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Camping Gems

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Find those fun and funky “special” places across the country. Hit the road and discover all the odd roadside attractions that make getting there more than half the fun. Road tripping gives you an excuse to search out hidden gems along your route. Look inside for suggested trips and inspiration to plan your own camping gem journey.

Camping Gem | Cape May, New Jersey

Antiques, beaches and nature trails.  Explore Cape May, New Jersey


Cape May is a beautiful resort community, that welcomes thousands of visitors looking to enjoy the beaches and small town feel during the summer. However, it is a great destination year round, with plenty to do and see. Visitors can enjoy Cape May while hiking the nature trails, or relaxing on the beach, or spending time exploring the historic downtown. Cape May has something to offer every visitor.

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Camping Gem | Rhode Island

Hidden Rhode Island

Coastal Nature Trail

One fantastic Rhode Island hiking option is the Coastal Nature Trail. Travelers can explore much of Rhode Island's coastline and different regions on the trails of the Coastal Nature Trail. This trail showcases much of Rhode Island's coastal diversity, from This trail will show you much of the diversity of Rhode Island's coastline, from bluffs to freshwater wetlands. The Coastal Nature Trail also has some points of historical significance, including Fort Adams and much more.

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Camping Gem | Best Off The Beaten Path US National Parks

The Best US National Parks You've Never Heard Of

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The United States has an amazing National Park System, which preserves some of the most unique, beautiful, and fun natural landscapes found throughout the country.

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Camping Gem | Liberal, Kansas & the Land of Oz

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Land of Oz, Liberal, Kansas


One fantastic way to revel in all of the fun of the classic film, "The Wizard of Oz," is to visit the Land of Oz and Dorothy's House in Liberal, Kansas.

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Camping Gem | Saratoga Race Season 2011

Saratoga Springs, New York Race Season

Each summer people flock to the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York for the start of the forty day Saratoga Race season. Horses, trainers and spectators come from around the state, country and world to enjoy these races featuring some of the best horses in the world.

The 2011 racing season starts on July 22 and ends on Labor Day, September 5. The racing season lasts for forty days, with racing six days a week. There are no races on Tuesdays. In previous years the racing season only lasted for thirty-six days, but it has been extended due to its popularity.

Races are held each day of the racing season. These races feature some of the very best horses. Horses are brought from around the country, and with them are some of the  world's very best trainers, as well as owners, jockeys and many spectators. Saratoga's biggest event of the racing season is the $ 1 million Travers Stakes. This year will be the 142nd Travers Stakes, which will be run on August 27th. Many of the horses that participate in the Travers Stakes are three year-old horses coming out of the Triple Crown races.

Associated with each of the special events, and especially the Travers Stakes is plenty of tradition and fun. Visitors have the opportunity to participate in all of the historic traditions and fun that are associated with each days event. Some other events include the Hats Off to Saratoga and the Annual Hat Contest, the Party at the Spa, the Final Stretch Festival and many more. All of these events have many fun activities for the visitors to participate in.

Saratoga Race Course has some long standing traditions that it is best to know before visiting the track. Each section of the course, and different events have different dress codes. At times the dress code is at the discretion of the track owners, and at other times it is as simple as shirt and shoes. Visitors to the track should check the dress code for the section where they will be seating before coming o the track.

Another long standing tradition is the reserving of seats with a newspaper. In the grandstands visitors have, and the track also recognizes, the right to place a paper or program on a seat and have that spot be saved. In addition, visitors can come early to reserve a picnic table and leave after the breakfast, and be able to return later to use the picnic table for lunch.

During the days of the Saratoga Racing Season Saratoga Springs fills up with visitors and has plenty of fun throughout the city in addition to the racing. Visitors will find plenty of other activities to enjoy during a stay in Saratoga Springs including recreational activities nearby and all of the fun of the town. The downtown area has plenty of fun  shops and galleries.

Saratoga Springs fills up with world class horses, trainers, jockeys and spectators during the forty day racing season. Throughout these forty days there are many fun events, races and event things to enjoy in the surrounding city. Visitors to the area during these season are sure to have a fantastic trip between all of the fun at the arcs and the delights of the town.

Camping Gem | Long Beach, Washington

Summer Fun in Long Beach, Washington

If you and your family are looking for a wonderful beach destination this summer, check out Long Beach in Washington. Although beautiful throughout the year, Washington is at its very best during the summer. The weather never gets unbearably hot, and after the long rainy season, much of the vegetation remains lush and vibrant during the summer. For an ideal ocean vacation in Washington, Long Beach is an excellent option.

Visitors to Long Beach will find a long list of activities to enjoy while taking a relaxing vacation. The town has many attractions to visit as well as lots of beach to explore. The primary attraction that Long Beach and all of the other towns along the Long beach peninsula are the miles of beaches. These beaches are great for exploring on a hot summer day. With the cool breezes from the ocean, Long Beach is a great ocean destination for the summer time.

Although there are miles of coastline in Long Beach, visitors should be aware that these beaches are not appropriate for summing. Even on the hottest days when the extremely cold water of the ocean would be perfect, swimming is still not and option. The ocean in this spot has powerful rip tides, which are dangerous even for waders. Other water sports are also not recommended for visitors to Long Beach. Only the most experienced surfers and body borders can even attempt to deal with the strong tides.

Even though the beaches aren't good for swimming there are plenty of other fun activities to enjoy. The windy beaches are excellent for flying kites. The beaches at Long Beach are also great for exploring, having a bonfire, and even drive on some sections of the beach. Long Beach isn't just a great spot for outdoor recreation, there are also plenty of local destinations worth exploring.

One of the first stops should be the Long Beach Boardwalk. This destination is one way to see the beautiful beach. The Boardwalk is almost a half mile long, and is a fantastic short walk from downtown Long Beach. Along the Boardwalk visitors can see the grassy dunes and even lean about the area from the interpretive displays.

After enjoying the Boardwalk, visitors can enjoy some of the other fun activities. The Long Beach area is filled with interesting museums, great for exploring, including the Cranberry Museum. Visitors to Long Beach can also take self-guided farm tours of a Cranberry Farm. Long Beach visitors can also enjoy a variety of tours and stop at many other points of interest, especially the beautiful Olympic National Park.

Long Beach, Washington is an excellent summer destination. Visitors will love exploring the entire peninsula and all of the towns as well as exploring the miles of beach stretching north and south of the town. Long Beach has plenty to entertain all visitors, including arts, entertainment, recreation and more. Overall, the cool ocean air and wonderful beaches make Long Beach an ideal summer Washington destination.

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