All Adventures

Below is a list of all adventure locations throughout Southern California I believe any van or RV nomad will enjoy. Each of these locations is easily accessible for a van or RV.

Paragliding

Aerial Antics

Previous Next Overview: Aerial Antics is a paragliding training school that is located at the Sobaba Flight Park. It has been a world class paragliding

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Camping

Afton Canyon Campground

Previous Next Overview: Afton Canyon is one of the hidden gems for spring and fall camping in the Mojave desert and perfect for any van

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Boondocking

Alabama Hills

Previous Next Overview: The Alabama Hills represent one of the most premier locations for van and RV nomads. The hills attract thousands of nomads every

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Beach

Aliso Beach

Previous Next Overview: Aliso Beach is one of those hidden jewels that most van and RV nomads neglect to visit. The beach is beautiful with

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Exploring

Amboy Crater

Previous Next Overview: Amboy Crater is located off Route 66 in the middle of the Mojave desert in one of the youngest volcanic fields in

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Paragliding

Andy Jackson Airpark

Previous Next Overview: If you are looking to soar among the clouds, then paragliding or hang gliding at Andy Jackson Airpark (AJX) might be for

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Exploring

Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves

Overview: 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

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Beach

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

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Biking

Balboa Park

Previous Next Overview: Balboa Park is one of my favorite places to spend the day and explore. The park offers a wide variety of activities

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Town

Big Bear

Previous Next Overview: Big Bear has it all; hiking, camping, mountain biking, snow skiing, boondocking, sailing, horseback riding, good restaurants, bars, and much more. This

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Biking

Black Star Canyon

Previous Next Overview: Black Star Canyon is located in the Santa Ana Mountains by Irvine Reservoir and has a rich, violent history. It is a

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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

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Hiking

Borrego Springs

Previous Next Overview: Any van or RV trip to the Anza Borrego State Park isn’t complete without a stopover in Borrego Springs.   The town has

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Hiking

Bridge to Nowhere

Previous Next Overview: The Bridge to Nowhere is a great hiking adventure for any van or RV nomad looking to visit a unique LA landmark

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National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument

Previous Next Overview: The Cabrillo National Monument makes a good day trip for any van or RV nomad looking for a little California history. The

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Boating

Cachuma Lake

Previous Next Overview Cachuma Lake is a reservoir in the Santa Ynez Valley of central Santa Barbara County, California, on the Santa Ynez River adjoining

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Exploring

Calico Ghost Town

Previous Next Overview: Calico Ghost Town is a unique spot for any van lifer wishing to visit and explore a relic of the past. The

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Surfing

Carlsbad State Beach

Previous Next Overview: Carlsbad State Beach, or what the locals call Tamarack Surf Beach, is a long expansive beach that is perfect for any van

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Town

Catalina Island

Previous Next Overview: Santa Catalina Island is located 29 miles from Long Beach and is an amazing destination for any van or RV lifer looking

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Camping

Chino Hills State Park

Previous Next Overview: Chino Hills State Park is a 14,102-acre park right in the middle of Los Angeles that is perfect for any van or

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Camping

Corn Springs Campground

Previous Next Overview The Corn Springs Campground is located deep in a canyon of the Chuckwalla Mountains and is the perfect place for any van

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Beach

Crystal Cove State Park

Previous Next Overview: Crystal Cove State Park is a great place for any van or RV nomad looking to explore the Southern California coast while

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Exploring

Desert View Tower

Previous Next Overview No trip along the I-8 Freeway to/from the Anza Borrego desert is complete without a stopover at the unique Desert View Tower.

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Beach

Doheny State Beach

Previous Next Overview Doheny State Beach is one of my favorite places to spend the day in my van. It makes the perfect place for

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Off-Roading

Dumont Dunes

Previous Next Overview Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area is located in the middle of nowhere and a perfect place for van and RV

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Exploring

Eagle Rock

Previous Next Overview Eagle Rock is a fun destination for any van or RV nomad who wants a quick day hike to see a unique

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Surfing

El Porto

Previous Next Overview El Porto is a wonderful beach for any van or RV nomad who wants to go surfing or lay on the beach.

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Beach

El Segundo Beach

Previous Next Overview El Segundo Beach is a small and quiet beach between Manhattan Beach to the south and Playa Del Rey to the north.

