If you're a sportscar enthusiast and would like to take your car with you on the open road then you'd have no fear when it came to the Futuria. There is a specially built compartment, with a mirrored ceiling, just for your car. The actual Futuria's driver's cabin is built as aerodynamically as possible with an air suspended driver's seat and a pivoting bed built into the ceiling to save room.
6. Ski Mountain Tour - Looking for miles and miles of beautiful fall leaves as far as the eye can see? This route definitely delivers. If you take this drive in your motorhome rental you will pass three of Vermont's famous ski resorts (Sugarbush, Killington and Okemo) and their majestic mountains. The town of Chester is a great place to stop for some good food and great atmosphere. Once a hub of rail travel the farm town is now dotted with quaint restaurants and shops. This roadtrip begins in the town of Burlington where you'll take Route 100 south passing the ski resorts. Route 103 will take you right into Chester.
7. Molly Stark Trail - This trail is also known by the name Route 9, which will lead you across the southern part of Vermont where it touches the borders with New Hampshire and New York. Although short this drive offers lots to see, from the gorgeous natural beauty of your surroundings to some great architecture in the towns along the way like Bennington, Brattleboro, Woodford, Searsburg and Wilmington. Take note that Molly Stark State Park is now closed.
8. The Green Mountain View - Not surprisingly given the name you'll see a lot of the Green Mountains on this drive in your motorhome. Starting off in the state capital of Montpelier take Route 12 to Northfield Falls, where you'll find some historic covered bridges. Keep on Route 12 and you will pass the towns of Bethel and Woodstock (you may want to stop to take a look at the Quechee Gorge). Take Route 4 on to Killington where you can park and take a gondola ride high above the ground--a great way to see the changing leaves from above, although these don't run all year. Once you're done in Killington you will want to head onto Route 100 to Hancock before taking Route 125 on to Granville and Middlesex and then back to Montpelier.
9. Mount Snow - The main attraction of this route is Mount Snow itself, which can be reached by heading north on Route 100 from Wilmington (the starting point). At the ski resort you can opt to ride to the top of the mountain to catch a great aerial view of the gorgeous scenery below.
10. Champlain Smorgasbord - Starting in the quaint village of Cambridge you can drive your motorhome rental north towards Enosburg Falls. Enroute you will get to enjoy a myriad of different scenery options from green hills and mountains to covered bridges, small villages and islands. Once you've taken Route 108 from Cambridge to Enosburg Falls the road will change to Route 105, which you can take west until you come to the meeting point of Routes 105 and 78. If you turn onto Route 78 it will take you directly to the picturesque Champlain Islands. If you would like to explore this area further opt for Route 2, which will take you right through the villages here (Alburg, South Hero and Grand Isle, respectively). Get back on Route 78 until you are out of the island region and then drive back to Essex Junction by Route 2A where you can get Route 15 to take you to Cambridge.
If gorgeous and peaceful natural beauty is what you're looking for in a fall RV rental roadtrip then look no further than picturesque Vermont. Choose one of the ten routes outlined in this series or make up one of your own--the best part of having your own motorhome is the ability to go where you please and stop where you want. For more information about motorhome rentals and roadtrips in Vermont visit MotorhomeRoadTrip.Com.
1. South Vermont Loop - This is the so-called "Gateway to Vermont," and to discover it you will need to drive your motorhome rental from Route 7A at Manchester Center south. This route takes you all the way into Massachusetts before doubling back to the Manchester Depot again via Route 7 north from Bennington. A sidetrip to the Somerset Reservoir is recommended. This tour through Bennington and Windham counties will take you through historical towns like Manchester, Sunderland and Arlignton and will also give you the chance to glimpse the imposing Mount Equinox if you so choose.
2. The Northeast Kingdom - If you want the "real Vermont," complete with traditional farms, then this is the route for you. Start off in your motorhome rental in the town of St. Johnsbury where you will set off along Route 2 east, travelling along the Connecticut River, until you reach Route 102, which you take north to Bloomfield. This route passes through towns like Newport, North Troy and Lowell and on the way you can enjoy the changing fall leaves. To get back to St. Johnsbury take Route 15 from Hardwick to West Danville and then head down Route 2, which will take you back to the beginning. If you enjoy outdoor sports like fishing then the Northeast Kingdom route is one you shouldn't miss.
