Past Events

Custer, SD

May 30, 2019 to June 4, 2019
Hosts

Host needed Co-Host – Randy Rydberg (520) 450-8947

Activity Ideas

A must do will be the Crazy Horse Spring Volksmarch (an organized hike), which is a 10K (6.2-mile) woodlands ramble to the world’s largest Mountain Carving in progress in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. The hike will be on both June 1st and 2nd. We will bike segments of the George S Mickelson Trail, a 109 mile Rail-Trail with a crushed stone surface. This trail runs through the heart of the Black Hills, connecting Deadwood with Edgemont , and has nearly 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 tunnels, and much of it traverses national forest. Other adventures include a visit to the Wind Cave National Park and the Jewel Cave National Monument.

Parking Location

Oreville CG, Black Hills NF, 24462 US-385, Custer, SD (605) 574-4402 **Additional camping at Comanche Park Campground, Hwy 16, Custer, SD. GPS for Comanche is 43.73498, -103.71186

Directions and Other Information

From US-16W, turn left onto US-16W/US-385S/E Main St, go 3/6mi and turn left onto Railroad Ave/Walnut Ave, go .6mi and turn left onto US16W/US-385S/Main St, go 4.5mi and turn left onto FR 592 into the Oreville CG. $20 for non-electric site, Sr. Pass applies for discount. Reservations recommended.

GPS Coordinates

N43.87808, W103.61191Click on link to see Google Map


Rapid City, SD

May 25, 2019 to May 30, 2019
Hosts

Mark Vogelgesang (651) 775-8967 and Bonita Raders (225) 717-9219

Activity Ideas

Biking will include the Leonard Swanson Memorial Pathway which is an 8 mile trail that has an asphalt surface. The Elks Lodge in Rapid City is a very active lodge with a golf course. We will take advantage of this location to visit Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills of SD, one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 3333 Jolly Lane, Rapid City, SD (605) 393-1187

Directions and Other Information

From I-90W, take Exit 61 toward SD-79S, go .2mi and keep left following signs for US 16/SD-79S, go 450 ft and continue onto SD-79S/N Elk Vale Rd, go 2.8mi and take the SD-44 exit toward Rapid City, go .3mi turn right onto SD-44E, go .8mi and turn right onto Jolly Ln, go .5mi and arrive at Elks Lodge on the right. There are 10 sites with electric and unlimited dry camping.

GPS Coordinates

N44.05216, W103.1531Click on link to see Google Map


Murdo, SD

May 24, 2019 to May 25, 2019
Activity Ideas

This is an overnight stop. The Pioneer Auto Museum is located just next door to the Pilot Travel Center.

Parking Location

Pilot Travel Center, 601 E 5th St, Murdo, SD (605) 669-2465. The American RV Park has dry camping available for $25 and is also right off the interstate. Other possible O/N stays include the parking area near Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD.

Directions and Other Information

From I-90 W, take exit 192 and turn right onto I-90BUS W, arrive at Pilot Travel Center on the right. Free parking.

GPS Coordinates

N43.88601, W100.70467Click on link to see Google Map


Sioux Falls, SD

May 21, 2019 to May 24, 2019
Hosts

Mary Graves 414 536-7866

Activity Ideas

We will bike the Sioux Falls Bike Trails, which a Rail-Trail and has an asphalt surface. Also known at the Sioux Falls River Greenway, the trail forms a loop of nearly 30 miles of paved, multi-use pathways that link many of the city’s parks and green spaces. Much of the trail runs adjacent to Big Sioux River, which encircles the city. Other activities include Sioux Falls Park with a view to the city’s namesake Falls and see the remains of the 7 story Queen Bee Mill, a grain mill built in 1878 by Richard Pettigrew. Visit the Butterfly House & Aquarium to see over 800 free-flying butterflies or the Great Plains Zoo to see over 1000 animals.

Parking Location

Grand Falls Casino, 1415 Grand Falls Blvd, Larchwood, IA 712-777-7777

Directions and Other Information

From SD-11N, turn right onto 276th St, go 7.1mi and turn left onto Beech Ave, go 6.1mi and turn left onto IA-9W, go 1.2mi and turn right onto Grand Falls Blvd and arrive at Casino. Dry Camp parking is in the main parking lot.

GPS Coordinates

N43.49854, W96.50314Click on link to see Google Map


Council Bluffs, IA

May 18, 2019 to May 21, 2019
Hosts

Carol Petty (509) 521-1242 and Lance Richards (352) 217-2736

Activity Ideas

We will bike the Wabash Trace Nature Trail, which is a Rail-Trail, 63 miles long and has asphalt, concrete and crushed limestone surfaces. This Hall of Fame rail-trail, the Wabash Trace Nature Trail earns its title—providing an amazing trip through the rural forests and countryside of southwest Iowa. The trail takes you on a 62.6-mile journey from Council Bluffs all the way to the Iowa–Missouri border in Blanchard, Iowa. Other points of interest include the Western Historic Trails Center, the Union Pacific Railroad Museum and the RailsWest Railroad Museum.

Parking Location

Horseshoe Casino, 2701 23rd Ave, Council Bluffs, IA

Directions and Other Information

From I-435 W, keep right to stay on I-29 N, take exit 1B and turn right onto South 24th Street, turn left into Horseshoe Casino. Free parking.

GPS Coordinates

N41.23662, W95.88653Click on link to see Google Map


Kansas City, MO

May 12, 2019 to May 18, 2019
Hosts

Randy Rydberg 520 450-8947

Activity Ideas

There are several bike trails in Kansas City, including the Tomahawk Creek, Indian Creek, and Gary Haller Trails. These trails range in distance from 12 to 26 miles. In addition, Kansas City has many fountains, sculptures and is famous for Kansas City Barbecue and Steak. Visit Fort Osage, a Trading Post built in 1808, the River Market Area, the Arabia Steamboat Museum (a ship found in a corn field), and Independence, MO home of Harry Truman and the National Frontier Trails Museum. There is an American Jazz Museum and Harley Davidson Tour. Visit Lewis and Clark State Park, Weston Bend, Independence Creek, and Atchison, KS birthplace of Amelia Earhart (trolley tour and museum here).

