RVing in Southern California

  If you're a fan of sun and sand, deserts and snow-covered mountains, or world-class shopping, dining and entertainment, then head your RV to the Los Angeles area of Southern California. Not only is the weather nearly perfect, but the variety of outdoor adventure and entertainment options are enormous.

RVing in Southern California gets you close to world renowned beaches, which are not only known for sun and surf, but also for people, whale and dolphin watching. Stroll on the Venice Beach Ocean Front Walk and catch some of the iconic characters that make the beach famous, such as the chainsaw juggler, palm readers, folk artists and the rubber-snake wrangler. For Hollywood stars, head to Manhattan Beach and for the best in surfers, travel to Malibu's Surfrider Beach.

Take a day trip and trade in your RV for a boat. There are many charter services to take you on a tour or fishing excursion. Go RVing in Southern California between December and March and go on a whale watching trip to see California gray whales on their trip to and from calving waters in Baja.

Pack your hiking boots when camping in Los Angeles and take advantage of the various terrains. Travel to Topanga State Park and hike the 7-mile Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa Overlook. The 2.5-mile Griffith Observatory West Trail Look gives you a view of the Hollywood sign and the LA Basin. Or head to the Santa Monica Mountains and take the 4.2-mile trek to the Escondido Canyon and Falls.

When you think of Hollywood and Los Angeles, great shopping in exclusive boutiques, dining in five-star restaurants, and attending first-class entertainment naturally comes to mind. But not everything cultural is pricey. Before you go, check discoverlosangeles.com to see what art walks are happening during your visit. The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is scheduled the second Thursday of every month. It includes more than 40 galleries and museums spread throughout the city's many sub-districts. First Fridays at Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice features the best artists, gifts, products, and music in the area.

The area is family friendly, with many of the venues providing hands-on experience. Some of the favorites include the La Brea Tar Pits, Griffith Observatory, Getty Center, and Skirball Cultural Center.

Although RVing in the Los Angeles area is great year-round, if you're there in the winter, you'll be able to juggle your beach going with trips to the mountain snow in the nearby San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains. Play in the snow or catch some powder as you downhill at a variety of ski resorts such as Bear Mountain, Mountain High, Snow Summit and Snow Valley.

And a trip to the huge city of Los Angeles doesn't have to include stressful city driving. Los Angeles is home to one of the country's best public transportation networks, including subways, light-rail, buses, and shuttles.

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