Dover is the state capital of Delaware and, unlike its famous British namesake that's renowned for its white cliffs, it isn't coastal but built close to the banks of the Delaware River where it spills out into the open expanse of Delaware Bay. Compared to many other North American state capitals, Dover is relatively compact and covers a total area of less than twenty-five square miles. While it may be diminutive in size, Dover is crammed with fascinating history and has multiple districts and buildings that are included in the National Register of Historic Places.
For aviation fanatics, the Air Mobility Command Museum with its extensive collection of vintage aircraft is an unmissable attraction. For walkers and cyclists looking for some outdoor time, the St John's River Greenway provides a fourteen-mile long paved riverside trail from the city to an outlying marshland area. Visitors and residents wanting to enjoy boating, fishing or a peaceful stroll through a green environment can do in the Silver Lake Park. There's a great beach just outside the city limits in the Cape Henlopen State Park and a chance to get back to nature trekking through the Redden State Forest which is south of the outer suburbs. Dover's festival calendar may not be the fullest, but there are a couple of events held in the city that attract major attendance. One, the three-day Firefly Music Festival is held in June and there are NASCAR race weekends in spring and summer.
When the heat and humidity of the city's summertime climate plus the influx of visitors get just a bit too much to take, plan a seven-day RV road trip from Dover to Fargo in North Dakota. As you roll through eight different states in your rig you'll cross over so many rivers and lakes that it'll feel as if you're auditioning for a role in the sequel of Kevin Costner's 1995 movie, Waterworld. There's a lot more than water to see on the way too including enormous underground caverns, fantastic state parks, an RV museum, sand dunes and a fun pier stacked with amusements.
Leave Delaware on the I 80 to make the start of your road trip more scenic by motoring through Pennsylvania. As you head northwestward, you'll drive through three state forests, the Tuscarora, the Rothrock, and the Bald Eagle State Forests. Before you get as far as Harrisburg and enter into the woodlands, make a stop to see the Indian Echo Caverns. The caverns are located near the rural community of Hummelstown and can be reached via Middletown Road.
The caverns were first opened to the public almost one hundred years ago but were previously used by Native Americans, fur trappers and explorers as a convenient shelter from the elements. Inside the spacious limestone caverns are a marvel of stalactites, stalagmites and other formations caused by the seepage of water through the rocks. After the cloying heat of Dover, you'll notice the sharp drop in temperature as you descend into the depths. The temperature in the caverns holds steady at around fifty-two degrees so you may need to take a light sweater with you as you walk around on the forty-five minute guided tour.
When heading through Pennsylvania, you may decide to stop and pitch camp for the night. The Black Moshannon State Park has a modern campground with hook-ups at most of the campsites and on-site facilities like coin-operated laundry and showers. The campground is open year-round but you'll need to reserve your campsite before arriving.
The park itself sits amid the forty-three thousand acres of the Moshannon State Forest and at its center is the picturesque Black Moshannon Lake. The two-hundred and fifty acres of idyllic lake water are perfect for boating, kayaking, and fishing. There's also an ADA accessible swim beach along the lakeshore, so if the weather is warm there's no worry about taking a dip to cool off. The park has twenty miles of hiking trails graded from easy through to difficult that traverse a variety of scenic terrains. Try the Lake Loop Trail for a sedate lakeside stroll or the eight-mile-long Moss-Hanne Trail through the marshlands for a more challenging trek.
If there's one museum that you'll want to visit during your road trip from Dover to Fargo, it's the RV/MH Hall of Fame. It's a must-do for all RVers and a fascinating insight into the history and world of recreational vehicles. The museum is located along the I 90 north of the city of Bristol in Indiana and operates seasonal opening hours that vary between winter and summer.
The museum houses a spectacular collection of vintage RVs dating from the 1920s as well as more modern classic models. You'll be quite surprised at how designs have changed over the decades and the technology that was incorporated then to make life on the road more comfortable. There is a small movie theater in the museum where you can watch informative RV related films and a separate gallery with product displays. If you run into your current model of RV while strolling around the museum – maybe it's time to start thinking of getting an upgrade.
While motoring through Indiana, plan to take a rest not only from the road but from the forest scenery too by stopping at the Indiana Dunes National Park. If you decide you want to spend a couple of days in an ocean-like environment, you'll find the Dunewood Campground is perfect for your needs. Out of the fifty campsites at the campground around thirty are first-come-first-served so no need to make a reservation beforehand.
