All Adventures

All Adventures

Below is a list of all the adventure locations throughout Southern California, the Western US, and Baja, Mexico, that I believe any van or RV nomad will enjoy. Each of these locations is easily accessible by a van or RV.

Camping

Afton Canyon Campground

Afton Canyon is one of the hidden gems for spring and fall camping in the Mojave desert and perfect for any van or RV nomad looking to spend time in

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Camping

Agua Caliente County Park

Agua Caliente County Park is a great place for any van or RV nomad who wants to explore the desert and all it has to offer. The campground is located

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Boondocking

Alabama Hills

The Alabama Hills represent one of the most premier locations for van and RV nomads. The hills attract thousands of nomads every year to camp among the beautiful rock formations.

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Festival

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a must-visit for any van or RV lifer. The sight of seeing hundreds of balloons floating in the air is worth the price of

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Beach

Aliso Beach

Aliso Beach is one of those hidden jewels that most van and RV nomads neglect to visit. The beach is beautiful with tidepools and amazing scenery. The waves here are

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Exploring

Amboy Crater

Amboy Crater is located off Route 66 in the middle of the Mojave desert in one of the youngest volcanic fields in the United States. The crater is 250 feet

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Paragliding

Andy Jackson Airpark

If you are looking to soar among the clouds, then paragliding or hang gliding at Andy Jackson Airpark (AJX) might be for you. AJX is the center of operations for

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Hiking

Anniversary Narrows Trail

Nestled amidst the rugged terrain near Lake Mead lies a hidden gem awaiting adventurous vanlifers: the Anniversary Narrows hike. This lesser-known trail offers a thrilling mix of stunning landscapes, challenging

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Exploring

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

Overview: The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve offers any van or RV nomad a good area to explore, learn, hike, and enjoy the outdoors. The Reserve comes alive with the seasonal

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Exploring

Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves

The Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves is a memorable adventure for any van or RV nomad looking to explore the Anza-Borrego Desert Park. If you like exploring the middle of the

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Exploring

Austin Texas

Austin, Texas, welcomes van lifers with a vibrant mix of outdoor adventures, cultural history, and lively city experiences. This eclectic city boasts something for everyone, from scenic hiking trails to

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Beach

Avila Sea Caves

Avila Sea Caves is located south of Avril Beach and is a wonderful place to park your van and spend the day exploring Pirates Beach and the sea caves. The

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Baja Bound 2023

Previous Next Day 1 – January 2023 Leave: Calexico/Mexicali (9 am)  Stay: San Felipe Driving Time: 2 hr 7 min (122 miles) Camping: La Guna Del Mar Camping Playa de

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Biking

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is one of my favorite places to spend the day and explore. The park offers a wide variety of activities to include hiking, cycling, golfing, frisbee golf, swimming,

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Bend Oregon

Bend Oregon is one of my favorite places to visit in my van. The town is extremely friendly towards van life and it seems everyone here has their own van.

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Town

Big Bear

Big Bear has it all; hiking, camping, mountain biking, snow skiing, boondocking, sailing, horseback riding, good restaurants, bars, and much more. This makes it one of the best places in

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Bisbee Az

Bisbee Arizona is a hidden jewel that every Vanlifer must visit if in Southern Arizona. Bisbee is an old mining town that has a rich history and thriving art and

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Biking

Black Star Canyon

Black Star Canyon is located in the Santa Ana Mountains by Irvine Reservoir and has a rich, violent history. It is a popular destination for mountain bikers, bird watchers, and

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Boondocking

Blair Valley Campground

The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is home to the free boondocking campground, Blair Valley Campground. It’s a wonderful spot to discover solitude in the desert and get away from it

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Historical Landmark

Blythe Intaglios

Overview: A trip to the Blythe Intaglios makes for a memorable adventure for any van or RV nomad. The Intaglios are located on Highway 95 15-miles north of Blythe Ca

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Beach

Bolsa Chica State Beach

Bolsa Chica State Beach is an excellent place for any van or RV nomad to visit. The beach offers a lot of activities to include surfing, paddle boarding, volleyball, four

