Head out west and explore a diverse landscape that includes iconic mountain ranges, stark and fragile desert beauty, and the rugged shorelines of the Pacific Coast. These unique characteristics have cultivated areas like the Colorado Rocky Mountains, California’s Coachella Valley, world-renowned wine regions, and Gold Rush Country to be some of the most desirable vacation destinations in the nation.
At Sun RV Resorts, you can stay at one of our resorts near these popular locations and enjoy an affordable high-end vacation experience that includes our premium accommodations and amenities with our signature world-class service. This gorgeous region out west has the perfect spot for your next couple’s getaway, family-friendly escape, or group outing adventure.
Denver: The Mile High City
Discover Denver, a vibrant and thriving city situated in the South Platte River Valley, a unique landscape offering the openness of the Great Plains to the east and breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains to the west. As the fourth most walkable downtown in the nation, natives and visitors alike can enjoy easy access to everything in this bustling, outdoor city.
Make sure to stop by must-see attractions like Union Station and the Lower Downtown (LoDo) area, where you can explore museums and art galleries, shop till you drop at a variety of boutique stores, or enjoy exciting professional sports and live entertainment. Denver is also known for its fabulous farm-to-table restaurants and award-winning craft breweries.
Stand on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol building and you’ll be exactly 5,280 feet above sea level, or one mile high, a distinguishing characteristic that has earned the city its famous nickname. The panoramic views of the snowcapped peaks of the Rockies are protected by law – the 200 named mountains visible from the Capitol dome cannot be obstructed by other buildings built in the city.
A source of inspiration for the patriotic ballad “America the Beautiful,” Colorado Springs in the state’s second largest city with irresistible small-town charm. From its humble beginnings as a mining town, Colorado Springs has become one of the most popular destinations to visit with an array of family-friendly attractions like the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, U.S. Olympic Training Center, and a thriving arts and culture scene.
The most popular attraction in the region is the Garden of the Gods, featuring towering red sandstone rock formations jutting up from the earth, some reaching as tall as 300 feet. With Pikes Peak serving as the backdrop of this National Natural Landmark, the picture-perfect views make this free public attraction the most photographed in the entire state.
Visitors can also get up close and personal with Pikes Peak, which has a summit reaching an impressive 14,115 feet. If you’re up for an adventure and a challenge, you can hike up to the summit utilizing any number of trails, however the most popular route is Barr Trail. Hiking up Pike’s Peak is not for the faint of heart and is only recommended for experienced and well-prepared hikers. Another scenic option to reach the summit is Pikes Peak Highway, with more than 150 turns that traverse the mountain face; however, many choose to take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Since 1891, Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railway in the world, has taken millions of people on the amazing journey to the summit, offering phenomenal panoramic views during the entire ascension.
Situated just off I-25, between both Denver and Colorado Springs, is the town of Larkspur. Here you can enjoy convenient access to all of these attractions from our family-friendly campground at Jellystone Park™ of Larkspur.
Greater Palm Springs
Famous for its weather, signature palms trees, and natural desert beauty, the Greater Palm Springs area in Southern California’s Coachella Valley is a true playground oasis. From the days of Old Hollywood glitz and glamour, legends like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley placed a spotlight on this area, building winter homes, playing golf at the championship courses, and frequenting nightlife hot spots. Still a popular destination to this day, you can stay in the heart of this desert paradise at Indian Wells RV Resort, in the picturesque town of Indio.
Travel along Hwy 111, linking the string of cities that make up this area to experience high-end shopping compared to Rodeo Drive at the El Paseo Shopping District, a robust arts and culture community, and restaurants serving delectable dishes inspired by top chefs. If you’re looking for some pampering, treat yourself to a trip to Desert Hot Springs. Known as California’s Spa City, visitors from around the globe come to discover the healing qualities of the mineral water found in its natural hot- and cold-water aquifers. A visit to any of the number of spas available in this scenic city overlooking the Palm Springs area will have you feeling like a million bucks in no time!
A trip to the Coachella Valley wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Joshua Tree National Park, home to a fascinating variety of plant and animal life. The vast landscape is dotted with rugged boulders and rock formations, mountains, and amazing desert flora and fauna. Visitors come here for any number of reasons that range from hiking, backpacking and rock climbing to photography and stargazing opportunities. The star of this treasured park is, of course, the Joshua tree, for which the park got its namesake. Known by locals as the “J-Tree,” the Joshua tree is a type of yucca that looks like it came straight out of a Dr. Seuss book, distinguishable by the twisted branches and clusters of spiky leaves.
