Hartford is the premier city in the state of Connecticut. One of its most popular attractions is the Mark Twain House and Museum, a facility housed within the building that was the famed author's home during some of the most prolific periods in his writing career. Another property of historical significance is the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center which houses the writer's Victorian-style dwelling as well as much of the decor from the period.
Hartford has a rich culture of cuisine. The city is the home of the very first cookbook produced in the United States, a tome entitled American Cookery, The Art of Dressing Viands, Fish, Poultry, and Vegetables. It was published by a Hartford-based company in 1796. One of the most unique facts about this cookbook is that is the very first publication to include recipes for such foods as squash and cornmeal as well as the new American classic: pumpkin pie.
The food found in Hartford was heavily influenced by the earliest settlers to the region including people from Holland, Poland, and England. Food and Wine magazine has rated the city as a top foodie attraction. Food trucks representing many different types of cuisine can be found outside the popular Bushnell Park, and the city also boasts many farmers' markets where families can purchase local produce, meats, and cheeses. One of the most loved attractions is the Hartford Regional Market which is considered to be the biggest of its kind between the two metropolitan cities of Boston and New York City.
For families looking to enjoy some time at the beach, the sea is located only 35 miles from the city's downtown core. Long Island Sound offers many beautiful beaches where families can enjoy watersports, swimming, fishing, and beachcombing.
Outdoor recreational opportunities also abound in Hartford with many state parks, national monuments, beaches, and campgrounds offering families the occasion to enjoy such activities as camping, hiking, cycling, birdwatching, and much, much more.
Traveling through Hartford in an RV is not such a difficult task. However, with a good public transportation system in place, families can park their rigs at their campground or in a lot and take a bus or taxi into town to do some exploring on foot.
Among the best places for an RV stay in Hartford are Gentile's Campground or White Pines Campsites.
Just 39.9 miles from Hartford, RV campers will find the IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course in New Haven. This popular attraction offers lots of fun for every member of the whole family.
IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course has been designated the biggest indoor ropes course of its kind not only in America but throughout the world. The location is easy to find nestled just inside the same facility as Jordan's Furniture in the downtown core of the city.
This much-loved family fun center boasts of over 100 fun things for families to do during their visit here. Among the most popular attractions are the liquid fireworks show, the double catwalk, the crisscross angled rope ladders, the zig-zag swinging beams, the cargo nets, and much, much more.
A visit to the indoor ropes course is like no other. Since unrestricted movement is best for these activities, it is recommended that RV campers wear running shoes and comfortable clothes for their day of fun at It Adventure Indoor Ropes Course.
Housed on the grounds for RV campers to enjoy are both Blaze Pizza and Scoop IT where snacks, drinks, and even full meals can be purchased.
For more information about hours of operation and fees, consult the attraction's website.
Thinking an overnight in New Haven sounds like a ball? Consider an RV stay at West Rock Ridge State Park or Branch Brook Campground.
The drive from New Haven to the Big Apple is a short one at only 78.7 miles. This trek brings RV campers to one of the city's most well-known attractions: the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge reaches across the picturesque East River, connecting the two popular metropolitan cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn. This iconic landmark is easily recognized worldwide and has been prominently displayed in many different movies, films, and TV shows. Beyond its attractive appeal, the Brooklyn Bridge is also a structure of great historical significance to New York City. The bridge can be accessed from two different directions: the Manhattan or the Brooklyn side. The Manhattan entrance is easy to locate as it rests directly across the street from the popular City Hall Park.
Since there is no easy parking near the bridge itself, it is recommended that RV campers park their rigs at a public lot and take a taxi, subway, or bus to one of the bridge access points. RV campers may drive a vehicle across the bridge or join the many tourists and locals alike making use of the pedway.
Though the Brooklyn Bridge is open to the public 24 hours a day, this landmark is particularly beautiful during sunset, providing incredible views of both Brooklyn and Manhattan as well as the Statue of Liberty.
The Brooklyn Bridge is 1.3 miles in total length and takes approximately 25 minutes to cross on foot.
After an invigorating day exploring one of NYC"s most iconic landmarks, an RV stay might just be in order. Park your RV to do some camping at Liberty Harbor RV Park or Nickerson Beach Campground.
The Liberty Bell is located 94.2 miles from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Situated in the heart of Philadelphia, this popular attraction was first named the State House Bell but is now renowned by the handle of the Liberty Bell.
