Washington D.C Visit: Winter

Looking for the best places to travel in winter cold? Winter in Washington, D.C. brings seasonal magic for all ages. With lights and greenery lining city streets and adorning stately buildings, the holiday spirit fills the air. The season officially begins with National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1 on the ellipse in front of the White House. The tree stays illuminated the rest of the month and free concerts take place every night.

Holiday Festivities Near the National Mall:

  • U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony—a 50-year tradition of celebration with an 80-foot fir tree from Idaho
  • The U.S. Botanic Garden’s “Season’s Greenings” display
  • Union Station’s Norwegian-themed electric train display, complete with frozen mountains and ice-covered fjords.
  • The Lighting of the National Menorah on the ellipse of the White House the first night of Hanukkah.

Holiday Fun around D.C.:

  • Zoolights, a nightly holiday lights display at the Smithsonian National Zoo with musical performances, a train ride, snow-less tubing, and a carousel.
  • Scottish Christmas Walk in Old Town Alexandria on the first Saturday in December, a parade complete with bagpipes, kilts, tartans, Scottish dancers, and Scotty dogs.
  • Bethesday’s Winter Wonderland in early December at Veterans Park: live ice sculpting, choral performances, and Santa himself!

See a Show!

No holiday season in Washington is complete without The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre (with George Washington as the Nutcracker!), Handel’s Messiah at the Kennedy Center, or A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre.

Ring in the New Year in Washington, D.C.

Several neighborhoods and cities throughout the Washington, D.C. area host First Night events. Most popular is the fireworks display over Old Town Alexandria, which can also be enjoyed from the National Harbor across the Potomac River.

Ice Skating!

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink offers the romance of skating below Capitol Hill. Alternately, the National Harbor Ice Rink affords skaters views of the Potomac River. Both rinks stay open from December through March.

January and February in Washington, D.C.

Visitors can still find plenty to do during the post-holiday season, from Wizards basketball and Capitols ice hockey, to Martin Luther King Day events and Chinese New Year celebrations. Plus, D.C.’s mild winter climate keeps most area attractions open—but less crowded!

Great Neighborhoods to Visit in Washington, D.C.:

  • Capitol Hill / National Mall
  • Georgetown
  • Chevy Chase
  • Foggy Bottom
  • Dupont Circle

5 Educational Things to Enjoy in Washington, D.C.:

  • Smithsonian Institution: Impressive—and free—museums line the National Mall. The National Gallery is an incredible collection of art. The Natural History Museum features gigantic dinosaur skeletons. And don’t forget the American History Museum, the Museum of the American Indian, or the incredible Air and Space Museum. These are highlights of a Washington, D.C. experience.
  • National Zoo: Also operated by the Smithsonian Institution, the zoo is most famous for its giant pandas. The zoo’s beautiful, walkable, park-like environment will keep visitors busy all day, enjoying lions, orangutans, zebras, and more!
  • Library of Congress: Enter a world of art, history, and…books! With vaulted ceilings covered in classical murals and quotations from famous thinkers, this library is an American homage to Renaissance humanism. Look in on the famous reading room, and make sure to see Thomas Jefferson’s library.
  • The Capitol: : An underground tunnel connects the Library of Congress to the Capitol, where both chambers of Congress meet. Make sure to book a tour well in advance, as it is one of the most popular destinations in Washington, D.C.
  • Memorials: From the classical beauty of the Lincoln Memorial to the austere silence of the Vietnam War Memorial, Washington is home to many poignant reminders of this nation’s history. Most are located along the National Mall.

Major Convention Centers:

  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center: With 2.3 million square feet of space, it’s gigantic; as host of numerous presidential inaugural balls, it’s glamorous. The connected Washington Marriott Marquis provides perfect accommodations.

National Park Services

24 national parks and 565 listings on the National Register of Historic Places

  • Theodore Roosevelt Island: The founder of the National Parks has an entire island dedicated to preserving his conservationist legacy. Visit his memorial, hike through woodlands and swamps, and rent a canoe or kayak to explore the surrounding Potomac River.
  • Potomac Heritage Trail: This expansive network with 710 miles of trails passes from Virginia to Pennsylvania, offering some of the best urban hiking and trail biking experiences in its D.C. sections.

Racing Fans!

  • Exotic Car Drive, Washington D.C.: While D.C. does not have any race tracks, racing fans should check out Exotic Car Drive. Just over the border in Waldorf, MD, visitors get behind the wheel of real race cars and experience the thrill of navigating an autocross course.

