When the Thanksgiving crowd goes home and winter is settling in, wouldn’t it be fun to slip away to Santa Cruz, California for an early winter RV trip? If you’ve never been to this city on the north shore of Monterey Bay, it’s time you did. Mild winter temperatures, beautiful natural attractions and exciting wintertime events make it the perfect place for winter RV travelers to relax and regroup.


Natural Bridges State Park

The beauty of nature in the Santa Cruz area welcomes visitors to come enjoy. Natural Bridges State Beach,   for example, holds a wonderful surprise for winter travelers, in the form of thousands of Monarch butterflies migrating to its eucalyptus groves. Stroll the boardwalk and photograph these fluttering beauties to your heart’s content. What a peaceful way to spend an afternoon!

To truly let go of your stress and strain, take a day to hike the beaches and shoreline along the California Coastal National Monument. Created to preserve the diverse ecosystems both on and offshore, CCNM encourages wildlife watching, nature photography and simply soaking in the wonder of the coast as it unfolds along Hwy 1.

Man-made beauty, in the form of boats bedecked with Christmas lights and decorations, will be the star attraction for families, if you’re in town the first Saturday in December. The Lighted Boat Parade in Santa Cruz Harbor kicks off the holiday season with a splash. The kids will love it!

If you’re still having trouble getting into the holiday spirit, there’s a train for that! The Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Christmas Train departs from and returns to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk for an hour long journey through the city. Sing along with carolers, sip a little cocoa and allow yourself to believe in Santa for an hour!

And what’s a trip to Santa Cruz without exploring Monterey Bay? Whale watching tours abound, with particular interest to December visitors as thousands of Grey Whales migrate south along the Bay. Back on shore, be sure to visit the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Interpretive Center adjacent to Santa Cruz Wharf.

Doesn’t a trip like this sound like the perfect antidote to early winter doldrums? It’s easy to plan, thanks to Santa Cruz RV rentals and an abundance of RV campgrounds in the Santa Cruz and Monterey area.

So, why not do yourself the favor of slipping away to a stunning city by the sea, where whale and butterfly watching are the most stressful things you’ll do? Santa Cruz, with miles and miles of pristine coastline to wander and plenty of tempting winter events, can become your refuge from holiday stress and the grey days of winter elsewhere.

Can’t quite convince the family that a long-distance trip for Thanksgiving will be fun? Making the trek to holiday festivities in the minivan is probably not on anyone’s list of favorite things. But what if you could ‘wow’ the whole clan with a comfortable home away from home to take you there? There are three reasons making holiday trips by RV is a win all the way around.

Win #1: No Hotels or Restaurant Meals Necessary

Let’s suppose you’re making the trip from your home in Boston to Grandma’s house in Denver. That’s just under two thousand miles, an average of twenty nine hours on the road. Sounds grueling in the average family vehicle, with squirming, crowded kiddos and stops to load and unload the gang at restaurants and hotels.

What if, instead, you could travel in RV comfort to campsites along the way in beautiful settings? When you’re done exploring your surroundings, you can cook a healthy family meal in your RV kitchen and sleep in comfort, away from the crowds. Sounds like a win, doesn’t it? 

Win #2: No Missed Flights and Long Lines at Airports

Except in the movies, most families don’t make it through airline travel unscathed over the holidays. Lost luggage, missed flights, long security check lines and trying to keep the kids amused through long flights and airport layovers. Not a stellar way to begin and end a holiday.

But if the kids could read, watch television and spread out in the comfort of a motorhome, wouldn’t that be a holiday tradition you’d like to start this year? With today’s motorhomes, equipped with seatbelts to keep the kids safe on the road, you can travel with confidence while the youngsters have enough room to avoid sibling squabbles. Win-win!

Win #3: RV Rental Specials Make Holiday Travel Affordable

Here’s the major win for holiday-traveling families—holiday RV rental specials help keep your travel budget intact. If you don’t own your own RV, be sure to check out these specials to save your family big money.

And that’s just the first part of the holiday savings win. Research year-round campgrounds along your route to learn which ones offer reduced rates over the holidays. You might just be pleasantly surprised to find that the cost of renting an RV, taking food along to cook at the campgrounds and camping in memorable settings could be much less than airline tickets or hotel rooms and restaurant meals. Win-win-win!

Traveling for the holidays doesn’t have to be a dreaded family tradition. Why not surprise your crew with an affordable, luxurious RV to make the trip? You may just find it’s the first of many family RV expeditions.

You already know when you come RV camping to Las Vegas that you’ll find the casinos, the shows and the architecture like nowhere else in America. Easy access to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam make those two wonders natural side trips while visiting, as well.

But did you know this desert city is surrounded by thousands of acres of wilderness, just waiting to be explored? If you’ve never seen Vegas beyond the lights, it’s time to find the best spots to hike, bike and  photograph just a short drive from the city limits.

Las Vegas Day Trip #1: Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Don’t miss the stunning red rock formations in this enormous park just west of Lake Mead and an hour northeast of Las Vegas on I-15. Stop by the visitor center first to get a feel for just how special Valley of Fire State Park really is, then choose a trail or scenic drive and get closer.

