There’s an incredible number of places to explore in California, from Yosemite to Kings Canyon National Park to Lake Tahoe. However, the state is justly famous for its amazing coastline. There are thousands of miles of coast to explore, from the border with Oregon to the warm waters down near Baja, Mexico. Owning an RV puts you in a prime position to explore those areas, but you’ll need to know where to stay while you’re soaking up the sun and exploring the beaches. Below, we’ll explore some of the best waterfront campgrounds in the state.
Chula Vista RV Resort
We’ll start our list in sunny SoCal not far from San Diego. Blessed with balmy weather, abundant sunshine, and warm ocean waters, this area is a haven for snowbirds and regular vacationers alike. If you’ll be driving through on your way north (or south toward Baja!), make a stop at the Chula Vista RV Resort. What will you find?
This park has roughly 200 sites with varying prices depending on the amenities offered. There are both 30 and 50 AMP sites and full hookups, too. If you prefer to pull your RV through, there are pull-through sites, as well as standard back-in sites. Showers, a pool and hot tub, and property-wide Wi-Fi are all on offer here. There’s also a waterfront restaurant, a boat ramp, access to the beach, and a tiki bar to name just a handful of the amenities.
Malibu Beach RV Park
A short drive north of Chula Vista gets you in the proximity of Los Angeles and Malibu. The Malibu Beach RV Park is one of the best options here, not just because it’s right on the water, but because of the wide range of amenities, you’ll find.
There are pull through and back-in sites available, and the prices range depending on the features of the site you choose. Both 30 and 50 AMP sites are on offer, and there are showers available, too. Note that there are also other benefits, including an on-site convenience store, limited Wi-Fi, a dishwashing station, and a TV and game room. This is also a pet-friendly RV park.
Leo Carillo State Park
This is another RV park located in Malibu, not far from the Malibu Beach RV Park. It’s an ideal option for anyone visiting Santa Monica (28 miles away), but is also worth a stop in its own right. There are limited full hookups, but both 30 and 50 AMP sites are offered. There are showers, and pets are allowed. Both back-in and pull-through sites are available but note that the maximum length allowed is 31 feet.
Why come here? Access to the Pacific with swimming, fishing, scuba, and snorkeling being some of the most popular activities.
Anaheim RV Park
Malibu is technically farther north than Anaheim, but we’re going to go on the assumption that you want to enjoy some waterfront access before heading to the Magic Kingdom (perhaps the most common reason to visit Anaheim, actually). Anaheim RV Park is the place to stay while you’re in town to visit Mickey and friends.
You’ll find over 200 sites, both back in and pull through. Full hookups are offered, and you’ll find that pets are allowed. Both 30 and 50 AMP sites are available, and the park also has a café and clubhouse, as well as a free shuttle to Disney if you don’t have your own toad or prefer not to get yours out and about.
Durango RV Resort
Head north from Anaheim and through Sacramento, and you’ll find the Durango RV Resort. It’s technically located in Red Bluff, which is north of Sacramento by a bit. It offers almost 200 sites, both pull-through and back-in on offer. 30 and 50 AMP sites are available, and there are full hookups, too.
For amenities, you’ll find property-wide Wi-Fi, a fitness room, tennis courts, and even a dog run. Massage services are available, too. This is truly a resort, rather than just another RV park.
Kirk Creek Campground
Head south from Durango or west from Sacramento and you’ll hit San Francisco. Go a bit further and you’ll find the Los Padres National Forest. The Kirk Creek Campground is located right in the heart of the forest, situated on a cliff just above Big Sur.
There’s no Internet, no pool, no hot tub, no showers, and no electricity, either. Why do you want to come here, then? Simply put, it’s one of the most dramatic views you’ll find, although the accommodations are a bit rustic.
As you can see, there are plenty of waterfront campgrounds in California for your RVing pleasure – gas up your RV and hit the road!
Warmer weather is finally here and it’s time to hit the road. Southern California is always a popular destination, and whether you’re a local looking to explore your options or you’re headed to the coast from somewhere else, finding the right campgrounds in Los Angeles is important. Not sure what your choices are or how they compare to one another? We’ll take a closer look and help you decide where to make your home away from home.