During its heyday, the Liberty Bell chimed out daily from its position in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House building. In keeping with the Liberty Bell's new name, the statehouse is now referred to as Independence Hall.
The Liberty Bell was commissioned by Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly Isaac Norris. The bell was purchased in 1751 from an English company known as Whitechapel Foundry. During its very first ringing, the bell experienced a crack. Two local professionals worked on the bell by melting down its contents to recast them into a brand new bell. The bell's purpose was to sound to bring local lawmakers to their appointments and the residents of Philadelphia to the statehouse for the reading of community events and other news.
It was in the 1830s that the Liberty Bell became identified as a symbol of freedom. It is believed that the bell's current crack occurred in the mid 19th century after over 90 years of constant use. Repairs were attempted several times with the bell's current state the actual result of the final repair job.
The Liberty Bell weighed 2,080 pounds at the time of its transport from London, England to Philadelphia. The bell bears an engraving of the Bible verse, "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof." It is believed this Scripture was selected by Mr. Norris to pay homage to the jubilee of William Penn's 1701 Charter of Privileges which provided religious liberties and democracy to the people within the state of Pennsylvania.
If an overnight stay in Philadelphia seems like the perfect ending to the perfect day, why not enjoy some RV camping at Philadelphia South/Clarksboro KOA or Benjamin Rush State Park?
One hundred and eight miles from the Liberty Bell, RV campers will be thrilled to discover the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Located in the heart of Baltimore, this popular attraction is of great historical significance to the region.
At the time of the War of 1812, it was Fort McHenry that provided protection for the Baltimore Harbor against British forces intent on capturing the city. The harbor provides water access to land from three of its angles. To prevent the British troops from gaining an easy foothold, the Fort, a structure comprised of brick, was built outside the city itself to allow for strong fortification of Baltimore's assets.
The heroic efforts of the 1,000 men stationed at Fort McHenry served as the inspiration for the song that has since become the United States' national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." The lyrics to this now popular song were penned by Francis Scott Key. The poem's original name was "Defense of Fort McHenry."
In 1933, Fort McHenry earned the distinction of being the only facility that has been declared a National Monument and a Historic Shrine.
Among the best places to enjoy an RV stay in Baltimore are Hollofield Campground and Washington DC/Capitol KOA Holiday.
After a good night's rest, RV campers will be primed and ready to travel the 149 miles to Virginia's Belle Isle. Belle Isle's beauty is well-renowned across the state. From the picturesque grounds, families can spy the glorious view of the unique skyline found in the state's metropolitan center: Richmond. Found on an island, Belle Isle is a park and area that is rich in history, with many ruins still evidenced on the grounds today.
Belle Isle was originally a settling ground for a Native American tribe. The island measures 540 acres in total and is located along the James River. At one time, the island was home to a nail factory. The ruins can be discovered on the eastern portion of the premises.
One of Belle Isle's most well-renowned roles was its use during the Civil War, at which time it was in use as a prison camp for the Confederates. The facility built there was large enough to imprison up to 1,000 Union soldiers; however, many written reports indicate that many, many more were housed there at times. Though history records that thousands of men died during their imprisonment on Belle Isle, their remains are long gone.
Since RV travel to Belle Isle is not possible, families will need to park their rig at one of the public lots and follow the pedestrian bridge located beneath the Robert E. Lee Bridge.
After a day exploring Belle Isle, a good night's rest might be just what the doctor ordered. Plan an RV stay at Richmond North/Kings Dominion KOA or Pocahontas State Park.
Just 159 miles from Belle Isle RV campers will find the incredibly scenic Eno River State Park. This beautiful recreational center travels through several counties in the Durham region and is located near to many city attractions, giving RV campers the opportunity to relax in a serene country setting with the close proximity to city life.
There are many unique topographical features to discover at Eno River State Park. These include rich, old-growth tree cover, river bluffs with wild vegetation, and even the former sites of mills and residences from years gone by. For those that enjoy hiking, this public park will not disappoint with its 30 miles of rugged hiking trails, affording families an excellent workout. Other popular activities include fishing, photography, canoeing, kayaking, and backcountry camping. RV camping is not permitted here since there is no vehicle access to the campsites.
For a place to reconnect with nature and catch up on some much needed R&R, it's hard to beat a trip to Eno River State Park.
