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Old 12-27-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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Chicago Area campgrounds

We will be heading East this spring with lots of stops along the way, but we are also headed to the Chicago area for our grandsons high school graduation. We are kind of looking at the Joliet area for a central jumping off point. Any good places you have been to in that area? We will also be hitting Yellowstone and Mt Rushmore along the way. After that it is points south and maybe even New Orleans before turning back north and heading towards home again.

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Old 12-27-2012, 10:49 PM   #2
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Have you check out rvparkreviews.com? I find this to be a great resource for finding rv parks. People like you and me actually rate the parks (the users) so I find it a lot less biased. I usually throw out the high and low score and find the others pretty accurate. There are a couple parks in Joliet rated okay.

If you go to New Orleans, the place to stay close to the French Quarter is the French Quarter RV Park. It is a very nice place and very convenient. Felt safe there. It is pricey and you probably need reservations.

There is lots to see in between. Hope you enjoy your trip. We did a cross country trip last year. 10,000 miles and loved every minute of it.

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We're headed towards Chicago this August. There's not much close to town so we are going to stay at a KOA west of Chicago and drive into town and stay at a hotel for a couple days and play tourist.

Rushmore has a great night show, good ice cream and the stew in the cafeteria is excellent along with the view.

Wall Drug past Rushmore is fun and it has good ice cream too. Parking is the pits.

Stayed at French Quarter three times and liked it. A bit of freeway noise though.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:04 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input and campground suggestions. I have and still use the IRV campground reviews as well as the RV Park Reviews, Woodalls campground directory, AAA and any other resources I can find. I also appreciate and up to date and personal reviews I can come across.

We have done three long trips now since buying our travel trailer and look forward to them every year. This year we will hit some of our favorite state parks here in Washington before heading off to Yellowstone and from there to Mt Rushmore. Then on to the Chicago to visit family and friends before heading to Eastern Tennessee to see more relatives and visit the Ten Tec ham radio factory. On to New Orleans before heading up to Oklahoma and the Dallas area for more relative visits. The last stretch will be back to Arizona and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, then Zion and Bryce before heading homeward again.

Should any of you have suggestions along our route, please feel free to let us know.

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