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An Unforgettable 7-Day RV Trip Around California

Posted on Jun 21, 2019

If the day to day of urban life is getting you down, it is time to leave the crowds and the traffic behind and head out on a one-week RV trip in California. You will find that RV travel is the cure for what ails you after just a few short hours on the road. 

The itinerary of this RV trip will keep you cruising around the southern part of the state, but don’t worry! You will get plenty of desert, beach, and national park with a little bit of city sprinkled on top. The daily driving hours will be kept to a minimum to ensure that you get as much activity time as possible. 

One Week RV Trip in California

Day #1: San Diego

Once you pick up your vehicle from 1st Choice RV, you can head to the beautiful city of San Diego.  While you could easily spend your whole seven days hanging out here, it is best to hit a few highlights and then continuing your RV trip. 

One of those highlights that shouldn’t be missed is the San Diego Zoo which is home to more than 3,000 animals including giant pandas. You can spend most of your day visiting the zoo as it has over 100 acres to explore. 

Day #2: Anza Borrego State Park

Next stop on your 7 day trip around California should be the Anza Borrego State Park which is two hours away from San Diego. Head out here in the morning of day two, and you can spend some time exploring this UNESCO heritage site and hiking the trails. Dress appropriately because the weather can be extreme in this part of the desert. 

If you can pull yourself away from the unique beauty of the Anza Borrego State Park, you can spend the afternoon on your second day in the Joshua Tree National Park. The fee to get into the park is $30, and you need to make sure that you have fully stocked your RV with water and snacks because you won’t find any in the park itself. Enjoy the sunset, and then get to sleep early because day three is going to be full of exploring. 

Day #3: Joshua Tree National Park

Wake up bright and early on day three, and you can spend some of your RV trip out of the RV! There are plenty of trails to hike in the Joshua Tree National Park, and you can learn a lot about the history of the park if you opt for a ranger-guided tour. 

Remember to stay hydrated while you are roaming the park. You may want to get a good hydration backpack to take with you. The desert can be a dangerous place if you do not have enough water on hand.

Day #4: Los Angeles

This will mostly be an RV travel day as you head up to Los Angeles. However, you won’t have to spend the entire time on the road because there are plenty of little stop-offs to enjoy. Such as a wild horse rescue center or the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.

Even with a few stops, you should hit LA by the evening, just in time for dinner!

Day #5: Beverly Hills

You should definitely spend the fifth day of your trip enjoying some of the finer points of Los Angeles. There is something for everyone in this city no matter what your interests. Head to the Chinese Theater and look at the celebrity handprints if you are a movie buff, shoppers may enjoy a trip down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, and there is always the La Brea Tar Pits as well. Science buffs may enjoy a visit to the Griffith Observatory. 

Day #6: San Diego

After a solid day of city exploration, you will likely be ready to get back to your RV travel plan. You are going to be making your way back to San Diego today, but this time you will be using the Pacific Coast Highway. You will want to stay on route 1 south to make the most of your drive time. The views are much more scenic. 

Make a pit stop at the Santa Monica Pier after you head out of LA. You can ride the iconic amusement park rides, and spend a few hours munching on carnival food before continuing on towards San Diego. 

If you are ready for a little more sun and surf, you can make another stop at Huntington Beach before heading on to Crystal Cove State Park and Laguna Beach. Spend the night in Laguna watching the sunset. 

Day #7: Botanical gardens

Before ending your one-week RV trip in California and returning your vehicle. Spend a few hours in the botanical gardens once you get back to San Diego. It is actually one of the largest in the country and well worth the visit.

As you can see, there is plenty to do on a seven day RV trip through southern California. We can help you enjoy all the fun. Head to the contact page to make your reservation today. 


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