Visit Banff National Park this Summer

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RV travel is about exploring new places and undertaking new adventures, and one of the most majestic countries in the world is just a border away. Canada is packed with scenic parks, bustling cities and some of the best sites in the world for RV travelers. And one of the country’s most famed sites is the historic Banff National Park in Alberta — an outdoor wonderland that is also Canada’s oldest national park.

About Banff National Park

Although Banff’s claim to fame may be its age (it was established back in 1885), its most incredible features are far beyond its years. Banff spans roughly 2,564 square miles in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and is one of the most scenic national parks in the entire world. It is home to mountains, valleys, glaciers, meadows, rivers, forests, and the famous, aquamarine-colored Lake Louise.

Outdoor Adventures Await

Because of Banff National Park’s diverse natural surroundings, it’s ideal for outdoor adventures of all kinds in all seasons. The warmer months are ideal for backpacking, mountain biking, bird watching, boating, canoeing, mountaineering, horseback riding, scuba diving, and snapping photos of the park’s endless wonders.

Winter offers just as many outdoor adventures as the warmer months with ice skating, ice diving, skiing, snowboarding, ski touring, snowshoeing, waterfall ice climbing, cross-country skiing, and even cozy hot springs to dip into on a cool Canadian day.

Parking Your RV at Banff

Banff National Park is home to roughly 16 campsites ranging from primitive setups to un-serviced sites with washrooms and full electrical sites. There is a dump station at the park that’s available for an $8.80 fee, and campers must purchase a new fire permit each day. Electrical sites are available on the breathtaking Lake Louise and at Tunnel Mountain.

And don’t forget to call the park ahead of time to ensure there is a space reserved for your RV at the campsite you desire.

Start Your Summer RV Adventures Capital RV Center

Banff National Park is a destination that should be on every RV enthusiast’s bucket list. And there’s no better place to get the perfect RV for your summer excursion to Canada than Capital RV Center. Log onto our website or stop by today to choose the perfect motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel, or pop-up for your fall adventures.

Experience One of the World’s Most Unique Festivals in North Dakota

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Taylor, North Dakota, is a small town (only 148 some folk call it home), but it plays host to perhaps one of the world’s most unique festivals each year in July. The Taylor Horse Fest is all about celebrating the horse and its special connection to those who work the land. The festival also celebrates the legacy and important role that horses have played in North Dakota and their place in history as a whole beyond the state.

Celebrated over the course of two days, the main attraction is the main street parade where both locals and visitors showcase their horses and their horse-drawn vehicles, from coaches and buggies to wagons and trailers. Riders both big and small, young and old ride horses down the street and the variety is enough to satisfy any horse lover. Besides horses, you’ll also spot the occasional donkey or mule.

Festival goers can also enjoy roadside vendor stalls, horse-related demonstrations, see a live blacksmith at work, and catch some live entertainment. There are plenty of food stalls out if you get hungry and souvenir stalls if you want a memento.

After the parade, you can head out to local fields to see practical demonstrations of how horses help people. You can watch horses help plow a field, harvest hay and transport it, and other tasks that would have been impossible without them before mechanized machinery.

There are also horse training seminars, old farm equipment exhibits, a pie social, and kid activities (like a petting zoo and amateur roping).

The festival is set to take place on July 29th and 30th this year.

Visit Capital RV Center

Stop by Capital RV Center before you visit Taylor for the Horse Fest or any other summer trips you plan to take this year. We can help make sure that your rig is in good shape for travel and that you don’t encounter mechanical issues.

Visit Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

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One of North Dakota’s best state parks, Fort Abraham Lincoln combines outdoor recreation with history. Rich in both military and early Native American history, the fort was once an important infantry and cavalry post. In fact, Fort Abraham Lincoln is where Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry camped and supplied before their ill-fated expedition against the Sioux at Little Big Horn. Portions of the fort, including the Custer House, have been painstakingly reconstructed.

If you’re interested in early Native American life, there’s the On-a-Slant Indian village with reconstructed earth-lodges that depict the lifestyle of the Mandan Indian tribe, who occupied the site between 1575 to 1781.