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Hiking

Borrego Springs

Any van or RV trip to the Anza Borrego State Park isn’t complete without a stopover in Borrego Springs. The town has multiple resorts, hotels, spas, RV parks and is

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Hiking

Bridge to Nowhere

Hiking to the Bridge to Nowhere is a fantastic option for van or RV nomads wishing to get out of the city and see a genuinely one-of-a-kind Los Angeles landmark

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Town

Buena Vista

Buena Vista, Colorado, is a picturesque mountain town known for its vibrant arts scene, outdoor recreational opportunities, and historic charm. Nestled in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley, Buena

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National Park

Cabo Pulmo, Baja

Cabo Pulmo is a must-see for any vanlifer traveling to southern Baja. Cabo Pulmo, one of the crown jewels of the East Cape of Baja, can be reached from San

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National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument

The Cabrillo National Monument makes a good day trip for any van or RV nomad looking for a little California history. The Monument is located at the southern tip of

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Boating

Cachuma Lake

Cachuma Lake is a reservoir in the Santa Ynez Valley of central Santa Barbara County, California, on the Santa Ynez River adjoining the north side of California State Route 154.

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Exploring

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town is a unique spot for any van lifer wishing to visit and explore a relic of the past. The ghost town was founded in 1881 and is

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National Monument

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Canyon de Chelly National Monument offers van lifers a journey through time and culture. Drive along the rim, witnessing ancient cliff dwellings and towering sandstone spires. Hike into the canyon,

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National Monument

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwestern Colorado is a hidden gem for vanlifers seeking a unique blend of ancient history, rugged landscapes, and outdoor adventure. This vast monument

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Surfing

Carlsbad State Beach

Carlsbad State Beach, or what the locals call Tamarack Surf Beach, is a long expansive beach that is perfect for any van or RV nomad looking to spend the day

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Carpinteria State Beach

Carpinteria State Beach is a good beach and campground for any van or RV lifer looking to explore Santa Barbara. The beach is beautiful, has endless waves, and offers many

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National Monument

Carrizo Plain National Monument

Overview: If your a van or RV nomad looking to get away to the middle of nowhere, then Carrizo Plain National Monument is the place for you. The National Monument

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Town

Catalina Island

Santa Catalina Island is located 29 miles from Long Beach and is an amazing destination for any van or RV lifer looking to adventure. Activities on the island offer hiking,

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National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument is one of those hidden jewels in Utah that everyone must visit. It often gets overshadowed by its more popular parks but it still has the

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National Park

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park is a great place to get out your sea legs and visit one of America’s most unique national parks. The park provides a wide variety of

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Camping

Chino Hills State Park

Chino Hills State Park is a 14,102-acre park right in the middle of Los Angeles that is perfect for any van or RV lifer who wants to spend the day

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Museum

Chiriaco Summit Dry Camp Area

This Chiriaco Summit Dry Camp area is perfect for any Van or RV nomad looking for a free place to stay while visiting Joshua Tree or traveling thru. The campground

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Coachella Valley Preserve

Previous Next Overview: NEEDS UPDATE Afton Canyon is one of the hidden gems for spring and fall camping in the Mojave desert.  The campground is a first-come, first-service basis and

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State Park

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Nestled amidst the stunning landscape of southern Utah lies a hidden gem that promises adventure, serenity, and natural beauty: Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. For van lifers seeking an

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Camping

Corn Springs Campground

The Corn Springs Campground is located deep in a canyon of the Chuckwalla Mountains and is the perfect place for any van lifer looking to get lost in a desert

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Corona Del Mar State Beach

Corona Del Mar State Beach is a hidden gem for any Van Lifer looking to spend some time on the beach. The beach offers a beach cafe, volleyball courts, restrooms,

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Town

Cortez, Colorado

Cortez, Colorado, is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the American Southwest, offering vanlifers a perfect blend of history, natural beauty, and outdoor adventures. As a gateway to

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National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park captivates van lifers with its awe-inspiring beauty. Marvel at the deepest lake in the United States, formed in a volcanic caldera, and soak in its sapphire-blue

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Beach

Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove State Park is a great place for any van or RV nomad looking to explore the Southern California coast while in the middle of Orange County California. The

