2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail
2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail
Houston is a large metropolitan city. Found in the state of Texas, this sprawling cosmopolitan town stretches as far as Galveston Bay. One of the most popular attractions in Houston is the Space Center Houston, a branch of the NASA complex where astronaut training occurs on an ongoing basis.
Houston boasts of an exciting cultural scene. Its downtown core is home to a well-renowned Theater District which includes the Houston Grand Opera. The city's Historic District is full of character and charm and prominently features architecture from the 1800s as well as trendy eateries.
A city well-known for its pleasing climate, Houston is considered to enjoy subtropical weather conditions and experiences high humidity in the summer months. Winters in Houston are much milder, making the climate well-suited to outdoor recreation.
The food scene in Houston is up and coming. Many national publications have declared the city to be among "America's Best Food Cities." In addition to its lively and diverse food culture, Houston is home to many popular yearly events including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Houston Greek Festival, and the Art Car Parade. Houston's Bayou City Art Festival is one of the highest-rated events of its kind in the country.
For those who enjoy a good game, Houston will not disappoint. The city is home to professional teams for every major sport including baseball, football, basketball, and soccer. Houston also hosts the Grand Prix of Houston, an annual Indy Car Series event.
For RV campers looking to enjoy the city before heading out en route for Buffalo, the roads in the heart of Houston can be difficult to navigate in a big rig. However, the city's transportation system is excellent, allowing families to park their RVs at their campground or the public lot outside the city and make use of a taxi, subway, or shuttle bus to travel into town.
Houston boasts of many different campgrounds where families can enjoy an RV stay for a few nights or more. Two of the most popular spots are Lake Houston Wilderness Park and Bayou Campground
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame found in Cleveland, Ohio, is just 140 miles away from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. This iconic property's main mission is to preserve the history of rock music while endeavoring to educate, teach, and inspire future generations.
The property is home to several halls which feature artifacts, memorabilia, costumes, and more for families to enjoy. Housed within one building, there are seven levels in total to explore. The lowest level is named the Ahmet M. Ertegun Exhibition Hall and features exhibits that pay homage to the very origins of rock music including such genres as gospel, blues, folk, rhythm and blues, country, and bluegrass.
Another section is dedicated to the cities that played an important role in the development of this much-loved genre including New York, Memphis, Detroit, London, Liverpool, and more.
Also found on the grounds is a cafe, a stage for live performances, and a theater where a film that pays homage to the history of rock and roll is shown daily.
Several permanent and temporary exhibits are housed on the grounds. Some of the most popular ones pay tribute to artists such as Bruce Springsteen, U2, John Lennon, and the Rolling Stones.
With the last leg of the journey to Buffalo in the day ahead, an overnight stay in Cleveland might be the perfect idea. Spend the night at the American Wilderness Campground or Streetsboro/Cleveland SE KOA Holiday.
124 miles from Cincinnati, travelers will find the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. A vast property with lots to see and do, families will have a ball at one of Columbus' most popular attractions.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium houses over 10,000 different animals that are divided into six different sections on the property. Each section represents an area of the world and are aptly named Australia and the Islands, Congo Expedition, Shores, Asia Quest, North America, and Heart of Africa respectively.
There are many maps and interactive tools that make navigating the zoo and aquarium a breeze. Good walking shoes are a must as there is a lot of ground to cover during a visit to this popular destination.
As an added bonus, there is a water park connected to the zoo grounds known as Zoombezi Bay.
On occasion, the well known Jungle Jack Hanna visits the premises to film his show and meet the public.
Parking is provided on the grounds that is large enough to accommodate RVs. A zoo bus is available for a fee that transports people throughout the grounds to cut down on the amount of walking required to see all of the exhibits.
With a lengthy drive in the day ahead, an overnight in Columbus is a great idea. Why not park your RV at Korbel North Campground for the night?
For a truly unique adventure, it is well worth traveling the 105 miles to see the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. This public facility has earned the distinction of being the largest museum in the country dedicated to housing public signs. The collection represents over 100 years of signs in the United States. The mission of the museum is to protect the country's heritage through the preservation of its unique artifacts.
