2020 Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota
This circuit travels up the west side of Michigan, following Lake Michigan and on around to the east side of the state to Lake Huron. From there it will cross the beautiful Mackinac Bridge to reach the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We will travel west across the Peninsula visiting several stops along Lake Superior and crossing into Wisconsin for a couple of gatherings before venturing into Minnesota. There will be ample opportunities for biking, hiking, kayaking, exploring and sightseeing. This circuit needs a circuit leader. The number of participants will need to be limited due to size of available stops along the way. A 2nd group may follow the 1st if we have enough interest. Please note where reservations are recommended and make them as far as possible in advance to ensure your spot.
Circuit leader: Jenell Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org, (817) 455-4911 Please email her if you are planning on joining this circuit!
Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame, Studebaker National Museum, East Race Waterway, Military Honor Park, RV/MH Hall of Fame (Elkhart), Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum (Elkhart), Pete’s Simonton Lake Tavern (Elkhart)
Elks Lodge, 3535 McKinley Ave, South Bend, IN. Electric sites $25. Dry camp– donation.
US-31 N to South Bend. In South Bend US-31 becomes S Michigan St.Continue to US-20 Business/E. Colfax Ave (right turn) stay on US-20. US-20 will turn onto McKinley Ave then continue to Elks Lodge, 3535 McKinley Ave, on left side of street.
N42.167881,W83.483139 – Click on link to see Google Map
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
Speedway Moose Lodge, 4917 W. Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN
Take I-65 N toward Louisville, drive 131.1 mi and at Exit 110B take ramp left for I-70 W toward St. Louis, drive 4.3 mi, at Exit 77 take ramp right and follow signs for Holt Rd, 0.2 mi turn right onto S Holt Rd, 0.7 mi turn left onto Rockville Rd, 1.1 mi turn right N Lynhurst Dr, 0.5 miles turn right onto W Vermont St, 0.3 mi arrive at Moose Lodge, 4917 W Vermont St on right.
N39.771939,W86.243463 – Click on link to see Google Map
(Cancelled due to restrictions on camping in the area)
The Kentucky Horse Park is the only park in the world dedicated to the relationship between people and their horses. The Park has museums, parades, walking tours and horseback riding available. In Lexington, tour the Mary Todd Lincoln House, the Kentucky Aviation Museum, and The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky is a 100-acre greenspace located on the campus of the University of Kentucky in the heart of Lexington.
Kentucky Horse Park Campground, 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511 Phone – (859) 259-4257. Reservation recommended. Reserveamerica.com. Rate is $35 for electric site. 10% senior or AARP discount applicable.
From I-65 take Exit 93 for Blue Grass Parkway toward Bardstown/Lexington for 71 miles, take Exit 72A for US-60 E toward Lexington, use the right lane to take the KY-4 N/New Circle Rd ramp to I-75/I-64. Take exit 8 for US-25 toward Georgetown/Lexington. Use left 2 lanes to turn left onto US-25N/Georgetown St. Turn right onto Berea Rd, turn right onto Nina Bonnie Blvd, then turn right onto Campground Rd.
N38.14198,W84.51349 – Click on link to see Google Map
(Cancelled due to restrictions on camping in the area)
The mysteries of the underworld beckon at Mammoth Cave NP, but that’s not all, in addition to the many cave tours, you can hike, bike, kayak, enjoy a campfire program, and more.
Mammoth Cave Campground, 1 Mammoth Cave Pkwy, Mammoth Cave, KY. MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND – Reservation recommended. Recreation.gov /B or C loop. $10 with Senior Pass.
From I-65 take Exit 48 (Park City). TL on SR-255 (becomes Park City Rd), follow until it joins Mammoth Cave Pkwy, TL, follow to Visitor Ctr. CG is 1/4 mi past Ctr.
N37.18284,W86.09733 – Click on link to see Google Map
Nashville Area, Fontanel Mansion, Ryman Auditorium, Johnny Cash Museum, Lane Motor Museum, The Hermitage (home of Andrew Jackson), Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Elks Lodge, 485 Oak Meadow Drive, Franklin, TN
On I-65 N toward Nashville to Exit 65 take ramp right for TN-96 toward Franklin/Murfreesboro. 0.3 miles turn left onto TN-96/Murfreesboro Rd, 0.3 mi turn left onto S Royal Oaks Blvd, 0.5 mi turn left onto Oak Meadow Dr, 0.4 mi arrive at Elks Lodge on the right.
