February 10, 2016

Book Review: Camperstop Europe 2016

Camperstop Europe 2016

The growth in popularity of motorhome travel in Europe shows no signs of slowing down. This is reflected in the increased size of the 2016 edition of Camperstop Europe, which contains 852 new stopovers out of a total of 8,910. By way of contrast, the 2015 guide only had 415 new stopover … [Read more...]

Vicarious Books Launches Sea View Camping The West Country

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Vicarious Books has now launched the final guide in its Sea View trilogy -- Sea View Camping The West Country. This new guide follows the format used in Sea View Camping Wales and Sea View Camping Scotland, Highlands and Islands. Sea View Camping The West Country includes details of 81 coastal … [Read more...]

Death Valley National Park: USA 2015

Zabriskie Point just after sunrise

The last big item on our itinerary was a two-night stay in Death Valley National Park. This was one of the highlights of the trip for me. We arrived at Stovepipe Wells in late-afternoon, with the mercury touching 105F (40C) and the sun blazing out of a perfectly blue sky. After sorting … [Read more...]

Sequoia, Kings Canyon And Yosemite National Parks (and skunks): USA 2015

Young bear in Kings Canyon NP

Big trees are always impressive, and they don't come much bigger than the grand Sequoia trees of the Sequoia National Park. (For pedants, the Sequoias have the greatest base circumference and are the largest single organisms on earth, but redwoods grow taller). In truth, they both look similar to … [Read more...]

The Sonora Pass, San Francisco and the Pacific coast (plus a rare Porsche!): USA 2015

San Francisco sign

Our route to San Francisco took us from the town of Bridgeport -- where the temperature was in the high 80sF when we arrived the previous evening, but dropped below freezing overnight -- back up into the mountains and across the Sonora Pass. This was a good and varied drive, with lots of scenery, … [Read more...]

USA 2015 map reviews: Marco Polo vs Michelin California & USA West

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I admit it, we're an old-fashioned couple here at Motorhomeplanet HQ, at least we are when it comes to navigation. We still use paper maps for the vast majority of all navigation, at home or abroad. I won't try to convince you of the advantages of proper maps, except to say that large maps allow … [Read more...]

Mammoth Lakes, Mono Lake & Bodie: USA 2015

Abandoned truck at Bodie

After our close encounter with the desert, we headed  up into the mountains to Mammoth Lakes. This is very much a summer hiking and winter ski resort and as we were between the two seasons, there was an out of season feel to the place. It is a hotspot for bear activity and we were asked to ensure … [Read more...]

The Extraterrestrial Highway: USA 2015

Extraterrestrial Highway sign

After leaving Cedar City, Utah, bright and early, we headed west. Our plan was to drive 415 miles across the Nevada desert to Mammoth Lakes in California, on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Aside from getting us across to the Sierra Nevada, the purpose of this particular route … [Read more...]

USA 2015 guide book reviews: California, Las Vegas & San Francisco

The Rough Guide to California

We were lucky enough to receive review samples of guide books for the areas we were visiting on our USA 2015 trip from both Rough Guide and Marco Polo. Here's a list of the books we used: DK/Rough Guide DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: USA Rough Guide California Pocket Rough Guide Last … [Read more...]

Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Park: USA 2015

Bryce Canyon National Park

Unluckily, we chose a busy Saturday in September to visit Utah's Zion National Park, rather than a quieter weekday. Compared to some of the other national parks we visited, Zion is pretty enclosed and has limited parking. Essentially, there's a single, winding road through the park which gives … [Read more...]