RV Camping on Florida Panhandle Scenic Byways

Beaches, wildlife and one magnificent sunset after another—that’s what you can expect to find while RV camping along the scenic byways of Florida’s Panhandle. We’ve picked three itineraries to help you discover the area’s diverse beauty.

RV Camping on Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway

Follow Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway to discover mysterious legends, small town charm and the highest bluffs on the Florida coast. Follow US-90 in Pensacola north along Pensacola Bay and get ready to fall under the spell of these fascinating places:

  • Magnolia Bluff – incomparable views of Escambia Bay
  • Emanuel Point – where shipwrecks wait to be discovered offshore
  • Bayou Texar – take the drive across the bridge for a one-of-a-kind experience
  • Gaberonne Swamp – discover the plants and animals of native swampland, with a touch of Spanish history tossed in for good measure
  • East Pensacola Heights – quaint shopping and residential district with old Florida charm

Search our directory of Florida campgrounds in the Pensacola area, and take your time to enjoy its dramatic beauty.

Scenic Highway 30A by RV

It’s less than thirty miles long, but this stretch of highway through Florida’s South Walton area encompasses the very best of the state. With more than a dozen distinct beach communities offering almost unlimited attractions, the question will be, “What should we enjoy first?”

Plan time to take in the sights, sounds and flavors along South Walton’s white sand beaches. From the architectural wonders of Seaside to the towering dunes of Blue Mountain Beach, there’s something for everyone to love along this byway. You’ll also want to add a trip to the area’s two state parks, Grayton Beach and Topsail Hill Preserve, to round out your enjoyment of South Walton. Bonus: both state parks boast full-service RV campgrounds!

Big Bend Scenic Byway

As this combination of highways winds between Tallahassee and Apalachicola, the Florida Panhandle RV traveler is treated to an amazing array of natural and cultural wonders. Use this detailed guide to the Big Bend Scenic Byway to map your route along the Coastal Trail spurs, the Forest Trail or the all-encompassing Two-Day Loop Trail. Everywhere you turn, you’re going to find something memorable on this Byway.

Big Bend Scenic Byway, Florida

Big Bend Scenic Byway, Florida

Here are just a few of the sights you can see along the way:

  • George Island State Park—unspoiled beauty, sea turtles and plenty of specimens for your shell collection
  • Wakulla Springs State Park—home to one of the world’s deepest freshwater springs
  • Marks—a vintage coastal town where two rivers meet, with easy access to a wide range of hiking and biking trails
  • Ochlockonee River State Park—come watch for manatee and other coastal wildlife in this lush preserve
  • St Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Lighthouse—seventy thousand acres of wetlands and marshes plus a well-preserved lighthouse make this a stop you’ll want to make.

As you travel through Florida’s sun-drenched Panhandle, you’ll find fascinating wildlife, beautiful beaches and history reaching back to the first Spanish explorers. Get in touch with us for a Florida RV rental and start planning your own epic journey along a Florida Panhandle Scenic Byway.

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An RV Trip along the Natchez Trace Parkway from Nashville

The Birdsong Hollow Bridge

The Birdsong Hollow Bridge

Hopping in your RV for a winter trip along the Natchez Trace Parkway is something you need to plan in the coming months. This 444-mile drive offers unbelievable scenery and plenty of American history. The “Old Trace” is a path that involved Indians, settlers and presidents. Outdoor recreation is abundant too!

Start out in Nashville, TN and stay awhile to enjoy the sights to see in “Music City.” Before you begin your travels along the parkway, you will want to get caught up in all Nashville has to offer the visitor. There is always a huge calendar of events which showcases the best musical experiences you can imagine.

There is no doubt that your first stop should be the Grand Ole Opry House on Opryland Drive. Pick up a concert schedule and get tickets to see some of the best country music artists around. This spot has launched many careers. Then visit the Hermitage to see exhibits, a film about the history of President Andrew Jackson. This Antebellum plantation is now restored and is a fabulous museum.

