View original topic: Travel Essentials: Places to Go/Camp & Trip Reports
kamzcab86 Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:44 pm

Updated: September 15, 2015

Camping & Traveling Index

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Where To Go / Where To Camp
General camping resource links
VW camper rentals
Camp spots/travel info: West Coast Region USA
Camp spots/travel info: East & Southern Regions USA
Camp spots/travel info: Midwest Region USA
Camp spots/travel info: Rocky Mountain & Southwest Regions USA
Camp spots/travel info: Canada
Camp spots/travel info: Mexico
Camp spots/travel info: Australia

Camping & Traveling With Your Van

(Has been moved to the main FAQ topic.)

Epic Trip Reports

List of prominent trip reports posted here on The Samba
List of prominent Vanagon trip reports posted on external blog sites

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This is not the thread to suggest camping places; please do that in the existing threads, or, if location threads are not listed/not found using the search, begin a new thread.

kamzcab86 Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:35 pm

Where To Go / Where To Camp

General Camping Resource Links
Boondockers: Subscriber list of boondocking locations
Boondockers: List of TheSamba van owners offering their places to overnight at
VW Westy Driveway Camp Group (Facebook)
Allstays: List of places to camp for free List of campgrounds for free, or nearly free
Reserve America: Look for and reserve campground camp spots

Vanagon Rescue Squad

How to find cool places to camp with Google maps
Walmart, casinos, hospitals, etc.
Places to pull off and camp

Camper rentals (external links)
Aloha Campers - Kihei, Maui, HI
Westfalia Rentals - Victoria, BC
Okanagan Westfalia Rentals - Kenowla, BC
California Campers - CA
VW Surfari - Costa Mesa, CA
Valley Westys - Staunton, VA
Firefly Vans - York, ME
Maine Campers - Kittery, ME
Dragonflyvans - Coeur d'Alene, ID/Missoula, MT
Peace Vans
List of camper rentals on The Samba

Camp Spots/Travel Info: West Coast, Hawaii, & Alaska Region (USA)
Near Disneyland
Los Angeles, CA
Arrowhead & Big Bear Lakes
Southern California
Stealth spots: L.A., San Diego, Mexico
Angeles Nat'l Forest, CA
Sacramento, CA
Bay Area, CA - group spots
Bay Area, CA - campgrounds
Redwoods, CA
Big Sur, CA
Capitola/Santa Cruz, CA
Central coast, CA
Lake Tahoe, CA/NV
Joshua Tree Nationall Park, CA
Yosemite National Park, CA
Northern CA to northern WA
California to Wisconsin

Northern Oregon Coast
Southern Oregon Coast
Oregon coast - part 1
Oregon coast - part 2

Washington coast
Between Seattle, WA & Canada border
Bremerton/Port Angeles, WA
Washington State - part 1
Washington State - part 2
Washington State - part 3
Beach camping, WA
Olympic National Park, WA

Tips for Driving the Dalton Hwy., AK (and general AK tips)

Camp Spots/Travel Info: Rocky Mountain & Southwest Regions (USA)
Arizona, New Mexico, & Nevada
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ (North Rim)
Santa Fe, NM

Utah & Colorado
Utah (including BLM)
Salt Lake City/Moab, UT
Moab, UT (2WD-friendly spots)
Moab, UT
Moab/Durango/Denver, UT/CO
Off I-15 in UT
Utah - National Parks
Southern Colorado
Rocky Mountains, CO

Wyoming & Montana
Yellowstone National Park

Camp Spots/Travel Info: Mid-west Region (USA)
Chicago - v.1
Chicago - v.2
Upper Penninsula, MI

Camp Spots/Travel Info: Eastern & Southern Regions (USA)
Niagara Falls
VA down to FL
Outer Banks (OBX)/Cape Hatteras, NC

Camp Spots/Travel Info: Canada
Tips for Driving the Dempster Hwy., Yukon/NT
Campgrounds in Vancouver/Victoria, BC
Stealth camping in Vancouver, BC
Boondocking locations in BC
Banff, AB
Calgary, AB
Quebec, Canada

