Travel the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway in an RV for a Unique Experience

Picture of Lassen Peak as seen from the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

Lassen Peak as seen from the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway.

Get ready for an adventurous journey in an RV to see the legacy left us by the volcanic activity of yesteryear.  This is one trip that not only takes you into the beauty of the Shasta Cascade area, but affords you the opportunity for an unlimited amount of outdoor recreation. You will travel through forests, wetlands and farmlands to come to a sense of peace and pleasure in Northern California and the southern part of Oregon.

Start your trip near California’s Lake Almanor and stay awhile to enjoy boating, fishing and sailing. Numerous trails provide summertime hiking and the chance to explore the lake and forests. When you reach Chester, you should visit the statue of the famous logger, Paul Bunyan. Take a short side trip to Susanville and perhaps hike on the Bizz Johnson National Recreational Trail.

Only a few miles away you will come upon the famous Lassen Volcanic National Park with its unique geothermal features such as hot springs and fumaroles. You must be sure to include Bumpass Hell on your itinerary when here. This is where a man named Kendall Bumpass stepped through the thin crust of the earth and burned his leg so badly he had to have it amputated. His tragedy has become immortalized here.

When you reach Old Station as you drive north, you will have the opportunity for more hiking on the trails in the area, including Lassen Trail and Nobles Emigrant Trail. Also a must-see is the Subway Cave where you will walk through a lava tube. You’ll need a sweater or jacket, as it gets quite chilly inside. Don’t forget your flashlight either as there is no lighting. If you want to get in some fishing, nearby Hat Creek is one of the best places to go for trout.

As you enter Butte Valley, you will be traveling through the only National Grasslands in the state. Particularly known for the wide variety of wildlife, this area is an incredible place to fit in some bird watching time. This is a High Desert plateau with many lovely communities to pass through. Drive along Highway 97 and catch views of many natural sights. Butte Valley’s Wildlife Refuge is definitely a place to explore.

When reaching Tule Lake, more water sports are waiting for you. Take another side trip to Lava Beds National Monument for more unusual volcanic features such as cinder cones, lava tubes and more! This is a place of wonder for any traveler to enjoy!

As you approach the end of your journey, you can stop in Klamath to look around and also perhaps take time out for some golf at the Running Y Ranch. You will officially end your trip at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon where the violent volcanic activity of years gone by is evident and will show you some of the mysteries of our earth. What an educational and recreational RV trip this has been, and you wouldn’t have missed it for the world!

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A Fabulous California Coast RV Trip

Picture of Dorn Bay in Clear Lake CA Fr,om Clear Lake State Park

Dorn Bay in Clear Lake, CA From Clear Lake State Park

Take a wonderful excursion along the California coast this coming month for some adventures worth having. The redwoods, the waves of the Pacific, all contribute to a getaway that gives an incredible amount of pleasure. Taking an RV vacation up the coast in Northern California tops the list as far as traveling in style and ease goes. Set your own pace and enjoy some of California’s wonders.

Ensure your camera is at the ready when you start your trip in Kelseyville. You’ll want to capture scenes of hillside wineries and weathered farm buildings. Walk through the town and stop in the quaint shops. On August 15, attend the Kickin’ in the Country Street Dance. Don’t miss Clear Lake State Park for water sports and sunny fun. You can catch crappie, catfish and largemouth bass in this sparkling lake. Take the Indian Nature Trail for a fascinating self-guided hike for half a mile which takes you through the site of an old Pomo village.

Next head to Philo to visit Hendy Woods State Park. Two beautiful redwood groves allow you to shed all those cares and worries as you explore this scenic area. Spend an afternoon looking around, having a delicious picnic and hiking the trails. See the redwood stump where the Hendy Woods Hermit used to live. Find quiet and peace in this park and be inspired.

Mendocino, California will be one place you will want to stay a while. With its gorgeous beaches and quaint downtown shops and homes, Mendocino brings to life the finer aspects of living. Just a few miles north of town you’ll discover a great RV park where you have beach access. Caspar Beach RV Park, with full or partial hookups, is a family and pet-friendly park that is perfect for your stay in Mendocino County. You can then take your time to see Mendocino Headlands State Park, hike its trails and visit the Historic Ford House museum.

A place for relaxation and an escape from the crowds is Fort Bragg. This destination is quite attractive to artists and outdoor lovers. The ocean breezes remind you that you are here on the lovely California coast. When you make your way to Glass Beach, be amazed at what Mother Nature has accomplished with trash from another era. The rainbows of colors of this glass worn smooth by the ocean waves are something to see. Then take time to visit MacKerricher State Park.