Parking Location

Ameristar Casino, 3200 N. Ameristar Drive, Kansas City MO. (816) 414-7000

Directions and Other Information

From I-435N, take exit 55B and merge onto MO-210E, go 1.1mi and turn right onto North Ameristar Dr, go .2mi and turn right to arrive at the Casino. Free Parking

GPS Coordinates

N39.1505235, W94.4869933Click on link to see Google Map


Sedalia, MO

May 9, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Activity Ideas

We will finish the last segments of the Katy Trail, and possibly the Rock Island Spur Trail that heads to Pleasant Hill. Sedalia has antique stores, flea markets and wineries for other activity options.

Parking Location

Moose Lodge, 119 Winchester Rd, Sedalia, MO (660) 826-6631

Directions and Other Information

From US-65 S, turn right onto Liberty Park Blvd, take an immediate right onto Dundee Ave, go .2mi and turn left onto W Main St, go 1mi and turn left onto Winchester Dr, arrive at Moose Lodge on the left. Donation.

GPS Coordinates

N38.71231, W93.26881Click on link to see Google Map


Boonville, MO

May 6, 2019 to May 9, 2019
Hosts

Larry Shew 360 701-3016

Activity Ideas

We will continue to bike segments of the Katy Trail, which at this point leaves the Missouri River and heads southwest. The Katy Depot and Caboose is located here. Other activities include exploring Boonville’s rich history by touring the local mansions or taking the self-guided walking tour. Visit the Budweiser Clydesdales at Warm Springs Ranch.

Parking Location

Isle of Capri Casino, 100 Isle of Capri Blvd, Boonville, MO

Directions and Other Information

From I-70W take Exit 106 and turn right onto MO-87N, go 4.1mi and turn left onto E Morgan St, go .3mi and turn right onto 2nd St/Isle of Capri Blvd and arrive at Isle of Capri Casino. Free Parking.

GPS Coordinates

N38.97685, W92.74947Click on link to see Google Map


Jefferson City, MO

May 2, 2019 to May 6, 2019
Hosts

Mary Graves 414 536-7866

Parking Location

Elks Lodge #513, 901 Ellis Blvd., Jefferson City (573) 636-9533, $10/night donation.

Directions and Other Information

From US-50 W take the Eastland Drive exit, turn left onto Eastland Dr for 2.3 miles. There is only one electrical hookup, but they have plenty of area for dry camping, upper and lower lots. This lodge has dinners on Thursday and Friday night that are reasonably priced – and dancing on Saturday evening. If possible, the coordinator or host of this site should call the Club Manager, Barb at (573) 636-9533, the day before arrival, with an approximate number of campers and an approximate number for dinners.

GPS Coordinates

N 38.551254, W92.183965Click on link to see Google Map


St. Louis/Wildwood, MO

April 28, 2019 to May 2, 2019
Hosts

Randy Rydberg 520 450-8947

Activity Ideas

We will bike segments of the Katy Trail, which spans 240 miles of Missouri, and is the longest continuous rail-trail in the US. It intersects with rural farmland, scenic small towns and centers of commerce and government across Missouri. The surface is crushed stone and gravel. Other activities include a visit the Gateway to the West. Take a ride up in the Arch and look out over the city. Many attractions are FREE, including Museum of Westward Expansion at the Gateway Arch, St Louis Zoo, History, Science and Art Centers, Cahokia Indian Mounds State Historic Site and tours of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and Grant’s Farm.

Parking Location

Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, 800 Guy Park Drive, Wildwood, MO 63005; 636-458-3813

Directions and Other Information

From Wildwood, MO go north on Hwy 109. Turn left on Babler Park Dr. Turn left into Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park.
$23/elec, $13/basic; dump station and water; no arrival before 3:00 p.m. Reservations recommended

GPS Coordinates

N38.617794, W90.679467Click on link to see Google Map


Indianapolis, IN

April 24, 2019 to April 28, 2019
Activity Ideas

Biking the Monon Trail, which is 23 miles, with an asphalt base. This is an urban trail with art work along the way and some residential areas. Other activities include visits/tours to the Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum, Indiana War Memorial, Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum – Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Scottish Rite Cathedral, Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Indiana State Capitol, Central Canal.

Parking Location

Speedway Moose Lodge, 4917 W. Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN (317) 244-6183

Directions and Other Information

From I-70W, take Exit 77 and turn right onto Holt Rd, go .7mi and turn left onto Rockville Rd, go .5mi and turn right onto Gasoline Alley, go .6mi and turn left onto W Vermont St, arrive at Speedway Moose Lodge on the left. Donation.

GPS Coordinates

N39.771939, W86.243463Click on link to see Google Map


Richmond, IN

April 21, 2019 to April 24, 2019
Hosts

Carol Petty 509 521-1242

Activity Ideas

Biking the Cardinal Greenway, which is the longest rail-trail in Indiana at over 61 miles with an asphalt base from Richmond to Marion. There is a on-road route for 11.3 miles between Jonesboro to Gaston.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 2100 U.S. Hwy 27 S, Richmond, IN (765) 966-0952

Directions and Other Information

From US-40 W, turn left onto Garwood Rd, go 1.2mi and turn right onto Hodgin Rd, go 2.6mi and turn left onto US-27S/S 8th St, go 1.3mi and turn right and arrive at Elks Lodge. $10 donation.

