Sometimes you get lost. Sometimes you get lost and you find something cool. This is one of those times. Here, you’ll find some of the best-kept secrets we have to offer, many of which come from real-life Airstreamers. (But let’s keep this our little secret).
70 tent and trailer sites are available from March to December. The 700-acre forest spreads its roots through the northern Blue Ridge mountains, around the midway point of the Appalachian Trail. Two mountain lakes, scenic views, and bike trails make this a great fit for families or adventurers.
This coastal resort is perfect for Airstreamers who want to get away from it all without having to stray too far off the beaten path. Find it along the Pacific Ocean, within the sandy dunes of the Oceano Preserve. From water sports to biking, hiking to horseback riding, shopping to winery tours, there’s something for everyone.
Well off the beaten path, this state park is situated between the Ashley National Forest and the Dinosaur National Monument. The Airstream-friendly campgrounds are within walking distance of dinosaur tracks believed to be more than 200 million years old and overlook scenic desert landscapes.
“The solar panels on our Airstream make it possible for us to camp in the middle of nowhere. Last year, we spent the majority of winter “boondocking” in the southwest. Las Cienegas National Conservation Area is about an hour south of Tucson, AZ. It’s secluded and peaceful. But when we camped there in our Airstream, we had all of the luxuries of home!”
“The entire time we were there, the wind was whipping through the tall trees and it sounded like waves in the ocean. There was a lot of privacy between campsites, and the atmosphere made for cozy nights in the Airstream sipping tea or hot cocoa!”
“Two years in a row, Upper Teton View, just north of Jackson, WY, has been our favorite place to camp. It’s isolated, remote, and has spectacular views of the Teton Mountain Range. It’s perfect for visiting Grand Teton National Park or for staying home and soaking in the equally impressive sunrises and sunsets.”
“This park is out of the way, but absolutely beautiful! Great hiking, beautiful geology and history, plus plenty of shade for those hot Arizona summers. This campground is definitely for smaller trailers, as the max length is 29′ due to small roads, tight turns, and deep washes.”
“So many rocks to scramble on! Our kids had a blast climbing all over the hills at this amazing free camping spot outside of Bowie, AZ. Road is a little rugged, but we found the perfect spot about a half-mile down the dirt road. Close enough to Fort Bowie National Historic Site for a day trip, and then just enjoy the beautiful, vast open views around the campfire at night!”
“If you’re into mountain biking, this is the perfect spot! Campground is in the middle of the Road 18 trail system just outside of downtown Fruita. We spent four wonderful days biking, hiking, exploring, and just enjoying the wide open views!”
When reflecting on past travels, there are places that stand out among the rest. It could be a moment that was shared with a loved one, the way the light hit the mountain when you arrived or simply how nature allowed you to rest. We consulted a full-time Airstreamer, Ramona Creel, who has traveled many places to pick out her favorite location. Read on as she shares and gives tips for things to do while visiting.
o Do you have a favorite stop you’ve made along the way while traveling?
No – I don’t do superlatives and I love them all.
However, I do have many “favorites” that I’ll go out of my way to revisit every chance I get and for this post, I’ll narrow it down to one. An absolutely amazing experience I had while traveling from Key West to Nova Scotia for my book “Tin Can Travels” (which I hope to have published this year) was visiting the Bay Of Fundy while I was in the Canadian maritimes. They have the highest tides on earth! The water level rises and falls an average of 40 feet every single day. This is because the water is funneled into a narrow bay to create a phenomenon called “resonance” with ocean tides – resulting in much higher highs and lower lows. At low tide, the bay completely empties – what used to be covered in water is now dry land (or at least mudflats). And you can literally watch it fill back up again at high tide, it’s that profound of a shift and something everyone should see before they die!
o What are some fun, unique experiences you had in that place?
So many! Zip-lining at Cape Enrage, eating incredible lobster poutine and hiking the Fundy Trail with a naturalist and local historian are just a few of my wonderful experiences. I was also able to check out salmon beds, drink local blueberry wine, and eat reindeer lichen while hearing extremely colorful stories about the area’s history. Wandering around the sea caves in Bay View during low tide definitely stood out to me as well. I actually lost track of time and realized the tide was rushing back in so hard that I had to make a dash for it. I can go on with more great memories of tidal bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River, exploring the “flowerpot” formations of water wearing away at the base of a huge chunk of rock and checking out 300-million-year-old critters embedded in the walls at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs. If you are wanting a good scenic drive, I recommend driving the length of the Fundy Trail Parkway and stopping off for short hikes and scenic overlooks.
o What would you recommend to someone trying to visit that same location?
Make sure you hit both sides of the bay – New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The educational and recreational offerings are totally different in each area, and neither is to be missed. Oh, and pay attention to the tide – the water comes in so quickly, it’s easy to get stranded!