RVing on Hawaii’s Big Island

"Kila Kila Kai," (majestic ocean), one of a fleet of VW Campers available for rent from Happy Campers Hawaii, seen here at Namakani Pai'o Campground.

Dave G. Houser
July 9, 2012

It is surprisingly warm early in the morning as my friend, Vicky, and I stroll along Crater Rim Trail flanking Kilauea Volcano’s smoldering Halema`uma`u Crater in Big Island’s Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Viewed through a smoggy veil of sulfurous gas and steam, Kilauea is this day living up to... Read more »

Grand Canyon Fighting Litter

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Laura Michaels
June 22, 2012

In an effort promote sustainability and reduce litter, Grand Canyon National Park has eliminated the in-park sale of packaged water in disposable containers smaller than 1 gallon. Free water filling stations are located throughout the park to allow visitors to fill reusable bottles with Grand Canyon... Read more »

Visiting Custer’s Last Stand by RV

Custer Battlefield

Ron Dalby
June 18, 2012

As a young helicopter pilot in a 7th Calvary unit 41 years ago, my comrades and I often bellowed this song while blowing off steam after a day of flying in Vietnam. While this is not the traditional Irish marching song, “Garryowen” (Gaelic for Owen’s Garden), used in 1876 by the 7th Cavalry and... Read more »

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument: The Goldilocks of Deserts

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Bert Gildart
June 11, 2012

Its austere beauty stretches for 30 miles along the Arizona-Mexico border, its desert wilderness covering more than 300,000 acres. We are in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a portion of one of our nation’s four magnificent desert areas. It was created in part because this sweep of desert land... Read more »

NPS Announces Free Saturday Entrance

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June 5, 2012

The National Park Service announced a free day at all parks across the country to recognize National Get Outdoors Day.  Read the full NPS press release below, then head over to our National Parks section and see where you want to go!  WASHINGTON — Get a head start on your summer fun with free... Read more »

Cathedral Valley Loop in Capitol Reef National Park

At each overlook along the loop the views are increasingly spectacular.

Gary Wescott
June 4, 2012

After driving up the amazing Water Pocket Fold from Bullfrog Marina on Lake Powell, Utah, following the Burr Trail and Notom-Bullfrog Road, we found ourselves at the Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center. The Fruita Campground was a comfortable place to make a plan and pick up some fresh berry pies... Read more »

Experience the Maine Lobster Festival By RV

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Bobbie Hasselbring
Photography: Anne Weaver
May 28, 2012

  They’re not pretty, but they are delicious. Homarus americanus, the lobsters found off America’s northeastern coast, are some of the most delectable foods on the planet. Nowhere can you find more tasty — and bargain-priced — lobsters than the sweet, soft shell ones found at the Maine Lobster... Read more »

Mesa Verde: A Treasure among National Parks

Mesa Verde National Park, cliff palace

Gary Wescott
May 7, 2012

  Of all the amazing national parks in the West, Colorado’s Mesa Verde is surely one of the most impressive. Mesa Verde National Park was established on June 29, 1906, by President Theodore Roosevelt to, as he put it, “preserve the works of man.” It was the first national park of its kind.... Read more »

Proposal aims to create tribal national park within South Dakota’s Badlands

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Press Release
April 27, 2012

  South Dakota’s Badlands National Park could be home to the nation’s first tribal national park thanks to a recommendation from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Jon Jarvis of the National Park Service. The proposal was announced April 26 and would create the park, in partnership with... Read more »

North Carolina’s Outer Banks By RV

Built in 1823, Ocracoke Light Station is the second oldest operating lighthouse in the nation. It's one of many sites along the Outer Banks.

Christine Goodier
April 9, 2012

Warm weather had arrived, my husband,  Bob, announced he had four days off of work and I wanted to try dry camping without hookups. So we packed up our newly acquired 2006 Class B diesel Sprinter van, headed for North Carolina’s Outer Banks and launched our plan to see three of our state’s most... Read more »

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