Last weekend, I took Jason on a road trip for his 30th birthday. He knew the direction we were going, but everything else was a surprise.︎ I teased some photos on my IG stories, but here are all the details of our route! (We have a camper van, but you can obvi recreate this trip with just a tent.)
☺︎ CALIFORNIA WEEKEND ROADTRIP ☺︎
DAY 1: RED ROCK CANYON STATE PARK
This first stop was only about a 2.5 hour drive from Ventura! We had never been here before & were blown away by how beautiful the landscape was. We chose a campsite tucked away in the rocks for some privacy with a view of the Joshua Tree covered valley.
Quick Facts: no reservation system here (first come, first serve), $25/night, spotty cell service, leashed pets allowed
DAY 2: KEOUGH'S HOT SPRINGS
The next day, we headed up the 395 for about 2 hours to one of our favorite places. We visited these hot springs on our honeymoon road trip about 3 years ago & were pleasantly surprised that everything is exactly the same. It's as if a vintage pool house got dropped in the middle of nowhere: a true oasis in the desert.
Quick Facts: call ahead to reserve overnight stays ($30/night) otherwise pool is available for day use ($12/person), Free WiFi, pets not allowed in pool house (so Poesy stayed in Ventura for this trip)
DAY 3: TUTTLE CREEK CAMPGROUND
In the morning, we drove to Bishop (about 10 minutes north) for a fancy coffee & to walk around town. We did one last dip in the pool before heading back down the 395 to Alabama Hills. We picked a campsite next to the creek, & the sound was so relaxing. On the way out the next day, we stopped at Alabama Hills Cafe for breakfast then headed home to Poesy. ︎
Quick Facts: no reservation system here (first come, first serve), $8/night, some cell service! leashed pets allowed
TBH each of these spots are well worth staying at for the entire weekend (especially if you're tent camping & packing up each night is too exhausting). Let me know where your favorite places to camp are or visit for a weekend! ☺︎