Your 2018 Minnesota RVing Bucket List

Minnesota has tons of natural sites to visit if you’re an RVer. So many, in fact, that we bet you could spend an entire year checking destinations off your list. If you don’t have all year, though, and want to see some of the best parks that Minnesota has to offer this 2018, add these to your travel bucket list.

Voyageurs National Park

A vacation to Voyageurs National Park is a true adventure as visitors have 218,000 acres to explore. The tapestry of the park is an intertwined network of lush forest, ancient rock, and multiple waterways.The rugged and remote park is a haven for water enthusiasts and wildlife observers. Depending on the season, visitor’s enjoy hiking, fishing, canoeing, boat tours, and ranger led naturalist programs. During the winter, snowmobiling, skiing, ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, and hiking snow-covered trails are options. Rowboats, canoes, cross-country skis, and snowshoes are available for rent.

Grand Portage State Park

Grand Portage State Park is a state park at the northeastern tip of Minnesota near the Canadian border. It contains a 120-foot waterfall, the tallest in the state, on the Pigeon River. The High Falls and other waterfalls and rapids upstream necessitated a historically important portage on a fur trade route between the Great Lakes and inland Canada. This 8.5-mile path plus the site of forts on either end are preserved in nearby Grand Portage National Monument. The forested areas provide a beautiful backdrop to the rugged beauty of the falls and the shoreline of the Pigeon River that runs through the park.

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Gooseberry Falls State Park is known as the gateway to the North Shore. It possesses spectacular waterfalls, a river gorge, pristine Lake Superior shoreline, plenty of log and stone structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and north woods wildlife. Hike or ski to see the Fifth Falls through a forest of evergreens, aspen, and birch, and enjoy camping in modern campsites, picnicking, and relaxing along the Lake Superior shoreline or the Gooseberry River. Listen to the thunderous roar of the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River as it plummets through a rocky gorge. Watch for waves, ships, or the moon rise on Lake Superior from an ancient lava flow known as the Picnic Flow.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Before you start checking destinations off your bucket list, be sure to stop in and see us at PleasureLand RV Center this spring or summer. PleasureLand RV Center can ensure that your RV is ready to handle the road trip ahead and you can make sure that you’re properly outfitted for whatever the road brings. Where do you plan to head in Minnesota this year? Let us know!

Best East Coast Snowbird Destinations

Warm weather, beaches and southern hospitality are the makings of an incredible snowbird destination. Fire up your RV and cruise to one of these three awesome destinations in the Southeast, and you’re guaranteed a snowbird season your family will never forget.

Charleston, South Carolina

When you’re looking for a Southeast beach vacation that offers far more than sand and waves, Charleston should be on your list. This historic city by the sea offers a vibrant downtown scene with historic houses, award-winning restaurants, shopping to fit every taste and a nightlife that’s tough to beat. And for those days you want to spend soaking in the sun, nearby Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Folly Beach offer sand, the sea and a fun beach atmosphere.

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Cocoa Beach has grown from a small Florida beach town to a hot warm-weather destination, but it hasn’t lost its charm. Cocoa is the perfect family destination with the excitement of gorgeous beaches, easy access to Cape Canaveral, deep sea fishing, eco-tour adventures, waterfront dining, a vibrant nightlife scene and so much more. Even better, the weather is warm year-round in the Cocoa Beach area, so you can head there in February, March, or April and practically be guaranteed comfortable temperatures.

Tybee Island, Georgia

The Southeast is full of fun coastal destinations, but Tybee Island is one that every RV travelers should visit at least once. The island’s close proximity to Savannah puts city life within reach, but if you want an isolated beach vacation, you can have that too. Enjoy water sports, dolphin tours, cute beach shops, tasty restaurants, the Tybee Lighthouse, amazing fishing and countless other adventures at one of the East Coast’s favorite beaches.

Start Your Adventure at PleasureLand RV Center

There’s no better way to snowbird than with a new RV from PleasureLand RV Center. We’re your one-stop Minnesota RV shop with everything from top-quality new and used RVs to service, camping supplies and more, so stop in and see us!

Snowbirding in Texas

Winter is definitely here in full-force in Minnesota. If you’ve yet to flock south to a warmer snowbird destination, what are you waiting for? Perhaps you’re stuck on where to go. If so, consider Texas. It’s perhaps not the first state you think of when the word “snowbird” pops into your head (we bet that’s Florida), but it’s got everything you need to keep you entertained all winter long.

