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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles

Depending on when your California RV rentals road trip has you coming through Los Angeles to pick up your rental from Expedition Motorhomes, consider adjusting your trip accordingly to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the City of Angels.  As the second biggest city in the country, Los Angeles throws some New Year’s Eve parties that exceed expectations. Whether you are looking for a big bash, a swanky soiree, or a quiet dinner in one of the many world-class restaurants around town, Los Angeles will not disappoint.  Each winter our staff at Expedition Motorhomes looks forward to New Year’s Eve, and each of us has a favorite place to celebrate and plenty of recommendations. Below are a few of the city’s more popular options!

Part Time Punks’ Annual New Year’s Eve Party

There are countless expensive and swanky options for you to celebrate New Year’s Eve around Los Angeles but, if that isn’t quite your scene, give the Part Time Punks’ Annual New Year’s Eve Party at the Moroccan Lounge.  For a very reasonable cover charge, DJ Jose Maldonado will be spinning indie favorites from the 1980s and 1990s from artists such as Bowie, Joy Division, The Cure, The Clash, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Radiohead, Oasis, and more of the like.  This party is a far cry from the Top 40 hits being played at many of the other clubs around Los Angeles and is the perfect fit if you are looking to channel your early punk rock years!

http://www.spacelandpresents.com/event/1508879-ptps-annual-new-years-eve-los-angeles/

N.Y.E.L.A. in Grand Park

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in the heart of Los Angeles at Grand Park provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy the festivities with your entire family.  N.Y.E.L.A. has become the holiday’s flagship celebration for much of the West Coast. Complete with live music, dancing, a variety of food and drink options, activities for the entire family, and an unforgettable countdown to midnight, N.Y.E.L.A. would make for the perfect start, or finish, to any Expedition Motorhomes road trip.
https://nyela.grandparkla.org/

Long Beach New Year’s Eve Cruise ‘19

If you are hoping to escape the city to celebrate the coming of the New Year and haven’t quite gotten your fill of the Pacific Coast, consider embarking on a New Year’s Eve cruise.  There are a variety of options near Los Angeles, but one of our favorites is on the Catalina King Yacht out of Long Beach. This 350-person cruise features four DJs between two floors, many staffed and stocked bars, and beautiful views of the L.A. skyline and midnight fireworks.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/long-beach-fireworks-new-years-eve-cruise-2019-tickets-43263242523

If your RV road trip has the potential of lining up with New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles, make an effort to adjust things to celebrate in one of the country’s most happening cities.  If you are looking for even more ideas, don’t hesitate to ask one of our passionate staff at Expedition Motorhomes. You can be sure that we will all be raising a glass at midnight somewhere in our beautiful city.

Visiting California in the Wake of Wildfires

Visiting California in the Wake of Wildfires

This year has been the worst wildfire season on record in California, and the state is still burning.  To this point, over 7,500 unique fires have burned an area well over 1,500,000 acres claiming countless homes, businesses, and lives in their paths.  The damage and destruction of California’s two current wildfires is no secret. Death tolls keep rising and more and more home are being lost each day.  Television news, Internet, and other media outlets have kept the country up to date on these tragedies with stunning footage of massive flames and the desolate post-burn destruction.  The lives of many Californians have been affected, and many people are asking us at Expedition Motorhomes what they can do to help.

Donations to local organizations helping with fire relief are great but, from a tourism standpoint, the best thing you can do is to continue to visit The Golden State.

California’s travel industry has been continuously growing for the past decade, solidifying leisure and hospitality as the third biggest contributor to the state’s economy.  Following any natural disaster, no matter the location, it is common for potential visitors to shy away from travel or choose a different destination. However, visiting an area following a disaster is one of the best things you can do as a traveler.  You don’t need to volunteer or donate to relief funds – simply continuing to visit is a major help.

Visitor numbers often drop during periods of strife, but at Expedition Motorhomes we are here to encourage you to do the opposite.