More history is waiting for you at the Belle Meade Plantation where you get a true flavor of the historic American south. Then head over to 5th Avenue South to take in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville’s entertainment district. You will find many treasures that will bring back memories of country music as it used to be. Then at the Tennessee State Museum experience a long list of historic displays that highlight periods in Tennessee from prehistoric times to the Civil War and Reconstruction.

In the evening, you will want to spend some time on the General Jackson Showboat. This 300-foot-long paddlewheel riverboat is styled just like those that moved up and down the waterways in the south in the 1800s. Have a delicious dinner, dance on the deck under the stars and relax. You can also enjoy a cruise in the daylight hours.

Now you are ready to take off on the Natchez Trace Parkway and travel south out of Nashville. This is a year round drive that is sure to please any RVer. However, you must make it a point to fill up before leaving Nashville as there is only one gas station on the Parkway. It is located at mile 193. Stop along the way to hike, fish or take part in special events. Rangers can give you schedules so you can plan your itinerary.

When you come to Birdsong Hollow, stop near the arched bridge and take in the view. You can see its innovative design from north of the bridge at the parking area, or taking the exit ramp just south of the bridge which takes you to Highway 96. From here you will be looking up at the entire length. Be sure to have your camera handy.

When you come to Tennessee Valley Divide you will be at milepost 423.9 and can stop for some fresh air, stretch your legs and take in the views. Then you will want to visit the Phosphate Mine for a real treat. You can hike for five minutes to a railroad bed and collapsed mineshaft for a unique experience. As you drive on and move south of the Tennessee State line, there are opportunities for short walks, stops at prehistoric mound sites and other historical points of interest. At Colbert Ferry in Alabama you can park in the parking area and walk a short distance up a small path to see Colbert’s stand where travelers stopped for shelter. Add on another twenty minutes of walking and you will come to a bluff overlook.

You will come to the Bear Creek Mound and Village Site before leaving Alabama and entering Mississippi. This was a ceremonial site in 1100 to 1300 A.D. This is at milepost 308.8 and is free of charge to view. Another great stop is the Twentymile Bottom Overlook. You may see other places to pull over and enjoy the Mississippi weather.

Tupelo, Mississippi is a wonderful place to stop off to do some shopping and to see the birthplace of Elvis Presley. You will also like to visit the Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo. You will find the Natchez Trace RV Park is just south of Tupelo and offers wonderful RV camping.

You will finally reach Natchez, Mississippi which is the end of your trip. This is the oldest settlement on the Mississippi. Be sure to allot some time to stay here a while so you can wind down from your drive and enjoy some browsing in the shops and grab some incredibly good food.

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RV Vacation Fun on the Talimena National Scenic Byway

Talimena Scenic Byway

Talimena Scenic Byway

If you’re looking for an amazing RV vacation, look no further than the Talimena National Scenic Byway – a 54-mile stretch of highway that runs along the ridge of the Ouachita Mountains, located at the border between the states of Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Don’t just limit yourself to driving along the highway for an hour or two, however. There are enough things to do along this road that you could easily spend multiple days here, coming back to visit in every season. There are different sights to see and different activities to enjoy whether you come during the winter, spring, summer, or fall.

One thing you might want to do is see the mountains the way the original settlers did. You can take a number of hikes of different lengths, or rent horses for a day ride through the mountains.

Devoted birders will want to visit “Bird Island” in Lake Ouachita. The mountains are home to a wide variety of species of birds, including many that are extremely unusual and hard to find outside of this protected area. There is also a great deal of wildlife, much of it visible from the windows of your motorhome as you drive along the scenic highway.

