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SoCal Van Life was created to help our traveling nomad community explore Southern California to the fullest.  SoCal offers endless adventure, breathtaking scenery, and a perfect climate that allows for year-round exploration. By providing a source of adventure and travel information, we can help make anyone’s trip around SoCal an incredible experience. Hopefully, this website can help the community make their travels more enjoyable. – Bert Manning

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Bridge to Nowhere

Previous Next Overview: The Bridge to Nowhere is a great hiking adventure for any van lifer looking to visit a unique LA landmark while exploring the San Gabriel Mountains. The East Fork Trail, which leads to the bridge, is a

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Vasquez Rocks

Overview: Vasquez Rocks is located in the high desert near Agua Dulce Springs and features spectacular rock formations and a seasonal stream.  In 1874 Tiburcio Vasquez, one of California’s most notorious bandits, used these rocks to elude law enforcement until

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Avila Sea Caves

Previous Next Overview: 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 parking area is called ‘Pirates Cove Parking”

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San Onofre State Beach

Previous Next Overview: 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 south of San Clemente on Interstate 5

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