RV Camping on California’s Highway 99

Looking for a new way to spend a weekend in the Sacramento area? RV camping fans will find two Northern California towns, each with its own vintage charm, along historic Hwy 99E. The towns of Chico and Red Bluff are connected by this scenic byway that parallels the Sacramento River, and is also conveniently close to Mendocino and Plumas National Forests.

Chico – Art for Everyone

You’ll find plenty to keep you busy on our first stop along Historic Hwy 99. While RV camping near Chico, CA, here are five things you won’t want to miss in this friendly town with an artistic flair.

  • SoPo and The Junction, a vibrant, vintage district where the distinct blend of art, music, eateries and special events make the area a favorite of Chico State students.
  • Thursday Night Market on Broadway, held weekly April through September, is a special treat for Chico visitors hoping to experience artists, artisans, food truck chefs and the town’s eclectic music scene, all in one event.
  • Chico’s Public Art offerings include stunning sculptures, murals and mosaics throughout Downtown Chico. Plan time to see each one on your trip.
  • Bidwell Park, more than three thousand acres on the banks of Big Chico Creek, is one of the largest municipal parks in the country. Whether you’re hiking the more rugged trails of the Upper Park or strolling the serene pathways of the Lower Park, it’s the best way to explore Chico outdoors. Scenic bonus—you can enter the park trail system through Chico’s beautiful City Plaza.
  • Eighth & Main Antique Center in Downtown Chico offers antiques and collectibles hunters nearly thirty thousand square feet of shopping. Come early and be prepared to be amazed at what you’ll find in hundreds of booths over two floors.

Hwy 99E – Chico to Red Bluff

When you’re ready to pack up the RV and head down the road to Red Bluff, it’s an easy hour’s drive north, IF you don’t stop to take advantage of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetable offerings along the way.

Once in Red Bluff, you’ll soon see why Northern California RV travelers mark the town as a favorite stop. Not only is it known for its Western history and a great selection of antique stores, it’s also adjacent to Lassen Volcanic National Park. In other words, camping in Red Bluff always promises fantastic views as well as plenty of entertainment!

Once you’ve made a driving circuit of Red Bluff, built high above the Sacramento River, here are four more ideas for spending time while you’re there:

  • Shop and stroll in the Victorian charm of Downtown Red Bluff to find antiques, local arts and crafts and an impressive array of Western wear. Tip for RV camping rodeo fans: if you happen to be in town the third weekend of April, don’t miss the Red Bluff Round-Up, the country’s biggest two-day rodeo
  • Take a walking tour of the town’s gorgeous Victorian homes and be sure to tour the Kelly-Griggs House Museum (open Sundays only) to learn even more about the area’s early settlers.
  • Camp at Lassen Volcanic National Park, just north of town,  Ciff Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park and surrender to the wilderness beauty of the region. Whether your idea of outdoor recreation is a quiet walk on a forest trail or fishing an untamed waterway, you’ll find a place to do it in the shadow of Lassen Peak.
  • Visit Gaumer’s Jewelry & Museum: In business for decades, Gaumer’s offers shoppers the chance to learn about local mining history while exploring displays and exhibits featuring gems, minerals and custom-made jewelry.

The Route

How to get to Chico, our first destination on Hwy 99E? You actually have two choices,

  1. Follow I-5 (formerly known as Hwy 99W) north from Sacramento until you reach Hwy 32 and follow it east to Chico.
  2. Follow CA70/Hwy 99E north from Sacramento to Marysville and then continue north thru farmland and orchards on CA70 to Oroville, swinging west on CA149 to Chico.

A trip along Northern California’s Historic Hwy 99E promises plenty for art lovers, antiques hunters and history buffs. Make the whole trip in a weekend, or slow things down and branch out to the magnificent national forests and parks surrounding Chico and Red Bluff for a big dose of natural wonder.

