Top RV Destinations in Canada

If you decide to go RVing in Canada this year, be sure to visit at least one of the top camping spots. Before you leave, be sure you have everything you need, including warm and cool weather clothing and your passports.

Stop by PleasureLand RV to pick up any accessories you might need for your trip. You can pick up space-saving accessories, outdoor cooking accessories, chemicals for the black water tank and replacement parts for the RV.

Kluane National Park and Reserve, located in the Yukon Territory, is one of the largest protected areas in the world. The park also features part of Kluane Lake, which is the largest lake in the Territory. Watch the beautiful sunsets on the lake or look west to see the Saint Elias mountain range.

Pacific Rim National Park, located in British Columbia, is another “can’t miss” location. The national park is located on Vancouver Island and features Long Beach and the West Coast Trail. Don’t wait too long, as it is pretty rainy in the Fall, but during the summer, you should be able to get several clear days to go exploring.

Banff National Park, located about an hour and a half from Calgary, is Canada’s oldest national park. It has tons of sights to see, including Lake Louise’s aquamarine water and the Ice Fields Parkway. Because of the mountains and the lake, it is considered one of the best places to take your RV.

Douglas Provincial Park, located in Saskatchewan, features cacti, beaches and tons of fish. This is the perfect place to go for those who want to combine fishing and hiking. Since you can see various landscapes, this is one of the best places to get pictures.

Spruce Woods is a newer park – it was established in 1970. You’ll see sandy dunes and can walk on tons of walking trails. This park also rents yurts if you want to sleep outside of your RV for a change. Additionally, the camping sites are very private.

Before you head out on a long trip, stop by PleasureLand RV to pick up any accessories you need, make sure your RV is in good working order and grab parts, chemicals, RV toilet paper and other items that you may need for this trip.

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Road Trip Ideas and Activities

When you take a long road trip, you may want to look at the scenery, especially if you’ve never been through the area. However, the kids will definitely be bored! It is good to have some activities planned to keep them occupied – or at least have something for them to do.

If you are traveling in a motorized coach, it’s a bit easier to keep the kids occupied – they can play games at the dinette or they can take a nap on the bunks. If you are hauling a travel trailer or fifth wheel, it’s not going to be that easy. Before you go, make sure you have something that will keep the kids occupied – that is as important as stopping at Pleasure Land RV before you leave so you can have the RV checked and so you can pick up accessories you may need.

  • Play road games such as the alphabet game, the license plate game, yellow car or even a story-telling game where a person says a sentence, then another person has to add to it. You can also include I Spy and variations of any of these games to keep them interesting.
  • Bring hand-held gaming modules such as the Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Portable.
  • If you have games on your tablet or phone, you can also keep the kids occupied with that if the games don’t require WiFi.
  • Catch up on your reading. Kids can also catch up on reading. If they brought homework with them, they can also study.
  • Be sure to pack a lunch – or stop someplace to eat. If the kids are getting grouchy, taking a break from driving – even if it’s eating a sandwich in the car – might calm them down. And, with a carbohydrate high, they just might crash for a couple hours!

Keeping everyone happy while on a trip is the key to sanity. Kids tend to get bored easily with one thing – be sure to bring several things for them to do or be prepared to play games with them.

As always, stop by Pleasure Land RV before you head out on your road trip to make sure the RV is working properly, to have the engine and transmission checked on a motorized coach, and to pick up any accessories you may need.

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Fun Summer Destinations

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If you are taking your vacation during the summer and have the time to drive, load up your RV and take a trip to Sevierville, Tennessee. The trip takes about 16 hours if you go through Chicago. If you want to skirt Chicago, it takes about 17 ½ hours. On the way down, take your time and visit some destinations on your way.

Before you leave, stop by PleasureLand RV to have your RV service or checked since this is quite a long drive. Also be sure to pick up any accessories you may need for your trip.

Once you get to Sevierville, you have numerous places to camp, including places in Pigeon Forge. Places include River Plantation RV Resort, Riverside RV Park and Resort, Up the Creek RV Camp and Riveredge RV Park. Since Sevierville and the surrounding area is a popular destination, it is advisable to make reservations before you leave.

Once there, you’ll find tons of shopping and activities, including hiking, fishing, boating, swimming and more. Don’t forget to spend a couple of days at Dollywood, even if you don’t have children.

Other nearby places include Lynchburg, Tennessee, home of Jack Daniels Distillery. If you take I-40 West, you’ll pass close to Oak Ridge, America’s Secret City and Muddy Pond, which is just outside of Monterey. Muddy Pond is a Mennonite community that has a leather shop, outdoor furniture maker, general store, and, if you visit in the Fall, you can see how to make sorghum the “old-timey” way.