South Padre Island

There are numerous cities in Texas that welcome RV snowbirds. But if you are into enjoying the warm water of the Gulf Coast and bird watching (the flying sort, not the ones who drove down with you in their RVs), then South Padre Island is the one place you definitely need to stop by with the RV. It has numerous beaches and calm waters so that you can enjoy fishing and boating. There are numerous RV parks in South Padre Island, some of which are even located right near the beach.

Austin

Being a snowbird doesn’t mean you have to travel to a slow-paced destination for retirees. Austin is a place where culture and the outdoors collide. Snowbirds can kayak, mountain bike, or hike in the day and turn to the city for world-renowned eateries and live music at night. Austin is a city that will make the cooler months of the year fly by with excitement. At Austin Lone Star RVResort, located just south of downtown, winter residents receive seasonal rate discounts on big-rig-friendly, full-hookup campsites.

New Braunfels

New Braunfels is a great travel destination for anyone looking to do take a short trip this April. This German town has plenty of old fashioned fun and modern activities to make this a great vacation destination for the whole family. This town is proud of its German heritage, and celebrates it everyday. If you are not as interested in Germany, there is plenty for you to do as well. It’s got small town charm, warm weather, and outdoor fun in abundance.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this winter to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for your travel and vacation plans and leave the lot in your new RV today. Not on the market for a new RV? PleasureLand RV Center can help you with RV service, parts, and accessories too.

Best Florida RV Beach Destinations

Escape the cold this winter by traveling to Florida. With sunny weather, clear skies, and warm temperatures, Florida will make you think it’s summer already! And if you go to Florida, you’ve of course got to hit up the beaches since they embody everything that Florida is about. These are the best beaches within easy access of your RV.

Daytona Beach

Daytona beach has been nicknamed the world’s most famous beach and for good reason. If you are apt for spending the day at the beach, there is no shortage of activities. Perhaps you can play some beach volleyball with the kids then cool off with some water fun. There are many things to do from surfing to paddle boarding, kayaking and even parasailing. No matter what you decide to do, it’s going to be both memorable and fun.

No vacation is complete without a visit to the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and pier. Known for food, fun and family entertainment, this attraction can’t be missed. Spend the afternoon exploring the Boardwalk or riding different rides such as the Sandblaster Roller Coaster, Slingshot, go-karts and Ferris wheel. After the thrills are done, stop by the entertainment center area that features both new and classic arcade favorites.

Juno Beach

If you’re looking for a beach getaway that offers hot summer temperatures, swaying palm trees and tropical turquoise waters, Juno Beach is one of the best places in the country to park your RV. Stay at the Juno Ocean Walk RV Resort, and you’ll enjoy a short walk to the Palm Beach area’s breathtaking beaches. Visitors can take part in activities held at the RV resort or venture just a few minutes away to world class golf courses, sport fishing charters, pristine beaches, shopping and countless other Florida activities.

Destin Beach

The sand is a little different in that the ground glass is made from Appalachian quartz, so the shores are bright white. For the best photo ops, be sure to visit Henderson Beach State Park, located just east of Destin’s airport.

Destin’s white beaches are stunning, nestled against the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida. With some of the best fishing anywhere in the world, the sealife around Destin always seems to be biting, so don’t forget to pack your fishing pole.

Destin is also home to tons of spectacular golf courses, many of which offer views of the gulf as you play. No matter your golfing skills, you owe it to yourself to get out on the green for the views alone.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this winter to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for your travel and vacation plans and leave the lot in your new RV today. Not on the market for a new RV? PleasureLand RV Center can help you with RV service, parts, and accessories too.

Visit Historic Virginia in Your RV

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Everyone is, at one time or another, a bit of a history nerd. Whether that’s all the time for you or only occasionally, RVing is a great way to hit up some of the country’s most historic sites, soak in the history, and learn more about what happened in each locale.

If you’re traveling the east coast this winter or spring, plan to stop in at these historic sites if the “history bug” bites.

Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia

One of the east coast’s most popular historic sites, Colonial Williamsburg is a living museum unlike any other. Get an intimate look at how colonial Americans lived and worked in the years leading up to the American Revolution.

Colonial Williamsburg is the size of a small town and has everything that a small town would need during the mid-1700s in order to survive, including shops, taverns, a courthouse, artisans, and homes.