For some, Los Angeles is synonymous with urban sprawl. For others, it’s the proximity to Hollywood. However, did you know that the city is also located right on the Pacific Ocean, with some of the most beautiful beaches in the nation? It is, and there are two top choices when it comes to campgrounds if you want to stay right on the beach.
Golden Shore RV Resort – Ok, so this one is actually in Long Beach, but that’s an easy drive. It’s actually right on the water, too, so you can step out of your trailer or RV and hit the waves in seconds. However, note that while the resort welcomes those with a trailer, as well as motorhomes, they do not cater to tent camping.
Dockweiler Beach: Located in the heart of Los Angeles, actually just below LAX, this campground offers beachfront accommodations for those with an RV or trailer. It consistently ranks highly with RVing enthusiasts who appreciate the beauty of the setting. However, like Golden Shore RV Resort, this campground does not allow tent camping – campers, trailers and motorhomes only.
Heading down toward LA from San Francisco or from Tahoe? If you’ll be coming in from the north, there are plenty of campgrounds to consider just above Los Angeles proper.
Walnut RV Park – You’ll find this park in Northridge, with easy access to Disney, as well as Universal.
Balboa RV Park – In the same general area (but actually in Van Nuys), Balboa RV Park offers lots of perks, including Internet access for a fee, a laundry room, and full hookups for your RV.
Valencia Travel Village – One of the largest RV parks on this list, Valencia offers more than 350 spots, plenty of amenities, and a central location from which to explore the LA area. Oh, there are two pools you can cool off in during your downtime, too.
Inland from LA
Not headed to the coast itself? If you’ll be stopping east of Los Angeles proper, then you have quite a few options when it comes to campgrounds.
Pomona Fairplex KOA – You’ll find Pomona northeast of Los Angeles proper, but within easy reach of all that LA has to offer. If you’re familiar with the KOA brand, then this campground probably needs no introduction. There are plenty of spaces for your camper, trailer, or RV. They also rent cabins, and they are happy to accept tents.
East Shore RV Park – East of Los Angeles, you’ll find San Dimas, as well as Puddingstone Lake. The shore of the lake is home to the East Shore RV Park. It’s within easy reach of LA if you want to venture downtown, but there’s plenty to see and do in the area itself. Most of the spots here are designed for trailers and motorhomes, but the park does accept limited tent campers, as well.
West of Los Angeles
While LA is on the coast, it is possible to go further west. That’s where you’ll find Malibu. There are quite a few campgrounds here that you might want to consider.
Malibu Creek State Park – If you’re a fan of national and state parks, then Malibu Creek State Park is a great choice. There are spots for your trailer or RV, and they also accommodate tent camping. Take a stroll around the park and you’ll find some familiar scenery – the area has been heavily used for filming TV shows and movies.
Point Mogu State Park – Another excellent state park, this one is right on the beach, although some spots are across the highway from the water. This option offers lots of natural beauty, proximity to the ocean, and spots for a trailer, motorhomes, and some tent camping.
Other campgrounds of note in Malibu include Malibu Beach RV Park – quite spacious with over 100 sites – as well as Leo Carillo State Beach.
These are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to campgrounds in and around Los Angeles. Whether you’re helming a massive Class A RV, or you’re towing a pop-up, there’s something on offer to fit your needs.
There’s something undeniably freeing about living the RV life. You pack up, hit the road, and go where you want, when you want. You’re on no one’s timetable but your own, and there are so many things to see and do. Of course, there are barriers that need to be overcome before you can enjoy that life, and one of the most challenging is deciding between motor homes. Renting an RV is a good way to test the waters, but what type do you want to gravitate toward?
Your Comfort Needs
When choosing between rental motor homes, one of the primary questions you will need to answer is what sort of comfort you expect. Do you want something barebones and basic? That might be a great choice for a couple or family that wants an experience more akin to camping. In this case, a small, basic pop-up camper might be enough. However, if you want a bit more comfort, you’ll need to upgrade to something larger, like an RV.