The media has not been painting a great picture of California in the past few weeks, as these wildfires blaze through our state seemingly uncontrollably. The fact is, however, that firefighters are working tirelessly to get the situation under control and California is a massive state.  There are plenty of areas adjacent to those in danger that are still worth a visit and even more that are completely unaffected by the current burns. Much of the state is operating normally and is still providing the world-class travel experiences that people come to expect when they visit California.

As you continue to watch the news and see images of California aflame, by all means send positive thoughts this way.  Better yet, though, send yourself this way!

Oftentimes the best way to help an area stuck in a period of natural disaster is to continue business as usual.  Whether you are planning a winter RV road trip in the coming months or already looking toward next spring, summer, and fall, Expedition Motorhomes is here for you.  The fresh energy and excitement that travelers bring to California provide inspiration to locals and a needed boost to local economies.

So as our firefighters continue to fight the good fight and you wonder how you can help, start planning your next Expedition Motorhomes vacation.  Golden State road trips are as full of wonder and adventure as ever, and we guarantee all of us Californians will be excited to greet you with open arms.

A Thanksgiving Escape with your California RV Rentals

If you have time off around Thanksgiving and perhaps don’t have plans to return to your hometown for celebrations with family and friends, consider exploring your options for RV rentals in California and hitting the road for a late fall road trip. Expedition Motorhomes has the perfect RV for your needs, and our expert staff can help point you in the right direction for some unforgettable road trip destinations. If you are a bit hesitant to pursue RV rentals in California around Thanksgiving because you don’t want to miss out on traditions and festivities, have no fear! Los Angeles is a great place to get into the holiday spirit. Check out some of our favorite Thanksgiving events below or make some of your own new traditions!

Take Part in a Turkey Trot

Turkey Trots have become Thanksgiving weekend staples no matter where you call home, and Los Angeles is no exception. If you find yourself here over the holiday weekend, consider signing you and your family up for a race. The Burbank Community YMCA hosts a family friendly race that draws over 2,500 runners and walkers, Turkey Trot Los Angeles is the city’s largest, and the Dana Point Turkey Trot is one of the city’s most competitive. Depending on who you are traveling with, Los Angeles has the perfect Turkey Trot for you!

http://www.burbankymca.org/turkeytrot/
https://turkeytrot.la/
https://turkeytrot.com/

Attend the Hollywood Christmas Parade

One of the areas most storied and celebrated Thanksgiving weekend events is the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Complete with ornate floats, giant balloons, live music, and celebrities aplenty, the Hollywood Christmas Parade is the perfect way to embrace the upcoming holiday season. This celebration has been a Southern California staple for almost ninety years, and after attending just once you will soon discover why!
http://thehollywoodchristmasparade.org

Celebrate the Holiday at the Aquarium of the Pacific

On Thanksgiving Day, head to Café SCUBA at the Aquarium of the Pacific and celebrate the holiday in a truly different way. Enjoy a large buffet of classic Thanksgiving food and more and, afterwards, wander through the aquarium to meet and learn about the 11,000+ animals that call this place home and make our oceans something to be truly thankful for.
https://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/thanksgiving_lunch/

No matter what you are looking to get out of your Thanksgiving holiday, California RV rentals from Expedition Motorhomes are a guaranteed way to add to the fun. If you plan on being in Los Angeles around the holiday proper, be sure to check out one of the above events or discover something on your own. Just because you are away from home doesn’t mean you need to throw the holiday to the wayside!

Amusement Parks and RV rentals in California this Halloween

October is right around the corner and with it comes all of the fun and excitement of the fall season. From hayrides to pumpkin spice everything, autumn is a favorite time of year for many Californians. It also happens to be a great time to reserve RV rentals in California from Expedition Motorhomes and take to the road to soak up this beautiful season. However, if you are looking for Halloween celebrations done right, be sure to budget some time at the beginning or end of your trip to explore some of the festivities in California’s best amusement parks. There is something for everyone – from family friendly to truly terrifying. If amusement parks are your thing, and you’re intrigued by their crossover with Halloween, look no further than the following!