The Ouachita Mountains are named from an Indian word meaning “hunting trip”, and there are still plenty of hunting and fishing opportunities to be had among the mountains. On the Arkansas side of the mountains, you can hunt bear, beaver, birds, bobcats, coyotes, deer, elk, fox, opossum, otters, raccoons, quail, turkey, and waterfowl. On the Oklahoma side of the mountains, you can hunt antelope, bear, birds, deer, pheasant, quail, rabbit, squirrel, turkey, and waterfowl. Of course, you must obtain the correct hunting permits from the appropriate state authorities. Also important to note is that in some parks you are required to display a permit in your vehicle. Please check the local authorities.

Other exciting additions to your RV vacation are the many watersports in the lakes and rivers of the Ouachita Mountains. You can take day trips or overnight adventures through whitewater rapids, go kayaking, or go boating on the many lakes.

A short distance away in the San Bois Mountains, you’ll find the notorious Robbers Cave. This location is known to have been a hideout used by Jesse James and Belle Starr. Nowadays, it is popular with those who love exploring caves, as well as climbers and rappellers who traverse up and down the outside of the cave.

There are plenty of RV Parks in the countryside around the Talimena National Scenic Byway. Some are rustic campgrounds, some include horseback riding and trail rides, and one even includes a health spa.

While you’re here, be sure to sample the local barbecue. It’s considered a specialty. There are also a number of local artisans that sell their wares at specialty shops tucked away in remote locations. You can find antiques, novelties, and curios. Don’t worry about buying too much, because you can always store your finds in your RV!

Picture credits: The picture of the Talimena Scenic Byway is from the National Scenic Byways website. It is public domain by Dennis Adams.

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A Fulfilling RV Excursion to Mount Rushmore and Points Beyond

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

The Black Hills of South Dakota is an amazing destination for an RV trip. Filled with history and spectacular landscapes of stone, volcanic deposits and granite outcroppings, the Black Hills are perfect for a family on a journey of discovery. Places you have read about in history books come to life. Sculptures that have appeared in publications throughout the world stand before you in all their glory.

Of all attractions in the Black Hills area, Mount Rushmore is the most inspirational. Here you have enormous granite sculptures of the Presidents of our land who strived to keep us free. Carved in 60-foot relief are the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. The leadership and visions of these men are memorialized right here.

While here, you can take a tour with a ranger so you can learn historic facts regarding the memorial itself and history of the area. Visit the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center to start your tour. You will also find interactive exhibits for the whole family. Then head out on the Presidential Trail which will take you up close and personal to the faces of these famous men. There are other trails in the area so if you enjoy hiking, you are set for some adventures.

One item you must include on your Black Hills itinerary is the Crazy Horse Memorial. Crazy Horse was a Sioux warrior and defeated George Armstrong Custer during the Battle of Little Big Horn. This statue is not yet complete, but is expected to be the largest sculpture in the world when finally finished.

The Black Hills offer plenty of spots to park your RV and make a temporary home away from home while you explore the region. The Mount Rushmore KOA may be a good bet, with pools, spas and a waterslide to cool off on hot days. You can make this the hub of your vacation and branch out to enter the mountains and forests for fishing, hiking and much more.

Head over to the western edge of the Black Hills to tour Badlands National Park. Don’t forget to bring your camera with you. The rugged beauty must be captured to take home. Wildlife here is abundant and you are sure to see bighorn sheep, bison and cute little prairie dogs.

Custer State Park is another must-see. There are 71,000 acres inviting you to explore and have the time of your life. Again, wildlife is all around. A herd of bison roams freely, and you may even be stopped along the road as they block the way. Four mountain lakes offer superior fishing opportunities. There are trails where you can hike or ride a mountain bike or even a horse.

Up north in the Black Hills, take Spearfish Canyon National Forest Scenic Byway for fabulous views of cliffs, waterfalls and streams. If visiting in August, you must stop at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, where thousands of cyclists arrive to explore the Black Hills. It’s a real celebration of our land. Yes, it’s all waiting for you at the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore!

