2019 Winnebago Outlook
2019 Winnebago Outlook
Boise is a booming metropolitan city found in the state of Idaho. Whether RV campers are looking to enjoy cultural events, outdoor recreation, shopping, fine dining, or something entirely different, Boise is one place that has got it all.
One of the most popular attractions in the city is the Boise River Greenbelt, a network of trails and state parks that offer incredible waterfront views for hikers to enjoy. For those looking to drink in a little culture, the Boise Art Museum found in the downtown core offers contemporary art pieces and outdoor gardens for the public to peruse at their leisure. Other favorite destinations in this metropolitan city include the Idaho State Capitol Building and the Old Idaho Penitentiary.
Part of Boise's charm is derived from its thriving downtown core which is alive with unique boutiques, small businesses, and trendy eateries. Boise is also an area that enjoys an active nightlife scene including bars, clubs, and live entertainment. Other much-loved attractions in Boise pay homage to the city's Basque roots and include the Egyptian Theatre, the Julia Davis Park, and the Zoo Boise. Boise is also home to the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, the only exhibit of its kind in the country.
Traveling through the streets of Boise in an RV is not a difficult task, but for families that prefer to not have to try to find parking to accommodate their rig, the city has a good transportation system, making it possible to leave the RV at their campground and travel into town by taxi or bus. Among the most highly recommended places for RV stays are Boise/Meridian KOA Journey, Shafer Butte Campground and Picnic Areas, and Creekside Campground Idaho City.
The next day's journey will seem like a breeze at only 90.6 miles to reach Wichita's Sedgwick County Zoo. This popular attraction allows families to enjoy viewing wild animals from every corner of the globe. From the apes and elephants found in Africa to the bison and bears indigenous to North America, Sedgwick County Zoo has got it all, including many varieties of rare and endangered species. Two of the most popular exhibits found at Sedgwick County Zoo are the elephant paddock and the gorilla habitat.
The zoo premises are kept in immaculate condition, and its landscaping is extremely eye-catching to enhance the overall experience. Zoo personnel roam the grounds and are available to answer any questions RV campers and their families may have during their visit.
Throughout the year, many different educational programs are offered, allowing families to interact with the animals and learn more about their care. For families with small children, both strollers and trolleys are available for rent.
Other on-site amenities include a gift shop, a concession stand, and picnic areas.
Tired out after a day of fun exploring the zoo? Consider parking the RV for an overnight stay at Wellington KOA Holiday.
Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park is a long drive at 500 miles from Lory State Park, but a day fo fun there is worth every mile clocked on the RV. This aquatic center is located in Salina, Kansas and offers families the opportunity to enjoy the finest water recreation in the state. From exciting rides to slides measuring over 1400 feet, and even a special playground for the kids to enjoy, RV campers are bound to have a ball at this amazing park.
There are four main slides for families to choose from. For the ultimate thrill-seeker, the tornado slide with its gut-wrenching 12-foot drop will not disappoint. For those looking for a little tamer fun, careening on an inner tube down the gentler river slide is a great way to have a little fun in the water.
Also found on the grounds is a wave pool where families can beat the heat in the refreshing pool waters. Fun is the name of the game at Kenwood Cove. To enhance the overall experience, this aquatic haven is decorated to resemble the Caribbean and even includes tropical vegetation and the rushing sounds of the waves of the ocean.
After a long day's drive and a day of fun in the sun, an RV stay may be just what the doctor ordered. Plan to park the rig at Salina KOA Holiday or Covered Wagon Campground.
Lory State Park is located 156 miles from Seminoe State Park and is another outdoor haven with much to offer RV campers on the hunt for adventure. Among the most popular activities found here are mountain biking, hiking, picnicking, and horseback riding.
Lory State Park is nestled between the incredibly scenic foothills of Fort Collins and the crystal clear waters of Horsetooth Reservoir. There are over 26 miles of trails for families to enjoy; each of which varies in length, but all that are easy to moderate in intensity. For those that enjoy primitive style camping, there are backcountry sites for tenting found on the grounds.
Among the trails that are not to be missed during a trip to Lory State Park are those that run along the eastern portion of the premises. These walking paths are marked by tremendously beautiful coves and bays that are the perfect locale for many different water activities including canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. Powerboating is also permitted at Horsetooth Dam and Boyd Lake State Park which is located in close proximity to this recreational area.
