Amazing USA Motorhome Relocation Special

We’d like to let you in on a fantastic deal on offer on an RV hire in the USA that is currently available for pickups in April, May and June 2014 with our supplier in the USA – Apollo Motorhomes.

Have you ever dreamed of taking a road trip across the USA in your own motorhome? Here is your big chance to do it for an amazing low price!

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If you are able to take advantage of this fantastic relocation special, it’s a very economical way to travel through a part of the USA that takes in regions in what is called the “American Heartland”, also known as the American Midwest, on a journey that will take you from Iowa to the west, to either Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles or San Francisco.

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And you will be driving a brand new vehicle across some stunning country and ending up in any one of four desirable destinations. Alternatively, you could look at shipping a car of your own so you’re in your own personal comfort as you travel through the “American Heartland”, this way you’re also able to travel as you wish.

The pickup location for these relocations is Forest City, Iowa, which is in the north of the state of Iowa. The closest airport is Mason City, Iowa, or the international airport of St Paul, Minnesota.

Pickup dates are possible within any one of the following pickup periods:

  • 31 March – 5 April 2014
  • 5 May – 9 May 2014
  • 2 June – 6 June 2014

The drop-off location can be any one of four possibilities – it’s your choice:

  • San Francisco
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles

The pickup date ranges and the drop-off locations are fixed. You will be taking a brand new vehicle to one of Star RV/Apollo’s USA branch offices.

Any one of these relocations would be an amazing road trip. The maximum rental period is 18 nights, which is heaps of time to get to any of these locations and take in the sights and experience some adventures along the way.

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If you plan on choosing the Denver drop-off, travel south from Forest City through the state of Iowa past the city of Des Moines and then via Nebraska to Colorado, taking in the wide open landscapes in Nebraska on the way – these landscapes are the stuff of westerns and American legends. Colorado is also a state with dramatic landscapes and Denver itself has plenty to offer.

Front Range Peaks near Denver Colorado

If you plan on dropping off in Las Vegas, your journey will be about twice as far as that of the Denver drop-off. You can take the same route as the Denver option, continuing through the beautiful state of Colorado past Denver, crossing through the state of Utah with its dramatic landscapes and wide open spaces, and then through the northern corner of Arizona and into Nevada, to Las Vegas, the city that is an oasis in the desert that everyone knows for its colourful nightlife.

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Don’t forget to include a side trip to the iconic Grand Canyon on your trip to Las Vegas or Los Angeles.

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If you decide to take one of the vehicles to San Francisco, your route, depending on which way you choose to go, will be an amazing cross-country journey taking you right across the state of Nebraska from east to west, into the northern part of the state of Utah, through amazing Nevada and then onto the hills of California, to Sacramento, the capital of California.

Yosemite NP California

Why not check out the world-famous Yosemite National Park before continuing on to your final destination, the city that everyone has heard of with its hills, its beautiful architecture, and its Bay lifestyle – San Francisco!

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If you’d rather travel across the United States and end your journey in Los Angeles with its international airport, you could take the same route as to Las Vegas, (and even stop off there and Denver too) then continue into the southern part of California and on to your final destination, Los Angeles ? home of Hollywood, the big film studios, celebrity spotting, and the amazing feeling of recognising places and names in real life that you know from the screen.

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So at Salamanda Travel we say: What are you waiting for?

This is the perfect opportunity to take a road trip across the USA that you will remember for ever, for just US$25 per night for April and May pick-ups, and US$40 per night for June pick-ups. There are lots of free inclusions to sweeten the deal too, such as:

  • 2500 miles
  • 2 free bedding kits
  • one-way fee is waived
  • kitchen kit
  • GPS for just US$50 for the whole rental.

We don’t think this will last long. Book online here.

A Road Trip to Some of Rock n’Roll’s Most Famous Destinations

We’ve put together a list of places that inspired, or were home to some of the most significant figures in Rock n’Roll and for this reason, still attract lots of fans. Let’s take a look at some of the most important ones and maybe inspire a road trip across the USA in a motorhome.

