Visit Grover Hot Springs State Park in Your RV

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Located near Markleeville in northern California and surrounded by scenic mountains and alpine forests, Grover Hot Springs State Park is a picturesque getaway nestled in a valley of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

What to Do

The obvious thing to do is to relax in the hot springs. You’ll notice that the springs have an unusual green color, but there’s no cause for alarm. It’s simply the bromine they use to disinfect the water (a chemical that’s commonly used in hot tubs) reacting with the mineral deposits in the water to create the greenish hue.

The water in the park’s two pools is supplied by six thermal springs. The hottest pool is kept at 104 degrees Fahrenheit at maximum, which is perfect for relaxing.

While the hot springs are the major draw of the park, there are also plenty of other things to do when you visit besides soaking in the springs, especially if you can RV camp. Hiking around the park is encouraged: the evergreen glades and mountain scenery make the area particularly beautiful, even for northern California. There are over a dozen hiking trails to choose from, including one that takes you by some waterfalls on Hot Springs Creek.

Where to Stay

You can stay right at the park with your RV. There are 76 sites at the campground, many of them large enough to accommodate your rig. Call ahead to reserve a spot with hookups. There are also several campgrounds and RV parks nearby if Grover Hot Springs happens to have no vacancies.

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Spring Break Destinations Around California

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California is the ultimate state for your spring break adventures. Whether you’re seeking Pacific Ocean views, world-class hiking or even a week of fun out on the slopes, California’s diverse landscape offers spring break fun for everyone. Fire up your RV and cruise across the Golden State to these three must-visit California spring break destinations.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is known for its stunning scenery in all seasons, but spring is one of the best times of year to enjoy warmer weather on the mountain. Tahoe is home to a number of world-famous ski resorts, including Northstar California, Squaw Valley, Heavenly and Sierra at Tahoe, and nearly all of them stay open until late April. Off the mountain, visitors can enjoy the abundance of eateries, shops and pubs in North Tahoe and Tahoe South.

Carmel-by-the-Sea

If you’re seeking a dreamy California beach getaway, Carmel-by-the-Sea is calling your name. This European-style town is easy to explore on foot with white-sand beaches, cool boutiques, tasty eateries, small museums and unique architecture all within walking distance of each other. The Carmel By the River RV Park is just inland from the Monterey peninsula, offering easy access to downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea and the area’s most beautiful beaches.

Sonoma

Stay in the heart of California’s wine country in the adorable town of Sonoma. The town’s central plaza is surrounded by bright green rolling vineyards and offers a great jumping point for your spring break wine tastings.

The plaza offers tons of shops, eateries, art galleries and other places to explore for the days you decide to spend in town. Sonoma is also home to the last Spanish mission to exist in California, built in 1824, and visitors can explore it as part of the must-visit Sonoma State Historic Park.

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West Coast Winter Destinations

Not all snowbirds have to head to Florida. In fact, the West Coast is loaded with snowbird destinations that simply can’t be beat. Whether you’re seeking a special place on the Pacific Ocean or a desert oasis with ideal winter temperatures, these three winter West Coast destinations offer everything you need to escape the cold this year.

Laguna Beach, California

Laguna Beach is one of California’s most scenic destinations, and the artsy beach town becomes less loaded with tourists this time of year. Laguna is located just 50 miles south of Los Angeles and is packed with places to shop, dine and explore. Crystal Cove State Park offers the Moro Campground to RV enthusiasts who are seeking a campsite with a breathtaking ocean view.

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix may not be located directly on the coast, but it’s one of the best places in the west for active snowbirds. World-famous golf courses are coupled with an endless selection of hiking trails, five-star restaurants, countless shops and more outdoor adventures than you can cram into one winter. Another perk of setting your sites on Phoenix is that the area is littered with RV parks, offering nightly and seasonal stays for all types of budgets.