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Park

Franklin Canyon Park

Previous Next Overview: Franklin Canyon Park is one of the hidden jewels of Los Angeles. The park is located less than 3-miles from the crowds

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Exploring

Griffith Park

Previous Next Overview: Griffith Park is home to the Griffith Observatory and Los Angeles Zoo and is a perfect van or RV nomad escape within

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Camping

Holtville Hot Springs

Previous Next Overview Holtville Hot Springs Long-Term Visitor Area (LTVA) is located east of Holtville, Ca, on the US and Mexican Border. The hot springs

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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

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Beach

Huntington Beach

Previous Next Overview Huntington Beach is a must-stop over for any van or RV nomad looking to surf and spend time on the beach. The

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Camping

Imperial Sand Dunes

Previous Next Overview The Imperial Sand Dunes, or Glamis, as the locals call it, is worth a visit for any van or RV nomad looking

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Hiking

Indian Canyons

Previous Next Overview Indian Canyons makes a wonderful adventure for any van or RV nomad who wants to hike and learn more about the Indian

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Hiking

Iron Mountain

Previous Next Overview Iron Mountain is a great place to go hiking for any van or RV nomad. Iron Mountain is located between the cities

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Point of Interest

James Dean Memorial

Previous Next Overview The James Dean Memorial is an interesting stopover for any van or RV lifer searching for a little history. On September 30th,

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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

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Exploring

Julian

Previous Next Overview Julian is a beautiful mountain town located in the Cuyamaca mountains. The town dates back to the 1870’s gold rush in the

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Park

Kate Sessions Park

Previous Next Overview Kate Session Park is a 79-acre park perched high atop Lamont Street at Soledad Road on the border between Pacific Beach and

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Exploring

Kelso Sand Dunes

Previous Next Overview The Kelso Sand Dunes are a great place for any van or RV nomad to visit who wants to explore the vast

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Hot Springs

Keough’s Hot Springs

Previous Next Overview Keough’s Hot Springs makes a perfect stopover for any van or RV nomad looking to take a break from the road. The

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River Rafting

Kernville

Previous Next Overview Kernville is the capital of adventure in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges. It’s located in Kern County and 42 miles northeast

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Boating

Lake Arrowhead

Previous Next Overview Lake Arrowhead is located in the San Bernadino Mountains and is a perfect place for any van or RV nomad who wants

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Boating

Lake Morena

Previous Next Overview: Lake Morena County Park is a great destination for any van or RV lifer. The park offers camping, hiking, fishing and is

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Boating

Lake Skinner Recreation Area

Previous Next Overview Lake Skinner Recreation Area is located in the rolling hills of Winchester, CA. It offers visitors expansive natural vistas and invigorating recreational

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Camping

Malibu Creek State Park

Previous Next Overview Malibu Creek State Park is located in the Santa Monica Mountains 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The park has camping, hiking,

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Beach

Malibu Pier

Previous Next Overview No trip to Southern California is complete without a stopover at the Malibu Pier. The pier is a historic landmark located in

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Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Previous Next Overview Mammoth Hot Springs is an excellent adventure for any van or RV nomad looking for a relaxing soak.  There are six man-made

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Camping

Moab, Utah

Previous Next Overview: Moab is a city in eastern Utah. It’s a gateway to massive red rock formations in Arches National Park. Southwest, Canyonlands National

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Exploring

Mojave Memorial Cross

Previous Next Overview: If you are interested in visiting a place that has an turbulent legal history, than the Mojave Memorial Cross is a trip

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Beach

Morro Bay State Park

Previous Next Overview: Morro Bay State Park makes a great destination for any van lifer looking to spend some time on the beach and explore

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Hiking

Mount Wilson

Previous Next Overview: Mount Wilson and the Mount Wilson Observatory make a great day trip out of the city. The parking lot at the top

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Hiking

Mt Baldy

Previous Next Overview: Mt. Baldy is an excellent adventure for any van or RV nomad looking to escape the city for the mountains for the

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Paddle Boarding

Newport Beach Back Bay

Previous Next Overview: Newport Beach Back Bay is a wonderful place to spend the day for any van or RV nomad. Back Bay offers its

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Camping

O’Neil Regional Park

Previous Next Overview: O’Neill Regional Park is 4,500 acres and is situated in beautiful Trabuco and Live Oak Canyons. The park serves both as overnight

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Beach

Oceano Dunes SVRA

Previous Next Overview: Oceano Dunes Natural Preserve is located 3 miles south of Pismo Beach and is one of the most expansive coastal dunes left

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Camping

Ocotillo Wells SVRA

Previous Next Overview: Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreational Area (SVRA) is a great place for any van or RV nomad looking to boondock and be