GPS Coordinates

N39.79842, W84.89373Click on link to see Google Map


Dayton, OH

April 16, 2019 to April 21, 2019
Activity Ideas

Biking the northern part of the Little Miami Scenic Trail will be the focus of this stop, along with many other trails in the area. The Little Miami Scenic Trail is over 78 miles from the outskirts of Cincinnati to Springfield, it is a Rail-Trail with asphalt and concrete surfaces.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 2801 Old Troy Pike, Dayton, OH. (937) 236-7560

Directions and Other Information

Take Exit 56 from I-75N and turn right onto Stanley Ave. Turn left onto Troy St, the Elks Lodge will be on the left in 1 mile. Donation.

GPS Coordinates

N39.79859, W84.15897Click on link to see Google Map


Cincinnati, OH

April 11, 2019 to April 16, 2019
Hosts

Arlene Teague 828 443-0279

Activity Ideas

Biking the Southern part of the Little Miami Scenic Trail will be the focus of this stop, along with many other trails in the area. The Little Miami Scenic Trail is over 78 miles from the outskirts of Cincinnati to Springfield, it is a Rail-Trail with asphalt and concrete surfaces. Other activities include the Cincinnati Zoo with the famous baby hippo, Fiona, a visit to Findlay Market, first opened in 1855, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and a walk in Eden Park.
Parking Location

Parking Location

Hollywood Casino, 515 Dunn St, Lawrenceburg, IN. RV Parking is next door to the parking tower.

Directions and Other Information

From I-275W take Exit 16 toward Greendale/Lawrenceburg, go .8mi and continue onto Belleview Dr, go .3mi and turn left onto E Eads Pkwy, go 1.5mi and turn Left onto Hollywood Blvd, go .4mi slight Right to stay on Hollywood Blvd, go .2mi turn Right onto George St, go 350ft, turn Right onto Dunn Street. Free parking.

GPS Coordinates

N39.09843, W84.84569Click on link to see Google Map


Tusayan, AZ

April 27, 2019 to April 29, 2019
Hosts

Helene Rutherford (248)459-1449

Activity Ideas

Visit the Grand Canyon National Park

Parking Location

BLM land just south of Tusayan

Directions and Other Information

North on AZ 64 to FR688 (between mile markers 232 and 233), drive east either .3 miles or 1 mile depending on the number of rigs. Free. There may be a dump and water available in the Grand Canyon Campground.

GPS Coordinates

35.926463, -112.130238Click on link to see Google Map


Talkeetna, AK

July 26, 2019 to July 28, 2019
Hosts

Margaret Murray (970) 214-4943

Activity Ideas

Talkeetna is located at the convergence of three glacial rivers overlooking a 20,000 foot peak. Take a white water rafting excursion, jet boat or river boat, or go flightseeing. There are also zipline tours, fishing and hiking. Take a walk around downtown Talkeetna for quaint shops, breweries, and restaurants. The Hurricane Turn Train will take you from Talkeetna to Hurricane Gulch or the Denali Star Route runs from Anchorage to Fairbanks with stops in Talkeetna and Denali.

Parking Location

Montana Creek State Recreation Site, 96 South Parks Highway, Willow, AK (907) 733-5267 Summer camping information, (907) 345-5764 (winter).

Directions and Other Information

Take the Glenn Hwy to the George Parks Hwy, then north to milepost 96.6. The park entrance is on the left. If you reach the Talkeetna Spur Road, you have gone too far. There are 36 Campsites, no RV size limit, with toilets and water, $20/night.
GPS Coordinates

GPS Coordinates

62.103432, -150.059335Click on link to see Google Map


Talkeetna, AK

June 25, 2019 to June 27, 2019
Activity Ideas

Talkeetna is located at the convergence of three glacial rivers overlooking a 20,000 foot peak. Take a white water rafting excursion, jet boat or river boat, or go flightseeing. There are also zipline tours, fishing and hiking. Take a walk around downtown Talkeetna for quaint shops, breweries, and restaurants. The Hurricane Turn Train will take you from Talkeetna to Hurricane Gulch or the Denali Star Route runs from Anchorage to Fairbanks with stops in Talkeetna and Denali.

Parking Location

Montana Creek State Recreation Site, 96 South Parks Highway, Willow, AK (907) 733-5267 Summer camping information, (907) 345-5764 (winter).

Directions and Other Information

Take the Glenn Hwy to the George Parks Hwy, then north to milepost 96.6. The park entrance is on the left. If you reach the Talkeetna Spur Road, you have gone too far. There are 36 Campsites, no RV size limit, with toilets and water, $20/night.

GPS Coordinates

62.103788, -150.059324Click on link to see Google Map


Bangor, ME

July 17, 2019 to July 23, 2019
Hosts

Dana Skaggs 217 971-3083

Activity Ideas

Tour both the Art Museum and the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine. Visit the Cole Land Transportation Museum, Paul Bunyan Statue, and the home of Steven King. Perhaps take in a show at the Penobscot Theatre Co. Take a walk or bike the Waterfront on the Penobscot River. Lots of great restaurants nearby.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 108 Odlin Rd, Bangor, ME

Directions and Other Information

From Oak St headed North, take the I-395W ramp to I-95/Bangor, go 5.2mi turn right onto Odlin Rd, go .7mi to arrive at Elks Lodge on the right. Donations.

GPS Coordinates

N44.79550, W68.80615Click on link to see Google Map


Ellsworth, ME

July 5, 2019 to July 17, 2019
Hosts

Dana Skaggs 217 971-3083

Activity Ideas

Visit Acadia National Park, Timber Tina’s Great Maine Lumberjack Show, Downeast Scenic Railroad, Big Chicken Barn. Take a drive to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory which is the tallest bridge observatory in the world at 447 feet tall and tour Fort Knox which is full of history and great architecture.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 317 High St, Ellsworth, ME

Directions and Other Information

From US-1N, turn right onto High St, go 1.5 miles to arrive at Elks Lodge on the right. Donations.

