With spring flowers in bloom and ice melting in some areas of the country, it is the ideal time to get out on the road and see where it takes you this beautiful month of March. From coast to coast, and music festivals to mountains, we’ll give you our list of ten van life camping locations to celebrate the coming of spring. Remember to check back for monthly van destinations and browse last year’s list for more ideas. If you are in search of kid-friendly van camping locations for spring break, this article will steer you in the right direction. Read on for our favorite van destinations in March.
Joshua Tree National Park, California
This month, explore the southern Californian desert by visiting Jumbo Rocks, Indian Cove, or Black Rock campground at Joshua Tree National Park. Enjoy hiking or rock climbing the beautiful landscape during the day, then point your eyes to the sky to gaze out at the Milky Way at night. As well as beautiful desert landscapes and the eye-catching night sky, Joshua Tree is home to wildlife like bighorn sheep and desert tortoises.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Known for its stunning beaches and warm climate, Gulf Shores, Alabama is an excellent destination for van life camping this March. Park your van at one of the many parks offering primitive camping and spend your time relaxing on the beach or, if adventure is what you seek, get out on the water in a fishing boat or kayak. The Gulf of Mexico is a short drive away and home to white sandy beaches if you are looking for somewhere to throw your beach towel and lay down. For more camping ideas in Alabama check out this article.
Lake Havasu, Arizona
Lake Havasu is a perfect destination for camping in March as you are able to avoid the summer Arizona heat and enjoy 70-degree days out on the lake. Experience the lake with a rental boat or walk the shores with your fishing pole as you search for bass, catfish, or bluegill. If you want to spend time at Lake Havasu State Park, you can check out one of many hiking trails or find the historic London bridge which was brought over from Lake Havasu in England in the 60s.
Big Bend National Park, Texas
If you are looking to get away from crowds, consider camping at Big Bend this March. Stay at the Chisos Basin campground offering primitive camping, or for more seclusion try one of the many dispersed camping spots in the area. Big Bend is a perfect park for people looking to hike and offers trails for beginner hikers looking for an easy trek as well as advanced hikers looking to test their skills. Fill the rest of your time floating down the Rio Grande, birdwatching or stargazing as you enjoy the cool 70-degree desert weather.
Austin in March is perfect for music lovers as the yearly South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival takes place. Stay at McKinney Falls State Park or get away from the city and into nature at Pace Bend Park or Inks Lake State Park. Some campgrounds may also provide shuttle services into the city which could be helpful for avoiding SXSW traffic for those planning on attending.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Immerse yourself in New Orleans culture by spending your time here this March and enjoy the various festivals and parades like the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, the New Orleans Bourbon Festival, or the French Quarter Festival. There are several free parking options around the city perfect for van life camping, but be sure to check out parking restrictions to avoid any tickets.
San Diego, California
Another great location for mild weather, San Diego, California is a great choice for some relaxing March van life camping by the beach, or exploring the city. There are numerous free parking options to pick from, some close to the city center and others farther away depending on what you would like to spend your time doing in San Diego. The area is known not only for their epic beaches and food scene, but there are excellent museums and a renowned zoo that are perfect for families and solo travelers alike.
Everglades National Park, Florida
Explore the Everglades at one of the two van life campsites, Long Pine Key or Flamingo. The weather during this time of year ranges from the mid-60s to mid-80s, however, be prepared for the possibility of rain during your stay. If you are looking for a unique Florida activity while in the Everglades, consider taking an airboat tour. The Everglades is also home to unique wildlife like alligators and manatees but be sure to stay safe while exploring. If you are interested in other Florida campsites check out this article.
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
Lake Tahoe is perfect if you are looking to get some skiing or snowboarding in before the summer comes. Stay at one of the many van campgrounds like Fallen Leaf or Nevada Beach. Remember to watch out for unpredictable weather, Lake Tahoe roads can be very icy and rain and snowstorms are common during this time of the year. If you are looking for more van-friendly ski slopes check out this article.
Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland/Virginia
For a unique van life camping experience try Assateague Island, located on the coast of Maryland and Virginia. The island is home to two van camping sites: the National Park Service campground and the Assateague State Park campground, which both have restrooms and showers. The temperature on the island this time of the year is on the colder side, but still not unbearable at temperatures ranging from 40 to 60 degrees.
Whether you are trying to hit the slopes before the ice melts, attend a festival, or just relax by the beach, March is a perfect month to van travel to see what adventure or relaxation awaits you!