Close your eyes and imagine, for just a moment, that you’re somewhere else. Let the wail of traffic, the troubles of life in the Bay, and all the pressures of your job melt away. Where do you see yourself? Is it under a vast sky filled with more stars than you realized were right above you? Are you in a warm coat trekking through a snow-covered mountain? Do you feel the wind on your face as you bask in the warmth of a summer’s day in the rolling fields? The world is out there, calling out to you. You’ve felt it for a while, just like all of us have. You are wild at heart, and it’s about time you did something about it!
Everyone needs to get away from the familiar and venture into the unknown. The demands of modern life put an unprecedented amount of pressure on us, especially those of us who live adjacent to the San Francisco Bay. Oakland, especially, has its share of pressures, and we who live there know how stifling it can be sometimes. Luckily, there’s a way to set yourself free without having to put yourself into debt to do it: rent an RV and just go! With an RV rental, you can leave the pressure behind for just a little while and let that wild heart run free.
But where could you go? Well, anywhere, frankly, but there are some destinations that stand out above the rest. This guide will show you some of the best places to get away to. These places are all less than a day’s travel, which will let you enjoy the journey as much as the destination without having to worry about straying too far. The more ambitious traveler would do well to look at places like the Florida Keys or Shenandoah Valley, but for a shorter getaway in an RV rental in Oakland look no further than these destinations.
Sequoia National Park, CA
Let’s start with somewhere not far from your backyard. Sequoia National Park is one of the most breathtaking and beautiful forests in the whole of the world. The trees that serve as the park’s namesake are truly breathtaking to behold. Pictures can never do justice to the humbling experience of standing next to one – and there’s an entire forest of them that stretches for miles on miles!
The High Sierra Trail will carry you through the nation’s most impressive woodlands. The Rae Lakes Loop will take you around sparkling, undisturbed lakes that will put your soul at ease.
Sequoia National Park is a great choice for first time RV travelers and veterans alike. Their website mentions at https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/wilderness.htm that you can enjoy populated trails or parts of the park where you won’t see anyone for days, appealing to both the casual hiker and the solitary enthusiast. The park is extraordinarily RV friendly as well, boasting plenty of campgrounds to park and enjoy a night in the fresh air.
Las Vegas, NV
You knew this would be on the list before you even started reading.
And that’s okay! There’s nothing wrong with the classics, and there’s nowhere more classic than Las Vegas. At roughly 550 miles away, Vegas is an eight-and-a-half-hour drive from you – easily done in an RV. There’s always something fun to do there, from the casinos and games to the unique shows and dining experiences.
While the city itself is legendary as a tourist destination, full of lights and spectacle, there’s something even more dazzling that would make an RV trip something you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Enjoy the city’s delights during the day, but when the sun goes down you would do well to leave the city in the rearview mirror. You don’t need one of the city’s fancy hotels when you have an RV!
Head a few miles out into the Nevada desert, pull off to the side of the road, step outside and just look up. Far from the city’s noise and lights, you’ll see a version of the night sky you’ve never imagined. Some have called the view life-changing, and once you see it you’ll understand why.
Glacier National Park, MT
If you’re looking for the real RV trip experience that culminates in the ultimate in natural destinations, look no further! One of the most beautiful national parks in the United States, Glacier National Park is perfect. This trip is going to be longer of a drive, being almost nineteen hours on the road and a little over 1100 miles away.
But that’s part of the RV experience! What’s the point of having a luxurious way to travel if you’re not going to enjoy the journey as much as the destination?
But what a destination! You’ll probably want to stretch your legs after your trip, and Glacier National Park has over seven hundred miles of hiking trail to do it on. The mountaintops in and around the park are snow-capped all year round, and the park itself is nice and chilly even during the summer. Valleys, meadows, glaciers and lakes are everywhere here, and the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road is a delight to drive. Check out the park by clicking here, and enjoy your drive!