Generally speaking, motor homes will offer the most comfort and the most home-like experience with all the perks. They come in sizes that range from near van-like to monstrously huge vehicles that have enough storage room for a subcompact car.
A Note on Types of Motor Homes
Briefly, we need to touch on the available types of motor homes. These are Class A, Class B, and Class C.
Class A – These are the largest RVs on the road, with price tags that may reach $1 million, and they max out at 50 feet in length. For the ultimate in luxury, this is your RV. Most Class A motor homes will have a minimum of one slide-out, and they sleep four or more people.
Class B – Class B motor homes max out around 25 feet and generally cost up to $125,000. If you’re looking for a good tradeoff in size versus maneuverability without sacrificing comfort, this is your choice. Note that these are actually the smallest options available, and sleep two to four people.
Class C – Class C motor homes can be up to 35 feet long and cost up to $120,000. These are your typical loft-over-cab design, usually have only a single air conditioner, and operate on 30 AMP power. They can sleep four or more people in relative comfort, and are actually larger than Class B motor homes.
Trailers and Campers
Next, you have trailers – these are about the same size as an RV, but they must be towed. That means you need a vehicle capable of towing a trailer of that size and weight. You may hear these called travel trailers, and so-called fifth wheel trailers also fall into this category.
At the bottom of the range, you have basic campers. These are usually pretty small, although they can be quite comfortable for shorter trips or with only a couple of people. You’ll find rigid-frame trailers, ultralight trailers designed to be towed by smaller vehicles, teardrop-shaped trailers, and even pop-up campers in this range.
Your Preferred Destinations
The next item on the agenda will be determining your preferred destinations. Are you looking forward to exploring Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks? Heading up to Sequoia National Park, or over to Kings Canyon? The US boasts an incredible wealth of natural beauty that can be accessed right through our national park system, but you might find it a bit challenging with a Class A motor home or trailer. Why?
Simply put, you’ll find that most of the parks are geared more for those who want to go tent camping, or those with smaller travel trailers. So, if you’re intent on exploring each park, you might want to consider motor homes that are a little on the smaller side. How small? The recommendation is around 32 feet in length, but no more than 35 feet. Check out our RV sizes & National Park article for more details.
However, if you want to explore the country and stay in actual RV parks, then you can go as large as you want. These facilities are specifically designed to handle even larger motor homes, although you may still find turning and parking a bit tight with the largest options.
Remember the golden rule – smaller motor homes and campers are easier to maneuver, but they’re limited on comfort. Larger ones offer much better comfort, but are challenging to move and park.
Ultimately, you need to decide how much comfort you want and whether or not your desire for comfort should be balanced against maneuverability. Of course, your budget plays a role here, as does what you want to do with the vehicle. Happy RVing!
There’s absolutely nothing quite like hitting the road in your RV. You have the entire nation ahead of you, ripe for exploration and enjoyment. For many RV owners, America’s national parks beckon. From the Smoky Mountains in the east to Yosemite in the west and tons more in the middle, you’ll find everything from mountains to beaches to desert on offer within the 58 national parks in the US.
However, if you’re going RVing, you do need to know a few things, particularly when it comes to camping in a national park with your RV. One thing that might surprise you is that some parks have very strict length limits. What’s the maximum? What else should you know?
Who Needs to Worry about Length Requirements?
Generally speaking, owners of RVs and travel trailers, including fifth wheels, need to be concerned about this requirement. If you have a smaller ultralight, a pop-up, or a compact camper, then you should be fine. For everyone else, there are length limits you need to know.
Is There a Maximum Length for RVs?
The simple, but slightly confusing answer here is that, no, there is no maximum length limit that applies to all national parks. It varies from park to park. One park might allow RVs up to 40 feet in length, while another might cut off at 25 feet.
What Is the Average?
While park limits vary, there is an average that applies. It’s 27 feet. That doesn’t sound like much, and it’s not, particularly when you understand some of the rules that apply to length, which we’ll discuss shortly. However, while 27 feet might be the average, it does not apply in all instances. We’ll need to look beyond that median and determine length limits in another way.