Don’t own an RV? No problem—nothing could be easier than picking up your reserved motorhome rental in Sacramento, or if you’re planning to extend your trip to enjoy the Bay Area, our San Francisco location is waiting to help. We hope you’ll add your trip report to the Comments below!

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RV Camping Along Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

When we hit the road this Spring and Summer, let’s find something fascinating to explore! One of the most unusual geological regions in America can be found between Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California and Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon. Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway connects the two parks and offers ample opportunity for RV camping along the way.

Where to Start

No matter which end of the Byway is your starting point on this 500-mile round trip journey, it’s going to be extraordinary. California visitors will find Lassen Volcanic National Park, the southern terminus, about two and a half hours north of Sacramento on I-5.

If you’re starting at the northern end of the Byway, you’ll find your starting point at Crater Lake National Park northeast of Medford about 80 miles on OR-140.

What You’ll See & Where to Camp

Whether it’s waterfalls, volcanic lava fields, sparkling mountain lakes or the stunning sight of Mount Shasta, following the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway won’t disappoint. Scenic campsites along the way are an added bonus.

Here are just a few premier points of interest to discover on your route.

  • Pelican Bay on Upper Klamath Lake in northern Oregon is a stop you’ll definitely want to make. Paddle a water trail, fish for record-breaking trout or simply take in the view made famous by John Muir’s writings. RV campgrounds near Klamath Falls will let you camp close to the Bay.
  • Castle Crags State Park – Pick a campsite and then hike the trails for unforgettable views of massive granite crags and Mount Shasta.
  • Lava Beds National Monument/Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge – Lava tube caves, Native American rock art and RV camping in the nearby towns of Tionesta and Tulelake can make this a special stop for Byway travelers who like the unusual. The wildlife refuge is one more reason to make this side trip, with an auto tour through marshes and grasslands for bird watchers.
  • Dunsmuir, CA – History buffs will love this vintage railroad town in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Bring your fly fishing gear—the trout stream in town is legendary! Save time on your trip to admire the waterfalls between Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta, too.
  • Lake Almanor – Located near the southern end of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, Lake Almanor in Lassen National Forest is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Hundreds of forest campsites are available and a shoreline hike promises spectacular views.
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park – Mudpots, a bubbling hot lake and the scenic remnants of volcanoes are only three of the attractions RV travelers will find at this park at the Byway’s southern terminus. Primitive and developed campgrounds within the national park make it easy to extend your stay as you hike and drive through thousands of acres of natural attractions.
  • Crater Lake National Park at the Byway’s northern entrance is a remarkable place to begin or end your journey. The view of the lake is worthy of many vacation photos,
    Picture of Crater Lake in Oregon

    Picture of Crater Lake in Oregon

    so why not hike the rim trail once you’ve set up camp? See how many of the lake’s ‘wizard islands’ formed by cinder cones you can spot. Speaking of campgrounds, the park’s Mazama Campground has both primitive and developed sites. 

Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway provides RV travelers the chance to experience stunning views and exciting outdoor recreation. You’ll also learn about the history of northern California and southern Oregon with intimate side trips into the countryside, visiting quaint towns and historic attractions.

Let us help with a California RV rental and feel free to use our handy list of California campgrounds to plan your trip. We can’t wait to hear about the memories that RV camping along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway creates.

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RV Traveler’s Guide to California Underground

California’s natural beauty is no secret to anyone who’s visited, but did you know the Golden State is just as beautiful below the surface? California is home to an impressive number of caverns, with tours that will appeal to any level cave explorer. As you’re planning this year’s RV travel, consider discovering the wonders of California underground.

To start our tour of California caves, we’re headed for Lake Shasta, near Redding, CA. That’s where you’ll find Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark and a cave tour that begins with a boat ride! Cross the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake on your tour boat, ride the special bus to the cave’s remote entrance and then watch, listen and learn on a 45-minute guided tour through the cavern.

Tip for RV travelers hoping to visit: this cave tour isn’t suited for small children or anyone not able to climb multiple flights of stairs. If you’re up for it, you’re in for a treat and the surrounding scenery is spectacular, too. Numerous private RV campgrounds are located nearby to allow you to stay in comfort.