The stunning beauty of gigantic shapes formed by wind and water will capture the attention of everyone in your group. From Mouse’s Tank to the White Domes and Elephant Rock, there’s a trail that will get you there, if you’re willing to venture off the road. There’s even a full-service campground on-site, if you decide to stay another day in the Valley of Fire. 

Las Vegas Day Trip #2: Mt Charleston (Spring Mountains National Recreation Area)

About an hour northwest of Las Vegas, with a scenic drive across Red Rock Canyon, RV travelers will find Mt Charleston, the highest point in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The mountains rise up from the Mojave and offer a startling contrast to surrounding desert life.

A nicely-planned visitor gateway informs and educates about the wildlife, waterways and geological formations you’ll encounter. Hike through pine forests for views that encompass three states. Take a rocky, streamside trail on a mountain bike. Follow a scenic drive through canyons and forests, in the shadow of limestone bluffs. There are campgrounds, as well, for those who choose to stay outside Vegas an extra day. 

Las Vegas Day Trip #3: Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

Imagine this: peace and quiet just a short drive south of Vegas, in the form of a pristine wilderness area. Sloan Canyon is an undeveloped dream of a place, where hikers can set out in search of mountain trails, desert flora and fauna and hundreds of petroglyphs waiting to be photographed.

Access the trails from the north by way of the Anthem trailhead in Henderson, NV. Bring what you need! This will be an authentic high desert, wilderness experience.

Las Vegas Day Trip #4: Lake Mead

It’s a quick forty minute drive southeast from Vegas to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, where hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming and taking scenic drives are just a few of the ways to spend a day trip.

The redrock landscape surrounding this waterway on the Arizona/Nevada border is full of secret canyons, rocky trails and Mojave Desert wildlife. Take the bikes along and follow marked trails past windy coves and wilderness landscapes. Drive a scenic loop along some of the lake’s more than eight hundred miles of shoreline. Or put on those hiking boots you’ve meant to use and discover why Lake Mead draws visitors year-round.

And when it’s time to rest, the lake itself beckons paddlers and boaters to explore the bright blue waters set against a brilliant landscape. It’s like no other lake you’ll visit on your US RV travels. 

Las Vegas Day Trip #5: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Those brilliant red cliffs you can see from your Las Vegas campground are waiting to be explored! Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, less than an hour west of the city, offers dozens of trails, excellent wildlife watching and a blazing palette of colors for photographers.

Follow trails through sandstone canyons, along the base of towering cliffs and through diverse landscapes teeming with plant and wildlife. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep, fossils, petroglyphs and hidden pools. With so many trails to choose from, you may decide to plan several day trips to Red Rock Canyon, with Vegas as an easy base camp.

An RV camping trip to Las Vegas offers gaming, entertainment, fine dining and an amazing range of outdoor adventures. Book your Vegas RV rental now and start making plans to discover a different side of Vegas on your next vacation.

If you picture RV travelers as mostly senior citizens, think again! Millennials, the generation born between 1980 and 2000 (especially in the 25-35 year old range) are a growing segment of RV travel. Here’s why:

Millennials Value Outdoor Recreation

Spending time in outdoor pursuits is big on the list of things Millennials hold dear. That’s why visiting state and national parks, lakes and forests, mountains and beaches all over America by RV is a no-brainer.

There’s nothing quite like being out in nature to feed the soul, and these adventurers are hitting the road to find our country’s most beautiful places, one campsite at a time. The more biking, hiking, rock climbing and other activities the better—they’re making it a life priority to get outside and play!

Millennials Expect Amenities

Comfortable accommodations with access to technology are at the top of list for Millennial travelers, one more reason to travel to a national park, a beach where the waves are epic or a music festival by RV. Amenities common in modern recreational vehicles include flat screen televisions, generators, plenty of electrical outlets, memory foam beds and fully-equipped kitchens.

Many RV campgrounds offer cable television hookups and wireless internet, as well. If you enjoy a home-away-from-home experience as you travel, younger travelers need look no farther than today’s RVs.

Millennials Enjoy Traveling with Friends

RV travel with a group of friends makes sense! Splitting the costs of an RV rental, fuel and food helps everyone budget for the trip, and the memories made while on the road are priceless. The wide range of floorplans and accommodations make traveling by motorhome flexible enough to fit most groups of traveling buddies.

Millennials Enjoy Combining Work with Travel

This up and coming generation of professionals values working outside the office. What better way for freedom-loving Millennials to contribute than from the road?

Picture this—you pull your motorhome or travel trailer into one of the many campgrounds that offer free wi-fi. Nearby are hiking or biking trails, or perhaps a lake to paddle board on your lunch break. In the comfort of your fully-equipped RV, you brew a little coffee, fire up the laptop and finish the reports the boss is waiting for. The internet makes telecommuting simple and RV travel to well, just about anywhere in America, makes it a pleasure!

If you’re a part of the Millennial generation and you’re wondering whether RV travel is for you, why not take a trip to one of our rental locations? We’ve got trained staff on hand to help you learn your options, whether it’s for telecommuting from a national park or enjoying the great outdoors with a group of friends.

It’s time to hit the road, Millennials! RV travel can take you where you want to go, on your own terms and with the flexibility and amenities you value most.

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