During the winter months, snowmobiling is permitted on the grounds.
After a day of hiking fun, park the RV for an overnight stay at Fort Collins/Lakeside KOA Holiday or Horsetooth Reservoir South Bay Campground.
211 miles from Fossil Butte National Monument is Seminoe State Park. This much-loved public recreational area is completely encased by the Seminoe Mountain range. The grounds were once a popular spot for gold mining in the 19th century.
It is believed the park's name was bestowed upon it by the Seminole Tribe of Indians with the change in spelling credited to the American version of the French word Cimineau. Cimineau refers to a trapper of French descent that explored the region during the 1800s.
Seminoe State Park is found to the northwest of the manmade lake found on the grounds. The park was founded in 1965.
There are many distinctive features found at Seminoe State Park. The landscape is dotted with immense white sand dunes and a vast outcropping of sagebrush. A property that is alive with wildlife, RV campers will be treated to the rare sight of such species as pronghorn antelope and sage grouse.
Seminoe State Park is a great place for doing some fishing. The reservoir and lakes found on the grounds are kept well stocked with a wide variety of trout. and walleye. With over 180 miles of coast to its credit, beachcombing is another activity RV campers can enjoy here.
The most popular outdoor recreational opportunities found here include fishing, boating, picnicking, camping, and hiking. Among the amenities found on the grounds are campsites, comfort stations, picnic tables, and barbecues. All campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis only.
The next day's drive is fairly short at only 85.8 miles and brings RV campers to Fossil Butte National Monument. This beautiful property welcomes visitors from all across the country year-round. Situated in the southern portion of the state of Wyoming, Fossil Butte National Monument is home to one of the world's biggest collections of freshwater fish fossil remains. It is believed that many centuries ago the region was an eco-system that enjoyed sub-tropical temperatures and was submerged beneath lake waters. Between the climate, lack of human residents, and soil deposits created the right environment for the preservation of fossilized remains.
Today, this property is home to two important lakes: Fossil Lake and Green River Lake. The entire locale contains many different fossils including those of fish, alligators, bats, turtles, insects, small horses, and plants.
Another stunning attraction found at Fossil Butte National Monument is the distinctively colored beds that comprise the Wasatch Formation. These incredibly beautiful beds are the result of erosion and move upward in a steep trajectory.
There are several well-maintained hiking trails that RV campers can enjoy during their visit to this picturesque park. In the summer months, bringing along sunscreen and bug spray is a must.
After a day of fun in the sun, what could be a more fitting ending than to park the RV and catch some Zs? Stop by Lake Viva Naughton Campsite or Hams Fork Campground for the night.
165 miles is all that separates RV campers from enjoying the day exploring Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. This popular park and campground offer families many outdoor activities to enjoy in the heart of a tranquil setting that promotes reflection and relaxation.
The reservoir found at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Here, RV campers can enjoy such beloved activities as boating, fishing, jet-skiing, swimming, water skiing, houseboating, and much, much more. The property is home to three marinas; each of which also includes boat launches and storage and maintenance services.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir is well renowned for its crisp, cool waters, making it extremely refreshing in the heat of the summer. This body of water is well stocked with trophy lake trout, many of which are in excess of 30 pounds. Other fish varieties found here include rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee salmon, and smallmouth bass.
Many different petroglyphs and fossil remains have been discovered on the grounds at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. These seem to indicate the property has been inhabited by several different Native American groups throughout the years.
Enjoy an RV stay on the grounds of this much-loved park or park your rig at Canyon Rim Campground for the night before hitting the road the next day en route to Oklahoma City.
RV campers will spend 189 miles on the open road to reach their next destination found en route to Oklahoma City: Ogden's George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park. This popular attraction is lots of fun for the entire family. The park features a vast collection of many different prehistoric animals including common predatory creatures to winged reptiles. In total, the property is home to over 100 manmade replicas of dinosaurs. Each of the sculptures has been built to life-size with each designed on the basis of previously discovered skeletons. To add to their intrigue, the dinosaurs can move and make sounds.