Another outstanding underground adventure is available in California Gold Country. This is your chance to visit not one but three caverns within three hours’ drive. To reach the northern-most cavern, travel US-50/CA-16 east from Sacramento to Sutter Creek, then CA-88 to Pine Grove’s Volcano Road to find Black Chasm National Natural Landmark. Whether you choose the walking cave tour or the Labyrinth Rock Scramble through an abandoned gold mine, it’ll be a fascinating trip.

You can then follow CA-88/CA-49 to California Cavern State Historic Landmark near San Andreas. This cavern offers three levels of exploration in a family-friendly atmosphere. Just down CA-49 to the south is Moaning Cavern Adventure Park, where you can rappel down the largest vertical chamber in the state, take a walking cave tour or combine rappelling with spelunking on the Adventure Tour.

For travelers hoping to add a magnificent national park into their caving adventures, why not visit Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park?  Crystal Cave, Sequoia National Park, CA  Travel CA-99 north from Bakersfield to Three Rivers and then on to the cave entrance within the national park. A half-mile hike will bring you to a marble wonderland below the surface of one of the nation’s prettiest preserves.

Round out your trip with hikes through groves of giant sequoias and a stay at a Three Rivers or Visalia campground.

For a truly unique caving experience, consider a trip to the La Jolla Underwater Park and Ecological Reserve, where you can explore the Seven Caves of La Jolla by kayak. You can visit one of these limestone sea caves on land, but don’t miss the chance to see the wonders of the other six by kayak tour. It’s a quick drive from San Diego to La Jolla, and San Diego area RV campgrounds make an overnight stay easy.

These are just six of the ways to discover the beauty of California underground by RV. Plan to visit all six, or pick one for each long weekend this summer. With California RV rentals plentiful and campgrounds up and down the Golden State just waiting to play host, what better way to learn something new about California this year?

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How to Get Away from the Crowd While RV Camping

Traveling by RV is always comfortable, no matter whether you’re parked in a luxury RV resort or deep within a national forest. For campers who enjoy solitude, seeking campsites beyond developed campgrounds can be your best choice, if you’re willing to plan ahead.

One of the easiest ways to get away from the crowd while RV camping is to take advantage of campsites at state and national forests. Here are just a few spots to consider as you plan your adventures:

  • If you’re planning a Virginia RV camping adventure, consider a visit to Shenandoah National Forest. The campgrounds there, set among woodlands, waterfalls and trails with panoramic views, offer dump stations, drinking water and large campsites.
  • Travelers planning a Pennsylvania RV vacation should take a look at the less-developed campgrounds in Allegheny National Forest. This vast greenspace is a fishing and hiking paradise and some campgrounds offer both electric or primitive campsites.
  • Visitors to California will want to take a look at Lassen National Forest, where several campgrounds accommodate your need for no-hookups privacy (and the views are simply breathtaking!)
  • Florida RV campers hoping for a less crowded environment can check out Osceola National Forest west of Jacksonville, especially the Ocean Pond campground. Three levels of camping allow you to pick how isolated you’d like to be while exploring the trails and waterways in this lush, green environment.

But you may be saying, “Wait a minute! What exactly do you mean by “camping outside of developed campgrounds”? What we’re talking about is a camping area where you’ll find a water supply, dump station and shower/restroom facilities close by, but perhaps without electric or water hookups at each campsite. You may not be able to use your electronic appliances and devices unless generator use is allowed, but the trade-off is in uncluttered views and uncrowded camping.

To take advantage of the beauty many of these campgrounds have to offer, you’ll have to plan ahead and make some adjustments to expectations. Here are some suggestions as you prepare to camp in a state or national forest campground.

