Rhythms of the South

Rhythms of the South

Rhythms of the South

This tour takes in three centers of American music, New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville: the cities whose music are the soundtracks of our lives. Most of the driving is city to city on easy to drive Interstate highways.

Day 1

After picking up your motorhome, it’s an easy 2 ½ hour Interstate drive into Alabama for your first night in the State Capital, Montgomery.

✪ 155 miles to Montgomery

★ Visit Jefferson Davis’ Confederate White House and Old Alabama Town www.woodsrvpark.com/index.html


Day 2

Heading for New Orleans but you need a break. Mobile, Alabama, seems like a good place and the Shady Acres Campground will offer a warm welcome.

✪ 185 miles to Mobile

★ Visit the Battleships at Memorial Park and the once English Conde-Charlotte House www.shadyacresmobile.com


Day 3

Heading for the historic, gracious and unique city of New Orleans: the birthplace of jazz. You can walk from The French Quarter RV Park into the heart of New Orleans. Though the RV Park looks a little like a car park, it has full hookups and the Clubhouse is very ‘New Orleans’ with great facilities. The wonderful restaurants, the world famous music and nightlife for everyone might make you extend your stay here.

✪ 160 miles to the French Quarter, New Orleans

★ Visit Jackson Square, Basin Street and Audubon Park. Cruise the Mississippi aboard a paddle steamer www.fqrv.com/index.php


Day 4

North now into Elvis country. It’s a long ride to ‘Elvis Town’ so we are breaking the journey just south of Jackson, Mississippi – another State Capital and staying at The Swinging Bridge RV Park.

✪ 180 miles to Jackson

★ Visit The Old Capitol, Governors Mansion and the Capitol Building www.rvresort.net/index.html


Day 5

Leave the freeway traffic and take the very scenic Natchez Trace bound for Tupelo, Elvis Presley’s birthplace and home town to the age of thirteen, After a stop to visit, your campsite is at Barnes Crossing, just minutes north of the town.

✪ 160 miles to Tupelo

★ Visit Elvis’s birthplace and the museum dedicated to his life www.cgbarnescrossing.com


Day 6

A couple of hours driving through the Holly Springs National Forest to Memphis. Where better to stay than within walking distance of Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home. The Memphis-Graceland RV Park & Campground is located on 19 acres just off Elvis Presley Boulevard behind Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel.

✪ 110 miles to Memphis

★ Visit Graceland of course but also the Civil Rights Museum in what was the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was shot; Sun Studios and Beale Street immortalised by W.C. Handy blues www.elvis.com/rvpark


Day 7

To the home of Country Music and the city that saw Dolly Parton and a host of other great singers become international stars. Just north of Nashville is Goodlettsville and the Nashville Country RV Park and they organise tours through Grayline to major attractions such as the Grand Old Opry (Tues, Fri, Sat night), Country Music Hall of Fame and the Jack Daniels Distillery.

✪ 230 miles to Nashville

★ Visit the GrandOld Oprey, the Jack Daniels Distillery and much more on tours leaving from the campground gates www.nashvillecountryrvpark.com

Day 8

Just over two hours to our last stop of this trip near Chattanooga. Raccoon Mountain RV Park & Campground is the closest campground to the area’s major attractions: Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Southern Belle Riverboat, IMAX Theatre, and downtown Chattanooga. Adjacent is Raccoon Mountain Caverns with 51/2 miles of cave systems to explore.

✪ 140 miles to Chattanooga

★ Visit the Lookout Mountain battlefields aboard the ‘Incline Railway’. Explore the caves and caverns www.raccoonmountain.com/index.html

Day 9

Just over 2 hours/130 miles to drive to drop off your motorhome back at Cruise America in Atlanta.

Florida Plus

Florida Plus

Florida Plus

Orlando to Orlando via South Carolina and Georgia.

In this tour we are going beyond Florida. Indeed, a shorter version of the itinerary can start and finish in Atlanta rather than Florida.