1.       Nico and New York

Chelsea Girl, 1967

“Here’s Room 506 …” The opening lyrics of the song performed by Andy Warhol’s muse Nico, the model, singer and actress famous in the 1960s and 1970s, refer to the famous Chelsea Hotel. Based on Lou Reed’s lyrics, Nico’s melancholy voice sings about the odd collection of characters occupying the corridors of this place, that were a passing parade of the New York underground. For her first solo album Chelsea Girl, the former German model Nico had members of the now famous Velvet Underground as her backing band. It also included songs by Bob Dylan (I’ll keep it with mine) and the newcomer Jackson Browne, whose song These Days is now a classic. Simultaneously with her singing career, this sixties icon became the muse of the French filmmaker Philippe Garrel and appeared in several experimental movies – one of them Frederico Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita.1 - The Chelsea Hotel

222 West on 23rd St, Manhattan: the address well known to the pop planet and artistic elite of the 60’s and 70’s. The Chelsea Hotel, a brick building built in 1883, housed within its psychedelic walls at various times legends like Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell (who immortalised the hotel in the form of her song “Chelsea Morning” after which one president’s daughter  ̶  Chelsea Clinton  ̶   was named) and also the film director Milos Forman. The manager of the hotel offered free meals and accommodation to his poorest customers. Run down now, the Chelsea Hotel is awaiting renovations. Its manager is not ready to throw in the towel just yet though.

However, do visit this monument to Rock ‘n Roll history before it’s too late.

2.       The Eagles and Los Angeles

Hotel California, 1976

Los Angeles has always been the “Promised Land” for hopeful new artists. Palm trees, beaches and girls wearing bikinis: is this the perfect place to find inspiration? Well, maybe things changed after several years of hard living in the depraved music scene of LA of the 1970s and 1980s, after partying and drug addiction had taken their toll. This is the background of the cult song by the Eagles whose lyrics have been interpreted in different ways – many see either a rehab centre for rock stars or a satanic hideout. Band member Don Felder made reference when talking about his song to its being a parable about the dark side of the American Dream. Despite it being much longer than is usually acceptable for hit songs, at 6 minutes 30 seconds, Hotel California with its unforgettable guitar solo has had huge success with millions of copies sold worldwide and is considered a classic.

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The lyrics referring to the Hotel California being reached by “a dark desert highway” have symbolic significance, even though Beverly Hills does come very close to this description.

Head in the direction of Miami Beach via the Pacific Coast Highway at sunset in your RV with the song playing at full blast to really feel the atmosphere!

3.       Elvis Presley and Memphis, Tennessee

Don’t be Cruel, 1956

Who doesn’t have a smile on their face when listening to Elvis? The suggestive dance moves of The King (of Rock n Roll), combined with the blues and country tone and rhythm of his songs plunged the puritan America of the fifties into a mystical rapture with the hip movements to match that so shocked the establishment and parents alike. It was in 1956 that the USA made the breakthrough move into its musical history thanks to Elvis with memorable songs like Don’t Be Cruel written by Otis Blackwell. In December of that same year, Elvis ran into Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash at Sun Records studios in Memphis.

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Blues, rock n’roll, country … Memphis was the place where the most important trends of American popular music of the twentieth century emerged.

Start your pilgrimage at 706 Union Avenue, the address of Sun Studio. It is here in 1951 that Rockett 88 was recorded, the very first rock song. Then head to Beale Street, the historical source of blues music. Finish with a visit to Graceland, the famous residence of Elvis, transformed nowadays into a museum.

4.       Nirvana and Seattle, Washington

Come As You Are, 1992

Written and created as an anthem to those who were “different” and marginalised because of it, the now-classic song by Nirvana Come as You Are was first a reference point for the Grunge Movement of the 90s and then an international hit, similar to the song Smells like Teen Spirit which was an instant hit with the release of Nirvana’s second album. With the distinctive tuning of his guitar and Kurt Cobain’s instantly recognisable voice, grunge music and the grunge movement which emerged as an evolution of punk and alternative rock, exploed from the underground scene of Seattle onto the music channel MTV, paving the way for other bands such Alice in Chains.

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So what are you waiting for? Start planning your musical road trip!