Santa Barbara, California

Not all parts of Santa Barbara are flooded with tourists, especially in the winter months. Also known as the “American Riviera,” Santa Barbara will make you forget about your more northern home. Soak up the warm winter sun on the beaches, try your hand at surfing, snap photos of wildlife, dine at world-class restaurants and admire the area’s unique Spanish Colonial architecture. Santa Barbara is also home to the esteemed Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park, among many others, which offers a cozy place to park just minutes from the city and beaches.

Find Your RV at Pan Pacific RV

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Must-See Roadside Attractions in Cali

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California has no shortages on diversions, distractions, and attractions. That said, there are a few places along the roads of California that are considered must-see if you’re traveling through the state. Take in the sights, but don’t forget to see these while you do it.

See the Redwoods

The redwood forests of the West Coast are deservedly famous. The towering redwoods are sure to awe anyone, young or old. The largest trees in the world, some reaching heights over 250 feet tall, the redwood forests hug the coast of California and are shrouded in fog for the better part of the year. Some of the trees are so large that there are even small caves at the bases of some of their trunks and even tunnels large enough to drive a vehicle through!

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.

Visit Venice Beach

The Venice Beach boardwalk is practically one giant roadside attraction littered with shops, eateries, attractions and the iconic Muscle Beach outdoor gym. No road trip to California would be complete without walking along the boardwalk admiring musicians, purchasing hand made crafts, buying cheesy souvenirs and enjoying a beer or two while watching the colorful characters walk by.

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The state of California is littered with countless must-see natural and man-made sites. 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.

Check Out This Must-Visit Northern California Town in Your RV

When you’re planning an RV trip, you may notice that it’s difficult to find the smaller attractions, the hidden gems of an area. If you’re traveling through Northern California this winter or spring, don’t pass up a chance to visit Downievile.

It’s not a big place and you’ve likely not heard of it, but it’s definitely worth a visit. While not being near anything else and boasting under 300 full time residents, Downieville nonetheless has a lot to offer visitors who make their way out to visit.

Enveloped in the Yuba River District and Tahoe National Forest, Downieville is a perfect base of operations for a variety of outdoor activities and sports. Fishing in the Yuba River is popular among fishing enthusiasts who go there for the painted rainbow trout and German brown trout. Mountain biking is also a popular activity in the area. The best trail in Downieville is the “Downieville Downhill,” a trail that drops 4,400 feet over 17 miles of trail.

Those interested in learning more about Downieville can visit the visitor center and memorial park, which hosts exhibits on the gold rush past of the town.

There are also a number of local businesses for tourists to enjoy, including dining and shopping options.

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Snowy Destinations for This Winter

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If you are planning on a road trip in the winter, where you go depends on what kind of weather you want to visit. Want to see snow this winter? While snow’s not difficult to come across, especially the further north you go, here are some places to visit that really give that wintry landscape that little bit extra.

Norman Rockwell Country

If you prefer to stay in the colder climates, take a road trip to Ellicottville off I-80 in New York. Ellicottville is home of HoliMont, a private ski resort – the largest one in North America. From there, ride south on U.S. 219 along the Allegany State Park to go ice skating, sledding or cross-country skiing at Relais & Chateau Lodge at Glendorn. You can also go ice fishing for walleye then warm up in front of one of 43 fireplaces in the Lodge.

Vermont and New Hampshire

Visit Jackson, New Hampshire, in the White Mountains for some great pictures of red covered bridges and over 154,000 cross-country ski trails. Stop in Burlington, Vermont, for some great coffee at the Maglianero Cafe, then head up to Montpelier through the White Mountain National Forest. Visit Bretton Woods for some downhill skiing and be sure to stop at the Christmas Farm Inn and Spa for some great relaxation and more cross-country skiing.

Minnesota and Wisconsin

If you have a ton of time or don’t mind flying to take a road trip, head out to Duluth to start a 240-mile loop. Start out on state route 13, making sure you stop at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore to see the ice caves, spend the night at the Old Rittenhouse Inn in Bayfield, and then head out on U.S. 63 for some Nordic skiing in Hayward at the American Birkebeiner trail system. Head back to Duluth to catch your flight home – or drive that long distance back to Virginia.

