What a great way to get out of the heat – a trip to New England! New Hampshire’s hosting the New Hampshire 301 NASCAR race on July 20th – 22nd, followed the next weekend by the Pocono Raceway’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors PA 400 in the Poconos. A fun and fast way to enjoy a weekend or two, you can visit either the New Hampshire Motor Speedway or Pocono Raceway (or both!) After the raucous fun of 4th of July in Chicagoland and Daytona, NASCAR fans will appreciate the quiet of a New England pine forest, the gorgeous Atlantic lighthouse-dotted shoreline, or serene Pocono mountain scenery.
These fan-favorite events include some of the most exciting racing of the season and at family-friendly prices. You could actually take a ten day trip starting in New Hampshire, stopping in Maine and then go south and west to the Poconos.
Where to Camp for NHMS:
For infield camping at the NHMS for the New Hampshire 301 race, you can get more information on their website
If you’d like to camp close by but not at the race, the Speedway Sports Park and Cascade Campground also are highly recommended.
More Sights to See around New Hampshire:
Check out these nature-loving New Hampshire Parks:
Echo Lake State Park, in North Conway, NH: a 118-acre park with a scenic trail circling a lake plus picnicking & swimming options & a bathhouse.
Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH: a waterfront municipal park with flower gardens, fountains, walkways & summer performances
Odionne Point State Park, with 135 acres of oceanfront trails along a rocky shoreline and a science center in Rye, NH.
Ogunquit Beach, Maine
It’s worth a short detour to go north to America’s favorite vacationland, and take a brave dip into the cold waters or try your hand at fishing or boating on the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Ogunquit is a real old-time vacation spot on Maine’s southern Atlantic coast. Ogunquit Beach, a long, sandy peninsula with grassy dunes, lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ogunquit River. Marginal Way is a cliff walk close by with coastal views, benches and an iconic lighthouse. Musicals are staged at the Ogunquit Playhouse during summer. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is known for its waterside sculptures and works by Maine-related artists. And be sure to visit nearby Perkins Cove for spectacular ocean views.
Remember the Poconos, July 27th to 29th
The following weekend, the 27th to 29th of July, you can experience the thrill of NASCAR racing again at the Pocono Raceway for the Gander Outdoors PA 400 race. This is another opportunity to see and cheer your favorite drivers as the race for the Cup returns to Long Pond, PA.
To get additional race information, please visit Pocono Raceway’s website.
Where to Camp for Pocono Raceway:
For infield camping at the Pocono Raceway for the Gander Outdoors PA 400 race, you can get more information on their website They have many camping options, trackside and non, so best to check with them directly.
If you’d like to camp close by but not in the Raceway, you can check out these other campgrounds nearby; with noted distance from the Raceway:
While you’re in the Poconos, take advantage of all the beauty and outdoor recreation facilities the area has to offer. Here are just a few parks.
Pocono Mountain Parks
Big Pocono State Park spans 1,306 acres of rugged terrain on the summit and slopes of Camelback Mountain. Perched atop Camelback Mountain, Big Pocono State Park is rugged and scenic. A paved, 1.4-mile, ADA-accessible drive encircles the mountaintop, providing magnificent views of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. To learn more, see their website here.
There are plenty of other State Parks and forests in the Poconos, which you can check out at their website.
If you are looking for more NASCAR excitement, you can plan to visit Watkins Glen the following weekend for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race at the Glen on Sunday, August 5th.
Make it a long Fourth of July weekend, starting on Wednesday the 4th. Start with the very popular Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon from the 4th to the 7th and consider the High Sierra Music Festival from the 5th to the 8th in Quincy, California. You can visit one or both this year and get out in nature while enjoying any type of music you choose.
Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland, OR
Waterfront Blues Festival
If blues is your favorite, consider going to Portland to catch this year’s Waterfront Blues Festival. This year’s great lineup includes George Thorogood and the Destroyers, The Revivalists, Beth Hart and The Mavericks, among others such as Ruthie Foster and Marc Broussard. To see the full lineup, click here. It is held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park along the Willamette River, which spans both sides of the Hawthorne Bridge. Billed as the largest celebration of blues, soul, funk, and rhythm & blues west of the Mississippi, this long weekend is filled with amazing performances across four stages, with food, vendors, river boat cruises, and more.
