Frommer's Exploring America by RV

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In this guide, renowned  travel writing team Harry Basch and Shirley Slater offers updates on their favorite RV trips around the U.S., including scenic routes along Virginia's Skyline Drive and the New England coast, plus jaunts through the Heart of the Heartlands (Indiana, Iowa and Illinois) and to Alaska via Canada. On each trip you'll get all the famous, infamous, and off-the-wall attractions; campgrounds along each route, from luxurious private RV parks with heated swimming pools and golf ...

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Overview

In this guide, renowned  travel writing team Harry Basch and Shirley Slater offers updates on their favorite RV trips around the U.S., including scenic routes along Virginia's Skyline Drive and the New England coast, plus jaunts through the Heart of the Heartlands (Indiana, Iowa and Illinois) and to Alaska via Canada. On each trip you'll get all the famous, infamous, and off-the-wall attractions; campgrounds along each route, from luxurious private RV parks with heated swimming pools and golf courses to quiet, forested campgrounds in state and national parks; tips for making life on the road easier and more comfortable; and a complete guide to buying or renting an RV, with tips on how to decide which type is right for you. All this, plus information on wildlife watching and scenic views, the best parks and beaches, quick-and-easy recipes, packing suggestions, info on road etiquette and safety, and more. Head off the beaten path with Frommer's, to discover the real life lurking around the bend.

