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Valley Center is just a short drive from the popular Southern California destinations of Temecula and Escondido and day-tripping distance from both Los Angeles and San Diego. It’s also quite close to the famed Southern California vineyards, which produce some of the best wines in North America.

When you book an RV in Valley Center you are setting up an excellent base camp for all of the great activities that Southern California has to offer. Getting a travel trailer rental in Valley Center puts you just hours away from some of the best attractions while still having relatively affordable camping options at the end of the day.

If you do decide to visit any of the nearby metropolises though, you may want to park on the outskirts and use public transportation. The traffic in the cities can be legendary and no one wants to spend their whole vacation sitting in gridlock.

The Great Outdoors

One of the best outdoor activities to do when you get a camper rental in Valley Center is to go touring some of the vineyards nearby. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about viticulture, experience the unique climate of Southern California, and at the end of your trek, a few glasses of wine will be ready for you to sample.

If you’d prefer a hike without a wine tasting though, head to Discovery Lake near the town of San Marcos. The lake isn’t that big, but it’s surrounded by well-developed trails, some of which are paved, that are popular with cyclists, joggers, and rollerbladers alike. Palomar Mountain State Park is also not very far away; summiting the peak is the perfect way to experience the mountains of California without needing to drive all the way to the Sierra Nevada farther north (its high elevation is also a good place to cool off on a hot day).

If vineyards and mountains aren’t your things though, you can always take off for the beach. Southern California’s sandy beaches are world-renowned and the ones near Carlsbad are some of the best in the state. Just be sure to bring a towel and plenty of sunscreen.

RV Parks near Valley Center

Valley Center is conveniently located close to the Peninsular Mountains and within easy driving distance of the Pacific Ocean, making it a great place to set up basecamp when you rent an RV. Woods Valley Kampground and RV Park is one of the places to camp when you choose an RV rental in Valley Center. Full and partial hookup sites are available there and they have a swimming pool and a pond for fishing provided you have a California fishing license. Another option is Lilac Oaks RV Park and Campground, which offers water and electrical hookups in addition to a swimming pool and laundry facilities. The park lies just north of Valley Center but is nestled into the mountains, giving it a much more rustic feel.

A little farther away is All Seasons RV Park and Campground and Champagne Lakes RV Resort, both of which are close to the coast if you’re thinking about splitting your time between there and the mountains when you get your motorhome rental in Valley Center. Both parks have sites with full hookups, a swimming pool, and easy access to Interstate 15.

The nearest Walmart to Valley Center is located in Escondido; camping there could be a good choice if you’re thinking of only staying for a couple of nights and are willing to ask the manager for permission. You won’t have any campground amenities, but it will be close to a lot of shopping and restaurants.

Exploring the Town of Valley Center

There isn’t too much in the way of shopping in Valley Center as most residents drive to either Temecula or Escondido to do it there. That being said, there are a few interesting little shops along the main street if you don’t feel like driving to the next town over.

The Valley Center History Museum is another must see and features a full-sized stagecoach that served as a Civil War-era ambulance (it later took on a new life as a Hollywood prop in the early 20th century). The museum also houses one of the largest taxidermy display of a California grizzly bear, a species that has not been seen in the state since the 1920s. For a more offbeat historical experience, check out the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad. They have a wide variety of working miniature machines that could fit in a dollhouse but include things like steam engines, automobiles, and cannons.

Love animals but don’t have time to get down to the San Diego Zoo? The San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido is an excellent alternative. Herds of rhinos, zebras, and giraffes make their home here. If you’ve ever dreamed about jetting off on an African adventure, but didn’t have the time or the money, this is a great place to see the wildlife.

RV Rentals in Valley Center, CA

Valley Center, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Valley Center. Outdoorsy's Valley Center RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Valley Center are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Lake Poway Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Limestone Canyon Regional Park, Eaton Canyon Park, and Angeles National Forest.

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Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Dawn Mine Trail Loop Altadena California
Runyon Canyon Trail Los Angeles California
East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere) Azusa California
Winter Creek Santa Anita Canyon Hoegee's Campground Loop Sierra Madre California
Black Star Canyon Trail Silverado California
Iron Mountain Trail Poway California
Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail Poway California
Sturtevant Falls Trail Sierra Madre California
Cowles Mountain Trail San Diego California
Eaton Canyon Trail Pasadena California

Nearby Dumpstations

R V Discount Center

2424 West Ramsey Street Banning, CA 92220
General Repair, Parts Sales, Parts Installation, Dutchmen, Starcraft (SR) (D)

Rest Stop

Welcome Center NB Oceanside, CA 92058
Northbound, Southbound, Restrooms, No truck parking, Overnight is not allowed (R)