Camping Spots Nearby:
You can camp at Jantzen Beach RV Park, Columbia River Park or the Fox Run RV Park, all of which are nearby.
If blues isn’t your thing, or you want a variety of music this Fourth, check out the Quincy High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA.
Major acts for the 2018 lineup at the Quncy High Sierra Music Festival include lots of different artists who will be performing day and night. Some of them are: The String Cheese Incident, Grace Potter, Sturgill Simpson, The California Honeydrops and far too many more to mention. Check out their website to see the full list of artists and schedule as well as ticket and camping information.
Camping Spots Nearby:
Here are a few choices for RV campgrounds nearby that you can scope out before you embark on your trip to Quincy. Tent and RV Options are available at one of several nearby annex locations just off Lee Road (outside Gate 3) including Sierra Skies Campground, Grandview Campground or other close properties. Campers are placed on a first-come, first served basis. Also, Shady Grove Annex is adjacent to the fairgrounds and a quick, easy walk to the main fairgrounds entrance. You may park your vehicle or RV in Shady Grove Annex with the appropriate vehicle pass. Note: Shady Grove Annex is dry camping – no power/water hook-ups available.
More Sights to See
The Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to steaming fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and numerous volcanoes. Jagged peaks tell the story of its eruptive past while hot water continues to shape the land. Lassen Volcanic offers opportunities to discover the wonder and mysteries of volcanoes and hot water for visitors willing to explore the undiscovered. There is also camping located in the park. Check the National Park site for more information.
If you want to rent an RV nearby for your trip to Quincy, there are three choices of El Monte RV Rental locations: one is in Reno, NV; one in Sacramento and the third is in Dublin, California. Check them out here.
Whatever you decide to do to celebrate your Fourth of July, enjoy yourself and remember to get outside!
Wyoming offers many parks and a great climate for summer RV enthusiasts. Here are some of the most popular but not necessarily really crowded spots. Check out the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone in Wyoming. You may want to make a few more stops at Jackson Hole and Devil’s Tower, as well as Mount Rushmore while you are there.
If you are starting out in Denver, at El Monte’s RV Rentals, you would travel north from Colorado and maybe pick some spots to stay along the way but be sure to get all the way to Wyoming this summer as it is truly a national treasure.
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Lots of folks travel to Wyoming during the summer to get a tour of Yellowstone National Park, but ten miles north you will find the craggy peaks, open meadows, and pleasant views of Grand Teton National Park. Grand Teton has everything that a western National Park should have to make it a great trip even if you’re not visiting Yellowstone. If you want to capture the beauty of the area but don’t want to be fighting the crowds at Yellowstone then Grand Teton is a great alternative. Grand Teton also has many great RV parks and is close to lots of other summer fun at Jackson Hole.
Native Americans have been calling the regions of Teton home for around 11,000 years. American settlers and fur trappers came across the region in the early 19th century and preyed on of the area’s vast resources. The US Government led further exploration of the area and its first permanent settlement, Jackson Hole, was founded around the later period of the 19th century.
At the same time, many settlers urged the US to protect the land so near to Yellowstone and on February 26, 1929, the US Congress declared Grand Teton National Park protected. Soon after oil magnate and conservationist John D. Rockefeller began buying up large swaths of land around Jackson Hole to increase the park’s boundaries. This land became known as Jackson Hole National Monument and was added to the park in 1950.
Yellowstone National Park:
Yellowstone is one of the nation’s most popular National Parks and sees more people during summer than any other season. You may want to visit there along with many others as it offers 12 campgrounds with more than 2,000 sites. The Yellowstone National Park Lodges takes reservations for five of the campgrounds and the rest are first-come, first-served. They also offer a network of backcountry campsites if you prefer the roads less-traveled. Yellowstone is in the mountains and campsites are located at altitudes from 6,250 to 7,800 feet.
If time allows, make a side trip to Devil’s Tower, which made a cameo appearance in the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” You can actually take a nighttime hayride around the Devils Tower National Monument. Devil’s Tower boasts “Half the Park is After Dark” due to the magnificent star viewing you can see from many of the park’s locations.
Devil’s Tower is near the gorgeous Keyhole Reservoir and Keyhole State Park for some on the water fun. Amateur archeologists will have a blast at Vore Buffalo Jump and if you’re trying to squeeze in some sightseeing have no fear as Mount Rushmore is less than a half hour due east from Devil’s Tower.