Also in the area – within a 1- to 3-hour drive from Monterey, you’ll find tons of state parks – some that offer RV camping – such as Burgess Falls, Sunset Marina, Caney Creek and more. If you want to go about 2 hours out of your way, you can take 101 out of Crossville to Fall Creek Falls State Park to see some of the best waterfalls in the area.

Dale Hollow Lake, accessible from many points including Sunset Marina and East Port Marina offers big fishing opportunities – the lake is huge. You can rent pontoon boats, bass boats, ski boats, house boats and jet skis at both marinas. Sunset Marina is about an hour from Monterey while East Port Marina is about 45 minutes from Monterey.

Before you leave for this large trip, stop by PleasureLand RV for service and accessories, and be sure to visit our Facebook page to tell us about your trip.

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Summer Adventures in Your RV!

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After one of the coldest winters on record, summer is being welcomed with open arms here in Minnesota, and that means there are tons of exciting outdoor events and activities for Minnesota citizens and tourists alike. Fire up your RV and travel to some of these unforgettable summer events throughout our gorgeous state, and you’re guaranteed to forget about winter in no time.

Memorial Weekend on the North Shore

Head over to the gorgeous town of Grand Marais for an action-packed Memorial Weekend full of live music, photography and a wide variety of arts, crafts and activities. Not only are most of the events at the Grand Marais Memorial Weekend on the North Shore absolutely free; you can spend your spare time dining, hiking, fishing and indulging in the natural beauty of Grand Marais.

Willie Walleye Day

Mark your calendar and head to Baudette on June 7, for the famous Willie Walleye Day. Get some exercise in the morning with the Willie Walleye 5K run and walk or just indulge in the live entertainment, countless food vendors, craft and merchandise vendors, kids activities, community garage sales and so much more.

Dinner and Leaf Cruises

Spice up your summer with a trip to Taylors Falls for a romantic evening cruise through the Dalles of the St. Croix. Enjoy a narrated tour of the scenic Dalles on the leaf cruise or just take in the live music and indulge in the delicious buffet on the dinner cruise. Dinner cruises are available every Saturday evening throughout the summer from 6:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., and leaf cruises board on Saturdays at 6:15 p.m. to return at 9:15 p.m., so call ahead and make your reservation for a romantic Taylors Falls getaway today.

Get Your Summer RV at PleasureLand

There’s no better way to enjoy the warm summer months than on the road in a new RV from your local Minnesota RV dealer — PleasureLand RV Center. And if you’re already in the RV of your dreams this season, stop in and shop our extensive RV parts and accessories store to make your summer camping excursions even better than ever.

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Romantic Camping Destinations Across the Country

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There’s something romantic about camping, and with gorgeous campgrounds in the wilderness, on the beach and even in California’s Wine Country, you simply can’t go wrong with a trip to one of these romantic camping destinations.

Moab, Utah

The breathtaking natural scenery of Moab is undeniably romantic, and when it’s coupled with all of the adventures the region has to offer, it’s an ideal romantic camping destination for adventurous couples. From half-day hikes in the picturesque Arches National Park to multi-day hiking and biking excursions, a trip to Moab can be the perfect place to camp out and experience new adventures together.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

With 185 canals weaving through the city, a gorgeous riverwalk and campgrounds just steps from the sea, a trip to the beach could be the romantic vacation of your dreams. For a romantic resort-like feel in the comfort of your RV, reserve a spot at Paradise Island RV Resort and spend your days lounging by the pool or relaxing on the beach just a few minutes away.

Napa Valley, California

One of the most romantic places in the country — California’s Napa Valley — is the perfect getaway for those who love indulging in delicious foods and premium wines in a scenic, outdoors setting. Reserve one day of your camping trip for the Napa Valley Wine Train — an 18-mile train tour through Napa’s picturesque rolling hills and vineyards featuring fine wines and incredible food.

Napa Valley is home to a wide variety of campgrounds and RV parks ranging from upscale resorts to primitive tent camping sites. Tradewinds RV Park of Vallejo offers convenient access to the Napa Valley Wine Train and all of Napa’s favorite tourist destinations as well as a short drive to one of California’s most romantic cities — San Francisco.

Before You Go

Before you hit the road for your romantic RV vacation this spring or summer, stop in and see us at PleasureLand RV Center. We’re more than your local Minnesota RV dealership — each of our four locations offer all of the RV parts, accessories and upgrades you need to make your RV lifestyle the best it can be.

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Fun Activities for the Road!

