Southern California holds amazing beauty for those who take the time to see it. Traveling scenic routes through the forests and through small towns, taking your time and with no pressure, can be the ideal way to experience what our incredible country has to offer. An RV vacation on the Banning Idyllwild Panoramic Highway is one excursion you shouldn’t pass up.
It is recommended that before you begin your journey in Banning, you take a short side-trip. As long as you are in the area, you will be glad you took the time to see Joshua Tree National Park. You will likely see wildlife like a bighorn sheep or desert tortoise. There will be wildflowers galore if there in the spring and early summer. Walk the self-guided nature trails or pull into the pullouts available and view the roadside exhibits.
Back to Banning, California once again and you can stop by the Fire Memories Museum, an awesome memorial to firefighters and educators. Kids will love the hands-on learning experience. You can then start off on State Route 243 heading south to Idyllwild for your scenic RV trip.
The Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness is only 26 miles south of Banning, and has lovely landscapes of forests and meadows. View Mount San Jacinto, towering more than 10,800 feet in elevation. You will find hiking into the backcountry as relaxing as anything, even with the little extra exertion it may take. There are campgrounds within the park that will accommodate RV vehicles.
Idyllwild is a fascinating mountain town nestled in the pines. Browse the shops and enjoy the solitude and beauty of the area. For a little excitement you can try your hand at rock climbing. The place to go is the famous Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks. Park your RV temporarily and go on a hike into the forests, watching at every step for the wide variety of wildlife that makes the area their home.
A true outdoor recreation destination is the San Bernardino National Forest. You will be driving right through this wild landscape as you move along State Route 243. But there are other scenic byways where you can make detours and complete your National Forest adventure. The beautiful Rim of the World Scenic Byway is another route you can take, as well as the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway.
Any RV vacation should include a time for quiet fishing. You’ll discover Lake Hemet is the ideal location, set among giant oaks, mighty pine trees and sage. If you’ve brought a boat, you can take it out on the lake to soak up some of that California sun. There is RV camping along the shores too.
Driving the scenic byways in an RV provides more than just a vacation; it gives you a tranquil time for relaxation and reflection, shedding the many pressures and challenges of day-to-day life. You can enjoy America’s beauty in a special way – with an RV adventure that is sure to please the whole family.