You can discover some of America’s best outdoor experiences in Wyoming.
Here are just a few choices:
Camp in the National Parks – with reservations for many spots, you may have to book early to get one. But, our national park system is sophisticated and many sites are first-come, first-served. You can get full details including which sites filled yesterday at their websites.
For Grand Teton National Park reservations, click here.
For Yellowstone National Park reservations, click here.
For Devil’s Tower National Park reservations, click here.
A fun and fast way to spend your holiday: come to Daytona for the Daytona Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR race, July 5th-7th at the Daytona International Speedway. One of NASCAR’s most anticipated events, the Coke Zero Sugar 400, brings together NASCAR racing under the lights with pageantry and patriotism to make for an Independence Day weekend celebration unlike any other.
This fan-favorite event includes some of the most exciting racing of the season as drivers battle three-wide for a coveted DAYTONA victory. Pack up your cooler, swimming pool and RV, and be sure to bring your family and friends as the holiday weekend and friendly prices truly make this a family event.
You could build a week-long vacation around this exciting event to take time to enjoy some of the sights in addition to the race at the Space Coast.
First, here are a few of the highlights of this exciting three day racing event:
On July 5th, you can enjoy NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice as well as the NASCAR Racing Experience Ride-Along Program at Daytona. All this week the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) offers its Fanzone hands-on racing experience.
On Friday the 6th, there is more Ride-Along time as well as the Midway and the UNOH Fanzone. Then the NASCAR XFINITY Qualifying race, followed by Monster Energy Cup Series Qualifying race and then in the evening is the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 race.
And finally on the 7th, (the Big race day), you can enjoy a concert by Josh Turner, multi-platinum, Nashville-based singer before the race. The big race starts at 7 pm: the 60th Annual Coke Zero Sugar 400, followed by evening fireworks after the race is complete.
For more details about the race schedules, the entertainment and the venue of Daytona International Speedway, see their website.
Daytona International Speedway
Camping Spots Nearby:
1) You can camp right in the middle of the track if you book early enough: Any DAYTONA veteran will tell you that you haven’t truly experienced the “World Center of Racing” until you’ve loaded up the RV, called up your closest friends and set up camp somewhere in the 180-acre infield. You can camp from the 4th of July to the 8th right in the track.
Surrounded by DAYTONA’s famous 31-degree banked turns, you’ll find that there’s far more happening at DAYTONA than just three-wide racing. Devoted race fans from all over the world descend upon every inch of the infield, creating a rich communal atmosphere from campsite-to-campsite.
Whether you’re in a decked out motor coach or a tent is more your style, DAYTONA offers a camping option that puts you right next to all the history and heritage that’s made this place world-famous. For more details, see their website.
If Daytona Speedway is all booked, you can still park your RV nearby at a number of campgrounds in the Daytona area or just a bit south at New Smyrna Beach.
You can also check these out:
2) Daytona Racetrack RV- closest campground to the Speedway – located just across the street.
3) Finishline Park
4) International RV Park and Campground of Daytona Beach
5) Daytona Speedway RV
Other Sights to See Around Volusia County
While here, take time to enjoy some of the other sights and natural beauty of Florida’s Space Coast.
Lighthouse Point Park is at the southern tip of Ponce Inlet. The natural beauty of the undisturbed land has been preserved for all to enjoy. Dolphins frequent the shoreline, gopher tortoises can be found in sandy areas, and other wildlife (including raccoons, possums, skunks, armadillos, shore birds and birds of prey) can be observed. Lighthouse Point Park is one of the few County parks where man’s best friend may enjoy the amenities. However, pets must be leashed at all times.
Visitors to Smyrna Dunes Park may arrive by land or by sea. Perched on 73 acres of pristine land at the northern tip of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula, the area is surrounded by water on three sides. Waters from the Indian River flow through Ponce Inlet and into the Atlantic Ocean providing a variety of fishing or swimming venues for park goers.
The park also provides a unique opportunity to see a wide variety of animals, birds, reptiles, marine life and vegetation in their natural habitat. The surrounding waters provide excellent fishing, boating and swimming opportunities.
Located about 30 miles south of Daytona is this unique national treasure. You can even enjoy backcountry camping here if you like, just in view of the launching pad of Kennedy Space Center. Check out their website for more details.
