Want to go RV camping in a place where travelers are always welcome and there’s no lack of things to do? The San Diego area is an RV traveler’s dream, with attractions on both land and water. As you plan your Southern California motorhome camping trip, be sure to include San Diego in your itinerary.
Places to Explore Near San Diego
An excellent way to get to know San Diego’s shoreline is with a visit to Mission Bay Park. Eight swimming beaches stretch along twenty-plus miles of shoreline, as well as bike paths, sports areas and boat launches.
The protected coves in which Mission Bay Park is located are also home to two more venerable San Diego attractions. Historic Belmont Park is home to thrill rides, arcades and a whole host of family-friendly amusements. Another legendary amusement, SeaWorld, is just a mile from Belmont Park.
Looking for an urban oasis on your RV vacation to San Diego? Balboa Park, a twelve-hundred-acre green space in the heart of the city, offers visitors two dozen museums, the San Diego Zoo and more than sixty miles of hiking trails. And as if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also find lawn bowling, golf, botanical gardens and performing arts venues within Balboa.
If someone in your RV camping crew hopes to shop, dine and unwind while in San Diego, another seaside treasure is the resort community of La Jolla. Rocky cliffs give excellent views along La Jolla’s shoreline and culture-seeking visitors will find galleries, shops and restaurants in a beautiful setting. Minutes from San Diego’s center, this well-heeled town also boasts sparkling La Jolla Cove.
Before we leave the beauty of San Diego’s shoreline, we can’t fail to mention the Embarcadero, a picturesque boardwalk that connects a multitude of attractions. At one end, the Star of India, a nineteenth century sailing ship, is the crown jewel of the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Take your time learning about seafaring history, and then stroll down the Embarcadero to dozens of interesting sites. Visit the Seaport Village shopping and entertainment district, several attractive oceanside parks and the USS Midway Museum, just to name a few.
When you’re ready to move outside the San Diego metro area, head for the forest. Half-million acre Cleveland National Forest is a vacation in itself, with mountain meadows to traverse, an observatory and three wilderness areas, all within a couple of hours of San Diego. The night sky from Palomar Mountain Observatory is a not-to-be-missed marvel while in the Cleveland. No-hookups RV camping is allowed in numerous campgrounds throughout the forest.
The glories of seaside San Diego draw millions of visitors each year, so why not add this gleaming Southern California gem to your next RV camping journey?