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Old 07-12-2015, 10:41 AM   #1
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When is the best time to visit (insert destination here)?

Just wondering, when you're retired and can travel anywhere and anytime, when is the best time to visit specific places.

After asking all of our friends and neighbors, and researching several Websites (including this one), we found that most people recommended visiting Florida and the eastern gulf coast between the first of the year and spring break. Unfortunately, in 2015, that period had mid-20 degree temperatures, snow and black ice; so we waited... Then came Mardi Gras, spring break, rain, hail and tornados; so we decided to delay that trip until next year.

Instead, in late spring, we departed Phoenix and headed north along the eastern slope of the Rockies; and we camped in snow, and later, rain, hail and tornados -- until now.

After recently turning eastward, we are now camped near Fargo in 90 degree weather with 80% humidity; and there are still occasional severe thunderstorm, damaging hail and tornado warnings nearly every place we stop.

We don't want to drive and camp in the northern states in the winter, but this 85-95 degree heat and high humidity seems worse than the 110-115 degree "dry heat" in Arizona. Plus, we aren't used to the hail and tornados, which are rare in the desert southwest.

So, the big question is: When is the best time to visit MINNESOTA?

I guess the short term answer is TOMORROW, since we are near there now. However, I'm open to suggestions on all of the other states in the US; so I can do a little better planning for future trips.

Also, I would appreciate any suggestions on how to adjust for the humidity inside our Bambi. We figure that the weather outside is what it is, so we just cover ourselves in DEET and sweat a lot. (At least, it's not snowing!) However, with the dew point being about the same temperature as what's comfortable inside our Bambi, the humidity is almost unbearable; especially when we are used to less than 10% in Phoenix.

While it seems ridiculous to us, we are about ready to crank the air conditioner down to about 65 degrees and unpack our sweaters and sleeping bags, just to be comfortable inside the trailer. However, I'm afraid it might start raining in here!

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Old 07-14-2015, 01:51 PM   #2
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Being that I live in KY I feel the best time is May, June, the latter half of September and October.
You will always have a risk of rain but usually the temperatures are decent enough for enjoyable days and cool enough to sleep at night. On a typical year July and August and the first part of September are hot.
All the other months are too rainy, wet, cold, muddy, etc........

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Old 07-14-2015, 04:47 PM   #3
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I've been told that June and Sept are good months for visiting MN. Aug seems to be a little warm(hot) and high humidity in the twin cities area.
Where are you camping near Fargo? I may be up that way in the Fall and will be looking for a place to stay for a couple of nights while traveling.
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:22 PM   #4
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Here in the Florida Panhandle Gulf Coast the very best time to visit is October. The temperatures have cooled off. The ocean water is still warm from the summer. The tourist are gone. The snow birds have not yet arrived. You can eat at a restaurant without a two hour wait. There are plenty of campsites available.

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Old 07-15-2015, 11:02 AM   #5
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Use your Air Conditioner to control the amount of moisture in your trailer.

Air Conditioning takes moisture out of the air by passing air over a chilled surface. A dehumidifier acts on the same principle, just on a smaller scale. Notice that the Air Conditioner is engaged when you put your tow vehicle in defrost, which seems to be counter-intuitive.

So by turning on the Air Condition in your trailer, you will lessen the amount of humidity in the trailer. No chance of inside rain.

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Old 07-15-2015, 11:19 AM   #6
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Big Bend, Texas: between October through April. Pretty hot the rest of the year though it is very dry most of the time. Big Bend National Park and Texas' Big Bend State Ranch are excellent places to visit. When at BBSR you are very close to Ojinaga, Mexico; not like any other border town but you still have to watch where you go and who is around you. Living here, we visit quite frequently. Safe travels and happy days!
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Old 07-15-2015, 12:51 PM   #7
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We also had high humidity problems with my 19' Bambi International (Bought new in 2006 and kept until 2013). Never could get the humidity out with air conditioning alone. Finally found the best solution was a combination of air conditioning and a dehumidifier (Kept under the dinette table). Worked like a charm - though it was a pain emptying the humidifier pan regularly and would recommend you work out connections to a drain, if possible.
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Old 07-15-2015, 01:18 PM   #8
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Personally, I like to visit places when their weather suits me. Given a choice, I prefer to sweat rather then become a prune or raisin from 'dry' air. I hate cracked cuticles. For me, that means doing a bit of research on the weather web sites looking at data on mean and average temperatures, precipitation/humidity patterns, and then matching that expectation to my general geographical travel plans. Day to day is driven by watching the weather forecast and scooting from place to place as weather fronts dictate. Being retired has the benefit of not being expected at any particular place on non-Holiday dates.

I spend a great deal of time outdoors each day and find my body more easily adapts to seasonal shifts when I avoid too much time inside in conditioned air that attempts to shift the season. Each to their own.
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Living in a small condo that operates a campground (Camper's Holiday) near Brooksville on the golf coast the best time to find a good campground and enjoy all the fresh spring flowers is April or May. Another good time is October. You miss the snowbird rush and the weather is beautiful.
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Old 07-15-2015, 02:48 PM   #10
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We are in Yellowstone for the last 10 days and the weather is great (76 to 52), we are from PHX also and looks to get out of the heat as all AZ people do this time of year. There has been several AM time we had to turn on the heater.

Next year we are going to Canada, We have meet several Canadians and with their reviews of places to go it on our list.
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Old 07-15-2015, 03:16 PM   #11
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Visit anywhere on Lake Superior now - mid July - and you will enjoy exceptional fresh air - great temps ...bring a windbreaker for eve - no bugs but only if you stay close to Lake Superior. Duluth and all cities north along big lake won't disappoint. All state parks along lake are fantastic and popular on weekends but don't be discouraged. Private campgrounds on Lake Superior are nice too. Try canal area in Duluth - nice marina across lift bridge. In southeastern MN in bluff country - state parks with brown trout streams have no Mosquitos or just a few - great brown trout fishing and cool temps when rest of state is miserable. Don't give up on Minnesota there is a reason we put up with weather extremes - I think you will see why when you drive up Lake Superior to Canadian border but it will take you a lifetime to find hidden waterfalls, lakes, moose and other treasures. Happy treasure hunting!
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Old 07-15-2015, 07:04 PM   #12
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Northern WV mountains. State parks great. Weather comfortable. Elevation 3000'. Check Cannan Valley state Park and many others for a West Virginia Staycation. And dump stations at rest areas too!
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Originally Posted by greghoro View Post
No chance of inside rain.

Greg is right…no chance of rain, but sometimes, on very hot days, when you crank up the AC, moisture collects on the ceiling and falls down.
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:26 PM   #14
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Picking the best time to go can be a Catch 22

The best time to go, can sometimes mean the most crowds, higher prices.

Sometimes I like New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Sometimes I like it when it quieter.

Here's one tip. The Government publishes weather data for just about everywhere and every big and little town. Monthly, annual highs, lows and averages. Do a google search for a location and U. S. climate data.

Another tip….think elevation. Quite often I have a good amount of snow, but my friend who lives a mile down the hill has none.

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