Day 1

Arrive at Cruise America, Kissimmee and collect your Motor Home. Head northeast on Interstate 4 toward Daytona Beach; stop and take a look and then meander on up Route A1A: Florida’s coast road.

The North Beach Camp Resort is less than five miles outside historic St. Augustine, the oldest permanent European settlement on the North American continent.

✪ 125 miles from Kissimmee to St Augustine

★ Visit Daytona Beach, home of the world famous Speedway www.northbeachcamp.com


Day 2

Round Jacksonville and then you’ll cross into Georgia before continuing north along the coast to historic Savannah. You’re headed for Bellaire Woods Campground, just 15 minutes from the city and featuring 24 acres of magnificent oaks draped with Spanish moss alongside the Ogeechee River. Their website is full of interesting historic facts about Savannah, one of the true ‘old south’ cities.

✪ 165 miles to Savannah

★ Visit The Pirates House, the setting for parts of Robert Louis Stephenson’s Treasure Island www.bellairewoods.com


Day 3

Another ‘historic city of the old south’, Charleston is your destination across into South Carolina. This is the home of Porgy and Bess and unchanged architecture. It’s also home to many historic warships at Patriots’ Point Museum. Your home will be in the 32 acres of Lake Aire RV Park & Campground.

✪ 115 miles to Charleston

★ Visit Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired www.lakeairerv.com


Day 4

On the way out of Charleston bound for Myrtle Beach, you should visit one of the much photographed and filmed plantations such as Boone Hall, Middleton Place or Magnolia Plantation. Myrtle Beach is known worldwide as a golf destination but, birdies and beaches apart, there’s so much more in this family resort. The Myrtle Beach Travel Park boasts a half-mile of white sandy beach and gives a choice of oceanfront camping or more tranquil settings amid century-old live oaks or bluffs overlooking a scenic freshwater lake.

✪ 110 miles to Myrtle Beach

★ Visit the world’s first Rock ‘n Roll theme park – Hard Rock (www.hardrockpark.comwww.myrtlebeachtravelpark.com/index.html


Day 5

A long but rewarding drive west through the countryside of South Carolina. You’re bound for the resort area of Lake Hartwell in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located among tall southern loblolly pines, Lake Hartwell KOA is a gateway to a host of nearby treats.

✪ 285 miles to Lake Hartwell

★ Visit the town of Pendleton – the entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places www.koa.com/where/sc/40101


Day 6

Heading towards Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park surrounds the world’s largest relief carving depicting Confederate leaders Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson and President Jefferson Davis. Extending to 3,200 acresof natural beauty, the Park offers numerous outdoor adventures including 15 miles of wooded nature trails and the 1.3 mile trail to the top of Stone Mountain.

✪ 105 miles to Stone Mountain National Park

★ Visit the 825 foot high summit of Stone Mountain by high speed cable car www.stonemountainpark.com/lodging-camping/camping.aspx


Day 7

A long drive today but most of it on Interstate 75 and as you will end up on the lovely Cedar Key, at Sunset Isle RV Park, right in the Gulf of Mexico…we don’t think you’ll be disappointed. You will be really close to the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. ✪ 385 miles to Cedar Key

★ Visit Cedar Key State Museum www.cedarkeyrv.com

Day 8

Easy drive today to a campground that is rated in the Top 100 campgrounds in North America. Close to all Tampa Bay attractions including famous Busch Gardens with its amazing roller-coasters.

✪ 125 miles to Tampa

★ Visit Tarpon Springs, an interesting Greek sponge diving port www.baybayou.com

Day 9

Interstate 4 to Disney Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground for however many nights you wish to spend with Mickey Mouse. There is little we can say about him except that he’s very old, married to Minnie, and between them they have built an empire that covers a lot of Central Florida! Not to be missed are EPCOT (Pub quiz question: What does this stand for? Answer: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) MGM Grand and Animal Kingdom as well as the Magic Kingdom itself.