Head towards Weott and explore Humboldt Redwoods State Park for an inside look at the most amazing redwood groves. There are many easy trails that will take you through the woods and give you some needed exercise to boot. Your next stop up the road is Eureka where you can stroll the boardwalk, visit Old Town and even perhaps get a cruise of Humboldt Bay Harbor.

You can call this the end of your California coast trip or you can continue on to Orick and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Whichever your choice, you will have experienced some of the best that the Northern California coast can offer, and all in a comfortable RV that puts you more in control of your vacation!

Picture credits: The picture of Dorn Bay is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license.

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To the Mountains and Back on a California RV Adventure

Picture of Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains

Enjoy a California adventure on an RV trip to the mountains and back. Discover some history, culture, outdoor fun and much more when you make your way from San Bernardino up into the San Bernardino Mountains and back to civilization once again. Smell that fresh pine air and fish with nature surrounding you. This will be one vacation that will go on your top ten list.

First, in San Bernardino find a lovely California city with a lot to offer. The views are marvelous no matter which direction you look. Camp in one of the RV parks in the area to discover convenient amenities. The San Bernardino RV Park is close to everything and will accommodate you with ease.

While in town, visit the Fullerton Museum of Art for a look at some collections you won’t forget. The Treasures of Ancient Egypt is there until the end of July, and you will certainly enjoy the photography of Elliott Robert Barkan and his Chicano Muralists in Southern California. Getting outdoors is what it is all about in Southern California, so take to the Santa Ana River Trail. Bike or hike through willow forests with river views.

Now head up to Lake Arrowhead for a true outdoor recreational experience! This is a spot with miles of trails, plenty of swimming opportunities and off-roading fun. If you wish to experience the lake in all its glory, take a paddleboat ride on Lake Arrowhead Queen. Another way many tourists enjoy the area is to take a helicopter tour. Now there is something to log in your vacation log!

Another popular place to go is beautiful Big Bear Lake. A scenic 25 mile drive from Lake Arrowhead will have you there where wildlife wanders and the pines invite you into the wilderness on the many hiking trails. Fishing at Big Bear is something all freshwater fishermen will enjoy, pulling in some bass or trout. Kids with you? It really doesn’t matter. Anyone of any age will have fun at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. See the Arctic foxes, American badgers, black bears, bobcats and the wide variety of birds there.

Now back to civilization. As you come down from the mountains, you may feel sorry to leave, but there is a lot more in store for you on this RV vacation. Redlands is a great place to have a delicious meal at any one of a long list of restaurants in this city. Sit and relax and listen to some great music in the summer concert series at Redlands Bowl. There will be music to fit everyone’s taste. Hear blue grass, pipe bands from the Highlands, or operas.

A few more stops on your itinerary include Riverside where you will want to visit Castle Park, ride the rides and see entertainment like Anthony the Magic. Then drive to Corona where you can fish at Corona Lakes, race indoor high-speed karts or stop at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa for a real rejuvenation from your exciting Southern California adventures. This is one getaway that makes other pale in comparison!

Picture credits: The picture of Big Bear lake is by H.G. Judd and is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Explore Northern California on a Loop Tour in an RV

Northern California holds many sights and sounds the like of which you can find no place else. Taking an RV tour of this incredibly scenic area is just the way to experience a vacation. Start in Chico, California heading north on Interstate 5. Breathtaking sights await you!

Picture of Lake Shasts

Lake Shasta

Arriving at Shasta Lake, you’ll discover some amazing adventures. The shoreline is magnificent, so a picnic will be in order. This extraordinary lake offers many opportunities for fun water sports. Rent a boat and get out on the water. Be sure to visit Lake Shasta Caverns for a view of this stunning underground world. Recommended is the Fawndale Oaks RV Park which can accommodate good-sized RV motorhomes.

When ready, continue north to Castella. Some great hiking is available here for those in good shape physically and who are ready to get out in nature. The Castle Dome Trail is an out and back hike for almost six miles. You can bring your dog along too! At Castle Crags State Park you can swim or fish the Sacramento River and do some more hiking on 28 miles of trails. At the park, you won’t be able to bring your dog on the trails, however.

After continuing on I-5 for a ways, you will then turn and travel the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway to Lava Beds National Monument. This geological wonder has battlefields, Native American art sites and a rugged landscape of volcanic features. Don’t miss the lava tube caves, as these are one of the most popular spots in the state to visit.

