Seekers of sun, sand, surf, mountains, national parks and scenic drives are in for a treat on this 12-day trip that lets you traverse south from San Francisco to San Diego, right till Tijuana on the Mexican border. Prepare yourself to be mesmerised by stunning natural beauty of these areas as well as for spending some moments of tranquillity.
Pick up your motorhome
from Cruise America in Los Angeles. Just under 4 hours drive on the main Route 101 will bring you to the KOA where you will spend your first night. They call the area around Santa Barbara “America’s Riviera” so their beaches and restaurants might make it a natural break along the way.
240 miles to Santa Margarita
Visit Chumash Painted Cave to see some of the very elaborate and colourful rock paintings that have survived for five hundred to a thousand years. Read More
Back-haul on 101 just
11 miles, turning towards the Pacific Ocean and on to California’s spectacular Route 1 at San Luis Obispo. After about an hour you will see the signs for Hearst Castle and you can check into your campground and then spend time at the folly built by newspaper billionaire William Randolph Hearst or enjoy the San Simeon beaches.
55 miles to Hearst Castle
Visit San Luis Obispo. They shorten the name to SLO and invite you to enjoy the Slolife of laid back southern California. Read More
Head north on Route
1 and one of the world’s most scenic drives. You will want to stop at Carmel and at Monterey and you will not want to miss the famous 17 mile drive which hugs the Pacific coastline and past famous golf courses and mansions in Pebble Beach. You’re headed for San Francisco, your campsite is located just 15 miles from the city and you can take the bus and BART from near the campground into the city to explore.
230 miles to San Francisco
Visit the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park where many of these massive trees have stood for over a thousand years. Read More
Head east now toward
Yosemite. It’s one of the most famous of all National Parks and no visit to California is complete without experiencing Yosemite’s magnificent scenery. It is not a long drive, around 3 hours on the Interstate and we are recommending Yosemite Pines RV as your destination for the night – or nights – you choose to spend here. The campground is an hour’s drive from the West Entrance but, because Yosemite’s three quarters of a million acres have few roads, you can see the valleys and rock formations, the Yosemite lakes, the waterfalls and the highest peaks and yet still have all the resort facilities and full hook-ups for your vehicle waiting when you return to your campground.
150 miles to Groveland, Yosemite National Park
Visit Bridal Veil and Yosemite Falls and, if you can, take the 2.5 mile hike to Inspiration Point. It’s steep towards the end so can take a little while but your reward will be the classic photograph of the Yosemite Valley bookended by the peaks of El Capitan and Half Dome. Read More
Return to Yosemite and
this time drive right through Yosemite to join the very scenic Route 395 headed south on the other side. There’s so much of importance linked by this road that it has its own website – scenic395.com. Having just left Yosemite, you’ll now pass between no less than three more National Parks: Kings Canyon, Death Valley and Sequoia. You’ll also pass Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous USA. It’s almost within sight of the lowest point which is in Death Valley’s Badwater Basin.
285 miles to Lone Pine
Visit Manzanar. As a contrast to the natural beauty around, this was the site of the relocation camp that housed 10,000 internees during WW2. If it’s the right time of year you may also want to take our little side trip into Death Valley and on to Lake Havasu. Read More
Continue south on 395
through the Sierra Nevada and then to the flatter lands of the Mojave Desert. It’s a gentle three hour drive. Overnight is in the town of Barstow , a crossroads town that once saw The Old Spanish Trail and Route 66 pass this way. Most visitors now are here for the two outlet malls and their one hundred stores.
160 miles to Barstow
Take the shuttle from KOA to the silver mining ghost town of Calico. Read More
Campland on the Bay
is San Diego’s premiere campground. Dig your toes in the sand on the private beach. Catch some sun and fun on a sailboat from the marina. Enjoy one of dozens of activities and amenities for kids and adults that make Campland everyone’s favourite.
185 miles to Campland
Visit the historic del Coronado, San Diego Zoo and the waterfront. The restaurants and souvenir shops of Tijuana, Mexico, make a popular evening out. Read More
Today you are heading
for another great campground beach resort, located in Newport Beach. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina is a 110-acre resort at the entrance to the Back Bay Nature Preserve, its home to the premier RV Park and Marina in Southern California. Enjoy the mile of beach front with swimming and a playground on the beach for the kids. Rent a sailboat, electric boat or tour the Back Bay by kayak.
90 miles to Newport Beach
Check the events calendar for your visit as there is always something happening at Newport Beach from the oldest International Yacht Race in the world, the critically acclaimed Film Festival, Jazz Festival, Wine Festival and the list goes on. Read More
After breakfast it is just a short 30 mile drive which will bring you back to the Cruise America depot in Los Angeles. Read More
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