✪ 80 miles to Disney Fort Wilderness www.disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/campsites-at-fort-wilderness-resort

Day 10

Return the RV to the Cruise America Depot in Kissimmee.

Cowboy Country

Cowboy Country

Ruta en Autocaravana Cowboy Country

Viaja a tu aire y con tus amigos y/o familia en una confortable Autocarvana para conocer al más puro estilo americano una memorable combinación de Yellowstone y otros tres Parques Nacionales; el monte Rushmore y varios iconos de renombre mundial: Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane y Deadwood Stage; Old Faithful, geiseres y gigantescos saltos de agua, indios, vaqueros y los hombres Laramie. Y las colosales montañas Rocosas también.


Día 1

Recogemos nuestra autocaravana y partimos hacia Cheyenne, Wyoming – la capital y puerta de entrada al País de los Vaqueros. Tratar de llegar durante los Frontier Days (Días de la Frontera) (www. cfdrodeo.com), asegurándonos de reservar con bastante antelación, dado que el evento atrae visitantes de muy lejos.

✪ 110 millas (176,99 km) hasta Cheyenne, Wyoming.

★ Visitar el Edificio del Capitolio y el Museo Estatal.  www.campcheyenne.com/default.aspx

Día 2

Un largo recorrido por parajes indiferenciados, de plantas rodadoras, que adquiere sentido cuando cruzamos la frontera con Dakota del sur. El camping que recomendamos no dispone de tomas ni conexiones, duchas on instalaciones, pero los búfalos y los ciervos pastan tranquilamente al otro lado de la valla. El aullido de los coyotes rompe el ensordecedor silencia, y las estrellas aquí brillan como en pocos lugares. Si lo preferimos, podemos escoger algún otro camping con más servicios.

✪ 270 millas (434,43 km) hasta el parque nacional de la Cueva del Viento (Wind Cave).

★ Visitar el cementerio de mamuts y el parque acuático Evans Plunge en Hot Springs. www.koa.com/campgrounds/mount-rushmore

Día 3

Todos hemos oído hablar del monte Rushmore, uno de los iconos de los Estados Unidos. El monumento a Crazy Horse (Caballo Loco), un gigantesco busto del jefe indio esculpido en la ladera de un cerro. Ambas visitas son imprescindibles.

✪ 40 millas (64,36 km) hasta el camping KOA de Mount Rushmore (atravesando el Parque Estatal de Custer).

★ Visitar el Parque Nacional de Badlands, y si el tiempo lo permite, el lugar donde se produjo la masacre de Wounded Knee. www.mountrushmorekoa.com

Día 4

Como dice la canción, “The Deadwood Stage was comin’ on over the hill (la diligencia de Deadwood se acercaba, desde lo alto de la colina)” probablemente llevando a Wild Bill Hickok y Calamity Jane. Merece la pena parar a disfrutar de una pinta en el Hotel Old Franklin o en el bar de Kevin Costner… se enamoró de Deadwood durante el rodaje de “Bailando con Lobos”. ¿Encuentros en la tercera fase? ¿Recuerdas la película? Está rodada en Devils Tower (La Torre del Diablo).

✪ 120 millas (193,08 km) hasta Devils Tower parando en Deadwood.

★ Visitar el cañón Spearfish. Es fácil llegar desde Deadwood y se encuentra de camino a Wyoming. www.devilstowerkoa.com 

Día 5 y 6

Puede parecernos un viaje largo, pero rodaremos principalmente por autopista, así que no deberíamos tener problema para llegar a Cody y visitar la Sociedad Histórica de Buffalo Bill, justo después del mediodía. Puede parecer aburrido, pero no deberíamos perdérnoslo. Estamos a las puertas del Parque Nacional de Yellowstone.

✪ 315 millas (506,8 km) hasta Cody.