  • Check ahead for rules about generator use, and plan for essentials accordingly.
  • Fill water tanks and empty waste water tanks before arriving.
  • Plan to cook on a gas stove or grill or plan menus that don’t require cooking.
  • Take care to only dispose of waste water at campground or park dump stations.
  • During the warmest hours of the day, plan activities like swimming or hiking in the deep woods to stay cool.
  • Plan ahead for safe food storage.
  • For ‘dispersed camping’ spots, where parking the RV is allowed in areas without amenities, you’ll need to pack out your own trash.

Being able to embrace the beauty of natural areas is possible even while enjoying RV comfort. Don’t own an RV? No problem—we’re always here to help with an RV rental.

With a little planning, camping in less crowded campgrounds might just become your favorite way to vacation. Why not start planning your get-away-from-it-all adventure now?

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California RV Camping Idea – Yuba Donner Scenic Byway

Yuba-Donner Scenic BywayDoes the thought of clear mountain lakes, national forest camping and the chance to play in an unforgettable northern California playground sound like the perfect vacation? If your answer is “Yes!” start planning now for an RV trip along the Yuba Donner Scenic Byway.

Your trailhead is in Truckee, California, just thirty miles from Reno, Nevada. All along this one hundred sixty mile Byway you’ll find magnificent scenery, exciting outdoor recreation and outstanding motorhome camping. Your entire itinerary is within the boundaries of the Tahoe National Forest, located in Northern California’s spectacular Sierra Nevadas.

Follow our quick guide below to planning your RV camping vacation along the Yuba Donner Scenic Byway.

Quick Guide to Planning Your Yuba Donner Scenic Byway Vacation

  • How You’ll Go: Start your journey in Truckee, California and travel north on CA-89 to Sierraville, then head west on CA-49 past Sierra City and Downieville. Your next leg is south down to Nevada City, finishing the circle by traveling CA-20 then I-80 east through Soda Springs, making your way back to Truckee. You can drive the entire byway in about six hours, but there’s so much to do and see, you’ll want to plan time to stop, camp and play along the way.
  • What You’ll See: This scenic byway roughly follows the route of the ill-fated Donner party, who spent a tragic winter here in 1846 when their wagon train was stranded by mountain snows. Take time to see the historic monuments and exhibits throughout this area to learn more about the stories of early pioneers as well as the California Gold Rush. One of our favorite side trips—Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park north of Nevada City.
  • What to Do: Hundreds of lakes, an abundance of mountain streams and rivers and impossibly tall granite bluffs provide excellent opportunities for fishing, photography, wildlife viewing, paddling, hiking, boating and swimming all along the Byway. Stop wherever you want along your route and take advantage of all this national forest has to offer.
  • Where to Camp: The National Forest Service website has detailed information on RV campgrounds within Tahoe National Forest, including nearby recreation opportunities. If you prefer private campgrounds, here are a couple of nearby RV parks to contact:
  • When to Go: The entire route is paved and is open year-round (some passes may close due to snowfall.) The peak season is after the winter snows have passed in the higher elevations, usually May 1 to September 1. RV packing tip: You’re going to find a wide range of temperatures as you wind your way through the Sierra Nevadas, so pack clothes for cool nights and warm days.
  • Where to Find an RV Rental: Here’s where we can help you plan the perfect vacation. With locations throughout California, it’s easy for you and your family to fly in, pick up a luxurious RV for your trip and head to Truckee. Click here to get started.

Get a jump on early summer RV travel this year by planning your trip to Yuba Donner Scenic Byway and Tahoe National Forest. Go for the history and natural beauty of the area and stay to enjoy a trip down a mountain river in a kayak, a visit to an historic mining town or a night spent camping in RV comfort, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

This is the year to take the motorhome vacation your family’s been longing to enjoy. Northeastern California and the grandeur you’ll see along the Yuba Donner Scenic Byway are custom-made for making RV camping memories.

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An RV Camping Trip on the California Coast

There is no better time to explore the California coast than right now.  It may still be winter, but the crowds are gone and you are going to get some solitude and privacy on this western vacation.  Take an RV as your mode of transport and sleeping quarters.  You will quickly find out how thrilling a trip up the Pacific coast can be.  It is also very convenient.  Rent your RV at El Monte RV Rentals in San Diego and get ready to experience the California coast in style.