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Davis Camp Park

Davis Camp Park is the perfect place to stay if you find yourself in Bullhead City Az or Laughlin Nevada. The park is situated right on the Colorado River and

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National Park

Death Valley National Park

Overview: One of my favorite places to explore in California is Death Valley National Park. Death Valley is a perfect place for any van or RV nomad looking to explore

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Park

Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass State Park, located in Washington State, offers van lifers an exciting array of adventures in a stunning coastal setting. From hiking along breathtaking cliffs to fishing in crystal-clear

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Descend on Lost Sierra

Descend on Lost Sierra is an annual van life gathering that takes place in the spring. It’s the smaller version of Descend on Bend which is located in Northern California.

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Desert Bar

Nellie E Saloon Desert Bar is a unique location that every van lifer must visit once if you find yourself around Parker or Lake Havasu. The bar offers a great

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Exploring

Desert View Tower

No trip along the I-8 Freeway to/from the Anza Borrego desert is complete without a stopover at the unique Desert View Tower. The tower is located near Jacumba and Ocotillo

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Camping

Devil Creek Campground

As a van lifer, camping at Devil Creek Campground near Glacier National Park offers the perfect escape. Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, you can embark on exhilarating adventures like hiking

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Fishing

Dixon Lake

Dixon Lake is a wonderful place to visit and camp for any van lifer in the San Diego area. The lake offers a little bit of everything to include camping,

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Beach

Doheny State Beach

Doheny State Beach is one of my favorite places to spend the day in my van. It makes the perfect place for any van or RV nomad looking to enjoy

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Off-Roading

Dumont Dunes

Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area is located in the middle of nowhere and a perfect place for van and RV nomads who love off-roading. The main activity here

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Town

Durango, Colorado

Durango, Colorado, is a vibrant mountain town that offers vanlifers an ideal blend of adventure, history, and natural beauty. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, Durango is a haven for

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Exploring

Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock is a fun destination for any van or RV nomad who wants a quick day hike to see a unique rock formation. The Eagle Rock Trail is a

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Beach

El Capitan State Beach

El Capitán State Beach offers van and RV nomads a great place to spend the day or a few days camping on the coast. It offers its visitors a sandy

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Surfing

El Porto

El Porto is a wonderful beach for any van or RV nomad who wants to go surfing or lay on the beach. It’s the most consistent surf break in the

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Beach

El Segundo Beach

Overview El Segundo Beach is a small and quiet beach between Manhattan Beach to the south and Playa Del Rey to the north. The beach is located in front of

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Emma Wood State Beach

Emma Wood State Beach is an iconic beach camping area along the Pacific Coast Highway that any van or RV lifer must visit. There will be plenty of RVs and

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Museum

Evergreen Aviation Space Museum

At the Evergreen Air and Space Museum, a van lifer can immerse themselves in aviation and aerospace history. They can marvel at iconic aircraft like the Spruce Goose, explore interactive

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Exploring

Flaming Gorge Recreational Area

Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area is a popular attraction for van lifers and the RV community for years. It is a vast reservoir providing an outstanding opportunity for boating, fishing,

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Historical Landmark

Fort Bowie National Historic Site

Nestled in the rugged landscapes of southeastern Arizona, Fort Bowie National Historic Site offers an immersive experience for van lifers seeking a journey through the annals of American history. This

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Park

Franklin Canyon Park

Franklin Canyon Park is one of the hidden jewels of Los Angeles. The park is located less than 3-miles from the crowds and is an excellent place for any van

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National Park

Glacier National Park

Embarking on a vanlife journey in Glacier National Park promises boundless adventures. Roam along the legendary Going-to-the-Sun Road, with its breathtaking vistas. Hike scenic trails like Highline or Hidden Lake,

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Gonzaga Bay, Baja Mexico

The Bay of San Luis Gonzaga is south of San Felipe, past the Enchanted Islands that you can see from the highway. It’s a great beach to stop at if

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Camping

Goose Bay

Goose Bay Dispersed Camping Site provides a tranquil camping experience along the scenic Missouri River. Park your RV or van next to the peaceful river and take in the splendor

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Camping

Government Wash Dispersed Camping

Government Wash is a dispersed camping area located in the Lake Mead National Recreational Area. It’s a great location for anyone who wants to visit Las Vegas but doesn’t want