Stop by Pan Pacific RV

Before you head out, whether you are heading north, south, or east, be sure to have your RV serviced at Pan Pacific RV – especially if you’re set to head somewhere snowy.

Best Fall Foliage in California

California isn’t renowned for its fall colors, but that’s just because the beauty of a California autumn isn’t widely known. Discover something that not every RV traveler is privy to: California is amazing in the fall! Here are some of the best areas in California to view fall foliage:

Napa Valley

Napa Valley is known for its vineyards and beautiful landscapes. In the fall, the harvest is happening and the landscape is changing colors from green to red, orange, and yellow. Enjoy wine tastings while viewing the beautiful colors of fall.

Big Bear Lake

Not that far out of Los Angeles, Big Bear Lake is at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains among the trees. The forest is a mix of of evergreens and regular trees, which results in an interesting mix of trees that are turning into fall colors and trees that remain green.

The best time to go is mid-October to mid-November.

Yosemite National Park

Starting in October and continuing through early November, Yosemite National Park puts on its fall colors. Yosemite, like many areas in California, boasts a mix of evergreens and perennials. Deciduous oak, dogwood, and aspen change colors while the pines remain green. This creates a beautiful mixture of colors unlike other areas of the country. Besides which, Yosemite is just an awesome place to visit regardless of the time of year.

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Visit Pan Pacific RV Center before you head out to view the fall foliage in California. Before you go anywhere, make sure you swing by to get your RV checked out. Pan Pacific RV Center offers RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.

Things To Do With Kids in Sacramento

If you’re thinking about visiting Sacramento, you may be wondering what to do there, especially if you’ve got kids in tow. Luckily, Sacramento is a wonderful city to visit if you’ve got children and there are more than enough attractions to keep your whole family busy.

Sacramento State Railroad Museum

Kids love trains and that’s a fact. There are real decommissioned locomotives from every era of railroad history and most of them allow you to get up inside of them to explore their interior. There are also elaborate model train dioramas, some of which span entire rooms, and even a large play area with toy trains for younger kids to enjoy.

Sacramento Zoo

The Sacramento Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country and is home to many different species of animals in well-arranged exhibits. It’s known for being one of the few zoos where you can actually feed a giraffe, which any kid will love.

Effie Yeaw Nature Center

The Effie Yeaw Nature Center is an award-winning educational center that’s home to 100 acres of preserved nature. The center has a trail system through meticulously maintained natural areas, family friendly activities, and educational exhibits. The American River runs through it and provides much of the scenery in the park.

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While you’re in Sacramento anyway, don’t forget to stop in at Pan Pacific RV to make sure that your RV is in good shape before moving on to your next destination. Pan Pacific RV can service your rig while you shop for parts and accessories. Whether you make us your first stop in Sacramento or your last on the way out, we’re standing by ready to help every RVer that rolls through the city.

Visit California’s Sunny Capitola

Looking for a sunny place to take your RV this summer? Why not try someplace new? Capitola, California, is everything that California seaside towns used to be: laid back, charming, and quirky.

This colorful little town is the perfect summer destination if you’re looking for sunshine, sand, and surf.

Capitola has a long history of being a seaside resort: the first resort was opened in the town back in 1869 and Capitola is actually known as the oldest beach resort on the West Coast.

The town is full of shops, boutiques, and cafes and the surrounding natural area contains hiking trails, beaches, and scenic cliffs.

One of the town’s most famous features is its Venetian Court district, which is a colorful beach-side residential area. Containing various architectural styles, like Mediterranean Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Mission Revival, the district was begun in 1924 and continued for several years. These days, they’re used as private homes and vacation homes, but tourists are more than welcome to stroll the charming district.

Visit Pan Pacific RV

Before you hit the road to Capitola, or anywhere else in California, remember to stop by Pan Pacific RV to make sure that your RV is ready to handle a road trip. If you’re ready to shop for a new motorhome, come by Pan Pacific RV today to tour any units you’re interested in taking a closer look at.

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.

Visit Pan Pacific RV

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.