The American Sign Museum was founded by Mr. Tod Swormstedt. Mr. Swormstedt was originally a staff member of the Signs of the Times Magazine, a popular publication that traces its origins to 1906. During this time, he underwent a mid-life crisis and began to collect unique signs along his travels. These artifacts formed the basis of the collection that would be proudly displayed in what would become the American Sign Museum.
The museum opened its doors to the public in 1999 under the name the National Signs of the Times Museum. In 2005, the museum was given its current handle: the American Sign Museum.
Today, the collection is ever-growing with new pieces arriving on a nearly daily basis. The current museum boast of over 20,000 square feet.
Thinking of spending the night in Cincinnati before heading off for Columbus in the morning? Consider an RV stay at Winton Woods Campground.
172 miles down the road from Nashville is the Louisville Mega Cavern in Kentucky. This property was originally home to a business known as Louisville Crushed Stone. Over 42 years of concentrated mining occurred in this limestone-rich region to create the cavern which has become a modern-day haven for underground activities for families to enjoy.
Ziplining is one of the most popular attractions at Louisville Mega Cavern. Tour guides lead zip liners through a course that extends for two hours in total length. The zip lines lead through sections of the cavern that are rarely seen. It is an adventure that is not to be missed.
For those that prefer something a little less on the frightening side, the facility offers tram tours that lead through the cavern, unearthing its hidden secrets. These tours provide valuable information about the cavern's history as well as its role in geology, mining, recycling, and green technologies.
Another unique activity thrillseekers can enjoy here is MegaQuest. MegaQuest allows RV campers to experience an aerial ropes course that is completely underground. It is one of the very few similar courses in the country.
After a day of outdoor adventure, an RV stay in Louisville is a great idea before heading out in the morning on the next leg of the journey. Consider planning to overnight at Louisville North Campground or Louisville South KOA Holiday.
Music fans will eagerly watch the 215 miles to Nashville just fly by with their hearts full of excitement at spending the day exploring the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This popular attraction is home to over 2.5 million pieces of memorabilia in tribute to Nashville's most legendary art form: country music.
Found within the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museumare both the Historic RCA Studio B and the Hatch Show Print for families to explore. There are also several restaurants and stores on the grounds, allowing families to enjoy some excellent regional cuisine and to do some souvenir shopping.
Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is achieved by invitation only. It is considered the crowning glory of an artist's career to achieve this highly coveted award. Membership is not just reserved for performers. Songwriters, broadcasters, musicians, and even record executives are all eligible.
The Country Music Hall of Fame was founded in 1961. The very first people to become members were Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, and Roy Acuff.
Among the items which can be seen in the museum are over 200,000 sound recordings, 500,000 photographs, historical instruments, legendary costumes, and much, much more.
Two of the most popular exhibits include Elvis' Solid Gold Cadillac limousine and the Pontiac Trans Am used in the iconic film Smokey and the Bandit II.
Tired from spending the day perusing the history of country music in Nashville? Enjoy some RV camping at Two Rivers Campground or Anderson Road Campground.
After a refreshing night's sleep in Texarkana, Arkansas, it's time to drive the 283 miles to enjoy one of Memphis' most cherished attractions: Graceland. Graceland was once the home of the King of Rock and Roll, Mr. Elvis Presley. Families can enjoy the opportunity of exploring the grounds of the place Elvis called home.
Tours of Elvis' mansion are conducted several times daily. The meticulous gardens which line the grounds are incredibly beautiful to behold. Also found on the grounds is Elvis' personal airplane which he used to travel to his shows.
One of the most interesting features at Graceland is the entertainment complex which contains many of Elvis' most memorable costumes. Other items found within this exhibition hall include personal effects that once belonged to the great singer and artifacts from his concert tours and recording days.
A tour through this property offers families a rare glimpse into the heart of this much-beloved legend. For true music fans, a visit to Graceland is not to be missed.
Thinking of spending the night in Memphis? RV camping is offered at both Graceland RV Park and Campground and T.O. Fuller State Park Campground.