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National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding Jackson Hole area is a hot bed for van life during the summer months. There is plenty of boondocking in the surrounding national

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Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado offers vanlifers an extraordinary blend of unique landscapes, fascinating history, and a plethora of outdoor activities. From its towering dunes to the surrounding

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Exploring

Griffith Park

Griffith Park is home to the Griffith Observatory and Los Angeles Zoo and is a perfect van or RV nomad escape within the city. Within the park, you can enjoy

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Information

Guerrero Negro, Baja

If you’re traveling the Baja Peninsula, don’t miss the town of Guerrero Negro. You should probably take a break to get some sleep and gas. Even though there isn’t much

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Town

Gunnison

Gunnison, Colorado, nestled in the heart of the Rockies, is a hidden gem for vanlifers. Known for its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and abundant outdoor activities, Gunnison offers an

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Hole in the Wall

Overview: The hole in the wall is located in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The area is perfect for any Van or RV nomad looking to explore the desert

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Camping

Holtville Hot Springs

Holtville Hot Springs Long-Term Visitor Area (LTVA) is located east of Holtville, Ca, on the US and Mexican Border. The hot springs have two small artificial tubs with a nozzle

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Town

Holy Toledo

As a van lifer venturing into Toledo, Oregon, prepare for an authentic small-town experience. Embrace the charm of this quaint community nestled amid the lush coastal landscape. Engage with friendly

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Off-Roading

Hungry Valley State Park

Overview Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) is a fun place for any van or RV nomad to visit and explore. The area offers more than 130 miles of

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Beach

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is a must-stop over for any van or RV nomad looking to surf and spend time on the beach. The shoreline stretches for 10 uninterrupted miles making it

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Hurricane Cliffs BLM

Hurricane Cliffs Recreational Area BLM is one of my favorite places to boondock and visit as a van lifer. It’s only 10min from teh city of Hurricane and 20min from

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Camping

Imperial Sand Dunes

The Imperial Sand Dunes, or Glamis, as the locals call it, is worth a visit for any van or RV nomad looking to explore one of SoCal’s greatest natural attractions.

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Hiking

Indian Canyons

Indian Canyons makes a wonderful adventure for any van or RV nomad who wants to hike and learn more about the Indian culture surrounding Palm Springs. It’s comprised of Palm,

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Hiking

Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain is a great place to go hiking for any van or RV nomad. Iron Mountain is located between the cities of Poway and Romona. The hike is one

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Point of Interest

James Dean Memorial

The James Dean Memorial is an interesting stopover for any van or RV lifer searching for a little history. On September 30th, 1955, James Dean died in a terrible car

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Boondocking

Johnson Valley OHV Area

Overview Johnson Valley is the perfect location for any van or RV nomad who loves to be boondocking in the middle of nowhere while enjoying tons of off-roading.  Johnson Valley

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National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Besides a visit to the beach, a visit to Joshua Tree National Park is a must for any van or RV nomad exploring Southern California. The park offers excellent adventures

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Exploring

Julian

Julian is a beautiful mountain town located in the Cuyamaca mountains. The town dates back to the 1870’s gold rush in the early days of California and has a rich

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Town

Kanab Utah

Nestled in the heart of red rock country, Kanab, Utah, is a haven for van lifers seeking outdoor adventure, stunning landscapes, and a taste of the Wild West. From rugged

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Park

Kate Sessions Park

Kate Session Park is a 79-acre park perched high atop Lamont Street at Soledad Road on the border between Pacific Beach and La Jolla. It’s named after noted local horticulturalists

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Exploring

Kelso Sand Dunes

The Kelso Sand Dunes are a great place for any van or RV nomad to visit who wants to explore the vast Mojave desert. They are the largest dunes in

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Hot Springs

Keough’s Hot Springs

Keough’s Hot Springs makes a perfect stopover for any van or RV nomad looking to take a break from the road. The hot springs are located .6 miles off US

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River Rafting

Kernville

Kernville is the capital of adventure in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges. It’s located in Kern County and 42 miles northeast of Bakersfield. If you are interested in kayaking,

