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Top 5 Things To Do On An RV Road Trip In California

July 9, 2020 | Guest post by: Linda Verde

Blue RV caravan beside the lake

If you’ve ever been on an RV road trip you must be familiar with the feeling of total freedom to explore they provide you with. It gives you an opportunity to create a road trip that suits you and your traveling crew’s interests. Many people choose California as their road trip destination because of its scenic landscapes and the outdoor experiences it offers all year round. Whether you are indecisive about what to visit in California, or simply lack the time to do research, this guide will help you plan an RV road trip you’ll always remember.

As soon as you decide what to visit and when to start your exciting road trip, there are certain things that need to be taken care of. Once you’ve packed all the necessary equipment there are a few more crucial details to consider before you depart and enjoy the perks of road tripping. Before you go, make sure you do all the essential checkups, such as checking your tires.

One of the most important things for staying on the road, though, is to be certain that the water system is running smoothly. RVs usually succumb to water damage due to excessive pressure, but an RV water pressure regulator will make it less likely to happen. Water regulators are easy to install and can save you a lot of money on future repairs which can be caused by even the smallest leaks. Once all is set, read our list on how to get the most out of your RV trip in California.


Yosemite National Park

#1 National Parks

California is home to 9 stunning national parks. If you consider yourself to be an outdoor enthusiast, California’s national parks will give you a chance to enjoy plenty of outdoor activities. Unfortunately, it would probably be a ‘bite more than you can chew’ if you decide to visit all of them in one trip, so it’s recommended that you limit yourself to 3 or 4 and enjoy your trip without a rush. Try kayaking and biking or simply go hiking and enjoy the stunning views California’s nature has to offer. Here are a few that should be added on your list to see:

  • Yosemite National Park: This is one of the country’s most popular national parks. Famous for its waterfalls, the Yosemite National Park also includes a variety of geologic wonders, such as the well-known Half Dome, the giant sequoias at Mariposa Grove, and the El Capitan, which is a well-known place for experienced rock climbers. While you are here, don’t miss out on taking the short walk to Bridal Veil Falls and make sure you squeeze the drive to Glacier Point into your road trip itinerary. There are plenty of things to do all year round, which makes this National Park a must-see for anyone who visits the state of California. 
  • Death Valley: Even though it doesn’t sound very appealing, you shouldn’t let the name put you off. If you visit the Death Valley National Park in the right season, it will be a memory you’ll always be happy to go back to. This is the lowest point in North America, and it’s definitely the driest and hottest national park. Since we mentioned the season, try to avoid visiting the Death Valley during summer, because it can be unimaginably hot. The best season to visit is spring, as it brings a beautiful palette of wildflowers, which only adds to the grandeur of the multicolored rocks. 
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park: Crystal clear lakes and charming meadows covered with an array of wildflowers are just a few of the things this national park has to offer. Even though Yellowstone usually gets more attention due to its volcanic activity, the Lassen Volcanic National Park has impressive bubbling mud pots and fumaroles worth visiting.


Big Sur coast

#2 Drive Along the Coast

If you are a beach lover, then your road trip would certainly include a drive along California’s scenic coast. Enjoy the astonishing ocean views and spend time on fun activities you find along the road from San Diego to Malibu. Don’t miss out on whale watching, hiking, or surfing during your road trip. Along the drive, you can see and stop at Laguna Beach, La Jolla Cove, Santa Monica State Beach, Hermosa Beach, Venice Beach, and a few others.


Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse at Disneyland

#3 Disneyland is always a winning stop

Whether you are doing a southern California trip with your kids, or you are with friends, Disneyland is a great choice, especially for those who want to bring back childhood memories. It’s enormous, so you might want to carefully plan what you want to see, depending on the time you want to spend there. If you want to avoid the crowd, pay a trip to Disneyland in fall or mid-winter. You will already be in Los Angeles if you stop by Disneyland, so be sure to check out all the other amazing things to do in LA.


Girl at a festival

#4 Take Advantage of the Festival Season

One of the most renowned and oldest festivals in the country, Coachella, takes place in a valley of the same name and unfolds over two weekends. This festival offers a heterogeneous lineup, so no matter what you’re into, there is always something for your sonic tastebuds. And if you are into something more than an incredible lineup, the BottleRock festival offers music and some of the best wine and culinary creations in California.


Napa Valley

#5 Pay a trip to the Napa Valley

You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to know that some of the best wineries are located in the Napa Valley. If you are in the region, don’t miss out on the opportunity to add wine tasting to your road trip ‘to do’ list. There are other things to do in this area as well. You can take a balloon ride over the valley and enjoy the wonderful sunset, go hiking, or kayak the Napa River. If you are interested in a first-class experience, try any of the seven restaurants with Michelin stars in the region. 


Pull up and enjoy the perks of California on your RV road trip

Visiting the state of California is an adventure itself. From some of the most stunning national parks to its amazing beaches and picturesque coastline, this country is a paradise for RV road trippers, especially during the summer. Take some time to embrace complete freedom and satisfy your wanderlust. One thing is certain - you would need several trips to California to see it all, so make sure you plan your trip in advance.


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We are Jacob and Taylor. Travel is our passion and we love sharing our experiences here at The Travelling Souk. Our hope is that you would be inspired by this little blog to try something new, embrace an adventure, and live life to the fullest. 

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