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Warm Weather Camping, Head South

Some people get the winter blues or February blahs, I always get itchy spring feet. I can’t wait to go camping and yet it’s still a bit cold in the north for me to brave the cool winter-moving-into-spring weather. Perhaps investing in some warmer winter sleep gear is needed, but sometimes heading out on the road for an adventure to warm weather camping is what’s on the menu.

Understandably, warm-winter camping is found mainly In the southern states. So treat yourself to some warm-winter camping and give yourself a thaw.


Channel Islands National Park underwater shot

Beaches, sunshine, and fun times all along the 1100-mile-long coast of California. With so many options to camp where do you start? The first stop would be a book store to pick up this little gem: California Coastal Commission’s California Coastal Access Guide. “With up-to-date maps and information, it is an invaluable travel guide for all coastal visitors—beachgoers, hikers, campers, swimmers, divers, surfers, anglers, and boaters—detailing where to go, how to get there, and what facilities and environment to expect.” If you miss picking up the book, here are a few sites not to be missed:

Channel Islands National Park or there are seven state parks between Gaviota and Point Mugu all just offshore from the glamour and glitz of Santa Barbara. The climate is mild year-round and in the winter as many as 50,000 seals and sea lions can be viewed at protected breeding grounds. For more information:

Leo Carillo State Beach is 25 miles up the coast from Santa Monica along highway 1 and offers 1.5 miles of beach, tide pools, caves, and reefs to explore. Giant Sycamore trees line the stream-bottomed canyon and provide shade for the campground. For more information:

San Elijo State Beach is located 40 minutes north of San Diego right on the coast. San Elijo has beautiful views from the bluff overlooking the ocean with stairs down to the beach. This state park offers camping, swimming, showers, and day picnicking spots. If you are into snorkeling or diving you will like the nearby reef. This campground is perfect for dog lovers as dogs have their own private beach. Please make sure that dogs are on a leash outside of the dog beach area. San Diego, with its Mediterranean-type weather, will make it so you do not miss traveling quite so much this year. For surfers, there is a world-famous surf break near the campground. There are also dozens of great restaurants within walking distance of San Elijo State Beach.

warm weather camping


The Natchez Trace Walking Trail, Mississippi/Tennessee

Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia is only accessible by ferry but offers 17 miles of clean sand beaches, nearly 20,000 acres for exploring, and features saltwater marshes, freshwater ponds, moss-covered forests, and massive dunes. RV’s and motorhomes are not permitted on the island. You must walk on and walk off of the ferry. Reservations must be made in advance. For more information:

The Natchez Trace, Mississippi/Tennessee whose ancient game trail originally connected southern portions of the Mississippi River to central Tennessee salt licks. There are more than 400 miles of protected trail. There are no reservations and no fees to camp here. For more information:

Florida, the King of Warm Weather Camping

If you are heading south for warm weather camping the obvious destination is Florida. Anywhere in Florida will do, with the weather always being warm and pristine beaches that go on forever there is no lack of sun and sand. Coastline RV Resort and Campground is located on the panhandle of Florida. This resort offers the unique unobstructed view of the St. George Sound, St. George Island, Dog Island, and the spectacular sunrises and sunsets for which the panhandle is known. Coastline RV Resort is located close enough to three coastal communities allowing you to enjoy the conveniences they provide.

Looking for an island holiday? We may not be able to travel to Cuba or Tahiti right now but if you are itching for an island getaway why not look at St George Island State Park. Located off of the coast of northwestern Florida, the 4 miles long bridge will take you to these nine miles of untouched beaches, dunes, forest bays, and marches. On the gulf side of this island you will find the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. You will also find the fine sugary sands that we all love from our island holidays. You many even see a pod of dolphins swim by. 

On the bay side of the island you will find marshes, home to blue heron, bald eagles, osprey, owls and saltwater fish. There is so much to do on this small island and there is something for everyone. You can go birdwatching, fishing, kayaking, and shell collecting. At night you will be able to see every star in the sky like never before. There is a reason that many celebraties have their second homes on this beautiful island.

