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
Murrells Inlet is a short drive from 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 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. Dinner and dancing available at the American Legion. Take a boat tour or kayak the intercostal waterways or salt marsh.
The Beaver Bar, 3534 US-17 BUS, Murrell’s Inlet, SC
From US-17N, turn right onto Carson Ave, go .3mi turn right onto US-17 BUS S, arrive at Beaver bar on the right. This is private property, please do not arrive early or plan to stay after the gathering ends. $10 drycamping
N33.57151,W79.02675 – Click on link to see Google Map
Tour the State Capital Building and the SC State Museum, visit the Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens, visit other museums and Historic Columbia. Bike or walk the West Columbia Riverwalk. Tube down the Saluda River. Hike and kayak in the Congaree National Park.
Moose Lodge, 1541 Old Dunbar Rd, West Columbia, SC 29169 (803) 955-0810
Use address or GPS: . Donation.
N33.92623,W81.11221 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
Elks Lodge, 1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC
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.
N32.82459,W79.98999 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
Elks Lodge, 183 Wilshire Blvd, Savannah, GA
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.
N31.98386,W81.13718 – Click on link to see Google Map
2020 East Coast
This circuit will begin in Pembroke, GA, the most southern location and will proceed north to Bangor, ME. Gatherings include the Outer Banks, Assateague, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, the Atlantic Boardwalk, NYC, and Acadia National Park with many others along the way. We will bike, hike, kayak and sightsee our way north. The number of participants will need to be limited due to the number of sites available at most of the stops that are Moose or Elk Lodges, suggested 10 to 12 participants. Please note that several Federal campgrounds are included, and they all now require reservations to be made through Recreation.gov. Please reach out to the Circuit Leader, Arlene Teague, email@example.com or (828) 443-0279, prior to making reservations or joining the circuit to ensure there is room.
Relax in the country. Pembroke is 34 mi W of Savannah near I-95, I-16. Tybee island is a day trip and kayaking in the marshes is just great. Kayak the Ogeechee River. Biking through Ft Stewart
Susan’s property, Pembrook, GA
Address and coordinates will be provided later.
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.
Faith United Methodist Church, 4000 Spring Park Rd, Jacksonville, FL
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.
N30.28441,W81.62125 – Click on link to see Google Map
Bourlay Nature Park, Venetian Gardens, Pacquette’s Tractor Museum, Seminole State Forest, dancing in the Villages, Hiking, Kayaking, fishing, Lake Griffin State Park, show at Old Millhouse in the Villages
Windy Acres, 1350 Miller Blvd. Fruitland Park, FL 352-408-7308 cell, 352-728-4504 (leave a message) Don@windyacresfestivities.com
$10/night dry camping, 20 acres, 2 bathrooms, 2 showers, no campfires, pets are welcome on leash, no dump station
N28.86081,W81.93128 – Click on link to see Google Map
Take the Alpaca petting and feeding tour at Victory Ranch, $6; (reservations required 575-387-2254); tour the Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection; visit the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge; soak in the Montezuma Hot Springs; shop at the nostalgic candy store – Clay’s Candy Bar; shop at the Home On the Range bookstore; eat at Dicks.
Storrie Lake State Park, NM 518, Las Vegas, NM (505) 425-7278
From Highway 64, turn left onto NM-434 S/Mountain View Blvd, go 11mi, turn right to stay on NM-434 S, go 26mi and turn left onto NM-518 S, go 26mi and turn right, the an immediate left and another left and the park is on the left. Boondocking on the beach or electric for $12.
N35.656011,W105.231856 – Click on link to see Google Map
Great lake for kayaking, visit Taos, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Angel Fire, hiking in Cimarron canyon. Visit the Rio Grand Gorge Bridge and raft the Rio Grand.
Lakeview CG at Eagle Nest State Park, 42 Marina Way.
From I-25S, take exit 446 and turn right onto US-64W (Airport/Taos). For 60mi, turn left onto Elk Lane Rd and arrive at park. May not be a dump at this park (they were still working on building one), but there is water and toilets.
N36.53464,W105.26481 – Click on link to see Google Map
Catch a production at Shuler Theater; visit the Raton Museum; watch a movie at the El Raton Theatre; drive up Mt. Capulin for a view of the volcanic plains and hike to the volcanic cone.
Sugarite Canyon State Park (575) 445-5607, State Road 526
From I-25S take exit 452 for NM 72, turn left onto NM 72 E (E. Cook Ave), continue straight onto NM 526.
N36.941282,W104.379726 – Click on link to see Google Map
Tour the Denver Botanical Garden and the Denver Zoo. Visit the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Drive the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Tour the Colorado State Capitol, and the Molly Brown House Museum. Tour the Forney Museum of Transportation and the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Attend an event at the Red Rock Amphitheater. Ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Attend a Rocky’s Baseball game. Dance at the Elks Lodge on Thursdays from 6-9 pm, $7; free on Fridays from 7-10 pm, and most Sundays from 2-4:30/$5. Tour the Lakewood Heritage Center.