Start out in Southern California and head north.  This is going to be a trip of a lifetime, with beaches where the Pacific ocean crashes ashore, redwoods shade your picnic area in the afternoon and comfortable RV campgrounds exist all along the way.  It is great to begin your adventures in San Diego where you can take time to visit the San Diego Zoo.  If the weather is warm enough, which it most likely will be, you can beachcomb on Coronado Beach.

Entrance to San Diego Zoo

Entrance to San Diego Zoo

A little further north is a mecca of seaside amusement – Oceanside.  Take a boating tour, go jet skiing or fish from the pier.  You can play a round of golf on one of the golf courses here in Oceanside or you may enjoy visiting the California Surf Museum.  RV camping is recommended at Oceanside RV Park .  Here you’ll have easy access to all the attractions the area has to offer.

The next place on your itinerary for the California coast trip is beautiful Santa Barbara.  Besides the lovely ocean views, there are historic sites to see, shops where you can pick up unique gifts for those back home, and hiking trails to explore at El Capitan State Beach.

Everyone must visit Monterey and Big Sur at least once in their life.  Driving Big Sur is a breathtaking trip along some of the most beautiful coastline in the United States.  With lots to do in Monterey, you can stay here for some days.  Bird watchers come to try and catch a glimpse of the rare California condor.  Others come specifically to tour the Monterey Aquarium.

Big Sur Coast

Big Sur Coast

A spectacular view of ocean and coastline is available at Point Reyes National Seashore.  As you watch the waves crashing against the headlands and see the sandy beaches and lighthouse, you know you have come to the right place to get inspiration for whatever your big dream is.  It’s a place of beauty and solitude.

After visiting Eureka and absorbing some area history in Old Town, you can head to Redwood National Park to walk among the redwoods.  This is a truly unique experience if you’ve never been to the coastal redwood forests before.

This is just a taste of what awaits you on the California coast.  Pack up the kids, your friends, neighbors and relatives and head off for one super RV trip.  You will love every second.

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Enjoy Sacramento Events this Winter on a Northern California RV Trip

Sacramento is not just a place to put on your itinerary because it is the capital of California, although that is a good reason to visit. There are numerous family-friendly events happening in the area this winter, too, which makes it a great city to have as a home base for a Northern California RV trip. An RV trip to Sacramento means convenient lodging, ease of travel and lots more. Camp at the CalExpo RV Park to be close to everything and enjoy plenty of amenities during your stay.

One event you won’t want to miss is the Sacramento Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show at the California Expo Center. Make RV Park reservations right away as it opens on the 22nd of November. This is an awesome affair and gives you the opportunity to get some incredible handmade Christmas gifts. On top of that, you will find live entertainment, foods that are mouth-watering, and a high energy ambiance. You’ll want your camera to take photos of loved ones and the strolling entertainers.

Sacramento Skyline

Sacramento Skyline

At the California Automobile Museum, stop on the 24th of November and take part in the Festival of Trees featuring A Taste of Northern California. Music is provided by a holiday band and there are many activities for the kids. Delicious hors d’ oeuvres will be available for those attending, local restaurants providing these treats.

From 28 November through 1 December, you can welcome in the New Year in a unique way. The Sacramento Hmong New Year will be at the California Exposition and State Fair   at Cal Expo and offers a special celebration with traditional song and dance.

On November 29th, you will have to decide among a couple of options for holiday fun. Perhaps you can do both! The Indian Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair will take place at the California State Indian Museum. You may choose this affair if you love looking at (or perhaps wish to purchase) Native American baskets, pottery, ornaments and jewelry. These make amazing gifts for the season – ones to get for those who “have everything.” You will also have access to the rest of the museum, as you will pay regular admission fees.