Photo Credit: Trip Advisor Mark S
Photo Credit: Trip Advisor


ATVing in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Snow Canyon State Park named for pioneer Erastus Snow is a bit off the beaten path but well worth the travel to see the views. For more information:

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is a bit higher in elevation, however, it is well worth the cooler weather if you are a 4WD or ATV fanatic. And of course, the pink sand. For more information:


Arial view of the Big Bend

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona/Nevada. There are just so many options to choose from between Lake Mead and Lake Mohave but a favorite is Boulder Bay. Three of America’s four desert ecosystems — the Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran Desert — meet here. For more information:

Big Bend National Park, Texas is on the Mexican border, where the Rio Grande makes its “big bend” and is well worth the effort to travel here to experience 800,000 acres to explore. For more information:

So get out there and explore the adventures of winter camping in an RV today. For more on warm weathered camping, check out an article on California National Parks.

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Winter Holidays in an RV

Spending the holidays in an RV is an open invitation to do whatever your heart desires. During the winter holidays, the options really are endless! Why not get the whole family on board and start a new stress-free holiday tradition! Load up the presents, candy canes, and twinkly lights, here are some road trip ideas for your winter holidays in an RV.

Visiting Family

Driveway Surfing: All the joy of visiting your family with the comfort of your own space to retreat to. Consequently, save money on hotels or hopping from guest room to guest room. Instead, enjoy the convenience of your RV while you driveway hop through the winter holidays.

Grand Canyon in RV
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An Adventurous Holiday

Meet the whole family at the Grand Canyon. Escape the hustle and bustle of 1000s of tourists and the sweltering heat of Arizona’s summers. The whole family can stay at the year-round RV Park. Skip the stress of hosting the family and make memories that last a lifetime.

Christmas Spirit-Filled Holiday

Get in the holiday spirit with a month and a half of holiday cheer at Stone Mountain Christmas Festival! Enjoy holiday train rides, daily Christmas parades, nightly fireworks, and millions of dazzling lights!

A Sunny Holiday

Escape the holiday hustle and bustle and spend the days on the white sandy beaches of Pensacola Beach, Florida. With many RV Parks to choose from, enjoy miles of crystal clear empty beaches and getting a tan during Christmas Holidays!

Yosmite for winter holidays
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A Peaceful Holiday

Sink into the peace and quiet of the season at Yosemite National Park. Sparkling snowflakes fall silently in this gorgeous National Park. Skip the crowds and enjoy a variety of winter activities. Spend some quality time in nature this holiday season.

Leavenworth, Washington
Photo Credit: Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce, Brian Munoz

A Bright Christmas

Leavenworth, Washington, a quaint Bavarian town that becomes a village of lights for Christmas. Experience over half a million lights in this magical Christmas display. Also, don’t miss the carolers, Santa, and a full Christmas festival the first three weekends of December.

The convenience of spending the holidays in an RV means endless possibilities. You can visit the family, start a new family tradition, choose a destination or maybe do them all! However you are hoping to spend your holidays, make memories that will last a lifetime, and have a happy, stress-free holiday in an RV.

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San Francisco RV Rental Road Trip

San Francisco is one of those cities that you can just fall in love with and want to return to again and again. There are always new and exciting places to go and things to explore. It’s difficult to narrow down but we’ve put together our top RV road trips in the San Fran area. These trips cover a little bit of everything for those of us that can’t decide what we want to do. So grab your San Francisco RV rental and get exploring.

San Francisco

Starting the trip in San Francisco gives you the opportunity to bask in the city lights, enjoy some music, see the big sights like Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, ride a trolley car and check out the Golden Gate Park and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Napa Valley

After dancing the night away in San Fran, head over to Napa Valley and taste the exquisite wine of the valley. And the best part is, you won’t have to go far when you’re in need of a nap because you have your San Francisco RV rental. If you’re looking to stretch your legs, the golf courses are a fun activity. These go great with the local distilleries and craft breweries as well.

Fort Bragg

Once you’ve had your taste of Napa, head down for some real relaxation and check out Glass Beach in Fort Bragg. If you’re up for a history lesson the Sea Glass Museum is a stop not to be missed. And if you’re looking to switch from tasting wine to smelling flowers, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are sure to please.

Muir Woods

After all of the relaxation and sightseeing, it’s time to get some exercise. So head out to the Redwoods and stretch your neck to check out some seriously tall trees and immerse yourself in nature for a few days. It’s amazing where you can go in your San Francisco RV rental.

Hopefully, this has got you California dreaming and itching to take that next road trip.

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