2015 Roadtrek SS Agile - Big Bertha's Sister, Betty
2015 Roadtrek SS Agile - Big Bertha's Sister, Betty
Located in the heart of northern Texas is the booming metropolis of Dallas. Dallas is alive with cultural activities for families to enjoy. It is also an important center of commerce for the state.
The climate in Dallas is much like that of the rest of the state: subtropical with high humidity year-round. Sections of the city can be predisposed to seeing some extreme weather conditions such as tornadoes and hailstorms. Though summers in Dallas are renowned for their scorching temperatures, the winter months usher in a milder climate.
Though Dallas has often been associated with the cowboy life, it also shimmers with the glitz and glamor of the big city. A city that is alive with culture to enjoy, the downtown core houses many important arts centers including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
The city is home to many outdoor activities for families to enjoy. From the iconic amusement park Six Flags Over Texas to the weekly farmers' markets, hiking trails, beaches, and more, families won't want for things to do on a trip to this sprawling city.
It is difficult for families to drive an RV through the busy highways and thoroughfares in Dallas. Thankfully, the transportation system makes it easy for families to park their RV at their campground or a public parking lot and travel into the city by bus, subway, or taxi.
With so many campgrounds to choose from, families are spoiled for choice when it comes to a place for an RV stay. Among the most popular places to camp for the night are Dallas Northeast Campground and Dallas/Arlington KOA Holiday.
Also found within the city of Baltimore is the popular National Aquarium, a treasure trove filled to the brim with unique aquatic artifacts. The National Aquarium has earned itself a stellar reputation and is considered to be one of the best aquariums in the country. This facility is home to over 20,000 animals which feature over 800 types of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.
During a trip to the National Aquarium, families will enjoy the rare opportunity to meander through an authentic tropical rain forest, peruse an Atlantic coral reef, and even enjoy 4D films that allow them to feel as though they are a part of the sea, swimming alongside the creatures that dwell therein.
Tours of the property are available, providing families with a glimpse inside the inner workings of the aquarium.
For hours of operation, tour schedules, and any associated fees, consult the aquarium's website.
The final 211 miles of the journey lands RV campers in the heart of Baltimore. What could be a more fitting way to celebrate the trip of a lifetime than with enjoying a Baltimore Orioles game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards?
Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a facility that is dedicated to one sport alone: baseball. It is located in the heart of the city and was adopted as the home of the iconic baseball team on April 6th, 1992. Though the property's main events are baseball games; on occasion, other activities occur on the grounds as well.
Camden Yards offers 30,000 parking spaces to ensure there is ample parking for both RVs and cars. Arrive early to find a suitable spot.
Oriole Park has its own hometown charm. Families can enjoy feeling transported back to a simpler time as they sit in the stands and enjoy such old-fashioned treats as warm peanuts in a paper bag, a ballpark frank, or even some salty popcorn and a drink.
Families that love to hike will want to hit the open road and travel the 209 miles to arrive early enough at Core Arboretum to enjoy the many trails found on the grounds. There are three miles of trails in total at this picturesque property. Each of these paths meanders through lush tree growth which includes both ancient tree cover and newly planted forest.
The hiking conditions here are vigorous and climb a steady incline up a hill that levels out along the beds of the Monongahela River. The wildflower cover seen from March through May each year blankets the grounds in an array of brilliant hues that reflect every color in the rainbow.
But there is more to see at the Core Arboretum than just the beautiful hiking trails. The property is also home to a 91-acre arboretum. Travel through the grounds on foot with a guide in hand to help identify the species of trees found en route. Families will get in an excellent workout, for sure.
Core Arboretum is also an excellent place for doing some bird watching. This is one adventure when having a camera along is an absolute must.
After a day of fresh air and beautiful views, a good night's sleep is the perfect ending to the perfect day. Park your RV at Morgantown Campground or Chestnut Ridge Regional Park.
The next stop en route to Baltimore is found in Huntington, West Virginia. Ritter Park Historic District is just 115 miles away from Fort Boonesborough State Park, offering families the opportunity to enjoy a scenic and leisurely drive before arrival on the park grounds.
Ritter Park is so beloved that Huntington residents claim that it is the heart and soul of the town. Located along the south side of the city, Ritter Park Historic District is home to a picturesque walking trail, a stunning rose garden, and a playground for children to enjoy.
Families can bring Fido along on their adventure at this recreational area. A dog park is housed on the grounds where they can frolic and play to their heart's delight.
Ritter Park Historic District has earned the distinction of being declared one of the 10 Great Public Spaces by the American Planning Association. This award was received for the park's innovative design and prevalence of excellent amenities for families to enjoy. Its architecture has also been praised for being in keeping with the style of area homes which date back as far as 1913.
In 1990, Ritter Park Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Worn out from a day of hiking fun? Why not do some RV camping at Beech Fork Campgrounds or Huntington/Fox Fire KOA Holiday?
98.3 miles on the road takes RV travelers to Fort Boonesborough State Park. This property was first discovered by Daniel Boone and his men on April 1st, 1775. Mr. Boone then formed the state's second settlement along the banks of the Kentucky River. It is this spot that came to be named Fort Boonesborough.
Fort Boonesborough has undergone some reconstruction efforts to restore it to its former glory as a prized military fort. The property now houses cabins, blockhouses, and decor that is true to its 18th-century origins.
Fort Boonesborough State Park stages period-specific demonstrations year-round illustrating what life would have been like on the grounds in the 18th century. The park also offers educational opportunities for families to learn more about the unique ancient artifacts that have been discovered on the property.