Picture credits: The picture of Mount Rushmore is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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A Scenic Journey to Nevada’s Ruby Mountains on an RV Vacation

The Jewel of the Ruby Mountains is a trip not to be missed. Nevada is an enticing spot for an RV vacation, with its glacier-carved canyons, tall peaks and flowered meadows. This scenic journey will start in Elko, Nevada and take you into Lamoille Canyon to your final destination – Road’s End and a picnic to remember.

If coming from the East, you will take Interstate 80 West, through Salt Lake City and to Elko. Stop in Elko, Nevada for a meal in a nice restaurant before beginning your adventure into the wild outdoors. When you begin your RV trip, take Lamoille Highway (Route 227) south, passing through Spring Creek. Before you reach Lamoille, Nevada, you’ll see signs for Lamoille Canyon Recreation Area, and you’ll turn on Forest Service Road 660, which is Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway.

Now you are entering the canyon area of the beautiful Ruby Mountains. You can follow the interpretative signs for your own self-guided tour. The Ruby Mountain Wilderness encompasses more than 90,000 acres and here you’ll find many outdoor activities to keep you and your loved ones busy the whole day through. Don’t fail to stop at the many overlook spots along the route. You’ll marvel at the spectacular views.

Lamoille Canyon contains sights much like Yosemite National Park, with hanging valleys, towering mountain peaks, lakes and meadows. You will no doubt look in awe at Ruby Dome, where climbing and mountaineering are popular. Wildlife consists of mountain lion, elk, bighorn sheep, coyote and mule deer. You can fish the lakes and streams to catch rainbow and brook trout.

Those who love to get out and stretch those driving-weary muscles will enjoy the many trails that take you into the backcountry. You’ll discover your favorite trail among the 100 miles of trails in this region. When far enough along Lamoille Canyon Road, you’ll be in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest with a long list of day hikes to enjoy within the Ruby Mountains Ranger District. Hike part of the Ruby Crest Trail or the whole 40 miles if you feel up to it.

Camping is available, with the Thomas Canyon Campground offering RV camping for vehicles up to 45 feet. Picnic on the natural terraces, fish in Lamoille Creek, and relax in the shade of the cottonwood and aspen. A trail from the campground will take you past a couple of lovely waterfalls and through an alpine meadow.

When you come to Road’s End at the very end of the byway, you can spread a picnic lunch while contemplating all the fun you’ve had so far in the great outdoors. If you head back to State Route 227 and continue south, you’ll come to Lamoille, Nevada, another charming stop to put on your itinerary. As long as you are so close, it is well worth the few extra miles. In the winter this little town is alive with skiers hitting the Ruby Mountain slopes for some fun. In the summer, it’s a great place to visit as a gentle re-entry point to day-to-day life.

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Explore Maine’s Old Canada Road Scenic Byway by RV

Old Canada Road Scenic Byway

Old Canada Road Scenic Byway

An RV vacation in the endless beauty of Maine’s North Woods leaves visitors breathless, stunned by the scenery, the pristine forests and the wide array of outdoor recreation available. Driving the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway gives you the best of the best of all of these.

If coming from Boston, Massachusetts, take Interstate 95 north through New Hampshire into Maine. After you pass the Waterville exit, you will come to Route 201, and you turn north to start your adventure through the natural setting of Maine’s wilderness landscapes.

When you plan on enjoying some fishing or hunting during your Maine RV trip, be sure to get your state license before you leave. You’ll be fully prepared and won’t have to put off having some fun out there in the wilderness.

As you move along Route 201, you will be following the same path as the Abenaki Indians when they did their trading in the north. Abenaki lands extended across much of northern New England and into southern Quebec. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the abundant wildlife wandering through the forests, across mountain ridges and by the rivers.

Once through Lakewood, Maine, you will soon reach Solon. The woods around Solon provide some great hunting, if this is what you are looking for in outdoor excitement. You may get to have the thrill of bagging a bear on this trip. The 13-mile-long Wyman Lake is a spot you shouldn’t miss, particularly if you enjoy boating and fishing. Throw in a line and catch some yellow perch, sunfish or rainbow trout.

