Monday, June 14, 2010

Off A Cliff: Crazy "Top Gear" Campervan Stunt



Are you wondering what, exactly, is smashed to pieces in the above photo and how it could have happened? Well, this wreck is courtesy of the Top Gear BBC Television show team. Hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond actually drove a converted Citroen campervan off a cliff for an upcoming episode! The daring trio were filming in quaint Hartland in North Devon and many locals gathered to watch the culmination of the stunt.


The locals are no strangers to taping in the area as movies like Sense and Sensibility were filmed in Hartland, as well as past Top Gear episodes. One such explosive stunt was conducted on the shores of Instow in 2008 when Jeremy Clarkson drove a Ford Fiesta being shot at by Royal Marines. This latest stunt, with the campervan careening off the side of the sheer cliff after the handbrake was left off, is the most dramatic yet. Not that it's the first time the hosts have utilized campervans for their show, as can be seen in the race video below.





Looking for a smashing deal on a motorhome rental? Just visit CheapMotorHomes.co.uk. To be on the safe side, though, you might want to stay away from any cliffs or sharp drops--and always remember the handbreak!



Photos courtesy of the Daily Mail

Sunday, June 6, 2010

MotorhomeRoadtrip: The Sea to Sky Highway

The Sea to Sky Highway is consider one the best roadtrips in the world:

Highway 99, or the Sea to Sky Highway, is the main artery linking the Vancouver area to B.C. Provincial Highway 97 and Interstate 5 in the United States. The Sea to Sky boasts just that--and lots of it. The drive is truly scenic with stunningly beautiful natural wonders on every side. In 2006 the UK's The Guardian named Highway 99 one of the world's five best road trips [1]. So what are you waiting for? For great Vancouver RV rental deals check out MotorhomeandRVTravel.com and start planning that once-in-a-lifetime British Columbia road trip.




Read more about the Sea to Sky Highway on Motorhome Roadtrip.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

MotorhomeRoadtrip: MOM's Way, Manitoba Ontario Minnesota

Driving MOM's highway is great way to see and the northern usa. Read more about Mom's Highway here:

MOM's (Manitoba Ontario Minnesota) Way is a 400km drive on well-paved roads that links Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and northern Minnesota. Driving along Highways 11 and 12 you will see beautiful forests and glorious sunsets as you cross the same historic boundaries Natives once traversed in canoes. Think about seeing the individual communities linked by MOM's Way--including Winnipeg, Steinbach, Sprague, Warroad, Baudette, Rainy River, Fort Frances, Atikokan and Thunder Bay--in a Ontario motorhome rental for ease of travel and comfort.


Photo courtesy of Northern Ontario Travel

Go to Motorhome Roadtrip to read the full article about MOM's highway.

MotorhomeRoadtrip: The Boomtown Trail, Alberta

Continuing our Canadian theme, lets move out west to Alberta. Join us for Alberta's Boomtown Trail:
Alberta is a province of big cities and smaller towns, oil and unpredictable weather, rich history and cowboys. One of the region's most famous events is the annual Calgary Stampede and it is also known for the immense West Edmonton Mall. Another interesting draw in the province is The Boomtown Trail, which can easily be accessed in large city centers like Edmonton or Calgary. Both of these cities have great RV rental depots that can provide the ideal vehicle to complete the Boomtown drive in. So what, exactly, is Boomtown? Read on to find out!



Read more about the Boomtown Trail Here on Motorhome Roadtrip.

MotorhomeRoadtrip: River Valley Scenic Drive, New Brunswick

Looking for another great escape to Canada - you must check out the River Valley Scenic Drive!
The River Valley Scenic Drive is one of five Scenic Drives created to help visitors discover the beauty and culture of New Brunswick. What better way to explore the natural splendor, and find adventure in this uniquely Acadian province, than to complete the River Valley Drive in a comfortable Canada RV rental? Just follow the designated road signs to lead you on your way!

River Valley Route Shown in Green, Image Courtesy of New Brunswick Tourism

Read more more about River Valley Scenic Drive on Motorhome Roadtrip

MotorhomeRoadtrip: Discover Quebec Along Route 138

Though it may not have the same ring as route 66, Route 138 in Quebec has plenty to offer for those seeking an adventurous Canadian roadtrip writes Connie Limoncelli:
One of the oldest highways in the nation, Route 138 begins at one end in Elgin, south-west of Montreal, at the New York border. (The road continues into the United States as Route 30). The road snakes along the Saint Lawrence River as it passes by Montreal and through Montérégie, Lanaudière, Mauricie, Capitale-Nationale and Côte-Nord all the way to its eastern end at Natashquan. Aside from the gorgeous scenery, the great part of this road trip is the unique vibes of the different cities and communities you encounter along the way, from Montreal's urbanity to the culture of the First Nations-influenced towns further east. The drive is made all the more comfortable and convenient if made with an RV rental.


