by Nissa Haight | Adventures, Camping, Destinations, National Park, Travel |
Many think that summer is the perfect time to travel and visit the nation’s National Parks, but fall is a great time as well.
In the fall, travel prices are often cheaper, there are fewer crowds, and the weather is amazing.
Not to mention the stunning colorful scenery that you can only see during the fall due to the changing fall foliage. If you are looking to visit one of America’s national parks, fall can be the perfect time to visit.
Read on to discover the top 7 national parks to experience fall foliage and see some of the most unforgettable sights America has to offer.
Located in Maine, Acadia National Park is beautiful any time of year, but fall is when it is at its peak. Arcadia National Park consists of more than 49,000 acres where visitors can experience the rocky coastlines of the Atlantic. Hiking enthusiasts alike will enjoy the impressive trails, granite peaks, and changing leaves during Autumn.
Fall foliage typically peaks between October 13-22, but the park is worth visiting anytime during the fall season. The weather is what many would call “perfect” during September because it’s not too hot or too cold like in the summer and the winter. Additionally, the crowds are also minimal compared to the summer peak season which can allow you to fully experience the beauty and wilderness of the park.
Visitors can also go “leaf peeping” on the beautiful scenic roadways and may even see wildlife like deer, fox, and maybe even a moose.
2. Rocky Mountain National Park
The Rockies in the fall are a must-experience adventure and a gorgeous sight to see. Rocky Mountain National Park spans the Continental Divide and contains mountains, forests, and alpine tundra.
Beginning in late August, the leaves at higher elevations begin to change to a golden-yellow color that gradually moves down the mountain. The striations in color create wonderful opportunities for great photography moments. There are several prime spots in the park to experience the fall foliage such as Hidden Valley and Bear Lake Road.
Additionally, in the fall, elk move from the high country in search of a mate for the winter. So keep a look out and you could get a glimpse of the natural wildlife.
3. Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Texas may not be the first place you think of when you think about fall foliage. However, mid-October through mid-November is the prime time to visit Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The park encompasses the three highest peaks in Texas and is the perfect place for visitors to experience mountains and canyons bathed in fall colors.
Those in the know say that the best way to experience the foliage is on hiking trails such as those in McKittrick and Dog canyons. However, if you do plan to go, it is best to go early or carpool as the parking lots tend to fill up.
4. New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
Famous for its white water rafting, New River Gorge National Park is one of America’s newest national parks. If you are interested in visiting, fall is a great time to do so. West Virginia, where the park is located, is known as “almost Heaven” to outdoor enthusiasts, and for good reason.
The namesake of the park, the New River winds through the land surrounded by trees that offer photographers the perfect scenery to capture. Visitors can also canoe or kayak the river, hike, or go mountain bike riding to experience the scenery.
The third Saturday in October also draws visitors to the park to experience Bridge Day. This is when adventurers jump from the New River Gorge Bridge (the third-highest steel bridge in the United States) into the gorge below.
5. Crater Lake National Park
Many choose to visit Crater Lake National Park in the summer, but fall is also an amazing time to visit. Located in Oregon and established as a national park by President Roosevelt in 1902, the park is a must-see and must-experience destination.
The main attraction of the park and its namesake was developed as the result of a volcanic eruption years ago. This created Crater Lake which is one of the deepest lakes in the United States. Visitors can experience everything from cliffs that rise nearly 2,000 feet high to stunning views of the fall foliage reflected in the lake. You can also choose to take the 33-mile Rim Drive which circles the caldera and offers impeccable views.
6. Shenandoah National Park
Fall is typically the busiest time of year in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, but it is for good reason. The biggest attraction in the park is Skyline Drive. This spans 105 miles along the length of the park and offers visitors 75 scenic overlooks where they can stop and take in the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
There are also several popular hikes that visitors to the park can experience. For those that prefer a shorter distance, the Crescent Rock Overlook and the Little Stony Man Overlook Hike are great.
Jewell Hollow Overlook to Mary’s Rock is 6.5 miles roundtrip and offers gorgeous views for those that prefer longer trails. If you are planning a trip, it is best to plan it early as hotels and campsites fill quickly in the fall.
7. Great Smokey Mountains National Park
Great Smokey Mountains National Park, located in North Carolina and Tennessee, is America’s most visited national park – this is for good reason! The fall foliage in the park is a sight to see! The park is home to over 100 different species of trees that make for a wide array of colors when the leaves turn.
Fall foliage is typically at its peak between mid-October to mid-November. The park offers a variety of scenic drives and hikes that visitors can experience. The Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 469 miles from North Carolina to Virginia.