A modern campground is located in a scenic wooded area adjacent to the Heart River with picnic sites and playground equipment. Walking along the gently sloping hills, visitors have a panoramic vista of the Missouri River from the park’s nature and historic trails. Amenities include water and electrical hookups, an RV dump station, showers, cabins, a coffee shop, visitor center, historic buildings, interpretive tours, and horse corrals.

Nearby attractions that you can explore include the state capitol, North Dakota Heritage Center, Fort Rice and Huff Indian State Historic Sites, Raging Rivers Water Park, Standing Rock National Native American Scenic Byway, and Old Red Trail Scenic Byway, to name a few.

Visit Capital RV Centers

Don’t hit the road until you’ve stopped by Capital RV Centers. The service department at Capital RV Centers, with locations in Bismarck and Minot, are standing by to help make sure that your RV is in good traveling condition. If it’s time to shop for your next RV, come by and tour the units in our inventory and find the one that’s perfect for you.

Spring Break Destinations in the South

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Warm weather, beaches, and southern hospitality are the makings of an incredible spring vacation. Fire up your RV and cruise to one of these three awesome destinations in the south, and you’re guaranteed a spring break your family will never forget.

Charleston, South Carolina

When you’re looking for a southern beach vacation that offers far more than sand and waves, Charleston should be on your list. This historic city by the sea offers a vibrant downtown scene with historic houses, award-winning restaurants, shopping to fit every taste, and a nightlife that’s tough to beat. And for those days you want to spend soaking in the sun, nearby Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Folly Beach offer sand, the sea, and a fun beach atmosphere.

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Cocoa Beach has grown from a small Florida beach town to a hot warm-weather destination, but it hasn’t lost its charm. Cocoa is the perfect family destination with the excitement of gorgeous beaches, easy access to Cape Canaveral, deep sea fishing, eco-tour adventures, waterfront dining, a vibrant nightlife scene, and so much more. Even better, the weather is warm year-round in the Cocoa Beach area, so you can head there in February, March, or April and practically be guaranteed comfortable spring break temperatures.

Tybee Island, Georgia

The south is full of fun coastal destinations, but Tybee Island is one that every RV travelers should visit at least once. The island’s close proximity to Savannah puts city life within reach, but if you want an isolated beach vacation, you can have that too. Enjoy water sports, dolphin tours, cute beach shops, tasty restaurants, the Tybee Lighthouse, amazing fishing, and countless other adventures at one of the East Coast’s favorite beaches.

Start Your Adventure at Capital RV Center

There’s no better way to start the best spring break ever than with a new RV from Capital RV Center. Before you head south for spring break, be sure to stop by Capital RV Center to make sure that your RV is road ready.

3 Destinations for Valentine’s Day

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You don’t have to buy costly plane tickets and pay outrageous resort accommodation prices to enjoy a romantic getaway with your special someone this Valentine’s Day. The U.S. is littered with romantic destinations that can be visited in the comfort, convenience, and affordability of your RV.

Fire up your home on wheels and cruise throughout the country to one of these three must-visit Valentine’s Day destinations.

Charleston, South Carolina

It’s no wonder that Travel and Leisure named Charleston the No. 1 most romantic city in America. The historic town, located minutes from some of the East Coast’s most pristine beaches, offers cobblestone streets lined with oak trees, horse-drawn carriages, and enough historic architecture to fill hours of exploration. Charleston is also home to some of the most critically-acclaimed restaurants and rooftop bars in the country, so you’ll have no shortage of places to enjoy a romantic dinner and drinks.

Chicago, Illinois

City lovers can’t help but feel the romance when walking on Chicago’s streets in winter. Whether you and your lover are interested in fine dining, shopping, theater, or nightlife, you’ll feel Chicago’s charm when you walk among the skyscrapers just steps from the pristine shores of Lake Michigan. The Chicago area is also home to a large number of family-owned RV parks and campgrounds that make an ideal, and affordable, home base for city excursions.

Sedona, Arizona

If you haven’t escaped the cold to explore Sedona yet, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time. This cozy Arizona getaway is loaded with RV resorts, spas, world-renowned restaurants, shopping and more outdoor adventures than you can cram into one vacation. Even more, Sedona’s desert sunsets are famous for being some of the most mesmerizing in the country.

Visit Capital RV Center Before You Go

Don’t forget to stop by Capital RV Center to ensure your RV is in top condition before you hit the road for your romantic getaway.

