RV destinations to be thankful for this holiday season.

As every RV’er knows, there’s a big wide wonderful world out there waiting to be explored, and the holiday season is the perfect time to do just that.  We took a look at some of America’s most breathtaking destinations during the holidays, or at any time of the year.

Yosemite National Park 

Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. In Yosemite Village are shops, restaurants, lodging, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery, with prints of the photographer’s renowned black-and-white landscapes of the area.

Cumberland Mountain State Park

Cumberland Mountain State Park is situated on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, a segment of the great upland, which extends from western New York to central Alabama. It is said to be the largest timbered plateau in America. Cumberland Mountain State Park began as part of the greater Cumberland Homesteads Project, a New Deal-era initiative by the Resettlement Administration that helped relocate poverty-stricken families on the Cumberland Plateau to small farms centered on what is now the Cumberland Homestead community. This 1,720-acre park was acquired in 1938 to provide a recreational area for some 250 families selected to homestead on the Cumberland Plateau.

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon, with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. Viewpoints include Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station and architect Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and her Desert View Watchtower. Lipan Point, with wide views of the canyon and Colorado River, is a popular, especially at sunrise and sunset.

Highlands Hammock State Park

As the park with more rare and endemic species than any other Florida State Park, Highlands Hammock State Park is a place where a sense of wilderness and history are preserved. Visitors can walk the trails where the Florida panther and black bear quietly pass beneath the ancient, towering oaks of a magnificent hydric hammock. Deer, alligators and a variety of birds also frequent the park. To see these natural wonders, explore nine trails on foot, including an elevated boardwalk through a cypress swamp. Make sure to travel the three-mile bike loop, or take the tram for those who prefer to sit back and leisurely take it all in. Also on the property is the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum where you can learn about the men who helped build this and many of Florida’s other state parks.

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge State Park is a 2,689-acre Georgia state park adjacent to Tallulah Falls, Georgia, along the county line between Rabun and Habersham Counties. The park surrounds Tallulah Gorge, a 1,000-foot deep gorge formed by the action of the Tallulah River, which runs along the floor of the gorge.  One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge State Park is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Tightrope walkers have twice crossed the gorge, and visitors can still see towers used by Karl Wallenda. A paved path follows an on old railroad bed, perfect for strollers and bicycles, while mountain bikers can test their skills on a challenging ten-mile trail.

Looking for the right RV to buy in which to visit them all?

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Thanksgiving in your RV? A few modifications can save the day.

Thanksgiving is a great time to head for your favorite RV camping spot. But if the thought of prepping the “meal of the year” in a small RV kitchen feels a bit intimidating, there are ways to switch up your typical routine and save you a lot of time and worry.

Electrical appliances have come of age.

Probably the one getting the most attention these days is the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot is a Canadian brand of multicookers that can free up your oven and stovetop and help you serve up tantalizing dishes. Because it can be stored away when not needed, it’s the perfect kitchen tool for RV’ers. (Although once you start using it, it could very well become a daily staple in your food prep).

Instant Pot combines all the features of a slow cooker with a pressure cooker.  One model even includes an alternate lid that turns the Instant Pot into an air fryer, making it possible to cook and crisp all in same pot.

The NuWave Oven is a lifesaver if you plan on doing a lot of baking.  The NuWave Oven cooks evenly every time, allowing you to bake a pie or casserole while using your RV oven for other dishes.

Many of today’s modern luxury RVs you can buy feature an induction cooktop, which can help increase your stove space by a lot.  The cooktop also comes in handy later when you want to cook without using up your propane.

Electric appliances can be extremely helpful when trying to cook multiple dishes at once. Just remember that these appliances do pull quite a lot of power. It probably isn’t a good idea to use more than one of these things at a time, especially if you’re on a 30-amp hookup.

Even so, using just one electric appliance in conjunction with the propane oven and stovetop will make things go much more smoothly.

Cook a few dishes each day leading up to the big event. 

This is actually good advice regardless of where you’re prepping your Thanksgiving feast.  Many luxury RVs have full-sized refrigerators, so storing those delicacies that need refrigeration can help free up your time and shorten your to-do list on the big day.  Dishes that can be  made in advance include pies and other baked goods, casseroles, potato and macaroni salads, and appetizers like veggie trays and dips.

Take the fun outside.

Kitchen space is typically limited even in the nicest of RVs. Even generously sized kitchens can seem small when prepping the Thanksgiving meal.  Fortunately, the weather in many parts of the country is crisp and inviting, allowing you to take advantage of your campsite.

Why not eliminate the lack of counter space issue by setting up a folding table outside? It’s a great place to peel potatoes or snap green beans.  You can also use a folding table to hold your electric appliance and let it cook away while you tend to other things.

Other outside methods for cooking a turkey includes the deep fryer method, where you fry the turkey in hot peanut oil.  It’s fast and results in deliciously flavorful bird.  Just make sure the turkey is completely thawed before adding it to the hot oil.

For those looking to get back to serious basics, you can always smoke your bird over an open fire pit.  A cooking tripod over the open fire and the addition of some hickory or oak chips keeps the turkey at just the right level for a good smoky flavor.

Looking for some more inspiration?

Pinterest is a great place to find recipes for these appliances and tips for meal prep in your RV.  Here’s a link to 37 recipes that would complement any Thanksgiving Day table.  https://trekkn.co/recipes-for-thanksgiving-day-in-your-rv/

No matter how you celebrate the official start of the holiday season, few things are sweeter than life in your RV shared with family and friends.

Ready to upgrade or start RV’ing for the first time?

New Port Richey, Florida-based Motor Home Finders can help buyers anywhere in North America find the perfect RV to fit their needs and their budget.  To explore our ever-changing inventory of Class A, B, and C diesel and gas motor homes, click here.  Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Give us a call at 888-783-4009 and we can search for you.  We’ll bring to bear our vast network of resources to find the ideal RV to buy and to get you on the open road.