The Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses—An RV Traveler’s Guide

College football fans and RV campers who love a good parade are already making plans to be in Pasadena, California on January 1. Are you planning to join them for the must-watch, hotly contested Rose Bowl Game and the Tournament of Roses Parade?

Marching Band

Marching Band

For one hundred twenty six years, the Tournament of Roses Parade has thrilled parade watchers with flowered fantasy floats, newly-crowned parade royalty and skillful marching bands. The beautiful city of Pasadena opens its doors to hundreds of thousands of parade-goers each year and is more than up to the task.

And if you’re planning to attend the 101st Rose Bowl Game, going by RV makes it comfortable and affordable. If that sounds like a dream come true, there’s still time to make your RV rental reservation and get tickets for all the events.

Here’s what you need to know to plan your trip. Get started now!

Need-to-Know Basics for the Tournament of Roses Parade

    • When? January 1 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. PST
    • Where? Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA
    • Where Can I Camp? Because Pasadena is part of the larger Los Angeles metro area, you may not find an actual RV campground close by the parade route. Here’s the good news: the vendor-regulated parking areas (see Where Can I Park below) and many of the area businesses allow some form of ‘boondocking’ or camping without services. Here’s also a link to a list of campgrounds within 30 miles of Pasadena.
    • Will I Need Tickets? Grandstand seating is reserved and requires tickets. Purchase them here. You can also view the parade for free curbside. The curbside area opens for seating at noon December 31.
    • Where Can I Park? If you’re planning to camp outside the parade route, you may want to reserve parking closer in. The vendor who provides grandstand seating for the parade also makes available car or RV parking adjacent to the seating areas, for up to three days. Here’s the link to purchase parking space for the Rose Parade.
    • Anything Happening Before and After the Parade?  Plenty! Watch the marching bands in action before the parade by attending Band Fest either December 29 or December 30. If you’d love to see the magic that transforms thousands of flowers and natural items into award-winning floats, schedule time to watch float decorating at one of three official venues during parade week. There’s also a showcase of floats following the parade. Here’s a link to pre- and post- parade event details.

Need-to-Know Basics for the Rose Bowl Game

    • When? January 1 – Pre-game activities begin at 1:30 p.m. PST. Don’t miss any of the excitement!
    • Where? Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA. The chance to see this historic, one-of-a-kind stadium is worth the trip. Home to the oldest bowl game in America!
    • Who’s Playing in 2015 Rose Bowl? Oregon vs. Florida State

      Rose Bowl Game

      Rose Bowl Game

    • Where Do I Buy Tickets? Rose Bowl tickets are selling out fast, so click the link for contact information and make the call today.
    • Where is RV Parking Allowed? Along with a special lot for RV and bus parking at the stadium, you can also reserve parking at the off-site lots, some of which run shuttles to the stadium. Here’s a link for more info on RV parking at the Rose Bowl.  Every RV traveler to California should see the Rose Bowl at least once. Choose your events, buy your tickets, rent your RV and reserve a space at the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl Game. You’ll be so glad you did!

We’ve tried to answer most of your questions about RV camping at the Rose Bowl this year, but if we’ve missed one, here’s how to reach the Visitor Hotline for the Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade.

Photo Credits: Marching Band photo: Prayitno, Flickr Commons License ; Rose Bowl Game photo: Keith Skelton, Flickr Commons License

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Rent an RV Guest House for the Holidays

Are friends and family coming in for the holidays and your house is full to the rafters? Instead of reserving hotel rooms for your visitors, why not rent an RV as your holiday guest house?

El Monte RV Premier Motor Home Rental 2014 Model

El Monte RV Premier Interior View of a Motorhome

Keep reading to learn why an RV rental is the perfect way to open your home to more visitors this holiday season.

