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Travel America’s West Coast This Summer in an RV

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There’s so much to take in

The west coast has much to offer everyone, from crowded sunny beaches, lush woods, and sand dunes to magnificent rocky coasts. As more families are renting RVs for their family vacations take a look at these stunning locations in California, Oregon, and Washington to add to your trip itinerary.

There are also some of the top restaurants and museums in the country.

Interstate 1

Highway 1 runs along the coast for more than 655 miles, beginning at Dana Point, just south of Los Angeles, and providing vistas and intriguing stops along the way.

Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Solvang

Santa Barbara and Ventura are located halfway between the large cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Santa Barbara is a little more formal, but Ventura has a more carefree surfer attitude. Despite their distinct differences, these two cities have a lot to keep tourists occupied.

Try Faria Beach Park in Ventura for beachfront RV camping, with breathtaking views of the Channel Islands.

Look into Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort if breathtaking mountain vistas, riding horses, and convenient museum access to the Sea Center at Santa Barbara are more to your liking. 

Consider taking a day excursion to Solvang if you plan to remain in this region for a few days. There are many things to do in this “small piece of Denmark,” including wine sampling and delectable Danish pastries. 

Big Sur

Big Sur, a rocky coastline with breathtaking Pacific Ocean vistas, may be found farther along Highway 1. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, dubbed “little Yosemite” and located on the Big Sur River, provides 1,000 acres of hiking and animals under the forest’s magnificent and ancient West Coast monarch. You can only find these oldest living trees along the West Coast.

While in the area, you may want to think about going to Hearst Castle to see the magnificent house of the late William Randolph Hearst, which has spectacular pools and unrivaled vistas of the San Simeon region. After the tour, stop by the Hearst Ranch Winery, close to the museum entrance, for a quick sample of regional wine. 

Oregon 

Although there are many lovely places in California, it’s not the only western state. Oregon boasts numerous worthwhile interior road excursions and stunning and distinctive coasts. 

Crater Lake

Go inland to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, a deep lake inside a dormant volcano. A massive volcanic explosion 7,700 years ago resulted in the crystal-clear, deep-blue lake formation. It’s incredible, to put it mildly. 

Coast of Oregon

Oregon’s shoreline is distinct and stunning, marked by spires and other rock formations, dunes, and lush woods. These West Coast road journeys will likely pass through many lush vegetation and woodlands.

Bandon

Bandon is a stunning section of the Oregon coastline that is home to an abundance of marine birds and is well-known for more than just its granite spires and offshore rock formations. Consider lodging at Bullards Beach State Park, which has a lighthouse at the end of the beach and provides plenty of hiking opportunities.

Portland Dunes

Don’t overlook the Oregon Dunes, stretching over forty miles along the shore. You may find great day-use places, just south of Florence, including Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park and the Oregon Dunes Overlook.

Tillamook

Are you an ice cream fan? Or is eating cheese more your style? Visit the Tillamook Creamery for lunch and a behind-the-scenes tour of their business. If dairy does not satisfy your appetite, try fresh seafood or a craft beer from the North Coast Food Trail, which includes establishments from all over Oregon’s North Coast. Before continuing your journey north, stop to see “Terrible Tilly,” the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.

Washington State

Both Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens are stunning in their unique ways. At almost 14,000 feet above sea level, Mt. Rainier provides breathtaking vistas and outdoor recreation. At the same time, Mt. St. Helens is home to a museum that overlooks and honors the location of the amazing 1980 eruption.

Island of Orcas

Horseshoe-shaped Orcas Island, located among the magnificent San Juan Islands, is a must-see. This beautiful paradise provides infinite outdoor activity, fine art and culture, clear lakes, and thick woods. Moran State Park, Mount Constitution, and the many farms dotted across the island are other must-see locations. Also, don’t pass on taking the island’s breathtaking driving tour.

Try Oceanfront Camping at Quinault Casino in Washington if you want a break from your west coast road adventures.

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Helicopter Tours That Raise Hairs

Imagine flying amongst the clouds as you glide through the sky in a helicopter as your mind is blown by the incredible views.

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     If adventure is what you seek, there is no greater way to see your vacation destinations than by helicopter. Imagine yourself flying amongst the clouds as you glide through the sky in a helicopter – the mind blown by the incredible views. There is no better way to enjoy attractions then up a couple of thousand feet in a rotary-winged machine. They may be loud but a helicopter ride will easily be the most memorable experience from any vacation. Check out the best destinations to take a helicopter ride and see things from a truly unique vantage point. 

Las Vegas

     Las Vegas is one of the busiest helicopter tour destinations, with plenty to see in a short ride. From the Vegas strip to the Hoover Dam to the granddaddy of them all, the Grand Canyon. A helicopter is the only way to see the Grand Canyon in all its glory and majesty. The Grand Canyon is over 270 miles long and can be 15 miles across; something that grand needs a copter to see it fully.

Niagara Falls

     Most people will tell you the best view of Niagara Falls is from a boat in the water beneath the falls, but that’s not true, obviously, the best view is from a helicopter. Niagara Falls is just a massive sight to see and with all the tourists that jam the site, it can be difficult to have a perfect vantage point. If you really want an amazing view that is unforgettable, you must see the falls from a helicopter. Imagine the immense beauty of something so powerful as Niagara Falls seen from above in the peace of a smoothly flying helicopter.