GPS Coordinates

N44.52588, W68.40117Click on link to see Google Map


Rockland, ME

June 28, 2019 to July 5, 2019
Hosts

Dana Skaggs 217 971-3083

Activity Ideas

Crescent Beach, Rockland; Owls Head State Park (SP), Owls Head; Birch Point Beach SP, Port Clyde; Camden Hills SP, Camden (bird watching); numerous towns including Belfast, Camden, Rockland, Port Clyde; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, 16 Museum St, ; Maine Lighthouse Museum, Sail Power & Steam Museum, Project Puffin Visitor Center; Maine Maritime Museum; Penobscot Marine Museum; Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, Rockland Breakwater Light; Mount Battie hike, Camden; Monhegan Island ferry from Port Clyde, Puffin Nature Cruise from Port Clyde; kayaking.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 210 Rankin St, Rockland, ME

Directions and Other Information

From I-95N keep right to continue on I-295N following signs for S Portland/Downtown Portland, go 28mi use right 2 lanes for Exit 28 for US-1N, go 2.4mi and turn left onto US-1N/Mill St, go 8.5mi keep left to stay on US-1N, go 41mi and turn left onto Meadow Rd/Old Country Rd, go 3.1mi and turn right onto Rankin St, go .2mi turn right onto Soffayer Dr and arrive at the Elks Lodge. There are a few electric sites available. Donations.
GPS Coordinates

GPS Coordinates

N44.11295, W69.12693Click on link to see Google Map


Seabrook, NH

June 24, 2019 to June 28, 2019
Hosts

Sharon Lea 513 253-8186

Activity Ideas

Spend a day at the beach in Seabrook or Hampton. Dine at the Smoky Quartz Distillery, a craft distillery producing bourbon and rum. Eastman Docks offers fishing charters. In Newburyport, there are whale-watching tours, Plum Island Beach with a lighthouse. Tour the Merrimack River Station of the Coast Guard, the birthplace of the Coast Guard. There is also a bike ride available on the Clipper City Trail.

Parking Location

American Legion, 169 Walton Road, Seabrook, NH

Directions and Other Information

From I-95N, take Exit 60 and turn left on Main St, go .8mi and take slight right onto US-1S, then immediate left onto US-1N, go 400ft and turn right onto Walton Rd, arrive at American Legion on the left. Donation for dry camping.

GPS Coordinates

N42.87851, W70.85538Click on link to see Google Map


Wareham, MA

June 18, 2019 to June 24, 2019
Activity Ideas

Visit Cape Cod and the National Seashore and maybe sight a whale, take a ride or walk on Cape Cod Canal Bike Path, Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, see Plymouth Rock and a reproduction of the Mayflower, Sandwich Glass Museum. Visit the Bristol Elks to watch the sunset over the bay. Bristol Elks has a boat docking facility, so it can be reached by land or by sea.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 2855 Cranberry Hwy, Wareham, MA

Directions and Other Information

From I-195E, take exit 22A for MA-25E toward Cape Cod, go 2.9 miles and take exit 2 toward US-6/MA-28/Wareham and turn right onto Maple Springs Rd, go .3 miles and continue straight onto MA-28 S, go .4mi and turn left onto Depot St, go 450 ft and turn left onto US-6 W, arrive at Elks Lodge on the left. Donations. Phone (508) 295-6000

GPS Coordinates

N41.76163, W70.67523Click on link to see Google Map


Groton, CT

June 11, 2019 to June 18, 2019
Hosts

Greg Smith 928 846-5921

Activity Ideas

Visit the Submarine Force Museum to see the historic ship Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine. Tour the Avery Point Lighthouse, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, and take a walk on the Poquonnock River Walkway. The Foxwoods Casino offered senior buffets twice a week, and the Mohegan Casino has beautiful architecture. The Gatehouse Tavern, an old historic gatehouse is also a treat not to be missed.
Parking Location

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 700 Shennecossett Rd, Groton, CT 06340, (860) 445-2163

Directions and Other Information

From I-95N, take Exit 87 for CT-349 S/Clarence B Sharp Hwy, go 1.5mi continue straight onto Brandegee Ave., go 1.4mi and arrive at the Elks Lodge on the Left.

GPS Coordinates

N41.3278, W72.05769Click on link to see Google Map


Westwood, NJ

June 7, 2019 to June 11, 2019
Activity Ideas

From Westwood take the train to NYC, Penn Station and take the Big Bus Tour to see all the sites the city has to offer. It will take a few days to get in all the sites, like Central Park, the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Times Square and so much more available. Visit Jersey City to see their 9/11 Memorial.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 523 Kinderkamack Rd, Westwood, NJ 07675 (201) 666-1562

Directions and Other Information

From the Garden State Parkway/I-95, take Exit 168 and turn right onto Washington Ave, go .6mi and turn left onto Pascack Rd, go .4mi and turn right onto Hillsdale Ave, go 1.2mi and turn right onto Kinderkamack Rd, go .3mi and arrive at Elks Lodge on the left.

GPS Coordinates

N40.99892, W74.03328Click on link to see Google Map


Egg Harbor Township, NJ

May 28, 2019 to June 2, 2019
Hosts

Greg Smith 928 846-5921

Activity Ideas

Visit Atlantic City, the Convention Center and the Boardwalk Hall to see the world’s largest pipe organ, Historical Society’s Roundhouse Museum, German Community, the Naval Air Museum. Tour the marsh on a pontoon boat.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 1815 Somers Point Rd, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Directions and Other Information

From I-76E, keep left at the fork to stay on Atlantic City Expy E, go 10mi and take Exit 7S toward Parkway S, keep left follow signs for Cape May, go 6.9mi take exit 30 toward N Laurel Dr, turn right onto New Rd, go .6mi turn right onto Atlantic 559/Mays Landing Rd, go 1.1mi and arrive at Elks Lodge on the Left. Donations.

