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  • RVs: Want to get away? 5 places to take your RV

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    Thinking about a road trip this summer but you can’t bear to think of the cost of hotels and restaurants? Consider RV travel — a comfortable way for families to get away.

     

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    Thinking about a road trip this summer but you can’t bear to think of the cost of hotels and restaurants? Consider RV travel — a comfortable way for families to get away.

    RV travel is economical and convenient, says Kevin Broom, spokesman at gorving.com. The average purchase price of an RV is $36,000 — not bad for a vehicle, hotel and storage space in one. Families can save up to 59 percent on vacation costs with an RV, he says. And there are more than 16,000 campgrounds nationwide where families can park their RVs, making it easy to do a cross-country trip.

    Brad Herzog, author of three travel memoirs, including “Turn Left at the Trojan Horse,” has taken his family all over the country in their RV. He shared some of his most memorable destinations.

     

    Wyoming 

    Devils Tower

    Devils Tower, the first national monument, was established in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt and was made famous by its role in the 1977 movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” 

    “It was the star of the movie … and it’s still an otherworldly place,” Herzog said.

    RV travelers can stay at a nearby KOA campground, where the movie is played every night. During the day, there are seven miles of hiking trails and wildlife watching to enjoy, including a prairie dog village.

     

    New Mexico

    White Sands National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns

    Near Alamogordo, the White Sands National Monument is a small part of a 275-mile field of white sand dunes. 

    “You have to be careful there because you can get lost, but I think some people go there for that reason,” Herzog said. 

    It’s just a few hours from Carlsbad Caverns, making it a fun two-day trip, he said.

    South Dakota

    Black Hills

    Although Mount Rushmore is a popular vacation destination, the Black Hills have many hidden treasures, Herzog said. Jewel Cave in Custer, S.D. (the second-longest cave in the world), and Wind Cave in Hot Springs are there for exploration, and RV travelers who bring a car can drive the Needles Highway to check out the rock formations.

    North Carolina

    Outer Banks

    With KOA campgrounds in the midst of the Outer Banks, this destination a great one for RV travel, Herzog said. Kayaking and searching for wild horses on the beach are just a few of the attractions to the area.

    The Kitty Hawk National Memorial is close by, and visitors there can see where the Wright Brothers first took flight.

    “It’s pretty powerful to stand on the spot where man learned to fly,” he said.

    Vermont

    Quechee

    Getting there really is half the fun on this trip, Herzog said. Travelers can drive along Vermont’s Highway 100, enjoying the quaint scenery along the way.

    “It’s a gorgeous picture postcard drive through Vermont villages and past covered bridges,” he said.

    Quechee State Park and Quechee Gorge provide outdoor activities, and afterward, it’s just a quick trip to the town of Waterbury and the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory.

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