Northern California’s Best Hidden Gems

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When you’re traveling through Northern California this summer in your RV, don’t pass up some of the region’s lesser known attractions. While they’re not as well known as other attractions, they’re the ones that you’ll remember years later due to their quirky nature.

Sky Trail and the Trees of Mystery

Trees of Mystery is a tourist attraction that’s been around for years. Opened in 1946 and owned and operated by the same family for 67 years, the park is full of quirky fun and breathtaking scenery.

You’re greeted at the entrance by a 49-foot tall Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe. The park plays homage to Paul Bunyan and devotes much to his lore.

One of the newest features, installed in 2001, is the Sky Trail aerial tramway. It allows guests to soar in the treetops of the redwoods along a 1/3 mile track. It ends in an observation deck that allows you to view the Pacific Ocean through the treetops.

Lava Beds National Monument

With over 700 lava tube caves (20 of which are open to public exploration without a guide), the remote Lava Beds is the place to go for a weekend full of exploration. Add to this the fact that the park has a rich historic and cultural background and some of the darkest night skies anywhere in the state, and you’ve got a recipe for a great experience.

Winchester Mystery House

A sprawling mansion that’s a testament to madness as much as to wealth, the Winchester Mystery House was the home of Sarah Winchester, who married into the Winchester gun-making family. After she was widowed, she spent the rest of her life expanding the house in nonsensical ways, ordering stairs that led to nowhere, secret passages, and doors that opened onto open space. It’s a sight to behold and a wonderful oddity.

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From the most well-known attractions to the quirky obscurities of California, there’s no better way to access all of them than in the comfort and convenience of a new or used RV from Pan Pacific RV. Stop in and see us in French Camp, Morgan Hill, or Sacramento to start your dream RV lifestyle today.


Ice Cream Treats in California (Almost) Too Pretty to Eat

California’s got sun, surf, and some of the coolest treats in the country to go with them. In fact, some of them are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

When you’re traveling through California this summer in your RV, make sure to leave yourself some time to stop and smell the roses and to eat an ice cream or two along the way at one of these ice cream hot spots.

Churro Borough

Churro Borough, located in north Los Angeles, bills itself as a purveyor of small batch, handmade ice cream, churros, and desserts.

They’ve got all sorts of delicious options to choose from, like horchata sherbet and Spanish latte flavors, paletas, and a variety of decadent beverages. Perhaps the highlight of the menu, however, are their churro ice cream sandwiches, which are exactly what they sound like: your choice of ice cream sandwiched between two freshly fried churro discs tossed in spiced sugar.


This chain of gelato parlors offers plenty of cold treats for a hot summer day, but their specialty is crafting your gelato flavor selections into a custom flower bloom. Go in with some friends and family and create an entire bouquet of edible gelato flowers.

Afters Ice Cream

Afters Ice Cream puts a spin on nearly everything they serve up. Stuffing buttery buns with custom ice cream flavors and wacky toppings, every treat is as unique as you are.

Some of their specialty flavors include Vietnamese coffee, churro, acai blueberry, strawberry cookie crunch, milk and cereal, mint monster, and cookie butter.

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Before you hit the road in search of the perfect ice cream treat, stop by and see us at Pan Pacific RV. Whether you want to get your rig in shape for a long road trip or would like to tour our inventory to find your next dream RV, Pan Pacific RV can help!

Stay Cool While Traveling with These Strawberry Recipes

With summertime approaching, it’s time to start planning an itinerary for places to go and things to do. It’s also time to consider taking along your own accommodations so you’re free as a breeze to travel where and when you want to go.

With our new and pre-owned inventory of campers and trailers available at Pan Pacific RV Center, select the camper or trailer of your choice in plenty of time for summertime destinations.

To keep cool along the way, whip up these sweet recipes.

No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream


1 (16 ounce) package of fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries, thawed
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 (5 ounce) can of evaporated milk
1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon of salt

Whisk together the whole, milk, and condensed milk and sugar until blended. Cover/chill for 30 minutes.

Blend strawberries, salt, and lemon juice in a blender until smooth then stir into the the chilled milk mixture.

Pour mixture into a 1-quart ice cream maker container and freeze according to the manufacturer’s timing instructions.

Remove container from the ice cream maker and place in freezer for approximately 15 minutes then transfer ice cream to an airtight container. Place in refrigerator freezer for 1 to 2 hours, or until firm. Serve.

Strawberry Limeade


3 cups of fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cup of regular sugar
4 cups of cold water (or substitute with unsweetened tea)
2/3 cup of fresh lime juice

Mix strawberries and sugar until coated then crush the strawberries with a spoon. Let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature.

Process the mixture in a blender until smooth. Pour and press the mixture through a mesh strainer.Use a spoon to press the mixture to remove all of the juice.

Throw away pulp.

Add water (or tea) and lime juice. Stir until well-blended. Cover and chill. Makes 7 cups.

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Places You Should Visit in Northern California


Planning on cruising through Northern California this summer in your RV? Don’t miss out on these exceptional places as you explore the region.

The Avenue of Giants

A 31-mile scenic route along Highway 101, the best parts take you through Humboldt Redwoods State Park, which showcase towering redwood forests. The drive even includes a drive-thru tree, a tree with a large enough tunnel that vehicles can pass right underneath it (friendly reminder: know your RV’s height before you attempt driving through it).

Fairytale Town, Sacramento

Little themed parks used to dot the highways back in the 1960s when they were very popular. Though this popularity waned, there are still a few of them being maintained across the country, one of which is in Northern California in Sacramento right across from the Sacramento Zoo. The park, as the name implies, is designed to transport you into your favorite fairy tales with rides and attractions.

Trinidad State Beach

Often overlooked in favor of other parks, Trinidad State Beach is a spectacular place to visit with its dramatic cliffs, rocky islands full of coastal birds and marine life, and stunning beaches. The best part is that the park isn’t as crowded as other Northern California parks.

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If you’re traveling through Northern California this summer, be sure to stop by Pan Pacific RV for any of your RV needs. From service to parts and accessories, Pan Pacific RV can help make your summer of RVing easier.