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Town

Old Town San Diego

Previous Next Overview: Old Town San Diego Historical Park makes an excellent day trip for any van lifer looking to explore San Diego’s birthplace to

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Camping

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Previous Next Overview: The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders

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Camping

Palomar Mountain

Previous Next Overview: Palomar Mountain is a mountain ridge in the Peninsular Ranges in northern San Diego County. It is famous for the Palomar Observatory

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Exploring

Paso Robles

Previous Next Overview: Paso Robles is a great destination for any van lifer who loves wine, olive oil, and the beauty of vineyards. Driving around

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Town

Pioneer Town

Previous Next Overview: If you are looking to experience a small bit of western Hollywood history, a Pioneer Town visit is worth the trip. The

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Park

Point Mugu State Park

Overview: Point Mugu State Park has everything a van and RV nomad could want. The park offers a vast amount of hiking and mountain biking

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Camping

Potrero County Park

Previous Next Overview: If you want to get away from the city but not drive your van too far, Potrero County Park is perfect for

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Camping

Quartzsite

Previous Next Overview: Any van or RV lifer who wants to get away from the cold winter weather and hang out with other snowbirds, then

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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

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Beach

Rincon Point State Beach

Previous Next Overview: Rincon Point State Beach is a must-stop destination for any van lifer who’s a surfer and traveling up or down the Southern

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Beach

Rocket Launch Beach

Previous Next Overview: Surf Beach is a public beach located on Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, CA. Access to Surf Beach is from the

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Surfing

Salt Creek Beach

Overview: Salt Creek Beach is a big and wide beach perfect for any van or RV nomad to spend the day. The beach has great

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San Clemente Pier

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

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San Gabriel Canyon OHV

Previous Next San Gabriel Canyon OHV Overview: San Gabriel Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area is located 11 miles north of Azusa on Highway 39. It

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Hiking

San Juan Hot Springs

Previous Next Overview: Under Construction San Juan Hot Springs adjacent to Highway 74 has seen better days. There is not too much left except for

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Surfing

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. 

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Boating

Senator Wash Reservoir

Previous Next Overview: Senator Wash is a great place to boondock on the Colorado River. The recreational area is approximately 60 acres in size. There

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Skydiving

Skydive Perris

Previous Next Skydive Perris Overview: Skydive Perris is a fun place to visit for any van lifer looking to jump out or watch other jump

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Exploring

Slab City

Previous Next Overview: Slab City is located in unincorporated Imperial County in the Sonoran desert. It’s known for its artistic residents and its bohemian lifestyle

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Soaring

Soaring Academy

Previous Next Overview: The Soaring Academy is located at Crystalaire Airport in the high desert of Los Angeles, just over 1 hour drive time from

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Hiking

Tahquitz Canyon

Previous Next Overview: Tahquitz Canyon a great quick getaway in Palm Springs. The canyon is one of the most beautiful and culturally sensitive areas of

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Hiking

Three Sisters Falls

Previous Next Overview: Three Sisters Falls Trail is a fun day hike for any van lifer looking for an adventure out of the city. The

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Paragliding

Torrey Pines Gliderport

Previous Next Overview: The Torrey Pines Gliderport is located in the Torrey Pines State Reserve. Southern California’s premier location for paragliding, hang gliding, and sailplanes.

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Exploring

Vasquez Rocks

Overview: Vasquez Rocks is located in the high desert near Agua Dulce Springs and feature spectacular rock formations and a seasonal stream.  The park is

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Soaring

Warner Springs Gliderport

Previous Next Overview: Warner Springs Airport is one of the premier glider ports in Southern California and is located a mile north of Warner Springs.

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Hiking

Whitewater Preserve

Previous Next Overview: The Whitewater Preserve is a great place to visit if you are traveling through the Palm Springs and Joshua Tree areas.  The

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Biking

Whiting Ranch

Previous Next Overview: Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park is a great day trip for any van lifer looking to go hiking or mountain biking. The park

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Race Track

Willow Springs Raceway

Previous Next Overview: Willow Springs International Motorsports Park is a unique stopover for any van lifer looking to see how fast their van can go

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Beach

Zuma Beach

Previous Next Overview: A van trip to Malibu isn’t complete without a walk along the famous Zuma Beach.  The beach is 1.8 miles long and

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Exploring

Zzyzx

Previous Next Overview: Zzyzx Road is a great out-of-the-ordinary adventure for any van or RV nomad driving to/from Las Vegas.  ZZYZX is just west of

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