Professional reenactors dressed in authentic period costumes populate the town, demonstrating life as it would have been in colonial America and informing guests on what they’re doing and how it fits into the town as a whole.

There are daily shows in Colonial Williamsburg as well, including a courthouse trial that allows guests to participate in the proceedings.

General admission is $40.99, $20.49 for children, and free for those 5 years and younger.

Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, Virginia

Also located in Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement shifts its focus to an earlier time; instead of life leading up to the American Revolution, Jamestown portrays the earliest colonists in the New World, before even the pilgrims had arrived.

The museum at the site details the lives of settlers, gives biographical information on specific settlers, and discusses the native tribes in the area and how the colonists affected them.

There are settler ship replicas docked at the settlement that allow you to tour them in addition to the settler and native villages. All contain reenactors and interactive exhibits.

Admission is cheaper at Jamestown Settlement; general admission is $17 for adults, $8 for kids, and free for those 5 and younger.

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Yorktown, Virginia

The main draw here is the military camp that recreates what it would have been like during the Revolutionary War. Visitors can tour various tents in the camp and there are reenactors sprinkled throughout who can answer your questions and provide demonstrations, including how muskets worked or how the soldiers prepared food or spent their free time.

Also on site is a tobacco plantation, which demonstrates how a plantation worked and the process for growing and selling tobacco (as well as tobacco’s importance to the colonial economy), and a museum that possesses tons of information on the Revolutionary War, which is presented through exhibits, videos, and artifacts.

Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for kids, and free for those who are 5 or younger.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this winter to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for your travel and vacation plans and leave the lot in your new RV today. Not on the market for a new RV? PleasureLand RV Center can help you with RV service, parts, and accessories too.

Hike Lester Park in Duluth

We’re going to let you in on a little secret. It involves one of Minnesota’s least known parks. This park is home to one of Minnesota’s best hiking trails, especially if you traverse it in the depths of a Minnesota winter.

Located in northern Minnesota, not far from the shores of Lake Superior, there’s a secluded park in the town of Duluth. Known as Lester Park, it’s a popular place that the locals love to explore time and again. With over 9 miles of trails that meander along the Amity Creek and Lester River (and offering spectacular views of both bodies of water), Lester Park is a must-see stop if you’re in or near Duluth this winter.

The park is secluded and unfrequented to such a degree that the landscape turns into a veritable untouched winter wonderland after snowfall. If you want to see a pristine Minnesota forest in the depths of winter, Lester Park and its trails are calling your name.

Before or after exploring Lester Park, be sure to see everything else Duluth has to offer visitors before you hit the road to your next destination. With shopping and dining, Duluth makes for a great pitstop along your path.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Before you hit the roads this winter, bring your RV by PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota to ensure it’s in top shape for the winter roads. And if you’re in the market for a new or used RV, stop in or log online tobrowse our huge selection of top-quality RVs in stock.

Check Out the Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival

If you love flying kites and have got one in your RV with you, you ought to check out the Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival, which is held on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, each year. Even if you don’t own a kite, you shouldn’t have an issue finding one in Minneapolis. There are also kite sellers at the festival.

The festival is taking place on January 27, 2018, this year and it looks to be bigger and better than ever.

It starts at noon and runs until 4pm and is free of charge. It’s simple and easy to participate: just don your winter gear to stay warm and head out onto the icy lake to let your kite fly along with everyone else. The wind over the lake makes for an ideal kite flying environment.

Members of the Minnesota Kite Society will be out as well to demonstrate their skills and tricks with kites of all shapes and sizes, so keep your eyes out for them when you’re out there.

Besides kite flying, there are also horse-drawn carriage rides, ice fishing, and roasted marshmallows. There are also some food vendors around if you want a bite to eat or a warm drink.

Overall, the festival makes for a great way to get out of your RV for an afternoon of fun. You can spend the evening and next day enjoying Minneapolis before you head out for your next destination.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Before you hit the roads this winter, bring your RV by PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota to ensure it’s in top shape for the winter roads. And if you’re in the market for a new or used RV, stop in or log online to browse our huge selection of top-quality RVs in stock.

Go Fat Biking in Minnesota

Fat biking isn’t a winter sport that’s as well known as, say, skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, or ice climbing, but that’s not really fair. Fat biking allows you to ride a bike anywhere you want over the winter landscape, even over snow. Instead of being restricted to icy trails and slushy roads, you can ride your bike like you would in summer and go wherever you please due to the oversized tires.