Next stop? Moxie Mountain, a 2920-foot peak where hiking is perfect for those ready for some strenuous exercise. Climbing to the summit will put you in touch with some views, time to catch your breath and reflect. Back in your RV to head for Caratunk and the Appalachian Trail. This is likely one of the finest hiking trails in the U.S., with miles of it to experience right in Maine. You don’t have to hike all of its more than 2,000 miles. Just a few miles is enough to impress.

Visit the spot where two rivers meet – The Forks. Here the Kennebec River and Dead River converge and provide opportunities for some exciting whitewater rafting. In the winter, you’ll discover snowmobile trails to explore, and wonderful hiking or ATV riding in the summer months.

Ten miles north of Caratunk, discover Moxie Falls with its gorgeous 30-yard cascade. The falls is only a couple miles east of Route 201 and easy to access, with a short hike from parking. This scenic waterfall is the tallest waterfall in Maine and a must-see. Head a little way downstream for some delightful swimming, but be warned, it is a challenging scramble over rocks to get there.

As you approach Jackman, Maine, you’ll discover majestic mountains just waiting for you to climb, hike or simply enjoy the view. Coburn Mountain at over 3,700 feet presents some challenging adventures. Bring your camera and a picnic lunch to the summit. Stop later in Jackman for dinner and supplies. In March you can take in a sled dog race. The Northeast Championship Sled Dog Race will leave you breathless, even if you aren’t participating.

Find a multitude of hiking trails in the Jackman and Forks region to test your skills. From moderate to difficult, these mountains will inspire you to get out and stretch your legs – and the rest of you! Choose among Sally Mountain, Boundary Bald Mountain or Cold Stream Falls, the most remote. Other activities you can substitute for hiking include picnicking at the Attean View rest area or sitting by the Moose River to watch the sun go down.

A side-trip for a complete RV vacation experience would be to take Highway 6 to Moosehead Lake. Escape from workaday cares and worries by relaxing lakeside and enjoying the clear waters surrounded by serene forested hills. To finish your trip, you go back to Route 201 and drive north until you reach Sandy Bay at the international border with Canada.

You have made it to the end of your journey and are ready to begin the drive back, stopping at all the sights you may have missed the first time. The Old Canada Road Scenic Byway by RV is certainly a trip you must make, summer or winter, for some of the most beautiful scenery and outdoor recreation available in the northeast United States.

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How to Enjoy RV Camping at Edisto Beach State Park

Edisto Beach in the Morning

Edisto Beach in the Morning

We love finding those special places where our RV rental clients can relax in the beauty of nature. One such place is South Carolina’s Edisto Beach State Park. Whether you camp on the ocean or along a scenic salt marsh, an RV journey to Edisto Beach can be delightfully healing.

Traveling from the Intercoastal Waterway to South Carolina’s coast can be an awesome beginning to your trip. Edisto Beach Scenic Byway, otherwise known as SC-174, leads the way from the much-photographed Dawhoo (McKinley Washington, Jr) Bridge to Edisto Beach and the mysteries of the Lowcountry. This byway leads RV travelers past farms, marshes and plantations, with the scent of salt air becoming stronger by the minute. Treat yourself to the incomparable splendor of Edisto Beach Scenic Byway as the first stage of your South Carolina RV camping vacation.

Crossing the island, you’ll find Edisto Beach State Park on the island’s eastern shore, wrapped around the village of Edisto Beach. No crowded beachfront here; the entire island is dedicated to maintaining a peaceful, laid back atmosphere.

This oceanside state park greets visitors with an excellent interpretive center that educates about the island’s Native American history, the development of agriculture in the area and the efforts to preserve the unique environment of Edisto Island.