★ Visitar Medicine Wheel (la rueda medicinal) tomando la carretera panorámica Alt 14 antes de llegar a Cody. En Cody, visitar la galería Whitney de arte del oeste, con su colección de cuadros de Remington y Russel.


Día 7 & 8

Un impresionante recorrido atravesando el cañón de Shoshone Canyon para adentrarnos en el parque nacional de Yellowstone por el oeste. Unas 40 millas (64,36 km) nos separan de Grant Village y nuestro camping. Los atascos que nos encontraremos ocasionalmente los producen otros visitantes al parar para mirar a algún animal. Puede que sea un alce con su cachorro, un oso o un grupo de ciervos. Es difícil resistirse a parar para admirar la fauna. Justo antes de Grant Village, nos desviaremos a la derecha hacia Old Faithful (Viejo Fiel) – un geiser que debe su nombre a la regularidad con la que expulsa cada día millas de litros de agua hirviendo a unos 150 pies (45,72 metros) en aire varias veces a lo largo del día.

✪ 100 millas (160,9 km) hasta el camping de Grant Village en el Parque Nacional de Yellowstone, que suele abrir desde el tercer fin de semana de junio hasta el tercero de septiembre.

★ Visitar el Gran Cañón de Yellowstone con sus cascadas gemelas, una de las cuales dobla en altura a las cataratas del Niágara, la fuente Paintpot (Lata de Pintura) y muchas más lagunas geotérmicas y géiseres.

www.travelyellowstone.com/grant-villagecampground- 253.html

Día 9

Recorreremos 22 millas (35,3 km) hacia el sur desde la entrada del Parque Nacional de Yellowstone para adentrarnos en el Parque Nacional de Grand Teton. Basta con mirar a la Page web de Colter Bay para admirar la majestuosidad de la cordillera Grand Teton. Abiertas de junio a septiembre, el camping no es barato; pero su ubicación hará que merezca la pena.

✪ 40 millas (64,36 km) hasta Colter Bay Village en Jackson Lake.

★ Visitar Flagg Ranch Resort, entre los Parques Nacionales de Yellowstone y Grand Teton.


Día 10

Hoy dejaremos atrás Grand Teton por Great Divide Basin (las Cuenca de la Gran División) hasta la ciudad de Lander. En nuestro viaje pasaremos por la reserva india de Wind River, hogar de pueblos Shoshone y Arapajoe.

✪ 140 millas (225,26 km) hasta Lander.

★ Visitar Fort Washakie y la tumba de Sacajawea y el Jefe Washakie, el último jefe de los Shoshone.


Día 11

Con razón, el nombre de Laramie evoca imágenes del viejo oeste. En su origen, Laramie era una ciudad ferroviaria con tal ajetreo que la idea de construir la prisión territorial aquí tenía todo el sentido del mundo. En el Parque Territorial de Wyoming se puede echar un vistazo a las celdas donde bandidos como Butch Cassidy cumplieron condena en su día.

✪ 235 millas (378,1 km) hasta Laramie.

★ Visitar las fuentes termales de la Hobo Pool (Piscina para Vagabundos) de Saratoga, desviándonos del espectacular Bosque Nacional (National Forest) de Medicine Bow.


Día 12

La última noche de nuestro circuito la pasaremos en Fort Collins: la ciudad que Money Magazine describió como el mejor lugar para vivir de los EEUU. En las colinas de las Montañas Rocosas de Colorado este lugar es perfecto para relajarse tras haber disfrutado de tantos y maravillosos lugares y vistas durante los últimos días.

✪ 75 millas (120,6 km) hasta Fort Collins Lakeside.

★ Visitar la fábrica cervecera de Anheuser-Busch para ver sus maravillosos caballos y probar una Budweiser y quizás visitar algunas de las cerveceras artesana del lugar.


Day 13

Conducimos 60 millas (96,54 km) hasta la sucursal de Cruise America en Denver para la entrega de la autocaravana y nos dirigimos al aeropuerto para la salida del vuelo a España. Noche a bordo.