Among the things to enjoy at Fort Boonesborough State Park are an on-site swimming pool and a gift shop. There are many outdoor recreational activities to enjoy here including bird watching, hiking, boating, and fishing.
Camping is permitted on the grounds. There are 166 sites in total, many of which offer power and water hookups. A small convenience store offers grocery items. Also found on the premises are bathrooms, showers, laundry facilities, and Wifi.
With 383 miles to go, it's a bit of a hike to the next stop en route to Baltimore; however, a trip to Churchill Downs is well worth the effort. The home of the famed Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs is a haven for those who enjoy gaming, racing, and live entertainment at its absolute finest.
Its most well-known attraction is, of course, the Kentucky Derby. This yearly event first occurred in the month of May over one hundred years ago. That one event was the inspiration for a century's worth of premier entertainment for all who visit the grounds to enjoy.
Originally a facility with only one racetrack, Churchill Downs has grown to have multiple tracks as well as a number of casinos. Today, Churchill Downs is home to the most popular online betting company in the country.
The Kentucky Derby is still held each May and has now earned the distinction of being called the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports." A trip to enjoy the facility's many attractions is sure to be filled with memories to treasure forever.
After the long drive to the racetrack then a day exploring the grounds, a good night's rest might be just what the doctor ordered. Why not enjoy an RV stay at Louisville South KOA Holiday or Derby Park RV and Campground?
RV campers will be thrilled to spend the day enjoying the Beale Street Entertainment District in Memphis, Tennessee. Just 278 miles away from Texarkana, this historic downtown boulevard is a treasure trove of fun just waiting to happen.
Beale Street is lined with many quaint pubs, eateries, and night clubs where live entertainment and excellent food is the name of the game. The sounds emanating from the nightclubs linger in the air and the rich, sweet scent of barbecue permeates each step along the cobblestone-lined street.
Beale Street has earned the distinction of being the most commonly visited destination in the entire state. It is a haven for many genres of music including blues, jazz, rock, rhythm and blues, gospel, soul, and more. Found in various venues along this historic street are many outdoor concerts and patios where live music is featured.
The street traces its origins to 1841. It takes its name from W.C. Handy's "Beale Street Blues" and is the home of B.B. King's Blues Club. In 1966, this legendary property was named a National Historic Landmark. The year 1977 saw Congress award the street the official title of "the Home of the Blues."
After an evening of drinking in the sights and sounds on Memphis' Beale Street, getting some shut-eye before the next day's drive might sound divine. Consider an RV stay at Memphis KOA Journey or Memphis East Campground.
Just 168 miles away from South Fork Ranch is a unique little spot known as the Four States Auto Museum. Located in Texarkana, Arkansas, this public facility places a high emphasis on the preservation of historic automobiles. There are many exhibitions on display here including recreational vehicles and automotive equipment.
There are 22 vehicles in total housed in the museum. These cars are switched out every three months to keep the exhibits fresh for people to enjoy. The cars on display in the museum represent the full spectrum of car manufacturing from its very earliest days. Also found on the grounds are car-related books, magazines, and newsletters.
The museum is housed in a former storefront in the town of Texarkana. The building is decorated with interesting memorabilia which includes gas station signs, posters, neon signs, old car part displays, license plates, and more. As a nod to its subject matter, the museum's main aisle is paved with asphalt with the vintage cars displayed on either side of it.
For hours of operation and any associated fees, consult the museum's website.
Thinking an overnight stay might be in order? Consider parking the RV at Texarkana KOA Journey or Clear Springs Campground for the night.
While in Dallas, it is well worth the trip to visit a place that is firmly entrenched in pop culture: South Fork Ranch. South Fork Ranch is a real property made famous by the fictional Ewing family in the popular 1980s series Dallas. Today, this property is now a beloved destination for public events including business conventions and weddings.
Southfork Ranch is home to 63,000 acres of property. Its grounds are so incredibly beautiful that they make the ideal backdrop for family photos or wedding pictures. This property has earned the distinction of the title "The World's Most Famous Ranch."
It was in 1978 that TV production company Lorimar Productions decided upon the property as the vehicle for its new TV series known as Dallas. The TV series went on to great fame, earning fans in over 95 countries throughout its run from 1978 through 1991.
When filming first started on the iconic series, the ranch owner still lived on the premises. However, as the series continued on, requests began to come in for using the property as a site for private events ranging from small private parties to weddings and more. In 1985, the decision was made to turn Southfork Ranch into a public facility for tourists to enjoy.
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After seven days on the road en route to Baltimore, families will be more than ready to enjoy some R&R at their campground at their final destination.
Baltimore is an enchanting city. One of the most prominent centers in the state of Maryland, Baltimore has long been a valuable and often frequented seaport. The city has a rich history which includes being the place where the United States' national anthem was penned.
Baltimore has an impressive culinary heritage. The city is well-renowned for such foodie favorites as blue crabs, crab cakes, Old Bay Seasoning, pit beef, and a delicacy known as "chicken box." It is the home of Charm City Bakery, the shop featured on the Food Network's hit TV show Ace of Cakes.
But Baltimore is more than just a place to enjoy great food and study history. It is also home to a thriving arts community. Among the most popular attractions here are the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Lyric Opera House.
A city that enjoys moderate temperatures year-round, the summers in Baltimore are hot with the winters reaching the depths of the season's chill.
Traveling through the city in an RV is not a difficult task. However, buses and taxis also provide excellent modes of transportation for those that prefer to park their RV at their campgrounds and travel into town without the hassle of having to find a place to park their rig.
Among the best places to do some RV camping in Baltimore include Hollofield Campground and Washington DC/Capitol KOA Holiday.