Are you planning a trip to see Washington D.C.? Contact Goss Motorcoach Sales to see how a luxury RV experience could make your trip incredibly memorable.

Asheville, North Carolina

Nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, lies a special gem of art, culture, and southern hospitality: Asheville. Rated time and again as one of America’s best small cities, it is one of those places you simply have to see for yourself.

Asheville Combines Southern Charm with Art

When you think of the South, you might envision lazy days spent sipping tea, rocking gently in a chair on a wide, white veranda. If this is the experience you seek, you can find it amongst the quaint bed and breakfast’s sprinkled throughout the Asheville region, but the area is so much more than that. Infused with an electric energy, Asheville is undoubtedly in the South, but it has the independent and artsy feeling of an urban center you’d expect to find elsewhere in America.

Downtown is a central point of interest in Asheville. The dining options are endless, whether you’re looking for southern-inspired cuisine, the ultimate in Carolina BBQ, or a trendy ethnic eatery. There are dozens of locally-owned restaurants that will leave you more than satisfied. Asheville also has an incredible amount of craft breweries, many right downtown, where you can taste beer to delight the taste buds. In between sampling the flavors of the region, stop in to the many art galleries, museums, craft shops, and more throughout downtown.

Things to do in Asheville

A visit is incomplete without a stop at the resplendent Biltmore Estate. The largest private home in the United States, the Vanderbilt-owned mansion will have you dreaming of eras gone by.

But perhaps more than anything else, Asheville is known as a mountain retreat. It boasts a prime location just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America’s iconic drives that winds through the mountains and offers incredible views from North Carolina to Virginia. Particularly spectacular in the autumn, the Blue Ridge Parkway is THE destination for hiking, exploring waterfalls, spotting wildlife, and grabbing spectacular photographs.

Ready to plan your visit to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina? An idyllic RV park just 10 minutes north of Asheville, Campfire Lodgings is a great option, and with a nature-oriented area like this one, there are plenty of excellent spots to park, camp, and enjoy the world around you.

Summer Travel 101: How to Have an All-American Summer

Summer is a time when us Americans can finally take a deep breath and relax. Throughout the year, we’re on the go nonstop, whether it’s at school, at work, at home, or in the community. While these are worthy pursuits, we all need to rest and unwind. Now, summer has arrived!Let us be your RV trip planner this summer! The kids are out of school, our communities have slowed their hustle, and even businesses are taking advantage of the long, sunny days.

RV Road Trip Tips

The conditions are perfect for an extended RV road trip, and we want to give you some tips on how to make the most of it.

Keep it Old School. 

We spend all year looking at screens; our worlds have become digitized. On vacation, keeping screen use to a minimum will give you more time to look at the faces of your loved ones, and it’s especially healthy for your kids. Studies show that “free play” improves creativity in children and helps them build initiative.

Make Your RV a Hub for Fun 

One of the great things about RV trips is the community fostered in the RV parks and resorts. Making your RV the fun place to hang out will result in spending time with other RV families, and all the kids will use your RV as their “home base” for play. (This makes it easier to keep track of your own kids, too!). So, set up a tent, play corn hole, or bring a trampoline. Just be creative!

Schedule Time Spent in Nature

While hanging out on campgrounds and visiting local restaurants is a great part of RV travel, there’s tons of benefits of getting away from large groups and taking in the sites nature has to offer. It’s been proven that spending time in nature reduces stress and helps with weight loss; it also helps the kids blow off steam after long hours spent on the road.

If you’re a fan of RV road tripping, then chances are you’re already a pro at having fun, but these are just a few ideas to take your road trip to the next level. What are some of your favorite things to do on the road? Share your ideas with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

And for more great ideas on how to make the most of your luxury RV, check out our blog.

3 Steps to Planning the Perfect Fall Road Trip

Fall is a beautifully unique time to take a road trip. There is a refreshing crispness in the air, the trees are ablaze with color, and the temperature has descended just in time for hot cider and bonfires. If you’re a RVer, we know you have an incurable wanderlust and that this fall weather has you itching to take a road trip. Fall vacation planning has never been easier, so we have provided a three step guide to planning the perfect fall road trip. Take our family road trip ideas to heart!

Time Your Road Trip to See the Most Vibrant Colors

Modern technology is a beautiful thing, and it allows us to track when and where the autumn leaves will be their brightest. This fall foliage map provides all the information you need to decide when and where to take your fall vacation.