For large RV owners, those over 41 feet in length, you can expect to be excluded from 93% of national parks in the US. If your RV is 40 feet in length, you will be able to access 53% of the country’s national parks. If your RV is 37 feet long, you’ll fit within 60% of the parks, and if it is 35 feet, you’ll fit in 73% of US national parks. For RVs 32 feet long, expect to have access to 81% of the park system, and for 29 footers, that rises to 84%. If your RV is shorter – 25 feet, for instance – you’ll be able to access 93% of the park system, and if your RV is 19 feet, then you’ll be welcome in 98% of US national parks.
Size of RV
% of parks you can access
over 41 feet
What Does Length Actually Mean?
Ok, here’s where things start to get a little confusing. Many parks list the maximum length of RVs they will accept as a number that includes the towing vehicle and anything being towed behind the camper/trailer.
So, a motor home of 29 feet would be counted as one vehicle, but so would a 2.5-ton pickup truck towing a trailer with an attached toad (towed car). What that means is you need to know exactly how long everything you’re trying to fit into the camping spot will be. If you have a motorhome, you’re pretty golden (but not perfect). If you’re towing a trailer, get to measuring.
For motorhome owners, you also need to break out the tape measure. The reason for this is that the manufacturer probably didn’t list the length all that accurately. They tend to round down on those numbers. Chances are good that if you get out there with a tape measure, you’ll find that it’s longer than what you had anticipated.
What Should You Do?
The length requirements can throw a wrench in your travel plans, certainly. However, it doesn’t need to derail your excursion. There are a couple of things that you can do.
First, if you’re just now shopping for an RV or a trailer and you’re sure that visiting the country’s national parks is how you intend to spend the majority of your time, buy one that’s 35 feet long or less. That will help ensure that you can get into the majority of our national parks.
If you already own an RV or a trailer, your best bet is to check the website for any national park that you’re thinking about visiting. Most parks have their RV and trailer length limits posted. In the case that they’re not, you can call ahead to verify.
Finally, if you have a setup that’s just too large, your best option is going to be to camp outside the park and drive in on a day trip. You’ll find that a lot of national parks have RV parks nearby for just this situation.
California is home to an incredible range of attractions. There are urban centers – San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego to name only three. There are vaunted areas like the Napa Valley and the coastline around Carmel. However, did you know that California is also home to nine national parks? And that’s not counting the number of national monuments, state parks, and other attractions on offer. It’s a great state to live in or visit with your RV, that’s for sure. Of course, you’ll need to know how to plan your trip. Which of those national parks are most worth your time? What should you know about each?
Yosemite National Park
We’ll begin with what is probably the most popular national park in the state of California – Yosemite. From Bridal Veil Falls to Half Dome to the thousands of miles of hiking trails and wilderness areas, Yosemite is an incredible place and one that you absolutely must experience in person. When it comes to visiting, try to avoid peak tourist season, though. The lines to get into the park can be hours long in and of themselves. Instead, visit in spring or fall, rather than summer. There are even things to do during the winter.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
For this one, we move far north in the state. This entry actually combines two different parks, but they operate as a single entity. In fact, one gate admission gets you access to both of them. Why head up north to this area? The giant sequoias are definitely a compelling reason – they’re the largest trees on the planet. In fact, they are so large that seeing really is believing. Head over to Kings Canyon National Park and you’ll find General Grant (the tree), as well as beautiful hiking along the Kings River.
Channel Islands National Park
Head south from Kings Canyon toward Santa Barbara, and then out into the Pacific and you’ll find a string of islands floating in the azure waters. These are the Channel Islands, and they form most of the Channel Islands National Park. Here, you’ll find unique plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. In fact, there are 150 different species only found here. There are lots to see and do in this park, but watching seals and sea lions are one of the most common pastimes.
Redwood National Park
For this one, we head back north, all the way to the Oregon border. Redwood National Park is another park that is focused all around the flora. In this case, it’s the giant redwood trees. While the sequoias are the largest trees in the world, the redwoods are the tallest living things on the planet. Again, they must be seen to truly be believed. Take time to hike through the ancient forest and explore the rivers and coastline.
