Our state and national parks are some of our country’s greatest features. In fact, each state is filled with so many awesome places to escape that it can be difficult to choose which one to visit. The following three state parks are a few of the best in the entire country; however, we suggest you get out there, visit as many as possible and create an opinion all your own.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park — California
Big Sur is known as California’s most scenic piece of coastline, but renting a hotel or vacation home in the area costs a pretty penny. Instead, it’s best to reserve a campsite at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which features two campgrounds for hike-in only camping. If you’d rather not hike-in, the state park remains an ideal place to take a break from your travels, hike and snap photos of Big Sur without backing up traffic and gawking from your vehicle’s windows.
Fort Yargo State Park — Georgia
Georgia doesn’t get enough credit for its stunning waterways, beaches and other natural wonders. You don’t even have to travel to the state’s coast to enjoy it’s stunning natural beauty. Fort Yargo State Park is located between Athens and Atlanta in Winder, Ga. The park features a 260-acre lake that’s ideal for paddling, fishing and boating. It’s also home to countless hiking trails, numerous campsites, bike trails, tennis courts, playgrounds, a disc golf course and more.
Itasca State Park — Minnesota
You don’t have to travel across the country to visit one of the nation’s top state parks. You only have to travel to Park Rapids, home of Minnesota’s Itasca State Park. This Northern Minnesota park is the oldest in the state and is best known for its more than 100 lakes. The park is open year-round for camping, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking and exploring.
Be sure to pay us a visit at the PleasureLand RV Centers throughout Minnesota when you’re traveling across the state and the country in your RV this spring.
Minnesota’s more than 11,800 lakes make it a hotspot for ice fishing. However, having so many places from which to choose can make planning your getaway more difficult. These three places to ice fish around Minnesota are some of the best of the best for catching fish and enjoying your stay.
St. Paul residents don’t have to travel far to find some of the country’s best ice fishing. Minnesota’s second largest lake, Mille Lacs, offers 74 miles of coastline and numerous access points to make your fishing excursions more convenient. The lake’s more than 130,000-acre size also means fishermen have plenty of room to spread out. The lake is known to be home to an abundance of rock bass, walleye, northern pike, small mouth bass, jumbo perch, tullibee and muskie, so bring a large cooler for your catch.
Gull Lake is known across Minnesota as one of the best fishing spots. It’s home to the annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza event, which is the largest ice fishing event in North America. This fishing spot in the Brainerd Lake Region offers great water quality, which sustains huge populations of northern pike, bluegill, walleye, rock bass, largemouth bass and crappie. Park your RV in nearby Nisswa or Brainerd to enjoy a little bit of off-the-ice action during your stay.
Upper Red Lake
Red Lake is the largest lake in Minnesota, and it’s a hotspot for world-class fishing conditions. Head to the lake’s upper region to enjoy the best walleye fishing in the state. However, don’t be surprised if you reel in some crappie and northern pike too. The entire lake is 288,000 acres in size, so you’ll never feel like you’re fishing in a crowd.
Stop and See Us
Minnesota’s PleasureLand RV Centers are located near some of our state’s best ice fishing spots. We’re offering a huge selection of ice houses on sale for the holiday season, so log online or stop in and see us today.
Whether you’re lounging at the campsite or at home preparing for your next adventure, nothing will get you more in the mood for road tripping than a classic road trip movie. Road trip movies have been popular since vehicles first hit the roads, and these three are ones that everyone should watch at least once.
1. Thelma and Louise
Couples-on-the-run films were aleady popular before Thelma and Louise came out in 1991, but this one, featuring two female friends, was different. Thelma and Louise headed on a journey into the mountains in a stylish 1966 convertible. The story gets dramatic when Louise guns down an attempted rapist. The two are then outlaws escaping the law and headed for Mexico.
2. Five Easy Pieces
This 1970 road trip flick starring Jack Nicholson takes you throughout America and its landscapes while giving a deep reflection of the country at that time. Bobby Dupea (Nicholson) and his girlfriend (Karen Black) encounter grungy motels, crazy hitchikers, diners and other Americana as they head up the coast from California to Washington to help his ailing father.
3. Something Wild
If you’re looking for some comedy to get you excited about your next road trip, the 1986 film Something Wild is the one to watch. The film pays tribute to It Happened One Night, a comical 1934 road trip film, but it will make you laugh with scenarios all its own.
