Sunday, December 27, 2009;
Pitch your tents here
If you like camping, you're in luck: There are plenty of great places out there to park your RV, even some where you can easily hop onto the Internet.
Of the 8,000 privately owned parks listed in Woodall's 2010 North America Campground Directory, 307 have earned the directory's highest designation. So who has most of the best campgrounds in the United States? That would be Arizona, Florida, California and Texas.
But don't worry, Washingtonians. Maryland and Virginia have quite a few premier parks as well. The seven top-rated Maryland locations include Cherry Hill Park in College Park and Frontier Town Campground in Ocean City. Four Virginia parks, including Grey's Point Camp in Topping and Bethpage Camp-Resort in Urbanna, also made the cut. And if you want to venture to West Virginia, you've got Harpers Ferry/Civil War Battlefields KOA.
Ann Emerson, a Woodall's vice president and the publisher of the directory, said that 30 husband-and-wife teams traveled around North America in their RVs from February to August inspecting the parks. Among other things, they looked at restrooms, laundry rooms and Internet capability; they also took landscaping into consideration.
"We look at how well everything is cared for and maintained," Emerson said. "When you walk into a bathroom in a 5W [the top designation] park, it's going to be very similar to when you walk into a hotel or something like that."
Nice tile and granite counters in your RV park bathroom? Emerson said it's possible. Campgrounds have certainly come a long way, so happy camping!The year ahead
Okay, 2009 isn't over quite yet. But it's never too early to start thinking about where you want to vacation next year.
To help you pick a spot, Frommer's has released its list of top destinations for 2010. These are usually up-and-coming, overlooked or underestimated places chosen by the travel company's editors and writers. But this year, for the first time, Frommer's reached out to more than 1,200 readers for their thoughts.
Not surprisingly, the "reader favorite" was Paris. Not exactly an up-and-coming, overlooked or underestimated destination. For more obscure locales, the editors and writers offer: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba; Florida Panhandle beaches; Hawaii (the Big Island); Salta Province, Argentina; Mexico City; Melbourne, Australia; Hanoi, Vietnam; Kerala, India; Abu Dhabi; Tunisia; Copenhagen; and England's Isles of Scilly.
Reporting: Nancy Trejos. Send news to: firstname.lastname@example.org. By mail: CoGo, Washington Post Travel Section, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071