Camp Spots/Travel Info: Mexico
Mexico - Pacific

Camp Spots/Travel Info: Australia
Southern Australia

kamzcab86 Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:59 pm

Trip Reports of Epic Adventures

Trip Reports/Journals on The Samba

Western USA & Canada:

914 mike: Arizona & Utah 2009
dan vandenheede: Southwest 2009
pjackman: Moab 2009
tschroeder0: Driving to Alaska...the ongoing trip report
SSWesty: Washington to Death Valley and Big Sur 2010
psych-illogical: Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, Chaco Canyon 2011
debbiej: Three Days in New Mexico 2012
joetiger]: Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches 2013
SSWesty: Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, Canyonlands, Moab, Arches 2014
kourt: Austin to Big Bend, Texas 2014
wontfalia: Kentucky to the Rocky Mountains, Colorado 2012
wyomingresident: Whiskey, Rattlesnakes, and Dirt A Wyoming Westy at Play 2011
joetiger: Denver to Yellowstone to the Tetons 2011
wes.outside: Three Days in the Beartooths and Yellowstone 2011
joetiger: Denver to Yellowstone 2012
BitterBeerFace: Minnesota to the Pacific Northwest 2012
LoveMyWesty: Salt Lake City to Colorado 2012
b00t: North Carolina to Colorado & New Mexico 2012
rfoubi: British Columbia to around Western USA 2012
IdahoDoug: Idaho to Northwest Montana/Glacier National Park 2014
Sir Sam: Colorado to Alaska via Dalton Highway 2010
Sodo: Big Island, Hawaii 2011
kevinbassplayer: Northern California to British Columbia 2007
Bruce Wayne: Oregon to British Columbia 2011
climberjohn: Oregon to Vancouver Island 2011
floggingmolly: Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon 2012
a2d2: British Columbia to Oregon 2015
Wasted youth: Central Valley to Yosemite and over Tioga Pass 2015
goldtooth: List of various Baldwin family trip reports; also visit their blog site by clicking here

Eastern USA & Canada:

Antron: Michigan to Florida 2011
campism: Southwest from Richmond, VA 2011
Beaverboy: North Carolina to Newfoundland 2009
danfromsyr: New York to Quebec 2013

North America, Coast-to-Coast:

dobryan: Maryland to Alaska and Back 2015
deutschewerks: New York to the West Coast and back 2011
landkholdings: San Diego to Georgia 2013
AKWesty: Alaska to Florida and Back 2014


NorBullitt: Norway Road Trip 2010
taigagreen: Around Norway 2012

South America:

tim ha: Boulder, Colorado to Tierra del Fuego 2014+

Trip Reports/Journals on External Blog Sites
Drive Nacho Drive
Subagon South


If you know of epic trip reports and blogs not listed, please PM them to a moderator to have them added.

jayinduluth Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:40 pm

VW Rental in St Paul MN -

a2wolfsburggli Wed May 22, 2019 11:52 am

Not sure if this is relevant. In WI there are many county forests that allow full off grid camping for free or a very small yearly pass.

The rules are generally pretty simple for the full dispersed camping forests.

* 14 day max stay
* Don't block a road or gate
* Pack out what you brought in (take your trash with you.)
* Obey all county hunting, fishing and wildlife regulations. (don't hunt or fish out of season.)
* Pay the advanced camping fee and register with the county forest office (via mail,) or purchase the yearly county pass in advance of your stay if required.

Since these are all managed on a county by county basis the rules are a little different for each. Several counties have no fee, or notification regulations. Other counties have a $20 yearly pass but no notification, and yet others will have designated sites within the forest that you have to rent for like $15 a night, but they're about a mile or more apart and usually have a fire ring in them. And of course there are established county campgrounds that will have leveled pads, pit toilets and a pump for water, but no electric or water hookup.

This is the website for all many of the counties that offer camping.

You have to go to each county to get the info that is relevant to each. You have to insure you're staying on COUNTY forest land (not state or federal.) Totally worth it when you can find a small private lake on a fairly well maintained forest road that you have all to yourself for a weekend.

campism Wed May 22, 2019 4:12 pm

That is good to know. We've had luck with dispersed camping in National Forests around here. No county forests that I know of, but a few state ones and camping in those is not generally encouraged.

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