  • RV Styles for Every ‘Guest House’ Need: With so many styles of motor homes to choose from, every holiday host can offer comfortable accommodations. From top-of-the-line ‘bus style’ Class A units to roomy cabover Class C motorhomes with convenient slide-outs, there’s an RV to accommodate your overflow housing needs. Whether it’s the newlywed cousins or a family of six coming to stay, there’s a style of motorhome to meet your needs.
  • RV Comfort to Pamper Your Guests: Offer your holiday season guests the luxury and comfort of today’s RVs. Separate bedrooms, modern kitchens for preparing midnight snacks and an amazing amount of storage keep holiday visitors comfortable without paying for pricey hotel rooms. Tips for even more holiday fun: use the extra space to organize late night card games, a grown-up girls’ slumber party or football night in the RV man cave!IMG_3856
  • RV Guest House Privacy and Convenience: Too many guests in one house can spell trouble over the holidays! Even the closest of friends or families can get on each other’s nerves when squeezed into cramped quarters. Let your guests enjoy the convenience of separate space in your “RV guest house”. For guests who need their privacy, even on a holiday trip, your guest house on wheels will become a favorite hideaway. No better way to keep your visitors jolly!
  • RV Holiday Rentals are Affordable:   All that comfort and they’re affordable, too! RV rentals, especially when you take advantage of special holiday rates, beat the price of hotel rooms hands-down. Check out rental pricing for a motor home that sleeps your number of extra guests comfortably and then compare it to local holiday hotel rates for the same number of guests. Amazing, isn’t it, how affordable RV accommodations can be? Factor in the convenience, comfort and flexibility of renting motorhome guest quarters and you’ll be booking a rental RV for every holiday!   Picture of Holly
  • Renting an RV for the Holidays is Easy: With convenient El Monte RV Rental locations across America, finding and renting the perfect RV guest accommodations is easy. Just let us know how many guests will be sleeping in the motorhome, how many nights you’ll need the extra space and when you’ll need to pick up the motorhome. Our helpful staff at every location will help you select just the right RV and check that holiday task off your list.Why send extra guests away to hotels when an RV guest house keeps them close to the holiday fun? Give your holiday visitors a special treat this year—the privacy, comfort and convenience of guest quarters just steps from your front door. Your home might just become their favorite holiday destination!
  • Santa's One RV Open Sleigh Saves the Day!

    Santa’s One RV Open Sleigh Saves the Day!

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An Exciting RV Trip to Angeles National Forest

The Angeles National Forest holds some of the best nature elements here in Southern California!  Right now while the weather holds, there is nothing better than an RV trip to this marvelous forest.  Only 30 miles from Los Angeles, the Angeles National Forest not only lets you get away from the hustle and bustle of the workaday world, but allows you to relax within the natural landscapes and enjoy wildlife and outdoor recreation as well.

Little-Jimmy Campground on Pacific Crest Trail in the Angeles National Forest

Little-Jimmy Campground on Pacific Crest Trail in the Angeles National Forest

Camping in an RV provides convenience and comfort for the short weekenders and for the longer excursion-type RVer!  Right in Acton, CA, you will find an RV campground that will give you all the amenities you desire.  At Soledad Canyon RV Resort, you are sitting in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains and among the pines, palms and elms.  You will be centrally located so you can take off in the morning to the sights and activities surrounding you, and return in the evening without a lot of driving.  Of course, right in this RV campground you will have so much to do, such as fishing, hiking, basketball and volleyball games, and much more.

Naturally, you’ll want to make your way to Angeles National Forest while in Acton.  You are so close, and this is why you came in the first place.  There is so much to do here, and right now the weather should be cooperative.  Bring a plant-guide book or download an app to your smartphone before you leave home.  You’ll want to be able to identify the many plants that abound in this forest.  Be on constant alert for wildlife, such as bears, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, or bobcats.  With so many scenic stops overlooking valleys and forests, you will want to bring along all your camera gear so you can catch some incredible shots.  The hiking trails offer plenty of choices for all skill levels.  There are more than 500 miles of trails in this forest!

Pyramid Lake, California, Angeles National Forest

Pyramid Lake, California, Angeles National Forest

On another day you can head west out of Acton and catch I-5 north to get to Pyramid Lake.  This lake is an ideal place to find water activities of all kinds.  It might be a bit too chilly for swimming, but it is warm enough that you will have access to many areas of these Southern California forest areas.  Fishing is wonderful here, picnicking is a pleasure for the whole family and beachcombing is fun along the shores.

Try a picnic at Emigrant Landing Picnic Site.  Discover more fishing here with a wide variety of fish to catch.  There is a boat launch so you can get out on the water and soak up the sun.  Be sure to call ahead as the hours vary by season and can change from time to time.  Another place you may want to throw in a line is at Vaquero Day Use Area and Vaquero Beach.

Yes, Acton, California, is a perfect home base for an adventure in the forests of southern California.  Enjoy a little time away this winter on a fun RV vacation.  And if you wish to extend your RV camping pleasures, check out several other campgrounds from which to choose that service the Angeles National Forest.  California is a favorite choice for many winter-time RV campers!

For information on renting an RV in Los Angeles, California – CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside the state of California – CLICK HERE

El Monte RV Official Logo

El Monte RV Official Logo

Picture credits:  Top photo of Little Jimmy Trail by Eeekster and is licensed under Wikimedia Commons.  The photo of Pyramid Lake by Neil Kremer found on Flickr is licensed under the Explore/Creative Attribution Commons license.


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