N35.903632,W86.826720 – Click on link to see Google Map
Civil War Interpretive Center, Borroum’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain, Corinth Contraband Camp, Corinth National Cemetery, Crossroads Museum, Battery Robinett, Corinth Coke Museum
Cornith Gun Club & RV Park ($20 night), 314 Cr 604, Cornith, MS. Each person needs to call and make a reservation at Cornith Gun Club & RV Park 662-287-8223 (Chip Worley) State you are part of WIN group.
From the intersection of US-45 & 72: go west approximately 4.5 miles to CR-604. Turn left (south) onto CR-604. Park is 1.2 on the left.
N34.912844,W88.628568 – Click on link to see Google Map
Tour French Camp Academy, lunch available; drive to Tupelo visit Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum
Natchez Trace Parkway, Jeff Busby Campground, Ackerman, MS (1st come 1st serve)
I-55 north towards Memphis. At Exit 105A take ramp right and follow signs for 105A / Natchez Trace Parkway. Take exit and drive approximately 92 miles on Natchez Trace Pkwy. Turn right into park and follow road to primitive camping area. Free primitive campsites, 9 miles N of French Academy.
N33.417076,W89.26902 – Click on link to see Google Map
Downtown Vicksburg view the Vicksburg Murals. Blue Scenic Drive Tour, Red Scenic Drive Tour. Visit Vicksburg National Military Park and USS Cairo. Tour Old Warren County Courthouse, Coca Cola first bottled here (museum). There are many historic homes in area.
Elks Lodge, 1366 US-61 S, Vicksburg, MS
Drive approx. 65 miles N on US-61 from Natchez. Elks Lodge on right.
N32.295035,W90.894207 – Click on link to see Google Map
Forks of the Road Slave Market, Historic Natchez Cemetery, Natchez-Under-The-Hill, Natchez Visitor Reception Center, House on Ellicott Hill, Longwood Plantation. Walking Tour: Rosalie, Old Adams County Jail. There are many historic houses and plantations to visit.
Moose Lodge, 455 John R Junkin Drive, Natchez, MS
Take I-10 East toward Baton Rouge 45.5 mi, at Exit155B take ramp left for I-110 N toward Metro Airport / Bus. District 8. 8 mi at Exit 8C, take ramp right for US-61 N/Scenic Hwy toward Natchez, 80.0 mi turn left onto US-84 W / US-425 N/John R Junkin Dr, 1.1 mile arrive at entrance road to Moose Lodge, 455 John R Junkin Dr on right.
N31.541613,W91.399981 – Click on link to see Google Map
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival 5/4-6th, Cajun dance lessons, and entertainment of all kinds. Cost is $20 for three-day admission. Music. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival has become one of the largest gatherings of world-famous Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop musicians and plays host to over 30 bands on three stages during the three-day festival. Music fills the air from morning into the night at Parc Hardy! Saturday morning Zydeco Breakfast at Café Des Amis. Arrive at 6:30-6:45 am to ensure seating.
Parc Hardy Park, 1290 Rees St., Breaux Bridge, LA
I-10E Exit 109 take LA-328/Rees St. towards Breaux Bridge. About 1 mile turn right onto E. Doucet Dr, continue to Parc Hardy Festival Grounds. Parking area on left. RV parking $50. for the weekend. Do not arrive before 10 am Friday
N30.285158,W91.899441 – Click on link to see Google Map
Overnight stay. Visit Isle of Capri Casino
Isle of Capri Casino, 102 Westlake Ave., Westlake, LA
From I-10 E take Exit 27. This will be Perkins Ave/Isle of Capri Blvd. Follow it to casino backparking lot (close to fence). Free parking.
N30.236488,W93.249523 – Click on link to see Google Map
Known as one of the most accessible beaches in all of Louisiana, Holly Beach offers a relaxed atmosphere, crabbing and fishing opportunities. Peveto Woods Bird & Butterfly Sanctuary, Wetland Walkway, and Sabine Pass Lighthouse and the Cameron Ferry. Sabine National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest and largest of three national wildlife refuges along the Creole Nature Trail. Established in 1937, this refuge of almost 125,000 acres conserves both freshwater marshes and salt marshes and the creatures that live in them.