Among the most beloved places to enjoy an RV stay when in the Durham region are Piper Creek Campground and Spruce Pine Campground.
RV campers can travel just 52.7 miles from Durham to find one of the state's most popular attractions: Wet'N Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park. A facility that has earned the distinction of being the biggest of its kind in North Carolina, Wet 'N Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park is home to over 38 water-based rides for families to enjoy.
The park is equipped with an amazing five million gallons of water to fuel the activities at this family fun destination. Wet 'N Wild was recently declared one fo the Top 10 Water Parks in the country. It consists of a total of 42 acres and offers both invigorating thrill rides, opportunities for relaxation in the sun, and special events throughout the year.
There are several on-site dining options families can choose from during their visit.
Among the most popular rides at this waterpark include Thunder Bay, the two children's areas, and the Lazee River.
Tuckered out after a day riding the waves at Wet'N Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park? Why not consider an RV stay at Greensboro KOA Journey or Oak Hollow Campground?
The next day's RV trip is a long one at 325 miles. But the hours on the road will fly right by with the fun of a day at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park in the day ahead. Nestled in the heart of Atlanta's downtown core, this popular recreational center consists of 22 acres of wide-open space for families to enjoy.
Centennial Olympic Park was home to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. This public park was built to host the Olympic games and has continued as an important center for entertainment and tourism in Atlanta, bringing a boost to the economy.
The focal point of the park is the Fountain of Rings where families can take a refreshing dip on a hot day. Other popular attractions include perfect photo ops at The Spectacular, the incredible playgrounds, and the beautiful gardens.
The park is within walking distance of many local attractions including the College Football Hall of Fame, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN Center, and the Children's Museum of Atlanta.
Throughout the year, Centennial Olympic Park hosts many different events including a weekly concert series and such annual festivals as the Sweetwater 420 Festival, the Shaky Knees Music Festival, and the Holiday in Lights and Ice Skating Rink.
Free Wifi is provided near the Visitor Center.
For a great place to enjoy an RV stay, consider spending the night at Stone Mountain Park Campground or Sweetwater Creek State Park Camping Area.
Meaher State Park is 325 miles away from Atlanta inthe city of Mobile, Alabama. An immense facility at 1,327 acres in total, this public park sits along the shores of Mobile Bay.
Meaher State Park is a popular attraction for families looking to enjoy some of the finest outdoor recreation in the state. The property offers several picnic areas and is also well-equipped for both RV and tent camping. Power and water hookups can be found on-site for RV campers. Some sites also offer sewer hookups. Bathrooms with modern amenities are found on the grounds, and there are also laundry facilities available for use for a fee.
Meaher State Park is home to a boat ramp and a fishing pier, making boating and fishing two of the most beloved outdoor activities during a visit here. The boardwalk found on the grounds provides breathtaking views of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta.
Other favorite activities here include birdwatching, photography, and hiking. The area is also renowned for attracting alligators.
The final leg of the journey to Biloxi is only 69.1 miles. RV campers will be thrilled to park their rig for an extended stay at their intended destination.
Biloxi is a popular city located in the state of Mississippi. It rests along the Gulf of Mexico. One of the most frequented attractions in the region is Biloxi's many casinos and other gaming establishments.
But Biloxi is not just a glitzy town with headline entertainment and glistening resort hotels and casinos on offer. The city is also home to many incredible tourist attractions. The Biloxi Lighthouse draws many visitors each year. It is located directly beside Biloxi Beach on the beloved body of water known as the Mississippi Sound. For those interested in learning more about local industries, it is well worth the time and effort to visit the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum where RV campers can learn more about boatbuilding and the processing of seafood. Other family favorite destinations include the Beauvoir Estate and the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library. For a truly unique adventure, families can take a trip offshore to spend the day exploring Deer Island, an area renowned for its pelicans and loggerhead turtles.
Biloxi is also a haven for families looking to enjoy outdoor recreation during their RV road trip. The city boasts of some of the most incredible beaches in the state. Other popular places for RV campers to visit include many state parks, national monuments, and campgrounds.
Traveling through Biloxi in an RV can be a bit tricky, so it is recommended that campers park their rig at their campground or a public lot and hop a bus or hail a taxi to go explore the town.
Among the best places for RV stays in Biloxi are Gulf Beach RV Resort and Baywood Campground Inc.