Favourable weather, a head-spinning choice of activities and scenery that ranges from pristine beaches to breathtaking mountain vistas and immense valleys – these are just some of the factors that make the “Golden State” one the world’s most popular and unforgettable destinations for RV travel.
With California being one of the largest of America’s 50 states, you could spend months soaking up all that it has to offer – for people with time on their side this would certainly make for the adventure of a lifetime but, luckily, those of us just looking for a short break are also spoilt for choice with a number of scenic road trip options. From the dazzling ocean-front views of the Pacific Coastal Highway and Retro fun of Route 66 to the awe-inspiring majesty of Yosemite; a visit to California offers a chance for adventure, reflection and a heavenly change of pace.
The Northern region of California treats travellers to a taste of everything, with a diverse landscape that ranges from the dazzling beaches of the Pacific coast to the rugged, snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains in the east. Sacramento (the State Capital), San Jose and San Francisco are the main metropolitan areas of the North and each city presents visitors with an energizing blend of urban bustle, cultural diversity and natural beauty – they also make great starting points from which to rent your RV and head out into the great outdoors.
Along the North Coast are the lush, unspoiled counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma. Incorporating jagged coastlines, fertile countryside and majestic Redwood forests, this area makes for spectacular driving and a offers a wealth of activities such as vineyard tours, walking and hiking, kayaking, river rafting, mountain biking, wildlife, rock climbing, fishing and camping. Further to the East is the tail-end of the commanding Cascade Range as well as the Trinity Alps and stunning Mt Shasta. Adorned with plentiful streams, snow-capped peaks and small, serene townships, this area is a must for season-round recreation and unforgettable scenery.
Mid-State you’ll find the Central Sierra Nevada – an expansive mountain range that cradles Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, as well as the tourist playground of Lake Tahoe. Travel through the Central Coast and experience one of the world’s most scenic drives - the Pacific Coastal Highway. Grab a California RV Rental and cruise along California’s famous Route One from Monterey to Morro Bay and be treated to spectacular displays of lush hillside, dramatic rock formations and, of course, stunning coastal vistas.
Finally, Southern California houses some of the world’s most popular man-made and cultural attractions - from the kitsch of Venice Beach to the celebrity hot-spots of Hollywood and theme parks of Orange County and San Diego. Although it may seem like an oxymoron, there are a number of urban RV parks that offer both tranquillity and close proximity to all the action. Of course, those wanting to avoid crowds altogether are spoilt for choice; Southern California boasts one of the most varied collections of geological, topographic, and natural ecosystems in the country and is home to beaches, desert planes, rivers, mountain ranges and numerous lush state parks.