Holly Beach – Public Access
From Port Arthur take TX 82 east, continue on LA 82 east for 36 miles, turn right on Teal St, then turn right on Porpoise Avenue.
N 29.76993,W93.45934 – Click on link to see Google Map
Tour NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston Museum of Natural Science (lots of exhibits). Trip to Galveston to see Bishops Palace, tree sculptures, Gulf beach walk and Strand National Historic Landmark District.
Pasadena Moose Lodge, 3919 Pansy St., Pasadena, TX
From US-59 take E Sam Houston Turnpike S about 25 miles to Fremont Parkway Exit. Left on Fremont Parkway and go about 1/2 mile, turn right on Pansy. Park at side of building. Donation.
N29.652823,W95.162702 – Click on link to see Google Map
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, visit the Alamo, do the San Antonio River Walk. Lots to see and do.
San Antonio Elks Lodge, 15650 Market Hill, San Antonio, TX
The Lodge is just off the 1604 Freeway W off of I-10. Dry camping on grass covered field. Donation $. Also, five hook-ups available. Water & dump on site.
N29.590749,W98.621768 – Click on link to see Google Map
We will start in mid-April after the Singles International dance rally in Bandera TX. Starting with some stops in TX, highlights will include Breaux Bridge Crawfish festival LA, following the Natchez Trace, through MS & TN stopping at Mammoth Cave MS & Kentucky Horse Farm in Lexington, KY. We will end in South Bend IN around mid-June in time to begin the summer circuit through Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This circuit needs a co-circuit leader. The number of participants will need to be limited due to size of available stops along the way. A 2nd group may follow the 1st if we have enough interest & a circuit leader. Please note where reservations are recommended and make them as far as possible in advance to ensure your spot. Contact Circuit leader, Milan Esser, if you desire to join this circuit.
Spend Labor Day in Sun Valley and experience Wagon Days. Explore Craters of the Moon National Monument. Visit the Silver Creek Preserve and take a free audio walking tour. Kayak Silver Creek. Tour the fish hatchery and go fishing. Bike the trails from Bellevue to Sun Valley. Check out the Bow and Arrow walking bridge near the Lions Park in Hailey. Visit Sawtooth National Recreation Area and take a drive up Hwy 75 to visit the quaint town of Stanley ID.
Hayspur Fish Hatchery, Carey, ID. Manager is Greg Anderson -Phone (208) 788-2847.
From Carey, junction of Hwy 20 and 26, go West on US 20 about 11 miles and turn right on Fish Hatchery Road. Donation.
N43.335838,W114.146172 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit the Museum of Idaho, the Idaho Potato Museum and the Japanese Pavilion on a Island in the Snake River that honors Idaho Fall’s sister city of Tokai-Mura. Walk or bike the Snake River Greenbelt. Take a ride on a llama at the Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas. Take in a minor league baseball game with the Chukars. Check out the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho and the ARTitorium on Broadway.
Elks Lodge #1087, 640 E Elva St, Idaho Falls, ID (208) 522-6371
$10/night for 4 sites with 20AMP, need to verify is drycamping is permitted. City dump available nearby. Additional RV Parking at the South Tourist Park, 2800 S Yellowstone, Idaho Falls. 16sites at $15/night.
N43.50364,W112.02028 – Click on link to see Google Map
Explore and enjoy all the wonders that Yellowstone has to offer; there are too many to name. Take a walking tour of West Yellowstone and visit the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center and the West Yellowstone Visitor Center for information on the Park and Ranger talks. Visit Earthquake Lake, kayak in Hebgen Lake and on the Madison River.
Bakers Hole Campground, (406)823-6961, West Yellowstone, MT
Three miles northwest of West Yellowstone on US 191. $16/night; some sites have electric (30 and 50 amp); senior discount applies. First come, first served.
N44.539012,W110.330562 – Click on link to see Google Map
Teton hiking, kayaking, sightseeing and shopping and eating in Jackson. Great biking from the campground to Jackson and to Jenny Lake.