GPS Coordinates

N39.31598, W74.63209Click on link to see Google Map


Harrisburg, PA

May 22, 2019 to May 28, 2019
Activity Ideas

Take a rugged trek on the Appalachian Trail that runs just north of Harrisburg or find a tree-lined trail run through one of the nearby parks. Grab a paddle and spend the day kayaking or canoeing along the Susquehanna River or take a spin on the Capitol Area Bike trail that connects the city parks in Harrisburg. Tour the Capitol Complex, the Art Association and the Pennsylvania Museum in downtown Harrisburg. Drive to Hersey to explore the infamous town of chocolate and do some tasting.

Parking Location

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, 777 Hollywood Blvd, Grantville, PA

Directions and Other Information

From I-81N, take Exit 80 and turn left onto Bow Creek Rd, go .8mi and turn right onto Hollywood Blvd to arrive at Casino.

GPS Coordinates

N40.39456, W76.66105Click on link to see Google Map


Greenbelt, MD

May 14, 2019 to May 22, 2019
Hosts

Randy Smischny 913 226-4550

Activity Ideas

Tour Washington DC Area, Baltimore Area, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ft McHenry National Monument, John Hopkins University, Annapolis State House, Annapolis National Cemetery, and the US Naval Academy.

Parking Location

Greenbelt National Park, 6565 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD

Directions and Other Information

From I-95N/I-495N, take Exit 23 and turn left onto MD-201S/Kenilworth Ave. go .5mi and take Exit toward MD-193/Greenbelt Rd, arrive at destination on the right. $20/night; Senior pass discount applies. RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME AT RECREATION.GOV.

GPS Coordinates

38.995840, -76.895172Click on link to see Google Map


Berlin, MD

May 9, 2019 to May 14, 2019
Activity Ideas

Assateague is a 37mile long barrier island on the Atlantic Coast of Maryland and Virginia. The terrain is a mix of sand dunes, maritime forests and salt marshes. Two herds of wild horses inhabit the island. The horses are descended from late 17th century horses brought by colonists attempting to avoid livestock taxes. Activities are abundant on the island with crabbing and clamming and a long stretch of beach for swimming, kayaking and fishing. Tour the Island and Visitors Center, enjoy the quiet away from the city. Don’t pet the horses

Parking Location

Assateague Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, MD

Directions and Other Information

From US-113N turn right onto Harrison Rd, go 2.6mi turn right onto MD-376E, go 2.8 mi turn right onto MD-611S, go 4.4 mi and turn right onto Campground Rd. $30/night for non-electric RV sites. Senior pass discount applies. RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME AT RECREATION.GOV.

GPS Coordinates

38.237652, -75.138091Click on link to see Google Map


Chesapeake, VA

May 3, 2019 to May 9, 2019
Activity Ideas

Visit Chesapeake Arboretum, Big Woody’s-Great Bride, Clarke farms market, Whalers Wharf, Norfolk Naval Yard, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Mariners Museum, USS Monitor Center, US Army Transportation Museum, and Victory Arch. Bike/walk the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail.

Parking Location

Moose Lodge, 1400 George Washington Hwy N, Chesapeake, VA

Directions and Other Information

From US-158W, take Exit 2 and turn Left onto US-13/Military Hwy, go 2.8 mi turn right toward Canal Dr, go .9 mi turn right onto George Washington Hwy N, go .4 mi and arrive at the Moose Lodge on the left. Donations.

GPS Coordinates

N36.79102, W76.33117Click on link to see Google Map


Outer Banks, NC

April 29, 2019 to May 3, 2019
Activity Ideas

Visit the Bodie Island and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Tour Kitty Hawk and the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Celebrate our Elizabethan Heritage with visits to the Lost Colony, Roanoke Island Festival Park. Travel to the village of Rodanthe to visits the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, one of the most complete sites of all remaining life-saving stations in the US.

Parking Location

Oregon Inlet Campground, Nags Head, NC

Directions and Other Information

From US-64 Bypass E, take slight Right onto S Virginia Dare Trail, go .1mi turn Right onto NC 12 S/Cape Hatteras National Park Rd, go 8mi, turn Left to arrive at Oregon Inlet Campground. $28/night for non-electric RV sites, $35/night for electric. Senior pass discount applies. RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME AT RECREATION.GOV.

GPS Coordinates

N35.79909, W75.54477Click on link to see Google Map


Morehead City, NC

April 22, 2019 to April 29, 2019
Activity Ideas

Visit New Bern where the British Governor Tryon lived in the 1770’s and where Pepsi Cola was invented in 1898. Drive to Beaufort walk and/or sail the Bogue Sound and visit the NC Maritime Museum. Tour Ft. Macon, one of many old forts along the Atlantic Ocean dating back to 1794. Explore the Cedar Point Tideland Trail in the NF and enjoy the beaches and restaurants on nearby islands.

Parking Location

Cedar Point Campground, 391 VFW Rd, Cedar Point, NC

Directions and Other Information

From NC-24E that the Exit toward Camp Lejeune/Morehead City, go 21mi and turn Left onto Old NC-58N, go .8mi and turn Left onto VFW Rd, go .5mi and turn Left onto Croatan Forest Rd, go .7mi and turn Left to stay on Croatan Forest Rd, then slight Left to continue on Croatan Forest Rd, then turn Right to stay on Croatan Forest Rd, arrive at Cedar Point Campground. All campsites have electric with a fee of $20/night and a $7/day electrical surcharge. Senior pass discount applies. RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME AT RECREATION.GOV.