Don’t forget the beach! Daytona is one of the prettiest beaches on Florida’s east coast and one of the only ones that still allows motorists to drive right on the sand. Sunbathers and swimmers can park their vehicles within 30 yards of the surf, enjoying the convenience of having their car parked nearby.
When you’re ready for a Coachella–like music festival but find yourself on the East Coast, take your RV and head for New York! You’ll find the third year of the Panorama Music Festival July 27 – 29 at Randall’s Island Park.
Consider taking a week-long trip centered on this weekend to really enjoy some of the sights in addition to the sounds of New York City.
Panorama Music Festival
Aside from great lineups each year, this event also includes unique art installations and amazing local New York food selections to delight the foodie in you. This might be THE music festival for you.
Major headliners for the 2018 3 day concert lineup include: Janet Jackson, The Killers, and The Weeknd. Other notable acts include Migos, Cardi B, SZA, David Byrne, St. Vincent, The xx, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gucci Mane, Greta Van Fleet, Mount Kimbie, Daniel Caesar, Dua Lipa, Jay Som, Jhené Aiko, Floating Points, Japanese Breakfast, Downtown Boys, and more. See more details of the schedule and lineups here: Panorama (New York, NY). For more information about travel and other details on getting there, click here.
ABOUT RANDALL’S ISLAND PARK:
Randall’s Island Park is one of New York’s City’s most unique and multi-faceted public parks. Located in the middle of the City, the park comprises most of an island in the East River that is situated between Manhattan, The Bronx, and Queens. Featuring a wide array of fields and spaces, Randall’s Island is home to a world class Tennis Center, a full service Golf Center, an IAAF-certified track and field facility (Icahn Stadium), over 60 playing fields, miles of waterfront bike and pedestrian pathways, and a newly renovated Event Lawn where concerts and festivals are held. The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA), which oversees and governs the island, is celebrating 25 years of progress in transforming Randall’s Island Park into an innovative and exciting destination for sports, recreation, environmental exploration and cultural events.
Camping Spots Nearby:
Here are a few choices for RV campgrounds nearby to scope out before you embark on your trip to New York.
1) Liberty Harbor RV: Located in Jersey City, NJ, this park is billed as the closest RV Park to New York City. It is 15 minutes from the city, just across the East River and is open year round, offering specials for stays of 6 days or longer, Wi-Fi, 50 sites with water and electric, and more. It is located close to the PATH train, Ferries and Light Rail, and is right next to the Liberty Harbor Marina.
2) Camp Gateway– Brooklyn, NY is operated by the National Park Service and is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, which is located within one of the most urbanized areas of the country, covering 26,000 acres of New Jersey and three New York City boroughs. Amidst the urban environment, the park boasts grasslands, woodlands, sand dunes, beaches, ponds, salt marshes and forests.
Camp Gateway –Brooklyn, is in the woodland habitat of Floyd Bennet Field, facing the salt marshes of Jamaica Bay. You can take advantage of their biking trails that weave through Fort Tilden, with a military history that dates back to the War of 1812.
Birders would enjoy the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge host of 300 species of migratory birds, with willets and green herons in spring and summer, or osprey and black crowned night herons year-round.
When you are ready to get into the City, head to Riis Landing for ferry rides to Manhattan. Check out their website for more details.
More Sites to See
Take time to visit other notable sites while you visit New York. One truly notable spot is called Castle Clinton, located at the southern tip of Manhattan by The Battery, and landing point of the New York Ferries to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty.
If you find a photograph of Manhattan taken from anywhere in or near the harbor, whether taken from a ship, helicopter, or skyscraper, you’ll notice that Castle Clinton National Monument is one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in a city full of recognizable landmarks. That’s not to say Castle Clinton has always looked the same. Visit their visitor center for a full view of how it has looked over the last 200 years.
Colorado’s high country has a lot of territory to cover. But even if you don’t have much time, a Grand County, Colorado three to five day summer getaway can introduce you to the best of the Rocky Mountains. RV camping in this area reveals exotic views, plenty of water activities and horseback riding or even rodeos if you like.
Here’s a suggested three – five day trip itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival at High Altitude
If you’ve arrived from the lowlands, be smart and take a day to acclimate while getting an introduction to the area. Remember to drink plenty of water and take it easy—you are on vacation, after all.
