Glamping is the theme of the 2023 RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas, whose cover photo features four covered wagons arranged in a circle, according to a press release.
“The reality is that ‘glamping’ is growing in popularity, so we thought it made sense to showcase some covered wagons because they are increasingly being offered along with canvas tents and yurts and a variety of cottages in campgrounds and RV resorts across Texas,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), which publishes the free camping guide.
Although the annual directory is available in digital format at https://texascampgrounds.com/, TACO has printed 250,000 copies of the 2023 RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas, which is being distributed at RV shows across Texas, including the Houston RV Show, Feb. 8-11, and the Austin RV Expo, Feb. 16-19. Anderson’s Brochure Distribution Service will also distribute the guide at 25 other RV shows across the country.
“Our biggest sources of distribution are the Texas Information Centers, the Points of Entry into Texas,” Schaeffer said, adding that TACO member parks are also passing out the guides along with Chambers of Commerce and Convention & Visitor Bureaus, which remain in high demand in print format.
“Printed campground directories are faster and easier to use than online directories,” Schaeffer said. “People hang on to our printed directories and use them again and again to plan their trips because they’re packed with ideas on fun things to see and do in every region of Texas.”
The ideas on interesting sights to see in each region of Texas also vary from year to year, Schaeffer said, which is another reason travelers hang on to the printed guides. For example, this year’s guide references several museums and scenic attractions that are unique to Texas, including:
Cattail Marsh Wetlands Education Center in Beaumont: Located inside Tyrrell Park overlooking the Cattail Marsh boardwalk, the Wetlands Education Center provides spectacular views of birds and wildlife from the elevated wrap-around porch and classroom. Since its opening in the fall of 2018, the Wetlands Education Center has quickly become a popular gathering place for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.
East Texas Oil Museum in Kilgore: This museum offers displays that document the discovery of oil in East Texas in 1930 and 1931 while noting the important role that Texas oil producers played in providing stable petroleum supplies needed to win World War II.
Galveston Naval Museum: The museum features the USS Cavalla, a World War II-era attack submarine that sank over 34,000 tons of enemy shipping including the Imperial Japanese Navy’s carrier, Shokaku, during the Battle of the Philippine Seas. The museum also features the USS Stewart, one of only two remaining World War II-era destroyer escorts. The USS Stewart was built in 1942 by Brown Shipping Company in Houston and commissioned in May of 1943.
LBJ Presidential Library in Austin: Situated on a 30-acre site on The University of Texas campus in Austin, the Library houses 45 million pages of historical documents, 650,000 photos, and 5,000 hours of recordings from President Johnson’s political career, including about 643 hours of his recorded telephone conversations. The museum collection includes objects ranging from Middle Eastern antiquities and coins to postage stamps to Oval Office furniture, including the desk used for the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Space Center Houston in Houston: Attractions include the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate that features more than 400 space artifacts, exhibits and experiences, including theaters that showcase America’s human space flight program.
In addition to highlighting museums, festivals and scenic natural attractions in each region of Texas, the guide includes listings of more than 400 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts, complete with locator maps, listings of park amenities, websites and contact information for each park. The directory also features a Texas Saver Card, which provides 10 percent discounts on nightly stays at participating parks.
“The listings of park amenities also include checkboxes to indicate if the park offers “glamping” and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations,” Schaeffer said.
Designed by Texas Advertising, the 2023 RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas features display ads from every major campground chain, including Equity LifeStyle Properties, Sun Outdoors, The Vineyards Campground and Cabins in Grapevine; Jellystone Parks; Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and Quality RV Resorts, to name a few.
The guide is supported by advertising from prominent campgrounds, RV resorts and RV dealers in Texas, such as PPL Motorhomes, the largest RV consignment dealer in the country, and Athens/Champion Park Homes, a prominent park model RV manufacturer.
RV and camping enthusiasts can order the free 2023 RV Travel & Camping Guide by visiting the association website – https://texascampgrounds.com/. The guide is also posted on the website in a digital page-turning format.
Based in Crowley, the Texas Association of Campground Owners is the trade association that represents campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the Lone Star State. For more information or to book your next trip, please visit https://texascampgrounds.com and https://texascabinrentals.net/.