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Top 5 Reasons Why Offseason National Parks Car Camping is the Best | Tips to Save Time, Money, Have More Fun

Offseason National Parks Car Camping is the perfect way to take a road trip and stay on budget. Ditch the crowds and high prices, avoid bugs and travel in autumn and winter. I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of sharing my travel experience with hoards of other people. Crowds of people make a holiday seem less relaxing and less personal.

Here are some indisputable facts about Offseason National Parks Car Camping:

               1 Roads into National Parks are less crowded

               2 Campsites are easier to grab

               3 The perfect photo is attainable

               4 Travel is cheaper

               5 Outdoor conditions are better

 

National Parks are Less Crowded in the Offseason

According to the LA Times: In 2017 the National Parks System had 331 million visitors. That is almost the population of the United States! March to October are the busiest months for most of the National Parks in the west. Did you know that park staff often temporarily close the roads into National Parks when they become too congested to let in more visitors? Offseason National Parks car camping means no waiting and no congestion.

These photos, below, show crowds of people at National Parks in the busy season (from nps.gov).

AVoid this mess with Offseason National Parks Car Camping

THis is why Offseason National Parks Car Camping is better...

 

 

 

 

 

Offseason National Parks Car Camping Tip 1:

The best place to get information on the quietest times to visit is by going directly to the park’s website.

Offseason National Park car camping is a great way to relax and feel close to nature. Your chances of getting a prime campsite greatly improve after Labor Day. Campsites are economical and if you budget car camp in the offseason,  you are less likely to be crammed into a site next to people who ride their dirt bikes at night, light off bottle rockets and (most importantly) blast Kid Rock at breakfast. Did you know that a Lost Campers budget campervan fits nicely into a tent site? No need to reserve an RV site.

Offseason National Parks Car Camping Tip 2:

Fewer crowds equate to greater chances of seeing wildlife.

 

The Perfect Photo is Attainable in the Offseason

The chance of you capturing that iconic photo, you know the one where you’re standing in front of an alpine lake with a mirrored reflection of the mountain peak in the background, is actually possible. You won’t have to worry about wildfire smoke ruining a photo either, besides that, wildlife photography is also easier. Not only are animals more likely to be visible in cooler temperatures they don’t like crowds either.

   Autumn & Winter = Off Season ↓                                    Summer = Peak Season ↓

This why Offseason National Parks Car Camping is the best...

Avoid this Banff, CN mess: Offseason National Parks Car Camping is Better

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Story About My Offseason National Park Car Camping

Let me tell you a short story about the time I camped in my Lost Campers budget campervan outside of Mt. Rainier National Park in the offseason. It was cold outside our van, but we had our little heater keeping us toasty inside. We were getting ready to fall asleep on our comfy mattress when all of a sudden we heard a strange, high pitched sound. We opened the sliding door to our van and saw green eyes moving towards us.

It was the local herd of elk. The heard split up into smaller groups and the females lead the young ones across a road to a field. They were calling to each other and we got to witness the entire thing. In the morning we awoke to the same herd grazing all around us. No one else was around to scare the elk away and I was able to take some great photos. You wouldn’t get to be a part of something magical like that if you were camping in peak season or sleeping in a hotel room.

Offseason National Park car camping Tip 3:

Lost Campers rents small heaters and extension cords for no fee.

 

Off Season National Parks Car Camping Is Cheaper

According to AAA, gas costs less in the offseason. The national trend is that gas prices go up after Memorial Day in May. In addition to this, even though the cost of gas has risen in the last decade, it is currently cheaper (on average) than it was before right before the housing crisis. Prices of most things go up in peak season – so it makes sense that traveling is cheaper in the offseason. Lost Campers budget campervans cost a third less in the offseason. Not only that, they include a lot of essential camping equipment for free with the rental. (More about that below.)

Offseason National Park car camping tip 4:

Lost Campers often run specials on their budget campervans in the offseason.

 

Outdoor Conditions are Better For Offseason Car Camping in National Parks

Would you rather travel through Death Valley when it’s so hot you could fry an egg on the hood of your car? Nope! To me, summer means heat, humidity, mosquitoes, those persistent and insufferable, little flying insects that get inside your nose and eyes. It means tornadoes and hail storms. Using your vehicle’s AC in summer causes your engine to get hotter and sometimes overheat. The offseason generally has better weather for travel.

The colors are changing, the air is crisper and the fog that is associated with many sections of the west coast make for a gorgeous photo. Even if you are traveling in a cloudy season it will make your roadtrip photos more impressive (moodier). Fall is my favorite time of year for a road trip, but depending on where you plan to visit, traveling in winter may not be a bad idea either. With a little planning, you will see things that other people don’t get to see. Snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes and animal tracks in the snow are all things you can look forward to if you travel in winter.

Offseason National Parks Car Camping with Lost Campers budget campervans with Roof top tent

Offseason National Park car camping tip 5:

Mosquitoes die or hibernate when the temperature is consistently below 50 C.