Elks Lodge #2227, 3850 Elks Drive, Westminster, CO 303 429-2227
From I-25N take Exit 214A for Interstate 70W/Grand Jct, take exit 271B for Lowell Blve toward Tennyson St. Keep right at fork to continue on Lowell Blvd, go 2.7miles turn left onto W 69th Pl, go .2mi and turn left to arrive at Elks Lodge. 49 RV spaces with E/W and a dump on site.
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Day trip to Boulder. Visit Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Forest. Tour Coors brewery, the Budweiser brewery, and many micro-breweries. Take the Celestial Seasonings tour and visit the Leaning Tree Western Art Museum. Ride the Rocky’s Bus to Denver for a baseball game. Visit Buffalo Bills grave. Shop at the Longmont Farmers’ Market. Visit the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center. Hike Rabbit Mountain. Hike and bike St. Vrain State Park. Celebrate July 4th.
Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80501, 303-678-6235
Follow I-25 to CO-119 in Weld County. Take exit 240 from I-25 and take CO-119 (signs for Longmont), go 7.6 miles Turn right onto Nelson Rd. Turn right toward Fairground Access. This is a first come, first served campground with 96 spots, $20/elec., $25/elec & water. Dump $10.
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Visit the Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake, and Granby
Arapaho National Recreation Area
Take County Road 4 south of town and Shadow Mountain Lake. It’s located just after the Grand Lake Tap House near Cutthroat Bay. Follow that a few miles back to national forest. Dump and water at Granby Kaibab Park.
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Leadville is a true western mining town, established in the late 1800’s, and is the highest incorporated city in North America, at an elevation of 10,151 ft. There are a wide range of sights, activities and experiences unique to the Rocky Mountains. Nearby locations are Twin Lakes, Aspen, and Turquoise Lake. There are numerous hiking trails around the area, bicycling, kayaking, and numerous downtown adventures. Visit a nearby community swimming pool and gym, a convenient place to get a hot shower and swim a lap or two, or soak in the hot tub. Dine out in the quaint historical buildings of Leadville for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with a little bit of history on the back of most menus to give background about the establishment and its previous owners. Visit the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum, which is one of the finest of its kind, Tabor Home Matchless Mine and Baby Doe Tabor Cabin, Heritage Museum & Gallery, Temple Israel (a restored frontier synagogue and museum), Healy House & Dexter Cabin. Take Twin Lakes Inter-Laken boat tour to the historic Inter-Laken Resort, for historical tales, geology, gorgeous scenery, flora, fauna, the Leadville Nat’l Fish Hatchery and scenic hiking trail. Visit the Twin Lakes Gallery and historic town, and Delaware Hotel take a guided cemetery tour with a narrative of tales of some of the residents. Visit the Historical Tabor Opera House for an evening of very enjoyable music. Take a day trip to Aspen over Independence Pass (elev. 12,093 ft) to experience a place where the rich and famous live in a lovely little town with upscale shops and high dollar housing surrounded by majestic mountain beauty. Visit the John Denver Sanctuary Memorial Park and ride the gondola to the top of the mountain for spectacular views of the ski slopes and of the mountains and valleys below. Take a walking tour of the town visiting the various shops, eateries, galleys, churches and historical landmarks. Visit the ghost town of Independence to view the Old Mill site, and the Braille Trail that uses a rope to guide blind individuals down the trail.
San Isabel National Forestry campground
US-24 North to County Road 4 (McWethy Dr.) and turn left. About 5 miles where road forks at Sugar Loafin RV and golf course, take dirt road (Rd-48) in the center of the fork. The campground is approx. ¼ mile on left. Free. Water and dump available on corner of CO-91 and SR-300 for $5. Host and Co-Host arrive 2 days early to secure spots.
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Hiking, fishing. Hot springs and rafting (with outfitters) nearby. Community pool with hot springs and showers in Salida, along with a river walk and cute shops.
Dispersed dry camping in the pines about 7 miles south of Buena Vista.
From US-285, turn West on County Rd 270, drive several miles to County Rd 272 and go straight on hard-pack sand road to National Forest. Area called Raspberry Gulch. Water at Buena Vista Water Dept. and info center. Dump at private campgrounds. Verizon and internet are good here.
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Blue Mesa Reservoir is Colorado’s largest body of water with 96 miles of shoreline and the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the United States. Let’s go fishing!!! Visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park for hiking, scenic drives, kayaking; rock climbing, and wildlife watching. Head down to the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel, a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, that routes water from the Gunnison River through the mountain to Montrose and other farming communities. Visit the Morrow Point Reservoir at the beginning of the Black Canyon where visitors can take a ranger-led pontoon boat through the upper Black Canyon. Attend Ranger led hikes and Ranger campfire programs to learn about the area. Take a day trip to Crested Butte. Consider a day trip on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad for a 64 mile journey through abandoned mining towns.
Elk Creek Campground on the Curecanti National Recreation Area. Elevation 7,540 feet.
16 miles west of Gunnison on US-50. (970)641-2337 Dump and water are available at the campground. $16/night for non-electric sites. Electric hookups in loop D only, additional $6/night. Loop D recommended for larger rigs. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made up to 6 months prior to your stay. Must be made 4 days prior to arrival. www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
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