Further on you’ll come to Burney, a town known for its friendly folk and scenic views. Outdoor recreation is abundant in the area surrounding, and you can get out and do some fishing or hiking. McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park has one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state, the Burney Falls. The water cascades 129 feet, plunging into a misty basin.

Next stop will be Lassen Volcanic National Park with its fascinating fumaroles, lovely mountain meadows and lakes and of course, its volcanoes. Boiling water exists right below the surface and creates steaming pools and bubbling mud pots. Don’t miss Little Hot Springs Valley, Sulphur Works and Devils Kitchen.

The Lake Almanor basin and surrounding region offers a wide variety of outdoor fun. Ski, wakeboard, or kayak the waters or simply do some quiet bird watching. Move at your own speed but take time to absorb all the sights and sounds. This is a natural wonderland and you don’t want to miss a thing.

Now you can head back to Chico and perhaps grab a meal before heading home again. You have finished the loop tour. A vacation to Northern California is never boring and always a thrill in so many ways. Seeing how this area developed from millions of years of volcanic upheavals is always educational. But best of all, the gorgeous and captivating scenery is something that should not be missed.

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Travel the Gold Rush Trail on a California RV Adventure

There are so many adventures to be had as you travel along Highway 49 in Gold Rush country. Besides the small towns and gorgeous scenery, there are parks where you can experience some invigorating outdoor recreation. However, many travel this highway so they can learn the history of the region, and you will certainly get an education on the California Gold Rush days!

Start your journey in Columbia, California. This town is located right in the heart of the California Mother Lode. And the entire atmosphere is that of a town out of the 1850s, with the merchants all dressed for that period. At Columbia State Historic Park, you will discover saloons, ice cream parlors and boutiques where you can buy unique gifts. Take a stagecoach ride. You will really feel as if you have moved back in time. You can find several campgrounds for RVs including 49er RV Ranch, a great RV park with plenty of amenities.

Now head south to Jamestown, a historic spot with fine dining, historic buildings and even a restored jail. Hop over to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park where you can ride a steam train and visit a very interesting museum. Take a short side trip 12 miles east to Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park where the Sierra Nevada foothills come alive with nature. Explore the meadows and see amazing limestone formations.

Also make it a point to visit Sonora and take in more of the sights and sounds of Gold Rush history. Grab the camera and be sure to get a photo of the dark red St. James Episcopal Church. This is the second oldest Episcopal church of this construction in the state. Old Victorian homes are the sites of many businesses in the town now, most of them more than 100 years old.

Now head north on Highway 49 to Angels Camp. Take a walking tour of this mountain town and get the idea of gold miners flooding the area searching for their fortunes. From here, take a side trip over to Arnold and visit Calaveras Big Trees State Park. This is where you will see a grove of Giant Sequoias.

As you head further north, you’ll pass through another town, Coloma, where you can try some white water rafting. There is nothing quite as thrilling as traveling down the South Fork of the American River and feeling the cold splashes hit your face as you avoid jutting rocks. It is quite a thrill – but perfectly safe.

Your last stop will be higher in the Sierra near Sierra City. Enjoy a visit to Sierra County Historical Park & Museum. The stamp mill was quite an important mill in the 1800s, as it crushed gold-veined quartz. You will get to see it in action. But be ready for some noise! In fact, you may want to plug your ears in anticipation of the first stamp taking place.

You have covered a lot of ground with this tour. There is always more to see so make plans to return again in an RV for another adventure.

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An RV Excursion to Orange County California

A spring RV vacation is perhaps just the thing to shake off those winter woes and make a new start. Taking the family to Orange County, California is a brilliant idea! There are sights to see, activities that will fill your days and beautiful weather. You’ll have the convenience of an RV motorhome and avoid the constant search for comfortable accommodations. There is plenty of RV camping in Orange County. For instance, you may find Canyon RV Park convenient to all your planned activities.

Picture of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland

Of course, all the traditional theme parks will welcome you. You will want to see Disneyland even if you have been there before. Knott’s Berry Farm is a favorite as well with a lot of rides and entertainment for all ages. Some excitement is provided with a meal at Medieval Times as sword fighting and other pageantry takes place right out of the middle Ages.

Picture of Laguna Beach, CA

Laguna Beach, CA

The beaches are a big attraction in Orange County this time of year. Laguna Beach has miles of white sand and sea birds flying over, making for some great photo opportunities. In fact, there are so many beautiful Orange County Coast beaches it is impossible to cover all the highlights. The Pacific Ocean is such a pleasure in the spring that you’ll most certainly have to put many beaches on your itinerary.

