Traveling to Southern California is a real treat, whether or not you have visited before. An RV trip makes a vacation to Los Angeles particularly special. RV camping is abundant, but not right in the city. You will find many RV parks in the surrounding areas of Los Angeles County where you can settle in for the duration.
No one can deny the fabulous attractions in the City of Angels. This city is the second largest in the United States and is huge and sprawling, with many sights and sounds you will find no place else. Allow enough time to see everything in Los Angeles before you set off for more isolated areas. Naturally, while you are here you will have to make your way to Disneyland, one of the most famous attractions in the L.A. area. After visiting Mickey Mouse and his friends, and riding ride after ride, it will be time for more Southern California fun.
Universal Studios will give you a whole new experience with unique rides and delicious snacks. Take a studio tour to see it all. Then head on over to Six Flags Magic Mountain. More rides, more fun, especially for the kids. You will have your fill of amusement parks once done and can begin to explore Los Angeles more thoroughly.
Another must-see is, of course, Hollywood Blvd, with the famous Walk of Fame. All the characters that wander up and down the sidewalks are sights unto themselves. A wide array of shops offer everything from souvenirs and mementos to clothing, cameras and jewelry. Stop by Hollywood and Vine and get a cup of coffee at an outdoor café. Walk to the end of the boulevard to see Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Wax museums, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not – better ensure you have enough time to see it all.
Now for some outdoor activities! Head over to Griffith Park for some hiking, horseback riding, biking or picnicking. The weather this time of year in this California city will likely cooperate. You can visit the bird sanctuary in a lovely wooded canyon within the park. Stop by the Ferndell Nature Museum. Also in one section of the park you will find a place for children, with a carousel, pony rides and even a miniature train ride.
Over on Wilshire Blvd you can visit the famous La Brea Tar Pits where you will be able to view what has been excavated from this amazing spot in the heart of L.A. The museum is also full of specimens that were taken from these tar pits. When you are done exploring here, make your way to Beverly Hills. Take a trolley tour, see the homes of the stars and many gorgeous estates. Grab a meal on Rodeo Drive and maybe see some stars up close.
If you have had your fill of Los Angeles traffic by this time, you can head out into the desert. It isn’t far away. The remote Mojave Desert is a place to play in the wintertime. If you go northeast to Barstow you will be close to the Ghost Town of Calico, an old mining town that was deserted in the mid-1890s. The buildings were all restored architecturally to how they looked in the 1880s.
Make a half-circle, coming back to Los Angeles and then heading east. You want to spend some time in Palm Springs, soaking up the sun and taking a land or walking tour. You will love the food here, as well as the amazing shopping. When ready, you should drive over to Joshua Tree National Park. Explore on foot or ride a mountain bike to take in the desert landscapes.
Enough cannot be said of Joshua Tree, a desert park in the true sense of the word. You will see an incredible variety of animals and plants that survive the rains, harsh winds and extreme climate changes. Enjoy the geologic displays of granite and the arroyos in this fascinating expanse of desert.
Take it all in before heading back to Los Angeles and civilization. You can spend more time in L.A. investigating every nook and cranny of this sprawling metropolis. The number of things to do and see could encompass a large tome. But even if you only see the attractions above, this RV trip was certainly worth it, with the diverse beauty and unpredictable sights.