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Summer is quickly coming to a close, but there is still time to celebrate the season with one final Calabasas RV road trip. Here at Expedition Motorhomes, we’re always looking for an excuse to take to the road and explore California a little more. Oftentimes, those excuses come in the form of celebrations, as The Golden State is full of festivals and parties if you know where to look. And while there are many reasons to kick off a vacation in your Calabasas RV rental this September, some of the festivals this month are simply not to be missed. Keep reading to learn a bit more about some of our favorite end-of-summer celebrations.
The Long Beach Original Lobster Festival
Just down the road from Expedition Motorhomes, Long Beach, CA is an easy stop on any Calabasas RV road trip. If you find yourself in the area around the weekend of September 8 – 10, do not miss the Original Lobster Festival at Rainbow Lagoon. This growing celebration has become a tradition over the last 20 years and includes plenty of live music, arts and crafts booths, drinks, karaoke, face painting, a petting zoo, animal variety show, and, of course, delicious lobster and other food. Being so close to your RV rental headquarters, stopping by for a few hours before or after you return your vehicle is a no brainer.
The Northern California Renaissance Faire will be held in Hollister, CA, just a little south of San Jose, every weekend from September 16th to October 15th and is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area. Complete with period costumes, delicious food, jousts, medieval entertainment, and local artists, there is no shortage of things to taste or experience in Hollister on weekends in September.
Thousands of people look forward to this Central Coast staple each year, and this 60th incarnation is shaping up to be an especially good one. Held in beautiful Monterey, CA, the festival showcases local and international artists over the course of three days and nights (September 15 – 17). This year, there is a special tribute to legend Herbie Hancock in addition to the countless other artists and collaborations that will wow audiences from rope drop to final encore during this sure-to-be unforgettable September weekend.
Californians are always looking for an excuse to celebrate, and this September is no exception. There are countless festivals and parties to participate in if you know where to look. At Expedition Motorhomes, we’re here to help you find them. While the above three are a good start, check out the link below for an even more comprehensive list of September soirees. Then, give us a call to secure your Calabasas RV rental and get this show on the road!
Whether you are a nature lover, enjoy a good bird song in the morning, or are an avid bird watcher, California provides an incredible backdrop for you to experience avian magic all across the state. Birds can be found on all seven continents and, while you are driving the roads in your Expedition Motorhomes California RV rentals, it is quite easy to add a few bird-oriented stops to your trip. Even if you are not ticking off a life list of birds, each of the following coastal destinations is a worthy stop in its own right. Experiencing the breadth and diversity of bird life in these regions is just an added bonus.
A Must Visit Destination for all Northbound California RV Rentals
South Humboldt Bay State Marine Recreation Management Area, outside of Loleta, CA north of San Francisco, is a birders and sea lovers paradise. Breathtaking views, more than 250 different bird species, colorful intertidal life, kayaking opportunities, and two spits that separate Humboldt Bay from the Pacific Ocean make this slice of coastal California a quintessential Northern California bird watching destination. If you plan to head this far north, you can’t miss opportunities to explore the redwood forests, national parks, and San Francisco along the way!
Stunning Coastal Beauty just outside of San Francisco
Another Northern California birding destination worth a visit no matter your relationship with our feathered friends is Point Reyes National Seashore. Sheer cliffs, breathtaking beaches, and the regular electric sunset draw thousands of visitors each year. Despite being so close to San Francisco Point Reyes still feels wild, and the 470 species of birds that have passed through this place can attest to that. In addition to bird watching, visitors can fish, kayak, camp, hike, and explore to their hearts content!
A Warmer Retreat close to your California RV Rentals Headquarters
If you’re not quite ready to dive into adventure birding and would prefer to give bird watching a try a little closer to Expedition Motorhomes, look no further than Bolsa Chica Basin State Marine Conservation Area. This protected area is just outside of Huntington Beach and is the perfect Southern California birding getaway. More than 300 different bird species call this place home, and it is an essential stop for many on their migratory path to their typical homes in South America or further to the north. This is a great place to visit, even if you have just a half a day to kill in Los Angeles before returning your motorhome rental.