Next head for Balboa Island, a man-made island with shops, an amusement park and great places to eat. Take the Balboa Island Ferry over. The kids love this part of the trip! The fresh sea breezes enliven you and the sights inspire. It will be one of your favorite adventures on your Orange County RV trip.

If you love to fish, see quaint homes in a lovely setting and try your hand at jet skiing, Catalina Island is the place to go. On your trip over in a boat, you may spot some dolphins or whales. Have a picnic on the beach. Rent some horses and go horseback riding around the island. It is a relaxing time with gorgeous scenery.

Some sightseeing spots must get on your list of things to do. For instance, Mission San Juan Capistrano is all about learning some history of the area. You can learn how to pan for gold, which is always fun for the whole family. Then, whether you have children with you or not, go over to one of the zoos to visit the animals. Choose between the Santa Ana Zoo and the Orange County Zoo, or visit both!

Before leaving to go home, get in some hiking at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, with a lot of great trails and a natural history center. You will also love to do whale watching at Crescent Bay Point Park. Listen to the sea lions barking at each other on the shore.

What a great time for an RV vacation and what a great place to visit! The weather, the attractions, the food and the atmosphere in general all make Orange County one of the best destinations in the U.S.

Picture credits: The picture of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. The picture of Laguna Beach is by D. Ramey Logan and is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Check Out Out Guest Post – Traveling in an RV with Kids up the California Coast

We did a guest post today on Mommy Hiker that we though you might be interested in. Check it out…

Traveling in an RV with Kids up the California Coast
By Joe Laing

A special treat for youngsters is to visit the beautiful coastal beaches of California. Few experiences can equal waking up with the sound of waves crashing on the coast, making memories that will last a lifetime for those of any age. Driving an RV up the California coast is a cost-efficient way to travel with a family. And this coastline is dotted with premiere RV camping spots. Here are just a few of the best that California has to offer.

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A Luxury RV Vacation to Monterey, California

Monterey, California is one of the most beautiful and serene spots in the country, thus ideal for an RV winter vacation. A true outdoor recreation paradise, Monterey County offers more than just outdoor fun. History, artist culture and nostalgia combine to make this a one-of-a-kind vacation destination. The whole family will find things to do and see that appeal to every taste.

Many say that Monterey is picture-postcard perfect. It’s true! You will absolutely need to pack your camera gear in your RV so you won’t miss one single unique shot. Then get out there, see the sights, go biking or hiking, play golf or take an afternoon to do some whale watching. There will be no searching for hotels or motels. RV camping in Monterey is plentiful and you can find virtually anything you desire in the way of camping sites and amenities.

You look offshore and you will be viewing the area of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a protected marine sea area that reaches from Marin all the way to Cambria. This is the home to an untold amount of fishes, mammals and seabirds. Head over to Old Fisherman’s Wharf to do some real whale watching. Perhaps you’d like to charter a boat and get out there on the water and do some fishing. Award-winning restaurants will invite you to dine out in style. You will also find some great little shops where you’ll discover perfect mementos to take home with you.

No one can come to Monterey without visiting Cannery Row. This historic spot on the waterfront was made famous by John Steinbeck. Browse the lovely boutiques, tour the galleries and fit in some wine tasting. This area is alive with friendly people, exciting nightlife and fun.

Probably the most famous attraction in Monterey is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The marine life you will see will amaze you, a breathtaking amount of sights. See the life that populates our oceans, like sea horses and sea otters. Watch the giant Pacific octopus in action! Get over to the auditorium every day at 12:30 or 2:30 pm and see the “Mysteries of the Deep.” You get to sink into the depths of the ocean and witness deep sea creatures with the use of robot submersibles. This is a thrilling adventure for all ages!

At the Museum of Monterey everyone experiences the inspiration that only the artist can bring to our lives. From February to September of this year, see and hear about the whale and the preservation of this amazing mammal through art and lectures. For kids, the Monterey County Youth Museum is great for all ages, as kids play to learn and the adults learn to play.

Now it is time for some outdoor fun. Parks in the city offer plenty of that. Toro Park has wildlife and twenty miles of hiking trails. Lake San Antonio is open all year for boating, fishing and hiking. The Laguna Seca Recreation Area has miles of mountain bike trails.