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Kite Surfing

La Ventana, Baja

Every van traveler to southern Baja should stop by La Ventana. Due to the fantastic winds, it is home to a sizable kitesurfing community. In addition to its charming downtown,

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Boating

Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead is located in the San Bernadino Mountains and is a perfect place for any van or RV nomad who wants to escape the city. There are a variety

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Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu is a popular destination during the cooler months for van lifers and RV dwellers. You will find plenty of nomads boondocking on the BLM lands just outside the

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Boating

Lake Morena

Lake Morena County Park is a great destination for any van or RV lifer. The park offers camping, hiking, fishing and is located in East County, San Diego. Lake Morena

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Boating

Lake Skinner Recreation Area

Lake Skinner Recreation Area is located in the rolling hills of Winchester, CA. It offers visitors expansive natural vistas and invigorating recreational opportunities, including a picnicking, splash pad, hiking, horseback

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Lander, Wyoming

For those living in a van, Lander, Wyoming, is a gateway to out-of-this-world adventures. Visit the beautiful Sinks Canyon State Park, scale the granite faces of Wild Iris, raft the

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National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park welcomes van lifers to a world of geothermal wonders and rugged landscapes. Explore bubbling mud pots, steaming fumaroles, and mesmerizing hot springs. Hike through otherworldly landscapes

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Town

Leadville

Leadville, Colorado, is a historic mountain town known for its rich mining heritage, stunning alpine scenery, and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities. Nestled at an elevation of 10,152 feet, Leadville offers

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Historical Landmark

Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

As a Van lifer exploring the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, you’ll immerse yourself in the epic journey of these intrepid explorers. Roam through stunning landscapes where Lewis and

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Town

Lincoln Montana

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Lincoln, Montana, offers many thrilling adventures for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and rich history, this charming

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Boondocking

Lizard Head Pass

Lizard Head Pass, located just outside Telluride, Colorado, offers vanlifers an idyllic escape into the rugged beauty of the San Juan Mountains. With stunning vistas, rich history, and abundant hiking

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River Rafting

Lochsa River, Idaho

Embarking on a van life journey to the picturesque Lochsa River in Idaho promises a thrilling and unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Nestled within the Bitterroot

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Logan, Utah

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Adventure Rating  3/5 Logan, Utah, offers van lifers a gateway to a world of outdoor adventures and cultural exploration. Nestled in the Cache Valley, this

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Town

Loreto, Baja

Anyone passing through Baja should make a stop in the beautiful coastal town of Loreto Baja. A number of exciting experiences can be had in this peaceful town. Fishing, mountain

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Town

Los Barriles, Baja

The Mexican fishing village of Los Barriles is a great place for people who like to try new things and get away from the crowds. It is windy and sits

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Camping

Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park is located in the Santa Monica Mountains 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The park has camping, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, swimming, rock climbing, and horseback

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Beach

Malibu Pier

No trip to Southern California is complete without a stopover at the Malibu Pier. The pier is a historic landmark located in the heart of California’s surf culture. The pier

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Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs is an excellent adventure for any van or RV nomad looking for a relaxing soak. There are six man-made hot tubs that you are allowed to use.

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Exploring

Manzanar National Historic Site

Manzanar National Historic Site is a place every van or RV nomad should visit. It’s located 5-miles north of Lone Pine on US Highway 395. The site is the location

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Town

McCall, Idaho

Van dwellers will never run out of things to do in McCall, Idaho. Kayaking on Payette Lake is the perfect warm-up for a hike up Brundage. Enjoy the rush of

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Hiking

Mission Trails Regional Park

Mission Trails Regional Park is located 12 miles from downtown San Diego and makes an excellent place for any van or RV nomad to spend the day. The park consists

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Park

Missouri Headwaters State Park

Van lifers are drawn to Missouri Headwater State Park by its exciting water activities. You can paddleboard, fish, and kayak on the Madison, Jefferson, and Gallatin rivers. Hikers and bikers

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Camping

Moab, Utah

Moab is a city in eastern Utah and is a gateway to massive red rock formations in Arches National Park. Southwest of Moab is Canyonlands National Park which features mesas