Disneyland

Disney parks are hands down the leaders in attention to detail. No matter the time of year you visit, Disneyland will be filled with all the bells and whistles needed to transport you to another place and time. As such, Halloween is the perfect time to see what the experts at Disney have up their sleeve. From costumed characters and special events (Villains Square and Halloween Screams Fireworks) to new takes on favorite rides (Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, anyone?), Disneyland is a great place to take the entire family before or after picking up your RV rentals in California.
https://disneyland.disney.go.com

Universal Studios Hollywood

If you want to explore the realm of serious amusement parks and thrill rides and also enjoy something a little scarier, Universal Studios Hollywood is your best bet. The park recommends visitors to be 13 or older, as the rides and attractions become spookier as do the general park surroundings. This year, you can look forward to a few mazes themed around horrifying hits such as Stranger Things, Poltergeist, and Walking Dead. Additionally, you will encounter costumed ghouls and ghosts gallivanting around the park grounds until late into the evening.
https://promotions.universalstudioshollywood.com/

Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm opened in 1920 and has been a family favorite amusement park ever since. If your aim is to avoid some of the craziness of larger theme parks like Disneyland or Universal Studios but still want to harness the Halloween spirit then look no further than Knott’s Berry Farm – err, Knott’s Scary Farm this time of year. Self proclaimed as Southern California’s largest and spookiest Halloween experience, Knott’s fully commits to the season with over 1,000 costumed creatures roaming the grounds that are also all geared toward the scariest night of the year.
https://www.knotts.com/play/scary-farm

Autumn is a beautiful time to visit California, and if you find yourself in the holiday spirit then be sure to check out one of the above parks that celebrate this holiday better than anywhere else. After that, come speak with some of our team at Expedition Motorhomes to get recommendations for the rest of your California RV road trip.

Rent an RV in Los Angeles and Visit one Last Music Festival for the Summer

In many circles, summer is considered music festival season.  All over the country, countless promoters and venues are hosting music festivals for all genres and all audiences.  California has such a storied musical past that is should come as no surprise that The Golden State holds some of the largest, most well attended festivals in the country.  People from all over the world come to California to rent an RV in Los Angeles or campout to see their favorite artists play incredible sets in a beautiful outdoor setting. Just because summer is drawing to a close, however, doesn’t mean you need to put all of your music festival aspirations on hold until 2019.  Given California’s beautiful landscape and glorious weather, there are festivals happening every month. If you are planning to rent an RV in Los Angeles with Expedition Motorhomes this September, take a look at one of the below events to scratch that final festival itch.

KAABOO

Held at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds just outside of San Diego from September 14 – 16, KAABOO is a fully immersive music and arts experience.  Designed to cater to all of your senses, KAABOO boasts an incredible music and comedy line-up, delicious food, local drinks, and all types of modern art.  Rent an RV in Los Angeles, drive it south to San Diego, camp near the venue and enjoy 3 days of freedom and celebration while soaking up that beautiful San Diego sun.  For a full line-up and details visit their website at:

https://www.kaaboodelmar.com/

Nocturnal Wonderland

Over the same weekend in September, the 14th – 16th, head to Glen Helen Regional Park for an electronic music festival dripping in psychedelic undertones.  Nocturnal Wonderland has been attracting tens of thousands of visitors each fall to dance to electronic beats and get mesmerized by the day-glow art installations and performance artists that descend on this park each September.  This year’s line-up once again boasts some of the biggest names in electronic dance music and is sure to be one big party!

https://www.nocturnalwonderland.com/

CRSSD Festival

While perhaps less conducive to motorhome camping, the CRSSD Festival is still a worthwhile stop if you plan on taking your RV south to San Diego and want to squeeze in a little music and celebration during your road trip. The fall iteration of this festival will be held September 29th and 30th at San Diego’s Waterfront Park.  The park itself is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon and, when the electronic music starts to play, it also makes for one of California’s finest dance floors!

http://www.crssdfest.com/

You don’t have to throw in the towel on summer music festivals just yet! If you are planning to rent an RV in Los Angeles this summer, you still have a few chances to extend your festival season a little longer.  Step one, of course, is to speak with one of our passionate staff members at Expedition Motorhomes and reserve your dream road trip machine today!

