When it comes to fun days to celebrate, we bet National Chocolate Day is pretty high on the list. That sweet day of celebration falls on October 28 and we think a visit to some chocolate tours around the country might be a good idea. Make a camping reservation near these great tours and indulge yourself!

Hershey’s Chocolate World: Of course, this is one of the most logical tours to take, because Pennsylvania’s Hershey’s Chocolate World is all about the chocolate. Book a stay at Hershey RV & Camping Resort and get ready to learn all about the Hershey chocolate empire. Start with a factory tour where you learn how the cocoa bean morphs into the sweet treats Hershey produces. Then try your hand at making your own personalized chocolate bar. There’s also a tasting experience, the 4D Chocolate Mystery Show, a trolley ride that will take you around the town that chocolate built and, of course, the world’s largest Hershey store. Hershey park offers all kinds of rides and a special Halloween event called Dark Nights, which includes several haunted houses and scare zones. For all the details visit chocolateworld.com

Largest botanical cactus garden in Nevada located at the Ethel M.
Largest botanical cactus garden in Nevada located at the Ethel M.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory: Take a trip to Nevada and plan a camping stay at Las Vegas RV Resort to experience this chocolate factory created in honor of another famous chocolate-maker’s mama. Forrest Mars, the man behind the Mars Bar, as well other chocolate favorites like Milky Way bars, Snickers, and M&Ms, came up with the idea to honor his mother’s chocolate recipes after he retired! In 1980, Ethel M Chocolates opened in Las Vegas (apparently, he chose the site because Nevada allowed liqueur-filled cordials) and has been producing gourmet chocolates ever since. Visitors can take a free, self-guide tour as well as experience other fun events like a Chocolate Tasting class. The Ethel M location is also home to the largest botanical cactus garden in Nevada. For details, visit ethelm.com.

Theo Chocolate: Created for all the right reasons – and not just the treats – Seattle-based Theo Chocolate opened in 2006 with a mission based on ethically-sourced organic ingredients and fair-trade standards. Today they manufacture everything from delicious candy bars and cookies bites to drinking chocolate and chocolate for baking use. Visitors can enjoy a one-hour factory tours that explains the history, philosophy and of course, the chocolate making! Theo also offers both online and in-person chocolate classes and of course the flagship store has all kinds of goodies for purchase. For details and tour hours, visit theochocolate.com. For the best camping location to visit Theo Chocolate, book a stay at Tall Chief RV & Camping Resort.

Tall Chief RV & Camping Resort

Whetstone Chocolates: St. Augustine, Florida, has a yummy opportunity in the form of Whetstone Chocolates which offers daily tasting tours that are as tasty as they are educational. The tour is designed to teach chocolate enthusiasts how chocolate should be tasted as well as how to discern the different flavors that combine to make the chocolates. Samples and some schooling – who can pass that up? For information, visit whetstonechocolates.com.

Other chocolate fun could include the Chocolate Museum & Café in Orlando, Florida (book a stay at Orlando RV Resort), or a visit to The Chocolate Fetish in Asheville, North Carolina (about an hour’s drive from Green Mountain Park), an award-winning chocolate shop that offers one-of-a-kind, handmade on-site, truffles, caramels, and other seasonal treats (chocolatefetish.com has more details).

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