Travelers can take advantage of waiting a little later in the year to embark on an adventure. You could have the trip of a lifetime – all to yourself. The best way to take advantage of the shoulder season is by “getting lost” in a Lost Campers budget campervan. What are you waiting for?

Girls Road Trip Ideas You Will Love!

Girls Road Trip Ideas You Will Love!

 

Girls road trip ideas

Meme/Photo Courtesy of Soul Sisters/Pintrest

We have some fabulous girls road trip ideas you are going to love! Girl friends, mothers, sisters and daughters: This is a shout out to empowered women everywhere. Pack your bags and give yourself a well deserved trip to some of these amazing destinations. Here are 4 top girl road trip ideas that rock.

Road trips are not only a blast, but they are budget friendly! Especially when you travel savvy in your awesome campervan from Lost Campers!

It’s wine time ladies, so ditch the dudes and let’s do this! Reserve your Lost Campers Van and make your plan!  Shopping, wine tasting, outdoor adventure and….no boys allowed. 

 

 

California wine country awaits you!

 

Girls Road Trip Ideas #1: Paso Robles, CA

This lovely little town is located smack dab between San Francisco and Los Angeles which opens up a large array of itinerary options to include along the way from either starting point.

It is famous for it’s variety of local wineries and the laid back feeling there (maybe that is all of the wine causing this feeling? who knows?). The Salinas River divides the East and West side of the valley. On the West side of the river you will find smaller family owned wineries and wine boutiques. On the East side you will find the large resort style wineries that offer food pairings and entertainment.  This is a charming place to spend a day or a few days walking around and wine tasting with the girls. It is not far off Highway 101 and makes for a great detour on a ladies coastal adventure.

Nearby camping options include: 

Cerro Alto Campground and Morro Bay State Park, both can be found on www.reserveamerica.com for more information

 

girls road trip ideas in Solvang, CA

pic courtesy of slovangusa.com

Girls Road Trip Ideas #2: Solvang, CA

This historic Danish village is located just an hour north of Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez Valley and will make you feel as if you are on an international getaway in Denmark. Nothing better than danish pastries, craft beer and wine tasting to get a weekend full of girl power on track! If you love boutique shopping, this is the place to be. Solvang offers more than 150 local boutiques to tickle your fancy!  If you are looking for more of a cultural experience there are several museums that celebrate Danish-American culture including the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

Near by camping options:

Flying Flags RV resort and campground

 

girls road trip ideas in Moab, UT

Hiking Moab on a girls weekend!

Girls Road Trip Ideas #3: Moab, UT

Among the red cliffs of Moab, the Colorado River flows through beautiful Castle Valley. This is also where you can find Castle Creek Winery, located at the Red Cliff’s Lodge. Enjoy wine tasting and food parings with the incredible back drop of rock rocks and the rushing Colorado river. Moab also has some lovely local breweries (Moab Brewery make the best Fat Tire ever!)  and local shops along the Main Street in town. There is loads of great hiking, biking and river running to do in these parts. Between Arches, Canyon Lands and Dead Horse Point you will find plenty to do and even more to add to your bucket list for later. 

Near by camping options:

Arches National Park, Canyonland National Park, and my personal favorite- Dead Horse State Park. For more information check out discovermoab.com

 

girls road trip ideas for Estes Park, CO

photo courtesy of thedenverear.com

Girls Road Trip Ideas #4: Estes Park, CO

One last addition to girls road trip ideas list is Estes Park. Get ready for jaw dropping, majestic beauty! At the gates of Rocky Mountain National Park you will find this quaint  “base camp” town. This gorgeous area offers  loads of outdoor activities to fill your time- so get on your boots and sweat it out on the trail with your soul sisters.

Snowy Peak winery offers wine tasting with a nice selection of local wines. There is a fun nightlife in Estes as well with lots of local venues offering live music and dancing, a night on the town with the girls is a must! The Barrel is a great local craft brewery, with a lovely beer garden (always a great place to catch up with friends), it is definitely worth a stop. There are some great festivals throughout the year here as well so be sure to check out the local events page.

 

Nearby camping options:

Rocky Mountain National Park….and more. For more information check out visitestespark.com

 

Check availability here for your next fun girls campervan road trip here today.

Girls Road Trip Ideas  = Girl Power!

Submitted by

-Launi 

Lost Campers Van Fan

 

Winter Festival Camping

Winter Festival Camping – Cure Your Cabin Fever!

winter festival camping

photo credit: sodahead.com

There are definitely some fantastic winter festivals worth a visit.  Prepared to brave colder weather and still have loads of fun? Then we have the cure for your cabin fever! Who would think that winter festivals and camping would work so well together? Well they do when you travel in a Lost Campers campervan! Here are some great winter festival camping ideas to get you through until the snow melts.