GPS Coordinates

N34.69334, W77.08232Click on link to see Google Map


Wilmington, NC

April 16, 2019 to April 22, 2019
Hosts

Greg Smith 928 846-5921

Activity Ideas

Take a trolley ride through the downtown Historic District, then explore the river walk along the Cape Fear River and the Saturday Market and the vibrant shopping streets. Visit the battleship USS North Carolina, a huge floating relic of World War II. Take a tour of Bellamy Mansion, built in 1861, a most spectacular example of antebellum architecture, and Poplar Grove, one of the country’s oldest peanut plantations. A boat tour of Cape Fear River offers a view of the city. Visit Fort Fisher and the pier at Carolina Beach.

Parking Location

Moose Lodge, 4610 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington, NC

Directions and Other Information

From US-17 N/US-17 BUS N/US-76 E, take the Exit to State Port, go .2mi and take slight Right onto S Front St, go .8mi continue straight onto Carolina Beach Rd, go 4.3mi and arrive at Moose Lodge on the Right.

GPS Coordinates

N34.15726, W77.91154Click on link to see Google Map


Murrell’s Inlet, SC

April 9, 2019 to April 16, 2019
Hosts

Jim Osterlund 316 519-4866

Activity Ideas

Murrell’s Inlet is just a short drive to Myrtle Beach, where you can take a stroll on the boardwalk and beach and have lunch at Duffy’s – where the house band for several years was Alabama. There is plenty of great shopping and activities at Broadway at the Beach, Tanger Outlets and the nearby Malls. Visit the Huntington Beach State Park and the nearby Brookgreen Gardens, a unique combination of botanical gardens with outdoor sculptures and exhibits of wild animals. Take a boat tour or kayak the intercostal waterways or salt marsh.

Parking Location

The Beaver Bar, 3534 US-17 BUS, Murrell’s Inlet, SC

Directions and Other Information

From US-17N, turn right onto Carson Ave, go .3mi turn right onto US-17 BUS S, arrive at Beaver bar on the right.

GPS Coordinates

N33.57151, W79.02675Click on link to see Google Map


Charleston, SC

April 2, 2019 to April 9, 2019
Hosts

Mary Kevin Welch 301 643-4453

Activity Ideas

Start with a trip to the Visitors Center for a movie on Charleston and pickup event brochures, then continue to the City Market. Take a tour of the Tea Planation and visit the Angel Oak tree, estimated to be 500 years old and stands 66 ft tall and 28 ft in circumference. Take a self-guided walking tour of the Battery District of Old Charleston, including Saint Michael’s Church (built 1752-1761), the Old Post Office (1896) and the seawall with a view of Fort Sumter at the mouth of the bay. Board the ferry at Patriots Point for a tour around the harbor on the way to the Fort Sumter, where the first shots were fired starting the Civil War.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC

Directions and Other Information

From I-95 N, take Exit 33 and keep Left follow signs for US-17N, go 56mi use the left 2 lanes to turn Left onto SC-7N/Sam Rittenberg Blvd, go 3.4mi, turn Right onto Gamecock Ave, turn Left onto Frontage Rd, arrive at Elks Lodge on the Right.

GPS Coordinates

N32.82459, W79.98999Click on link to see Google Map


Savannah, GA

March 26, 2019 to April 2, 2019
Hosts

Sharon Lea 513 253-8186

Activity Ideas

Take either a trolley tour or free walking tour of the historical downtown area. Eat lunch at the several restaurants in the downtown area such as Mrs. Wiley’s. Spend the day on the beach at Tybee Island and climb the steps to the top of the lighthouse. Tour Fort Pulaski National Monument and Bonaventure Cemetery. Kayaking and bike trails are also available.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 183 Wilshire Blvd, Savannah, GA

Directions and Other Information

From I-95 N, take Exit 94 and turn Right onto GA-204 toward Savannah, go 8.2mi turn left onto Largo Dr, go .5mi turn right onto Wilshire Blvd, go .6mi and arrive at Elks Lodge on the right.

GPS Coordinates

N31.98386, W81.13718Click on link to see Google Map


Jacksonville, FL

March 15, 2019 to March 26, 2019
Hosts

Arlene Teague; 828 443-0279 and co-host Jim Osterlund 316 519-4866

Activity Ideas

Visit Kingsley Plantation, the oldest(1790s) and best-preserved plantation site in Florida. Bike the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail and walk the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Many hiking options such as the Timucuan Preserve and Talbot Island State Park. Drive to St. Augustine to tour the Castillo De San Marco Fort (built by the Spanish in the 1600s), the lighthouse, and the Fountain of Youth.

Parking Location

Faith United Methodist Church, 4000 Spring Park Rd, Jacksonville, FL

Directions and Other Information

Take Exit 347 form I-95 N. Turn Right onto US-1 Alt N/Emerson St, go .2 mi turn Right onto Spring Park Rd, go .6 mi and arrive at Faith United Methodist Church. Parking here is by special arrangements; therefore no early arrivals are permitted. $20/night for FHU and $5/night for dry camping.

