Looking to plan a camper van road trip out of San Francisco but unsure where to go? Don’t worry, we’ve got some awesome options for you. This list contains five of the most epic itineraries that start in San Francisco and take you to some of the most coveted destinations in the United States. Whether you’re looking for a shorter voyage, or a long trek, a relaxing drive or an action-packed adventure- you’ll find a trip that suits you on this list!
So pack your bags, book one of our deluxe campervans from our San Francisco location and hit the road—here are the top 5 road trips to take your campervan or RV rental out of San Francisco!
Ultimate National Park Campervan Road Trip Adventure
With over 60 national parks in the USA, spanning over 84 million acres, and reaching into every state- you have your pick for some of the most epic adventures of your life! And with your campervan or RV, you can often stay within the park itself or just outside its borders at nearby campsites and RV parks. This way, you get a close-up view of some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and also spend much less than you would if you stayed in a hotel.
This national parks road trip itinerary out of San Francisco, includes some of the most spectacular parks in North America, including Glacier National Park, Yosemite, Zion, and Yellowstone.
California Coast and the Big Sur Road Trip
This journey will take your campervan out of San Francisco and down the pacific coast to Los Angeles. This ride offers vast beaches, stunning views, and monstrous mountains as far as the eye can see.
Visit Alcatraz Island- home to a historical landmark and one of the most sought out attractions in San Francisco. Cross the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge and head over to Santa Cruz for a half-mile long beachfront amusement park. Get out your camera and get ready to capture The Bixby Bridge- one of the most photographed bridges in California. Finish your journey with a drive to Los Angeles for one of the state’s most scenic highway stretches. With pull-ins every 100 feet or so, you can capture the west coast’s unique glow. We recommend planning it for a sunrise or sunset!
Ultimate Cross Country Road Trip from San Francisco to NY
On the voyage from San Francisco to New York, you’ll encounter a near-endless supply of beautiful mountains and prairies right from your campervan or RV. Your first stop will be Yosemite National Park. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil. Next on your voyage is Grand Teton National Park. It’s a popular destination in the summer for mountaineering, hiking, backcountry camping and fishing with a wonderful view of the mountains.
Then you’ll move on to Yellowstone National Park, which features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. A nice long drive will take you from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago- a city renowned for its museums, including both Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.
From Chicago, it is an 8-hour drive to get to one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Niagara Falls. After this trip to the beautiful falls, it’s just a 7-hour drive to exciting New York where you can visit the Statue of Liberty, the famous Central Park, the Empire State Building, and spend some time in Times Square.
San Francisco to Las Vegas Road Trip
With an iconic starting and ending point and some spectacular places in between, a San Francisco to Las Vegas road trip is one of the best road trips in the U.S, particularly if you’re making the trip in one of our fully-loaded campervans. You can conveniently pick up in San Francisco and drop off in Vegas!
On this journey you will leave San Francisco and head north to Napa Valley, then drive across California to Yosemite National Park. After spending some time in Yosemite, you will drive south to Sequoia National Park, and from there you will head down to Death Valley. Your second to last stop will be Hoover Dam, which is about 45 minutes away from your final stop, Las Vegas.
San Francisco to Denver Campervan RV Trip
In this final option, you will make a round trip to start and end in San Francisco, California, the perfect place to pick up and drop off one of our luxury campervan rentals. This road trip itinerary takes you through six different states and unlike some of our other itineraries which are one-way, this itinerary is round-trip and features the most unforgettable stops along the way.
This trek will take you from the giant sequoias, soaring mountains, deep canyons, and roaring rivers in Kings and Sequoia National parks to the large and luxurious freshwater of Lake Tahoe. This trip is definitely one of the most well-rounded you can choose if you’re really hoping to do it all!
Whether you’re looking for a shorter, scenic trip or a longer trip with lots of action in between- we’ve got you covered. These five options are some of the very best options to take your campervan out of San Francisco. Once you’ve decided which trip has your name on it, book one of our campervans and go get the road-trippin’ party started! Happy trails!
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Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.