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The RV lifestyle is full of adventure, excitement, and exploration, and while all of the outdoor activities can certainly bring your family closer together, there are also tons of indoor activities that can too. Consider some of these fun games and activities for the down time spent inside your RV, and you’ll never fear rainy days or long hours on the road again.

Hold an RV Treasure Hunt

Turn down time into fun time with a treasure hunt right inside your RV. Create a variety of clues to hide throughout your RV or even around the campsite if the weather is nice. Make it a competition with a small prize going to the winner, or have the kids follow the clues as a team and reward everyone with a prize at the end.

Create a Special Meal Together

Whether it’s a festive Mexican taco night, your very own RV pizzeria or just your family’s favorite meal — cooking a dinner together can be the perfect way to bond on a rainy day or during that down time after an adventure. If you’ve got an entire day to fill, decorate your RV with your dinner’s theme before you start cooking. And don’t forget to get your kids involved in the easier aspects of cooking (stirring, plating, etc.)

Turn Your RV Into a Movie Theater

Instead of simply turning out the lights and popping a movie into the DVD player, set your RV up as a movie theater for rainy days or those long movie nights. Make sure you have movie-theater-style popcorn and treats on hand, and if you’ll be making a day of it, stock up on a variety of movies you’ve never seen. If possible, position your RV furniture in rows in front of the television to resemble movie theater style seating.

Indoor and Outdoor Games at PleasureLand

Getting tired of the old board games you’ve had in your RV for years? Check out our huge selection of indoor and outdoor camping games at our online parts store or stop in and see us at PleasureLand RV Center — your local Minnesota RV dealer — today.

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The Best Ski Resorts for Spring Skiing and Snowboarding

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It’s time to put the neck warmers and heavy jackets away and hit the slopes in lighter gear. Spring skiing and snowboarding season is here, and some of the best ski resorts for spring snow are just a short RV trip away.

Lusten Mountains Ski Area, Minnesota

You don’t have to travel across the country for an exciting weekend of spring skiing, Lusten Mountains stays open until the end of April and offers especially good deals this time of year. Mark your calendar for the Mountain Meltdown party on April 12 and 13, which features a two-day music festival on the mountain, a beer garden, barbeque and two-for-one tickets. And if you’ve got a few days off over Easter, ski up to three days at half price from April 18 through April 20.

Snowbird, Utah

Go home with a goggle tan after your spring vacation to Snowbird in Utah. Not only are tickets cheaper in spring, but Snowbird’s deep powder winter attitude turns into a party one this time of year. With weekly live music on the deck, plenty of cold drinks and skiers and snowboarders making turns in shorts and t-shirts, you can’t help but have a good time at Snowbird.

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

With some of the best spring snow and events for the whole family, Mt. Bachelor is one of the best spring skiing and snowboarding destinations in the country for those who are willing to make the drive. Mt. Bachelor even has special unlimited spring passes available for rates as low as $149 for adults and even lower for kids. And if you time your vacation right, you can be on the mountain for the 2014 Springtacular Concert Series, the Woodward Mini-Camp and a number of competitions, demos and other family-friendly events.

Don’t forget to stop by PleasureLand RV Center — your local Minnesota RV dealer — before you hit the road to your spring skiing destination. Whether you’re looking for a new or used RV or just need a little work done on your current motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel, we’ve got all of your RV lifestyle needs covered.

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National Nutrition Month – Eat Healthy While on the Road

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Eating healthy on the road can seem nearly impossible with a small, galley-style kitchen and fast food billboards luring you in with mouth-watering photos of cheeseburgers and french fries. But March is National Nutrition Month, which means it’s the perfect time to kick those bad habits and rethink your meals on the go.

Stop at Grocery Stores

With all of the salad bars and fresh market options popping up in grocery stores, you’re better off pulling over for grocery store signs than fast food ones. Hit the salad bar, buy fresh veggies and hummus for snacking or stock your RV with delicious local fruits. When you’re feeling full on healthy foods, you won’t be as tempted by burgers and fries.

Pack Your RV Fridge and Pantry Before You Leave

While it can be exciting to try the local cuisine everywhere you travel, eating meals out can turn an inexpensive trip into a pricey one. Pack healthy snacks like dried fruit, almonds, hard-boiled eggs and veggies, so you don’t skip any meals and end up binge-eating later.

Drink Plenty of Water

Not only do gas-station stops make you feel inclined to buy sodas and sugary drinks, but the interior of your RV can be very dehydrating as well. Drinking water will deplete your junk-food cravings as well as replenish your body’s interior and exterior after long days in the heat. A couple of glasses of water can make you rethink the McDonald’s stop you were sure you needed to take.

