Although sunny L.A. boulevards may be the first thing that comes to mind when many think of California, there’s far more to this state than just palm trees and movie stars. In fact, it offers some of the best US RV road trip opportunities thanks to vibrant urban centers, awe-inspiring national parks and a stunning coastline. Whether you choose to head deep into California’s world famous wilderness, hop from city to shining city or treat yourself to expansive Pacific vistas, a California RV rental will open up a whole world of west coast adventure.
The call of the wild
Those who embark on a motorhome journey can find pristine wilderness in many places across the state, especially the northern parts of California, but there’s nowhere with more spectacular natural scenery than Yosemite National Park. Gigantic granite peaks, picture perfect waterfalls and verdant river valleys are only part of the attraction - Yosemite is also known for its thriving wildlife. Bears, bobcats, coyotes and mule deer all call this magnificent place home - you might even catch a glimpse of the ever elusive mountain lion. Hire an RV from Sacramento or San Francisco to kick off your Yosemite adventure.
Of course, there’s far more to this state than just wild places. A California RV rental will give you the freedom to explore several of the world’s most famous and fascinating cities.
Los Angeles is one of the greatest cities on earth, and not just because of the movie business. L.A. has a diverse (and slightly bizarre) beach culture, world class theatres, art galleries and museums, and a vibrant multiethnic community which lends a unique richness to this thriving city. It’s also the perfect place to start a foray into the wider southern California area, or even across the state line to the glittering megacasinos of Las Vegas.
However if it’s the vineyards and forests of northern California you’re keen to explore, San Francisco makes for a much better launching point. San Fran is far more than just a starting point though - this cutting edge city is a prime destination all of its own. The centre of the Silicon Valley tech revolution and a cultural beacon, the colourful Frisco is also well known for its striking architecture and mouthwatering cuisine. While you’re in town, make sure to take a trip out to the infamous former prison island of Alcatraz - this haunting journey back into the past is without a doubt an essential San Francisco experience.
Cliff and coast
The journey may not always more important than the destination but when it comes to taking a California campervan rental trip along the coast, the old saying is most definitely true. It doesn’t really matter what your ultimate destination is, the trip along this extraordinary coastline is worth savoring. Big Sur, in particular, is one coastal drive that you need to incorporate into your next California holiday. Stretching from Monterey to San Luis Obispo, Big Sur is a region where the Santa Lucia Mountains rear abruptly out of the Pacific Ocean, treating road trippers to breathtaking views as they drive along the cliff tops. With the endless expanse of the sea on one side and the beautiful Los Padres National Forest on the other, travelers are caught up in a land of untamed beauty and epic proportions. To discover this seaside gem for yourself, you can pick up an RV rental in either L.A. or San Francisco, head for Highway 1 and drop your RV off at the opposite side.
California RV Rental Locations
It’s not just the big urban centres that offer RV rentals though. There are a number of other spots a little more out of the way that might be ideal for either avoiding the crowds or getting a bit closer to your destination. See below for a comprehensive list of places where you can pick up an RV rental with Motorhome Republic:
Los Angeles and Los Angeles Int’l Airport (LAX)
Oakland and Oakland Int’l Airport (OAK)
San Francisco and San Francisco Int’l Airport (SFO)