California RV Rentals and Music Festivals – a Match made in Heaven

There are a million things to do and places to see with your RV rentals in California, but none are arguably as fun as parking your RV at a music festival for a long weekend and enjoying the music, art, party, and vibes that surround.  Summer is the perfect time to do just that, and Expedition Motorhomes has the perfect fleet for your music festival needs. Below are three of our favorite music festivals during the month of July that will make for perfect California RV rentals road trips.   

High Sierra Music Festival

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California, the High Sierra Music Festival makes for the perfect California RV rentals road trip destination.  The drive to the Plumas County Fairgrounds in East Quincy, CA can be anything you make of it and is beautiful no matter what.  The festival itself, held from July 5 – July 8, has live music all day and all night representing a wide array of musical genres from country to funk, bluegrass to electronica, folk to alternative.  The beautiful landscape only adds to the scene, and the laid back vibes lend themselves brilliantly to creating the perfect event that will prove to be an unforgettable weekend for both adults looking to party and families looking to escape.   

http://www.highsierramusic.com/

Wanderlust

Wanderlust is held from July 19 – 22nd at Squaw Valley in North Lake Tahoe and has broken the boundaries of the standard festival.  This is more of a lifestyle festival than an exclusive a music festival, as top musicians, yoga teachers, DJs, speakers, chefs, winemakers, and more all converge in beautiful Lake Tahoe for a celebration of life and love.  There are unlimited ways to celebrate over the weekend and virtually countless different activities in which to participate. Given its location in beautiful Lake Tahoe, there are ample places to park your California RV rentals to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings as well as all of the wonderful things that Wanderlust has to offer.  Like High Sierra, the drive to and from Los Angeles is also the perfect canvas to paint your own adventure.

https://wanderlust.com/festivals/squaw-valley/

There is no bad time to rent an RV from Expedition Motorhomes and begin a road trip through California.  However, summertime is the perfect time to do so if you are hoping to catch one of this state’s top music festivals.  From small local celebrations to international affairs, summertime in the Golden State is perfect for those looking to relax and listen to some live music in the great outdoors.  At Expedition Motorhomes we love helping to facilitate such experiences. Choose the most appealing California music festival from the link below (or discover a smaller one on your own!), and get ready for the road trip of a lifetime!

https://www.musicfestivalwizard.com/festival-guide/california/

3 Must Visit Museums at the Start or Completion of your Calabasas RV Road Trip

California is a gigantic state with countless places to visit with your California RV rentals while on your Calabasas RV road trip.  No one understands that better than our team here at Expedition Motorhomes. Everyday we are sending off excited friends and families on unforgettable journeys across The Golden State in a Calabasas RV rental.  With the best selection of RV rentals in California this should come as no surprise. However, we also like to advocate for the city of Los Angeles.  LA has a lot of incredible things to do either before you pick up or after you drop off your California RV rentals.  Beautiful beaches, cultural experiences, delicious food, and activities for the entire family make our home one of the most exciting cities in the country.  Before taking off in your Calabasas RV this summer, consider checking out one or more of our favorite Los Angeles museums.

The Getty Center

This one should go without saying, as it is already on many visitors’ radar.  The Getty Center is the best art museum in Los Angeles and one of the best in the country – making for the perfect layover day on either end of your California RV rentals road trip.  Not only does The Getty boast one of the most spectacular views in the city, but also it has an incredible collection of both classic and modern art. What’s more, admission is free!  

http://www.getty.edu/

The California Science Center and Natural History Museum of LA County

These two hit museums are right next to each other, so for the sake of this list we’re combining them into one!  The California Science Center is an incredibly fun, hands-on museum that is sure to teach and entertain visitors of all ages.  The Natural History Museum of LA County is home to incredible dinosaur skeletons and natural history exhibits from California and around the world.  If you are looking to learn a little during your Calabasas RV rental road trip, these two stops are for you!

