Out & About In Southern California

Located in Palm Desert, the world famous El Paseo Shopping District features over 300 world-class shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, jewelers, and restaurants lined along a picture-postcard floral and statue-filled mile. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Southern California boasts a diverse geographical terrain—you can experience the desert, sandy beaches, and snow-capped mountains all within just a few hour’s drive. Start your Southern California journey with something sweet by visiting Shields Date Garden in Indio and you’ll find yourself in a date oasis where the Shields have been growing their own since […]

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Celebrate National Parks Centennial With Unforgettable Experiences

In addition to desert flora and fauna, the western part of Joshua Tree National Park includes some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California's deserts. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As an RVer who has explored national parks across America, it’s easy to agree with author Wallace Stegner, who called these treasures the best idea America has ever had. In honor of this year’s 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, here’s my list of unforgettable experiences in these natural and historical gems. 1.  Explore […]

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National Parks That Excel During Winter

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Compiling a list of America’s prettiest national parks is no small task. Even if limiting yourself to the winter season and excluding all national monuments and recreation and wilderness areas, you’re still left with 59 spectacular contenders including the likes of Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone. Who could accurately rank even these three, much less […]

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Joshua Tree National Park Sets Attendance Milestone & Braces For Strong El Niño

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For the first time in its 74-year history, Joshua Tree National Park topped the 2-million visitor mark, reaching the milestone Monday, December 28, 2015. Joshua trees have been described as ugly, but we have always found them fascinating. The odd-shaped stick figures offer an opportunity for your imagination to run the gamut in trying to […]

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12 National Parks Surge in Attendance

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As many national parks broke attendance records through the first 11 months in 2015, parks are bracing for even greater crowds in 2016, when the National Parks Service turns 100 years old. Overall visitation to parks, monuments, and other sites administered by the National Parks Service is on track to hit 300 million in 2015, […]

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4 Great National Parks For RVers

The US National Park Service administers a network of nearly 400 natural, cultural, historic, and recreational sites. From these Vogel Talks RVing selected four national parks that are great for RVers. Joshua Tree National Park, California Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety […]

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Trio of National Parks That Are Best During Winter

Winter can be one of the best times to get out and explore America’s national parks in an RV. Many of the busiest national parks experience a major drop in attendance, allowing visitors better viewing opportunities amid less crowded conditions. Many of these parks are located in the US Sunbelt offering snowbirds a wide variety of […]

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