Hit the Road for President’s Day

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Many RV travelers use the long President’s Day weekend as the first RV trip of the new year. Make this year’s President’s Day getaway one that’s both educational and fun by visiting an exciting presidential destination. The National Parks Service offers tons of great presidential destinations for travelers of all ages, so get out and explore these historic places dedicated to our nation’s leaders.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, District of Columbia

Washington, D.C., is one of the best places to see a number of presidential destinations in one vacation, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is one of the must-see sites when you’re in the city. Jefferson was one of our country’s founding fathers, author of the Declaration of Independence, a statesman and a visionary for the founding of the United States. Interpretive tours of the Jefferson Memorial take place every hour from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage, Tennessee

Visit the plantation home that was once owned by Andrew Jackson, our nation’s seventh president. The home, also known as The Hermitage, is just 12 miles from Nashville, making it the perfect place to visit on your Tennessee road trip. The Hermitage is open from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and visitors can take part in a number of self-guided tour packages, offering access to the mansion, exhibit gallery, grounds and a number of other sites.

Woodrow Wilson’s Boyhood Home

If you’re hoping to visit a presidential destination in a warm-weather destination this year, the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson in Augusta, Ga., is the place for you. Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home is located within the boundaries of Augusta’s historic district, so you can enjoy one of our country’s great historic cities on your getaway too. The home is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Start the New RV Season Off Right

A new year means a new RV season, and there’s no better way to ensure that your RV is in top condition than by bringing it by Capital RV Center. We’re your one-stop RV shop with everything from new and used RVs to service and supplies, so stop and see us for all of your RV needs.

Fall Foliage Destinations in North Dakota

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North Dakota doesn’t get enough credit as a fall foliage destination. If you live here in North Dakota, we don’t have to convince you of the truth in that statement. For those visiting or thinking about visiting, you’re in for a treat if you’re hoping to view some fall colors.

While there are plenty of places to view fall foliage in North Dakota, even along any stretch of interstate, there are certain locations that offer that little bit extra. In no particular order, here are a few stunning places in North Dakota to view the colorful fall foliage.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Named after the 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt National Park has a personal connection to Teddy. It was in North Dakota, and the area that’s now the park, that Roosevelt first found his love for the outdoors. It’s this area, in part, that prompted him to found the National Parks later in his life while he was President. Perhaps it was because of the fall foliage that he must have observed at some point during his stay. This National Park is located in the rugged North Dakota Badlands and features beautiful fall displays that are only enhanced by the ruggedness.

Turtle River State Park

Located in northeast North Dakota in Grand Forks County just north of the community of Arvilla. The Turtle River runs through the park and lends its name. Established in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps project, the park offers camping, cross-country skiiing, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. In fall, the heavily wooded park turns into a wonderful display of color.

Cross Ranch State Park

Located in central North Dakota along the Missouri River, this 589-acre parcel of land offers hiking, boating, canoeing, cabins, and camping. The woods that run along the river bottom are awash with color by October.

Visit Capital RV Centers

Touring fall foliage is better in an RV. Experience it for yourself with an RV from Capital RV Centers. Your North Dakota RV dealership offers RV sales, service, and parts.

The Best Spring RV Destinations in the U.S.

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Spring has finally sprung and one of the best RV seasons of the year is underway. If you haven’t fired up your RV and cruised to a spring vacation destination, now is the time to do it. Consider one of these three spring vacation hot spots for a sunny RV getaway that you’ll never forget.

South Carlsbad State Beach, California

Southern California is enjoying an especially warm and sunny spring, which means you can enjoy a summer-like spring getaway prematurely this year. Cruise down to Carlsbad’s South Carlsbad State Beach to enjoy mellow beaches, fun surfing waves and a variety of unique California shops and eateries. Cruise the streets of downtown Carlsbad or relax while listening to the waves from your cliff-side campsite overlooking the sea.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach

If you find yourself closer to the East Coast this spring, you’ll want to pay a visit to Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Lakes Family Campground. This RV park is ideal for families or groups of campers seeking warm days at the beach as well as numerous other on-site activities. This massive campground offers hundreds of oceanfront campsites, shuffleboard, volleyball courts, bicycle rentals and the Sandy Harbor Family Fun Center, featuring mini-golf, a game center, pool, water park and so much more.