Something Wild is hilarious, joyful and terrifying as Charlie Driggs (played by Jeff Daniels) and a woman named Lulu (Melanie Griffith) head on what is probably the most bizarre road trip ever. The characters attend a high school reunion, experience a gas station hold-up and are involved in countless other adventures that turn Driggs’ pressed office suit into a “Virginia is for lovers” t-shirt.
Start Your Road Trip at PleasureLand
Embark on the best road trip of your life in a brand-new RV from the PleasureLand RV Center. Log online or stop in and see us to get a closer look at our unbeatable fall specials.
When you invest in a new Class A motorhome from Pleasureland RV Center, you need to take care to keep it looking great for years to come. Allowing weathering to cause your exterior to fade will only lower the value of your vehicle and make it harder to sell in the future. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on products that must be applied regularly if you request professional ResistAll protective sealants from our service team.
Exterior Sealant To Protect Your Paint Job
Start with a protective coating to keep paint from fading and flaking away. The UV rays from the sun and moisture both work to strip away layers of color. The high gloss finish that offers basic protection against the weather, but normal conditions will eventually remove that finish. The sealant protects both the underlying paint and the top coat over it. Sticky deposits like bird waste and pine sap won’t bond permanently with the walls of your RV if you add an extra layer of sealant with our service. Salt from the roads and ocean spray will just wash off the exterior as well.
Improving The Interior
The interior of the RV usually starts to show wear after a few years if you take at least a few trips throughout the summer. Fabric, leather and vinyl all become stained and dull as your family relaxes on furnishings covered in these materials.
Sealing The Fabric
When the seats or couches in your motorhome or travel trailer are covered with the ResistAll treatment, liquids won’t be able to stain the material. Even oil-based spills will clean up without leaving permanent marks. The sealant can be applied to carpet as well to make vacuuming easy when someone walks in with muddy boots. Even fading won’t be such an issue with fabric that has been properly treated.
Coating Leather And Vinyl
Vinyl already resists spills fairly well, but leather can absorb liquids just like fabric. A safe sealant helps the material shed water, cola and even ice cream. The material will also stay soft and flexible when covered in the right type of protective sealing. Both vinyl and leather can crack if exposed to sunlight without something over it to block out the UV rays.
All of the ResistAll sealing services offered at our RV service center are supported by a five year warranty. If you’re tired of wiping down your upholstery or spraying the exterior at least once a month during the camping season, consider a set of products that could save you time and preserve the condition of your RV in one step.
Make 2015 your best camping season yet by taking your RV to Lakes Jam 2015 in Brainerd, Minn. Lakes Jam is the premier rock and country music festival in Minnesota, featuring top names like Don Felder, Lee Brice, Chase Rice, Jerrod Niemann and even more world-renowned acts to be announced. The festival takes place in the gorgeous Brainerd Lakes area, allowing you an unforgettable camping experience and so much fun you’ll make plans to come back next year.
The Lakes Jam Festival
The Lakes Jam Festival is unlike any other festival in the country for a number of reasons. Not only does the festival deliver some of the best acts in the country and rock music genres, but visitors enjoy an incredible outdoor experience as well. Golf carts and ATVs are authorized for use at the event, and the Steering Wheel Pass to use them is just $20, so you can enjoy easy access to the shows.
Camping at the Festival
Camping is a big part of the Lakes Jam Festival and RVs are more than welcome on site. The festival offers full-service and general campsites, and campfires are permitted as long as they are kept inside a 3-foot ring and monitored. All vehicles in the campground area must have a Steering Wheel or Campsite Pass and every person at the campsite needs a Weekend Concert Pass or VIP Weekend Concert Package.
The Lakes Jam Festival will take place from June 25 to June 27, this year and the live concerts will kick off on Thursday evening. Camping opens at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, so you can set up camp early and start enjoying the fun. Tickets and camping passes are available for sale right now, so lock yourself into the experience of a lifetime today.
Find the Best Camping Gear at PleasureLand
Find all of the top RV parts and camping supplies for Lakes Jam 2015 right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. With numerous locations throughout the state, and one right here in Brainerd, we make it easy for you to pick up supplies or have your RV repaired in a pinch.