Death Valley National Park
From one extreme to the other, we move from lush, verdant forest to barren desert. Death Valley is the lowest spot in the continental US. It is also the hottest and driest spot in North America. Attractions here include sand formations, moving rocks, and the sight of snow-capped mountains in the distance as heat shimmers off the valley floor. Dress appropriately and limit your sun exposure.
Pinnacles National Park
The national park responsible for moving California’s total from eight to nine, Pinnacles is one of the newest parks in the country. Featuring craggy, volcanic rock formations, rock climbing is one of the most popular activities here. However, the altitude, combined with the drop in nighttime temperatures, makes it a great place for stargazing while you camp, as well. There are also caves that can be explored if you’re into spelunking.
Joshua Tree National Park
If desert vistas are your thing, then make time to visit Joshua Tree National Park. Here, you’ll find that oldest trees on the planet, as well as some of the most rugged landscapes in North America. Interestingly, live music performances are quite popular at the park, so make time to check out the schedule of events.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Another destination worth visiting here is Lassen Volcanic National Park. Less famous than many of the other parks in the state, it is no less beautiful. It even offers a mini-preview of Yellowstone thanks to the hot springs and mud pools that dot the rugged landscape.
Whether you want to go for a day or a month, RVing through California’s national parks is an amazing experience that should not be missed.
There are countless places to take your California motorhome rental from 1st Choice RV on a road trip this winter. From beaches down south to the highlands up north, there is no shortage of beauty and adventure awaiting you in The Golden State. If cityscapes are more your speed and you want to check out some of the country’s finest urban environments, be sure to add San Francisco to your list. With a storied history, eclectic culture, and booming tech scene there are countless things to explore. With a little planning, you may even be able to catch New Year’s in the Bay Area and, if you need suggestions of how to celebrate, look no further than our folks at 1st Choice RV. Below are just a handful of the fun festivities happening on December 31st, 2018!
Cirque du Soleil Volta at AT&T Park
Held under a big top on the field of the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park, Cirque du Soleil’s Volta show is the perfect way to kick off your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Whether you have seen a Cirque show before or this would be your first, we guarantee your amazement. Marvel at gymnasts, athletes, and acrobats as they perform jaw-dropping stunts in a show with an equally intriguing storyline. Held in the afternoon, you will have plenty of time to get back to the motorhome and prepare for an evening on the town!
A New Year’s Eve Cruise Aboard the Fume Blanc Commodore
San Francisco is a famous and beautiful port city and, as such, you should take some time to enjoy the beautiful coastline. What better way than on a party cruise to ring in the New Year? This year’s event is Speakeasy themed, and patrons can expect Black Jack tables with dealers, two DJs between the 1st and 3rd decks, plenty of libations, and the best view in the city of the midnight fireworks display.
Of course, many folks want to ring in the New Year (or send out the old one) with a bang. Thankfully, if you find yourself in San Francisco for the holiday you have plenty of options. From swanky black tie affairs to more budget friendly options and Top 40 DJs to live rock shows, there is something for every New Year’s reveler in the Bay Area. Check out the link below for an all-encompassing list of options, and don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes.
New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate and, if you happen to be on a motorhome road trip with 1st Choice RV this winter you are well on your way! San Francisco is a city worth exploring any time of year, and you are especially lucky if you find yourself in the Bay Area during New Year’s. Check out one of the above options or do some exploring on your own and you are guaranteed to welcome 2019 in unforgettable fashion.
Los Angeles is not typically what people think of when the holiday season arrives. However Los Angeles, and California as a whole, is the perfect spot to embrace some seasonal festivities – especially if you are already planning a 1st Choice RV road trip this holiday season. No matter where your motorhome vacation is taking you, consider spending some time in the City of Angeles either on the front or back end. Whether you want to enjoy some holiday celebrations or explore the countless other things our city has to offer, you won’t be disappointed. If you are interested in some added wintery fun, check out these three local favorite activities and celebrations.
