When planning to come to Southern California by RV, consider making Santa Fe Springs your starting point. A busy, industrial center near Los Angeles, this city is also within a couple hours’ drive of all sorts of outdoor attractions. From national forest to windswept beaches, you’ll find plenty to do on your RV camping trip to Santa Fe Springs.
- Angeles National Forest – It’s hard to believe a vast wilderness lies just beyond the boundaries of Los Angeles! The Angeles National Forest is the perfect place to relax in the beauty of nature, thanks to three RV campgrounds and hundreds of miles of trails. Snow-capped peaks, pine forests and sheer rock canyons offer Santa Fe Springs motorhome campers a wide range of outdoor activities.
- Channel Islands National Park, off the coast east of Los Angeles, is a spectacular chain of pristine islands accessible only by boat. A day trip to Channel Islands NP is definitely in order for RV travelers visiting Los Angeles. Favorite Channel Islands experiences:
- Visit Anacapa Light Station
- Watch sea lions on San Miguel Island
- Go snorkeling or sea kayaking off Santa Barbara Island
- Huntington Beach Pier – A timeless attraction in Huntington Beach, a SoCal city where surfing and laid back living rule, is an eighteen-hundred-foot pier perfect for strolling, fishing or people watching. Huntington Beach Pier is the center of activity along this city’s eight plus miles of beach, so bring the family and plan to spend the day. Active RVers will also want to know that the Huntington Beach Bike Trail runs eight and one half miles along the ocean and links at each end to longer trails.
- Jacinto Reyes National Scenic Byway (Hwy 33) is located almost entirely in Los Padres National Forest near Santa Barbara. From dense forests to breathtaking cliffs, the view is never the same from mile to mile, making it a favorite with our Los Angeles RV rental customers. While you’re visiting the National Forest, plan time to explore its ten wilderness areas where mountain biking, hiking and nature photography are popular activities.
- Jalama Beach County Park in Lompoc not only lets motorhome campers enjoy a day at the beach, it also offers year-round RV campsites. Surf fishing and whale watching are just two of the outdoor activities that draw visitors to Jalama Beach.
Joshua Tree National Park, a fascinating desert habitat about three hours east of Santa Fe Springs, is an excellent place to study desert wildlife. Hike the trails and take in the ranger presentations to learn how the rock-strewn canyons of the park play host to an amazing number of species. Campgrounds are available throughout the eight-hundred-thousand acre park, which means you can hike the rugged terrain and still come home to RV luxury in the evening.
- Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, just four hours northeast of Santa Fe Springs, are the places to visit for splendid views and memorable RV camping. Side-by-side, the two parks showcase the craggy mountain vistas south of Yosemite as well as the enormous trees for which Sequoia National Park is named. What to do while you’re there?
- Travel Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
- Visit Giant Forest Sequoia Grove and Museum
- Camp in one of Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP’s campgrounds
- Hike Cedar Grove, Grant Grove or Giant Forest trails
- Six Flags Magic Mountain is a thrilling way for your family to spend the day near Los Angeles. Less than an hour from Santa Fe Springs in Valencia, this amusement park is famous for its enormous themed roller coasters.
- University of Southern California Trojans Football is a great way to spend an autumn afternoon. Schedule your Los Angeles RV trip so that you can sit in the stands and cheer the Trojans on to victory (and don’t forget the RV tailgating action before the game!)
- Whitewater Rafting – Kern and Kaweah Rivers – This is your chance to experience the wild and scenic rivers near Los Angeles on a whitewater rafting excursion. Los Angeles whitewater rafting outfitters can arrange a trip on the forks of the Kern River near Bakersfield or the Kaweah River near Fresno. An exciting, scenery-rich trip can be had by all, whether you prefer quiet ripples or boiling Class IV rapids.
Picture credits: The picture of the San Gabriel Mountains is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 1.0 Generic license. The picture of the Joshua Trees is in the public domain.