Rest Stop

Scenic Vista Alpine, CA 91901
Eastbound, 8 truck parking spaces, No Facilities (R)

Rest Stop

Scenic Vista Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
Southbound, No Facilities (R)

Marathon Coach

101 South California Avenue Beaumont, CA 92223

Rest Stop

Rest Area WB Pine Valley, CA 91962
Eastbound, Westbound, 20 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, RV Dump, Pets, Handicap (R)

Rays RV

4500 West Ramsey Street Banning, CA 92220

Rest Stop

Scenic Vista Oceanside, CA 92058
Southbound, 6 truck parking spaces, No Facilities (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area SB Oceanside, CA 92058
Southbound, 30 truck parkings spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, RV Dump, Pets, Handicap (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area Oceanside, CA 92058
Northbound, 22 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap, May 2011: Busy all night. Pretty nice. A bit dated. No ocean access (R)

Nearby Campgrounds

San Diego Zoo

attraction Escondido, CA
San Diego Zoo was one of the first institutions to create cage-less exhibits that re-create natural habitats and ecosystems. It has one of the largest free-flight exhibit to view birds. It is also famous because it is one of the few zoos in the world that is home to the giant panda. You can view the zoo on an overhead gondola, or if you?d rather stay on the ground you can also ride a bus. The zoo is known for its conservation and species preservation initiatives, it raises California condors, African black rhinos, and over 100 endangered species. If you seek adventure, you can also choose from different Safari tours such as: Jungle Ropes Safari, Cheetah Safari, or you can spend the night at the park on a Road and Tour Safari. The San Diego Zoo has it all. Parking is available for your RV rental.

Sweetwater Regional Park

campground Bonita, CA
A bit of a hidden gem Sweetwater is a great destination to take your RV rental. Close to the city but in a world apart the sites sit on a bluff overlooking Bonita and the Bay in the distance. There is fresh water fishing and great mountain biking right from the campsites. A very scenic and fun place to stay in your RV rental.

Batiquitos Lagoon

attraction Carlsbad, CA
One of the few remaining tidal wetlands in Southern California, this place is a gem for nature lovers and those in search of tranquility. The park is under the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, it is a nature reserve and a designated Marine Protected area. There are educational programs for the public which teaches how to appreciate and care for all the animals who call this refuge home.

Golden Village Palms RV Resort

campground Hemet, CA
Hemet is well located if you are looking to explore southern California. From here you are within reach of both Los Angeles and San Diego, and well positioned to explore inland. Golden Village Palms RV Resort makes for a great choice if you want to stay in Hemet, and has lots of facilities to make a vacation really special. All the basics, such as electric, sewer and water are available, and the park provides big rig access and has pull-thru sites. There are three swimming pools for you to cool off in, and these are set in a beautiful area where you can sit out and relax under the palm trees. Sports enthusiasts will not be disappointed, as there are pickball courts, as well as sand volleyball courts and a tournament-level shuffleboard complex. Pets are very welcome here too, and there is a dog walking area, and a pet parade each March.

South Carlsbad State Beach

campground Carlsbad, CA
With views of the ocean front you can park your RV rental on the edge of a bluff and experience the San Diego Coast. Staying here you can enjoy recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, surfing, scuba diving and beachcombing. A convenient camping store is located within the park as well. There are no hookups at this state park so if you want electricity to watch the game or make some coffee make sure the RV rental you choose also includes a generator.

USS Midway Museum

attraction San Diego, CA
People of all ages can enjoy a self-guided audio tour featuring 60 exhibits highlighting this ?city at sea? and 25 restored aircrafts. Learn about the galleys, officer?s country and sleeping quarters of a 69,000 ton ship. A site not to be missed.

San Elijo State Beach

campground Encinitas, CA
This state park like South Carlsbad offers sites that back right up to a scenic view of the ocean below. Some sites here also provide full hookups for your RV rental including water, sewer, and electricity. This beach is famous for the surf and year round you will discover great waves and great events. Plan your stay here in advance it fills up quick!


attraction Carlsbad, CA
You can build your own fun and Legoland, choose from 60 rides, shows and attractions where you can create long lasting memories with your families. Choose from Castle Hill a medieval themed area, imagination zone where you can ride the wild mouse roller coaster watch 4D movies, or land of adventure where you can play Pharaoh?s Revenge and fire foam balls, bounce 15 feet to catch beetles or recover lost treasure. You can also enjoy some fun in the water at two different water parks. n

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