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Roadtrip with RVshare Los Angeles to Kernville

Driving through Southern California on a Los Angeles to Kernville RV road trip makes for a fairly short trip, but it is one that will take you through some of the most memorable scenery in the state. There are several national and state parks nearby, and the landscape is a varied one consisting of deserts, mountain ranges, and the Pacific Coast. Los Angeles and Burbank have many ties to the movie industry, and it is always fun to learn about the real stories behind the imagined ones. If you are more of an outdoor fan, then you will find plenty of recreational opportunities to add to your Los Angeles to Kernville road trip itinerary.

Los Angeles to Kernville Road Trip Itinerary

  • Trip Length: 3 hours
  • Mileage: 165 miles
  • Fun Fact: Amelia Earhart's Lost Airplane was built in Burbank, CA.

Nearby National Parks

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is a vast national park located in Southern California. Named for the Joshua tree, which is actually a yucca plant, and has been a source of food, clothing, and utilitarian objects over centuries. In addition to being the home of many fine specimens of the Joshua tree, the park has multiple rocky formations, cacti, and desert habitats. Wildlife abounds, and you may see coyotes, bighorn sheep, jackrabbits, and kangaroo rats. The Pacific Migratory Bird Flyway also runs through the park. There are two distinct deserts in the park: the Sonoran and the Mojave. The Sonoran is a low desert that is dry and arid and has sparse vegetation, such as creosote bushes and cholla cacti. In contrast, the Mojave desert is considered a high desert with higher humidity and more vegetation, including giant yuccas. While visiting the park, you can follow the multi-use trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Many visitors take the opportunity to rappel up the rocky outcroppings.

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park lies just off the coast near Los Angeles and contains five of the eight California Channel Islands: Santa Cruz, Anacapa, Santa Rosa, Santa Barbara, and San Miguel. The park is home to two distinct ecological biomes in a smaller biopic of the North American coast. Here, you have the opportunity to come across more than 2,000 animal and plant species, many of which can be found nowhere else. Isolation has led to the development of many unique species on these islands. One of the best ways to explore the watery portions of the park is by kayak, and once you are on the islands, there are multiple hiking trails to explore. 

Nearby State Parks

Mount San Jacinto State Park

The Mount San Jacinto State Park is in the San Jacinto Mountains and is only a few hours from Los Angeles and San Diego. The park is home to Mount San Jacinto, which is 10,834 feet in elevation and the second-highest mountain peak in Southern California. Visitors to the park often hike to the top of the peak, accessing the trailhead either by riding the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway or by hiking up one of the multiple available trails. Many of these trails require permits to hike, including the Deer Springs Trail, which includes a portion of the well-known Pacific Crest Trail. On a clear day, you can see from Catalina Island to Southern Utah. While in the park, you can enjoy trekking through the varied terrains of mountain meadows, subalpine forests, and granite peaks. Much of the park is a designated wilderness area.

Chino Hills State Park

Chino Hills State Park is located in the Chino Hills, which are part of the Santa Ana Mountains. With its proximity to Los Angeles, visitors to this 14,102-acre park will appreciate the experience of leaving the city and spending time in a seemingly remote, natural world. The park is part of the Chino–Puente Hills wildlife corridor, and it is an important habitat for both native and migrating wildlife. Chino Hills State Park offers plenty of outdoor recreational activities like hiking, biking, and riding horses on the more than 60 miles of trails. 

Red Rock Canyon State Park

Located at the convergence of the El Paso Range and the southern end of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Red Rock Canyon State Park is known for the unique shapes and colors of the numerous canyons, cliffs, and buttes. The spring displays of wildflowers are stunning after a wet winter, and at any time of year, you can see hawks, roadrunners, mice, lizards, squirrels, and other wildlife here. Many people have left their mark in this region, and today you can see important paleontology sites, the remains of circa 1890s mines, and groups of petroglyphs. 

Along the Way

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory is an important center of astronomy that provides a great service to the general public. It was built in 1935 with the provision that admission would always be free to everyone. The observatory is located on the south end of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the neighborhood of Los Feliz. The Griffith Observatory contains a coelostat system of three tracking mirrors that feed three solar telescopes, but the 12-inch Zeiss refracting telescope is the main star of the show. Besides the telescopes, the observatory has a number of permanent exhibits and displays, like the Edge of Space, which presents a viewpoint of Earth from space, and the Keck Central Rotunda, which explores the connections between astronomy and mythology. 

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway departs from Valley Station at an elevation of 2,643 feet and arrives at Mountain Station at an elevation of 8,516 feet. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway provides access to Mount San Jacinto and is an exciting ride up the side of the mountains. The cars revolve during the ride, and when you get to the end, you will find a restaurant, snack bar, gift shop, and visitor center. A little farther out, you can visit the Long Valley Ranger Station, which is near a restroom and picnic area, a ski center, a nature trail, and the Desert View Trail. The Desert View Trail offers views of the peaks that make up the surrounding high country. The hiking trail system is accessible from this area. 

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is a three-hour tour of the famed film lot. During the tour, you will see the ins and outs of a real working Hollywood studio. Aside from the current ongoing projects, the studio features displays of sets and sound stages used in past productions of movies and shows. These include exhibits for "La La Land," "Friends," "Casablanca," "The Big Bang Theory," and many other well-known properties. You will also be treated with a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Wonder Woman at DC Universe: The Exhibit, the Picture Car Vault with Batman's vehicles, and the interactive Stage 48: Script to Screen. The Warner Brothers Museum, which houses costumes, scripts, and props, is part of the tour as well.

Main Cities You Will Pass Through

Burbank, California

Burbank is located at the southeastern end of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County, CA, and it is only about 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Along your road trip from Los Angeles to Kernville, you will find fun places to visit, including Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Studios, and the largest IKEA store in the U.S. If you are going to take some time to stay in the area of Burbank and Los Angeles, you will appreciate the atmosphere of Hollywood RV Park, a landmark in Hollywood since 1948. It is near many historic destinations, and you may catch a glimpse of local celebrities. You may need to utilize a dump station for your RV, and there are several in the area. 

Santa Clarita, California

The city of Santa Clarita is known for being the location of Six Flags Magic Mountain, a large theme park with thrilling rollercoasters, various types of rides, and shows. Right next door is Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, a water park with slides and a wave pool. You will also be able to see the prehistoric rock formations of the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, which is often used for filming purposes, and William S. Hart Park's silent film collections. Castaic Lake RV Park is on Castaic Lake, and it offers a cool respite from your road trip. There are several dump stations in the surrounding area. 

Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield is located on the Kern River. There are several interesting sites and activities to explore, such as the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, the California Living Museum, and the Kern River Ranger District, which is part of the Sequoia National Forest. The Rosedale Village RV Park is a large RV park in the Bakersfield suburb of Rosedale, and it has plenty of shade provided by tall palm trees. Rosedale Village RV Park is situated directly off Highway 58, and it may be a good idea to take advantage of one of the many dump stations nearby. 

Find Adventure from Los Angeles to Kernville

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When you follow this road trip itinerary from Los Angeles to Kernville, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Los Angeles or Kernville.

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