An RV Adventure to San Francisco and the Bay Area

An RV trip to San Francisco is something to be anticipated with a certain thrill. After all, this City by the Bay is a true landmark and one of the most famous tourist destinations for travelers the world over. If you enjoy cool summers, steep and rolling hills and amazing architecture, you’ll love San Francisco! There is even great RV camping close by. Marin RV Park is only ten miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, with easy access to the city.

Naturally, you will have to get some shots of the Golden Gate Bridge from Marin Headlands. So don’t forget that camera! But driving or biking over the bridge is truly the best way to experience this incredible structure. You can bike along the National Park Bike Path from Fisherman’s Wharf, across the bridge and to Sausalito then take the ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf. However, don’t neglect to stop at Golden Gate Park to spend a great part of a day visiting the museums, walking through the tea garden and riding the carousel. You will even find a herd of Buffalo who make their home in the park.

Speaking of Fisherman’s Wharf – this is one spot that may be the number one attraction in the whole city. Get deep breaths of the salty air, enjoy the fabulous views and sample some of the best seafood in the world. The crab is the best, but so is the number of gourmet meals you can have in the restaurants that line the wharf. You can even take a cruise from Fisherman’s Wharf and get a unique tour of the city. Street performers make the trip worth it all by themselves. You’ll see magicians, jugglers, musicians and even fire-eaters.

Taking the ferry across to Alcatraz Island is an experience you will not want to miss. You will get a look at the infamous penitentiary on The Rock, as well as learn the history of this island. Here is where the first lighthouse on the West Coast was built. On the trip to see Alcatraz, you will get an audio guide that is narrated by former prison guards and inmates, making this an extra special tour.

A trip to San Francisco would not be complete without riding the cable cars! This is the image people usually get when they think of this Northern California city, the cable cars laboring up the steep hills of this lovely City by the Bay. Get a pass so you can ride the trolleys all day as often as you wish. Some waiting in line, but it is completely worth the wait. Very romantic riding these on a foggy evening with the city lights sparkling around you.

Chinatown is another must-see. This is the largest Chinatown, outside of Asia, of course. You’ll find all sorts of great souvenirs to take home with you. Shops sell all sorts of things and at great prices. The food is also inexpensive but delicious! Check out all the little back alleys for some of the most wonderful places to eat.

Want to shop for trendy clothes or some beauty items? Ghirardelli Square is a sure bet for a delightful shopping experience. Gifts, pet accessories and much more! Walk the streets, stop for an ice cream and enjoy the ambience. Entertainment is not hard to find either. Then head for Lombard Street to see a street that has had a place in many popular movies. This is due to the wildly crooked path it winds through a lovely neighborhood. There are eight switchbacks that literally take your breath away at each turn. Perhaps you would rather walk it and watch the other tourists inch their way down this 40-degree slope.

You will find more shopping and plenty of art galleries and cafes at Union Square. This is a popular gathering place for residents and visitors alike, and you will certainly want to take in a theater performance or a movie while you are here.

Make your way to the top of Telegraph Hill and see Coit Tower, where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of San Francisco and the beauty of its skyline. Marvel at the murals inside the base of the tower which were painted in 1934. Walk the trails in the park surrounding the tower and listen for the many parrots who make this their home. Next stop is the Presidio of San Francisco where you can take in a little history before you leave this fabulous city.

Your RV vacation to San Francisco does not have to end here. There are a multitude of sights to see, but if you cover the ones above, you can’t go wrong. And you can always return another day.

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Ten Outstanding RV Campgrounds near San Francisco

We’ve shared a lot with our readers about the joys of visiting the San Francisco area, so we thought we’d help your planning even more by adding a list of outstanding San Francisco area RV campgrounds. Knowing you’ll find great amenities, friendly staff and easy access to Bay Area attractions can make all the difference on your San Francisco RV camping vacation. Here’s our list!

  • Ranked among the best RV parks in the Bay Area by Woodall’s, Coyote Valley RV Resort in San Jose has something for everyone. A short drive takes you to San Francisco, great area golf courses and beautiful Monterey. While at the resort, enjoy the salt water pool, free WiFi and satellite TV, an outdoor games area and a nicely-equipped clubhouse.
  • Across the Bay and an easy drive west of San Francisco, the charming city of Pleasanton is home to Fair Park RV. Situated on the Alameda County Fairgrounds, this park gives campers the chance to easily visit San Francisco or branch out into Livermore Wine Country. The scenic mountain setting and affordable amenities make this park a hit with our RV rental customers.
  • Hoping to camp at the closest RV park to Golden Gate National Recreation Area? Golden Gate Trailer Park is just a few minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge, so pull that big rig to a halt in one of their campsites and get ready to enjoy everything San Francisco has to offer.
  • Looking for a picturesque setting outside the clamor of the city? Maple Leaf RV Park in Morgan Hill is located an hour south of the Bay Area and fits that description perfectly. Get ready to be charmed by the beauty of this large park close enough to area attractions but pleasantly away from it all.
  • North of San Francisco in Novato, Novato RV Park is highly-rated by our San Francisco RV rental customers. Camp sites that accommodate the big rigs, nice seasonal discounts and the easy drive to San Francisco attractions are just three reasons to park your RV in Novato.
  • An hour north of San Francisco and surrounded by stunningly gorgeous scenery, Olema RV Resort and Campground is the kind of place RVers return to frequently. While traveling to San Francisco is easy from this RV park, you’ll also find yourselves next door to Point Reyes National Seashore! Plan extra time to enjoy the wonders of this coastal RV campground.
  • San Francisco RV Resort – Pacifica: Ocean views just a short drive from the city; what could be better while on vacation? With many pull-thru sites, full hookups including 50 amp service and free WiFi, this park will become your comfortable home-away-from-home.
  • San Francisco/North Petaluma KOA is another area campground that receives high marks from our customers. Convenient to Point Reyes National Seashore, San Francisco and the vineyards of Napa Valley, this campground allows you to fully enjoy the region. Come home from exploring and play a game of bocce ball as you sip a glass of Napa Valley wine. Heaven!
  • Tradewinds RV Park of Vallejo keeps you close to both Napa Valley and the high-speed San Francisco Ferry that will carry you across San Pablo Bay and on to the San Francisco Bay area. Explore the Golden Gate Bridge, the lighthouses and Alcatraz and then ferry back to your luxurious RV rental for a well-deserved rest.
  • Another highly-rated park in the lovely town of Morgan Hill, Uvas Pines RV Park features shady campsites and friendly hosts with a quiet setting. Enjoy the convenience of camping close to Hwy 101 and come home to a peaceful night’s sleep outside the bustle of the Bay Area.
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