Ice Skating in Pershing Square
Whether you are visiting from a cold weather state or not, ice skating in Southern California is something of a novelty. During your visit, head to the heart of downtown to Pershing Square and see for yourself how this small one square block green space can pack a magical punch. During the winter months, until late January, the city builds an ice skating surrounded by the heart of L.A.’s skyscrapers. Over the course of the season, the rink also hosts special events like curling lessons and DJ nights. Even if you are coming to Los Angeles to escape the cold back home, ice skating in Pershing Square is worthy of a visit.
Lighted boat parades on California’s Pacific Coast have become a much anticipated holiday tradition, and if you find yourself here in the next month you should definitely add one to your calendar. Each holiday season, countless coastal communities host these events where locals decorate their boats in accordance to varying holiday themes and, you guessed it, parade them down the coastline. Other fun holiday festivities accompany many of these events, and each provides the perfect avenue to celebrate the season even if you are far from home. Locally, the Marina del Rey and Newport Beach boat parades are two of our favorites!
Viewing Christmas lights is a favorite holiday tradition for many, and there are countless great places around Los Angeles to bask in the literal glow of the holiday season. We are especially excited that the L.A. Zoo light display is back in action after a relatively long hiatus. Most animals will be asleep, but the lighting displays more than make up for that. And, of course, no proper Christmas celebration would be complete without an appearance by Santa Claus and his reindeer – making this the perfect event for the entire family.
Los Angeles may not be the first place on your list to celebrate the holidays, but after just one visit it very well might be. Check out some of the above events while you prepare or wind-down from your 1st Choice RV road trip, and prepare to celebrate the season in true California fashion!
There are countless reasons to reserve RV rentals in California and set out to explore The Sunshine State. While the state’s national parks and preserves host thousands of hikers, bikers, mountain climbers, campers and California RV rentals every summer, many of these places become a little more difficult to visit in the fall and winter months. This time of year requires potential roadtrippers using RV rentals in California to be a little more creative in their route planning. At 1st Choice RV, one of our favorite motorhome past times is to travel and watch professional football games live. Whether your home team is in town, you want to experience the stadiums and fans of California, or you enjoy grilling, tailgating, and partying in parking lots before the games The Sunshine State is home to four professional football teams and stadiums worth visiting.
Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles is home to not one but two NFL football teams, each providing a fun and unique live experience and both boasting a great start to the season. Relatively new to L.A. from San Diego, the Chargers are currently playing home games at the StubHub Center in Carson Los Angeles before the move into the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park –
under construction until 2020. The Rams are off to an undefeated start and are widely regarded as one of the best teams in the NFL. They currently play home games in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (home of the USC Trojans) and are the only professional football team to win championships representing three different cities. Will they bring the Super Bowl trophy back to Los Angeles in 2018?
While unfortunately struggling this year, the Oakland Raiders are a storied franchise with one of the craziest fan bases in all of football. The Black Hole at Oakland-Alameda County Stadium is a terrifying spectacle of fandom that, unfortunately, will be disseminated following next season. The Oakland Raiders will be moving to Las Vegas, making this the second to last season that you can take your RV rental up to Oakland to experience the excitement and craziness that is the original Raiders football.
The San Francisco 49ers have a long history of success backed by a cast of some of the league’s most historic players and teams. Joe Montana and Steve Young have quarterbacked multiple Super Bowls for “the Niners” and, while the 2018 campaign has been anything but successful, the history and energy is still there. The Niners play their home games at Levi’s Stadium – a state of the art arena built in 2014. If you are planning on heading north on your road trip, do yourself a favor and try and catch an NFl game in the Bay Area!
No matter how you cut it catching a live sports event is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening while on vacation, and doing so with California RV rentals adds so much to the fun. Whether you want to catch your favorite team playing an away game in California or are just curious about exploring what Sunshine State fandom looks like at any number of stadiums, First Choice RV has the perfect vehicle for your sporting road trip needs.
