San Francisco Motorhome Rental

Russian Hill - Photo by Bernard Gagnon, Wikimedia Creative CommonsRussian Hill - Photo by Bernard Gagnon, Wikimedia Creative Commons

San Francisco is a hilly city on the peninsula which encloses San Francisco Bay. It is a liberal and diverse community, made up of districts which each have their own unique flavour, from touristy Fisherman’s Wharf to the bohemian Haight and largely hispanic artisan neighbourhood of Mission-Bernal Heights. Spend a few days in San Francisco after picking up your motorhome hire to experience all of them!

The most iconic sight in San Francisco is the Golden Gate Bridge, the stunning red suspension bridge which spans the opening of San Francisco Bay. You can walk, bike or drive your motorhome across the bridge to enjoy the views of the bay. On the opposite side from San Francisco is the Golden Gate Park National Recreation Area, a beautiful area at the foot of Mount Tam with rolling hills, ocean cliffs and beautiful views. There is a lighthouse on Point Bonita which is accessible only by another suspension bridge, the small and pretty town of Sausalito as you continue on the main road, and the preserved Battery Townsley in the Recreation area which was built to protect the city before World War II.

Golden Gate Bridge and the northern shore

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Another well-known sight in San Francisco is the ‘Painted Ladies’ of Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square. These beautiful Edwardian style houses are brightly coloured and often appear in photographs of the city and in movies or TV shows set in San Francisco. There are more of these amazing Victorian and Edwardian houses around the city.

To experience a bit of the bohemian and alternative atmosphere which most associate with San Francisco, Haight Ashbury is a good place to start. Named for the intersection of Haight Street and Ashbury Street, it is home to a large number of independent local businesses, and art and music are important in the community. The second Sunday of each June brings the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, with several sound stages, food stands and fun.

Haight-Ashbury junction

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The upmarket Fisherman’s Wharf neighbourhood is somewhat of a tourist trap but still has some interesting history of Italian immigrant fisherman who first settled the area. There is great shopping, street entertainers, an Aquarium and plenty of museums including a Wax Museum. There are also plenty of seafood restaurants! Chinatown is another great spot to visit for good food and lots of colour. Downtown you will find the Civic Center, Asian Art Museum and many music and theatre venues.


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Once you move further afield, there are many urban areas around San Francisco Bay- Palo Alto, Fremont and Oakland to name but a few. On the ocean coast is the beach community of Half Moon Bay, and the shore to the north of the city has the Point Reyes National Seashore, a beautiful and untouched part of the coast.

Half Moon Bay

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The Napa Valley is a big drawcard for many road trippers, and it is a short drive north from San Francisco. Beautiful scenery and vineyards galore are the trademarks for this area. Further North are the magnificent Redwood forests, and then the lovely pacific midwest region of forests and temperate climates.

Napa Valley

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To the south of the city, it is around a day’s drive to Los Angeles. Interstate 5 is the fastest route, but for a more pleasant road trip, many take CA1 through many small beach towns and coastal State Parks. From San Francisco it is also an easy drive to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, and the famous Yosemite National Park, a nature-lover’s playground of forests, granite cliffs, meadows and waterfalls.

San Francisco has plenty of motorhome rental suppliers and plenty to see and do! Have a look for San Francisco RV Rentals and find the best vehicle for your road trip.










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