Scenic Drives around Palm Springs for the Ultimate RV Adventure

Palm Springs, California, is a wonderful winter destination, particularly in an RV! You have all the comforts of home AND a great way of getting around to see the sights.  The scenic drives in the area are enough reason to come to Palm Springs, not even taking into consideration the amazing shopping opportunities and outdoor recreation.

Palm Springs Tram Ride

Palm Springs Tram Ride

One of the first things you should do upon hitting town is to ride the Palm Springs Tram.  From the top of the San Jacinto Mountains you can look out over some incredible vistas of the Chino Canyon and the desert valley.  Hiking around in these mountains is always a treat of nature with lovely pines and great weather.

A section of the Pines to Palms Scenic Byway is California Highway 74 and 371 and 79.  This highway climbs high up to a maximum of four thousand feet.  As you drive down into Temecula Valley you have the opportunity to enjoy a stop at one of more than thirty wineries to get in some wine tasting.  You will fall in love with these premium wines.

Temecula Wine Vineyards

Temecula Wine Vineyards

When you continue on Highway 74 and take Highway 243, you will come to the lovely mountain town of Idyllwild.  It is fun to experience the eateries in this town, and there are outdoor recreation opportunities for you too.  Pick up a special gift for a loved one back home.  The friendly folk and ambience will have you contemplating moving here.

If you want to take a unique day trip, drive to Joshua Tree National Park.  Remarkable plant and animal life are abundant here, on hundreds of thousands of acres.  You will see both high and low desert landscapes.  The winter months are also the ideal time to visit as the weather in the summer is impossible to tolerate.

Not too far away is the Salton Sea, one of the largest inland seas in the world.  This makes a very interesting side trip from Palm Springs.  You’ll see a lot of bird life and animal life that make their home in this place.  Hiking is one of the most popular pastimes in the area, but some people also like to kayak or fish.

Deep Creek in Lake Arrowhead, CA

Deep Creek in Lake Arrowhead, CA

Head east out of Palm Springs to Coachella Valley’s Thousand Palms Preserve.  This area is a bit cooler than the regular desert landscapes you just left.  You can bring along a picnic, and don’t forget your camera as you’ll want to shoot some photos of the wildlife in the region.  Another place to put on your list of spots to visit is Lake Arrowhead.  This mountain resort offers plenty to do even in winter months.  Right now the mild winter allows you to hike, fish, bike or simply enjoy wildlife watching.

Yes, Palm Springs is a great place to make your base of operations as you travel around and enjoy the sights.  There are several RV Campgrounds to choose from as you travel from place to place.  You will have all kinds of adventures on your RV vacation, ones you’ll remember forever!

For information on renting an RV  near Palm Springs, California – CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motorhome outside the state of California – CLICK HERE

Picture credits:  Top photo of Palm Springs Tram by Scott Ableman, middle photo of Temecula Vineyards by Renee Silverman, and the bottom photo of Deep Creek by Logan Brumm, all were found on Flickr Commons. They are licensed under the Explore/Creative Attribution Commons license.

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Head to Palm Springs for a Fabulous Winter RV Vacation

It is time for a winter getaway with the family!  Taking an RV into the Palm Springs area is a great way to experience some of the best the desert valley has to offer.  It is just plain fun to get out there on the open road and discover what is waiting for you.  Whether it is some quiet solitude surrounded by the beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains or the special bonds that develop while hiking diverse landscapes with friends and family, you will find it all right here in and around Palm Springs.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

The first thing to do while in town is take the Palm Springs Tram so you can see the vistas spread out before you of the Chino Canyon and the desert valley floor.  The hiking trails at the top of the San Jacinto Mountains let you get into the groove of the area’s natural beauty.

A day trip that you may wish to take from Palm Springs is the one to Joshua Tree National Park. With 800,000 acres of high and low desert, you will see how very special this spot is.  When you visit, you’ll be impressed with the unique animal and plant life.  Winter is the perfect season to come.  Summer is impossible as it is far too hot to enjoy.

If you love to go wine tasting, you will get the chance by driving Highway 74 over the mountains.  This part of the Pines to Palms Scenic Byway gives you incredible views before it takes you down into Temecula Valley with lots of wineries and delicious wine tasting.

From Highway 74, take Highway 243 to Idyllwild.  You will enjoy this mountain town.  Just ensure the weather will permit a trip here in an RV.  Check the road conditions first.  If the weather permits, you are going to get some wonderful views from the overlooks and there are plenty of outdoor activities for the entire family.

Salton Inland Sea, California

Salton Inland Sea, California

Another side trip you may wish to take is a drive to the inland sea – the Salton Sea.  Visit the wildlife refuges that surround the sea, go hiking, and even try some kayaking if you dare.  Once you’ve finished exploring, you can head to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for some great off-roading.  This is a magical place with hundreds of miles of trails and wildlife everywhere.

Not far from Palm Springs there is a preserve that is an important place to visit.  At Thousand Palms Preserve you are in a lovely area with streams, a lake, and more nature to enjoy.  This preserve is part of the Coachella Valley Preserve and is a great place for a picnic.  Bring along your camera gear as you will discover a number of photo opportunities.  This is true of the entire trip.

Use Palm Springs as your base of operations for this winter vacation and take your time to enjoy each spot to the utmost.

For information on booking an RV Trip near Palm Springs, California –CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside of the state of California, CLICK HERE.

Picture credits: The photo of Joshua Tree National Park is from Flickr Commons by javi.velazquez and the photo of the Salton Sea from Flickr Commons by Mike Baird.  It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

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