There is so much to do and see in one lifetime. Even just a short drive away, there are all manner of sights to be seen. So as you start de-winterizing and getting your RV road-ready, don’t think you have to wait for summer. Before the crowds and heat set in, here are a few great Spring trips to begin the year.
Borrego Springs, California
If you are desperate for some warmth and flowers, the desert oasis of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® could be your first destination of the year. Known best for its astounding desert blooms, Borrego Springs is also California’s first and only International Dark Sky Community. Along with Citizen Science projects and a biosphere reserve to visit, there is also a thriving art community associated with the Borrego Art institute.
So if you’re craving that first beautiful hit of sunshine for the year, this would be a great first stop on your travels. For more information, go to either https://www.springsatborrego.com/ or http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638.
Grand Canyon National Park
Yes, we know, everyone goes there. But most go there in the heat of high summer. So if you want to see all the beauty and experience the wonder without losing a pint of sweat every hour, spring is the best time to go.
You’ll also have a chance to see all the newborn calves, fawns and kits in among the more than 650 species of herbaceous wildflowers and flowering cacti. Spring is when this glorious canyon is at its most colorful. Don’t miss out. For more information, contact the Trailer Village RV Park at https://www.visitgrandcanyon.com/trailer-village-rv-park. They offer full hook-ups and easy access to the canyon rim.
Long Beach Peninsula, Washington
If you’re looking for something closer to home, remember that the Pacific Ocean keeps our shores warmer and spring comes all-the sooner. And we have the world’s longest beach, Long Beach.
Okay, the name is not very creative, but if you’re a fan of delicious seafood, you’ll find all you could want here. There’s plenty of room for cycling and horseback riding as you pass the dramatically beautiful seamounts and coastal cliffs. At the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (http://capedisappointment.org/lewis-clark-interpretive-center/), you can explore the history of Cape Disappointment and the entire peninsula.
There is one signature activity only at Long Beach: kite flying. Home to the World Kite Museum (http://worldkitemuseum.com/), there are family-oriented events from mid-March through mid-April. Make your own kite while you learn about kites throughout history: from bat-hunting kites in Bali through WWII soldier’s use of kites. Plus, you can see the largest collection of Japanese kites outside of Japan.
Yakima Valley, Washington
For more adult fun, you can visit the more than 120 wineries in the Yakima Valley. Best of all, in April you can take part in the Spring Barrel Tasting event. The valley’s wineries will have samplings of their new vintages straight from the barrel.
If you’re more of a beer drinker, you won’t be left out. Yakima is also known as the “Hop Capital of the World. The valley hosts a spring celebration of craft beverages with its Roots and Vines Festival, featuring nationally touring Americana, Folk and Bluegrass bands.
Backyard Glamping Blowout
Sometimes the best adventure starts right in your own back yard. It’s certainly the safest place to shakedown your RV for the year. So use your RV to throw a party! Test out the grill and the satellite dish and all the RV camping luxuries. Show a double feature on the outdoor TV, a stargazing event, or have a spooky story contest around a cozy fire pit.
Do you have a favorite First Spring Adventure? Let us know where you like to go. And as always, travel safely.