Welcome to California
From towering redwood forests to snow-capped mountains, from forbidding deserts to breathtaking coastlines, the Golden State has a wealth of attractions and natural wonders for the RVer.
Begin your adventure in the Central Coast. From Monterey and Carmel through Big Sur and Santa Barbara, you'll find wildlife refuges, vineyards, and beaches. Tour Hearst Castle, the palatial estate built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Located in historic Oldtown Salinas, the National Steinbeck Center is the largest literary museum in the United States Big Sur contains a vast wilderness and breathtaking views as it stretches 90 miles along the rugged Pacific coast. An increasingly popular wine region, Paso Robles Wine Country features more than 25 different varietals.
Looking for something a big more glamorous? Head south to Los Angeles. Explore art museums and galleries, amusement parks, architectural landmarks, movie theaters, and live music venues. Downtown L.A. offers L.A. LIVE entertainment complex, Staples Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Historic Exposition Park.
Shasta Cascade Region
An outdoor enthusiast's paradise, Mount Shasta features varied activities including river rafting and mountain climbing. Lassen Peak National Monument offers cool mountain lakes, lava rock, steaming mud pots, and a plug-dome volcano. A pedestrian bridge over the Sacramento River, the Sundial Bridge is a technical marvel as well as a functional work of art.
Find yourself among nature preserves, world-class wineries, old-growth redwood forests, rugged coastlines, picturesque villages, and you'll also discover artist enclaves and farmers markets. Sonoma County is home to more than 350 award-winning wineries. The Avenue of the Giants is an amazing drive through the largest redwoods in the world.
Major cities including Bakersfield, Fresno, and Stockton offer art and history museums, country music, and unique gardens. Fairfield attractions include factory tours at the Jelly Belly and Anheuser-Busch.
In Gold Country you'll enjoy fishing, rafting, and kayaking. Find reminders of the Gold Rush around Auburn, Nevada City, and Angel's Camp. Explore the mine site and stone mansion at Empire Mine Historic Park. The Nevada City historic district is comprised of more than 90 brick storefronts and Victorian homes. From California's State Capitol and Sutter's Fort to the California Museum and Crocker Art Museum to the Sacramento RiverTrain and California Aerospace Museum, Sacramento offers something for everyone.
San Francisco Bay Area
There is much to explore including the arts and culture of San Francisco, Silicon Valley's innovations, Marin's Headwaters, and Napa vineyards. San Francisco is renowned for its landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Coit Tower, Chinatown, and cable cars. Golden Gate Park features numerous attractions such as the Japanese Tea Garden, the De Young Museum, the Academy of Sciences, and San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum. The hugely popular Exploratorium is a public science museum in the Marina District at the Palace of Fine Arts. Just 30 miles long and a few miles wide, Napa Valley is home to over 450 wineries producing internationally acclaimed wines. Set some time aside in your schedule for a wine tour through the valley.
Home to Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon national parks, Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes, the High Sierra is filled with breathtaking mountains, lakes, and rivers. Glacier-carved Yosemite Valley is home to Yosemite Falls and incredible rock formations including Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, and El Capitan.
The former agricultural towns of Ontario, Riverside, and San Bernardino are thriving urban centers. Recreation opportunities abound at Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, and Mount San Jacinto State Park. Drive the scenic Rim of the World Scenic Byway and Palms to Pines Scenic Byways.
Golfers, tennis buffs and sun seekers throng to the Coachella Valley, where plush resorts meet the San Jacinto Mountains. The best known is Palm Springs, but other resort communities include Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage and Indio. Sit by the pool or hit the high-end boutiques and shops.