Camping at one of Edisto Beach State Park’s two campgrounds will make your visit even more enjoyable. The state park’s campsites are both affordable and convenient to plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities, year-round.

The warm summer months mean swimming in the waves and enjoying the crabbing for which the island is famous. Edisto’s mild winters allow RV campers to hike, bike and watch for a wonderful variety of wildlife along the interpretive trails. Venture beyond the boundaries of the state park and you’ll find Edisto Island Serpentarium in the village of Edisto Beach. Home to snakes and reptiles native to the island, it’s a fascinating way to spend an afternoon.

If you like surf fishing, Edisto Beach State Park is also an excellent playground. Edisto Island also offers excellent river fishing, especially along the north and south branches of the Edisto River. Charter a fishing guide while on the island; all you’ll need to bring is your sense of adventure!

Speaking of outdoor adventures, we need to share one more tip; kayaking the waterways surrounding Edisto Beach State Park will challenge your talents and allow you to bring back some pretty exciting vacation memories.

In winter or summer, Edisto Beach State Park opens the door to a coastal RV adventure you’ll long remember. We encourage our RV camping friends to consider a trip soon to Edisto Island. Talk to our staff;  we’ve got the RV rental you’ll need to thoroughly enjoy your camping trip to the South Carolina coast.

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RV Camping on the Savannah River Scenic Byway

Three rivers, lush national parks and exciting RV camping is waiting for South Carolina RV campers on the Savannah River National Scenic Byway. Come along on a Southern RV journey as we explore the joys of the Savannah River Valley.

Savannah River Scenic Byway Highlights
This National Scenic Byway starts on SC-28 at Clarks Hill, SC. Journey north up the Savannah River Valley into the rolling pine forests of Hamilton Branch State Park. Make plans to camp there, on the shores of J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir, where fishing for crappie and striper and biking the Steven’s Creek Bike Trail are just two of the ways RV travelers enjoy this immense water playground.

When you’re ready to move on, travel north on SC-28 to the Town of McCormick, with easy access to three state parks. Play on the water, camp in the forests and hit the trails for a delightful time in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Save time to visit the historic downtown district of McCormick. You can also tour the gold mining tunnels that run beneath McCormick, as well as pan for gold, at the Heritage Gold Mine Park.

The Savannah River National Scenic Byway now swings northwest on SR-81 to Richard B Russell State Park and Lake Russell. A favorite with fishermen, this scenic lake surrounded by pristine wilderness straddles the Georgia/South Carolina line. Enjoy camping in the woods, golf at Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course or take to the water for some of the best bass fishing in the area. Here’s a tip: Calhoun Falls State Park on Lake Russell is the place for hiking, horseback riding and exploring old homesites. Another interesting side trip is on Hwy 72 west of Calhoun Falls to Abbeville, birthplace of the Confederacy.

As you continue north on SR-81 toward Lake Hartwell, enjoy the scenic river valley as well as the Southern charm of towns like Lowndesville, Iva and Starr. Another historic gem on the shores of Lake Hartwell is the City of Anderson, SC. Explore its historic districts and gorgeous plantations, and if you’re there on the weekend, be sure to take in the South’s largest flea market in Belton! Take the kids to Issaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel Park to learn some local history while viewing the ten-story waterfall.

Lake Hartwell is located at the north end of the Savannah River National Scenic Byway. Lake Hartwell Camping and Cabins is a wonderful place to set up camp. In addition to marinas, trails, swimming beaches and excellent fishing, RV travelers will also enjoy a trip to the town of Clemson on the lakeshore. This is your chance to visit Clemson University, as well as the antebellum home of John C. Calhoun and the South Carolina Botanical Gardens. A visit to Clemson is a fitting end to your RV camping trek on this Byway.

As you plan your own RV camping trip along the Savannah River National Scenic Byway, the El Monte RV Rentals office in Atlanta is ready to serve. The beauty of the Savannah River Valley and the comfort of RV camping are a potent combination for insuring an unforgettable vacation!

