Riverside, California, dubbed the City of Arts and Innovation, is a great place to live and also visit. This beautiful city, incorporated in 1883, is home to lots of interesting architectural masterpieces and wonderful people, making time spent here memorable and fascinating.
For the outdoor enthusiast, there is no shortage of things to do and places to visit in this glamorous metropolis. Residents and guests who fancy museum visits will find that there are lots of options to choose from here - Riverside Metropolitan Museum, UCR California Museum of Photography, Riverside Art Museum, Mission Inn Museum, La Sierra University Museum of Natural History and more. All of these museums offer unique experiences to visitors.
What’s more, Riverside is home to lots of recreational facilities for guests to enjoy, ranging from indoor facilities to outdoor facilities, dog parks, skate parks, public parks, as well as Youth Center and picnic shelters. You can’t run out of places to visit or things to do here.
If you’re up for an RV road trip with your family, then you should definitely embark on the 945-mile journey northwest to Brookings in Oregon, a refreshing city by the ocean with cool breezes, amazing views, as well as a wide variety of recreational opportunities for young and old.
Your first stop on this RV road trip has to be Westwind Park in Ontario, located just adjacent to the Whispering Lakes Golf Course. This park is equipped with various amenities that make a time-out entirely refreshing and enjoyable. Moreover, you can choose from a host of activities to engage in here, depending on what interests you.
If you fancy sports, you can play basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and softball here. If, however, what you want is to share a meal with your family, you can make use of any of the picnic shelters available with electricity. A pool is also provided for a refreshing swim if you so please. Some facilities here are ADA compliant too. Good parking spaces are provided, so you won’t have to worry about finding space for your RV.
Feel free to retire to Chino Hills State Park for the night. Although equipped with modern camping facilities/amenities, RV campsites here cannot accommodate rigs more than 28 feet long.
Set out the next morning to Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park in Los Angeles and be sure to take pictures of the beautiful cities you’ll drive through (such as Pomona, West Covina, and El Monte) as you make your way to your next stop on this adventure. Be ready for a different kind of experience here too.
This wilderness park features over two square miles of open space that offers the most amazing view of nature’s beauty. This is definitely something you’ll want to remember, so get your camera out. Here, you’ll get the chance to stretch your legs as you can hike on trails within the park. Pets are allowed, so you can take them with you on your walk; just ensure they are on a leash. If you fancy mountain biking or horseback riding, you can do that too.
Nearby attractions include the San Vicente Mountain Park and The Groves Overlook. Campgrounds are available at Topanga State Park for overnight stay.
San Luis Reservoir, your next stop, lies in Merced County, California, covering about 20 square miles. This reservoir is fed by the San Luis Creek and offers good opportunities for you and your family to chill by the lake. Just sitting and taking in the view is a beautiful experience in itself, not to mention the added recreational activities that you can engage in here.
A State Recreation Area by the reservoir features hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as facilities and amenities such as picnic areas, beach areas, parking lots, restrooms, and showers. So, there’s nothing stopping you from fishing, swimming, windsurfing/surfing, geocaching, and riding off-highway vehicles here. There's so much to do and enjoy.
When you’re done, you can choose between the primitive, family, group, and RV campsites available for your overnight stay. The maximum RV length that can be accommodated here is 30 feet. Hookups are available too.
You may begin to feel you’ve had your fill of parks on this road trip, but rest assured Mendocino National Forest is not like any other place you’ve been to on this adventure. Just the 1,427 square miles that this National Forest covers should indicate to you that this is a truly special place, big enough to accommodate whatever recreation interest you have.
If what you want is just to relax under well-shaded pine trees, swim, fish, boat, or have a great picnic outdoors with your family, you’re more than covered here. In fact, you’ll get those and more in this Forest. What’s more, hunting opportunities, bicycling paths, off-highway vehicle riding trails, and outdoor learning areas are abundant in the park.
When it comes to camping options too, there’s so much to choose from, from RV sites to cabins, group sites, and primitive areas.
You can close your trip at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Loleta, before finally proceeding to Brookings. What you’ll enjoy here that you may not have particularly experienced since you left Riverside is fantastic wildlife and bird viewing.
This Wildlife Refuge consists of four units and features various habitats such as dunes and wetlands, all of which support diverse species of fauna. The best place to begin your exploration is the Visitor Center where you’ll be able to participate in a host of visitor activities and watch stunning dioramas.
Things to do here include fishing, hunting, photography, and of course, bird/wildlife viewing. So, don’t forget your binoculars. Raptors, shorebirds, and waterfowl are some of the more commonly sighted fauna here, but these are not the only wildlife that live in the refuge.
A private Marina and RV Park is located just north of the refuge on the shore of Humboldt Bay.
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Arriving at Brookings, you’ll realize that the city has something for you, regardless of what your interest is. Whether you want to play golf, fish, kayak, hike, and bike, or just watch whales do their thing in the ocean, you can be sure your time here will be splendid.
What’s more, the delicacies here are amazing. The events and festivals are definitely worth partaking in too. Besides, the parks in the city are also good places to visit for more recreation.
All in all, you’re guaranteed a swell time here with your family.