GPS Coordinates

N30.28441, W81.62125Click on link to see Google Map


Lone Pine, CA

October 8, 2019 to October 13, 2019
Hosts

Diana Tolerico 602-206-2441

Activity Ideas

Mount Whitney, Movie Museum, hikes to arches in Alabama Hills, Manzanar Internment Camp

Parking Location

Tuttle Creek Campground , $4 with senior pass

Directions and Other Information

3 miles west of Lone Pine on Whitney Portal Road; 1.5 miles south on Horseshoe Meadow Road; west on winding dirt road. Tables, toilets, campfires, no drinking water, dump $5. Elev 5120’

GPS Coordinates

36.56663, -118.12364Click on link to see Google Map


Bishop, CA

October 1, 2019 to October 8, 2019
Hosts

Diana Tolerico 602-206-2441

Activity Ideas

South Lake, Lake Sabrina, North Lake, petroglyphs, Bristlecone Pines, and no visit to Bishop is complete without a visit to Schat’s Bakery

Parking Location

Horton Creek Campground, $4 with senior pass

Directions and Other Information

BLM, 8.5 miles NW of Bishop on US 395, west on Sawmill Road; and then 3 miles west on Round Valley Road. 49 sites with pull throughs, tables, pit toilets, campfires, no drinking water. Elev. 4975’

GPS Coordinates

37.39403, -118.57437Click on link to see Google Map


Minden, NV

September 26, 2019 to October 1, 2019
Hosts

Paul Tracy 518 852-2445 and Judy Mathews 586 536-0660

Activity Ideas

Visit Lake Tahoe for hiking, kayaking and sightseeing. Go swimming at Sand Harbor. Visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum and the Nevada State Museum. Visit the Nevada State Capitol Building, the Bowers Mansion Museum and the Governor’s Museum. Take a tour of the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory. Side trips to Reno, Virginia City and Comstock

Parking Location

Minden/Tahoe Airport, 1146 Airport Road, Minden, NV 89423

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS Coordinates.  $10/night dry-camping.  Public restroom available.

GPS Coordinates

39.173466, -119.744102Click on link to see Google Map


Susanville, CA

September 21, 2019 to September 26, 2019
Hosts

Barb Soumis 715 460-2981 and Mike Flanagan 309 428-9821

Activity Ideas

Hike Biz Johnson Trail, visit Susanville Ranch Park, visit the Lassen Historical Museum, and catch a movie at the Sierra Theater.

Parking Location

Merrill Campground (Eagle Lake)

Directions and Other Information

From Susanville head west out of town on Hwy 36, 4 miles out turn right onto County Road A1 (Eagle Lake Rd.),
From Old Station head east on Hwy 44 approximately 63 miles turn right on County Road A1 (Eagle Lake Rd.), follow this road for 12 miles and follow the signs to the campground. Sites 57-90 are designated dry camping, $10/night w/senior pass; sites 27-56 have water and electric for $20/night w/senior pass. Water is available free; dump $5.

GPS Coordinates

40.548386, -120.812046Click on link to see Google Map


Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA

September 19, 2019 to September 21, 2019
Hosts

Pam Haberoth 817 999-6514 and co-host Kathy Bartkowski 602 501-7004

Activity Ideas

Visit Lassen Volcanic National Park for hiking, Ranger-led programs, kayaking, swimming.

Parking Location

Old Station: Bogard Trailhead Sno-Park (NF).

Directions and Other Information

There are 22 paved level 70′ spaces with a pit toilet. There are facilities at the adjacent Recreation Area only a 100′ walk. The campground is located approximately 23 miles East of Old Station on SR-44 and approximately 29 miles West of Susanville. Head South at the turnoff to Bogard Recreation Area at MM 15, and proceed a short distance. The first right goes into the recreation area, the second right goes into the Sno-Park.

GPS Coordinates

40.58487 -121.08974Click on link to see Google Map


McCloud, CA

September 16, 2019 to September 19, 2019
Hosts

Amy Marshall 775 537-5511; co-host Kathy Bartkowski 602 501-7004

Activity Ideas

Kayaking, hiking, living memorial sculpture garden, Mount Shasta

Parking Location

Ski Park Highway (NF), boondocking area.

Directions and Other Information

No facilities. Free. 4 mi west of town on SR-89, turn north on Ski Park Hwy (paved rd for winter access to ski area. 1.5 mi ahead is a large parking area for the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center. This spot is level, and there is room for 6+ rigs. There is also a large level gravel storage area 2 miles in on the left. Good sun, open sky. Excellent Verizon. Frequent bear encounters. Great views of Mt. Shasta and the rolling blue hills in the other direction. Very quiet. Elev 5000′.

GPS Coordinates

41.26902, -122.21494Click on link to see Google Map


Crater Lake National Park, OR

September 12, 2019 to September 16, 2019
Hosts

Linda Schultz, 810 625-8095 and Don Stier, 928 205-8865

Activity Ideas

There is an 11-mile paved multi-use trail around Diamond Lake. There are many hiking trails, including a self-guided nature trail, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, Mt. Thielsen Trail and Mt. Bailey Trail; and that doesn’t even take into consideration the Crater Lake National Park and all it has to offer. Go to the Steel Visitor Center and watch the park film, drive around the lake, attend a Ranger program, find the phantom ship, take lots of pictures, visit the Sinnott Overlook, swim, and fish or dangle your toes in some of the world’s purest water. There are several dog friendly trails in the park. Take the Ranger guided Trolley Tour around Crater Lake and the Ranger guided boat tour. Take a Ranger led hike.

Parking Location

Diamond Lake Campground, Idleyld Park, OR, (541) 498-2531

Directions and Other Information

Drinking water, showers, garbage disposal, grey water waste sumps, dump station, picnic tables, fire rings. $16/night S/A ½ off; $22 for lakeshore sites; $21 for double site; $27 for double lakeshore.

GPS Coordinates

43.15930, -122.13309Click on link to see Google Map


Bend, OR

September 7, 2019 to September 12, 2019
Hosts

Jeannie Fox 610 360-4138

Activity Ideas

Hiking, kayaking, mountain road trips, four-wheeling, concerts, theater, farmers’ market, dancing, white water rafting. There are bazaars and bakeries and it’s a beautiful area to explore.

Parking Location

Wanoga Snow Play Area, Cascade Lake Highway, Bend, OR 97703

Directions and Other Information

Cascade Lake Highway mile marker 14.6 on the south side. Vault toilets, large paved area, free.