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Ten Sites to See Near Santa Fe Springs

San Gabriel Mountains in the Angeles National Forest

San Gabriel Mountains in the Angeles National Forest

When planning to come to Southern California by RV, consider making Santa Fe Springs your starting point. A busy, industrial center near Los Angeles, this city is also within a couple hours’ drive of all sorts of outdoor attractions. From national forest to windswept beaches, you’ll find plenty to do on your RV camping trip to Santa Fe Springs.

  1. Angeles National Forest – It’s hard to believe a vast wilderness lies just beyond the boundaries of Los Angeles! The Angeles National Forest is the perfect place to relax in the beauty of nature, thanks to three RV campgrounds and hundreds of miles of trails. Snow-capped peaks, pine forests and sheer rock canyons offer Santa Fe Springs motorhome campers a wide range of outdoor activities.
  2. Channel Islands National Park, off the coast east of Los Angeles, is a spectacular chain of pristine islands accessible only by boat. A day trip to Channel Islands NP is definitely in order for RV travelers visiting Los Angeles. Favorite Channel Islands experiences:
    • Visit Anacapa Light Station
    • Watch sea lions on San Miguel Island
    • Go snorkeling or sea kayaking off Santa Barbara Island
  3. Huntington Beach Pier – A timeless attraction in Huntington Beach, a SoCal city where surfing and laid back living rule, is an eighteen-hundred-foot pier perfect for strolling, fishing or people watching. Huntington Beach Pier is the center of activity along this city’s eight plus miles of beach, so bring the family and plan to spend the day. Active RVers will also want to know that the Huntington Beach Bike Trail runs eight and one half miles along the ocean and links at each end to longer trails.
  4. Jacinto Reyes National Scenic Byway (Hwy 33) is located almost entirely in Los Padres National Forest near Santa Barbara. From dense forests to breathtaking cliffs, the view is never the same from mile to mile, making it a favorite with our Los Angeles RV rental customers. While you’re visiting the National Forest, plan time to explore its ten wilderness areas where mountain biking, hiking and nature photography are popular activities.
  5. Jalama Beach County Park in Lompoc not only lets motorhome campers enjoy a day at the beach, it also offers year-round RV campsites. Surf fishing and whale watching are just two of the outdoor activities that draw visitors to Jalama Beach.
  6. Joshua Trees in Joshua Tree National Park

    Joshua Trees in Joshua Tree National Park

    Joshua Tree National Park, a fascinating desert habitat about three hours east of Santa Fe Springs, is an excellent place to study desert wildlife. Hike the trails and take in the ranger presentations to learn how the rock-strewn canyons of the park play host to an amazing number of species. Campgrounds are available throughout the eight-hundred-thousand acre park, which means you can hike the rugged terrain and still come home to RV luxury in the evening.

  7. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, just four hours northeast of Santa Fe Springs, are the places to visit for splendid views and memorable RV camping. Side-by-side, the two parks showcase the craggy mountain vistas south of Yosemite as well as the enormous trees for which Sequoia National Park is named. What to do while you’re there?
  8. Six Flags Magic Mountain is a thrilling way for your family to spend the day near Los Angeles. Less than an hour from Santa Fe Springs in Valencia, this amusement park is famous for its enormous themed roller coasters.
  9. University of Southern California Trojans Football is a great way to spend an autumn afternoon. Schedule your Los Angeles RV trip so that you can sit in the stands and cheer the Trojans on to victory (and don’t forget the RV tailgating action before the game!)
  10. Whitewater Rafting – Kern and Kaweah Rivers – This is your chance to experience the wild and scenic rivers near Los Angeles on a whitewater rafting excursion. Los Angeles whitewater rafting outfitters can arrange a trip on the forks of the Kern River near Bakersfield or the Kaweah River near Fresno. An exciting, scenery-rich trip can be had by all, whether you prefer quiet ripples or boiling Class IV rapids.