Bird watching is a quick and easy activity to include on any vacation, and learning about and appreciating local birdlife and ecology can add a lot to an already unforgettable trip. If you are not a birder already, pick up a guidebook and pair of binoculars and consider giving it a shot this summer. Visit http://www.audubon.org/news/birding-california for even more suggested California birding destinations.
California is bracketed by miles of coastline to the west and seemingly endless mountains to the east. As such, it should come as no surprise that The Golden State is also home to some of the country’s most impressive and beautiful waterfalls. As you plan your Los Angeles coach rentals road trip this summer, take advantage of what was a rainy and snowy winter in California to explore the streams and rivers that lead to the state’s best cascading falls. While you will undoubtedly discover your own secret waterfalls on the highways and byways of The Golden State, below are some of Expedition Motorhomes’ favorites to get you thinking.
Explore the Beautiful Wilderness Surrounding Mount Shasta
Northern California is the perfect destination for any road trip, and if you find yourself heading that way make sure not to miss Mount Shasta and the surrounding area. The mountains, forests, and lakes are beautiful and, as far as waterfalls go, McCloud Falls on the McCloud River is certainly a site to behold. The falls are made up of three distinct cascades, separated by cold plunge pools perfect for that hot summer day.
The Quintessential Big Sur Waterfall
Highway 1 is a must-drive for any California road tripper. One of the most scenic stretches of the Pacific Coast Highway takes drivers through Big Sur and Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park – home to McWay Falls. The breathtaking cove, beautiful blue ocean water, and 80ft falls will have you asking if you stepped into a fairy tale. Given its location on Highway 1, Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park is an almost obligatory stop on any road trip.
A Northern Waterfall for the Intrepid Traveler
On the Pacific Coast a ways north of San Francisco is Point Reyes National Seashore – a destination for surfers, hikers, explores, and beach lovers alike. After walking 4 miles from the trailhead amidst old growth forest, beautiful lakes, and Pacific Ocean viewpoints, you will discover the secluded stretch of beach that is home to Alamere Falls. While the falls themselves are impressive, it is once again the location that makes this the perfect place to appreciate the beauty of a Californian summer.
Check out the Waterfall Capital of California in your Coach Rentals in Los Angeles
You cannot talk about the best waterfalls in California without mentioning Yosemite National Park. The park is home to some of the state’s tallest and most picturesque waterfalls and, when set in the backdrop of Yosemite Valley and the greater Sierra Mountains, this is one park that is not to be missed. The waterfalls may grab your attention, but the wildlife, history, and overwhelming landscape will leave you utterly speechless.
A road trip through California is the perfect way to celebrate summer vacation. As you enjoy the roads, campsites, and scenery of The Golden State, make time to explore some of the country’s most picturesque waterfalls. These oases are the perfect place to park your Expedition Motorhomes Los Angeles coach rentals, find some peace and quiet, and soak in the magic of summer in California. Whether you visit our above recommendations or find favorites of your own, chasing waterfalls through California is the perfect way to spend your vacation this season.
Early summer is perhaps the best time for a Los Angeles travel trailer rental road trip. Fewer crowds, beautiful weather, and countless events and celebrations allow for Expedition Motorhomes to help happy campers initiate their road trip of a lifetime across The Golden State each May. This summer, why not join the fun? While you are visiting, consider planning a weekend music festival into your itinerary. California has a storied musical and counter cultural history and, after a weekend spent camping and dancing in beautiful California, you will soon find that this history is very much still alive. Check out these three festivals held in the early summer that will help you to channel your inner flower child.
Head into the Desert for Great Music and Positive Energy
Joshua Tree National Park is one of California’s many natural wonders, and twice each year the desert plays host to a music festival like no other. Held near the entrance of the park, the Joshua Tree Music Festival provides the perfect excuse to visit and explore this awe-inspiring corner of California. Point your Los Angeles travel trailer rental two hours west for the weekend of May 18 – 21, and soak up this world musical experience featuring all genres of music from every corner of the globe. There are many other activities and installations for the entire family to experience when the time comes to give your feet a break from dancing. Visit their website to discover why this celebration is one of our favorites!
