The biggest benefit of RV travel is the access it offers to the great outdoors.
Like everyone, we’ve struggled through the pandemic, but we’ve also been extremely fortunate — thanks to our RV. Our self-contained bubble allows us to continue to travel safely to beautiful locations, where we’ve found many fantastic hikes and bicycle rides.
Here are some of our favorites from the year.
- The 6.6-mile hike along the rocky coast of Point Bouchon sits on property owned by California’s PG&E south of Morro Bay. The fact that it’s on the utility’s property keeps crowds down, and this isolated stretch of the Central Coast is beyond stunning.
- Solstice Canyon (2.1 miles) in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is a surprisingly remote refuge not far from Malibu Beach RV Park, one of our favorite places to stay in Southern California.
- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor in Southern Oregon offers some of the very best headlands hiking on the West Coast. During a week at Harris Beach State Park, we sampled most of the 18 miles of trails.
- Newhalem Bay State Park in Northern Oregon is situated on a four-mile-long spit, with pristine dunes to explore and some of the most remote beaches in the state.
- Washington’s Deception Pass State Park is full of nice hiking trails, but our favorite is the 2.4-mile loop to Lighthouse Point perched on rocky headlands with magnificent views of the churning Salish Sea.
- One of our favorite discoveries of the year is Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California, where we explored Hellhole Canyon, a challenging 5.6-mile trail that climbs to a palm tree oasis.
- Sedona, Ariz., is a spectacular place filled with dozens of stellar hiking options. The best: The 8.4-mile Hangover Trail, a cliffy route through red rock features with several jaw-dropping overlooks.
- The South Kaibab Trail travels all the way to the Colorado River from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The 6-mile hike to Skeleton Point takes in some of the canyon’s most beautiful views.
- We hit snowy Mount Rainier National Park right after it reopened this spring, and hiked a section of the Wonderland Trail along the raging Nisqually River.
- An early season hike to Cutthroat Lake near North Cascades National Park still brings back wonderful picture-perfect memories of blue skies, melting snow and rugged mountains.
- Who’d have thought Palm Springs would be such a great bicycling town? Miles and miles of recreation paths and bike lanes snake through this friendly winter haven.
- Perhaps the most scenic bike ride we’ve ever taken is the 14-mile roundtrip to Hermit’s Rest at Grand Canyon National Park. The route travels along the South Rim—with dramatic canyon drops just yards away—on a bicycle-friendly recreation path.
- The Marvin Braude Bike Trail is a beachside route through 22 miles of Los Angeles-area communities. We loved riding the trail through Hermosa Beach during an extended stay at Dockweiler RV Park in Playa del Rey, Calif.
- The cycling is spectacular at Fort Stevens State Park in Oregon, a former military installation at the mouth of the Columbia River. All of the roads in the 4,300-acre park are safe for bicyclists, and nine miles of recreation paths offer a rare chance to ride through scenic coastal dunes and wetlands.
- Fort Worden Historical State Park in Washington is another great cycling park. Former roads are now bike routes leading to majestic views of Puget Sound and Port Townsend.