Pack up and hit the road in 2015. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Like many of you, every year, I make some New Year’s resolutions. Exercise more. Play on my phone less. Read Middlemarch. You know the drill. Yep. After about a zillion years of resolutions, I’m still a phone-loving, chick-lit-reading couch potato.
So this year, I’m changing it up. I’ve decided my resolutions need to be fun — then maybe I’ll keep them! That’s why my teeny weeny trailer and I are hitting the road. To make sure we’ll find the best campgrounds across the country, I polled the experts: some Sisters on the Fly, a few Tin Can Tourists, and a bunch of Glampers on the Loose (because, well, they know good glamping).
Now that the results are in, I’m polishing up the teeny weeny trailer and filling her tires with air. Route 66 (and California, and Florida, and Texas), here we come.
See you at these campgrounds — I’ll bring the marshmallows!
Walt Disney World — Orlando, Fla.
Camp out at Walt Disney World! (Photo: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground)
My Sister on the Fly, Gaylene, and I have big, big plans for our road trip to see the Mouse. Given that we live in two frosty locations (I in Philadelphia, Gaylene in Granby, Colo.), we seriously do not want to build any more snowmen this winter. So we’re going to haul my teeny weeny trailer right down to the Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, where we’re going to don our princess dresses to sing around the campfire with Chip and Dale. Our only problem? We’re fighting over who gets to be Anna and who has to be Elsa.
Elk Creek Campground — Grand Lake, Colo.
Wake up to this beautiful view every day. (Elk Creek Campground)
Speaking of my friend Gaylene, she’s planning on hitting a big teeny weeny trailer meetup in the Rocky Mountains this fall. To hear her tell it, the Elk Creek Campground totally rocks — it’s quiet and peaceful, but located within minutes of the town of Grand Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Grand Lake Golf Course. Now, sure I want to visit my glamping sister, but the real attraction is the adorable town of Grand Lake. It’s surrounded by snow-capped peaks, uninhabited wilderness, alpine creeks, and the most beautiful crystal lakes you’ve ever seen. This year, Rocky Mountain National Park is celebrating its centennial. The only teeny weeny problem? Getting up to Grand Lake over a mountain pass can be a little … well … my husband calls it “breathtaking,” and I call it “breath-losing.” As in, it’s a long way down. And you have to concentrate to not end up in a canyon. Especially when pulling a teeny weeny trailer. Right. I got this. (I’m gonna make Gaylene drive.)
Detroit Lake State Recreation Area — Detroit, Ore.
Reflect next to the beautiful Detroit Lake. (Photo: Oregon State Parks)
A Tin Can Tourist (we’re talking diehard trailer people, people) recommends this out-of-the-way spot because the campsites are spectacular. She reports, “Mine had a beautiful brick patio elegantly dressed by verdant green moss. I had a view of the lake down through the trees to the very big blue lake. Ducks and geese swam there in the cool, calm, 400’ deep waters. Mountains surrounded the lake in this tree lined Douglas fir forest.” Even the drive there was amazing, she says, with views of the mountains and some unusual high rock formations. Now, I got pecked by a goose when I was little, so I’m going to have to think about this one, but it sure sounds idyllic. Maybe they could call me when the geese migrate? Do geese even migrate?
El Capitán State Beach — Santa Barbara, Calif.
Talk about a beautiful campground. (Photo: Meg/Flickr)
One Sister on the Fly reports, “El Capitán State Beach is a beautiful campground on a hill above the Pacific. I especially like that it has lots of good shady spots, group sites, great nearby and on-site hikes, and nearby horseback riding.” Only a few miles away, Santa Barbara’s a great spot for shopping and sightseeing. And the beach is literally across the street from El Capitan Canyon, one of the most popular “glamping” spots in the country and recently featured on The Real Housewives of Orange County. … OMG. It’s going to be a long drive, but that’s why I got a teeny weeny trailer, right? (Drop by my campsite — I’ll be the one in the big sunglasses and a sarong.)
Palo Duro Canyon State Park — Canyon, Texas
Is camping in a canyon on your bucket list? (Photo: Texas Parks and Wildlife)
Palo Duro Canyon is the second-biggest canyon in the country, and that makes it the ideal spot in which to hike, go birdwatching, or try geocaching. You can even watch a musical about Texas’s early settlers! My big plan: I’m going to wake up early every morning, make coffee in my teeny weeny trailer, and sit outside and take in the view as the sun comes up. Instagram winner winner, chicken dinner.
Hersheypark — Hershey, Pa.
Have the ultimate s’mores at Hersheypark. (Photo: Hersheypark Camping Resort/Facebook)
What’s the best part of camping in your teeny weeny trailer? Making s’mores over the campfire — with Hershey bars, of course! Hersheypark, one of our favorite theme parks anywhere, boasts a deluxe campground where you can park your teeny weeny trailer while you shuttle your way over to the 12 roller coasters (talk about terrifying!). Even better, the Spa at the Hotel Hershey is heaven. I mean, like, died and gone to chocolate heaven. There’s nothing better when you’re kind of gross from camping than soaking in a whipped cocoa bath with a rubber ducky. Or getting a chocolate body scrub. Or a chocolate facial. Need I go on?
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground — Buellton, Ca.
Renting an Airstream is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. (Photo: Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground)
Before I type this, I’ve made sure that my teeny weeny trailer is covering her ears because I don’t want her to know that I might not take her to California’s Central Coast wine country. If I want to taste the vintages, I shouldn’t be driving, right? So I should probably stay at a campground like Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground that rents out Airstreams, right? Not that I want to stay in a totally renovated vintage Airstream or anything. I mean, how much fun could it possibly be to spend the night in a shiny, glitzy bullet of a hotel room? (Shhh. I know. Like, SO. MUCH. FUN.)
Special thanks to teeny weeny trailers everywhere (and especially on Facebook) for helping me plan my 2015 travels! Follow me and my teeny weeny trailer, Virginia, all year long right here on Yahoo Travel.