Biking

Whiting Ranch

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park is a great day trip for any van lifer looking to go hiking or mountain biking. The park is highlighted by scenic rock formations, including the beautiful Red Rock Canyon. There are three intermittent streams: Borrego, Serrano, and Aliso Creek meandering through the park, each hosting an abundance of wildlife.

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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 hikers who want to get out of busy Orange County and explore the countryside. Black Star offers van and RV nomads a nice retreat from the city where they can experience the mountains and great views of Irvine Lakes.

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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, and the world-famous San Diego zoo and Science Museum. Along with these attractions, the park boosts plenty of areas where you can park your van and spend the day lounging on the grass and watching the birds go by.

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Mission Bay – Fiesta Island Park

Fiesta Island Park is located in the middle of Mission Bay and included a peninsular island that is a perfect place to spend the day for any van lifer. The park is trendy for running, swimming, biking, van gathering, and special events. There are bonfire rings on the beach, and dogs are allowed off-leash. It’s a popular place for windsurfing and kitesurfing when it’s windy.

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