Gros Ventre Campground, 100 Gros Ventre Campground Rd, Kelly, WY
From Moran, take US Hwy 191S, go 23 miles, at the traffic circle take the 3rd exit onto Gros Ventre Rd, go 4.6mi and turn right onto Gros Ventre CG Rd. Try for last loop to left. Dump & water available. $29 or $14.50 with Senior Pass per night for dry camping. This campground is first come, first served, and fills early
N43.6155,W110.6656 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit Hot Springs at Thermopolis. Bike the Wyoming Heritage Trail, a 22-mile rail trail from Riverton to Shoshoni, WY. Visit the Riverton Museum with exhibits on the Wild, Wild West and Mining. See artifacts and artwork of the Northern Arapaho at the Casino. Visit St. Stephens Mission or take a Hot Air Balloon ride.
Wind River Casino, 10269 Wyoming 789, Riverton, WY 82501 307 856-3964
From Riverton, go 2miles south on WY-789, arrive at Casino on the right. Dry camping free in parking lot, Electric available in Campground for $25.
N42.996854,W108.383993 – Click on link to see Google Map
The biggest attraction in Cody is the Buffalo Bill Historic Center, which contains five world-class museums. Checkout gunfights in town and the Buffalo Bill Dam. Visit Heart Mountain WWII National Historic Site, where 14,000 Japanese Americans were confined during the war. Dancing at Cassie’s in town.
Mountain View Community Church, 2926 Big Horn Ave. Cody, WY
Circuit Leader needs to call the church at (307) 587-5437 to confirm availability. Arrive with empty holding tanks and full water tank. Dump and water at Municipal Public RV Dump., 2301 26th St. (just north of highway 14). Dump is free. Water is coin operated for RV’s. Propane at V1, 92 Belfry “highway 120”. DO NOT TAKE HIGHWAY 14A TO CODY !!!!! VERY STEEP GRADE
N44.532489,W109.032170 – Click on link to see Google Map
Hiking, site see Beartooth Highway, visit town of Red Lodge
National Forest – primitive site will accommodate only 10-15 rigs.
US-212 ~10 mi S Red Lodge to MM 59. Turn is marked as Lions Camp & Lake Fork Trail. After turning, you can see FR-2346 sign, go over a bridge, go ~200′, TL across creek bridge. Other possible parking closer to Livingston are the Park County Fairgrounds or the Loch Leven CG, 9miles south of Livingston on Hwy 540.
N45.081976,W109.377801 – Click on link to see Google Map
Canyon Ferry Dam boat tour, fishing, Visit Helena, Montana State Capitol to see the Charlie Russell gallery, the Historical Society and the Cathedral of St Helena and ride the Great Northern Carousel.
Canyon Ferry Lake, Silos CG., 7700 Canyon Ferry Rd, Helena, MT 406-475-3310
Campground is 7 miles north of Townsend on US-287. Turn right on Silos Road. Go 1 mile, turn right (across from Canyon Ferry Airport, just past Cactus Ln. CG is 400’ on left. $5 w/senior pass.
N46.40925,W111.57534 – Click on link to see Google Map
Missoula has an incredible Farmers’ Market that is a must do. There is also a carousel, ice cream, the Aerial Fire Depot and the Smokejumper Center that you can’t miss. Missoula is also home to the Osprey, an AAA baseball team, whose games are fun to attend. Visit Lolo Hot Springs, Travelers Rest Visitors Center, and kayak Bitterroot River and bike the many trails in Missoula and visit the Adventure Cycling Association in downtown.
Speeds Towing, 4805 US Hwy 93S, Missoula, MT
Use address or GPS. $10/night for drycamping. Dump, water and propane are available at Bretz RV & Marine.
N46.8267907,W114.0723200 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit Glacier Nat. Park, a great opportunity to see Grizzly Bears, Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Marmots, Columbia Ground Squirrels and maybe an elusive Moose. The rivers and lakes are spectacular, and the hiking opportunities are endless. Not to mention the glaciers, of course! Travel to Whitefish to souvenir shop, ride the zip line or barrel down the slope in an alpine sled. There is dancing in Columbia Falls and other locations around the area. Walk the downtown area of Kalispell for some great Montana history, good food, great coffee, and the best ice cream ever!
Flathead County Fairgrounds, 265 N Meridian Rd, Kalispell, MT 406-758-5810
From US-93, take the ramp to US Hwy 2 W, then turn left onto N Meridian Rd to arrive at the Fairgrounds. Dry $15, Elec. $20. For closer parking to Glacier, there are National Forests outside and east of the park and if reservations are made, group site EME2 at Emery Bay Campground, which can hold 15 motorhomes and 75 people. Emery Bay Campground is just 15 miles southwest of the West Glacier entrance into Glacier National Park.