The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas Tour

The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas Tour

The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas Tour This is just a short round-trip for those of you who don’t have a lot of time but during your stay in Las Vegas, want to see the Grand Canyon – not by a fleeting over-fly but really “on the ground”! You may, of course, extend the trip if you wish and stay longer to explore some more of



Day 1

Collect your Motor Home in Las Vegas and make your way directly to Blake Ranch for your first night. You will cross into Arizona at the Hoover Dam but we suggest you stop and visit here on your return journey. It is possible that you will have a Homeland Security check as you pass through this area – nothing scary but there’s a few million gallons of Colorado River behind that dam.

✪ 115 miles to Kingman via Hoover Dam

★ Visit the old silver mining town of Chloride www.blakeranchrv.com


Day 2

You’re headed for Williams and The Grand Canyon Railway RV park which adjoins their railway depot and hotel to form a pleasant resort area. The hotel’s indoor pool and Jacuzzi, as well as the bar and restaurant, are available to RV guests too.

✪100 miles to Grand Canyon Railway

★ Visit Planes of Fame, the Williams aircraft museum, or the Flintstones’ Bedrock City www.thetrain.com/rvpark


Day 3

The highlight of this little tour will be when you stand at the rim of this magnificent National Park. No photograph, painting or film begins to capture it: you just have to carry the memory away with you.

We recommend the Mather campground which has showers and toilets though no electrical hook-ups. Do take an unforgettable helicopter trip over or into the Canyon.

✪ 55 miles to the Grand Canyon Camper Village

★ Visit the Canyons rim as the sun goes down but be sure to be there again at first light www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/cg-sr.htm


Day 4

Continue on I-40 to Flagstaff and then go south on I-17 toward the Coconino National Forest until you turn off for Sedona and your home for tonight, Rancho Sedona. It’s walking distance from the town’s restaurants, shops and galleries and in the heart of stunning red rock formations.

✪ 110 miles to Sedona

★ Visit Oak Creek Canyon; sometimes described as the Grand Canyon’s little cousin www.ranchosedona.com


Day 5

Today you are going to loop round through Prescott National Forest, and back up to Seligman. Its about a four hour drive and, along the way, the museums of western art and Indian artifacts in Prescott are worth a visit as is Sharlot Hall, the first territorial governor’s mansion. Just past Ash Fork, you will re-join Route 66 and it’s only a short way along to your KOA Campground. ✪ 130 miles to Seligman and the start of Historic Route 66

★ Visit the picturesque mining town of Jerome



Day 6

There’s not much of Route 66 left “from Chicago to LA” but one of the longest sections remaining will take you on the scenic drive through Peach Springs , on the edge of the Hualapai Indian Reservation, to Kingman. Your headed for the Fort Beale RV Park.

✪ 90 miles to Kingman

★ Visit Grand Canyon Caverns, so named because the air travels sixty miles underground from the Canyon itself www.ftbealerv.com

Day 7

This is the time to spend a while at the Hoover Dam. There is so much to see and admire in this amazing man-made structure that channels the mighty Colorado River through turbines at eighty five miles an hour to create power for much of three states. We think we have found you the nicest campground in Las Vegas for your final night.

✪ 100 miles to Las Vegas

★ Visit Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Nearly 2,500 square miles of both Nevada and Arizona and 550 miles of stunning shoreline. www.oasislasvegasrvresort.com

Day 8

Drive just 10 Miles to drop of your Motor Home at the Las Vegas depot.

The Three State Triangle

The Three State Triangle

The Three State Triangle

From California to Nevada to Arizona – from man-made wonders to the natural wonders that make America what it is.

This isn’t a long tour, less than 1500 miles, and we know you will want to stay longer at some places. You can also pick up

the same route starting in Las Vegas or Phoenix; or drive one-way between two of them. So a lot of choice here.