Ogden's George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park is easy to locate just off the Ogden River Parkway and outside Utah's premier metropolis Salt Lake City. This recreational area consists of nearly nine acres in total. Among its over 100 exhibits are many prehistoric creatures that were reconstructed for use in various movies.
Included in the exhibits of animated life-size dinosaurs are actual fossil remains for families to view. There is also an outdoor facility that contains sculptures that replicate the details often found on dinosaurs including feathers and their skin.
There is a museum housed on the grounds which provides educational opportunities for kids to enjoy. One of the most popular exhibits housed therein is the Stegosaurus dig that allows kids to participate in a mock excavation attempt.
Tired out from spending the day learning more about dinosaurs? Consider an RV stay at Maples Campground or Fort Buenaventura Park.
Just 126 miles away from the Oregon Trail is another hiking spot that is not to be missed: Snake River Canyon Rim Trail. This property is home to over 10 miles of well-defined trails for families to enjoy. This trail system leads through Twin Falls and into the incredibly picturesque Snake Canyon, making it one hike where having a camera on hand is an absolute must.
Though many like to hike here, the trails are also well-suited to walking and cycling. While traveling along the trails, families may be treated to the sight of BASE jumpers taking the plunge from atop the Perrine Bridge.
This stunning recreational area is a natural habitat for many kinds of wildlife including such creatures as hawks, eagles, vultures, and cliff swallows. The Snake River is also a popular spot for RV campers to enjoy some water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and even swimming.
Dogs may join their owners at Snake River Canyon Rim Trail, but they must remain leashed at all times. The trail is heavily trafficked year-round and offers multiple access points, allowing families to customize their walk to the length and intensity they prefer.
Bathrooms are available on the premises for the public to use.
After an afternoon of fun exploring the paths at Snake River Canyon Rim Trail, an overnight RV stay might be the perfect ending to the perfect day. Consider spending the night at the Oregon Trails Campgrounds or Twin Falls/Jerome KOA Holiday.
Before heading out en route to Oklahoma City, it is well worth taking a day to enjoy the Oregon Trail. The Oregon Trail is part of a larger property known as the Oregon Trail Reserve. The preserve is 77 acres in total size and offers RV campers the chance to enjoy incredible views of both the Boise Front and Kelton Ramp, a hiking path of historical significance for its use by travelers en route to the Boise River.
The Oregon Trail itself is 2.8 miles in length. It is an out and back path that sees regular traffic all year round. One of the most distinctive features of this hiking path is its incredible fields of wildflowers arrayed in many brilliant hues. The trail is not difficult, making it well-suited to people of all activity levels.
Dogs are permitted to join their owners on the Oregon Trail but must remain leashed at all times. In addition to being well-suited to hiking, mountain biking is also allowed on this popular pathway.
There are two different trailheads that provide access points to the Oregon Trail. Both offer ample parking for RVs and vehicles.
The final leg of the journey that leads to Oklahoma City is 165 miles in total length. RV campers will be thrilled to arrive in their final destination and to park their rig for an extended stay.
Oklahoma City is the capital of the state whose name it bears. A metropolitan center renowned for its Old West feel, Oklahoma City has become synonymous with cowboys, government buildings, and prosperous oil fields. One of its most prominent features is the Oklahoma City National Memorial which pays homage to the victims of the bombing which occurred at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995. An important part of this exhibit is the Survivor Tree, an American elm which still stands in spite of the devastation that occurred that day.
But Oklahoma City is much more than cowboys and one significant tragic event. This metropolis is also a haven for the arts. Among its most popular cultural attractions are the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Civic Center Music Hall, a concert venue that hosts such events as the Oklahoma City Ballet, the Oklahoma City Opera, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. The hall is also frequently used to stage Broadway productions and other concerts.
One of the most unusual places to visit in Oklahoma City is the Museum of Osteology. This family favorite attraction is home to over 300 skeletons from a variety of different animals. For something a little different and more in keeping with the region's heritage, families will enjoy stopping by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum where they can learn more about the history of the area.
Getting around Oklahoma City in an RV is fairly simple. However, there are lots of public parking lots where RV campers can safely park their rig and take a taxi or bus into the city to do some exploring on foot.
Among the most popular spots to enjoy an extended RV stay are the Oklahoma City East KOA Holiday, the Pentecostal Campground, or the Scissortail Campground.