There’s something magical about fall. Whether it’s the anticipation of gathering around a bonfire or the feeling you get when you’re sipping a cup of coffee on a chilly morning, there’s plenty to be excited about this season. As the temperatures start to drop and leaves begin to transform, there’s no better time to enjoy the outdoors. And our favorite way to experience it all is in an RV.
Some people might think of RVing as a summertime activity. There certainly are many families who pack up and hit the road as soon as the kids are out of school. The amenities an RV offers, from residential-style kitchens to washers and dryers, make the logistics of an extended vacation easier to manage for families of all sizes. But summertime camping can be crowded, with June and July being the most popular months for vacationing.
Wait a couple months and head out in September or October instead. With school back in session, you’ll avoid the larger crowds and have a better chance of picking a prime location with a view. Also, waiting those few extra weeks gives the weather a chance to cool, so you can enjoy your time outdoors more. Residents all over the Midwest have countless state parks and recreational areas within a short drive, if you prefer shorter weekend trips. Whether you bike, hike, or haul other toys, there are lots of opportunities to get your adrenaline pumping and explore hundreds of miles of trails. Choose a park with camping facilities so you can stay onsite and play longer.
Of course, camping isn’t the only activity you can enjoy in your RV now. If fall is synonymous with football for your gang, grab some friends and tailgate this season. Whether you opt to meet up at the local stadium or prefer to hit the road and cheer on your team during away games, having a fully-equipped kitchen and private bathroom will really enhance your tailgating experience. Many RVs have outdoor entertainment centers too, so you can catch the pre- and post-game coverage. All you need to bring is food and drinks.
Besides football games, there are plenty of fall festivals to attend, including Renaissance Fairs, Oktoberfest, and harvest celebrations. The Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly, Michigan, is open on weekends from August 18 to September 30 this year. Travel back in time to the 16th century in this 17-acre village complete with shops, taverns, entertainers, and a tournament field for jousting. Then, return to present-day in your RV to get cleaned up and relax with all the modern luxuries you left behind for a few hours. If history isn’t your thing, you can also discover pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted houses in autumn. Just do a quick Google search and plan your weekend venture.
Another way to enjoy your RV is to take a fall foliage road trip. The changing colors are one of the most magical things about the season, and the Midwest has plenty of rural roads with spectacular views. Take in the sight of those colorful canopies from the wide windows of your RV. Check out your state’s Department of Natural Resources website for fall foliage reports and find a driving route near you. You can plan activities or stop at attractions along your route to make the most of your mini-vacation. Just be sure to bring a camera and some road trip tunes to get the full experience.
Fall is a great time to go fishing or kayaking, and a fifth wheel or travel trailer can serve as the perfect base camp for your next trip. You can enjoy the best of the outdoors all day and comfortable amenities like full showers, fireplaces and king-size beds at night. Spend time on the water, and then return to your RV to clean your catch and get some sleep. RVs are designed with clever storage compartments, so you can stow your gear out of the way when not in use. Keep basic, non-perishable necessities stocked in your RV so it will be ready to go whenever you are.
There’s no better way to appreciate the season than by tasting it. Take a tour of some farmers’ markets, orchards, vineyards, or cider mills in your RV, and enjoy the fruits of the season – literally! With loads of vegetables and fruits widely available, you’ll be able to stock the refrigerator or pantry of your camper and make healthy, affordable meals. Pair with your favorite wine or cider, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a great night. For dessert, gather around a fire and make s’mores. Go with the classic graham cracker-chocolate-marshmallow sandwich or opt for a slightly healthier alternative by topping fire-grilled bananas with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.
If work and other commitments are wearing you down, an RV can offer the perfect escape. Get away from it all and take some time to recharge. Whether you go alone or with your significant other, the solitude and beauty of nature can help you unwind. Bring a book or yoga mat, and avoid your phone, social media, and emails. The holiday season is right around the corner, so take advantage of the time you have now to get away and unplug for a weekend.
Whatever activities you choose to do, be present and take some time to really enjoy the season. Breathe in the cool, crisp air. Listen to the leaves crunching beneath your feet. Brighten someone’s day with a beautiful bunch of chrysanthemums. Now pull your favorite sweaters out of the closet and enjoy some fall activities! Winter will be here before you know it.
Article Courtesy of General RV.