Pre-Cook Meals Before You Go

Take your planning a step above packing the fridge and the cooler, and cook some meat and veggies before you hit the road. After a long day of driving, you may feel too exhausted to cook and are likely to turn to restaurants or fast food for dinner. When you’re properly prepared, you can heat up your pre-cooked tasty and healthy meal as quickly as you can drive through.

Before you hit the road this camping season, stop by PleasureLand RV Center and have your vehicle checked out by our certified RV technicians. And if you’re in the market for a new or used RV, we’re your one-stop Minnesota RV dealer.

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Warm Up With These RV Spring Destinations

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It’s been one of the worst winters on record in many parts of the country, and that means it’s time to fire up your RV and head south where the temperatures are heating up for spring. From luxury RV resorts to tropical beach destinations, your warm spring vacation is just a short drive from the Minnesota cold.

City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico

Park your RV amidst towering volcanic rock and spend the gorgeous spring days exploring this outdoor wonderland. With RV campsites including electric and sewage hookups for just $18 a day, you’ll have plenty of extra cash to explore nearby Silver City and Deming. Even better, it heats up so much in the City of Rocks State Park in summertime, spring is the most ideal time to go.

Jamaica Beach RV Resort, Texas

When you’re looking for a true spring vacation at the beach, there’s no better place to feel the sand between your toes than Galveston Island. One of the newer RV parks on the island — Jamaica Beach RV Park — offers all of the amenities you desire (including an adult pool with a swim-up bar) just steps from the beach. Book your spring vacation at Jamaica Beach RV Park for the discounted winter rates today and start packing your RV for some much needed fun in the sun.

Bay Hide Away RV Park and Campground, Mississippi

Whether you want to explore New Orleans or the Gulf Coast beaches, Bay Hide Away RV Park is the best destination for your vacation on the bayou. Enjoy the camaraderie of the campground’s clubhouse, outdoor fireplace and complimentary get-togethers or find serenity at the nearby Gulf Coast beaches. Enjoy other amenities like a 9-hole disc golf course, pool, free WiFi and the nicest bathhouses on the Gulf Coast.

Stop and See Us Before You Go

Don’t forget to cruise by your local Pleasureland RV Center before you hit the road. We’re your No. 1 place for all of your recreational vehicle needs in Minnesota from new and used RV sales to parts, service, rentals and more. Come see us in Ramsey, St. Cloud, Willmar or Brainerd — we’re open six days a week.

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Try These Midwest Destinations for Your Next RV Roadtrip

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Add Minneapolis, Minnesota, to your itenerary.

Deciding where to go in the Midwest can be difficult as there are several top cities to choose from with each having its own distinctive allure. From Cleveland and St. Louis to Minneapolis/St.Paul, your itinerary will be full of exciting and interesting places to go and things to see and do.

If you’d like to take an adventure to the Midwest but need mobile accommodations, visit us at PleasureLand. We’ll help you choose a new or used recreational vehicle or let you try the RV lifestyle with one of our RV rentals.

Chicago

There’s nothing second best about the largest populated city in the Midwestern states. Rivaling New York as a mecca of entertainment, Chicago offers a long list of things to do. An array of festivals take place year-round including the Chicago Jazz Festival, Air and Water Show, Taste of Chicago, and much more. Relax in the sun at one of the beaches with views of Lake Michigan, check the scenery from atop the Hancock Building, or spend the day at the Navy Pier. Restaurants, nightclubs, botanical gardens, and museums are just a few excursions awaiting you in the Windy City.

Kansas City

A sizzling blues and jazz scene at the infamous section of 18th and Vine and some of the best barbecue in the world are two reasons to head to Missouri’s largest city. Kids and adults will enjoy the Kansas City Zoological Park, Science City at Union Station, Oceans of Fun park and museums galore. For a refreshing respite, stop in at the Boulevard Brewing Company for one of their tasty tours.

Detroit

Known as Motor City and for its history with Motown, Detroit is a hot spot for entertainment. If you’re feeling lucky, enjoy gambling at the MotorCity Casino, MGM Grand and Greektown Casino. Take in a show at the exquisite Fox Theatre, the Fillmore, or Harpos Concert Theatre, visit the Gilmore Car Museum, and stop by the monument to legendary boxer, Joe Louis. Detroit has numerous museums, sporting venues, and the 982-acre Belle Isle Park and aquarium. The city is a hop and a skip away from Windsor, Canada, located just across the Detroit River.

Contact one of our representatives at PleasureLand RV and let us help get you on your way to your next great adventure.

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