Pick up a camper van rental in Portland and explore the West Coast.
GoCamp has so many Portland camper van rentals, you’re gonna feel like a kid in a candy shop! The good news is you can have more than one. Try out a Sprinter for a trip to the mountains, and maybe next time you’ll pick a ProMaster to cruise the coast, or a vintage charmer for a weekend in the woods. No matter what you choose, your GoCamp camper van comes road-trip ready, with everything you need for your vanlife adventure. Now ….where to go from Portland? We have some ideas.
Gualala the EcoSprinter camper van has been lovingly built over two years, with every detail meticulously considered for your comfort (peace of mind with fuel efficiency, this guy gets up to 22 miles per gallon). This is a high roof camper van so you can stand to cook on the double-burner gas stove with built-in propane tank or the induction cook top. There’s a removable dinner table (walnut live-edge), a slide-out cooking platform for outdoors cooking, ample storage, lockable drawers, and even a bolted-down safe to store your valuables.
Enjoy a good night’s rest on the full-size futon bed. When the futon isn’t being used as a bed, use it as a couch for reading or lounging about.
The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you could possibly need to cook up a feast. You’ll find knives, steak knives, forks, spoons, mugs, wine glasses, utensils, large, medium and small pots, large and medium skillets, salad bowl, colander, cutting board etc. There is also a high-efficiency Dometic fridge/freezer so that your perishables stay nice and cold.
The EcoSprinter has a 16 gallon water tank with electric pump that feeds the faucet (removable wash basin) as well as an outdoor, heated shower (good for about 9 minutes of showering..). To keep you warm at night, a high-efficiency heater provides heat (running off the main diesel tank at ~0.1 gallons/hour). In the summer a fan and screened window keep you cool.
“We have rented several sprinters and this is one of the finest conversions we have yet seen. Smart features and elegant touches throughout. Stefan is an excellent communicator. We would rent this sprinter again in a heartbeat.”Stephen S. July 2020
Portlanders might tell you that the reason they love their city so much is how close it is to everything: mountains, ocean, rivers and lakes, good food everywhere. Once you pick up your Portland camper van and start looking at the options that surround you, you’ll find it easy to agree. Head north, west, south, east, or any direction in between. There’s no wrong answer. Just good vanlife vibes, and plenty of music to cruise to on the journey.
The Blue Mountains
This spot is still such a secret that most Portlanders don’t even know about it yet! Head east toward Pendleton and wander The Blues along the Snake River and to the east of Walla Walla, Washington. Keep your eyes peeled for Rocky Mountain Elk and bighorn sheep, and bask in the blue-hued sea of pine and fir trees. And should you find yourself wandering in the heart of the Malheur Forest, on the southern edge of The Blues, you’ll be in close proximity to the world’s largest organism: a 35,000 ton fungi called Armillaria!
Life gets a whole lot beachier when you head to the curvy coastal stretch of Highway 101. Find any number of private or public camping options, and pull out at every ocean vista (if only because you can!). You could even choose to do a one-way trip, starting in Portland and ending in San Francisco or Los Angeles, taking 101 the whole way. The Oregon coast is a trip in and of itself. Check out this post for a trip itinerary shared by one of our renters.
Sitting in the southeast corner of Oregon, Steens Mountain Wilderness is a road-trippers dream come true. Long, open roads with big skies and rolling, golden hills dotted with sheep and jackrabbits. Roadsides under the watchful gaze of red-tailed hawks and other raptors. This area is less frequented by tourists because it’s longer of a drive (and soooo worth it!). Fuel up in the quaint community of Frenchglen, watch for wild horses, and take your pick from plenty of beautiful campsites on and around Steens Mountain.
This national monument is a treasure trove, filled with plant and mammal fossils that range from 7 million to 44 million years in age! Time your visit to the Painted Hills to capture the lower light of the evening and you’ll be in for a truly spectacular show! The Painted Hills at John Day Fossil Beds are certainly no secret, but they’re certainly something to see with your own eyes (and if you’re a photographer, yeah, you probably already know about it!).
On the south side of Mt. St. Helens, just a quick drive from Portland, are some of the longest lava tubes in the world. Bring a headlamp and your puffy coat! The upper cave and the lower cave both remain a brisk 42 degrees no matter the outside conditions. Of course, you can always warm up with the perfect cup of coffee once you’re back inside your GoCamp camper van. There are plenty of gorgeous options for drive-in camping in the surrounding Gifford Pinchot National Forest.