A Music Festival for the Young and Young at Heart
The name of this festival, Lightning in a Bottle (LIB), says it all. This high-energy gathering, held in Bradley, CA from May 24th – 29th this year, boasts an uncontrollable amount of creativity in the form of music and art. With mostly electronic acts, LIB is a psychedelic event that definitely caters to a late night crowd. However, the laid-back atmosphere and impressive art installations are enough to impress even the most cynical of electronic music critics. What’s more, Bradley, CA is conveniently located just off of California’s most popular road trip highway following the beautiful Pacific Coast. To learn more, visit their site at:
If Wine Country is on your Itinerary, don’t Miss BottleRock 2017
Over Memorial Day weekend, from May 26th – 28th, Napa Valley will play host to perhaps the most complete festival on our list. BottleRock boasts a very impressive line-up that is sure to have multiple acts to attract and excite any music lover, making the delicious food and drink, impressive art and activities, and breathtaking location icing on the cake. If you were already planning on heading north to explore wine country in your Los Angeles travel trailer rental, then do yourself a favor and try to squeeze BottleRock into your agenda!
Each summer California plays host to many world class music festivals – with the season kicking off as early as May. If you are looking for the perfect escape this late spring/early summer and want to add some music to the mix, look no further! Our professionals here at Expedition Motorhomes are here to help you make the most of your Los Angeles travel trailer rental road trip!
Spring Break season is just around the corner and while many of us can look back on the wild and crazy escapades of spring breaks past, that does not mean we need to stop celebrating the coming of spring and summer. As a leader of RV rentals in Los Angeles, Expedition Motorhomes is well versed in the spring break road trip game. While the days of staying out partying until the sun comes up may be in your past, that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy a good beer while on break. This spring, check out some of California’s top breweries while on your road trip. The below three breweries all boast beers rated at 100 on Beeradvocate.com and fill out the current top four beers being brewed in our state.
Point your RV Rentals Los Angeles North to California’s Top Brewery
Russian River Brewing Company, located in Santa Rosa just north of San Francisco, is home to two of the top four California brews on Beer Advocate. While Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger put this brewery on the map, the beers at Russian River average over 4 out of 5 on the website’s scale. If you happen to be driving north up the California Coast this spring and are heading as far north as San Francisco, do yourself a favor and stretch that road trip a bit further to taste some of the best microbrews in all of The Golden State.
Taste Some of the State’s Best Beer in Expedition Motorhome’s Backyard
Before taking off on your RV rentals Los Angeles road trip, or perhaps in celebration upon return, be sure to swing by Bottle Logic Brewing in California. This brewery has made a name for itself through its creative take on micro beer. Of note is Fundamental Observation – an Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels and created with Madagascar vanilla beans. This beer has earned a 100 on Beer Advocate and is a favorite of anyone familiar with Bottle Logic Brewing. Given its proximity to Expedition Motorhomes, a visit to this local microbrewery is an absolute must.
A Spring Break Road Trip to the South Complete with some of California’s top Beers
If you plan to head south from Expedition Motorhomes on your Spring Break road trip, you would be remiss to not try some of the area’s local beer. Notably, AleSmith Brewing Company’s Speedway Stout, a Vietnamese coffee flavored and bourbon barrel aged brew, comes in as Beer Advocate’s number four Californian beer. Stone Brewing Company, Ballast Point Brewing Company, and countless other local breweries also call Southern California home. Each one is bringing cool and unique things to the microbrewery world, and it won’t take long for you to find your favorite!
California is full of delicious and, oftentimes, world-class microbreweries, and a Spring Break road trip is the perfect opportunity to pay some of them a visit. If one of the above doesn’t quite fit into your itinerary, check out the complete list of top California beers here: https://www.beeradvocate.com/lists/state/ca/. Then, check in with Expedition Motorhomes to reserve your rental RV today and start piecing together your unforgettable spring getaway.
Many parts of California are having a year for the record books, with snowfalls dwarfing street signs and blanketing the ground in ways not seen for years. Here at Expedition Motorhomes, sunny Southern California is our preferred home but that’s not to say we don’t love and appreciate the winter beauty in the mountains. As springtime is quickly approaching, now is the time to take advantage of these winter wonderlands. If you are looking for a specific excuse to visit one of California’s unique ski communities in your Los Angeles motorhome rental, check out these events that really put these places over the top!
