A fantastic way to see the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah is to pack your bags and head on an exciting RV road trip from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City. Start in the warm, sunny climate of Los Angeles where you can visit museums or spend a day at the beach. You can even stargaze in more ways than one: plan a trip to the Griffith Observatory to see the stars above or go on one of the local celebrity spotting tours.
Driving and parking an RV or trailer in the busy LA streets can be a challenge. The heavy traffic is also a consideration, especially during standard rush hours. Don't plan to tour the city in your rig; instead, take public transportation or guided tours to make navigating the bustling city easier. There are great RV-friendly camping options nearby at the Acton/Los Angeles North KOA. After a good night's sleep hit the road refreshed - the total travel time between these major cities is around ten hours, so in 3-5 days, there is plenty of time to see the sights.
Use Los Angeles as a base to explore the western part of the US and head to Salt Lake City, where natural attractions abound. Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island are terrific places to spend the day outdoors. The kids will love the Hogle Zoo and a visit to the urban Liberty Park. Just because your road trip is at an end, doesn't mean the fun will stop.
A little further north, you'll find the Fishlake National Forest. Its namesake, Fish Lake, is the biggest natural mountain lake in Utah, and the aspen forest is a prime spot for wildlife viewing. Visitors can encounter black bears, moose, elk, and cougar. Deer and mountain goats also frequent the area.
It may not surprise you that fishing is the most common activity in this national forest. Anglers travel to the area year-round to catch lake trout and MacKinaw trout. Second only to fishing, hiking and riding on the 20 different trails provide even more opportunities for outdoor recreation.
RV campers with large rigs can head to the Adelaide Campground if you need to stay overnight. There are tons of other small campgrounds here as well.
RV road trippers with kids and dinosaur enthusiasts of any age need to make a stop at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. Considered western North America's best site for basal Jurassic tracks, the paleontological discovery of these well-preserved dinosaur tracks was made by accident. The museum's owner was digging on his farm and uncovered them unintentionally. Further digs have resulted in additional fossils.
Formed in 2005, the museum encourages its visitors to walk with dinosaurs. The immersive experience is an ecosystem once home to plants, fish, and of course, dinosaurs. They have life-size pre-historic animals and a fossil prep, which compliment the displays of the actual fossils. When touring the site, remember that the dinosaurs existed 200 million years ago. It's a miracle that anything has been preserved that long.
Most people have heard of the Grand Canyon, but many are unaware of the Parashant National Monument, which is found just to the west. The scenery is arguably equally stunning, and it receives far fewer visitors since it isn't officially one of the seven wonders of the natural world.
While the monument may not receive the praise of the Grand Canyon, the canyons are colorful, and the mountains are still towering. It's roughly equal in size to its famous neighbor and lies in northwest Arizona. The area is rugged, so preparation is the key to navigating the changing desert landscapes. Hiking is the best way to explore the park and Mt. Trumbull, Mt. Dellenbaugh, and the Grand Wash Cliffs are the best places to start.
The significance of the monument comes from the convergence of three ecoregions - the Colorado Plateau, the Basin and Range Province, and the Mohave Desert.
While you're in the area, and only if you have time, you can also visit the busy Grand Canyon National Park. This will take you about four hours out of your way on some winding roads with steep elevation changes made more difficult in an RV.
The nightlife, shows, and casinos of Las Vegas may not be your ideal RV road trip attractions, but that doesn't mean you need to bypass this twinkly city altogether. If you like the idea of bright lights, take a tour of the Neon Museum. The kids might start to groan at the mention of a museum, but don't worry, this one is not typical. Set outdoors in just over 2.5 acres, the museum displays colorfully lit neon signs from old casinos and other Vegas attractions. Other signs are in disrepair and waiting to be restored.
The museum prides itself on telling the rich history of the entertainment capital of the world in neon. And why not? Vegas is so famous for its lights - it makes perfect sense.
Featuring a main collection, known as the boneyard, the museum also offers different special exhibits throughout the year. Check their website for more details. It may go without saying, but this museum is best when visited at night.
Once you've left the traffic of Los Angeles behind, the Mojave National Preserve is a perfect stop. It's approximately halfway to Las Vegas and has something to delight every outdoor enthusiast. The most popular activity here is hiking, which may sound routine, but the sights you'll see are not.
The preserve in this well-known desert boasts the largest forest of Joshua trees, deep canyons, and towering mountains. If you time it right, the meadows of spring wildflowers are sure to inspire. The park covers 1.6 million acres with unique natural wonders like cinder cone volcanoes, mesas, and sand dunes. The Bureau of Land Management runs the Kelso Dunes Wilderness Area adjacent to the preserve. The sprawling sand dunes are not to be missed.
If you finish your day here, there are 35 RV-friendly campsites at the Hole-in-the-Wall Campground in the Mojave National Preserve.
Before you leave the city and start your RV road trip, stretch your legs with a tour around the mysterious Los Angeles Underground Tunnels. Used during prohibition as hidden drinking dens, the 11 miles of service tunnels were routes to underground speakeasies. Now, you'll find murals by street artists on the walls, rusting pipes, and crumbling bricks. Transport yourself back in time to the 1920s with a little imagination.
The entrance to the tunnels is easy to miss. Find the Temple Street Hall of Records, and behind it, there is a non-descript elevator that will take you down to another world.
While in the area, visit the famous King Eddy Saloon. This bar has been operating at the corner of Main and 5th since the 1900s. A brief stint as a piano store during prohibition allowed it to provide uninterrupted refreshment service to its patrons all these years. will take you down to another world.
Now that you've made it to your destination of Salt Lake City, the photos taken along the way and the memories made will last a lifetime. Don't miss a trip to the Great Salt Lake just northwest of the city. It's the biggest saltwater lake in the western hemisphere so it won't disappoint. In no time, you'll be looking for your next great adventure.