3. Five Covered Bridges - If you love covered bridges in addition to your multi-coloured leaves then this is certainly the motorhome rental drive for you. Travel along Route 109 where the first three bridges will appear in Waterville. Back on Route 109 head to Back Road. Here you will find two more bridges before you reconnect with the main highway again. The covered bridges you can discover along this route are a distinct reminder of Vermont's rich past and the tolls once taken to construct these covered structures in past centuries.
5. Stowe-Morrisville Loop - In this area you will find Stowe Mountain, a ski resort, which is about a forty minute drive from Burlington International Airport and 205 miles from Boston. In the fall the changing leaves in this area can be enjoyed along with a bustling nightlife and restaurant scene in Stowe, which can be reached by taking Vermont I-89 to Waterbury then exiting on Route 100 into the village. Continuing on take Mountain Road to Route 108 northwest, which will take you to Smuggler's Notch and then Jeffersonville. To head to the village of Morrisville (be sure to check out the confederate bell at the Morristown Advent Church) take Route 15 and when you're ready to return to Stowe Village just steer your RV rental back onto Route 100.
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One such couple of avid RVers are Hal Thiessen and Coralie Bornais of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who have returned to Louisbourg every year since discovering it on a trip to Cape Breton ten years ago. According to The Cape Breton Post "each year they arrive in September and stay at the Louisbourg Motorhome RV Park, attending 25 playhouse shows in one season plus a few running in conjunction with the Celtic Colours International Festival." While the music of the place and the cultural draw of the 17th century Louisbourg Playhouse (modelled on Shakespeare's Globe Theatre) brings the couple back again and again they are not the only benefits to parking your motorhome rental in Louisbourg. Just think of the beaches you can visit, hikes you can take, delicious food waiting to be eaten and historical sites, like the Louisbourg National Historical Site, that you can discover.
"By and large our musical desires are satisfied right here because for one month we have nothing but different entertainment and good entertainment,” Thiessen tells the newspaper. While Bornais chimes in with high praise of his own: "We have so much love for this island. You have no idea how fortunate you are to have such a wealth of talent.” For those looking for a great cultural experience in Canada look no further than Louisbourg, Cape Breton where natural beauty and quaint charm is married to a thriving artistic scene making the town a great stop on a Nova Scotia roadtrip or a perfect destination all on its own.
For more information on great Canadian motorhome rental deals visit HalifaxRVRental.
If you do plan to drive your campervan rental through Moose Alley be sure to heed the signs and always exert caution on roads where the large animals are likely to cross. Mind the speed of your RV rental and if it's a photo your looking for pull over fully before snapping your shots. If you're eager to spot a moose of your own remember the best times to do so are either early morning or at dusk.
If you're a moose lover and happen to be in Maine you will also want to keep your eyes open for an animal legend that has drawn many people to the state, including the Sci-Fi Channel's Ghost Hunters and The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS). According to Cryptomundo the mythic moose is "a 2,500-pound enigma that’s maybe roamed the woods here for 100-plus years..he’s white or dirty gray, twice normal size and typically just a bit too far from any gun’s reach or so swift he disappears in a blink." Sighting Maine's Mystery Moose on your RV rental vacation would be quite a story indeed.
In Part Two of our guide to some great autumn road trips in Ontario we offer two more RV rental routes that will allow you to enjoy the changing colours and natural beauty of the province.
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Road Trip 1 - Parks and Port Towns Along Lake Erie
Dotted along the shores of Lake Erie are a myriad number of fishing villages that include the beachy hamlet of Port Stanley. This area also boasts great provincial parks that in autumn are full of vibrant yellows and oranges and are also ideal places for those who want to incorporate birdwatching with their motorhome rental vacation.
Holiday Beach - Just south of Windsor and directly opposite the Detroit border you will find Holiday Beach Conservation Area. Here you can lunch outdoors or climb the wooden watch tower that offers simply dazzling views of Big Creek Marsh and the birds in the area. Pull off the road in nearby Kingsville to make a stop at Pelee Island Winery for some samples to warm the autumn chill from your bones.