Head to Lake Tahoe for Subaru’s Winterfest
This year on February 26th, head to Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort for an annual celebration of all things winter. Winterfest sponsored by Subaru is one of the premiere events held at this family-friendly resort each winter and, if you’re on a road trip to Northern California in February, it is not to be missed. Winterfest is complete with gear giveaways, live music, s’mores and hot chocolate, and plenty of fun and games for the whole family. Add in the picturesque backdrop of Lake Tahoe, and Sierra-at-Tahoe becomes a very noteworthy road trip destination.
Mammoth Mountain: Los Angeles’ Closest Major Ski Resort
At just under 5 hours north, Mammoth Mountain is the closest major ski resort to downtown Los Angeles. This behemoth of a mountain is far more than simple proximity. People from around the world visit Mammoth for its great culture and epic terrain but, from March 15 – 19, a different kind of party comes to town. Elevation Mammoth is this mountain’s gay ski week, and it offers some of the most fun events, parties, and celebrations of any ski resort in the country. When paired with its world class skiing, Elevation Mammoth is the perfect wintery getaway for your Los Angeles motorhome rental.
Point your RV to the Mountains for North Lake Tahoe’s Biggest Winter Celebration
From March 31st to April 2nd, the parking lot nestled underneath Squaw Valley Resort’s famed “Tram Face” turns into the biggest party on Lake Tahoe’s north shore. This year marks the third annual Winter Wondergrass celebration – a beer and bluegrass festival complete with craft beer and national touring acts from across the bluegrass, folk, and traditional music genres. This celebration is the perfect way to say sayonara to winter in Tahoe with good beer, great friends, and inspired music from some of the country’s best touring acts. Cheers!
While the season is quickly coming to a close, it’s not yet too late to celebrate winter! Visit us at Expedition Motorhomes today to reserve your Los Angeles motorhome rental. Then, it is up to you to hit the road for an unforgettable winter getaway – whether that be to one of the above festivities or an adventure all your own.
By many accounts, 2016 was one of the most challenging years in recent history. Major global events, domestic turmoil, a crazy election season, and the passing of more inspirational figures and role models in one year than anyone should have to see has given December 31st, 2016 that much more reason to celebrate! The year is quickly drawing to a close, and if you are looking to send it out with a bang head to Expedition Motorhomes – your Los Angeles pop up trailers rental headquarters. Our RV and weekend warrior experts are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to celebrating New Years. To get your feet wet, here are three worthy celebrations if you plan on pointing your Los Angeles travel trailers rental north.
One Final Hoorah for “America’s Best Idea”
2016 was the centennial year for America’s National Parks, and you can continue to celebrate these gems of the American landscape right up through midnight at Yosemite National Park. While the lodges may have different names than you are used to, the annual New Year’s Eve celebrations are as iconic as ever. Take those Los Angeles pop up rental trailers north to the Sierra for a night of great dining, dancing, and awe-inspiring beauty at one of the events held at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Mountain Room Lounge, or Big Trees Dining Room. Each celebration is sure to provide the magic you are looking for when the clock strikes 12!
Soak up the Fireworks in one of the Country’s Most Iconic Cities
San Francisco has long been romanticized as one of the must-visit cities in the U.S. – and for good reason! The City on the Bay has a ton to offer in the way of dining, entertainment, and natural beauty, and on New Years Eve the town really comes alive! Set up your Los Angeles travel trailers rental up or down the coastline, and head into the city for a New Year’s Eve celebration you are sure to enjoy. Explore Golden Gate Park, walk the historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, have dinner at any number of world class eateries, but make sure to head to the water on the east side of town for a spectacular fireworks display to ring in 2017.