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Boondocking

Mogollon Rim

Nestled in the heart of Arizona’s breathtaking wilderness, the Mogollon Rim stands as a testament to the state’s rugged beauty and rich history. For vanlifers seeking adventure and tranquility amidst

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Exploring

Mojave Memorial Cross

If you are interested in visiting a place that has a turbulent legal history, then the Mojave Memorial Cross is a trip for you. Officially known as the White Cross

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Monterey

Monterey is one of the most beautiful coastal towns in California. It offers spectacular scenery at every turn, amazing restaurants, a world-famous aquarium, and many shops. You will easily see

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Exploring

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona is a captivating destination for van lifers seeking to explore the rich history and natural beauty of the American Southwest. This unique site features

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Exploring

Monument Valley

Monument Valley, located on the Arizona-Utah border, is an iconic destination known for its towering sandstone buttes, sweeping desert vistas, and deep cultural significance. For vanlifers seeking awe-inspiring landscapes and

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Beach

Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay State Park makes a great destination for any van lifer looking to spend some time on the beach and explore Morro Bay. The park includes a beach, lagoon,

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Camping

Mount Laguna

Mt. Laguna is a wonderful place for any van lifer or camper looking to get into the mountains and see trees in the Cleveland National Forest within San Diego County.

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National Park

Mount Rainer National Park

There are many amazing places to visit while in Fullerton. Fullerton is home to Cal State Fullerton, one of the largest colleges in Southern California. Besides Cal State Fullerton, there

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Hiking

Mount Wilson

Mount Wilson and the Mount Wilson Observatory make a great day trip out of the city. The parking lot at the top of Mount Wilson offers amazing views of the

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Hiking

Mt Baldy

Mt. Baldy is an excellent adventure for any van or RV nomad looking to escape the city for the mountains for the day. There is a large parking lot that

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Waterfall

Multnomah Falls

Embarking on the van life journey to Multnomah Falls promises an exhilarating adventure for any nomadic soul. Cascading gracefully from lush forests, the 620ft spectacle beckons thrill-seekers. Awe-inspiring hikes, misty

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National Monument

Navajo National Monument

Navajo National Monument, located in northern Arizona, offers vanlifers a unique opportunity to explore ancient cliff dwellings, stunning landscapes, and rich cultural history. Nestled in the Navajo Nation, this lesser-known

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Paddle Boarding

Newport Beach Back Bay

Newport Beach Back Bay is a wonderful place to spend the day for any van or RV nomad. Back Bay offers its visitors a great place to hike, ride your

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National Park

North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park offers van lifers a gateway to thrilling adventures. Hike through pristine alpine meadows, marvel at towering glaciers, and witness cascading waterfalls. Embark on scenic drives along

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Camping

O’Neil Regional Park

O’Neill Regional Park is 4,500 acres and is situated in beautiful Trabuco and Live Oak Canyons. The park serves both as overnight camping and a day-use/picnic facility. The park is

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Beach

Oceano Dunes SVRA

Oceano Dunes Natural Preserve is located 3 miles south of Pismo Beach and is one of the most expansive coastal dunes left in California. The preserve offers the opportunity to

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Beach

Oceanside Harbor Beach

Overview: Oceanside Harbor Beach is a good location for any van or RV nomad to spend the day on the beach and surfing. The beach is wide with plenty of

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Camping

Ocotillo Wells SVRA

There are many amazing places to visit while in Fullerton. Fullerton is home to Cal State Fullerton, one of the largest colleges in Southern California. Besides Cal State Fullerton, there

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Town

Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego Historic Park makes an excellent day trip for any van lifer looking to explore San Diego’s birthplace to eat, shop or drink tequila. Its many preserved

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National Park

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park beckons van lifers with its breathtaking landscapes and diverse ecosystems. Explore lush rainforests, hike to picturesque waterfalls, and stroll along rugged coastlines. Witness the grandeur of Mount

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Town

Pagosa Springs

Nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, Pagosa Springs, Colorado, offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, rich history, and outdoor adventure for vanlifers seeking a memorable experience.

