Top 10 Van Life Destinations
San Luis Obispo, California
This is a great town with an awesome farmers market. Just north and down the road a bit, there’s a perfect place to camp for the evening called Cuesta Ridge. Many people come here to hike, run, and mountain bike on the ridges of the hills. It has great views, but the road to get there is a little bumpy.
Death Valley National Park, California
This place is best to visit in the winter because of the high, unbearable temperatures. Once you are in the park, you can camp there for free. It’s a huge national park, and it requires multiple days just to see it all. Outside the park, there is a campsite that offers free showers and it’s only $10 per night to stay.
Lake Havasu, Arizona
Lake Havasu is an RV and camper’s paradise. Many people come here during the winter to stay. There is a lake where you can park your van for the day to boat, kayak, and SUP. You can also park in the middle of the desert on BLM for several weeks with the luxury of a short 10 minute drive to town to go to the local Planet Fitness, the grocery store, and various other shops.
Just outside this small town is a forest service road that is on BLM land, so you can camp here for up to 14 days and spend time in Sedona, which is absolutely beautiful. Another great town nearby to check out is a historic place called Jerome. There’s a great burger restaurant there called The Haunted Hamburger. Try it!
Moab offers tons of BLM and places to camp for little to no money. You can spend many days here kayaking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. This place is gorgeous.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
This National Park was our second favorite one we’ve visited so far. Outside of the park is a campsite that is not too expensive, and there are also BLM areas nearby. Inside the park there are great pizza places and beautiful views all around.
Umpqua Hot Springs & Toketee Falls, Oregon
We’re from Oregon, so we had to list our most favorite place in the state. Umpqua Hot Springs is a beautiful natural hot springs that overlooks a river. Just down the road is a campsite you can stay at for $10 per night. Make sure to check out Toketee Falls which is a quick hike, and depending on how adventurous you are, you can jump the fence and hike down a steep cliff to get a closer view.
Buena Vista, Colorado
Buena Vista is one of our favorite places in Colorado. It’s about two hours from Denver up in the moun- tains. There is a beautful small town with amazing food. You can also rent plenty of kayaking gear and get out on the water to go rafting. Our favor- ite place to eat here is a food truck called The Bearded Lady - Head there for some amazing burritos!
Big Sur, California
Big Sur is an amazing place and there is plenty of camping. Be sure to re- serve a spot ahead of time because it’s a very popular place. Our favorite thing to do in Big Sur is check out ESALEN INSTITUTE, where you can book an evening under the stars in a hot spring. It’s worth every penny and it’s also worth staying up super late to enjoy the sights.
San Diego, California
San Diego is by far one of the most van friendly places we've been to so far! We went to a van gathering hosted by @theladiesvan and met tons of new friends. We actually stayed in San Diego for 10 days and hung out with the people we met there the whole time!