Use your first day to take a drive on the Colorado Headwaters Scenic and Historic Byway. Begin on U.S. Highway 34 in Grand Lake. Follow the Colorado River south for 80 miles, through the towns of Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs, Parshall and Kremmling.
A short drive from the town of Grand Lake, Kawuneeche Visitor Center is located just past the entrance to the park. Here, you’ll find an unforgettable drive through pine meadows, up rugged slopes, and out into the open alpine highlands, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, and Lake Granby. End with the spectacular view of the rugged Upper Gore Canyon.
After your brief exploration, you may want to check in at your RV Campsite.
If you’re looking to camp in or near the park, see suggestions below, or view the National Park Service’s Rocky Mountain National Park campgrounds page, which offers five in-park campgrounds, 3 of which are available for reservations, and two on a first come, first served basis.
Nearby also find Elk Creek Campground and RV Park located in Grand Lake, Red Mountain RV Park and Wolford Campground in Kremmiling, and Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby near Winter Park. There is a US Forestry Service location near Winter Park and Granby as well where you can discover some of the best American outdoor experiences. See their official site for more details.
Remaining Day 1 or Day 2:
Once you’re settled in, enjoy taking your time visiting the Pioneer Village Museum in Hot Sulphur Springs – see the town’s original courthouse, a blacksmith shop, a 150-year-old ranch house, and several antique rail cars. Other local historical sites and museums are open for visitors in Fraser, Grand Lake, and Kremmling. Use the evening to relax at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort. Kick back with a soak in the ancient area hot springs, and enjoy your beautiful surroundings.
Day 2-3: Rocky Mountain Memories
The Rockies are what it’s all about up here! Although Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the top 10 most visited national parks in the United States, its Western side is less frequented, less crowded, and much quieter.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Plan ahead and pack a picnic. With 35 trailheads in the park and several picnic spots, your family can spend all day in the wilderness, getting up close and personal with the wildlife.
Looking for a family-friendly excursion? Go on a hunt for secret places in Rocky Mountain National Park, which includes hidden lakes, hiking trails, and abandoned mining towns.
Day 4-5: The Western Experience
First settled in the 1880s as a ranching, farming and lumber center, Grand County has maintained many of its original buildings and sites as museums. Use the day or even 2 days to get the full western experience!
If you’re lucky to be here during rodeo season, experience traditional cowboy skills like roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. Watch the West come alive on Saturdays during the summer at Fraser’s High-Country Stampede Rodeo and Granby’s Flying Heels Rodeo. Continue your western experience with a horseback ride into the sunset. For a true hands-on western experience, contact one of the local outfitters who offer half-and full-day horseback rides.
When you’re heading back into Grand Lake, take a stroll along the boardwalk for some last-minute shopping and a leisurely dinner, visit the Kauffmann House Museum to learn more about the area’s history, and make sure to take advantage of some water recreation on Grand Lake.
More of a thrill-seeker than a history buff or shopper? No problem! Grand County is home to over 600 miles of hiking and biking trails. Visit Winter Park or Fraser to take advantage these elaborate trail systems and bike parks. Reach new heights with a challenging mountain trail or stay in town on a family-friendly route, the choice is up to you!
To make the most of your trip, you can easily rent an RV at El Monte Denver RV Rentals.
Chicagoland Hosts 6 Solid Days of NASCAR Racing Fun
Been dreaming about watching not one but four NASCAR races in one long weekend? How about 4th of July weekend in Chicago?
If you are a NASCAR fan anywhere in the Midwest, you can experience Chicagoland Speedway’s NASCAR weekend (for almost a week) from June 27th to July 2nd. Get up close and personal to your favorite drivers; experience a pre-race drivers’ meeting as if you were a racer, and enjoy the 400 Pre-Race Concert, featuring Randy Houser.
NASCAR Tailgating Party
Not only that, but you can actually camp at the Speedway for the whole long weekend. RV campers can park for the full four race dates from June 28th to July 1st or stay the whole long weekend from the 27th of June to the 2nd of July.
Camp Wednesday through Monday morning and enjoy four races as NASCAR’s stars come to this magnificent mile and a half.
With over 1,800campsites in four different campgrounds, you will find easy camping within earshot of the world’s greatest drivers leaving their best on the track. Plus, don’t miss the camper-only parties, music, giveaways and so much more!