There is also the Foothills Parkway and Newfound Gap Road that offers visitors the chance to experience impressive sights. The fall months are among the park’s busiest, so if you are planning a trip, try to make reservations early.
Final Thoughts on National Parks
National parks are great places to experience the gorgeous and colorful fall foliage. So, no matter which National Park you choose, you are sure to experience some unforgettable sights.
by Nissa Haight | Adventures, Colorado, Destinations, Travel
Ski In Ski Out Vacation Rentals | Ever Dream of staying in a Wintery Wonderland with the ability to Ski or Snowboard right outside the house you’re staying in?
Well, you’re in the right place to find that perfect place in Breckenridge, Colorado!
This area is a Ski/Snowboarding location that brings people from around the world.
It has slopes that adhere to all levels from beginner to advanced Skiers and Snowboarders.
But, before it drew in the crowds for the snow sports, Breckenridge was an old mining town in the 1800s and early 1900s.
It wasn’t until 1961 when the first Ski Area was opened by the Witchita Lumber Company.
Although the town is now popular for outdoor recreational activities, it is still committed to keeping the early pioneer history preserved.
Today, there are 5 peaks with 2,908 skiable acres and 187 trails. It is also home to the highest chair lift in America called the “Imperial Express SuperChair”.
Now that you know a little bit about the area of Breckenridge, check out these best ski-in/ ski-out homes that you can rent and enjoy with the whole family.
Credit for Image: Breckenridge.com
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This custom-built log cabin is a wildernesses dream location. Only 400 yards aways from 4 ski lifts, and located right near the main street. There is a free shuttle stop so having a car is not a necessity.
- 16 Guests
- 5 Bedrooms – 10 Beds
- 3 Bathrooms
- Hot Tub
- Walk to Ski Slopes
- Hiking Trails
- Minutes from Downtown Main St.
- Game Table
- Heated Garage
- Spacious Deck with Hills
- Outdoor Grill with Picnic Table
- Step 2 Roller Coaster for Young Ones to play
Hosted by: Nancy
This wonderful home is a great place to bring the family and enjoy a week of winter fun. The Snowflake lift is across the street at the end of the 4 O’clock run. Can you get any closer? After the slopes, you can enjoy a nice relaxing hot tub with a mountain view.
- 4 O’Clock Ski Run/Lift Across the Street
- Sleeps 10
- 4 Bedrooms
- 3.5 Bathrooms
- Private outdoor deck
- Hot Tub
- Gas Grill
- Mountain Views
Hosted by: Ashley
3. Shock Hill Majestic
This Gorgeous New Construction home is located right off Main Street Breckenridge and steps out to a Gondola. With the Modern Luxurious finishes, this home is perfect for a family of 11 to enjoy a wonderful Summer or Winter holiday.
- Sleeps 11 guests
- 4 Bedrooms – 6 Beds
- 4.5 Bathrooms
- Pack n’ Play
- Hot Tub
- Modern Luxurious Finishes
- Gondola Access
- At the base of Peak 7 and 8 Ski Run
- Heated 2 Car Garage
- Fireplace in Great Room, Master and Outside
- In-Floor Radiant heat
Hosted by: Fonda
Another Gorgeous home located right next to the Gondola with modern luxurious amenities. The perfect Ski-in / Ski-out Vacation Rental made for large families and groups to enjoy a wonderful holiday.
- Sleeps 13 Guests
- 4 bedrooms – 7 beds
- 4.5 bathrooms
- Hot Tub
- Walks to Gondola
- 2,500 SqFt
- Full Wet Bar
- 2 Car Heated Garage
- Patio with Full View of the Peak
Hosted by: Alpine Edge
5. Tranquil Mountain Retreat
The perfect place to hang with your friends and family for a vacation getaway. You can Ski/Snowboard right up to the front door with the slope just across the street. Enjoy a warm hot tub, fireplace, and more in this ski-in / ski-out vacation rental in Breckenridge, Colorado.
- 10 Guests
- 3 Bedrooms – 8 beds
- 3.5 Bathrooms
- Entire house to yourself
- Hot Tub
- Walks to the Slopes
- 2 Car Garage
- Wood Burning Fireplace
- Board Games
Hosted by: Carin
Go ahead and nestle into this gorgeous cabin in the woods. This is a great location for experienced skiers. It is a ski-in/ski-out vacation rental near black diamond slopes.