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Camping

Palomar Mountain

Palomar Mountain is a mountain ridge in the Peninsular Ranges in northern San Diego County. It is famous for the Palomar Observatory and Hale Telescope and is home to the

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Exploring

Paso Robles

Paso Robles is a great destination for any van lifer who loves wine, olive oil, and the beauty of vineyards. Driving around the area is breathtaking and well worth an

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Town

Patagonia Az

Nestled between the Santa Rita and Patagonia Mountains, at an elevation of over 4,000 feet, lies the picturesque town of Patagonia, Arizona. Known for its rich history, distinctive character, and

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Hiking

Piedra River Trail

The Piedra River Trail, located just outside Pagosa Springs, Colorado, is a hidden gem for vanlifers seeking a blend of adventure, natural beauty, and serenity. This scenic trail offers a

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National Park

Pinnacles National Park

A visit to Pinnacles National Park is a must for any Van or RV lifer. It’s one of the newest national parks so a lot of people don’t know it

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Town

Pioneer Town

If you are looking to experience a small bit of western Hollywood history, a Pioneer Town visit is worth the trip. The town reminds me of Tombstone, Arizona, with its

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Surfing

Playa Los Cerritos, Baja

Playa Cerritos is a must-see for every surf-loving van dweller. It faces the Pacific Ocean and has long been a mecca for surfers from all over the world. There is

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Beach

Playa Santispac, Baja

Beautiful Playa Santispac can be found on the coast of the Bahia de Concepcion. Because campers can set up shop right on the sand, this place is a hotspot for

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Beach

Playa Tecolote, Baja

Playa Tecolote is a stunning beach that offers breathtaking views of Isla del Espritu Santo (Holy Spirit Island). Scuba diving, fishing excursions, snorkeling, and jet ski tours are just some

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Park

Point Mugu State Park

Point Mugu State Park has everything a van and RV nomad could want. The park offers a vast amount of hiking and mountain biking trails in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Camping

Potrero County Park

If you want to get away from the city but not drive your van too far, Potrero County Park is perfect for you. In a broad valley with scattered coastal

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Prescott Arizona

Prescott is a wonderful place to visit for any van lifer. This medium sized town offers a rich history, hiking, camping and amazing restaurants. The town square is dates back

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Quaking Aspen Campground

Quaking Aspen Campground is a quiet little campground located about 15 minutes south of I-4 and 30min from Gallup, New Mexico. The campground offers all the amenities, including restrooms, fire

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Camping

Quartzsite

Any van or RV lifer who wants to get away from the cold winter weather and hang out with other snowbirds, then Quartzsite is the place for you. Quartzsite is

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Camping

Red Rock Canyon State Park

Red Rock Canyon State Park is a great place to stopover on your way to Los Angeles or Mammoth. The park is located at the Sierra Nevada mountains’ southernmost tip

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Boating

Redondo Beach Marina

Overview: Redondo Beach Marina is a great place for any van lifer to visit to enjoy all the activities it has to offer. Just south of Hermosa Beach, the Marina

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National Park

Redwood National and State Parks

Redwood National and State Parks offer van lifers an enchanting escape into a world of giants. Roam through ancient redwood groves, witnessing trees towering over 350 feet. Explore lush fern

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Beach

Rincon Point State Beach

Rincon Point State Beach is a must-stop destination for any van lifer who’s a surfer and traveling up or down the Southern California coast. Rincon is actually a separate unit

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Beach

Rocket Launch Beach

Surf Beach is a public beach located on Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, CA. Access to Surf Beach is from the Amtrak train stop parking area along West Ocean

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Town

Salida

Salida, Colorado, is a picturesque mountain town known for its vibrant arts scene, outdoor recreational opportunities, and historic charm. Nestled in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley, Salida offers

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Surfing

Salt Creek Beach

Salt Creek Beach is a big and wide beach perfect for any van or RV nomad to spend the day. The beach has great surf, restrooms, showers, a park, a

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San Clemente Pier

San Clemente Pier is a wonderful place to spend the day for any van or RV nomad. The pier area has many good restaurants and bars. The beach is known

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Camping

San Clemente State Beach

As a dedicated van lifer always on the lookout for the next perfect spot to park my home on wheels, I’ve ventured far and wide across the country. Yet, nestled

