Family RV Travel Five: Opportunities to Explore This Fall

RV travel provides opportunities to learn new skills and explore the world beyond our own boundaries.

Here are five ideas to consider for exploring this fall.

Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

1. Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

Now is a good time to visit this multifaceted destination to learn about the past, present, and future of interplanetary space travel. Further, with more than 40 rocket launches expected in the months ahead, you and your family could have an up-close view of the excitement.

Spend a day or longer at the Visitor Complex to meet the Astronaut of the Day, tour launch pads, and learn what it means to train for a mission in space. Check out the world’s largest collections of spacecraft, vehicles and artifacts, and ponder what it might be like to travel into the unknown.

Colorado River State Historic Site, Yuma, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Colorado River State Historic Site, Yuma, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

2. Colorado River State Historic Site, Yuma, Arizona

When many people think about state parks, they get visions of hiking trails, campgrounds, and more. However, not all of Arizona’s state parks fit that description; some are distinguished as historic sites.

The park system has a real passion for preserving the state’s significant history and that is certainly true with their Colorado River State Historic Site. A day-use park, it’s a valued site in the history of Arizona and preserves the Yuma Quatermaster Depot used by the US Army. Learn more with a visit.

Virginia Official Oyster Festival at Urbanna © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Colorado River State Virginia Official Oyster Festival at Urbanna © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

3. Urbanna, Virginia

Urbanna is a quaint little port town on the Rappahannock River, which flows into Chesapeake Bay. The community hosts numerous events including the 61st annual Virginia Official Oyster Festival on November 2nd and 3rd as the charming Town of Urbanna closes its streets for this big celebration of oysters.

Foodie heaven: Over 50 food vendors and OYSTERS! Raw, Steamed, Roasted, Rockefeller, Fried, Stewed, Oysters in a Pot Pie, and festival food fare. Don’t miss the Oyster Shucking Contest Saturday. Visit the 1766 Scottish Factor Store Museum and learn all about the history of oysters, boats, and the Mitchell Map.

Bethpage Camp-Resort is also located along the Rappahannock River and a perfect home base while you check out the many local events this season. Bethpage Camp-Resort offers full hookup sites and their own activities throughout the fall season.

Virginia Official Oyster Joshua Tree National Park, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Virginia Official Oyster Joshua Tree National Park, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

4. Joshua Tree National Park, California

Nearly 800,000 acres of desert east of the Coachella Valley (think, Palm Springs), Joshua Tree National Park rewards visitors with a full range of peculiar treasures: spiky yuccas, spiny cacti, spindly ocotillos, gangly Joshua trees, and dramatic geological formations including Jumbo Rocks.

As you drive up Pinto Basin Road, past the Cholla Cactus Garden, you’ll cross the transition zone between two major desert ecosystems: The lower Colorado Desert merges into the higher Mojave Desert, and cholla cactus and ocotillos give way to Joshua trees.

An even bigger wow can be had at Keys View. To the west, distant San Gorgonio Mountain and San Jacinto Peak—both topping 10,000 feet—scrape the sky. Looking south, you can spy the Salton Sea.

Moody Mansion, Galveston, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Moody Mansion, Galveston, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

5. Galveston, Texas

Fall is the time of year when Texas (finally) get a break from the heat of summer and the aromas of pumpkin spice-flavored drinks fill many a coffee shop. Not only is this a great season for RV travel, it’s an even better time to visit Galveston Island. The season’s cooler temperatures make it the perfect time to relax on the island’s 32 miles of sandy beaches, catch a few fish, and enjoy the outdoors.

Not only that, fall is full of awesome festivals and you can discover Galveston’s spooky history on one of the many ghost tours. When you’re ready for a break from all the adventure, browse the one-of-a-kind shops and treat yourself to some delicious food at the unique restaurants located throughout the Downtown Historic Strand Seaport District.

Fall in Galveston is filled with parades, music and all the food you can handle. Savor the oh-so-succulent flavors of beef souvlaki, gyros, and other traditional foods served during the Galveston Island Greek Festival on October 13th and 14th.

Worth Pondering…

Early fall may be the most enjoyable time of year to travel. Summer crowds are gone, and the weather is pleasant nearly everywhere—no longer hot but not yet cold.

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