- 10 Guests
- 3 bedrooms – 6 beds
- 3 bathrooms
- Gorgeous Views of Peak 10
- 2 car garage
- Hot Tub
- Wood Burning Fireplace
- Ski Shuttle Access
Hosted by: Mike & Anna
7. Shock Hill Escape
Get your Winter Activities on with a FREE Skycard while you stay at Shock Hill. This entire home is located across the street from the Gondola in Breckenridge. Easy access to nordic ski trails and a short walk to town.
- 9 Guests
- 4 bedrooms – 6 beds
- 4.5 baths
- Access to Gondola
- Mountain Views of Peak 7 & 8
- Hot Tub
- 2 Car Garage
Hosted by: Mike & Anna
8. Remodeled Lodge with Views
Gorgeous views of the mountainous region and the town of Breckenridge with quick access to the 4 O’Clock run. This home is great if you have small children because it comes with a Pack n’Play, Bumbo, childbed safe rail, stroller, and tons of toys.
- 12 Guests
- 3 Bedrooms – 10 beds
- 3 Baths
- Child Friendly
- Hot Tub
- Newly Remodeled
- Access to the 4 O’Clock Run
- Access to Snowflake Lift on peak 8
- Amazing Views
Hosted by: Julie
9. Extravagant Elegance
This extravagant home is in a prime location and is an absolutely gorgeous vacation rental. During ski season, you can walk right across the street and hop on the gondola or stay warm inside by the fire while enjoying the views.
- 10 Guests
- 4 Bedrooms – 7 beds
- 3.5 baths
- 2,400 SqFt
- Hot Tub
- High-End Finishes
- Wrap Around Deck with Views of Peak 8 & 9
- 2 Car Garage
Hosted by: Alpine Edge
I hope you feel inspired and excited to book a trip soon.
Breckenridge, Colorado is a gorgeous place to visit with some awesome history and modern amenities.
These homes are incredible and perfect places to stay if you want the luxury of being able to Ski-in / Ski-out.
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by Nissa Haight | Makeover, RV Renovation, RV Tips
RV Bedroom Remodels are so inspirational.
Each one is uniquely designed with colors, textures, and patterns that bring a sense of relaxation.
Making the place you sleep cozy and personal to your style is important for a good night’s rest. Even if it’s only for a weekend RV camping trip.
Just so you know, many of these RV Bedroom Remodels you will see below are from full-time RVers or those who enjoy flipping RVs for profit.
But however you choose to RV, these Bedrooms are admirable and inspirational to make your campers’ bedroom just as cozy.
So, while you’re scrolling through take some notes! If you really like one, click on the photo credit and visit their Instagram for more inspiration.
@Troopnashville – 5 Remodels
These first five RV Bedroom remodels are by @troopnashville. She has incredible style and makes the RV’s she fixes up worth every penny in re-sale.
@RVfixerupper – 4 Remodels
These next 4 RV bedroom makeovers are done by @RVfixerupper. Her designs and full RV remodels are admired by many full-time RVers. She makes them feel like a luxury home on wheels. You can check out the full remodel’s on her Instagram @RVfixerupper.
This beautiful and all-natural remodel is relaxing and artistic at the same time. What a wonderful remodel from a full-time RVer in Texas!
Mary and her tribe enjoy this beautifully renovated bedroom on their journeys as a family 6. You can follow their adventures on their Instagram and see more of their RV!
Shannon describes her space as light, airy, cozy, and eclectic. I think this RV bedroom remodel exudes her style with excellence.
@rvsandtrees Before and After
What a great remodel and awesome place to crash after a long day of adventure. The 3D peel and stick white brick and wood-tone trim bring texture and comfort to the space.
@caylahb Before and After
Another Full-time RVer that has transformed her RV bedroom into a cozy oasis. I love the lights and pom-pom stringer that shows off her own style and personality.
@morg_ngoestiny Before and After
Neutral and cozy is exactly what Morgan had in mind for her RV bedroom remodel. She definitely created a comfy and relaxing space to retreat.
From the DIY macrame light covers to the striped pattern bedding, this RV bedroom renovation has texture and patterns that flow perfectly together. Check out more DIY’s on her instagram.
@wandering.watsons RV Bedroom
This gorgeous hotel-like bedroom is one from their previous RV but it’s a beautiful renovation.
@tinywallsfamily RV Bedroom
One of my favorite RVer’s to follow, this tiny walls family has a cozy and natural place to retreat after family outings.
@pondhouseprojects Before and After
It’s amazing what white can do in a tiny RV bedroom. Did you know that light colors are known to create a feeling of joy and openness even in small spaces?
