Ten Ways to Maximize Your Modesto RV Vacation

Halfway between the fabulous San Francisco Bay area and the lush beauty of Stanislaus National Forest, Modesto, California is a place all RVers should explore. To help Modesto RV rental customers plan their own vacations, we’ll share our list of ten ways to maximize your Modesto RV vacation.

  1. Camp at Turlock Lake SRA: Twenty miles east of Modesto, Turlock Lake SRA is a great place for your family to enjoy lakeside camping. Bring the boat and fish, or hike the trails for nice views of surrounding farms and ranches. A swimming beach and mild weather year-round make this Central Valley spot a favorite with RV campers.
  2. Celebrate Modesto’s History: Founded in 1870, Modesto has a rich agricultural and industrial history. Numerous historic landmarks are open to the public. Two special sites RV travelers will find interesting:
    • McHenry Mansion – One of the town’s most influential families built a beautiful home in the 1880s that still stands as a symbol of Modesto’s early history. The McHenry Mansion and nearby McHenry Museum give clues to the area’s settlement and growth.
    • The Modesto Arch has greeted visitors with the words “Water, Wealth, Contentment and Health” since 1912. A great photo op for Modesto RV campers!
  3. Discover Sausalito: Across the bay from San Francisco, Sausalito is filled with scenery, history and outdoor fun. Stroll the picturesque streets, rent a sea kayak and explore the waterways or take one of the city’s famed boat tours. You’ll love the time you spend in Sausalito!
  4. Explore Lodi Wine Country: Lodi, CA in the Central Valley is less than an hour north of Modesto and home to dozens of vineyards and wineries. Use this guide to plan your tour of Lodi Wine Country.
  5. Get to Know Sacramento: Travel Route 99 north from Modesto to California’s capitol, Sacramento. Once the heart of Gold Rush Country, Sacramento welcomes visitors with historic, cultural and outdoor attractions for everyone in your RV. Old Sacramento State Historic Park in downtown Sacramento features dozens of Gold Rush-era buildings and exhibits that will fascinate California history buffs.
  6. Go Nuts! The Modesto Nuts, farm team for the Colorado Rockies, play at John Thurman Stadium (formerly Del Webb Field). Baseball greats like Jose Conseco and Reggie Jackson spent time on this diamond, so why not watch this season’s stars while on your Modesto RV vacation?
  7. Into the Wilderness: Three wilderness areas within the Stanislaus National Forest offer Modesto RV campers the chance to get close to nature. Hundreds of miles of trails and waterways create a wonderland of outdoor recreation. Choose your favorite spots and outdoor activities and then plan to spend at least a day at this national forest a short drive from Modesto.
  8. Savor San Francisco! Only 1.5 hours away.
  9. Tour Stockton’s Historic Waterfront, a revitalized entertainment district fronting Stockton Channel. Stockton is about thirty minutes north of Modesto, making it easy for RV travelers to visit. You might even want to take a boat trip up Stockton Channel to San Francisco Bay!
  10. Visit Yosemite National Park, only 2 hours away. The waterfalls, trails and rock formations of Yosemite attract millions of visitors each year. Don’t miss this spectacular side trip to Yosemite while RV camping in Modesto.
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