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Escape LA and you’ll find one of a kind desertscapes, iconic road trip routes, and some of the world’s best surf spots.

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SoCal Spring & Summer

Does anything say summer more than sunny Southern California? From iconic coastal views to some of the country’s top national parks, it’s all just a road trip away.

For the quintessential California experience, head up Highway 1 through Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, and Big Sur. Pack your surfboard or your camera –– the views and the waves are both hard to beat. If you tire of ocean views (if that’s even possible), head to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks for stunning waterfalls, enchanting old growth forests, and a lifetime’s worth of hiking trails. As the weather cools back down, make your way through Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks.

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Discover your dream trip

Southern California’s mild winter makes it a “hot” destination year-round. From the Central Coast’s prime fall surf swell to San Diego’s oceanside Christmas tree display, who can blame you for escaping to California.

If you haven’t experienced sunrise, sunset, and stargazing in the desert, add a desert road trip to the top of your to-do list. For obvious reasons, winter is the best time of year to visit the hottest place in the world, Death Valley. Go rock climbing in Joshua Tree, and head to Utah or Sedona, Arizona for the stunning contrast of a sprinkle of snow on the red rocks. Looking for a heavier snowfall? Head to Big Bear for skiing only 3 hours from the sunny City of Angels.

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Joshua Tree

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Day 1

Leave the busy city of Los Angeles behind as you make your way to the deserts of Joshua Tree National Park. Dust off those hiking boots and follow the Lost Horse Mine Trail to discover the ruins of a once-flourishing gold and silver mine! Head back to camp for a glass of wine, hearty meal, and refreshing Cabana shower before a good night’s sleep.

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Day 2

Wake up early to catch a spectacular sunrise over the iconic Joshua trees! Spend the afternoon wandering Cholla Cactus Park and learning about desert flora and fauna. Stay up late for an unparalleled view of the stars and constellations that make up our night sky!

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Day 3

Strap on a pair of rock climbing shoes and scramble up one of the thousands of climbing routes or boulder problems that await you in Joshua Tree National Park! After a long day of climbing, shake the sand off, and relax at camp - you deserve it! Don't forget the s'mores and bottle of wine for one last toast under the stars.

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Day 4

Grab a farewell brunch in Joshua Tree before returning to Los Angeles! Enjoy the drive back with a Cabana spotify playlist for singing and dancing.

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Day 5

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"The entire experience was excellent. From arriving at the vehicle, to the app check in, to camping and check out. It was entirely stress free. ❤ "


"The whole itinerary was so amazing and definitely one of the reasons why I’m going to keep coming back to you guys."


"Seattle is the perfect location for taking the van out as there are so many options to visit in the area!"


"Such a great beginner van trip for those that have never taken one!"