Free companion podcast available!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470184042
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/7/2008
  • Series: Frommer's Complete Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Slater and Harry Basch are a husband-and-wife travel-writing team whose books, articles, and photographs have been published internationally for more than 25 years. Former stage, film, and television actors, they have written their syndicated column “Cruise Views” for the Los Angeles Times and other major newspapers for more than 20 years, produced six annual editions of The North American Ski Guide for Prodigy Computer Services, and written Shirley and Harry’s RV Adventures (a monthly newsletter), plus four books on worldwide cruising.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The RV Life & the Best of the Road xi
You Set the Lifestyle xii
Part I Getting Ready to Hit the Road 1
1 Life on the Road: A Personal & Public History of RVing 3
Excerpts from a Road Diary; or, If We Can Do This, Anyone Can 3
How to Give Backing-Up Directions without Destroying Your Marriage 8
Public History: The Tin Can Tourists 8
Thirteen Notable Dates in RV History 10
Six Common Misperceptions About RVs & Their Owners 13
2 Getting Prepared: RVing Tips & Hints 15
Driving Schools 15
Learning Your Vital Statistics 15
Making a List, Checking It Twice ... 16
What Kind of Wardrobe Is Right? 16
Stocking the Larder 17
Don't Drink the Water 25
Trimming Costs: Eight Money-Saving Tips for the Road 26
Safety, Sanity & Insurance 27
Ain't Misbehavin': Road Etiquette 28
The Community of Man: Getting Together with Other RVers 31
3 Where to Sleep: Campgrounds & RV Parks 33
Campground Glossary 34
Should You Sleep by the Side of the Road? 35
Campsites: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly 35
Using the Directories to Find a Campground 37
Ten Ways to Save Money on Campgrounds 38
Membership Campgrounds 39
Special Camping Situations 41
Ain't Misbehavin': Campground Etiquette 43
Ten Tips for Cozy Winter Camping 44
Plugging in Your Rig 45
Part 2 RV Adventures 47
4 The California Desert & Las Vegas 49
RVing in the California Desert & Las Vegas 52
Travel Essentials 52
The Best Desert Sights, Tastes & Experiences 55
On the Road 62
Ten Scenic Side Trips 81
Travel Quiz: Astronaut Underwear 84
5 Baja Bound: From Tijuana to Los Cabos 85
RVing on the Baja Peninsula 86
Travel Essentials 88
The Best Baja Sights, Tastes & Experiences 92
A Baja Road Glossary 97
On the Road 98
Seven Swell Side Roads to Explore 108
Travel Quiz: Name That Road 110
6 Utah's Parks & Canyons 111
RVing Utah's National Park Country 115
Travel Essentials 118
The Best Utah Sights, Tastes & Experiences 120
Talkin' Utah: A Glossary 126
On the Road 130
The History of Utah--and a Tasty Dinner, Too 136
About Edward Abbey 146
Ten Scenic Side Trips 153
Travel Quiz: Location, Location, Location 156
7 Driving the Alaska Highway 157
RVing Along the Alaska Highway 161
Travel Essentials 162
The Best Alaska Highway Sights, Tastes & Experiences 166
A Crash Course in Speaking Alaskan 168
On the Road 172
Seven Rough, Tough Side Trips & Three Easy Ones 184
Travel Quiz: Bye, Bye, Mister Eskimo Pie 187
8 The Dakotas: Black Hills & Buffalo Burgers 189
RVing the Dakotas 192
Travel Essentials 193
The Best Dakotas Sights, Tastes & Experiences 195
On the Road: South Dakota 208
The Custer Connection 210
South Dakota Nightlife 212
On the Road: North Dakota 217
A Dozen Terrific Side Trips in the Dakotas 223
Travel Quiz: Way Out West 226
9 The Rio Grande Valley & the Wilds of West Texas 227
RVing Along the Rio Grande 228
Travel Essentials 230
The Best Sights, Tastes & Experiences of the Rio Grande 232
"I See by Your Outfit That You Are a Cowboy ..." 235
Horses, Dogs, Bulls & Goats 241
On the Road 241
Texas Talk 245
The Comanche Moon 246
The Sounds of the Rio Grande 247
Five Ways to Enter Terlingua's International Chili Cook-Off 253
Six Special Side Trips 258
Not Quite a Travel Quiz: The Horror, the Horror 260
10 Arkansas, the Ozarks & Branson, Missouri 261
RVing the Ozarks 262
Travel Essentials 264
The Best Ozarks Sights, Tastes & Experiences 265
Speaking Ozark 269
On the Road 272
Ten Scenic Ozarks Side Trips 285
Trivia Quiz: High on the Hog 288
11 The Florida Keys (with Side Trips to the Everglades & Orlando) 289
RVing the Keys 289
Travel Essentials 292
The Best Sights, Tastes & Experiences of the Keys 294
Talkin' Conch: A Keys Glossary 296
On the Road 303
"And Then I Wrote..." 311
Miracle of the Keys 313
Two Great Side Trips 314
Travel Quiz: Monster Mash 320
12 The Blue Ridge Parkway & Skyline Drive 321
RVing the Blue Ridge Parkway & Skyline Drive 324
Travel Essentials 326
The Best Blue Ridge Sights, Tastes & Experiences 328
Southern Accents: A Glossary 337
On the Road 338
Nightlife Along the Road 342
Literary Lights 344
Great Smokies RV Safety Tips 352
Travel Quiz: Hello, Dolly! 354
13 The Lobster Coast: New England & the Canadian Maritimes 355
RVing in New England & the Maritimes 356
Travel Essentials 358
Best Sights, Tastes & Experiences of the Lobster Coast 361
Lobster Trivia Quiz 372
On the Road 378
Gambling at Foxwoods 380
The Museum of Family Camping 383
The Beans of Freeport, Maine (and More) 384
The Loyalists & the Acadians 388
Five Side Trips 390
Travel Quiz: Name That Rock 392
Part 3 Harry & Shirley's RV Buying & Renting Guide 393
14 RV Types & Terms 395
The ABCs of RVs: A Glossary of Common RV Terms 396
Types of RVs 398
15 To Rent or Buy? 415
Three Ways to Check Out Campground Life Without an RV 415
Renting 416
Buying 420
16 RV Manufacturers: Who Makes What 423
Index 433
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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Great book for those with an RV

    Great practical helps along with travel ideas. We are new RV travelers and were looking for a book to give us ideas on places to travel and stay. This book has it all. I didn't expect the practical helps included in the book. It is good information to know.

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