The state park sits along the shores of Lake Michigan and covers an area of over fifteen-thousand acres with undulating sand dunes, wetlands, and open prairies. Avid outback hikers will really enjoy the solitude they encounter trekking over the fifty miles of trails in the park. There are also several trails especially maintained for cycling. Whether walking or biking, you'll spot an incredible amount of wildlife particularly bird species and avid ornithologists will want to make sure to coincide their visit with the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival in June. While it is lake rather than ocean, you'll be hard put to tell the difference if you stroll along West Beach at sunset.
Your RV road trip from Dover to Fargo doesn't need to be all about forests, lakes, rivers or solitary hikes through isolated wildernesses. Park up in Chicago for the day or even just the afternoon and head to the Navy Pier for some Jersey Shore-style diversion. It'll give you a real vacation sensation as you stroll along the three-thousand, three-hundred-foot long pier that juts out into the Illinois side of Lake Michigan.
Take a ride on the pier's Ferris wheel while ogling the Chicago skyline then, if you're brave enough, get an adrenaline buzz on the Virtual Rush or Light Tower. Take a two-hour food tour to sample dishes from several of the pier's best restaurants or head to the rooftop bar for a chill-out drink overlooking the lake. Getting some shrimp, crab or a slice of pizza followed by an ice cream cone stacked with four different flavors of homemade Italian gelato should just about top off the experience and have you ready to move on.
If you're making your road trip during the winter months and want to pack in some snow-related activities, the Cascade Mountain Ski Resort should be top of your list of places to visit. Cascade Mountain is around three-hundred miles north of Chicago on the eastern edge of the Devil's Lake State Park. To get there, turn off the I 90 in the direction of Portage and you'll see signposts for the ski resort that will take you along the US 33 to the entrance.
As long as there's been a decent snowfall, you'll be able to participate in multiple winter sports suitable for the inexperienced to the well-practiced. There are endless slopes for downhill skiing and chairlifts to carry you up to the top. For a less serious activity and one you need no skill for, try snow tubing where you slide down a track at speed while seated in an inflatable. It'll definitely put a smile on your face.
The Black River State Forest is a great spot to pitch camp when you're motoring through Wisconsin. The forest is a short distance south of the city of Eau Claire and has two campgrounds that are open all year round though the facilities they have are varied. The Castle Mound campground has some sites with standard electric hook-ups and on-site showers. The campsites at the Pigeon Creek campground have no hook-ups and only vault toilets so expect a more rustic experience if you park up there.
If you want to enjoy doing a range of outdoor activities on your RV road trip from Dover to Fargo, the Black River State Forest is the place to be. As well as more than twenty miles of hiking trails there are almost thirty miles of pathways to cycle, all of which are used for cross country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. If you're towing a trailer with your ATV onboard, you'll be unloading it here to use on the many miles of trails designated for just that purpose. There are several rivers and creeks running through the forest so there's no shortage of somewhere to go fishing or float a canoe.
Before you roll into Fargo on your week-long road trip, stop off for some all-out fun at Action City. The theme park is located along the I94 in the suburbs of Eau Claire and contains just about every type of amusement and entertainment you could wish for both indoors and out.
For the adventurous who want a speed thrill, there's a crazy, seven-hundred foot long, seated zipline that first takes you backward up a steep slope before releasing you to slide back down. Follow that with a whiz around the go-kart course, some controlled crashes on the bumper cars or a more sedate round of mini-golf.
Test your agility and nerves in the laser maze, play laser tag or have a game of ten pin bowling before going digital. The theme park has some amazing virtual reality games that will keep you occupied for hours as you combat zombies, defend a home base against invading aliens or even have a virtual snowball fight.
The fun doesn't need to stop when you arrive in Fargo. It's a city in North Dakota where there's plenty of options for entertainment and outdoor recreation. Explore Bonanzaville and you'll find a museum complex with numerous historic buildings spread around a twelve acre plot.
For a quiet hike take a stroll around Rendezvous Park where you'll come across a scenic waterfall. If you're taking your RV vacation to Fargo at the beginning of June, you'll be right on time to go to the four-day Happy Harry's Ribfest and that is, without a doubt, a lip-smacking way to end your trip.