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Interesting Things You'll Never See If You Don't RV

Updated on June 29, 2017
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I have traveled extensively throughout the US for many years and enjoy helping people to enjoy their own vacations.

One of the reasons people buy recreational vehicles is to give themselves an opportunity to see some of the sights they have heard so much about.

While it’s true that visiting the big national parks and taking part in famous events is exciting, RVers will find that they can do things like this while traveling by car or flying and staying in hotels.

However, there are other less well-known places and venues that are the real meat of RV travel, for it is through them that people gain an understanding of the deeper joy of owning and vacationing in their motor homes, campers and travel trailers.

I will share some of them here and will tell you how to find them, but you will need to go and see them yourself if you want to have the types of wonderful experiences my husband and I have had during our many years of RV travel.

Only RV travelers get to see sights like this.
Only RV travelers get to see sights like this. | Source

A Visit to a Wild Elk Range

My husband and I love Montana and have visited that beautiful and wild state many times.

We have friends who live in Lewistown, which is located in the center of the state. It is a town of 6,000 people who are fortunate enough to be able access some wonderful sights.

We happened to be visiting late in August when our friends told us that they had just heard that it was mating season, and the elk were gathering at a spot about 60 miles outside of town.

We knew that if we wanted to see them, we needed to head that way immediately.

It was a long, slow ride on rough, back country roads and was dusk by the time we arrived.

It felt like we were in the middle of No Man's Land.

There was nothing out there: no stores, no houses, and not even any people!

The air was turning cool, as Montana nights do, and the sun was beginning to set when we spied the elk herd.

It was an amazing sight!

There, in the valley below the road were hundreds of elk slowly grazing and walking lazily through the lush grasses.

The wind grew strong and out of nowhere, the rains came, so we had to pile back into our cars and leave.

The sight we saw that night was like none other and was one most travelers would never get to see.

We’ve been to Yellowstone several times, and have never seen anything as wild and beautiful as that herd.

Magnificent scenery is yours for the taking when you RV
Magnificent scenery is yours for the taking when you RV | Source

The Running of the Horses

My husband and I were work camping one year at the Mt. Rushmore KOA in South Dakota.

This was an unusual facility in that it was one of the few really full service campgrounds I have ever seen.

They offered hotel rooms, a fine dining restaurant, several food parlors, water slides, bike rentals and even had pancake breakfasts every morning.

Our site was located near the barns which housed 50 horses that were rented out to guests for trail rides.

  • Very early each day the lead cowboy and his staff would run the horses from the barn down to the lower stable.
  • Each night, the cowboys would walk them back up the hill, because by that time the horses were tired.

The daily running of the horses took place around 5:30 in the morning. One morning I made it a point to wake up early, prepare my camcorder and wait.

Before long I saw the lead cowboy snaps his whip against the morning air as he and the other cowboys whistled and hooted while driving the horses that were running ahead of them.

What a site!

Horses of every color, size and type were pounding through the woods with steam shooting from their nostrils I could actually feel the pounding of their hooves against the ground as they ran.

The whole event only took a few moments, and then they were gone.

The air became still, and all that remained was the sound of the wind dancing through the trees.

I felt like I had dreamed all of it, but I knew better.

I had been taken back in time to spend just a few minutes in the Old West to experience an adventure that I will never forget.

If you stay at that KOA one day, and plan carefully, you’ll be able to enjoy it as well!

So Many Adventures, So Little Time

These are just two examples of the types of adventures RVers can have that they would never get to enjoy by using other means of travel.

My husband and I have enjoyed so many more! For example we have

  • taken part in a wild buffalo roundup,
  • dined at wild animal feeds,
  • had buffalo standing right beside our fifth wheel,
  • met wonderful and interesting people and
  • driven across unbelievably beautiful and scenic highways.

These and other great adventures were purely the result of our decision to buy an RV and travel in it to places most people never get to see and take part in events most wouldn’t even know about.

Many of the best ones took place in the northwestern US, but there were other good ones as well.

Great Rewards Can Be Yours

Traveling this way takes a great deal of effort, but the rewards are fantastic.

If you want to do more than just be a standard tourist, buy an RV and take the time to see and do things you could never do otherwise.

You’ll be glad you did!

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