@olsenhousehome RV Bedroom
I love textured headboard space in an RV that adds character. Beautiful DIY project completed by Stephanie!
This awesome southwestern RV bedroom remodel is perfectly unique. The colors from the blanket and the natural elements flow beautifully together.
@our.rv.adventure Before and After
A beautiful and unique before and after renovation by The Paz Family took hard work and elbow grease to complete. I love the pops of green!
This is one of the prettiest RV bedrooms remodels that also makes me want to go to the beach. What a cozy and relaxing space by Tony and Ashley!
I love the muted green cabinets that offset the beautiful white bed set. Great way to add a pop of color without it being overwhelming.
This before and after is one of my favorites. From the ’90s brown to the modern rustic is so desirable and inspirational.
@katykunst Before and After
It’s not common to see black cabinets, but Katy has perfectly designed this space as a cozy and modern bedroom.
Another one of my favorite RVer’s who love to design spaces to follow. Her style is gorgeous and her RV is even more!
@our.gateway.adventure Before and After
Sometimes just adding a bit of character to the slide and bedding changes the space significantly. This is a new RV, therefore making too many changes wasn’t necassary.
@fernwehafar Before and After
Love this before and after! It looks like a completely different RV Bedroom with how drastic and wonderful the changes are.
@whitehousemuddyfeet Before and After
I love the modern farmhouse feel renovation. There’s something just so simple and cozy about this style. A beautiful RV bedroom remodel
@simplecatlady Before and After
A gorgeous peachy remodel by Bethany! Her style is one that is admired by many RVers, so check out her full RV on her Instagram.
@adventurewithpeggysue Before and After
Another gorgeous renovation with white, navy, and gold accents. Taking the old making it new and lively again!
RV renovators and wanderlusters created a comfy bedroom space in their home on wheels. I love the wood accent wall behind the bed!
The warm and snuggly bed decor makes this RV bedroom worth two images to show angles. I love how they kept the gorgeous warm wood and added the white shiplap. Beautiful space!
@coziehome Before and After
White and bright is the name of this renovation. It’s a beautiful and cheerful transformation from old and dated.
@plumprettydecoranddesign Before and After
Seriously, RV remodels like this bedroom is so inspirational! The headboard alone makes this feel like your not even in an RV.
Warm, Grey, and oh so cozy! This remodel makes me want to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of tea! Renee did a great job!
I love this renovation! It’s beautiful, elegant, and simple in the best way! It’s bringing me inspiration for our own RV bedroom
Lesley-Anne Crumpton – Before and After
She has truly transformed this space for the better! It is bright, cozy, and a perfect place to relax after a day of adventure.
Christie Pratt Schmitt
I found this renovation on a Facebook group and immediately fell in love. It looks like a true modern-day hotel room with the wallpaper, the headboard, and cozy bedding.
I hope you enjoyed these beautiful RV Bedroom remodels.
I know I love looking at these because they bring me so much inspiration to make our RV bedroom cozy and inviting for a goodnight’s rest.
If you’d like to submit your RV project to be featured on our site, please check out our “work with us” page for more details.
by Nissa Haight | Decorating, RV Renovation, RV Tips |
Who doesn’t LOVE a great toy-hauler RV Remodel?
I know I DO!!
They are so inspiring with the amount of customization that adds a special touch of uniqueness.
Speaking of customization, Brittany Winebarger @brittanywinebarger is an RV Remodeler that adds amazing customization to her RV’s.
In this Raptor Toyhauler, she has added her own modern boho RV style to create a gorgeous cozy home away from home.
While this RV is Sold, it is still one to admire and be inspired by!
Brittany is just doing life like the rest of us with little projects here and there.
However, remodeling an RV isn’t a “little” project but one that she put her heart in too.
Making the RV space a home away from home was a high accomplishment.
Her family enjoyed this RV Toyhauler for many adventures before selling it and buying a motorhome. I can’t wait to see what the full renovation on the Motorhome is going to be!
Until then, check out this amazing modern boho RV remodel and follow their adventures @brittanywinebarger on Instagram.
Now that you have seen what the RV Toyhauler looked like before, it is time to check out the after!
While scrolling, please take note of the small details.
She did some amazing woodwork on the bedroom headboard and the doors.
After – RV Kitchen and Main Living
After – RV Guest and Master Bathroom
After – RV Toyhauler Room
Did you love this renovation and grab some amazing ideas to renovate your own RV?
I hope you did! Those custom headboards and doors are a phenomenal inspiration to make your RV your own. Plus the Modern Boho RV style is one to admire as well.
