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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Northern California Tailgating can be an RV Adventure

Tailgating is a great way to spend some time. Celebrating your time away at a big game offers the opportunity of getting together with friends and meeting new folks who share your sense of fun. Northern California has some great tailgating parties coming up and you won’t want to miss one of them. Going in an RV is more than half the fun, too!

Bulldog Stadium

Bulldog Stadium, Fresno CA

The first place to head is Candlestick Park or “The Stick” as it is affectionately called. As the seats begin to fill, you’ll discover waiting for kickoff is a big part of the experience. Since Candlestick Park is likely to be replaced by a new stadium soon, it might be good to get out here for a game or two before the move. You will want to make memories at this park so you can brag later to your friends about how wonderful fun you had at this 49ers stadium.

The 49ers will play the Carolina Panthers on the 10th of November, the St. Louis Rams on the 1st of December, the Seattle Seahawks on the 8th and finally the Atlanta Falcons on 23 December. First hit the Grand Plaza for all sorts of entertainment and food, and then begin your tailgating in the parking lot. If you have a traditional space, get there early to claim your spot.

Then in Berkeley, you can visit Memorial Stadium and head nearby to Maxwell Field for the tailgating. It is called Tailgate Town and starts three hours prior to the big kick-off. You will find a beer garden adds to the celebration! This is one big event, and be sure to note the times of the games – 2 November for Berkeley vs. Arizona and 9 November for Berkeley battling USC.

The California Bears will make your wait for kickoff worthwhile, but what the real entertainment is – tailgating. You won’t find much tailgating right next to the stadium but Maxwell Field is just north and offers the best in fan parties.

Tailgating at O.oc Coliseum takes place until right after kickoff. At that point there is no more consumption of food or beverages. You won’t be able to sneak a peek at the action via television or any other electronic device. So resign yourself to seeing the game live! You could have a worse fate!

Watch the Oakland Raiders vs. the Eagles on 9 November and against the Titans on 12 November. The Raiders play the Chiefs on 15 December and the Denver Broncos on 17 December.

It’s time for college football at AT&T Park. This is an exciting place to come for fall tailgating parties. Pac-12 vs. BYU is happening on the 27th of December. Bring your jackets and sweats and enjoy some drinking and partying with friends and neighbors. Don’t spend it at home watching everything on ESPN. Get out there and join in the celebrations. Park an RV in the Bus Lot and walk over to lot C or D to tailgate with your buddies.

If you head Fresno way, you’ll find more tailgating opportunities at the Bulldog Stadium where Fresno will challenge Nevada on November 2 and New Mexico on November 23. Traveling around and becoming part of the tailgate tradition in Northern California is something you definitely want to have on your list of great things to do 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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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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