Kauai, Hawaii

     If you have seen the beginning scene of Jurassic Park then you know that in Kauai there are waterfalls only accessible by helicopter. Kauai is known as the garden island because it’s so lush and only 20% of the island is accessible by car. The island has many amazing sights that have to be seen by helicopter to understand how massive they are. The Na Pali Coast is the Western side of the Island and is characterized by the huge, steep mountains covered in green ferns. The entire side of the island is unreachable by car and a helicopter is the only way to see it or you can traverse the 17 miles up and down over a two-day hike. The Waimea Canyon is called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific as its massive and beautiful. Plus there are a dozen or so mega waterfalls you have to see from a helicopter.

New York City

     New York City is the mega-metropolis city that we all love and never have enough time to see it all when we visit. If you want to really understand how huge NYC is, you have to see it from a helicopter. Imagine flying between the skyscrapers, above the central park and around the Statue of Liberty. New York is such an expansive city it’s nearly impossible to catch it all in one trip, but a great way to check it out is a few hundred feet up, in a whirlybird.


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Talking A Walk In The Best Beer Gardens Around The World

Drinking beer with your best buds, in a beautiful environment, with our drinkers can be a beautiful experience.

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     Drinking beer is always a great time, but doing it in a grungy bar can get old. Feel good about sipping your suds by drinking in a beautiful beer garden. You will have tons of room in a magnificent outdoor bar where you can stretch out and really take down a pint or two.
“But where are these gardens?” I hear you asking.

HOFBRAUHAUS, MUNICH, GERMANY

     This is the beer garden that started them all. The Hofbrauhaus has been in business since the 1500s which means they know what they’re doing when it comes to brewing the brew. That makes this the ideal place to get a humongous mug of brew and slurp it on down.

MOUNT TAKAO BEER MOUNT, TOKYO

     Head on over to a beer garden at one of the highest elevations in the world at the Mount Takao Beer Mount. This destination will give you fantastic views of the beautiful skyline of Tokyo which you can marvel at while chugging down a nice ale. The only way to get up there is either hike up or ride in a cable car.

BOHEMIAN HALL AND BEER GARDEN, ASTORIA, NEW YORK

     Head over to Queens and get your beer drinking on at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden. You can play ping-pong here as well as listen to live music so you don’t have to talk to your friends that much. Now you can say “Hey! I’m drinkin’ here!”

KONIGLICHER HIRSCHGARTEN, MUNICH, GERMANY

     If you want to find the biggest beer garden you can then head to Koniglicher Hirschgarten. This place is smack dab in the middle of a 100-acre-park so you have beautiful sprawling views of Munich and some tasty brews to boot. Now that sounds too good to be…brew.

CAFE VLISSINGHE, BRUGES, BELGIUM

     Head to Bruges’s oldest bar at the Cafe Vlissinghe. If you need a place to wash all that chocolate down then grab a drink here. In one word, this bar is charming. Actually, in four words it’s charming to the max.

LETNA BEER GARDEN, PRAGUE

     This beer garden has one seriously awesome view. You can drink while strolling along the Vltava River. If you’ve ever done some drinking around a river then you know it is quite possibly the best place to suck down on some suds. This place is great because it gives you the option of hiking with your brew or just taking it easy and taking it all in.

BROUWERIJ ‘T IJ, AMSTERDAM

     This place used to be a bathhouse and now it’s still relaxing its patrons but this time with beers, not steam rooms. This place is beautiful mostly because it is directly next to a huge windmill making it for a real unique drinking experience. Now that is definitely too good to be brew.


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Zip Lines For The Adrenaline Junkie

We talked to our travel team and came up with our favorite zip line adventures around the globe so you can keep on zipping you crazy zipper!

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     Riding on a zip line is the thrill of a lifetime. There is nothing quite like jumping off and feeling the wind rushing through your hair as you propel over various bridges or trees. No matter where, you’re bound to feel like a true superhero. We talked to our travel team and came up with our favorite zip line adventures around the globe so you can keep on zipping!

Zip World Velocity
     If you find yourself in Wales then be on the lookout for the longest zip line in all of Europe. This thing travels along 1,600 yards… you will definitely be getting your money’s worth here. You will take a long, effortless ride over beautiful mountains and water, glazing over many beautiful sites. We suggest you have a convenient camera handy. If that sounds too big for you, they have a smaller version available to you as well. You can still get your thrills without freaking.

El Monstruo
     Puerto Rico is home to many great zip lines but none better than “El Monstruo,” translating to “The Monster” in English. This is officially the longest zip line in the world according to the Guinness World Record books. This line is astoundingly 8,300 feet long so you will be zipping on down for over a mile. Jungles are cool, especially when you get to experience them from a bird’s eye view, literally! You will be one fast bird too, considering this ride gets up to speeds of 95 mph so if you’re looking for a serious thrill then this is the one for you.

Cloudscraper
     Thrillseekers beware, the Cloudscraper is scarier than you may think. This zip line is super high up and will definitely make the hair on the back of your neck stand up when you take in the whole experience. You will get a beautiful view of the incredible Royal Gorge as you fly overhead. You’ll feel a lot like Wile E. Coyote right after making a wrong turn, except you won’t fall when you look down, you’ll just scream in ecstasy as you enjoy your fantastic ride.

Zipflyer
     When most people think about Nepal they don’t think about the awesome thrill-seeking adventures they can partake in besides climbing Everest. Well, maybe Everest will soon take a back seat to zip-lining thanks to the Zipflyer in the Himalayas. This zip line is unique because you will partake in a 2,000-foot vertical drop that will leave you squealing with delight. You better be an adrenaline junky if you want to take this zip line on because it is for sure to shock and amaze you all the way down.


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