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Beach

San Elijo State Beach

San Elijo State Beach is a good place for any van or RV nomad looking to visit or camp at the beach. The beach is long and wide and is

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San Felipe, Baja Mexico

Overview: San Felipe is a city on the Gulf of California. It is in the San Felipe Municipality of Baja California. People who live in vans or RVs often go

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San Gabriel Canyon OHV

San Gabriel Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area is located 11 miles north of Azusa on Highway 39. It features 160 acres of sand, rock, river, and boulders for anyone who

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Hiking

San Juan Hot Springs

San Juan Hot Springs adjacent to Highway 74 has seen better days. There is not too much left except for a couple of pools of hot steamy water. Back in

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Surfing

San Onofre State Beach

San Onofre State Beach is a wonderful place for any van lifer to spend time camping and surfing on the California coast. The park is a 3,000-acre and 3 miles

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Boating

Senator Wash Reservoir

Senator Wash is a great place to boondock on the Colorado River. The recreational area is approximately 60 acres in size. There are many trees of various types and several

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Town

Silver City, NM

Silver City, New Mexico, beckons van lifers with a tapestry of outdoor adventures. From hiking in the Gila National Forest to fishing in the Gila River, mountain biking rugged trails,

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Sinks Canyon State Park

Sinks Canyon State Park is an excellent place for any van lifer looking to spend a day or two exploring a beautiful canyon with a river and waterfall. The park

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Skydiving

Skydive Perris

Skydive Perris is a fun place to visit for any van lifer looking to jump out or watch other jump out of a perfectly good airplane. As one of the

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Exploring

Slab City

Slab City is located in unincorporated Imperial County in the Sonoran desert. It’s known for its artistic residents and its bohemian lifestyle that contradicts ordinary society. The city took its

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State Park

Snow Canyon State Park

Tucked away in the red rock wonderland of southern Utah lies a hidden gem just waiting to be explored by van lifers seeking adventure and natural beauty: Snow Canyon State

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Soaring

Soaring Academy

The Soaring Academy is located at Crystalaire Airport in the high desert of Los Angeles, just over 1 hour drive time from L.A. The Soaring Academy is one of Los

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place for any van lifer to visit. The town offers a good mix of adventure and entertainment. There are plenty of hiking trails, ski

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St. George

St. George has it all for any van or RV lifer. This medium sized town of 180k people has some of the most beautiful parks our country in its backyard

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Boondocking

Stewarts Point Campground

Tucked away amidst the rugged landscapes near Lake Mead lies a hidden gem for vanlifers seeking solace in nature: Stewarts Point Campground. Despite its bumpy and dusty access road, this

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Hiking

Tahquitz Canyon

Tahquitz Canyon a great quick getaway in Palm Springs. The canyon is one of the most beautiful and culturally sensitive areas of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation.

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Camping

Three Island Crossing State Park

Three Island Crossing State Park in Idaho invites van lifers to relive history and immerse themselves in outdoor adventures. From exploring the Oregon Trail to hiking scenic trails, fishing in

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Hiking

Three Sisters Falls

Three Sisters Falls Trail is a fun day hike for any van lifer looking for an adventure out of the city. The hike is a 4.1 mile out and back

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Paragliding

Torrey Pines Gliderport

The Torrey Pines Gliderport is located in the Torrey Pines State Reserve. Southern California’s premier location for paragliding, hang gliding, and sailplanes. The Gliderport provides a world-class flying site, flight

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Hiking

Trail of a 100 Giants

The Trail of 100 Giants, located within the Sequoia National Forest in California, beckons van lifers to embark on a remarkable journey into the realm of the colossal sequoia trees.

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Fishing

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes, Colorado, is a stunning destination known for its picturesque alpine lakes, outdoor recreational opportunities, and serene mountain setting. Nestled at the base of Colorado’s highest peak, Mount Elbert,

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Vallecito County Park

Vallecito County Park is one of my favorite campgrounds since it was the first place I camped in my van. The park is located at an old pony express stagecoach

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Valley of Fire Recreational Area

The Valley of Fire Recreational Area provides a fun hiking and camping experience for any van lifer in New Mexico. The recreational area is centered around a 5000-year-old lava flow

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