Before you wind down your Monterey vacation, take the 17 Mile Drive for one of the most famous scenic drives around. Once you are finished with your Monterey getaway, you will start for home knowing you just had one of the best RV vacations ever!

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Do You Know the Way to San Jose – on an RV Vacation?

An RV vacation getaway to San Jose, California is a wonderful idea for winter months. No snowstorms, no shoveling that heavy white stuff. The Silicon Valley doesn’t have the snow or cold like other parts of Northern California, such as the Sierra Nevada Mountains or in areas closer to its border with Oregon. And RV camping in San Jose is simple to find.

When you arrive, the best place to go is Japantown for a unique array of events and sights. Stock up on some delicious foods for your RV kitchen at the Japantown Certified Farmers’ Market. For kids, there is plenty to entertain in San Jose. Happy Hollow Park and Zoo has all sorts of animals, including endangered species. There is even a puppet theater. All children love the Children’s Discovery Museum including their parents. Interactive exhibits hold attention for long periods and are educational as well.

Museums are abundant in San Jose and making time to see them all may require extending your stay. But you can see the best of them in the time allotted for your RV vacation. Check out the San Jose Museum of Art with colorful and innovative artworks with a number of fascinating collections. The History Museum of San Jose not only has artifacts but old buildings and more! You can spend hours here.

Unusual museums that are worth a visit are the Tech Museum, a true museum of innovation, and the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum with the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in western North America. Those who love quilting or sewing will want to visit the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, with all sorts of woven and wearable art.

Getting outdoors is a must on your vacation. At Almaden Lake Park you’ll find many miles of trails through the woodlands. You can also throw in a line and get some fishing in the lake. At Alum Rock Park you have the opportunity to enjoy hiking, biking, bird watching and picnicking. If it is walking you prefer to the exclusion of everything else, choose the Los Gatos Creek Trail, paved and perfect for running too. Walk around the lake at Lake Cunningham Park and enjoy the views of the water.

Now for inspiring and peaceful times visiting San Jose’s garden delights! The Japanese Friendship Garden is a tranquil setting right in the middle of the city. Overfelt Gardens is home to the beautiful the Chinese Cultural Gardens, a must-see while in town. If roses are your favorite, there is no question you must visit the Heritage Rose Garden and the Municipal Rose Garden, which has more than 189 varieties.

Before leaving San Jose, you should experience the nightlife! Downtown San Jose offers nightlife beyond compare. Wander the brightly lit streets and stop for a coffee or a drink. The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts is sure to have some awesome event happening. Believe us when we say, San Jose has it all!

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Valentine’s Day RV Rental Specials

Getaway with that Special Someone on a Romantic RV Vacation

Valentine's Day Image of Monty the MotorhomeEl Monte RV has paired up with four fantastic RV resort destinations to offer you four great romantic getaways for Valentine’s day.

1. Pacific Dunes RV Resort in Oceano, CA

Take a romantic horseback ride along the ocean with that special someone. This package includes horseback riding for two. When done retire to the luxury of the Pacific Dunes RV Resort nestled in the beautiful Oceano Preserve (part of the Oceano Dunes State Recreation Area). Take advantage of their clubhouse, volleyball courts, basketball courts, billiard tables and barbecue area.

Coupon code: DUNES

2. Pio Pico RV Resort in San Diego, CA

See the sculpture “Unconditional Surrender” that commemorates the most famous kiss of World War II – based on the iconic 1945 Life magazine cover photo of a sailor kissing a woman in New York’s Time Square when the war’s end was announced. This package includes two tickets to the USS Midway Museum. After enjoying “the kiss” and the USS Midway, you can enjoy the Pio Pico RV Resort where you will find pools, Jacuzzis, miniature golf, hiking and biking areas, and more.

Coupon code: PICO

3. Rancho Oso RV Resort in Santa Barbara, CA

More horseback riding fun comes with this package that includes horseback riding for two and a bottle of wine. Rancho Oso RV Resort is Bordered by the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Ynez River offering endless opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, and photography. While at the resort take advantage of the dining facility, basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, pools, Jacuzzi, and much more.

Coupon code: OSO

4. San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica, CA

Enjoy one of the most romantic cities in the world while staying at the San Francisco RV Resort. Just 15 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, the resort offers spectacular sunset views from its perch on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the resort’s clubhouse, heated pool, and hot tub and restaurants within walking distance.

Coupon code: CABLECAR

All Getaway Packages Include

  • Deluxe 22 foot Class C motorhome rental for 3 nights
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