Camping at Chicagoland Speedway offers:
Complimentary community Wi-Fi hot spots
Campground concessions and convenience store
Welcome party and campground activities
Dedicated guest parking and shuttle service
Close to the track and Champions Park with on-site shuttle service
Campground amenities including complimentary shower facilities
Free tow vehicle parking (One vehicle per parking spot)
Below is a brief outline of your RV Camping options at the Speedway. For all pricing and details please see their website.
INFIELD CAMPING OPTIONS
Never want to miss a second of the action from the comfort of your campsite? Then Gecko RV Park is for you! Be in the middle of the action with a trackside or non-trackside Infield RV campsite, with one of the best views at Chicagoland Speedway. Your Infield RV space gives you a 360 degree view of racing action from right atop your camper! Get one of the best NASCAR Camping Experiences available now.
GECKO PARK LOWER RIDGE
Stay in Lower Ridge, Chicagoland Speedway’s backstretch campground! Complete with 30-amp electric, experience an exciting NASCAR atmosphere in this RV campground. Never miss a moment of all the racing action by staying on property. Plus you are just feet away from the nearest tram stop to get you to and from your seats for every race!
GECKO PARK LAKESIDE
If you want to watch the racing from the grandstands but stay on property, GEICO Park Lakeside is a great option for you! Never have to worry about traffic and enjoy all the best aspects of this NASCAR race weekend. Have easy access to the shuttle stop, convenience store, post-race concerts and so much more!
GECKO RIDGE, AKA SPEEDWAY RIDGE
So close you can smell the burning rubber! This is Chicagoland Speedway’s premier camping option. GECKO RIDGE (Speedway Ridge) is located between Turns 2 & 3 on the backstretch. Each space provides the ultimate race fan a panoramic view of the racing action over the entire race weekend. You get all the convenience of camping without ever missing the cars on track.
If you want to bring your family to the track and be a part of a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, this is the spot for you. Located in the quiet corner of the GEICO Park Lakeside campground, you’ll never have to worry about traffic and enjoy all the best aspects of this NASCAR race weekend. Have easy access to the shuttle stop, convenience store, post-race concerts and so much more!
More family camping amenities will be announced soon. Check their website for updates and details.
Billed as the ultimate pre-race experience, this long weekend includes a cold garage pass, which means you get access to the pits, except when the cars are hot; usually this is up to a half-hour before the race.
If you and your family are racing fans, what better way to spend your 4th of July weekend than watching NASCAR races with other fans? This could be an experience you and your family will remember for a long time to come.
Need an RV to experience the fun? To find out about renting an RV from our Chicago West RV Rentals, El Monte RV location, please click here.
If you are a fan of alternative rock music or even punk rock music, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Warped Tour. This year, it was announced by Kevin Lyman, founder of Warped Tour in 1995, will be its last full tour around the country.
What this means for RV enthusiasts who also happen to love rock music, is you should plan early if you want to catch at least one venue of this last and rather historic magical musical tour.
Warped built its brand of a “punk-rock summer camp” by bringing out scene staples like NOFX and Bad Religion numerous times. But it was also an early champion of bands like Blink-182, No Doubt, and Paramore — punkers eventually embraced by the pop world. And outside of punk entirely, Warped’s past lineups were riddled with pre-superstardom misfits who found an early home amongst the skate shows and merch tents: Katy Perry, Eminem, Kid Rock, the Black Eyed Peas. Their ranks were rarely favorites of critics, but they no doubt shaped culture.
This last tour will be studded with a variety of bands as usual but this time, according to Lyman, Warped icons will hop on to make the last hurrah extra special. “You’re gonna see a big mix of bands I felt really embraced the Warped Tour lifestyle,” he says. “I don’t want to say a ‘mature’ lineup, but bands that I think could use one more big push of Warped Tour to help further their careers.” (Lyman, quoted in Billboard Magazine).
The tour this year begins in Pomona, CA on June 21st, followed by a few other California dates: San Diego on June 22nd, Mountain View on the 23rd and Ventura on the 24th. They start traveling eastward from there to Phoenix on the 28th and Las Vegas on the 29th of June. June 30th will feature Warped Tour in Salt Lake City before they travel to Denver on the 1st of July.