Day 1

Collect your Motor Home from Cruise America’s Los Angeles station and head 132 miles to Barstow to overnight. This is a pleasant campground in a crossroads town that once saw The Old Spanish Trail and Route 66 pass this way. Most visitors now are here for the two outlet malls and their one hundred stores.

✪ 130 miles to Barstow

★ Take the shuttle from KOA to the silver mining ghost town of Calico www.barstowcalicokoa.com


Day 2

Again, a freeway drive of about two hours, skirting the Mojave Desert, that will bring you to Las Vegas. We believe we have found the nicest campground for you in this crazy fun city of neon, megastars and casinos! Spend the day wandering the strip and decide what show you want to see tonight. Tickets are normally available and there are several Cirque du Soleil performances going on in various hotels – any one is a fabulous choice.

✪ 140 miles to Las Vegas

★ Visit New York, Paris, Mandalay, Luxor, the Barbary Coast or the Sahara; they’re all on The Strip www.oasislasvegasrvresort.com


Day 3

You will cross into Arizona today via the Hoover Dam. There is so much to see and explore in this amazing man-made structure that channels the mighty Colorado River through turbines at eighty five miles an hour and so create power for much of three states. Visit the Museum and see how it was constructed – a colossal and costly feat of man’s ingenuity. Then to Kingman, gateway to Historic Route 66.

✪ 120 miles to Kingman

★ Visit the Powerhouse Visitors’ Center for a map of the Kingman walking tour www.blakeranchrv.com


Day 4

The longest remaining stretch of Route 66 starts in Kingman

and runs through to Ash Fork. You will pass through the Hualapai Indian Reservation at Peach Springs and tantalizingly close to the Grand Canyon but you just cannot get to it by road from here! You’ll have got your kicks on Route 66 though and at Williams, you’ll head north to the Grand Canyon and the Mather Campground.

✪ 150 miles to Grand Canyon

★ Visit the Canyon’s rim as the sun goes down but be sure to be there again at first light www.recreation.gov

Day 5 & 6

During just over four hours driving south on InterState 17 you will see the landscape change from the lushness in the north with its pines and aspens, to the desert of the south with its giant cacti and sagebrush. It is a fascinating drive for that reason alone but as you come through the Coconino Forest, Sedona is an ideal place to break your journey. Your campground is located on the eastern edge of Scottsdale, where the Four Peaks rise from the desert floor.

✪ 270 miles to Phoenix

★ Visit Montezuma Castle. One of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America standing five storeys high and with twenty romos www.eagleviewrvresort.com/index.htm


Day 7

Unashamedly, a stop ‘halfway between where you’ve been and where you want to go’. Blythe , alongside the Colorado River, makes its living looking after tourists who are just passing through and they’ll make you more than welcome.

✪ 170 miles to Blythe

★ Visit Cibola National Wildlife Refuge www.koa.com/where/ca/05451/

Day 8

Do stop off at Joshua Tree National Park and possibly the Salton Sea State Recreation Area on your way to Palm Springs, or we should say next door neighbor Palm Desert. This is a ‘desert drive’ but it’s an interesting one to your destination on Frank Sinatra Drive.

Emerald Desert is a resort in itself and boasts a 9 hole golf course if anyone needs to slip away for a couple of hours!

✪ 155 miles to Palm Desert

★ Visit more of Palm Springs and spot the celebrities. Many

from the movie and music world live here for its benign desert climate www.emeralddesert.com/index.html

Day 9

And now to the Pacific Ocean and the beach. You can head south from your campground and take a country drive through Pinion Flats, the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest and through the Cleveland Forest to join up with the Interstate into San Diego. Or you can take the Interstate all the way and be at the beach in a couple of hours. Campland on the Bay is one of our firm favourites.

✪ 135 Interstate miles to Campland Resort

★ Visit the world famous Palomar Observatory www.campland.com

Day 10

Allow a “good” two hours to get back to Cruise America, especially if driving in rush hour.

✪ 110 miles to Cruise America to drop off your Motor home.