GPS Coordinates

43.98486 -121.54082Click on link to see Google Map


Sweet Home, OR

September 3, 2019 to September 7, 2019
Hosts

Lyndajoy Storer 828-808-3808 and Kathy Bartkowski 602-501-7004

Activity Ideas

This town provides easy access to the Willamette National Forest, the South Santiam River and a system of crystalline lakes. Hike lush trails to hidden waterfalls and drive along scenic byways past covered bridges and farms. Take in the cute little downtown of Sweet Home, catch a movie at the vintage cinema, and visit the living history museum. Take a day trip and a picnic lunch to Foster Lake; while you’re there do some hiking.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge #1972 Campground, 440 Osage St., Sweet Home, OR 97386, (541) 367-3559 (ask for Donna).

Directions and Other Information

Be cautious upon arrival from the direction of West Hwy 20 to Osage St. The entrance on Osage is a very steep incline that could be hazardous with an overhang of over 2’. It’s best to take a right on First Ave. then turn right onto Nandina, then right onto Westwood St, then left back to Osage to avoid the steep incline. There are six sites with full hookups for $15/night, as well as ample space for dry camping at $10/night. This campground is only open to Elk members. The lodge is closed on Tuesdays. They offer an evening meal Wednesday through Saturday, as well as bar food. There is also an exercise room and sauna for our use. The host should contact the lodge a couple of weeks prior to arrival with an estimated number of campers.

GPS Coordinates

44.400546, -122.746341Click on link to see Google Map


Tillamook, OR

August 25, 2019 to September 3, 2019
Hosts

Dave Bloom, 805 708-4870 and Don Thull, 925 437-8857

Activity Ideas

Tillamook Cheese Factory, Blue Heron Cheese Factory, train ride to Bay City, scenic tour of lighthouses, Air Museum, kayak Nestucca River, farmers market in town, dancing and food at local bars, textile museum, Munsen Creek Water Falls, Forest Vendor.

Parking Location

Elks RV Park, 9105 Hwy. 101, Tillamook, OR

Directions and Other Information

It is recommended that you make reservations as soon as possible. Call Park Hosts, Dixie & Harvey Reeves, for reservations at (503) 842-4200 or (503) 812-0354, after April 1 ask for Pat Burke. $10 dry, $25 full H/U. $10 dump. Showers and bathrooms available. Useable rec hall. Hwy 101, 5 miles South of Tillamook. 3/10 mile south of milepost 71 or 7/10 mile north of milepost 72, on east side of Hwy, Directional sign on west side of highway.

GPS Coordinates

45.39034, -123.80297Click on link to see Google Map


Ocean Shores, WA

August 19, 2019 to August 21, 2019
Hosts

Jeannie Fox 610 360-4138

Activity Ideas

Rent scooters in town and ride on beach, wonderful walking paths and beaches, sunset supper and breakfast specials in Casino dining room, often music in Casino bar, dances and meals at local Elks in town (check schedule upon arrival)

Parking Location

Quinault Casino, 78 Washington 115, Ocean Shores, WA 98569.

Directions and Other Information

Go south on US 101 to Hoqiam, then right onto WA-109 for 18 miles. Then turn left onto SR-115. The Casino entrance is on the right in approximately 1 mile. When you reach the Casino, go to the very back of the parking lot to the left side for the entrance to the RV area. Check in at the Casino office.

GPS Coordinates

Click on link to see Google Map


Forks, WA

August 15, 2019 to August 19, 2019
Hosts

Charlie Savior 562 221-2000

Activity Ideas

Take a day trip to Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the contiguous US, or the Hoh Rain Forest. The beaches near La Push are great for walking.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge#2524, Clyde Hampton Memorial RV Park, 941 Merchant Rd, Forks, WA 98331 (360) 374-2524

Directions and Other Information

From the north on Hwy 101, turn left on Calawah Blvd. Turn left on Merchant Rd. Boondock in the large grassy field next to the Lodge. $10 dry camp, $20 with hookups. The host will need to contact Dean at the Elk’s Lodge a couple of weeks prior to our stay to let him know approximately how many RV’s there will be. The Clyde Hampton Memorial RV Park features 6 hook-ups that serve 12 “back-in” spaces. Each has water/power and there is a sewer dump on site. They do not take reservations; sites are “first-come first-serve” with self-registration near the front door.

GPS Coordinates

47.961838, -124.372775Click on link to see Google Map


Sequim, WA

August 8, 2019 to August 15, 2019
Hosts

Leda Coughlin (248) 895-3706

Activity Ideas

Explore Olympic National Park; visit the Lavender Gardens, Port Angeles, Salt Creek Recreation Area, tidal pools and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Take a day trip on ferry to Victoria, BC. There is dancing on Sunday at the 21st Grange. There is a lot to see and do in this area.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Rd., Sequim, WA 98382 (360) 683-2763

Directions and Other Information

101 West to Sequim or 101 north then east into Sequim.
The host needs to contact the lodge two weeks in advance with numbers.

GPS Coordinates

48.095206, -123.098883Click on link to see Google Map


Puyallup, WA

August 5, 2019 to August 8, 2019
Hosts

Karen VanVliet 518 369-2738 and Pat Aiken 805 550-3677

Activity Ideas

Take on the Escape Room in Tacoma, visit the petting zoo at Old McDebbie’s Farm, ride the gondola at Gig Harbor, catch a performance at the Lakewood Playhouse, visit the Mandarin Stained Glass Gallery or wander through the Lakewold Gardens.

Parking Location

Puyallup Elks Lodge, 314 27th St NE, Puyallup, WA (253) 845-9515

Directions and Other Information

Dry Camping, $10/night. Absolutely no early arrivals at this location on Saturday night, you will not be allowed to stay. May have to go into the hookup sites if you arrive early. Outdoor pool and showers for $3/day.

GPS Coordinates

47.19441, -122.25911Click on link to see Google Map