Austin Texas

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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 live music and world-class racing events.


Explore Austin’s natural beauty with a hike in the Barton Creek Greenbelt, offering miles of scenic trails along the Barton Creek. Climb the limestone bluffs and discover refreshing swimming holes, a true haven for nature lovers.


Dive into Austin’s rich history at the Texas State Capitol, an architectural masterpiece, and learn about the state’s past. Explore the Driskill Hotel, which has hosted famous figures in history. Immerse yourself in the city’s heritage by visiting the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Barton Springs

Cool off in the natural wonder of Barton Springs Pool, a three-acre, spring-fed pool in Zilker Park. It’s a perfect spot for a refreshing swim, sunbathing, or enjoying a peaceful day surrounded by lush trees and wildlife.

Formula One

For speed enthusiasts, catch the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Witness world-class racing and entertainment in a state-of-the-art facility that has made Austin a global motorsport hub.

City Information

Before exploring Austin, check out its diverse neighborhoods, each with its unique vibe. Find the best food trucks, local breweries, and live music venues. The city’s live music scene is a must-experience for its eclectic mix of genres and venues.


Austin, Texas, offers van lifers a medley of adventures. Hike through natural wonders, delve into history, relax at Barton Springs, and get your heart racing at Formula 1 events. This city’s dynamic culture and outdoor beauty make it an exciting and memorable destination for van life explorers.

It’s a privilege to have Austin Texas for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.

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Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area

Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area is a good stopover for any van lifer traveling down/up the I-5 FWY. It’s located approximately 25 miles southwest of Bakersfield and 5 miles from the I-5 freeway. The recreational area is comprised of two lakes; Lake Evans and the much larger Lake Webb. The main activity is fishing and camping. There’s also a shooting range right next to the recreational area too.

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River Rafting


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, hiking, camping, mountain biking, photography, and much more, Kernville is the place for you. But the number one activity in the area river rafting.

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