Utah

Bluff International Balloon Festival Jan. 15-17, 2016

winter festival camping ballon festival Utah

Photo credit to the Bluff International Balloon Festival

The charming town of Bluff is located in southeastern Utah near the Valley of the Gods, Mexican hat, and Monument Valley. This festival pulls off a massive hot air balloon launch every January. For the 18th annual festival they will be launching 28 hot air balloons! There is some great winter festival camping and fun to be had in this beautiful desert area. Temperatures are mild during the day but will still dip down below freezing at night so pack your zero degree sleeping bag and extra layers to stay a warm camper!

 For more information about this Festival Visit: https://www.facebook.com/bluffintballoonfestival/

For Camping:

There is a nice BLM campground at Sand Island Recreation Area. The first come, first serve campsites are open year round. Amenities include: drinking water, picnic tables, pit toilets(I call them drop and plops haha!) and fire pits. The sites are only $10 per night. Bluff also offers some RV parks if you are interested in upgraded camping. You can find more information about Sand Island Campground at:

http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/monticello/recreation/activities/camping/sand_island_camp_ground.html

 

Sundance Film Festival Jan. 21st-31st, 2016

Sundance Film Festival Park City Utah,  winter festival camping

photo credit: askmen.com

The stars shine bright in Park City during the world renowned Sundance Film Festival. Visit  for the film festival and ride some epic Utah snow while you are there. Enjoy local cuisine and micro brewed beer with locals and stars alike. The nightlife during the festival is off the hook as well and you will see TV and movie stars everywhere.

You can find out more information about this Festival at: http://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival

For Camping: Park City RV resort offer great winter rates and partial hook up camp sites where you can utilize an electric heater to keep warm during the cold mountain nights of winter for around $30 per night.  Amenities include: Club house , Rest rooms, Showers, Laundry room, Fitness room , Pool table  and  Arcade. This winter festival camping idea definitely calls for packing for cold weather so please research accordingly.

For more information visit: https://www.parkcityrvresort.com/reservations.htm

California

Snow Globe Music Festival, South Lake Tahoe December 29th-31st, 2015

Held at the Lake Tahoe Community College, the Snow Globe Music Festival is a great way to ring in the new year. So bundle up and prepare to get your groove on with a fantastic line up of DJs and bands. Don’t forget to ride the amazing slopes of Heavenly Ski Resort while you are there! This winter festival camping idea will require winter gear to stay warm while you camp, so pack accordingly.

For more information about this festival: http://snowglobemusicfestival.com/

For Camping: Tahoe Valley RV park is open year round. It is not far from the community college. RV sites run around $75 per day. There are loads of amenities for your stay including: Club house, WiFi, Restroom/ Shower, Pets Welcome and Store.

For more information visit: http://www.rvonthego.com/california/tahoe-valley-campground/

Tournament of Roses- Rose Parade and Rose Bowl, Pasadena Jan. 1, 2016

For you college football fans the Rose Bowl Game is a great way to start off a new year and you might as well check out one of the largest parades in North America while you are at it.  This is a winter festival camping idea that will not feel quite as wintery cold as the other options you’ve seen here. Southern California offers pleasant weather year round.

winter festival camping

photo credit to ebsporttours.com

The Rose Parade begins at 8am on Jan 1, 2016. The 5 1/2-mile Rose Parade route begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, Califronia. The parade travels north on Orange Grove at a leisurely 2 1/2-mile per hour pace and then turns east onto Colorado Boulevard, where the majority of the parade viewing takes place. Near the end of the route, the parade turns north onto Sierra Madre Boulevard and concludes at Villa Street.

Reserved parking for automobiles, buses and recreational vehicles is available for purchase through Sharp Seating Company, (626) 795-4171; the city of Pasadena, (626) 744-6470; and Easy Parking Service, (626) 286-7576. Paid parking is also offered on a first-come, first-served basis at various lots and parking structures near the parade route. Overnight parking on Pasadena streets begins at noon the day before the parade, for that evening only. All “No Parking” areas and red curb zones remain off-limits, and vehicles in violation will be subject to impound and a fine. There is no parking allowed on the parade route itself. Illegally parked vehicles will be impounded. More information on RV parking, limos and buses can be found in the Parade Day Guide.

*view the full Rose Parade website at: http://www.tournamentofroses.com/events/roseparade

For Camping: Malibu Creek State Park is about 40 minutes from Pasadena but offers a nice campground with plenty of outdoor activities. The campground has clean facilities and offers 62 tent camp sites and 4 RV sites. With a campervan you can reserve a tent site as they are not considered to be an RV. If you end up in a part of the campground where shade is a little scarce at the campground, no worries as you have an awning on your campervan to remedy that! There are flushing toilets, solar heated showers (paid), picnic tables and fire rings at each site.

For more information and reservations: http://www.reserveamerica.com/

Winter fun awaits you and Lost Campers can get you there!

Submitted by Launi Haygood -Winter festival camping idea guru