There’s no better way to cure the winter blues than by planning your next RV getaway. And although January is the heart of winter here in Minnesota, the spring RV season is closer than it seems. Get your family excited about camping in 2015 by scheduling your getaway to the unbeatable Timberline RV Resort in Sturgeon Lake, Minn.
Fun for the Whole Family
The Timberline RV Resort is guaranteed to offer a camping experience your family will never forget. This campground is packed with resort-style amenities like an outdoor heated swimming pool, paddleboat rentals, tubing, canoeing, free bike rentals, two playgrounds, berry picking, a game room, snack bar, basketball courts, volleyball, hiking trails, ATV trails and a convenient location between two exciting casinos. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed vacation or a relaxing getaway, the Timberline RV Resort is able to provide exactly what you’re seeking.
Spacious and Private Campsites
The Timberline RV Resort offers over 200 campsites, so you can find one that’s perfect for you and your fellow travelers. All campers, whether in basic tent or full-service RV sites, are granted access to all of the resort facilities, including a massive recreation building with adult lounge, laundry room, modern toilets and showers. Camp near the pond, along the Horn River, next to the playground, close to the pool or in a spacious private site away from it all. The Timberline RV Resort offers everything you need to have an unforgettable Minnesota RV vacation in one convenient place.
Make Your Reservation Today
This exciting RV resort is extremely popular in the peak camping season, so it’s recommended that you call and make your reservation for spring or summer as early as possible. The campground opens with off-season prices from May 1 to May 23, then rates increase for the peak summer season. Daily, weekend and weekly rates or available, so contact the resort to choose your campsite and get your RV vacation set in stone today.
Pay a Visit to PleasureLand
Whether you’re searching for a new RV or some upgraded RV supplies for the upcoming camping season, you can find everything your RV lifestyle demands right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota.
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Minnesota is more than the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it’s the land of 10,000 adventures too. No matter what time of year you plan on visiting Minnesota, there are tons of exciting indoor and outdoor excursions to enjoy. Put these adventures on your bucket list for 2015, and it may just be your best RV travel year yet.
It doesn’t have to be warm outside to go rock climbing. Vertical Endeavors, with locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth, is an indoor rock climbing facility with exciting climbs for all ages and all skill levels. The facility is open year round with programs and lessons for groups or individuals. Whether you’re an expert climber or complete novice, Vertical Endeavors can provide the adventure you’ve been seeking.
North Shore Expeditions
Getting out on the lakes is a must when you’re in Minnesota, and a kayak adventure can be one of the best ways to do it. North Shore Expeditions in Grand Marais offers day trips, camping trips and kayak lessons on some of Minnesota’s most gorgeous waterways. If you’ll be traveling to Minnesota in some of the warmer months this year, a visit to North Shore Expeditions will be an adventure you’ll never forget.
Silver Creek Sled Dogs
Embrace winter in Minnesota with a Silver Creek Sled Dogs adventure. Silver Creek Sled Dogs offer partial day, full day and overnight dog sledding excursions in the gorgeous Minnesota wilderness. Rides are available until April 15, and the Silver Creek Sled Dogs company in Two Harbors can be reached at (218) 834-6592 for reservations.
Start Your Adventures at PleasureLand
PleasureLand RV Center is your one-stop RV shop in Minnesota, and with locations in Ramsey, Willmar, Brainerd and St. Cloud, there’s always one nearby when you’re visiting the North Star State. You can count on us for all of your RV sales, service, parts and accessories needs while you’re out adventuring in 2015. And if you’re just getting started with the RV lifestyle, our qualified staff is here six days a week to help you buy or rent the RV of your dreams.
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New Year’s resolutions have a reputation of being difficult to keep. We start the year focused on our goal, and lose sight of it just a month later. This year, start 2015 with a resolution that you won’t let slip away. Resolve to fire up your RV and travel more in 2015.
It may sound like an easy resolution, but like many others, it’s also an easy one to lose sight of as you develop a busy schedule and begin to budget the year’s money. These simple RV resolutions are easy to keep and are guaranteed to get you on the road more often in 2015, no matter what your schedule or budget may look like.
Resolve to Use Your Weekends
RV adventures don’t always have to be thoroughly planned cross-country road trips. Weekend getaways will give you and your family the outdoor refreshment you need without the hefty fuel bills or expensive RV park or campground fees.
