favorite electronic device having a dead battery. Be sure you have the chargers.
Plan to try something new: Try crawfish for the first time. Go geocaching.Hold an alligator! This shared experience is the kind of stuff memories are made of.
Sign up for online photo storage: You are going to want to take tons of photos on your trip, but phones only have so much storage space. We recommend signing up for a cloud-based storage solution before your trip to ensure you have plenty of room for new memories.
Slow down and take your time: Although it is great to have a plan, be sure you’re taking time to truly enjoy the moment. Stand under the cypress trees of Bayou Country and breath it in with your family.
Need some ideas of what to do on your next road trip? Be sure to visit us at HoumaTravel.com for all things Bayou Country.
Full hook-up pull-through RV sites provide your home away from home!
High adventure? Relax and unwind? Maybe a little of both? It’s all waiting for you at Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure RV Park where you decide your mountain adventure! At our location nestled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. You can ride your ATV, Dirt Bike or Mountain Bike, or even take a long hike through the more than 200 miles – 7,900 acres – of connected trail access. If your idea of vacation is a little more laid back, spend some time on your cabin front porch or at your RV or tent site watching awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets. Reconnect with nature and take a seasonal elk viewing tour.
If you’re a bird watcher, you will find many species of birds call our area home and star gazers won’t be disappointed when on a clear night it seems you can see forever! A cozy campfire at your RV or tent spot or one of the cabins? A picnic under the stars? It’s all up to you.
We are located at the trailhead for the Spearhead Trails Coal Canyon ATV/OHV/Mountain Bike Trail. We’re a Good Sam campground with cabins, full hook-up pull-through RV sites and tent sites. If you are an ATV or dirt bike enthusiast, once you park your trailer, you won’t have to get it out again until you pull out to head for home. With ride-out access to the trail, you can start out the day adding to your vacation memories as you explore the Coal Canyon Trail which connects with Haysi’s Ridgeview Trail. The trails lead to the ATV-friendly towns of Grundy and Haysi where you’ll find fuel, food and shopping.
Find all you need – ATV rentals, cabins, RV & tent sites, elk viewing tours and more!
ATV Trails & Rentals
We offer ATV Side by Side Rentals, so be sure to check that out under our activities tab and in the Book Your Adventure section of our website! Elk viewing and guided elk tours are available seasonally. Archery tag is also available.
Five standard cabins sleep 7-10 people each and our campground also offers 19 full hook-up pull-through RV sites and primitive tent camping with nightly and weekly rental rates. A bathhouse further complements the campground, offering showers, a vending area, laundry and restrooms for the comfort of our guests.
A 7,500-square-foot visitor center is now under construction. When complete will offer interactive wildlife displays, an observation deck featuring panoramic views of Southwest Virginia’s beautiful mountain region and more when it opens later this year. The visitor center will also feature an artisan/heritage area to highlight area arts and crafts, a consignment area, gift shop and banquet/event room. It will also serve as a location for visitors to secure ATV permits to ride the Spearhead Trails, including Coal Canyon and Ridgeview. The permits are currently available on site in our campground office.
Contact us early to reserve your space by booking online or by calling 276-244-1111.
Rutlader Outpost is depicted as an Ole West Border Town on the border of Missouri and Kansas. Between the years of 1838 and 1845 a military road was constructed through the Indian Territory to connect Fort Leavenworth, Fort Scott (Kansas) Fort Gibson (Oklahoma). This was done to protect the western border of the United States which was the Missouri Kansas line. The old route has been replaced by Highway 69, and considered the Frontier Military Scenic Byway.
Louisburg Middle Creek Lake
This state fishing lake and wildlife area is located just 7 miles south of Louisburg Kansas and right next to Rutlader Outpost RV Park. The lake has a diverse, high-quality sportfish population including largemouth bass, saugeye, white bass, wiper, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish. The lake is unique in that it offers fishermen several different types of aquatic habitats including a dam, creek channel, brush piles, standing timber, and mud flats.
The wildlife area includes 220 acres around the lake and an adjacent 125 acre Rutlader wildlife area. Wildlife enthusiasts have the opportunity to see deer, squirrel, turkey, quail, rabbit, and waterfowl. Hunting and archery are permitted.
Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Education Center
Cedar Cove Felines is a wonderful sanctuary for big cats…primarily Tigers. A non-profit organization, Cedar Cove is devoted to the care and preservation of endangered large cats while educating the public on their behavior, physiology, habitats and the threats & dangers of extinction.
Keepers at Cedar Cove are educated and trained in the care of Large Exotic Felines or “Big Cats.” The goal is to ensure that all the felines at the facility are maintained in a stress-free environment and are not exploited. On a daily basis, each and every animal at the park is given one-on-one attention so as to enhance and enrich its life.
When the leaves begin turning red and gold in the fall, Kansas area thoughts turn to Ciderfest Festivities!
Here in Louisburg, Kansas, for two exciting weekends every autumn, Louisburg Cider Mill brings you some good old fashioned apple cider fun. Ciderfest is always held on the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October. You can buy a cup of fresh hot or cold cider, munch on a cider doughnut, try a freshly dipped caramel apple, be there for the pancake breakfast, or sample a Lost Trail Root Beer — one of the soda treats that Louisburg Cider Mill has become famous for. There is no admission or parking fees to attend Ciderfest.
Activities begin with the Louisburg Lions Pancake Breakfast. Other activities such as pony rides, inflatable slide, plus cider and donut-making. Craft booths are ongoing throughout the day.
The area also features vineyards, wineries, and antique shops.
Rutlader Outpost RV Park
The park combines the unique history of the area with all the amenities of a full service RV park. Highlights include a beautiful private fishing pond, wildlife area, and cowboy church. The park has two meeting rooms for group events.
Rutlader is under new ownership. Stop by and meet Richard Lord and experience his new vision to make Rutlader even better in the near future.
The center of your family vacation to explore Civil War history should start in Gettysburg, PA. The Confederate States of America, led by Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, were actually winning the War Between the States, until they accidentally met up with the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by General George Meade in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in the largest and bloodiest battle the first week of July, 1863. Gettysburg Campground is a great location to camp on the same hallowed ground where many of these American heroes from the North and the South, fought for their ideals to keep America strong, great and united.
Your tour should start at the Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitors Center. The National Park offers a full complement of summer ranger programs (mid-June through mid-August). As well as battlefield walks, ranger-led battle walks, evening campfire programs, and special events on weekends with living history groups and band concerts. Take advantage of many of the other tours of the area by driving through the National Park. Either on your own with a CD that you can purchase at the Campground office, or any of the great bus tours offered by the Gettysburg Battlefield Tours, especially the ultimate Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tour Experience which puts you on the famous Double Decker Bus with a professional Licensed Battlefield Guide. You will be able to relive the Battle of Gettysburg, as told by the most knowledgeable historic storytellers in the area.
Make your camping reservations at Gettysburg Campground early for the 155th Anniversary Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment July 1, 2, & 3, 2018. Every summer, thousands of enactors gather here just to take part in the annual Gettysburg Civil War Reenactment. And if you miss out on this experience, you will be able to visit with period actors every weekend during the summer on the streets of this historic town. The Civil War comes alive before your very eyes. Something you can’t get by reading a book or viewing on a tablet or smart phone. Some of the enactors camp right alongside YOU at Gettysburg Campground!
Make Gettysburg Campground your best location to visit the Nation’s Capitol only 80 miles by car, or you can sit back and relax with DC Tours. See the Arlington National Cemetery; Smithsonian Institution; White House; Capitol; Ford’s Theatre; Supreme Court; Library of Congress; Washington National Cathedral; Iwo Jima, Jefferson, Lincoln, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials; Washington Monument; FDR Memorial; and World War II Memorial.
Spring through fall, your family is invited to walk through soldiers camps at local museums and on the National Park to interact and watch demonstrations. You will also find the history of Presidents Lincoln and Eisenhower, Mother Elizabeth Seton, the only U.S. born Saint, motor racing and so much more. Create your own historical vacation plan…but have it start at Gettysburg Campground.
Whatever you choose to do, your family vacation will be filled up with a lot of history and fun.