Courtesy of Mapquest.ca

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Live on the Edge: Hang Out at Norway's Troll's Tongue


Every year brave souls migrate to the Skjeggedal Valley in Odda, Norway to take a walk on the edge--namely the wedge of stone known as Trolltunga or the Troll's Tongue. Located 950 meters above sea level the sliver of rock that is the Tongue protrudes horizontally from the side of a mountain with nothing separating it from the pristine waters below. Making the walk across the rock may require some courage, but the gorgeous panorama of mountains and gorgeous water--not to mention the thrill--is definitely worth any risk or associated heart palpitations.


To get to the Troll's Tongue one must travel from Odda to Skjeggedal via Tyssedal. Once you arrive at the mountain you can either take the stairs or a set path up the first 950 meters, then hike the rest of the way on marked trails. In the past a funicular took visitors to the top of the mountain, making reaching the pinnacle quicker and much easier on the legs, but it is no longer operational. Before you make your way up to the Troll's Tongue be sure you've packed your camera with the rest of your gear--the view at the top is one you'll definitely want to document.

If you would prefer to stay in the area there are several cabins nearby owned by the Norwegian Trekking Association where you can stay overnight. The area of the Troll's Tongue is a gateway to the rest of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and is a great beginning to longer hikes to destinations like the Hårteigen mountain.



Norway is a country of immense natural beauty just waiting to be discovered, and there is no better way to maximize your time in the country than by renting a motorhome to travel in. If you like the Troll's Tongue you will also be interested in two of the country's other rock formations, Preikestolen (also in Odda) and Kjeragbolten. Odda (seen above) also boasts the Buarbreen glacier and the 165-meter high Låtefossen waterfall, both of which are definitely worth visiting.






So while you might not want to drive your motorhome on to the Troll's Tongue, an RV is a great way to see Norway and the area around the magnificent mountain formation. For more information on a campervan rental visit Scandanavia Motorhome Rentals, then get ready to gather your courage and dangle your legs over the ledge.


Photos Courtesy of Wikipedia

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tour Southern Nova Scotia in a Motorhome

If you're looking for somewhere unique to escape to this summer why not consider Southern Nova Scotia, an ideal area to tour in a motorhome rental. On Canada's East Coast, this part of the world offers a ton of things to see and do. From dazzling natural beauty, lighthouses and small town charm to parks, museums and gorgeous coastal highways, there is certainly something for everyone. The Yarmouth and Acadian shores in Southern Nova Scotia also boast numerous seaside activities and festivals, beaches, woodlands and walking trails, as well as local food, music and crafts to discover.





Renting an RV is the perfect way to see as much of this beautiful area as possible and it also allows for freedom of movement so you can maximize your vacation time--and where Southern Nova Scotia is concerned it's difficult to decide what to see first! The area offers an abundance of pristine beaches from Cadden Bay and Carter's Beach to the legendary surfing at White Point and Summerville Beach Provincial Park. For great scenery, canoeing, lakes, rivers and a wide variety of flora and fauna try Kejmkujik National Park. If scuba diving is more your speed head to the Marina Park at Port Mouton in Queens County, which even has sunken treasure.







Nova Scotia also has several famous lighthouses from the Fort Point Lighthouse in Liverpool to the New Port Medway Lighthouse Park and the Coffin Island Lighthouse. The historic town of Liverpool also has many great restaurants and shops to discover. The Cape Forchu Light Station is known as the Beacon of Canada and is the second most photographed lighthouse in the province. It towers over the 17-acre park below, which boasts facilities like walking trails, gift shops, a tea room, museum and look-out points to the dazzling panorama below. An hour from the Yarmouth ferry terminals, which bring over tourists from Maine and Portland, is the charming loyalist town of Shelburne, which has a Lobster Festival every June. If you are interested in the history of the area why not head to Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, which is a historic village complete with 1800s lighthouse and blacksmith, houses, a cemetery and panoramic views of Pubnico Harbour. Southern Nova Scotia also has many noteworthy churches, among them Eglise Ste-Anne, the oldest Acadian church on the mainland, which has now been deemed a heritage site.





