RV up US Highway 1

Regarded as one of the best "All American Roads", Highway 1 (also known as State Route 1) offers some of the country's best coastal scenery and is perfect for an RV road trip.

Beginning near Dana Point in Orange County and running North to Highway 101 in Mendocino County this road covers one of the best stretches of the US Pacific Coast.

The best place to start your adventure here is in Capistrano Beach, just south of San Juan Capistrano. This beach town is the perfect starting point because of its laid back atmosphere and non-commercial feel. This will be quickly followed up with a visit to Laguna Beach; a seaside resort home to some of the most beautiful beaches in southern California.

Newport, Huntington and Seal Beaches lie just ahead, before you reach the Los Angeles County city of Long Beach. This is where the action begins and the fun never stops. Its close proximity to destinations like Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood makes it an ideal stop over for fun-seeking travelers.

Santa Monica is a great next stop and offers fine dining, great shopping and beautiful beaches. The Santa Monica Pier is an absolute must while in town, with an aquarium and roller coaster providing great fun for the kids.

From here, the coastal scenery will continue to amaze, with dramatic cliff faces and glorious beaches stretching as far as the eye can see.

Oxnard is the next major city you will come across on your RV adventure. This important agricultural area is regarded as the strawberry and lima bean capital of the world, while also boasting stunning beaches, wetlands, creeks and river systems.

Santa Barbara will please just as much with an ideal geographical position between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Often referred to as the American Riviera, this city rests on a remarkable stretch of coastline that simply needs to be seen to be believed.

Just outside Santa Barbara the road will begin to take you inland and through smaller towns and counties. The scenery here is incredibly untouched and will allow you to escape from the crowds and rush of everyday life.

Pass through the charming Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo before you reach the ever popular, Big Sur. Here, the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean, meaning stunning views can be seen from all directions. At least a few days is needed to explore the wonder and beauty of this incredible region.

The next big stops along your journey will be the cities of San Jose and San Francisco. The latter is home to some of California's most notable attractions including the Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39 and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge.

Heading out of San Francisco be sure to spend some time in Point Reyes National Seashore. This national treasure boasts rocky headlands, long sandy beaches, lush open grasslands and gloriously forested ridges. Spend some time hiking, bird watching and exploring the natural splendor of this incredible area.

Santa Rosa is another great place to stop in at along the way and is the perfect base for exploring California's Wine Country. This premium wine-growing region is home to over 400 wineries, boasting areas like the Napa and Sonoma Valley, that each has incredible geological and architectural features.

The last stop of your RV journey will be in Mendocino County. Home to towering redwoods, lush vineyards and some of the country's most scenic drives, this is a place you are going to want to spend at least a few days in. Be sure to check out towns like Fort Bragg and Point Arena before embarking on a tour of "America's Greenest Wine Region" and exploring some of the 100 wineres scattered throughout the valleys. This really will be the perfect way to end your adventure of Highway 1.

The destinations along Highway 1 will capture your hearts and imaginations and make you truly appreciate this stunning stretch of coastline. The memories will stay with you forever and the adventures you will have will make this the RV rental vacation of a lifetime.

Christine Barton