A road trip is still a possibility for end of summer. The airlines still haven’t gotten the post-COVID glitches worked out. Plus, it seems the airlines still haven’t gotten the post-COVID glitches worked out so a vacation this summer that involves air travel will most likely involve cancellations, delays, lost luggage, and a whole lot of headaches you don’t want to add to your travel memories. Cue the good old road trip and consider some these reasons to take a hassle-free adventure:
One advantage of a road trip is that you don’t have to limit what you pack. And while everyone should at least try to adopt minimalist packing concepts, with a road trip you’re not limited to a carry-on and don’t have to worry about the weight of any bags. You also don’t have to worry about waiting around a crowded carousel hoping your bag wasn’t lost. Obviously, a camping road trip requires certain items so just a quick reminder of essentials:
- Sleeping bag, sleeping pad and pillows
- Solar or battery powered flashlight and camp lighting
- Camp chair
- Appropriate clothing and accessories for outdoor adventures including hiking boots, water bottle, head covering, backpack, canoes, kayaks, bicycles, and fishing gear.
If you reserve one of Thousand Trails’ cool rental accommodations like cabins, cottages, yurts, or the ultra-trendy tiny homes, the above items (except your outdoor gear) aren’t really necessary. Cool accommodations can include a tiny house at Tuxbury Pond in New Hampshire, a colorful cottage or tiny house in the Florida Keys (Fiesta Key or Sunshine Key resorts), a cabin at Arrowhead in the Wisconsin Dells, or a covered wagon at California’s Rancho Oso in Santa Barbara. For more rental accommodations, visit rvonthego.com. Rental accommodations make road trip travel even simpler, just hop in and drive! Plus, several have rental items like canoes and kayaks so you don’t even need to bring your own!
Another plus of non-airline travel is that you can choose your route, arrival time, and stop any time you want to see what’s along the way. Some fun pieces of roadside Americana to see en route can include:
- Lucy the Elephant (Margate, NJ) along the way to Lake & Shore RV Resort or Chestnut Lake RV Campground.
- Hat ‘n Boots (Seattle, WA) along the way to Tall Chief RV & Camping Resort.
- Foamhenge (Natural Bridge, VA) along the way to Lynchburg RV Campground.
- Hartman Rock Garden (Springfield, OH) along the way to Wilmington RV Resort.
- Galleta Meadows (Borrego Springs, CA) along the way to Palm Springs RV Resort.
Choose an iconic road trip for a great summer adventure. Long routes could include the Oregon Coast, California’s Highway 101, or the Blue Ridge Parkway from Virginia to North Carolina. Short drives, but guaranteed to be memorable, can include the Texas Hill Country, Florida’s Overseas Highway, or a scenic drive from Portland, Maine, to Bar Harbor, Maine. Travel the Midwest and camp along the way at our campgrounds in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana or consider a Colorado adventure and stay at Blue Mesa Recreational Ranch, the newest member of the Thousand Trails family, located in Gunnison, Colorado. The great thing about Thousand Trails is with so many locations in so many states, staying with us is easy no matter which road trip you choose.
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