N48.204219,W114.329769 – Click on link to see Google Map
Hiawatha bike trail, Crystal Gold Mine near Kellog. Visit the historic town of Wallace and bike the Trail of Coeur d’Alene.
Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area.
Exit 0 off I-90, turn right toward Northern Pacific Trail, then right on Northern Pacific Trail for .2 miles to Snow Park. Possible to stay at the lots near the Wallace High School, contact the City Hall for permission.
N47.453260,W115.695519 – Click on link to see Google Map
Take your bicycles to downtown Coeur d’Alene for a scenic ride to Harris Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Kayak and hike at Hayden Lake (English Point Yellow Loop trail is highly recommended). Take a walking tour of Couer d’ Alene, including the floating boardwalk, and follow the trail of Mudgy the Moose and hike Tubbs Hill. Visit the Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch. Be kids again at the Triple Play Family Fun Park Indoor Raptor Reef Water Park. For those with dogs, McEuen Park and Dog Park is a lakeside park with recreation trails and an off-leash dog park for a fun romp. Listen to music in the evening at Hayden Lake City Park. Take a day trip to Farragut State Park to hike, swim in and around Lake Pend Orielle and visit the Naval Museum. Attend July 4th parade in CDA and watch fireworks.
Coeur d’Alene Elks Lodge,1170 W Prairie Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815. (208) 772-4049
Dry camping in the overflow area is $5/night, electric hookups for $20/night. Thursday night is pizza and salad, all you can eat for $7 at the Lodge. The Eagle’s Lodge in Hayden Lake is an alternative Park:.
N47.74409,W116.80284 – Click on link to see Google Map
Hike at Hell’s Gate SP, take a walking tour of downtown Lewiston to see the amazing artworks, visit Hell’s Gate Canyon south of town, Salmon River, Nez Perce museum, wineries, jet boat up the canyon. Visit Rocking Chair Fire Lookout.
Lewiston Elks Lodge #896, 3444 Country Club Dr. Lewiston, ID 83501, (208) 743-5591. If small group, Nisqually John Landing (on Corps of Eng) is possible, located 16 miles north-free.
US-12 W, take Dike Bypass and Snake River Ave to Country Club Dr. The RV parking overlooks the beautiful Snake River. There are 10 parking spaces available with water and electricity only. Register at the office. $7/night for dry camping; $12/night for electricity. Free dump at Hells Gate State Park; and free dump at Nez Perce County Fairgrounds.
N46.382104,W117.041910 – Click on link to see Google Map
Hell’s Canyon jet boat ride, raft or jet boat on the Salmon River, scenic drives, hiking.
Short’s Bar BLM area (208-962-3245 Cottonwood Field Office)
In Riggins turn east on Salmon River Road at south end of town. Approx. 1 mile up road.
N45.413069,W116.302488 – Click on link to see Google Map
Hiking at Ponderosa SP, kayaking rivers & lakes, biking, shopping & restaurants in Mc Call, scenic drives, hot springs. Tour the Smokejumpers station in McCall. Ride the chair lift on Brundage Ski Resort.
Zims Hot Springs, 2995 Zims RD., New Meadows, ID 208-347-2686
From New Meadows go north on Hwy. 94 for 4 miles. Then go west (left) on Circle C Lane (aka Zims Rd.) to hot springs. 12 E/W sites for $22 plus tax. Dry for $12 plus tax. Dump available.
N45.038818,W116.2915373 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit the Four Rivers Cultural Museum and the Japanese garden in Ontario, hike and/or bike the rails to trail along the Weiser River and drive to Vale to view the downtown murals. Take a drive through the Owyhee Canyon and visit the dam and hot springs.
Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St, Ontario, OR 97914. Phone: (541) 889-3431
From I-84, take Exit 376A to US-30 BUS W/E Idaho Ave in Ontario. Turn right onto US-30 BUS W/E Idaho Ave, then turn right onto NW 9th St. Dry camping is $10/night, $15 for electric and $20 Full hookup. Free dump and water on-site.
N44.0365014,W116.9753386 – Click on link to see Google Map
Shoshone Falls, Base Jumping near Visitors Center, 1975 jump site of Evil Kenival. Chobani and Cliff bar bakery tours. Biking around the town of Filer. Visit Miracle Hot Springs.