Resolve to Start Planning Now
Many RV vacations go missed due to poor planning and preparation. Plan this year’s big RV adventure now, so you can start saving and have all of the expenses covered before it comes time to hit the road. A properly planned RV vacation is more likely to happen and much less stressful than one that is done on a whim.
Resolve to Go Someplace New
Do you have an RV destination that you visit year after year? Stop heading to that familiar place — whether near or far — and venture to an entirely new destination this year. Visiting an unfamiliar place will reignite your love for exploration and may even open your eyes to a destination that’s even better than the last.
Start the New RV Year at PleasureLand
Start the new year off right by covering all of your RV sales, service and parts needs at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. We’re offering some insane deals on new and pre-owned RVs this season as well as great specials on service and accessories to ensure your RV is always running like new.
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If you’re tired of staying inside and want to take a road trip, consider one or more of these destinations. Even if you’ve been there before but not during the fall season, take a trip and make it a weekend – or even a week! Be sure to bring your camera.
If you do decide to make it a long weekend or a week-long trip, make sure your RV is in perfect condition, especially the furnace. If you haven’t used it yet this season, turn it on and make sure it works. If not, stop by PleasureLand RV so our service techs can repair it before you leave.
While many may thing Taylors Falls is a summer destination, don’t discount it for a fall or winter trip. In addition to the kayaking and canoeing you might do during warmer months, the town also has shopping, amusement parks, dining, exploring volcanic potholes and more. Head over to Stillwater on the St. Croix River, and then make your way out on Highway 95 toward Taylors Falls for some fun and some great photo opportunities.
If you like “quaint,” then be sure to head out on State Highway 16 – from the north, take U.S. 63 south – to find caves, Amish colonies and quaint downtown harbors. Go through Lanesboro’s historic downtown for shopping, culture, arts, or just to explore the Root River.
If you take Interstate 94 and Highway 371 and go past St. Cloud, you’ll be in Paul Bunyan country. Once there, you’ll be able to visit many amusement parks, eat walleye sandwiches and experience Native American culture and crafts. You’ll also find plenty of lakeside campgrounds and resorts among the 400 lakes in the area.
Take Interstate 35 to Duluth to get some great photo opportunities – and continue past Duluth to see some of the best winter pictures along Lake Superior. If it’s cold enough, you may catch iced-over water falls, plus you can stop at plenty of shops and attractions in the area between Duluth and Canada. And, you’ll find plenty of campgrounds so you can stay overnight – or longer, if you choose.
Stop by PleasureLand RV
Before you head out, stop by PleasureLand RV to pick up anything you might need or to get your RV serviced if needed.
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Road trips are filled with the excitement of arriving at your destination, but there’s a lot of time to occupy between leaving home and your arrival. And that’s when a perfectly good road trip can start to go sour. Keep your next RV road trip exciting from start to finish by incorporating these fun road trip activities into your drive.
Get Your Questions Ready
You don’t need fancy hand-held games or DVD players to keep your kids occupied on the road. And cruising in your RV is the perfect time to engage them in educational conversations to pass the time. Keep your little ones entertained by creating a list of roughly 10 questions before you hit the road, such “What is your favorite season, and why?” Let everyone in the family answer the question, and prepare to be amazed at how much your answers vary.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
Spotting out-of-the-ordinary animals, signs and other sites along your route can become an entertaining and educational experience. Suggest that every member of your family shouts out, “That’s not something we see every day,” when they spot something they’ve never seen before. If the entire road trip seems like a bit much, try playing the game for 30 minute intervals.
Road Trip Bingo
Road Trip Bingo has become such a popular road trip game that free bingo boards are available online. Be sure to print off plenty of copies of the board, because you’ll want to mark off the squares with a pen or pencil to reduce the mess of using real bingo chips. If you have time to laminate the boards before you go, dry erase markers allow you to play game after game without creating too much waste.
Get Your Road Trip Games at PleasureLand
Here at PleasureLand RV Center, we’re more than just your home for purchasing new and used RVs in Minnesota. We’re your one-stop shop for RV sales, service, repairs ands parts too. And our online parts store is fully stocked with all of the camping supplies and games you need to enjoy your time getting from point A to point B.