4 California RV Travel Gems

Owning an recreational vehicle is the greatest way to explore all of the natural beauty, unique architecture, and diverse culture that exists throughout this magnificent world of ours. It’s a freedom unlike anything other, providing you and your family with countless opportunities for learning and growth.

Still, after several years of traveling, it can be difficult to branch out and identify new roads you’ve yet to discover. That’s why Vogel Talks RVing is posting a series of blog articles—each one focusing on a different region or state.

In today’s post we’ll focus on four favorite “lesser-known” travel locations in California including recommended RV parks. All selected parks have been personally visited.


Corning, the "Olive City" © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Corning, the “Olive City” © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

To a motorist rolling along Interstate 5 in Northern California, exit 631 looks like an ordinary freeway turnoff. Actually, it’s a pit stop of a different kind. The road curls through downtown Corning, the “Olive City,” a friendly, rural place where travelers can fill up on a certain small, firm, brine-bathed fruit.

The blend of climate and soils have created the perfect locale to grow olives. Lots of olives. Century old olives. More olives are grown in this region than anywhere else in the country.

Where to Stay: RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino

Our home base while touring the Corning area was the RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino (Exit 628), an easy-on, easy-off, 5-star park with long pull-through sites (up to 75 feet in length) and 30/50 amp-electric service, water, and sewer conveniently located.


Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay, Redding © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay, Redding © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

With mountains all around, miles of hiking and biking trails, a river running through it, and national parks nearby, Redding is an outdoor paradise for all ages. Cradled by Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, Redding has 300+ sunny days per year. It’s a great place to escape the chill of spring and the gray days of winter, too.

Redding is also home to the famous Sundial Bridge, world-class fishing, and 200 miles of hiking and biking trails for all abilities. Head out on a day-trip to see the bubbling mud pots and boiling lakes in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Where to Stay: JGW RV Park

This is a beautiful 5-star RV park with water, sewer, and 30/50-amp electric service centrally located. The majority of pull-through sites are back-to-back and side-to side.

Gold Country

Cooper Vineyard in Amador County's Gold Country. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Cooper Vineyard in Amador County’s Gold Country. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

If you love history, beautiful scenery, and small towns, Gold Country is a trip worth taking. Nestled against the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, the foothills offer outdoor adventure, farm-fresh produce, and relaxed wineries.

Jackson, the city that produced more than half the gold pulled from the Mother Lode, home to the deepest mines on the continent, the Argonaut and the Kennedy both in excess of 5,000 feet deep, is the largest city in the historically rich and beautiful wine country of Amador County.

Where to Stay: Jackson Rancheria RV Resort, Jackson

Jackson Rancheria RV Resort © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jackson Rancheria RV Resort © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jackson Rancheria RV Resort is part of a casino complex. Big rig friendly 50/30-amp electric service, water, sewer, and cable TV are centrally located. Wide, paved interior roads with wide concrete sites. Back-in sites over 55 feet with pull-through sites in the 70-75 foot range.


Michael David family winery, Lodi © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Michael David family winery, Lodi © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Longing to spend a weekend in a land less traveled? A land covered with acres and acres of fertile vineyards, fruitful wineries, and interesting things to see and do? Then, visit Lodi.

Wander historic downtown Lodi with century-old brick buildings, brick-cobbled streets lined with elm trees and turn-of-the-century light poles. You’ll love this area and the way the city has maintained its history and heritage. Many unique shops, restaurants, and more than a dozen wine tasting boutiques and exciting restaurants.

Where to Stay: Flag City RV Resort

Conveniently located off I-5 (Exit 485). Flag City offers 180 full-hookup sites with 50/30-amp electric service including 136 pull-through sites in the 70-foot range.

Worth Pondering…

America is laced with nooks and crannies, good places that go undiscovered by many mainstream travelers.

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