For Those Looking to Really Party…
If a classic evening in Yosemite National Park or a fireworks display in San Francisco isn’t quite up to your speed, then there is one other option to the north that should fit the bill. Take your Los Angeles pop up rental trailers to South Lake Tahoe and prepare for a chilly night (or nights) dancing to some of the best electronic music on tour today. Snowglobe is one of California’s largest New Year’s celebrations and takes place over the course of three nights from December 29th – 31st. While Lake Tahoe in winter would be okay for the heartiest of pop up trailer campers, consider a better-equipped motorhome if camping and partying in the Sierras sounds like your perfect New Years. For more information on the festival visit their website at http://snowglobemusicfestival.com/home.
We made it! 2016 is almost behind us and, whether it was your best year or one you’d like to forget, it is time to celebrate. If you want to go big and have a holiday for the record books, stop by Expedition Motorhomes and let our experts help you choose the perfect vehicle to carry you into 2017.
Each year, it seems like the holidays creep up on us sooner and sooner. This year, before Halloween costumes were even put away in the stores, Christmas decorations started making their annual appearance. While that is too early for many, Thanksgiving is just around the corner meaning that the holiday season will soon be in full swing! If you are planning to explore California with Los Angeles motorhomes rentals this December, let Expedition Motorhomes help! This season is the perfect time to escape the cold for a road trip on the Pacific Coast. To get into the holiday spirit, check out these holiday celebrations in Southern California when picking up or dropping off your Los Angeles pop up trailer rentals.
Celebrate the Holidays on the Pacific with your Los Angeles Motorhomes Rentals
One of our favorite annual South California celebrations takes place just an hour and a half south of Expedition Motorhomes in Newport Beach, CA. From December 14th – 18th this year, head down the coast to witness the 108th Annual Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights. Comfortably park your Los Angeles pop up trailer rentals and head to the shores of the Pacific to marvel at the decorated watercraft parade. Everything from kayaks to yachts will take to the water in celebration of the coming holiday, and it truly is a spectacle worth the trip!
Christmas and the L.A. Zoo’s 50th Anniversary!
Each year, the L.A. Zoo puts on an elaborate and electrifying Christmas light display, so much so that it has been recognized in USA Today’s 2015 “10 Best Zoo Lights” rankings. This year is likely to be the best yet, as the holidays will also kick off the institution’s 50th Anniversary year. Wide eyed visitors can expect thousands of holiday lights, special events, colorful, 3D projections, and a slew of other surprises during this seven week long celebration!
Take Your Los Angeles Motorhomes Rentals to the Ultimate Holiday Destination
We would be remiss to not include this one on our shortlist of must-see destinations in the Los Angeles area this holiday season. Quite frankly, nobody does Christmas bigger than Disneyland, and this large slice of Americana makes for the perfect stop for the entire family. Complete with extravagant lights, parades, firework displays and, of course, Mickey and the gang there really is no more magical spot to get you in the Christmas spirit than The Happiest Place on Earth. And, located just down the road from Expedition Motorhomes, it is easy to include at least a day or two at Disney on your California holiday road trip itinerary.
Whether you think Halloween is way too early to start thinking about Christmas or you never take your home decorations down, there is no denying it now – the holiday season is officially right around the corner. If you are hoping for one final adventure in 2016 while also engaging in some holiday celebrations, look no further than Expedition Motorhomes. Our experts will set you up with your ideal Los Angeles motorhomes rentals and point you in the direction of some great local and road trip worthy California holiday destinations.
Summer is over and most people are transitioning out of vacation mode, but you don’t have to be most people. In fact, renting Los Angeles Class C RVs during the “off months” can make your vacation that much more enjoyable. Less traffic, choice spots at campgrounds, and minimal lines at area attractions will soon have you convinced that the typical Summer Vacation may just be overrated. Try something different this fall, and choose your ideal Los Angeles coach rental from Expedition Motorhomes and piece together a Halloween road trip for the ages. Here are some ideas to get you started!
Get your Thrills at one of the California’s World Class Amusement Parks
Each year thousands of visitors from around the world flock to California’s famous amusement parks (DisneyLand, Universal Studios with its Halloween Horror nights, Six Flags) many of which range from family fun to extreme thrills such as Magic Mountain. Each Halloween, these same parks put on a mask of their own to provide a themed experience in accordance with the holiday. From monsters roaming the grounds to specially designed haunted houses and rides, you are sure to get a thrill if you pay one of these parks a visit in your Los Angeles Class C RVs.