The largest protected wilderness reserve in Atlantic Canada, the Tobeatic Wilderness and Southern Nova Scotia Biosphere Preserve, is also in the area. The preserve has forests, lakes, bogs and several rivers. A good point of entry to the wilderness is in East Kemptville in


Yarmouth County or along Hwy 203, between East Kemptville and Upper Ohio in Shelburne County. Also not to be missed is the Five Islands Provincial Park. This land towers over the shores of the legendary Bay of Fundy and features steep sea cliffs that look majestically over the world's highest tides (you won't believe your eyes--it's definitely not a sight to miss.) You can also decide to take a whale watching tour!




Two RV parks and campsites to try during your trip:


  • Cove Oceanfront Campground and RV Park - In Parker's Cove. Features ocean views and a pool, as well as showers and WI-FI for an extra cost.
  • Cape Canso RV Park - Canso, (902) 366-2937
Enjoy Nova Scotia's unique culture, history and beauty by renting an RV and taking a drive around the province this summer. Check out Halifax Motorhome Rental for deals before your next Canadian holiday!

The Best Way to See the Olympic National Park in Washington? By RV!

Rain Forest in Olympic National Park


(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

The Olympic National Park in Washington State is a dazzlingly beautiful natural wonder and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also a perfect place to visit if you have children or teens who are Twilight fans, as the über popular vampire-werewolf tale is set in and around the area. Established as a national park in 1938, Olympic boasts diverse flora and fauna (from giant Sitka spruces to towering Douglas firs), which thrive in its rain forest climate and the Hoh and Queets rain forest valleys.



The park is large and surrounded by water on three sides and is rather undeveloped on its south side, making it hard to get around in unless you have a vehicle (there is also no mass transit to Olympic and no shuttle within the park). Instead of touring the park in a cramped car why not opt for a comfortable RV rental in Washington instead? Some of the not-to-be-missed scenic drives and sights at Olympic National include:

  • Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive - This 454 mile drive will allow you to see the majority of the park's natural wonders.
  • Hurricane Ridge - Discover the 17-mile stretch that winds through snow-capped peaks and thick forests.
  • Hoh Rain Forest - One of the largest temperate rain forests in the U.S., filled with majestic trees and lush vegetation.

  • Ruby Beach - This gorgeous public beach, one of the most visually appealing in the state, is located about 35 miles south of Forks (the main location in Twilight). The beach can be reached by Highway 101 and on a clear day the sunsets here are spectacular. While camping on the beach is not permitted you can enjoy a picnic or barbecue while admiring the rugged landscape that surrounds you.

  • Rialto Beach - In addition to spending time at the beach you can also take a hike (about a mile and a half) to Hole-in-the-Wall. The large rock arch was carved out by the surf and is not accessible at high tide.

  • Hoh River - Fed by glaciers from Mount Olympus, the highest point in the park, the river is also one of the road entrances to the park.

  • Hood Canal - The longest fjord in the United States, this is a great scenic drive.

  • Hot Springs - Visit the Olympic and Sol Duc pools.

  • Crescent Lake - A pristine 10-acre natural lake.

  • Waterfalls - Two gorgeous water falls in the park are the Sol Duc Falls and the Marymere Falls.

  • Quinault Rain Forest - One of the four rain forest canopies on the west side of the park, it is less talked about than the Hoh, but no less beautiful.

  • Take a drive from the Olympic Visitor Center in the park to Rialto - approximately 3 hours, 80 miles.

  • Drive along Highway 101, the Olympic Peninsula's main highway, and see the Strait of Juan de Fuca near the towns of Sequim and Port Angeles (where most ferries are located).





The park and the surrounding area enjoy relatively moderate marine temperatures, with generally sunny summers and moderate winters with quite some rain fall. In fact, the average amount of rain in the area every year is some 15 feet, which comes off the nearby Pacific Ocean. The Olympic Mountains in the west do absorb some of the precipitation from the Pacific and some towns in its shadow, like Sequim, experience much less rain than others in the area.



The entrance to the park costs $15 per vehicle. If you require a ferry Black Ball Transport will transport your rental camper from British Columbia to Port Angeles for $44 per vehicle (the tickets are $12 for adults and $5.75 for children). In the park the Fairholme Campground, on the western edge of Lake Crescent and located at an elevation of 580 feet, offers 88 sites at $12 a night and an RV dump station. The Hoh Campsite in the Hoh Rainforest on the banks of the Hoh River is located at an elevation of 578 feet and also offers 88 sites at $12 a night and an RV dump station. Click here for more camp ground information.



If you are looking to discover the stunning natural beauty of the Olympic National Park and its rain forests why not opt for the practical choice and check out Motorhomeroadtrip.com for more information on renting an RV for what is sure to be an unforgettable journey.

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