Traveling the USA and National Parks

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RV Camping in Corps of Engineers Parks

Huge portions of public lands, managed by a variety of government agencies, are available to the general public for recreational use.  The US Army Corps of Engineers provide over 30 percent of the recreational opportunities found on these public lands.

The Corp operates 2,500 recreation areas at 463 projects (mostly lakes) and leases an additional 1,800 sites to state or local recreation authorities or private interest.

A list of the managed campgrounds as well as a private reservation service for all federal recreation reservations which includes the Corps campground can be found at  recreation.gov .  A toll-free telephone is also available at 1-877-444-6777 to check availability and make reservations.


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Traveling in an RV means a homey and budget-friendly vacation. Many campgrounds charge no more than $50 a night, and many offer resort-like amenities. Cheapism.com combed through TripAdvisor, RV Park Reviews, and campgrounds’ own review pages to find under-the-radar destinations in every state that may offer last-minute availability in high season. Discounts for seniors, military, and Good Sam RV Club members are common, as are extra fees for more than two adults and children. It’s a good idea to call ahead or make a reservation and confirm that open sites suit your RV.


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Whether you’re in the midst of planning a road trip or looking at a map for the first time to decide where to go, you can count on finding plenty of free or cheap attractions across the country. Cheapism.com took an in-depth look at tourist destinations and found one site in every state that’s sure to delight travelers on a budget.

The search factored in ways to reduce out-of-pocket expenses, whether in rural or urban settings. We did not set a specific price ceiling for the attractions, but where fees are imposed, they’re generally less than $15 for adults and cheaper for children, seniors, military members, and sometimes for students; stated price ranges reflect these discounts or different tour options.

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