Leamington - The area's Point Pelee National Park is one of the smallest in Canada, but nonetheless attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. Famous for its migrating butterflies in the fall, the park is also full of the diverse plant and animal life that is characteristic of Canada's Carolinian region. The park boasts over 70 different types of trees alone in addition to marshes and beaches just waiting to be explored. Whether you're looking for relaxation or hiking Pelee has something to offer you. If you like you can also enjoy the sunset over nearby Wheatley Harbour.
Port Stanley - The drive from Point Pelee to Rondeau National Park is one of the prettiest in the province, although the majority of the landscape is indeed flat. Rondeau offers many of the same characteristics as Pelee and it is totally up to you whether you would like to stop and explore. If not point your motorhome rental directly towards the popular fishing town of Port Stanley where white sand beaches, cozy restaurants and a small number of great boutiques are waiting for you.
Port Stanley is the ideal spot to stay overnight for a day or two, or three, depending on your timeline. Not only is there the charming village to explore, but you can also head just east of town to Hawk Cliff, a bluff that faces the waters below. Here you can take a moment to enjoy gorgeous natural panoramas and also look upwards to spot many different types of birds including hawks. Visit Kettle Creek and the historic King George VI lift bridge.
While on your motorhome rental drive think about stopping in Port Burwell, another of Lake Erie's waterside towns, with its lighthouse that dates back to the 1800s. Another great place for views and birdwatching is Long Point and its Bird Observatory.
Roadtrip 2 - Beaver Valley to Owen Sound
Flesherton to Eugenia - Begin your drive in this small town at Highway 10 and Grey Road 4 and head for Grey Road 13 to Eugenia. In this small hamlet nature lovers can explore the Eugenia Falls Conservation Area, which includes the 80-foot drop where the Beaver River disappears into the valley that lies below. If you're a hiker there are numerous trails that will allow you to walk along gorges and immerse yourself in vibrant fall hues. When you hit the road again think about stopping at Beaver Valley Lookout, a great spot for photos. You can also enjoy the sight of the Old Baldy escarpment ridge in nearby Kimberley.
Fitting Karijini into your roadtrip plans is an ideal way to see the park, which is at the middle of the 2,500-kilometre drive known as Warlu Way. This famous north-west route will take you from Exmouth to Broome and is said to have been inspired by an Aboriginal story. Daniel Scott recently wrote about his visit to Karijini in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald where he recalls, "When I first visited this 627,000-hectare national park at the heart of Western Australia's Pilbara region, it left me awed and humbled. At Hancock Gorge, where I found myself surrounded by 2½-billion-year-old banded iron formations, I felt closer to the soul of the planet than I'd ever been. Of all the 200 Australian national parks I had so far visited, Karijini, with its ancient chasms cleaved out of the Hamersley Range, left the most indelible impression on me."
Even if Karijini is the main destination of your motorhome rental trip it definitely isn't the only thing worth seeing along these long and dusty roads. Scott also stopped at another "spellbinding" national park (Millstream-Chichester) nearby before heading to Karijini and its gorges, rock walls and waterfalls. Sound intriguing? Find out more about Australian Motorhome Roadtrips and great deals on campervan rentals at MotorhomeRoadtrip.Com.
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One traveller who has discovered the convenience--and dryness--of the motorhome rental is avid camper Brian J. Cantwell who recently wrote a piece in the Times Colonialist entitled "Coastal Trip an RV Delight." Mr. Cantwell and his wife Barbara left their tent behind in favour of an RV on their last trip to the Northwest and the change was quite the revelation.
"For this camping trip in the off-season, when 'Northwest' and 'rain' tend to be synonymous, the RV made all the difference. Rather than moan about packing up a sodden tent, we could look out from our home on wheels and scoff smugly at the rain," Cantwell writes. "And for RV camping on the Oregon coast, it's hard to beat spring or fall, when campgrounds open up, reservations aren't needed and you're not lumbering along in an endless parade of traffic on Highway 101." The RV rental not only made travelling in the off-season feasible, but it was also comfortable and quite economical, especially when compared to renting an SUV for the same journey.
If you, like the Cantwells and so many others, are eager to explore in the off-season consider a motorhome rental to eliminate worry about the weather. For more information about roadtrips throughout the Pacific Region in the United States visit Pacific Motorhome Roadtrips.
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