Hit the open road and travel 229 miles to reach the next stopping point en route to Buffalo: Texarkana's Holiday Springs Water Park. This amusement park offers many fun activities with something for every member of the family to enjoy.
Holiday Springs Water Park is home to five amazing waterslides that are sure to delight even the most jaded thrillseeker. Families can choose from the immense 65-foot drop of the Texas Skyfall or experience the depths of the encased slide on the Ozark Cliff Hanger.
One of the most beloved activities at this amusement park is Holiday Waves. Holiday Waves is an open space that contains more than a quarter-million gallons of water to allow families the fun of riding some of the biggest waves in the state. This much-loved water feature is often accompanied by live entertainment or a music show provided by a DJ.
Other popular attractions here include Monkeys Island Pool, Texarkana Splash Mountain, and Paradise Lagoon. Also found on the grounds is a beach area where families can enjoy playing in the sand or working on their suntan. Private cabanas which include lounge chairs and tables are available for rent. Reservations are recommended.
After a day of fun in the sun, an RV stay before the next morning's adventure might be just what the doctor ordered. Consider spending the night at Texarkana KOA Journey or Clear Springs Campground.
97.4 miles from the Space Center Houston is Lake Livingston State Park in Livingston, Texas. This beautiful recreational area is home to many outdoor activities as well as a campground that is well-suited to RV camping.
The camping facilities at Lake Livingston State Park offer sites for both tent and RV stays. Full power hookups are available by reservation. Other amenities offered at this campground include 10 picnic shelters and a convenience store that sells supplies for both camping and fishing.
Among the outdoor activities families can enjoy at Lake Livingston State Park are swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, birdwatching, picnicking, mountain biking, and geocaching. There is an active wildlife community at this picturesque park, so binoculars and a camera are must-haves for this adventure.
Families visiting this area should be aware that alligators do frequent the region.
Lake Livingston State Park is close to many area attractions including the Big Thicket National Preserve and the Sam Houston National Forest. The nearby town of Livingston boasts of such fun activities as several ball fields, a bowling alley, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and much, much more.
While in Houston, it is well worth the effort to stop by the Space Center. This facility is dedicated to providing education for the public about the United States space program and is a fundamental training center for astronauts. This popular attraction has earned the distinction of being the #1 stopping point for those visiting the region from other countries.
The Space Center Houston opened to the public in 1992. Since its inception, over 22 million people have visited its premises. On average, 1.25 million visitors make the trek through this popular educational facility each year.
Housed within the space center are over 400 artifacts obtained from space travel. There are also several permanent exhibits. Throughout the year, traveling exhibitions are housed on the premises as well.
Space Center Houston was brought to life through the assistance of the expert team at Walt Disney Imagineering. Their design goal centered around constructing a museum that would appeal to its visitors both intellectually and emotionally. To this end, the center houses many interactive exhibits, educational films, live shows, hands-on learning opportunities, and much, much more.
Ample parking is provided for RVs, trailers, and cars in the center's on-site lot. If an overnight RV stay before hitting the road on the next leg of this adventure sounds like a good plan, consider spending the night at Bayou Campground.
The final leg of the Houston to Buffalo journey encompasses 188 miles. RV campers will thrill at the chance to set up shop at their campground and enjoy a few days exploring this booming metropolis at their leisure.
Buffalo is a metropolitan center that offers lots of interesting attractions for families to enjoy, Near to the border of Canada, families can take their RV across the border to enjoy an international stay or just to do some shopping. Another destination hotspot to discover here is the stunningly beautiful Niagara Falls. With such handy access to the border, RV campers can spend a day drinking in the sights on the New York state side of the falls before heading off to see what the Canadian side has to offer.
A haven for outdoor adventure, families can spend their days meandering through the picturesque Canalside waterfront or taking in the sights at the Buffalo Zoo. History buffs won't want to miss the chance to check out the Buffalo Naval and Military Park. Another area of great interest in the region is the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.
Though a bustling city, RV campers can leave their rigs at their campground and hop on a bus or take a taxi into the heart of town to do some exploring. Among the most popular camping facilities here are Buffalo Harbor State Park Campground and Niagara Falls/Grand Island KOA Holiday.