https://californiasciencecenter.org/

https://nhm.org/site/

The Hollywood Museum

It’s hard to discuss Los Angeles and how it came to be without mentioning Hollywood.  With such a rich cultural history, there is no better place to explore the historic glitz and glamour of Hollywood than the Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building.  From restored make-up rooms to memorabilia, this museum is a must for casual movie waters and cinephiles alike!

http://thehollywoodmuseum.com/about/our-history-vision/

Here at Expedition Motorhomes, we know all too well the excitement that comes before a big California road trip.  However, before hastily taking off in your Calabasas RV rental, consider spending some time exploring Los Angeles.  Whether you are checking out one of the above museums, hanging on the beach, or exploring the countless other things the city has to offer, LA always makes for a fun and rewarding addition to any RV road trip.  

Three Romantic Getaways in your Los Angeles Motorhome Rental

 

Summer vacation is right around the corner and provides the perfect time to take a Los Angeles motorhome rental cruising around The Sunshine State.  California has something for everybody and makes for the perfect destination to cruise the open road and create your own adventure. Adrenalin junkies, foodies, beach bums, and national park aficionados flock to California each summer to pursue their own passions.  The state also happens to have something of a romantic flare in the summertime, providing the perfect backdrop for picnics, sunsets, long walks on the beach, or just enjoying the landscape with a loved one. If you are heading our way this summer, and want to ignite a carefree summer romance worthy of a Hollywood film, consider pointing your Expedition Motorhome rental in one of the following directions.

Napa Valley

If you are planning on heading north in your Los Angeles motorhome rental do not miss spending some time in Napa Valley.  This region about an hour north of San Francisco was put on the map because of its vineyards but has since grown into a destination in its own right.   The rolling hills, terraces, vineyards, spas, hot air balloon rides, and laid back atmosphere make Napa Valley a world-class romantic getaway.

La Jolla

For a coastal SoCal getaway, look no further than La Jolla, California.  This gem on the ocean is located a bit north of San Diego and provides the perfect backdrop for happy couples to stroll the beach, explore sea caves and rocky cliffs, or soak up a downtown scene full of shops, cafes, and eateries.  It is easy to avoid the crowds in La Jolla and find a nice quiet place to spend some alone time with your partner, admiring the beauty and charm of coastal California.

Santa Barbara

Just a short drive from where you will be picking up your Los Angeles motorhome rental is Santa Barbara, an enduring romantic getaway in The Golden State.  Downtown Santa Barbara provides ample opportunities to stroll the streets hand-in-hand and also offers a myriad of options for special date nights. More so, the area’s natural landscape is especially stunning.  Bracketed by the Pacific on one end and mountains on the other, Santa Barbara is home to many a helpless romantic.

People come to California for a variety of reasons, and the state always seems to leave visitors feeling incredibly satisfied with their stay.  As the seasons change and the unmistakable feeling of summer romance fills the air, California is guaranteed to deliver yet again. The above three destinations are mere suggestions.  Half the fun of renting an RV from Expedition Motorhomes is choosing your own adventure and writing your own fairytale. Give us a call today, reserve your ideal motorhome, and prepare to breath some passion into your summer vacation.    

Why you should get Los Angeles California RV Rentals for Coachella Music and Arts Festival

Each year thousands of music lovers and partygoers flock to California for two weekends in April to witness and participate in the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.  This festival, being held April 13th – 15th and 20th – 22nd this year, has become something of a phenomenon and is certainly worth checking out if you are in the area.  While most festivalgoers choose to camp onsite, we here at Expedition Motorhomes recommend exploring other options.  There are plenty of beautiful and comfortable RV campgrounds just on the outskirts of the festival grounds that are perfect for Los Angeles California RV rentals.  Continue reading to see why it can be nice to create a little space between you and the Coachella party epicenter.