If you have never seen the remarkable traveling tour, this represents an amazing collection of about 100 bands in their tour buses or vans and another 50 or so RV’s, trucks or buses that comprise the setup and take-down crews for each venue. This is probably the closest you’d come to a traveling circus in the 21st century and it truly is an experience. The music is blaring from about 6 different sound stages every day; which they pack up and drive to the next city and set up for the next day.
Each venue might have some variation in the performers, but the entire cavalcade of musicians is beautifully organized and really fun to watch and listen to in at least one of their many locations.
The full tour itinerary and ticket information is available on the Warped Tour Official Website. It is an incredible journey from the west to the east coast, with stops all along the way in the Midwest and Nashville, before they hit the east coast with Virginia Beach and two New Jersey stops mid-July. Then it’s another jaunt north to Hartford and Burgettstown, PA before they go to Toronto for one night on July 17th (the only non-US stop on the tour).
Warped Tour returns to the Midwest in late July and then back to the east coast to start to wrap it up. July 25th will find the entire troupe in Darien Center, NY followed by stops in Scranton, PA, Mansfield MA and Wantagh, NY. Then they head south to Columbia, MD, Charlotte, NC and Atlanta in late July.
The tour will end in Florida in early August with their four final tour dates in Jacksonville on August 2nd, Orlando on August 3rd, Tampa on August 4th, and finishing in West Palm Beach on August 5th.
If you haven’t yet been, make this the summer to go to at least one city and consider camping in your RV near any of the tour locations. Just plan early and get your tickets so you will be sure to have the full Warped Tour experience before it is gone forever.
El Monte RV has rental locations near many of the tour destinations. See section: Where you can Rent RV’s at El Monte RV for all our RV rental locations.
Though this may sound like an inopportune time to visit the Everglades, there are several advantages to exploring this vast wetlands National Park in summer.
Everglades Wet Season – June – November
With plenty of room to explore without crowds, the Everglades are the perfect adventure during the wet season, when frequent rains and heat scare many people off. If you come prepared with sunscreen and a hat, you’re likely to see scores of alligators going about their business, making the Everglades thrilling for nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers looking for the perfect picture. Transition periods – like late April to early May are always a busy time. Tours are popular on Memorial Day weekend. Plus, alligators experience an active mating period in the spring, and with summer months just ahead, the wetland is preparing to create new habitat for wildlife to thrive. In late August, you can actually hear the cries of new baby alligators getting ready to roam. In the Everglades, water levels change dramatically from month to month, creating unique differences between the wet and dry seasons.
Alligator in the Everglades
Facts about the Everglades:
The Everglades is a natural environment that is truly unique to South Florida. Here are some interesting facts about it:
The Everglades is located on more than eight million acres in Florida, originating near Orlando and following the Kissimmee River down to Florida Bay at the southern end of the state.
The Everglades is the single-largest subtropical wetland ecosystem on the continent and is home to 36 threatened or protected species including the Florida panther, the American crocodile, and the West Indian manatee, and supports 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, 40 species of mammals, and 50 species of reptiles.(Wikipedia).
Often thought of as a large swamp, the Everglades is actually a complex mix of landscapes including rivers, marshes, forests and marine environments.
More than seven million people – or one-third of the state – depend on the Everglades for their water supply.
The park is the most significant breeding ground for tropical wading birds in North America and contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere.
Everglades National Park has three entrances in Homestead, Miami, and Everglades City. Please note, these entrances do NOT interconnect.
Main Entrance: This entrance connects visitors to the Royal Palm and Flamingo areas of the park. It is open 24 hours a day. There is an entrance fee collected. If you are interested in taking a boat tour or renting a canoe, kayak or other boat at Flamingo, a separate fee applies.
Shark Valley Area: Open daily from 8:30AM to 6:00PM. There is an entrance fee collected at the gate. Separate fees apply for tram tours and bike rentals. The park remains open 24 hours, but vehicles do not have access after 6:00PM.
Everglades City / Naples Entrance
Gulf Coast Area: Open 24 hours a day. There is no entrance fee collected at this entrance; however there are fees for boat tours and canoe rentals.
The above are all National Park locations. In addition, there is another attraction west of Ft. Lauderdale at Griffin Rd and US 27. Everglades Holiday Park features gator shows, airboat rides and fantastic bird watching. In this park, you also see creatures in their natural habitat. The park is a working rescue operation and an educational park that is raising awareness of the importance of conserving natural wetlands.
