The End of Your Road Trip: From California Back North

If you’re like most North Americans, you want to soak in the beautiful sunshine in California at least once in your life. While getting back north for the summer can be a long drive, there are lots of fun stops you can make along the way. Here are a few places to stop if you’re traveling up the West Coast this spring.

Los Angeles

You’ll want to hit Los Angeles as you leave California, but at the end of a trip, you’re probably tired of the crowds. Head a little north to the Santa Clarita Valley to take in exciting attractions without the hustle and bustle of LA.

For a unique experience, stop in at Animal Tracks Inc, a sanctuary for animals that can’t be returned to the wild. Make reservations to visit with clever capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, and baboons. Other animal favorites include the regal fennec fox, several wolf-hybrids, an elegant serval cat, and a young kangaroo. You’ll be up-close in the animal enclosures so wear clothes that you can get dirty. And, if you want the animals to bond with you quickly, bring an approved treat, like grapes, yams, avocados, or cucumbers.

RV campgrounds in the Los Angeles area include Soledad Canyon RV Resort and Wilderness Lakes RV Resort.


You won’t make it out of California in a day from the Santa Clarita Valley. So, you’ll need to stop over somewhere, and Sacramento is a great spot. It hosts the California Automobile Museum, a real treat for car enthusiasts. There are over 150 vehicles on display that represent California’s history from 1885 to 2011. If you happen to be there on a Sunday you can even drive in downtown Sacramento—in a classic car!

For lunch, try something just as classic at The Shack. Their menu is simple and not too expensive, with thick burgers and refreshing beer, matching the low-key, relaxing atmosphere. It’s just the stop you need to help soak in the last few days of your trip.

RV campgrounds in the Sacramento area include Ponderosa RV Campground and Lake Minden RV Campground.


Maybe you want to pass through Portland, OR on your way to California. There are affordable attractions here, including the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. It’s free on Mondays, or five dollars the rest of the week. Enjoy the lush greenery, and spot some fantastic wildlife (like Mandarin ducks). If flowers interest you, Portland also has the largest rose test garden in the country, in Washington Park. It’s free!

RV campgrounds in the Portland area include Portland Fairview RV Park and Mt. Hood Village RV Resort.

Instead of feeling like your vacation is over make most of the last days of your trip home! Visit to book your stay today.


Explore Washington and the Pacific Northwest in your RV


You don’t have to travel too far south to find the perfect snowbird destination. Mountains soar into the clouds as wildlife frolics in one of nature’s biodynamic wonderlands. A stay in the Pacific Northwest will find you rejuvenated, recharged and reacquainting yourself with Mother Nature.

Visit the Ocean and Mountains

The Pacific Ocean holds a variety of wonders, with giant octopus, anemones, salmon and herring just below the surface. Gray whales, orcas, harbour seals, sea lions and dolphins thrive here. Majestic Mount Rainier stands guard in the distance as the mossy beds of the Hoh Rainforest in Olympia National Park beckon you to enter. The Pacific Northwest offers a wide range of wildlife viewing on land too. Keep an eye out for bears, coyotes, river otters, deer and hundreds of species of birds. Less visible wildlife includes the mountain lion, bobcat, weasel, and fox.

With three national parks, 120 state parks, numerous wilderness areas, recreation areas and preserves, Washington State is a nature lover’s utopia. Be sure to visit Whidbey and Camano islands for the opportunity to take in the breathtaking sight of majestic whales swimming past while you watch from shore.

Shoppers Paradise

Discover interesting public markets and exciting shopping opportunities. The Pike Place Market offers a myriad of shops featuring unique products, including local artisan crafts and specialty foods. If fresh seafood makes your taste buds tingle, the Pike Place Fish Market is a must see. Beware the flying salmon, though! At Chihuly Garden and Glass marvel at the beautiful blown glass creations as you watch the artist create his masterpieces right before your eyes.

Over in Spokane, the antique stores beckon you to find that perfect treasure. There are two antique districts in Spokane, North Munroe and Hillyard. River Square Park in Spokane has shopping, dining and entertainment, all in one spot!

If Christmas is your favorite time of year, be sure and visit Kris Kringl – The All Around Christmas Store in Leavenworth, WA. This Bavarian Village will have you believing you’re in Bavaria!

Celebrate History

Washington State is home to the gravesite of the legendary Jimi Hendrix. His music seems to fill the air as you explore the many depictions of his life and career. If military history is more your speed, be sure to visit Officer’s Row and the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

A visit to Washington State is not complete until you’ve explored Seattle’s Space Needle. Reserve your seat for a unique culinary experience at the amazing revolving SkyCity Restaurant. Each course brings a new view of the beautiful city of Seattle.

Take a Chance

Washington State is home to many world class casinos, including Tulalip, 7 Cedars, and Angel of the Winds. If betting on the ponies is more your speed, the Pacific Northwest is home to five world renowned tracks, including the historic Emerald Downs. Other tracks include Dayton Days, Sun Downs, Waitsburg, and Walla Walla Fairgrounds.

Home Base or a Rest Stop

Whether it’s a long stay or a stopping point along the way, we have dozens of RV resorts for you to enjoy. Some are wilderness meccas and others are near the bustling city of Seattle. To find one that’s just right for you, click here. Here are a few you may enjoy.

Relax by the Skykomish river, swim in the pools or fish for salmon and steelhead at the Thunderbird RV Resort. The park is located right off US Hwy 2 and the perfect place to pull in and rest after a day on the road. Stay awhile and enjoy the hiking trails, mini golf, _15A3567horseshoes, and the games room. The Pacific Science Center is about an hour’s drive away and has some great events and programs all on 7-acres in downtown Seattle.

Tall Chief RV Camping and RV Resort is a short 10-minute drive to Snoqualmie Falls and 40 minutes from Seattle and the Sky View Observatory. Head up to the 73rd floor of Columbia Center and prepare to be amazed. There is a 360-degree view that takes in Mt. Rainer, Bellevue, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Elliott Bay the Olympic Mountains, the Space Needle and the city of Seattle.

You’ll love the fantastic mountain views from the Chehalis RV Camping in Puget Sound. This original Thousand Trails preserve, has fantastic views of Mount Rainier from one side _15A7450and Mount St Helens from the other. It’s 300 acres of private campsite, forests, and serenity. Spend the day exploring the many hiking trails and at night watch the moon rise above the mountains.

No matter where you stay, or how long you stay there, you’re sure to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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