Find Your RV Resort 

Once you find out when and where you’ll see the most vibrant fall colors, the next step is to nail down exactly where you’re going to take your road trip. We highly recommend traveling to state parks because they accommodate RV campers and allow you to enjoy the outdoors without sacrificing the comfort of RVing. Simply find a state park in the region of your choosing using the state park directory and book your trip!

Get Your RV Ready  

Once you have your time and location set, the last step is to make sure you’re ready for your road trip. If you’re a RV owner, you’re probably a pro at this already. Don’t forget check your tires and batteries! If you don’t own a RV, there are plenty of opportunities to rent. If you want a luxury experience in a Class A motorhome, we at Goss RV are here to provide a stellar experience. If you want to explore smaller RV models, Private Motorhome Rental has hundreds of options from which to choose.

Congratulations, you’re ready to take your fall road trip! What destination(s) do you plan to visit? Share your fall road trip adventures with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. For more great ideas, check out our blog

The Top 5 College Football Tailgate Destinations

Fall is here, and if you’re a college football fan, you probably have one thing on your mind: Kickoff. College football is more than a beloved pastime, it’s a lifestyle. But when it comes down to it, the party doesn’t start when the team walks out, it starts at the tailgate. So, we have compiled a list of the Top 5 college football tailgates, all of which warrant a fall road trip. And hey, you may be having a victory tailgate or two!

Top 5 College Football Tailgates

1. Ole Miss 

A tailgate at the Grove is a remarkable experience of gourmet food, spirited students, and raving fans. The Grove provides a tailgating atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the country.

2. LSU

In Louisiana, good food and family are synonymous, and nowhere does this ring true more than a tailgate. The bigger the tailgate, the bigger the party, so we like to go big with luxury accommodations. A tailgate with a Prevost Marathon provides the perfect setting to try incredible Cajun dishes and experience the joy that only college football provides.

3. Wisconsin

Camp Randall Stadium tailgates are downright decadent. With never ending supplies of beer, brats, and badgers fans, it’s hard not to have a good time. With a RV park dedicated to tailgates and an incredible college town a mile from the stadium, it’s easily one of the best tailgate destinations.

4. Washington University

At the University of Washington, tailgates are a weekend-long event. Get there Friday morning for a great spot and discover the incredible seafood the city has to offer. Saturday, rise early and get the party started with a luxury motorhome tailgate! Just a half mile from the ocean, you can also check out boating tailgates, or “sailgates.” Yes, they’re as awesome as they sound.

5. Texas A&M

Known for its laid-back atmosphere and family friendly events, this is the perfect weekend getaway for your family. The party starts on Friday with yell practice for the kids. Attend the Midnight yell and then become a part of the 12th man during the contest. A tailgate in College Station is a tailgate you’ll never forget.

Whether or not these top 5 include your favorite team, you’ll definitely have a great time. Fall is the best time of year because college football is back! You don’t want to miss it.

Get to all of your favorite games in a Goss luxury RV.

The Top 3 Places to Travel this Winter

For most of the year, you can find warm, sunny destinations to visit in the U.S. Only for a few months, however, can you take a road trip to experience the magic of a winter wonderland in a luxury RV. There’s something about a dramatic white landscape and a clear night sky that makes you forget all about the cold. Here is our list of the best places to travel in winter, in no particular order, to experience what winter has to offer.

Minnesota/Wisconsin

 If you venture up north and take state route 13, you can explore the jaw-dropping ice caves on the shores of Lake Superior. If the ice is solid enough, you can walk through these caves for a truly other-worldly experience. This region also provides excellent skiing destinations and spectacular Christmas lights festivals.

Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge is arguably the most famous skiing spot in the U.S., and that’s not without reason. The mountains of Colorado are second to none, and few people know that you can avoid the crowded ski resorts by road-tripping and staying in a RV resort. Tiger Run is very well rated, but there are dozens of other spots to choose from, too.

The Norman Rockwell Countryside

This road trip through New York and Pennsylvania captures the quaint beauty of east coast winters. You can experience city attractions, like ice skating at the Rockefeller Center, and wild wonders, such as the evergreen forests of Allegany State Park, all while sitting comfortably in a luxury RV.

If you’re a sun bunny, we recommend taking a winter trip even more so you can be surprised by the beauty, stillness, and even comfort of winter, especially when you are warm and comfortable in a luxury RV. Take advantage of the best places to travel in winter! If you’re a snow junkie, we hope you make the most of these winter months!

Wherever you go, go there in style in a luxury RV from Goss Motorcoach Sales.

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