Places to Camp in the Everglades:
Long Pine Key Campground, near Florida City near the Homestead entrance to the Everglades. It features 108 individual drive-up sites for tents and RVs available first-come, first-serve for $20/night. Reservations are not accepted for individual sites. However, they are closed during the wet season so save this one for November through April.
Flamingo Campground: Camping on the edge of Florida Bay offers spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Camping is available year-round! No reservations are needed during off-season months between April 16 – Nov.19. During the summer wet season, portions of the campgrounds may be closed due to flooding.
RV Sites: Camping fees at the 41 sites in T-Loop in Flamingo with electrical hookup are $30.00 a night per site or $15.00 per site for Senior and Access pass holders. (This fee applies to anyone using these sites, regardless of whether they use electric or not.)
Amenities and Activities:
Flamingo campground is in a big open field with few trees and strong breezes can be felt from winds coming from Florida Bay. The campground features solar-heated showers, two dump stations, picnic tables, grills, and an amphitheater for winter programs.
Flamingo has several hiking trails and canoe trails, and opportunities for saltwater fishing are plentiful. More than 300 species of birds spend the winter in Everglades National Park, and there is ample opportunity to see crocodiles and manatees in the marina area where you can find services, boat rentals, tour boats and the Buttonwood Café.
Bring your kayak or canoe to explore backcountry trails, and small motorboats (5 HP and under) are allowed in many areas.
Flamingo Campground is located 38 miles south after entering the main park entrance in Homestead.
If you prefer to camp outside the park grounds, there are several other RV campgrounds nearby in Homestead and Florida City.
Check out Miami while you’re here:
Driving north from the Everglades, you are only about an hour away from Miami where you will want to take advantage of some extensive sightseeing. Visit Monkey Jungle, where humans are caged and monkeys run wild. Or if you are in the humor for more culture, tour Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (an Italian palace said to have been constructed using real, imported Italian marble) take a walking tour to plenty of art museums. Dine along South Bayshore Drive in Coconut Grove and spend the day where Crockett and Tubbs made Miami famous.
And, El Monte RV’s Miami location is right nearby, about 10 miles south of Coral Gables, if you need to rent an RV for your Everglades adventure!
The Charlotte Motor Speedway is home to some of the best auto racing in the Carolinas. Located outside Charlotte, North Carolina the racetrack was built in 1959 and has been hosting NASCAR races since 1960. The racetrack is 1.5 miles long. A revolutionary lighting system installed in 1992 allowed Charlotte Motor Speedway to become the first modern speedway to host night racing.
NASCAR Tailgating Party
There is much more to do besides watch the race. The speedway has a Fan Zone which is a 10-acre area just outside the main entrance. Racing fans can play interactive games and purchase NASCAR merchandise. Kids will enjoy the bounce houses, petting zoo, and face painting located in the Play Zone.
The Coca-Cola 600 race is part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Tickets are on sale now for the May 27th event. This year the Eli Young Band will be the pre-race concert and is included when you purchase race tickets.
Many people who attend the race make a week of it and camp while they are there. Check out the speedway’s camping rules here.
This is a popular, family-friendly campground. It is perfect for families of all sizes and is especially suitable for children. Quiet time is observed daily. The campground is located near the Turn 4 grandstands and is a standard, no-hookup facility. However, there are modern restrooms/showers located nearby.
Tim Flock Campground:
This is a centrally located, standard no-hookup campground. It is located near a convenience store and gas station. Campsites are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Extra tow vehicle passes can be purchased.
Morehead Farms Camp:
This standard, no-hookup campground is located on the backside of the speedway. It is a short 15-minute walk to the track and trams also run before and after the race. If you like a more secluded campsite, this will suit you.
Rock City Campground:
Located less than a mile from the front stretch, this is the best campground for partying with family and friends. It is a standard, no-hookup campground. A tram runs from Rock City to the speedway before and after the race.
If you would like to be in the middle of the action, then this is the place for you. There are premium RV sites that offer electric only. You can view the race on the huge HDTV in the infield. These campsites are ideal for entertaining clients or visiting with family and friends.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway’s philosophy is to make a fan’s visit the experience of a lifetime, whether it be watching the race, playing in the Fan Zone, looking through NASCAR memorabilia, viewing the race on the world’s largest HDTV, or camping right in the middle of all the action.