Pick up a camper van rental in San Francisco and explore the West.
Rent a camper van in San Francisco and you’ll be golden! The Golden State is an absolute gem for everyone, but for those who choose to explore via camper van, the rewards are giant. With ocean vistas, drive-thru trees, and roads less traveled, you’ll have the best seat in the state. And with a fully loaded, road-trip ready GoCamp camper van, you’ll have peace of mind that nothing was left behind. Where should you go from San Francisco? Here are some ideas.
Sparkles is a 2014 Mercedes-Benz Free Spirit Sprinter camper van. The van itself sparkles with luxury features, but really the name is derived from the owner’s sparkling personality. You will make immediate friends with Sparkles’ owner Mary.
Taking a trip with Sparkles feels less like roughing it ‘van life’ style and more like ‘hitting the jackpot / winning a vacation a la Let’s Make a Deal.’ Sparkles is a tricked out Mercedes Sprinter that is arguably bigger than most Brooklyn apartments. The couch leather is lovely and the bathroom has its own sink, shower and flushable toilet.
Want to be entertained? Sparkles has a tv with a collection of DVDs. A brand new Apple play system was installed this year with connections for Android or iPhone. The glove box stores photo booth masks, so you'll never even need to leave the camper van to have a blast.
“We absolutely loved every single moment! The van owner Mary was so sweet, friendly, easygoing and kind. We loved meeting her and her level of effort and hospitality deserves special mention. She has my highest recommendation and I feel we made a new friend in the process. We both honestly feel that there is nothing that needed improvement. It was beyond our expectation. Thank you for everything!!”John August 2018
When you pick up a camper van in San Francisco you’ll truly be in the heart of California, connecting you to thousands of miles of scenic or streamlined roadways (take your pick). Bring your toothbrush and your favorite road snacks, and we’ll take care of just about everything else.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Wrap your mind around this: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is home to 9,500 acres of redwood trees, including the largest old growth coast redwood measuring 20 feet in diameter! If you haven’t spent time lingering with these ancients before, then this will be a must-stop, must-hug tree situation. Plus, you’ll be right on the Smith River, the last major, undammed river in California, a truly breathtaking home to an abundance of wildlife, and a beautiful backdrop to your vanlife adventure. Here’s a sample 5 night itinerary.
Head south on the Pacific Coast Highway and you’ll be greeted by fragrant eucalyptus trees and bobbing otters in the charming coastal community of Morro Bay. Fresh seafood is what’s for dinner, of course, which you can enjoy while nestled into the comfort of your camper van rental, parked somewhere pretty in any number of drive-in camping options.
Highway One/Pacific Coast Highway
Yep. That’s it folks. You can have yourself one heck of any amazing California road trip adventure simply by cruising the Pacific Coast Highway, also known as Highway One. Spanning 600 miles from San Francisco to San Diego, this is one of the most scenic stretches of road in the world, with rugged coastline, echoes of pioneer days, and surfing villages that hold year-round appeal. Good thing you’ll be able to bring that surfboard with you in your GoCamp camper van!
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Yosemite is crowded. Lassen is way less crowded, and just as worth visiting! There are all four types of volcanoes within this 100,000 acre park, evidenced by the dramatic jagged peaks and roiling fumaroles, and the 125 degree Boiling Springs Lake. The Lassen Park Highway is the highest paved road in the Cascades and runs for 30 miles through lush and dense forest, with views of Lake Almanor. There’s enough to see and do with this park that you may just want to park it and camp out for a few days.
Best known for Mark Twain’s legendary frog-jumping contest, Angels Camp will send camper van visitors on a tour through a bygone era of California’s gold rush days with the Angels Camp Museum and Carriage House, historic homes and beautifully landscaped parks. Nearby in the Sierra foothills campers can enjoy New Melones Lake, one of California’s largest reservoirs, for days of fishing, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and gazing up at the stars.