Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day and, by being out-and-about and enjoying local celebrations and events, you can show your support for those who have served our country.

Veterans Day History

When the “Great War” ended (WWI), an armistice went into effect on the 11th day of the 11th month on the 11th hour of 1918. The official signing of the Treaty of Versailles meant “the war to end all wars” was officially over.

Since this is a statewide event, many, if not most, cities across the US will commemorate the day with flag raising ceremonies, parades featuring a military presence, surviving veterans, 21-gun salutes at memorials, and guest speakers at special events.

Plan your trip to include stops at local cities along your travel itinerary and enjoy the Veterans Day festivities, visit military museums and monuments, and take part in events. If you are a veteran or on active-duty, take advantage of the many dining, shopping, and recreational deals available across the country. Call ahead to ensure the location you plan to visit is participating in the Veterans Day program. Some programs are nationwide while others may be city specific.

Restaurants

Some good food along the way will keep your motor humming. These are just a few participants offering free food and/or discounts on Veterans Day.

  • Applebee’s
  • Golden Corral
  • Hooters
  • Krispy Kreme
  • McDonald’s
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Subway
  • T.G.I. Friday’s

Shopping

From free downloads to discounts, these retail stores are focused on Veterans and their immediate families.

  • Amazon.com
  • Cabela’s Outdoor Store
  • Fashion Bug
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe’s
  • Seven-Eleven
  • Sports Authority
  • The Dollar General

Recreation

  • Anheuser Busch-Parks
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Knotts Berry Farm
  • National Parks Fee Free Day
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame

Most likely, you will be required to supply proof of military identification in order to receive these specials, so travel prepared. Acceptable ID can include a photo of you in your uniform, Veterans Organization Card, or discharge papers.

Like a hardworking veteran, your RV has seen plenty of “road duty” and needs to be cared for with a maintenance and service check. Before leaving to enjoy Veterans Day activities, stop by Jim’s RV Center and let the certified technicians get your RV ready for action.

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The Top 10 National Parks To Take Your Kids To New York! Part 2 of 2

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Our last post covered the first 5 of 10 national parks that Parents.com has recommended for kids. They surveyed 56 national parks and ranked them based on fun children’s programs, trails suitable for small children, safety record, staffing, and air quality, accommodations and comfort factors. The following five are the remaining top parks that made the cut.

6. Mount Rainier National Park – Ashford, WA
Mount Rainier is 235,625 acres of waterfalls, glaciers and rain forest. There are 10 family friendly trails with one of those being stroller friendly. The park also hosts over 600 campsites, two hotels and 58 changing stations.
7. Great Basin National Park – Baker, NV
77,180 acres occupy this park, with 10 family friendly trails. Great Basin National Park runs the Great Basin for Kids program where they can learn all about the parks, flowers, trees and insects. Some of those trees are 4,000-5,000 year old Great Basin Bristlecone Pine tress.
8. Mesa Verde National Park – Mesa Verde, CO
Mesa Verde National Park features 52,122 acres including five family friendly trails, two of which are stroller accessible. The park is also home to the largest selection of Pueblo structures and dwellings in the world.
9. Denali National Park & Preserve – Denali Park, AK
Denali national park & Preserve is by far the largest park on the list. With 6.1 million acres, this park and preserve features eight family-friendly trails all of which are stroller friendly. Denali national park & Preserve also offers amazing views of Mt. McKinley, which is the highest peak in North America.
10. Yosemite National Park – Yosemite, CA
The last park on our list, Yosemite, features748, 000 acres of park with three stroller and family friendly trails. There are several activities to do and see for kids and adults alike including waterfalls, a Junior Rangers program and skiing during the winter.

For more information on the remaining parks reviewed, visit parents.com. You can view all that the parks have to offer and see which one best suites you and your family. And visit your local new and used New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV, for your selection of RV’s to take on your next family vacation to one of these national parks.

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Find the best Snowbird destinations for this Winter

 

Winter is generally thought of as the slow season for RVers in New York, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. If you are a new full time RVer then you may have considered becoming a Snowbird. Like ducks and geese in the north, Snowbirds travel to warmer climates during the cold winter months. Not only does this allow camping throughout the year, but it also keeps your RV running smoothly. While you can camp in cold climates in your rig, it can add a lot of extra wear and tear to you RV.

So where are the best places to travel during the cold season? The two main kinds of destinations are either in the deserts of the Southwest or the beaches , but if you ask other RVers you will get a wide variety of responses. Each kind of camping has pros and cons that depend on what you are looking for. If you are looking for a quiet place to camp with other RVers that is away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then your best bet is the desert. If you are looking for a place to stay with many different activities to keep you occupied, then you should probably head to the coast. The good news about owning an RV is that if you get to one spot and decided it’s not the right one,  you can always pack up and hit the open road again.

There is no right or wrong place to go for the winter, and if you are a new Snowbird, don’t tie yourself down. Thankfully, being a full-time RVer means you have the opportunity to find whatever you are looking for, and finding the perfect winter spot for you a great benefit. When New Yorkers are ready to channel your inner-Snowbirds, do it in a new RV from Jim’s RV!

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