A RV shows are happening around the country. No matter where you are on your RV journey — dreaming about your first rig, thinking about upgrading, or making the leap from towable to motorized — an RV show is the perfect place to research floor plans and explore pricing.
So how do you get the most out of an RV show visit? Here are our 5 tips for RV show success…
1. Have a plan
Think about what you want to accomplish at the RV show. Are you looking for a lightweight towable that can be hauled with the family SUV? Or are you checking out the differences between Class C and Class A floor plans? Knowing your plan ahead of time will help you stay focused and feel accomplished at the end of the day.
2. Keep track of your research
Many people are frustrated to find they can’t remember a specific model or floor plan that they found at an RV show. There are many ways to keep track of the rigs you explore. Some people take pictures of models with their cell phones and write corresponding notes in a phone app. Other shoppers come prepared with a notebook or clipboard for recording RV information and writing pros and cons lists. Also make sure to nab brochures whenever they are available. These will help jog your memory when everything seems like a blur at the end of the day.
Plan your RV show visit to avoid information overload. Photo: Welcomia/Getty Images/iStockphoto
3. Talk to a Manufacturer’s Representative
Manufacturers often send their own representatives to the shows to help support RV dealers and educate customers. Take advantage of these knowledgeable folks. They work for the company that built the RV, so they can usually answer even your trickiest questions about weight, build, and available features. If you are one of those shoppers with a million and one questions, find a manufacturer’s representative and start chatting.
4. Make time for seminars
Many RV shows offer educational seminars with leading experts in the RV and camping industry. These are a great opportunity to learn more about towing capacity, travel destinations, or maintenance requirements. Look at the schedule in advance so that you don’t miss out on a topic that is relevant to you.
5. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your own water
It might surprise you how much walking people do at RV shows. And it also might surprise you how expensive those bottles of water are. Be prepared with your most comfortable shoes and your own refillable water bottle, especially if you have lofty goals for your RV research and plan on touring a ton of rigs.
RV shows are a fantastic place for consumer education and shopping, so check out a local one this winter! Find your next RV at an RV show near you.
ome explore Historic Charleston, South Carolina and all the “Lowcountry” has to offer! Located just 10 minutes from the historic district, the Campground at James Island County Park is a convenient destination set within a 643-acre park with an abundance of natural beauty. The Campground at James Island County Park is one of the finest RV parks you’ll find.
20/30/50 amp service on all sites
Activity Center, Free Wi-Fi
Ceramic bathhouses, laundry facilities
Full-service campground store
Full hookups, pull-thru sites (80ft.)
Grills/fire rings/picnic tables
Propane, ice, and firewood sales
Shuttle service to downtown Charleston, Folly Beach, Folly Fishing Pier, and McLeod Plantation Historic Site
The campground also welcomes clubs, groups, and caravans.
Most of our campground visitors here to take in Charleston’s charm, cultural and historic plantations, fine dining, beaches, and glorious scenery, extend their stay to enjoy the many amenities within James Island County Park:
Miles of paved trails for walking, biking, and skating
16 acres of freshwater fishing
Tidal creek for fishing and crabbing
Pedal boat, kayak, bicycle, and standup paddleboarding rentals
Picnic areas and rental facilities
Off-leash dog park
Seasonal offerings include:
Spray Play Area
Holiday Festival of Lights
Many programs and special events
James Island County Park is one of many facilities owned and operated by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC). The park system features over 11,000 acres of property. It includes four land parks, three beach parks, four seasonally-lifeguarded beach areas and three dog parks. There are also two landmark fishing piers, three waterparks, 19 boat landings, a skate park, a historic plantation site, a climbing wall, a challenge course, an interpretive center, an equestrian center, cottages, a campground, a marina, as well as wedding, meeting and event facilities. CCPRC also offers a wide variety of recreational services – festivals, camps, classes, programs, and much more. For a calendar of events, please visit CharlestonCountyParks.com.
The Campground at James Island County Park is a popular destination so reservations are encouraged. To check on availability and to make reservations, please call 843 795-4386. For a look at the campground layout, and other FAQs, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com.