San Francisco 7 Days Itinerary (577 Miles)
An RV vacation is a fantastic way to see the beautiful state of California. Beginning your journey in San Francisco will place you in a close proximity to some of the state's most beautiful natural attractions, vibrant cities and stunning beaches.
An RV holiday based around San Francisco will allow you to spend some time exploring the renowned Yosemite National Park, which is home to some of the most beautiful natural sights on the West Coast.
A 7 day adventure will also permit you to spend some time getting to know Kings Canyon National Park, which is a pleasant neighbor to Yosemite.
After your adventure in the wild, you will be able to spend some time exploring the magnificent city of San Francisco, which is home to some truly fantastic city attractions. Visit the wonderful museums, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy the culture and contemporary lifestyle this city is famous for.
Days 1 - 4
Yosemite National Park (189 miles, 3 hours, 45 minutes)
Begin your RV rental adventure by picking up your vehicle in San Francisco and then head north-east towards the CA-24. Most of your journey will consist of freeway but the last few miles will begin to introduce you to some of the stunning scenery here.
Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant Sequoia groves and remarkable biological diversity.
Yosemite is situated in Central California's Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and spans for an impressive 1,170 square miles. However most of the 3.7 million annuals visitors flock to the Yosemite Valley area of the park.
Where to Stay:
Yosemite National Park offers a total of 10 campgrounds that can accommodate RV travelers. The Lower, Upper and North Pines campgrounds are open for the majority of the year and offer water taps and a sizeable area to park your RV.
Hook-ups are not available in Yosemite, but there are dump stations available at the Upper Pines campground. Food must also be covered at all times, and it is advisable to book in advance before arrival.
What to do:
Cycling is a fantastic way to see the Yosemite Valley as it allows you to explore parts of it that simply aren't accessible by your RV.
Over 12 miles of paved bike paths make their way through the valley, while cyclists can also ride on the regular roads if they obey the traffic laws.
The terrain is relatively flat ensuring all levels of cyclists can enjoy easy cruising, while soaking up the idyllic surrounds.
Bikes can be rented from early spring to late fall, and are available at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and Curry Village recreation area.
Yosemite Falls is the highest measured waterfall in North America and truly is a sight to behold. The falls are at their best during the months of spring, when the ice is melting and creates a pumping waterfall that falls for an impressive 739 meters in total.
The lower falls are easily accessible from the Yosemite Lodge, while the upper falls require some strenuous hiking, accessible from the Sunnyside Walk-In campground.Yosemite Half Dome
Rising an impressive 8,800 feet above sea level, the Half Dome is an icon of the Yosemite National Park and offers a great challenge to many hikers. The hike will take you on an adventure into wilderness and the view from the top is simply unsurpassed.
Days 4 - 6
Kings Canyon National Park (147 miles, 2 hours, 58 minutes)
Kings Canyon National Park is situated in the southern Sierra Nevada and spans an impressive 462,901 acres. The park is similar to Yosemite, offering spectacular mountain valleys and gorgeous glaciers.
The park consists of two sections, both of which offer stunning natural features. The General Grant Grove section is home to the famous General Grant Tree, along with the Redwood Mountain Grove, which is the largest remaining Giant Sequoia Grove in the world.
The remained of the park is comprised of sections of the Kings River and the South Fork of the San Joaquin River. This is also where Kings Canyon can be found; the deep canyon that gives the park its name.
The glacial gorges are another highlight of the park and contrast nicely with the remarkable Sequoia trees, mountain valleys and compelling canyons.
Where to Stay:
Canyon View Campground
The Dorst Creek Campground is a fantastic place to set up camp as it is one of the only campgrounds within the park that offers a dump station and is suitable for RV campers.
This campground is situated just 10 miles from the Giant Forest and is positioned under open stands of evergreen trees. Reservations are recommended and food storage facilities are available.
What to do:
The park is particularly popular during spring, and this is when RV travelers flock here. Some of the many activities on offer include cave tours, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding and picnicking.
However, if you visit while it is snowing you will also be in for a treat. Skiing and snowshoeing are popular past times here, while the kids are sure to simply love playing in the pure white snow, making snow mean and discovering what it means to be young.
Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
The Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is internationally recognized for its unique scenery and geologic displays. Drive your RV along Highway 180 and you will be exposed to the forefront of nature's wonderland.
Discover some of the largest trees on earth and marvel at the majesty of the Kings River. The peaceful atmosphere here will inspire you to relax, unwind and then tackle the adventure that awaits you.
Days 6 - 7
San Francisco (241 miles, 4 hours, 19 minutes)
San Francisco is a vibrant city that boasts cultural and contemporary attractions, brilliant beaches and a trendy lifestyle. Bursting with activity, San Francisco is one of California's most populated cities and is a must-see while in California.
San Francisco is one of the world's top travel destinations, with incredible sightseeing, famous tourist attractions and fantastic shopping opportunities on offer. One of the area's most popular attractions would have to be Alcatraz Island, which offers a unique glimpse into the city's history, along with some terrific views of San Francisco Bay.
Where to Stay:
San Francisco RV Resort
Located just 15 minutes out of the city, the San Francisco RV Resort offers stunning ocean views and some of the finest RV facilities in the area. The park is situated close by to attractions like Half Moon Bay, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, making it the ideal place for a tourist to base themselves.
What to do:
The city of San Francisco is packed full of exciting things to see and do. Start your exploration by paying a visit to some of the many museums that are spread out across town, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Palace of Fine Arts. The San Francisco City Hall and War Memorial Opera are also a popular spots with tourists, perhaps purely for their architectural appeal.
The Golden Gate Bridge
This suspension bridge spans the Golden Gate, which is the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. The bridge itself is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and is the second longest suspension bridge main span in the United States.
The bridge is steeped in a rich history and truly is a sight to behold. If you get the chance, you should definitely take the walk across it, as the views it offers are simply amazing.
Return your RV on the 7th day and start putting together the photo albums and scrapbooks.