Frugal RVing: Finding little-known \”gem\” attractions

Finding little-known “gem” attractions

Barreling down the interstate, it’s a shame that many RVers are so focused on the destination they forget the journey. Along the RV highway, there are probably dozens of attractions you’ve driven by – great little side-shows and museums – you’ve never known exist.

Many of these attractions, whether scenic, historic, or of unique interest, are free. There’s the rub: Since they are free, a big advertising budget isn’t included in the package, so sure enough, you can easily miss them.

It would be very easy, for instance, to miss the Luna Mimbres Museum in Deming, New Mexico, which you could sail right by on Interstate 10 on your way to Las Cruces. Run by volunteers with no advertising budget, the museum lives in the old 1916 National Guard Armory and has just about filled its 25,000 square feet documenting life in New Mexico from the early 1800s.

So, since you aren’t going to see lots of advertising, you have to find out about these attractions in another way. One good way is to ask at visitor centers, state welcome centers, chambers of commerce offices, federal agency offices (BLM, NFS, etc.), park entry stations, etc. You could otherwise miss a stunning scenic view or other site worth seeing—as well as missing out on free entertainment.

And often, when you are visiting smaller attractions or local museums that are in small towns or rural areas, they will let you stay overnight in their parking lot–especially when they know you are going to visit their attraction. Not a bad deal, both free camping and a cheap or free attraction.

Story by Bob Difley

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About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

Posted on October 4, 2014, in The world as i see it as a camper and who loves his country and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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