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Everything You Need To Know About National Parks Week 2018

  For one week in April the National Park Foundation and National Park Service join forces to celebrate America’s natural treasures by giving the public free entrance to all national parks in the United States. This year National Park Week runs from April 21 – 29th. Check out our tips on how to prepare for NP week and follow us on Instagram for an upcoming giveaway for you and a friend to see all the national parks for free for a full 12 months!   Photography: @ChrisBurkard   Know Before You Go: There are more than 400 parks available to…

National Parks Pass Giveaway!

  If you’ve been following our stories over the last few weeks, you’ve probably realized we’ve been building up to something quite special. We shared our RVers Guide to all 59 National Parks, the Top 10 Secret Destinations inside National Parks and the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. Today, in honor of the fast approaching National Parks Week, we have teamed up with She Explores + Leisure Travel to give away 2 National Parks passes, one for you and one for a friend! To win U.S.A park passes, all you have to do is:     Follow @lamesarv, @she_explores…

Top 10 Secret Must See Destinations Inside U.S.A National Parks

    For centuries, man has wandered into the woods in pursuit of the undiscovered. It is the desire for new terrain that keeps us on the road, traveling in our RV’s. With National Parks Week fast approaching, we’ve rounded up our favorite “secret spots” (because just how secret is anything anymore with the internet?) inside a few iconic national parks. Though you may have heard a thing or two about these locations, there’s nothing like seeing them with your own eyes. “There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture on the lonely shore… by the deep sea,…

An RVers Guide To All 59 National Parks

    From sea to shining sea, we welcome you to join us for this year’s National Parks Week. NPW offers free entrance to all U.S. national parks from April 21-29th. If you’ve ever daydreamed about climbing volcanoes in Hawaii, summiting El Capitan, swimming with marine life in Florida, dirt biking in the desert, kayaking the Great Lakes or climbing mountains in the Pacific Northwest, this is your chance to make those dreams a reality. The American landscape is vast and inviting. The road is open, winding and calling for you to pack up your RV and turn your eyes to…

An Adventure Photographer’s Guide to National Parks

  In celebration of Women’s History month La Mesa RV is highlighting women working in a number of professions in the outdoor industry and their love for national parks. First up is our very own Experience Life Blog Senior Editor Kristen Blanton.     For the last four years Kristen has been traveling around the world shooting film photography for brands including but not limited to Eddie Bauer, Subaru, Sperry, Hipcamp and Google Pixel. She has lived out of a camper van in Iceland, on a sailboat in Thailand, traveled by every mode of transportation throughout Vietnam and spent the…

She Explores Founder Talks Women in the Outdoors

      As we continue to feature women working in the outdoor industry in honor of Women’s History month, we are thrilled to introduce you to Gale Straub. Gale is the founder of She-Explores, a blog and podcast centered around women who are inspired by time spent outside. She-Explores platform is rich in adventure and community. The site is an empowering source of inspiration for women living on the road, for those desirous to leave their 9-5  for van life, but are also for those who are apprehensive to the whole idea. With over 300 stories shared by women,…

Summer Road Trip: Q&A With The Free Family

  On our next spotlight series featuring RVing families, we’d like to introduce you to the ever inspiring “Free Family!” The family of four have been traveling all over the United States in their RV for about a year now. They’ve explored National Parks, the Pacific Ocean and a plethora of other iconic places. We caught up with the crew a few weeks ago to chat about their very first week on the road, their day-to-day schedules, money saving tips and so much more. Check out the interview below.   All photography provided by @thefreefamilytravels   La Mesa RV: What…

Summer Road Trip: Q&A with Barry Good Times, A Family of Five Living on the Road

  With summer in full swing, we decided to reach out to a few RVing families that have been on our radar and inspiring us this season. First up, we’d like to introduce you to Barry Good Times. This family of five ditched their house in March of 2015 and embarked on a journey in a fifth wheel. The couple “road-schools” their kids and have decided to do go the non-traditional route in effort to obtain one simple life goal… to thrive.   We caught up with the crew a few weeks ago to chat about their very first week…

Summer Road Trip: 5 Places to Visit While Your Kids are Still Young

  With the solstice behind us, we have officially made it to summer! If you’re an RVing parent, that probably means you’re ready to hit the road with your kiddos for the ultimate motorhome adventure. Today we’ve rounded up the top 5 places to take your little ones while they’re still young to fuel their imaginations and to serve as the trip they’ll remember for a lifetime.   Photography: Gilroy Gardens Gilroy Gardens in Gilroy, California  Gilroy Gardens is an amusement park made for you and your family. It is California’s only horticultural theme park which features 21 rides, 27…

This Couple Traveled the U.S. for Six Months on a Budget, Here’s How They Did It

  As it is with any person desirous to travel, Kristen Blanton and Matt Jozwiak, the duo behind Hello America,  knew the only way to succeed in their travels was to use their honed skills while living on the road (out of their built-out Jeep Grand Cherokee) and budget, budget, budget. Today, we bring you their six tips along with personal experience on traveling the country on a tight budget and how those confines actually created their most inspiring adventure travels to date. We’re thrilled to say that the couple has now upgraded their travel mobile to an SS Agile Roadtrek,…