Take Your Los Angeles Coach Rental to Santa Cruz for some Halloween Family Fun
If you are bringing some little ones along on your Halloween road trip through California, you would be remiss to skip visiting the magical forest and coastline of Santa Cruz. The area already has a plethora of wonderful things to visit but, around Halloween, consider stopping by Roaring Camp Railroads for a Thomas the Tank Engine themed day of adventure for your kids. The 20-minute train ride and accompanying events are a great and affordable way to celebrate the holiday while watching your child’s eyes light up with wonder around every turn!
Use your Los Angeles Coach Rental as an All Access Pass to Mexican Culture
Mexican culture and heritage are a major part of what makes California so unique and special and, around Halloween, there is no better place than The Golden State to soak up some of that magic. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday where family and friends gather, pray, and celebrate those who have passed away. In contrast to the mournful and solemn views of death in the U.S., Dia de los Muertos is a colorful, fun, and exciting multi-day celebration. No matter where you decide to go with your Los Angeles Class C RVs this Halloween, you are almost guaranteed to be near a localized version of this celebration. Click the link below for a list of some of the larger Southern California Dia de Los Muertos gatherings.
Summer has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you also have to pack up your adventurous attitude. This fall, try something new and explore what California has to offer in the way of Halloween festivities. As always, Expedition Motorhomes is here to serve as your vacation headquarters, and we’re eager to help you piece together a “frightfully” fun road trip this Halloween.
Most folks assume summer is the best season for hiking throughout California but, here at Expedition Motorhomes, we have a different opinion. Sure summer is a great season to explore the Golden State in Los Angeles Class A motorhomes, but fall is perhaps the best time of year to really get out and enjoy this state’s natural beauty. The temperate October weather in combination with less people on the trails and less California motor home rentals in the campgrounds makes for the ideal hiking experience. If you’re looking for a really good challenge, try tackling one of The Golden State’s tallest peaks.
Park your Los Angeles Class A Motorhomes & Hit the Highest Point in the Lower 48
At 14,505 feet Mount Whitney is the tallest point in the Lower 48 and, interestingly, is only 85 miles from the lowest point in North America in Death Valley. If you’re looking for a real challenge, you can reach the top! The most common way to the top is via the Mount Whitney Trail, a 22-mile round trip jaunt with over 6,100 feet in elevation gain. By the time you get off the peak, you’ll be grateful for the comfort and relaxation afforded by your Los Angeles motorhomes rental.
Try for California’s Second Highest Peak and an even Greater Challenge
Less traveled than Mount Whitney, the Sierra Nevada’s Mount Williamson is the state’s second highest mountain at 14,379 feet. Most people head up the West Side of the peak from Shepherd’s Pass which gives hikers a great view of five gorgeous alpine lakes. The climb turns into a more technical scramble near the top, the hike to Shepherd’s Pass is eleven miles and the total elevation gain from bottom to top is 8,000 feet. Far fewer people hike Williamson than Whitney and, in fall, it will make for a beautiful and quiet escape into the woods even if you don’t reach the summit. Nearby, there is plenty of great camping for your California mot home rentals.
A Less Strenuous Option for your Los Angeles Motorhomes Rental Adventure
White Mountain Peak is California’s third highest peak at 14,252 feet. It is the tallest summit in the White Mountains, which is a unique and beautiful range in and of itself. While you can hike to the summit of White Mountain Peak you can also opt to drive to this high point via a 4WD road. This road will not be suitable for your Los Angeles Motorhomes rental but, if you decide to tow a car or rent one in the area, the breathtaking road to the top is well worth it.
Autumn is the perfect time of year to rent Los Angeles Class a motorhomes and hit the open road. With less people on the roads and trails and fall colors starting to turn, October is the perfect month to squeeze in that California vacation you’ve been dreaming about. While you’re out exploring the beauty of The Golden State, spend some time around one of California’s three tallest peaks either hiking them or just enjoying their grandeur. So what are you waiting for? Give Expedition Motorhomes a call or visit today and start preparing for the trip of a lifetime.