Like most winter sports, fat biking is a great activity to enjoy in Minnesota during the winter thanks to Minnesota’s plentiful snowfall and outdoor beauty. Plus, thanks to a recent project in Minnesota, there are more trails than ever to fat bike on throughout Minnesota state parks. These trails are groomed specifically for the large, low pressure tires that a fat bike uses.

Fat bikes are easy to stow in your RV and offer unprecedented control for those wishing to explore a winter landscape.

Some of the more popular trails include Douglas State Trail between Rochester and Pine Island, which is 13 miles long. There’s also the Richard J. Dorer State Forest near Winona that has about 7.5 miles of fat bike trails. Farther north in Minnesota, you can find Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area near Ironton with 20 miles of trails.  Split Rock Lighthoust State Park near Two Harbors has 8.7 miles of trails. Finally, you can check out Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton, which has 5.4 miles of trails.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center to tour a motorhome or travel trailer and find an RV that’s right for you and your family. Stay out longer on your fat biking adventures by traveling in an RV. With the warmth of an RV to return to at the end of the day, you can stay out as long as you want and not have to worry about a trek back home.

Go Snowmobiling This Winter in Minnesota

Minnesota is one of the country’s top winter destinations if you’re more into embracing the snow than escaping it. From skiing and sledding to snowshoeing and ice climbing, Minnesota’s got it all. And if you’ve got a snowmobile, you’re in luck: Minnesota caters to you every winter as well.

All told, there are about 22,000 miles of maintained, groomed, and marked snowmobile trails that are spread throughout Minnesota and her wilderness spaces. While riding your snowmobile, you’ll enjoy seeing Minnesota’s rolling terrain, hundreds of lakes, and sprawling forests.

Brainerd Lakes

The Brainerd area is popular in the summer for its lakes and those same lakes make it a great winter destination as well. There’s an intricate web of snowmobile trails that spread out between the frozen lakes, such as Pelican Lake, Gull Lake, Crosslake, and more. The area is interspersed with villages and towns that are more than happy to have snowmobilers stop in for a bite to eat and to rest. If you don’t own your own snowmobile, you can also rent one from a number of local businesses.

Voyageurs National Park

The park and the land surrounding it are more than welcoming to snowmobilers. There’s that great mix of established trails and a support network from local communities that make riding in the region a joy. As you move through the park and the surrounding wilderness, you’ll not only enjoy the natural beauty and solitude, but you’ll also encounter small towns that offer shopping, dining, and more. The best part is that the area has few roads that you’ll encounter between stops, so it feels like one continuous journey.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center to tour a motorhome or travel trailer and find an RV that’s right for you and your family. Stay out longer on your snowmobiling adventures by traveling in an RV. With the warmth of an RV to return to at the end of the day, you can stay out as long as you want and not have to worry about a trek back home.

Check Out Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Your RV

If you’re on the road this December in Minnesota (or you will be soon), chances are you’re going to be spending the holidays in your RV. On your way to your ultimate holiday destination, be sure to stop in at Duluth to catch the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. It’s going on right now and is up and running through December 26.

The annual event transforms the Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth into a magical illuminated winter wonderland that includes colorful displays, holiday music, and warm food and beverages.

It’s known as the country’s largest free walk-through lighting display and possesses more than 4 million individual lights. With such a brilliant display, you know that it’s not something you’re going to be able to see anywhere.

The main attraction is definitely the 12-story Christmas tree, which is over twice as tall as the one in Rockefeller Center in New York. It’s covered in over 100,000 LED lights that are synced to holiday music. Other displays borrow from your favorite holiday and family icons, such as Sesame Street, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and more. Children will also have the opportunity to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus every night.

Concessions like popcorn and hot cocoa are available for your enjoyment while you view the displays.

While the event is free of charge, guests are encouraged to offer donations or help a charity present at the festival in lieu of admission fees.

While you’re in Duluth, you can also check out the Great Lakes Aquarium, Lake Superior Zoo, the Spirit Mountain Ski and Recreation Area, or the numerous local eateries and shops.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Looking for the ideal RV or ice house for the winter of 2017/18?PleasureLand RV Centers, located throughout Minnesota, are loaded with all of the latest and greatest ice houses and four-season RVs. Stop in and see us in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Brainerd or Long Prairie to view ourselection of new and used RVs today.