There are countless things to do in The Golden State with your RV rentals in California, especially in the autumn months. Summer crowds have started to dissipate, but the weather is still beautiful and many campgrounds and attractions are still open. On top of that, Halloween and all of its associated festivities are just around the corner. Given the state’s diverse geography and culture there is guaranteed to be a Halloween festivity for everybody. For the music lovers out there, Halloween is a particularly good time to contact 1st Choice RV and line up RV rentals in California. Check out the below three Halloween-themed music festivals all offering a completely different experience in very different parts of the state.
WCKD in San Diego
On Saturday October 27th, head to the East Village in downtown San Diego for the city’s largest Halloween celebration. With four outdoor stages blasting hip-hop and dance music late into the night, holiday thrills and attractions, street games, and even a cash prize costume contest, it is no wonder people flock to San Diego from all over to take part in the festivities. If you plan on heading south in your RV rentals in California around Halloween, be sure to add WCKD to your must-do list. https://wckdvillage.com/
Escape Psycho Circus
To experience a music festival a little more intense this Halloween, you don’t have to travel far. The NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California will host two nights (October 26th and 27th) of thrills and electronic dance music under the guise of a Psycho Circus. From 4pm to 2am each day, festival goers can expect to dance their shoes off at one of 4 different Halloween themed stages, marvel at the art installations and bright lights, costume watch, or get enchanted by ghoulish performers bringing their Halloween a-game. https://escapehalloween.com/
Hangtown Music Festival
Of the three on our list, the Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville, California arguably provides the best option for an RV getaway. This four day celebration, held from October 25th – 28th, boasts a diverse array of music from bluegrass to funk, themed costume days, attractions aplenty, good food and drink, and a beautiful setting to boot. If heading to Northern California is on your radar, consider penciling Hangtown into your itinerary! http://hangtownfestival.com/
There are plenty of excuses to plan a fall road trip to California, and Halloween is one of them! What’s more, if you are a music lover, it is easy to include a one-of-a-kind festival into your vacation plans. Check out one of the celebrations above or give us a call to speak with a 1st Choice RV representative for even more road trip suggestions.
The road trip is a staple of American vacations, nearly as old as the country’s highway system itself. Each year, thousands upon thousands of Americans and foreigners alike take to our road system to explore the cities, cultures, and natural wonders that make this country the perfect place to explore with automobile. Since the advent of the motorhome the all-American road trip has become that much more comfortable and luxurious, and at 1st Choice RV more and more people are inquiring about how to rent an RV in California. Given the history of the road trip and the increasing comfort and style provided by today’s motorhomes, this is no surprise. If you looking to rent an RV in California but need that extra little bit of motivation, check out these classic motorhome movies to fuel your stoke!
The Long, Long Trailer
Released in 1953, this classic film has stood the test of time. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, famous for I Love Lucy, star as newlyweds living out of a motorhome in hopes of seeing the country together while Arnaz’s character has to travel for work. Of course things aren’t always as romantic as they seem, and the couple is soon struggling with all types of hilarious turmoil. The Long, Long Trailer will have you in stitches, and can even provide some ideas on what to avoid for your upcoming motorhome road trip!
National Lampoon’s Vacation and Christmas Vacation
While not strictly motorhome movies, these two comedies are quintessential family road trip films. Released in 1983 and 1989, respectively, both chronicle the mishaps and misadventures of vacations with Chevy Chase’s Griswold family. In Vacation, Chase’s character is hell-bent on getting his family to the amusement park Wally World. In Christmas Vacation, the Griswold’s host the whole family for the holidays – including a surprise appearance by Cousin Eddie who happens to show up in what else but a beat-up motorhome!
We’re the Millers
This 2013 motorhome-themed movie may not be family friendly but sure provides the laughs. Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Anniston star as two hard-on-their-luck neighbors caught in a major bind when an international drug deal goes awry. To remedy the situation, Sudeikis’ character assembles a fake family and large motorhome to go on a “family road trip” to Mexico to make right on his debts. Once again, this flick is decidedly not for the whole family but certainly give the adults a hearty chuckle or two!
There is nothing quite like an RV road trip, and 1st Choice RV is here to help you rent an RV in California perfect for your specific needs. One needs not look further than the movies to find the allure in traveling the country via motorhome. Let’s just hope your adventures all go smoother than those in the films above!