Picture credits: The picture of the San Gabriel Mountains is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 1.0 Generic license. The picture of the Joshua Trees is in the public domain.

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Oregon Outback Scenic Byway by RV

Picture of the Paulina Creek Falls in the Deschutes National Forest

Paulina Creek Falls in the Deschutes National Forest

Central Oregon’s million-acre Deschutes National Forest offers RV camping vacation possibilities for the weekend, week-long or we’re-going-to-be-gone-awhile RV travelers. One of the most memorable ways to experience this vast forest is on the Outback Scenic Byway, from La Pine, OR through the heart of the forest to Lakeview. It’s a little over one hundred miles from end to end, but this byway is loaded with historic and natural wonders to discover. Plan to take your time and savor the Oregon Outback by RV.

Outback Scenic Byway Itinerary
The Outback Scenic Byway (Hwy 31) explores the volcanic slopes, mountain lakes, pine forests and sagebrush desert of Central Oregon. Beginning in La Pine, OR, in the heart of Deschutes NF, this byway travels south and soon passes near a number of fascinating historic and natural attractions. Fort Rock State Natural Area, a rugged desert volcanic formation, makes for excellent hiking (be sure to seek out the immense “Hole in the Ground” while you’re there.) Nearby Christmas Valley Sand Dunes offer RVers plenty of OHV action. And to learn about the area’s early settlers, visit the Homestead Village Museum in Fort Rock, OR.

And then it’s south on the Outback Scenic Byway through the village of Silver Lake, over Picture Rock Pass, where ancient petroglyphs can be seen, and into a wonderland of alkali lakes and natural hot springs. Plan a stay at Summer Lake Hot Springs RV Resort for a unique, spa-centered experience on the byway. Another way RVers love to experience Summer Lake is by hiking the eighteen-thousand-acre wildlife refuge. By the way, anglers will find nearby Ana Reservoir RV Park is close to rainbow trout and bass fishing hotspots.

Did we mention that part of the unique appeal of the Oregon Outback is the ability to drive for miles without seeing a house or a town? This is a place where pulling off at an overlook for panoramic views can be a solitary experience. But if you need a little civilization mixed in with open spaces, quaint towns along the Oregon Outback Scenic Byway fit the bill. Towns like Paisley, Christmas Valley and Fort Rock offer mercantiles, cafes and taverns, each with rugged desert charm. OregonsOutback.com has a nice listing of points of interest along the byway.

Let’s keep rolling to find the wonders of Lake Abert and the Abert Rim, about thirteen miles off the byway at Valley Falls. The lake is saline, inhabited only by brine shrimp, but that makes it the perfect place for bird watching! If you’re up to the challenge, hike to the Rim to capture magnificent photos from this quarter-mile-high rock formation above the high desert.

Just south of Lake Abert, RV camping rockhounds will find an Oregon Outback treasure, the Sunstone Gem Collection Area, where you can hunt for the state’s official gem. Once you’ve hunted for flashing stones in the desert, it’s time to head south again.

As you make the final run of this itinerary to the mountain town of Lakeview, plan to stay and play awhile. Settled at the base of the Warner Mountains, the area surrounding Lakeview is a wonderful place to hike, bike and fish. Keep your eyes to the sky and you may see hang-gliders launching from area bluffs. Junipers Reservoir RV Resort, located on a working cattle ranch, offers access to a wealth of outdoor recreation.

Want some memorable wildlife photos to take home from vacation? Visit Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, surrounded by a picturesque chain of lakes east of Lakeview. It’s likely you’ll also spy bighorn sheep, elk and deer along the way.

Ready for an Oregon RV camping adventure? The Oregon Outback is waiting for RV camping fans to come discover its rugged desert charm. We’ll help you find the perfect RV rental for your trip, and then it’s off to follow your imagination along the Oregon Outback Scenic Byway.

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