Lake Metigoshe State Park, North Dakota

You don’t have to travel far to enjoy an unforgettable spring camping experience. Head to Lake Metigoshe State Park, in the Turtle Mountains, to camp among some of North Dakota’s most stunning scenery. Visitors can hike, bike, fish, cross-country ski, sled, golf or enjoy a number of other outdoor activities depending on this year’s spring weather. The on-site campground is equipped with 30-amp hook-ups, an RV dump station, boat ramp, rentals and more to make every visit a comfortable and memorable one.

Don’t forget to stop and see us right here at the Capital RV Centers in Minot and Bismarck when you’re traveling throughout North Dakota and the entire U.S.A., in your RV this spring and summer.

North Dakota RV Destinations

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North Dakota is an outdoor lover’s playground. Whether you’re into hiking, mountain biking, birding, agritourism, fishing, boating or golfing, you’ll never find a shortage of things to do in the Peace Garden State. You’ll need to visit North Dakota more than once to take in all of its unique culture, history and outdoor activities, but the following three places are ones you shouldn’t miss on your next trip.

Sheyenne National Grassland

Located in the southeastern portion of the state, the Sheyenne National Grassland offers a diverse natural landscape for outdoor exploration. The 70,180 acres of public land are home to natural landscapes ranging from sand dunes to deltaic plains. The unique environment, created by an ancient river, offers an ideal setting for outdoor activities like horseback riding, camping, backpacking, hiking, hunting, photography and more.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt traveled to the Dakota area in 1883 to hunt, and that single trip led the future president to create a conservation policy that still benefits what is now the State of North Dakota. This one-of-a-kind national park, located in North Dakota’s stunning badlands, offers everything from guided ranger programs, visitor centers and museums to horseback riding, camping, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Get outside and enjoy the best of North Dakota in all seasons at this picturesque park that changed Theodore Roosevelt and our country’s future.

Sullys Hill National Game Preserve

The Sullys Hill National Game Preserve is one of the best places in North Dakota to see the state’s native wildlife in its natural habitat. The winter months are loaded with elk, bison, chickadees, woodpeckers and more, and you can admire them all on snowshoeing excursions, hiking trails or scenic drives. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset; however, it’s important to keep in mind that the Sullys Hill Overlook and Devils Lake Vista Loop are closed for visitor safety in the winter months.

Don’t forget to stop and see us at the Capital R.V. Center in Bismarck when you’re out exploring the best of North Dakota this winter and spring.

Best Fall Fall Foliage Drives

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There’s nothing quite like experiencing the beauty of fall foliage with a scenic drive. Weaving in and around highways, byways, and parks alive with a canopy of colors is one of the biggest draws for travelers. Below, the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the badlands of North Dakota is a palette of color that goes on for miles and miles.

When you’re ready to take your recreational vehicle on the road for a fall foliage adventure, stop by Capital RV Center for a service call or to pick up an accessory or two for your scenic excursion. We have two locations, one in Bismarck and one in Minot, with complete parts and accessories departments. Once you’re ready to roll, consider these scenic destinations that are sure to please fall aficionados.

Bismarck-Mandan – enjoy the array of colors along hillsides and bottom lands bordering the Missouri River.

Fort Ransom State Park – located 2 miles from Fort Ransom, you’ll travel the Sheyenne River National Scenic Byway lined with the colors of autumn.

Lake Metigoshe – near Bottineau, you’ll be in the heart of the Turtle Mountains and the spectacular views along the U.S.-Canadian border.

Turtle Mountains/International Peace Garden – while in the Lake Metigoshe area, you won’t want to miss one of the most colorful areas during the fall season.

Turtle River State Park – a beautiful park vibrant with fall colors highlighted by bubbling waterfalls.

Pembina Gorge – fall colors abound in this deep tree-covered gorge.

Devils Lake – like Pembina Gorge, the large expanse of open land dotted with trees is a rainbow of color.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park – located in Mandan, the park was the home of the 7th Cavalry. While visiting, you’ll see vistas of tree-lined hills ablaze with color.

Don’t let the fall season come and go without planning an itinerary to witness the beauty of nature up-close and personal. Whether you need your RV serviced, or you’re in the market for a recreational vehicle, make your first stop at Capital RV Center and we’ll get you rolling in the right direction, fast.