The Best Time of Year?

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  • Post by  Rick Oberreuter Aug 30, 2019

 

 

We are approaching what I think is the best time of year for RVing! I’m sure I’m not the only one that thinks this and I might even be stating the obvious but just in case I’ll tell ya why.

I spend most of my time in the West and Pacific Northwest and I’m NOT a planner, both things that add to why I’m a lover of this time of year….here are a few others.

Less People - As soon as the Labor Day holiday is over I feel I can breathe! The kids are back in school and the summer vacation season is winding down. When I was traveling down the Oregon Coast I could tell a difference between the middle of August and the beginning of September in terms of the number of people and RVs on the road.



As a cool bonus, seems September and October is time for folks from other counties are traveling in the USA, great opportunity to meet some cool people and hear stories of living in other parts of the word.

Beautiful Weather - This is really the case for Oregon, Washington and California. The hot summer days are on their way out but the sunny skies are still around. You get the bonus of nice days and in a lot of places the changing of the leaves....Like the Colorado Rockies!

Less Planning - Because there are less people, there is less need to plan. Again, being on the Oregon Coast finding a camping spot in July is almost impossible the day before, most of the time one must plan months ahead, but not in September and October. Most of the time you can breeze into a city make a call or two and be good to go! And you have the chance to stay in places that would be hard to get into the summer. One of my favorite State Park Campgrounds is called Humbug Mountain Campground outside Port Orford, OR. I rolled right in and stayed 3 days. The campground had wild berries to eat, hiking and pretty much a private beach.

Cheaper - Alot of times the off season starts after the holiday weekend, so RV Park prices might be a bit cheaper than summer, Every penny counts!! Be sure to ask RV parks and attractions what their off-season rates are. And of course keep using your Good Sams, Passport of America and National Parks Passes.

Wildlife - Maybe this is a stretch but as fall hits the wildlife in certain places starts to come out in the open more. In Colorado the moose come to lower elevations and in Rocky Mountain National Park the elk are down and very active. Fun stuff to watch, I can imagine being in Yellowstone or Glacier in the fall would be just awesome!!

Anyone have any tips for off season travel? Please share