Stay Refreshed

Perhaps the best part about taking Los Angeles California RV rentals to Coachella is the comfort and luxury that will allow you to maximize the fun you can have at the festival itself.  Sleeping in a tent in a loud and party-driven campground isn’t a great way to make sure you are fresh for the next day of music. Instead, when your day has come to a close at the festival, take the party back to a quieter RV park, and get some rest on your own terms.    Many of the nearby campgrounds even offer shuttles to and from the festival so you don’t have to worry about vehicles, parking, or designated drivers.

Eat Well

While there are plenty of vendors serving delicious food inside the Coachella grounds, staying with your Los Angeles California RV rentals on the outskirts is a great way to enjoy some nutritious, home-cooked food on your own accord.  Whether you are starting the day off right with a big breakfast or wrapping things up with some late night munchies, preparing meals in your Expedition Motorhomes rental is a great way to eat healthy, save money, and add to the fun of the entire experience.

Enjoy Other Activities

Many of the nearby RV parks offer more than just a place to park your motorhome.  A lot of these campgrounds have swimming pools, hot tubs, game rooms, fire pits, Wi-Fi, and other luxuries you simply will not have on the busy Coachella festival grounds.  If you are looking to spice up your festival weekend with some added outside fun, there is no better way to do it than reserving a spot at a neighboring RV campground.

Over the past few years, Coachella Music and Arts Festival has become one of the largest music festivals in the U.S.  The wide array of musicians playing in a gorgeous setting have a lot to do with this, but the entire festival experience is one to behold.  To do so in comfort while still maximizing your fun, consider renting an RV for the weekend. Whether this will be your first or tenth time to Coachella, there is no better way to ensure you make the most of your festival weekend than with Expedition Motorhomes!

https://www.coachella.com/

https://www.coachella.com/guidebook/off-site-camping/

Take your California RV Rentals on a Whale Watching Road Trip

From world famous beaches to rugged mountains and ancient old growth forests, California has it all. For someone planning a California motorhome rental road trip, this can be a bit overwhelming. At Expedition Motorhomes, we like to remind people to take their time, hone in on a few destinations, and not rush through something they are enjoying. The beauty of planning a trip with California RV rentals is that you can adjust your plans on the fly. If the ocean enamors you or your traveling partners, however, we would recommend putting in some time to whale watch. California has nearly 850 miles of coastline, and much of it provides perfect opportunities to park your California motorhome rental and look for whales.

Whale Watching in Southern California

If your California RV rentals road trip itinerary has you heading to the sunny south end of the state, consider taking a day to look for whales on the waters off San Diego. From
December to March, more than 25,000 gray whales move into the area from Alaska enroot to Baja, California. While January is the peak-viewing season, you can lay eyes on these
magnificent creatures throughout the winter and spring months. If you don’t get to spot a whale, you will still enjoy the beautiful beaches, fine dining, and laid back vibe of San Diego and the surrounding community. Not too bad for a consolation prize!

Whale Watching on the Central Coast

Central California is a worthy California motorhome rental destination on its own, but if you can tack on some whale viewing as well then this could very well be your trip of a
lifetime. The area around Monterey Bay is a whale watching hotspot, as gray whales, orcas, and dolphins can often be seen on migration from December to April and humpback and
blue whales join the mix from April to December. Like San Diego, the surrounding area also provides plenty of opportunities to explore. The beaches, mountains, and old growth
forests of Central California are certainly worth a visit.

Whale Watching in San Francisco and North

If your California RV rentals road trip plans are a bit more ambitious and have you heading to the northern reaches of the state you, too, can look for whales off the coast. Take some
time off of the road to book a wildlife-viewing cruise to look for more gray whales and humpback whales on migration in the waters off the Northern Californian coast! No matter where your California motorhome rental road trip takes you, you can make time to look for some of our planet’s most magnificent creatures. Book a rental with  Expedition Motorhomes today, then start looking at reservations for whale watching cruises that align with your itinerary. If you plan on spending time on our beautiful coast, we guarantee a day on the water will be one well spent! Visit the links below for more information!
https://www.tripsavvy.com/california-whale- watching-1476454

http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature- travel/where-to- go-whale- watching-california

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