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Old 05-02-2011, 09:03 PM   #1
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Sites near Los Angeles, CA

What are your favorites sites within 2.5 hours of Los Angeles, CA for a weekend escape?
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:14 PM   #2
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Here is one in long beach.

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Old 05-02-2011, 10:28 PM   #3
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hi Discovert

the rv park that Jack gave you the link for...
we stayed at that park for a week in feb 2011
plan one staying a month in 2012
very clean, quiet, and location was excellent

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Old 05-03-2011, 04:57 AM   #4
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Discovery are you looking for a park to explore the Los Angeles area from or somewhere to escape from Los Angeles for the weekend?

If the former, I wholeheartedly agree with Jack and PDQ that Golden Shore is excellent. I have stayed there several times and I have family that stay there one to two weeks every summer. It is always clean, quiet and well maintained. On the other hand, it is not particularly scenic and there isn't much to do at the campground itself.

If you are looking to escape from Los Angeles then I guess it depends on what you want in your campground - quiet relaxation, hiking, swimming, lake, beach, fishing, tourist attractions, etc.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:37 AM   #5
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2.5 hours gives you quite a few choices. We like the following: Bakersfield RV Resort, East Shore RV Park and Wilderness Lakes. I have a complete list of rv parks/resorts and their location/phone numbers on my blog.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:57 AM   #6
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Los Angeles is a rather large area, and in traffic 2.5 hours might only be double digits in miles traveled. Also, there are very few RV parks central to LA, and really none of resort quality. That said:
Malibu RV is a lovely park, on the wrong side of the highway from the ocean, but still lovely. Rather expensive, but central to the city of LA.
Ventura RV park is a great place to stay, a good hours drive in the car from LA.
Castaic RV is nice, it will be HOT inland, 45 min to an hour from LA.
Petchanga RV resort, on the Indian reservation, next to the casino, is a lovely resort, great restaurants, nice pool, well maintained. It can be 2 hours to LA.
All of the above would be nice basecamps for a vacation in the Los Angeles area.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:53 PM   #7
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I live in Torrance, and am looking for weekend getaways. Important things are relaxation, not over 80*, trees and lake would be nice, little hiking. Thanks everyone for your feedback
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We live near Torrance as well and are just getting started in RV world.
Canyon RV in Anaheim. Only down side is it is right off 91 so a bit noisy. Big sites, on the river, lots of trees. A good place within one hour.

Also like Lake Cachuma just out of Solvang. Good place to hit Santa Barbary and the wineries in the Los Olivos, Santa Ynez valley. Casino in Solvang and cute town.

I will keep following your post, as we are looking for the same thing.

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Heart Bar in the San Bernardino National Forest is nice. It is on the way to Big Bear. According to Google maps about 2 hours 17 minutes driving time from Torrance - unless there is traffic in which case it is ..... wait for it ..... 4 hours 10 minutes. This campground has no hookups and is not next to a lake but the temperature sure is nice in the summer.

Like PVRICK I will follow this thread because we are always looking for new places and your driving range is similar to our preference.
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A place we like to go for the weekend is Valencia Travel Village in Valencia. They have full hookups with nice size sites and pool/spa. They are close to the 5 fwy so getting to downtown LA is easy. Six Flags Magic Mtn is a mile away.
Closer to the coast is Ventura RV Park. They are close to the 101 fwy. Going to LA or Santa Barbara is a bit of a drive but within your 2.5 hour limit.
There are also 2 RV parks in Orange County close to Disneyland. I can't think of the names right now. Should be able to find them in rvparkreviews.com
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Discovery, If you are not into sitting around a swimming pool in private parks, there are many wonderful state, county, and federal parks in the mountains and beaches. The only truely 5 star park I have ever seen is located on Big Bear Lake. It is called Big Bear Shores and located right on the lake. This is a private community, but they do rent sites starting at $100 per night. There are sites for sale from $80K - $750K. This is directly on the lake & has it's own marina. Accross the steet from this park is a state park called Serrano, which is a short walk to the lake. If you wish to head north, you might try Bass Lake (federal park), Shaver lake (owned by Edison) and the sister park to lake cachuma, Jalama which is a county park located north of Santa Barbara on the ocean. This park does not take reservations and many times you must obtain a lottery ticket at the park for a spot in the summer. You can't go wrong with any of the state parks along the pacific coast, however check their maximum lengths and reservations are mandatory. Good luck, Mark
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I know many here are very anti-parkinglot, but if I may ask you to refrain scolding us for something that allows us to RV at all, can anyone suggest a overnight spot in the LA/Burbank area for tonight? It seems WM is not available in these parts.

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I ended up parking on Lincoln street in Venice along with scores of others. Be aware some streets are signed as limited to RVs 6' high and 20' long. Others have no such signs. See below that we exceed on both counts.
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