RV Camping to California’s Bay Area Lighthouses

Fabulous San Francisco Bay is the focus of today’s RV camping exploration of America’s lighthouses. Numerous lights, both preserved and dismantled, line the rocky shores of this Bay surrounded by San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and a whole host of other scenic cities. We’d like to offer an itinerary for seeing three of the most famous lighthouses that guard San Francisco Bay.

Fort Point National Historic Site is a great place to begin your journey. Although the lighthouse here can’t be toured, you can visit the historic fort and see an excellent presentation on the three lights that have guarded this entrance to San Francisco Bay. Adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge, this site yields one photo opportunity after another.

Alcatraz Island Light is another lighthouse nestled in the midst of history. The lighthouse on Alcatraz was the first light activated on the West Coast, and served to warn ships away from the Island for more than one hundred years. The light’s remaining cement tower can be viewed as part of the tours offered by Alcatraz Cruises, the only transportation to the Island.

In case we forget to mention it later, our El Monte RV Rental office  in Dublin, California offers pickup and drop off service to the Dublin Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station, making it super simple to pick up your RV!

Before we move on to one more wonderful Bay Area lighthouse, let’s talk about RV camping in the area. Two RV resorts, in particular, get great reviews. San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica is right on the water and centrally-located for your lighthouse tour. San Francisco Candlestick RV Park is situated in front of Candlestick Stadium, home of the 49ers. Talk to the hosts at either campground for ideas for enhancing your San Francisco motorhome vacation.

Don’t leave the Bay Area without seeing Yerba Buena Lighthouse, located on an island halfway across the Bay Bridge’s span. Although this beautifully preserved lighthouse, still operating as an automated light, isn’t accessible for tours, there are several ferry tours across the Bay that offer excellent views of this lighthouse.

Several more lighthouses dot the shores of San Francisco Bay, but many are modern “skeleton” lights set on historic settings. Try sampling the three listed above to get a sense of Bay Area maritime history. It just might inspire you to head up or down the California coast for yet another California lighthouse RV journey.

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