The Central Coast
Home to some of the world’s most beautiful coastline, California’s Central Coast has all the ingredients to create the ultimate vacation experience. Explore the many ways to see the sights whether you’re taking a helicopter tour, sea kayaking San Simeon Cove – the nation’s largest protected marine area, or traversing the famous scenic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway.
Experience a classic beach town at Pismo Beach, famous for its long white-sand beaches and spectacular sunsets. The iconic Pismo Pier is the place to be for the best view of the beach or you can head south for some action on an ATV at the Pismo Dunes, located within the Oceano Dunes State Recreational Area. If you’re visiting Pismo Beach from late October to February, you can check out the Monarch Butterfly Grove, where the vibrant orange and black butterflies cluster together within the limbs of the Eucalyptus trees.
Known to some as “The Happiest City in America,” San Luis Obispo (SLO) boasts a fantastic Mediterranean climate, breathtaking scenic views, and outstanding attractions! Visit the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, a working parish church that was built in 1772 with the Spaniards settled in this area. A trip down Higuera Street, located in the heart of the city, will lead you to the Downtown SLO Farmer’s Market, the largest in the western United States, and Bubblegum Alley, a “sticky” scene that has become a landmark attraction – leave your mark with a gum ball from nearby Powell’s Sweet Shoppe or Ambiance.
Just north of SLO is the famous Hearst Castle, located on top of The Enchanted Hill in San Simeon. Situated on over 125,000 acres, this National Historic Landmark is the resulting legacy of media mogul William Randolph Hearst. The estate now serves as a museum, where guests can tour the extensive grounds, which includes 127 acres of breathtaking gardens, terraces, pools and walkways; with several mansions that house 165 rooms, all showcasing Hearst’s legendary art collection.
You can visit all of these wonderful Central Coast attractions when you stay at our luxury RV resorts in nearby Paso Robles, an award-winning California wine region, at Wine County or Vines. Take in the sights with tours and tastings at the numerous vineyards and wineries of Paso Robles or visit during one of the annual festivals, such as the Harvest Festival, the California Mid-State Fair, or Beer and Wine at the Vines – hosted at our very own Vines RV Resort. You can also spend a fun-filled day with the family at the Ravine Waterpark, located across from Wine Country RV Resort.
Explore many Northern California attractions from our convenient location in Plymouth, the “gateway to the Shenandoah Valley” in the Sierra foothills, at 49er Village RV Resort. From its position along historic Highway 49, visitors can travel back to the Gold Rush era and explore the charming mining towns that dot this route or enjoy tours and tastings at a fabulous selection of Gold Country wineries.
Venture to Sacramento, where the past meets the present in California’s capital city. Stop by Capitol Park to explore the State Capitol building and museum and enjoy the beautifully manicured lawns and gardens – the perfect place for a picnic! There are also an abundance of outdoor recreational activities like golfing, rafting, biking, fishing and more so you can enjoy the great weather and nearly constant sunshine inherent to this city. Known as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capitol, this city is simply bursting with farm-fresh restaurants serving mouthwatering cuisine, plenty of farmers’ markets with a variety of colorful produce and local products, plus a thriving craft beer scene.
If you’re looking for some history, head over to Old Sacramento, where you can walk on wooden sidewalks, take a horse drawn carriage ride, and explore buildings with vintage facades that capture the feeling of the Old West. This 28-acre National Historic Landmark and State Historic Park, located along the picturesque Sacramento River, is a literal goldmine of museums and historical attractions revolving around the eras of the California Gold Rush and Transcontinental Railroad. On the northern outskirts of Old Sacramento is the California State Railroad Museum, featuring restored trains, guided tours, and rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad trail, which departs from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot.
Located on the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a must-see during your vacation to the northern reaches of The Golden State. A coveted vacation destination for years, Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the nation with charming towns to explore and gorgeous scenery for a picture-perfect backdrop. Whether you’re skiing on the snow-covered slopes or basking in the sun on the many available beaches, this area quite literally has it all.
Explore the breathtaking natural beauty in a variety of state parks, including Van Sickle Bi-State Park, Donner Memorial State Park, Emerald Bay State Park, and the federally protected wilderness area in the Tahoe Basin and Eldorado National Forest at Desolation Wilderness. The Vikingsholm castle, a National and California landmark, is truly a sight to behold. The impressive 38-room home is a rare masterpiece of Scandinavian architecture built in 1929 and located on the picturesque shores of Emerald Bay. A scenic Gondola ride in Heavenly Village offers a bird’s-eye-view of Lake Tahoe, or you can explore nearby South Tahoe for summer or winter recreation with a downtown area that includes casinos, nightlife, fine dining, shopping and more!
Sun RV Resorts offers amazing locations from coast to coast! For more information please visit us on www.sunrvresorts.com.