More of a suburban city than a serious urban center like Los Angeles, Torrance is a beautiful and RV-friendly spot in southern California’s LA County. It’s near Malibu and Santa Monica (and Los Angeles, of course), and it offers visitors and locals alike beautiful ocean views, palm trees, and one and a half miles of sandy beaches perfect for walking, surfing, or just lazing about. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, and laid-back attitude — this is California dreamin’ at its finest. For things to do and places to stay in your RV rental Torrance CA, keep reading!
Popular Tourist Attractions
Western Museum of Flight
Aviation enthusiasts won’t know what to look at first, and adults and kids alike can learn a lot about the history of flying at the Western Museum of Flight. There are over two dozen aircraft on display, the majority of which were built in southern California, as well as over 300 scale models, blueprints, and historic photos. Aviation lectures, flights, and other special events take place on a regular basis. The museum is open every day except Mondays from 10:00am until 3:00pm, and admission is just five bucks for adults (children under 12 are admitted free).
Chen Art Gallery
The Chen Art Gallery hosts an extensive private collection of Chinese art and artifacts. Even if you’re not an art aficionado, you’ll still find the colors bold, the jade carvings impressive, and the throne room incredible. You’ll also find paintings, silk textiles, Buddhist statues, and pottery dating back almost 700 years. This is truly a one-of-a-kind destination; most cities may have an art museum, but only Torrance has a museum like the Chen Art Gallery. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and admission is free. Be aware, however, that you are encouraged to call before you arrive so that the staff can prepare for a guide to take you on a complimentary tour. So book that motorhome rental Torrance and book that tour at the Chen Art Gallery!
If you’re looking for a beautiful outdoor spot to spend the day, look no further than Wilson Park. Bring your sporting equipment to take advantage of the basketball courts, tennis courts, roller hockey rink, horseshoe pits, beach volleyball courts, and more. There’s a pond, a fitness course that’s almost a mile long, and lots of green space. Pack a picnic or use the barbecue grills on site for a tasty lunch, and don’t forget to stop by on Tuesday and Saturday mornings to taste the best of Southern California produce at Torrance Certified Farmers’ Market when you rent RV Torrance!
Campgrounds and State/National Parks
Dockweiler RV Park
If you’ve dreamed about sleeping in your RV on the beach, listening to the sound of crashing waves and the smell of the surf, this is the place. Dockweiler RV Park is the only LA County RV campground on the beach! Run by the county, it’s open year-round and offers full hookups, hot showers, and laundry facilities. Picnic tables and barbecue grills are at every site, and the Pacific is just steps away.
Malibu Beach RV Park
Just outside of Torrance is the Malibu Beach RV Park, which is also right on the beach and also open all year long. Ocean views and full hookups are standard, and tent sites are available as well. Amenities include bathrooms with hot showers, a game room, laundry facilities, a TV room, wifi access, and much more. Malibu Beach RV Park is perfect for an RV rental near Torrance!
Sunset Vista RV Park
Located in Huntington Beach near Torrance is the Sunset Vista RV Park. Partial hookups (water and electricity) are the norm here, and there are restrooms, outside showers, and disposal stations available to guests. The rates are a bit higher than average, but then again, you’re parking on the beautiful beach in southern California — there’s a premium attached to that.
Torrance Antique Street Faire
If you love outdoor antiquing and hunting for that perfect piece to add to your collection, the Torrance Antique Street Faire is the place to hit up. Head downtown on the fourth Sunday of every month from 8:00am to 3:00pm to see the wares of over 180 vendors plus live music, appraisals, and tons of great street food. It’s a fun, lively atmosphere, and you might find your next treasure.
Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival
Celebrate the impending arrival of spring at the Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival. Held annually in mid-March, this springtime party features all sorts of live and local entertainment, food vendors, music, crafts, and so much more, including the delicate flowers from which the festival derives its name. It’s free and open to the public.
The real flavor of southern California isn’t in the sprawling concrete of Los Angeles or the impossibly luxurious Hollywood Hills. No — it’s in cool, small, laid back cities like Torrance, where the beaches are beautiful, the attractions are unique, and there are lots of ideal places to park your RV for the night. This is Manifest Destiny right here!