Brittany did an amazing job on the RV remodel!
Thank you Brittany for allowing me to highlight the amazing work you’ve done. All photo credits are to @brittanywinebarger <– Go follow her!!
If you would like to have your RV renovation featured on our Blog, please email me at Nissa@exploringnewsights.com
by Nissa Haight | Decorating, DIY, RV Tips |
RV Christmas Decorating Ideas | Tis’ The Season to bring in the Holiday Cheer even when you live in an RV.
We all know that most RV’s are limited in space, so you might be wondering how you can add a Christmas tree and decor to your RV.
If you’re like me, sometimes I need a little bit of inspiration from others to help me get creative.
And, that is ok!
So, I’ve put together 12 ways to add that Christmas cheer in a minimal and impactful way, plus many ideas from other RVer’s.
(P.S. Don’t forget to go follow their Instagrams after reading for more RV inspiration)
1. Hang some stockings
Stockings are a classic Christmas decoration that you can still use and hang in your RV. If you have an electric fireplace then you can hang them around that.
However, if you have a small child, like us, hanging stockings up higher might be a better option. You can hang them around the slide trim with some command strip hooks or they can also be hung on a window.
2. Use Garland (Pine, Tinsel, Beaded) and Ribbon
Pine garland, tinsel garland, or beaded garland are great ways to add RV Christmas Decorations.
Garland can be hung from anywhere in your RV! Many like to hang them from the slide trim to spruce up the space.
Ribbon is also a classical Christmas way of decorating.
Whether they are used as bows or wrapped like garland, whatever colors you choose will be perfect.
3. Hang Christmas lights indoor and outdoor
Christmas lights are a must when adding some holiday cheer to your RV. You can wrap the lights around the garland or hang them alone around a window seal.
Also, depending on where your RV is parked and the park’s rules, you can add lights around the outside of your RV.
I would check before to make sure you’re not breaking any rules.
4. Cozy up with RV Christmas pillows and blankets
This is a simple way to add holiday cheer to your RV. There are so many options out there for Christmas pillow covers.
In addition to the pillow covers, add a cozy Christmas themed blanket.
It is amazing how far pillows and blankets on your couches or bed go a long way in adding some holiday cheer.
5. Creative options for a Christmas Tree
Having a Christmas tree may seem almost impossible in an RV. However, there are many creative ways to have the tree in a small space.
One way is to have a tree is to add on to your tabletop. It doesn’t leave much space for gifts but it does add some holiday cheer.
The second option is to get a short and skinny tree. These work great in an RV without taking up too much space.
The third option is to clear out space by removing the table or a chair and adding a tree. Many RVers move and replace their furniture all the time!
The last option is to create one out of pine and tinsel garland on a wall. This is an inexpensive and space-saving option.
6. RV Christmas Ornaments
Camper ornaments are becoming quite the collector’s items.
They can be used for little decorations on the counters, tables, or hung on a tree.
7. Holiday Kitchen towels
This is a super simple way to add a touch of Christmas to your RV. I enjoy hanging a cute Christmas towel from the oven door.
but, if you don’t have an oven door you can always hang one from a kitchen door handle.
8. Add some RV Christmas Decorations to the Walls with command strips
One thing I love about command strips is they allow you to easily change out the wall decor.
So, adding a sign that says “Joy” or “Merry Christmas” to your RV is the perfect RV Christmas decoration.
9. Add a Christmas wreath or two to your door or windows
Nowadays wreaths are used for almost every season or holiday, but it all started with Christmas.
Wreaths can be used indoor and outdoor on the windows and doors.
There are so many different varieties and sizes to choose from to match your ideal Christmas decor style.
10. Fill the Space with Your Favorite Christmas Scent
I’m all about the smell of the space as well as the visual decor.
Items like Candles, plugins, or oil diffusers with peppermint, pine, or sweet cookie smells will be a decadent addition to the Christmas ambiance.
11. Add some outdoor Christmas decor
Just as fun and cheerful as decorations are indoors, it is also fun to decorate outside your RV.
This can be done with a wreath, lights, and maybe even a cute Christmas inflatable.
12. Put on a Christmas movie or Music
Last, but not least this one is more about the ambiance than actual decorating.
Turning on a movie like “Elf” or Holiday music will make it feel like Christmas in your camper!
RV Christmas Decorating can be fun and bring in the Holiday Cheer for the “Most Wonderful Time of the year”.
I hope these ideas and inspiration from other RVers have inspired you to decorate your RV for the Holidays.