If you would rather browse California artists’ displays, then you may wish to head to the Crocker Art Museum Holiday Art & Craft Festival. This is also on the 29th and offers numerous craft arts like wood, jewelry, ceramics and glass. The start is at 10 am at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Sacramento.

To hear some Christmas music that can’t be beat, head south to Modesto and Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at Gallo Center for the Arts. It takes place on 4 December at 7 pm. This is electronic music extraordinaire! This world-famous music will certainly get you in the mood for the holidays, if you aren’t feeling it already.

Once Christmas Day is past, get ready for one of the most memorable New Year events yet. The Sacramento New Year’s Eve River Cruise is the ideal way to see the New Year in, with fireworks, music and toasting with champagne. The greatest way to end your winter RV tour of Sacramento events.

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Great San Diego Winter Festivals to Visit on an RV Vacation

Winter in San Diego is a mild affair and an ideal time for a vacation to this southern California city. All during the winter months you’ll discover fun festivals and events that will keep everyone in the family happy and entertained. RV campgrounds in and around San Diego offer numerous amenities to make your visit extraordinary. Below are some of the favorite festivals of San Diego locals and of folks from all over the country.

Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego

From November 18 through November 24, the 10th San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival will have wine and food enthusiasts enjoying one of the biggest events of the year, with some top-name celebrity chefs and some of the best wines around. With more than 200 wineries and breweries and seventy fine restaurants joining in, this certainly should be on your list of must-dos!

Music may be your “thing,” and if so the San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival is going to have to go to the top of your list. From 27 November through 1 December, this celebration features amazing bands in all different styles, including Dixieland, jazz, ragtime and swing. Hey, don’t forget rockabilly! No matter your taste in jazz, you’ll find it here. Just head to Mission Valley and start your music adventure at the Town & Country Hotel.

Stick around until December 6th and visit Balboa Park for Balboa Park December Nights. This has everything a festival should have, from foods and music to crafts and museum events. Best of all, this community festival is free, with museums opening their doors to visitors to celebrate the holidays. Dance performances are something to see, and as you experience the diversity of cultures in this once-a-year event, you will surely decide to come again next year to see what other treasured moments you may have. Every year the Santa Lucia Procession takes place at the Plaza de California which is a thrill.

Each year a parade happens on San Diego Bay, the Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. This year it is the 42nd year of colorful celebrations and you should be there on December 8th or 15th, or both dates! The boats float by all decked out with holiday lights, sparkling reminders of the season. This is delightful for adults and children alike and not to be missed!

After you celebrate your personal Christmas together with family and friends, take to the road again in San Diego and enjoy the festivities around town. Attend the San Diego Black Film Festival on January 30 through February 2 to enjoy the 11th year of amazing films, from shorts and feature films to comedies, drama and documentaries. With a spotlight on African American and African cinema, this festival is a unique and intriguing event.

Welcome in the Lunar New Year in a spectacular way at the Kearny Mesa Lunar New Year Festival. At Qualcomm Stadium from January 31st through February 2nd, this “Tet” Festival has so many activities that you may not be able to choose between them. Perhaps you can fit them all in. Thrill to martial arts exhibitions, live music, performing arts, and cultural games and shows. Watch the talent competition and cast your own votes.

From 21 to 23 February, you will love to see the Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival. Head over to Coronado High School and experience culture from around the world in one short period of three days. There will be more than 200 dancers and musicians at the Coronado Performing Arts Center and all will welcome you to visit and be thoroughly entertained.

However, you really need to take time out on the 22nd of February to go to the San Diego Brew Fest at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. Lots of live music and delicious food as well as amazing brews from California and beyond!

Last but certainly not least is the San Diego Bird Festival taking place in Marina Village on February 27th and running through to March 2nd. Go on some exciting birding expeditions, led by experts in their fields. It is a special experience to get out in nature and see Mother Nature’s wonders of the bird world.

San Diego is a marvelous place to be any time of year, but wintertime is particularly fun with all the festivities going on the entire time. This is a southern California adventure you won’t want to pass up this year.

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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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