The holidays are a special time for so many folks. Some love to spend them at home, staying clear of the outside and the cold weather. Others, however, embrace being out in nature, escaping the crowded frenzy of shoppers, the hustle and bustle of the fast-moving season, or maybe even the family drama that seems to be inevitable. They would rather be enjoying the outdoors, gazing into the crystal-clear skies for falling stars, constellations, or any sign of Rudolph’s bright red nose guiding Santa across the nation (and don’t worry, he DOES stop at the RV parks)!
The only real issue of traveling over the holidays is deciding where to go in your Cruise America RV rental to find fun holiday destinations. It really doesn’t matter which direction you choose, you’re bound to enjoy the togetherness of being with your loved ones on the open road. After all, the journey is a great part of the reward.
Just in case you are one of the “I’m-not-sure-where-we-want-to-go” crowd, we have a few suggestions for some very holiday-friendly places to go.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
When you think about Arizona, you probably think about desert and hot temperatures. This is anything but true for the Grand Canyon in the winter. In fact, winter is one of the best times to visit, as the crowds are low and the atmosphere is peaceful. You can even take the kiddos on a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway. Each holiday season the train is transformed into the Polar Express, where the family can ride to the North Pole to visit Jolly Old St. Nick.
Over Christmas, all of the shops and restaurants are open for business during their regular hours. This makes it handy if you need to grab some last-minute gifts, or grab some chow. You’ll find a great selection of Native American jewelry, western wear, souvenir shirts and DVDs of the canyon’s beauty.
There are several RV parks where you can station your motorhome; some in the park, and some close to it. Be sure to reserve both your Cruise America RV and your camping spot early in the year to avoid any surprises.
Estes Park, Colorado
Christmastime (mid-November through New Year’s Eve) is one of the best times to visit this charming mountain village. The streets are festively decorated, along with all the quaint one-of-a-kind shops filled to the brim with holiday cheer. The restaurants are known for their delicious fare, and from December 18th through Christmas, you can enjoy Festive Fridays. Each week, the shops offer live music, treats and even chair massages to their guests. It’s a good opportunity to get those perfect gifts you’ve been searching for. The activities include the annual Christmas tree lighting, along with a Christmas parade over the Thanksgiving Day weekend.
That’s right … this town is really named “Christmas!” How apropos is that? There is no cold and snow here, so your outfit of choice could easily be shorts and a t-shirt. The town is actually named after Fort Christmas, but you’ll find a huge Christmas tree, as well as Santa in his sleigh high above the RV park. It’s just around the corner from several major attractions, such as Walt Disney World (which puts on one heck of a Christmas party), Universal Studios and LEGOLAND.
Stone Mountain, Georgia
This park is just outside of Atlanta. It offers travelers a wonderful RV experience over the holidays. At Stone Mountain, Christmas isn’t recognized on just one day, but one full month! There is tubing, train rides, festive lights and much more. The kids can personally meet Rudolph and his nemesis, the Abominable Snowman, and watch Ice Age in 4-D on the big screen, followed by a spectacular firework show.
Yosemite National Park, California
This is a real hotspot during the summer months, but over the Christmas holidays it’s more quiet and subdued. Whether it’s snowing or not, there are always breathtaking views at the park. If you want a dining experience of a lifetime, go to the famous Awhanee Lodge for the Bracebridge Dinner. It’s an 18th century-style experience held in the Majestic Yosemite Hotel’s dining room, where you’ll enjoy four hours of entertainment, along with a full seven-course dinner. The cast is made up of more than a hundred people. They can move you to tears as they sing O Holy Night, or they can crack you up with the antics of the court jester, The Lord of Misrule. It has been on a lottery system because of its popularity, but now it is not required, as the dinner is served on December 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 & 22nd. It’s a dining experience that will not soon be forgotten.
Santa Claus, Indiana
Now this is a town that takes their name seriously! All of the numerous attractions are Christmas-themed, including the Santa Claus Museum, Santa’s Candy Castle and Frosty’s Fun Center. Many travelers like to go there just to send mail from the post office, as the postmark says “Santa Claus” on it. And, by the way, it’s this town where the majority of letters to Santa end up. There’s a wonderful RV park there named Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort, and you KNOW who that’s named after!
Wherever you spend your holidays, Cruise America wishes you a very merry Christmas or Chanukah, and a happy, prosperous 2018!
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