Twin Falls County Fairgrounds, 215 Fair Ave, Filer, ID
Use address or GPS. $21.20/night or $100/Wk. for Electric. Dump and water available.
N42.57176,W114.60407 – Click on link to see Google Map
2020 NATIONAL PARKS AND MORE
This circuit will go forward only if someone volunteers to lead the circuit.
This circuit was scheduled to start in Twin Falls, ID in late May 2020 and loop around to Oregon, Montana and Wyoming before ending back in Idaho. Once a circuit leader volunteers, any adjustments needed to the gatherings as circumstances dictate will be reflected on the website. Highlights of the circuit are set to include visits to three spectacular national parks; Glacier, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone. At these parks there will be lots of opportunities for hiking and viewing wildlife. Biking on several great trails including the Trail of the Hiawatha, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, and the Wood River Trail in Sun Valley. Attend July 4th celebrations in Coeur d’Alene and Labor Day during Wagon Days in Sun Valley. Other activities will include kayaking, hiking, boat tours, rafting, and of course sightseeing. This circuit will go forward only if someone volunteers to lead the circuit.
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.
Elks Lodge, 108 Odlin Rd, Bangor, ME
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.
N44.79550, W68.80615 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
Lodge, 317 High St, Ellsworth, ME
From US-1N, turn right onto High St, go 1.5 miles to arrive at Elks Lodge on the right. Donations.
N44.52588, W68.40117 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
Elks Lodge, 210 Rankin St, Rockland, ME
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.
N44.11295, W69.12693 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
American Legion, 169 Walton Road, Seabrook, NH
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.
N42.87851,W70.85538 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
Elks Lodge, 700 Shennecossett Rd, Groton, CT 06340, (860) 445-2163
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.
N41.3278,W72.05769 – Click on link to see Google Map
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. Celebrate July 4th.
Elks Lodge, 523 Kinderkamack Rd, Westwood, NJ 07675 (201) 666-1562
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.
N40.99892,W74.03328 – Click on link to see Google Map
Nearby sites include the Columns Museum, the Grey Towers, Pike County Historical Society and the Pocono Environmental Education Center.
Dingmans Campground, 1006 US 209, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 570 828-1551
From Community Dr, turn right onto US-209N, go 12mi and arrive at CG on the right. Call to reserve. $44 for 50AMP, $42 20AMP, $40 BD, Sr Pass is 50% off. Flush toilets, showers and dump on site. Very narrow roads between trees and heavily shaded.
N41.211402,W74.873891 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
Elks Lodge, 1815 Somers Point Rd, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
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.
N39.31598,W74.63209 – Click on link to see Google Map
Tour Philadelphia, Independence National Historic Park, Eastern State Penitentiary, Independence Hall, Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Reading Terminal Market, Masonic Temple, National Constitution Center, Liberty Bell Center, Hop-on hop-off tours, Rocky statue and Stairs, Betty Ross Center, Ben Franklin Museum
Coatesville Moose Lodge, 1200 Airport Rd, Coatesville, PA 19320 (610) 857-8227
Use address or GPS: . Donation.
N39.99101,W75.87698 – Click on link to see Google Map
Gettysburg National Military Park, Mason Dixon Paranormal Society, Codorus State Park, UTZ Potato Chip Factory, Warehime-Myers Mansion, Aldus Brewing Company, Markets of Hanover, Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, High rock Winery
Hanover Elks Lodge, 47 N Forney Ave, Hanover, PA
Use address or GPS: . Donations.
N39.79694,W76.98955 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
Greenbelt National Park, 6565 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD
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.
N38.98303,W76.90114 – Click on link to see Google Map
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
Assateague Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, MD
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.
N38.03863,W75.2654 – Click on link to see Google Map
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. Celebrate Memorial Day.
Moose Lodge, 1400 George Washington Hwy N, Chesapeake, VA
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.
N36.79102,W76.33117 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
Oregon Inlet Campground, Nags Head, NC
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.
N35.79909,W75.54477 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
Cedar Point Campground, 391 VFW Rd, Cedar Point, NC
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.
N34.69334,W77.08232 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
Moose Lodge, 4610 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington, NC
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.
N34.15726,W77.91154 – Click on link to see Google Map