Start: Los Angeles
End: Los Angeles
Distance: Approx. 1200 miles
On this route you will go on a circle tour of Southern California taking in some of the most amazing spectacles. From Disneyland to Giant Redwood Trees; from Yosemite to Big Sur; from Hearst Castle to Malibu beach... All so different and all so amazing.
DAY 1 > SANTA FE SPRINGS TO ANAHEIM
After picking up your motorhome it’s just a short drive south to your first night stop in Anaheim www.anaheimresortrvpark.com The campground has a shuttle leaving every 20 minutes to Disneyland so, once checked in, why not leave your RV and you’re off for a wonderful evening of fun www.disneyland.disney.go.com Stay for the fireworks then home for your first night in your motorhome.
✪ 12 miles - 25 minutes
DAY 2 > ANAHEIM TO SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK
The longest drive on this trip takes you north, headed for the Giant Redwoods in Sequoia National Park. You’ll start by retracing your steps on Interstate 5 and once out of the metropolitan area will have Los Padres National Forest on your left and Angeles National Forest on your right. Just beyond Lebec you will come onto Route 99, headed for Bakersfield (you should reach there a couple of hours after starting your journey from Anaheim).
Bakersfield www.visitbakersfield.com is home to the largest collection of Basque restaurants in the United States, you may want to stop for breakfast or lunch. Continue north until Visalia where you may want to stock up with food.
Then head toward Sequoia National Park. At Three Rivers you will find Sequoia RV Ranch www.sequoiarvranch.com , just 8 miles from the entrance to the Park. Several sites at Sequoia RV Ranch are alongside the river so, when you book, do tell them if you’d like this position.
You will probably want to take it easy now: relax on the 21 acre property, swim in the spring-fed swimming hole, BBQ some of that fresh fish you just bought and spend a pleasant evening...
✪ 241 miles – 5 hours
DAY 3 > SEQUOIA TO YOSEMITE
Overall a 5 hour trip but not so many miles. The National Park roads are much slower than the highway and you have a few miles of slower roads at each end of today’s journey. First enjoy about 66 miles driving through parts of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Do some research www.americansouthwest.net as the Giant Redwoods are in a relatively small area in these Parks. Once you hit Route 41, head north through the town of Fresno and then, just after Oakhurst, drive though the Sierra National Forest until you reach the south part of Yosemite National Park.
You are heading for Yosemite Village where there are a number of National Park Campgrounds to choose from www.recreation.gov & www.nps.gov These websites will not only give you details of campgrounds you can pre-book but they will also tell you about the amazing things to be seen in Yosemite.
✪ 200 miles – 5 hours
DAY 4 > YOSEMITE TO SAN FRANCISCO
You will enjoy 25 more miles of Yosemite National Park today as you head for the Park’s west entrance – or exit in your case. It’s a straightforward, uneventful drive to the west coast, crossing San Francisco Bay and into Candlestick Park www.sanfranciscorvpark.com . Our suggestion is to make an early start and head straight for Candlestick Park so as to arrive by noon. The last shuttle bus (there is a charge for the shuttle bus) leaves at 1pm for the City where you can enjoy the afternoon and evening. There’s a lot to see, from the cable cars to the Wharf, so check the website and make a plan! www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com
✪ 195 miles - 4 hours
DAY 5 > SAN FRANCISCO TO MOSS LANDING
After a day in the city enjoy 2 nights at Moss Landing KOA www.koa.com . This will be your base for a tour of the Monterey peninsula tomorrow but this first day will probably be a good one for R & R to relax after a couple of long drives. Moss Landing is in the heart of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. With its fish restaurants, antique shops and art galleries, this really is old fashioned seaside Americana.
✪ 90 miles - 1 ½ hours
DAY 6 >EXPLORE MONTEREY & CARMEL
Today take the opportunity to visit Monterey www.monterey.org and Carmel www.carmelcalifornia.com ; to take the beautiful ’17 mile drive’ www.beachcalifornia.com/17mile.html and to visit Pebble Beach www.pebblebeach.com No rush, no hurry. Return to Moss Landing at your leisure.
✪ 50 mile round trip
DAY 7 > MOSS LANDING TO BIG SUR
“The Big Sur”, one of the most famous and breathtaking stretches of road on the Pacific Highway, bestowed as one of America’s Scenic Byways www.bigsurcalifornia.org/scenic_byways.html Take the drive slowly and stop often when you see viewpoints. Check the website and plan your journey carefully. You could be based for the night at Fernwood Resort www.fernwoodbigsur.com
✪ 50 miles - 1 hour
DAY 8 > BIG SUR TO SAN SIMEON
On your journey south today you may want to stop for a while at Julie Pfeiffer Burns State Park (www.parks.ca.gov) to take the short, 1/3rd, mile easy walk on McWay Waterfall Trail. It’ll take you to an overlook facing McWay Falls, an incredible 80-foot waterfall that drops directly onto the sandy beach. You are next headed for San Simeon and famous Hearst Castle www.hearstcastle.org built on land William Randolph Hearst inherited from his mother. Originally known as "Camp Hill," its wilderness originally offered a place for family members and friends to "rough it" on camping trips.
Hearst envisioned more comfortable accommodations and by 1947, they had created an estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways amidst the 250,000 acres which make up the estate.
✪ 62 miles – 1 ½ hours
DAY 9 > SAN SIMEON TO PISMO BEACH
Today head south from San Simeon to Pismo Beach and Pismo Coast Village www.pismocoastvillage.com After about 35 miles you’ll come to Morro Bay State Park which features lagoon and natural bay habitats. The bay's most prominent landmark is Morro Rock. The park museum has exhibits that cover natural features and cultural history, Native American life, geology, and oceanography. It would be a nice place to make an interim stop, even though today’s journey is a short one. Once you get to Pismo Beach www.classiccalifornia.com , a classic beach town famous for its dunes, it’s all about relaxing. Pismo Beach is surrounded by golf courses. There is horseback riding on the beach, fishing off of the pier or surfing next to it and a selection of trails to explore. The spectacular Monarch Butterfly Groves is on the southern boundary www.monarchbutterfly.org Alternatively, just sit and look out for whales, otters and elephant seals just offshore.
✪ 60 miles – 1 ½ hours
DAY 10 > PISMO BEACH TO MALIBU
As you wave goodbye to Pismo Beach, you are heading for one of those ‘iconic’ California places... Malibu. Who knows, you may even bump into someone famous!
You can drive down on Route 101 directly into Malibu or come off the main highway through coastal towns such as Mission Hills, Lompoc and Isla Vista. A stop at Santa Barbara might be fun too. When you arrive at Malibu Beach RV Park www.maliburv.com your site will have either an Ocean or Mountain View so when booking it’s worth saying which you’d prefer. Whale watching is a great activity in March, April, October and November and you can watch dolphin’s all year round. Ocean swimming, body surfing and beachcombing are also favourite activities. And of course, there’s always star spotting either here or in Beverley Hills, just 23 miles away.
✪ 170 miles – 4 hours
DAY 11 > RETURN YOUR MOTORHOME
It should take around 1hour, depending on traffic, to get back to the rental depot.
✪ 45 miles – 1-2 hours
All itineraries and campsite suggestions are intended as a guide only. Whilst we try our best to keep this information up to date, details may change from time to time.