San Francisco may be one of California's largest cities, but is nonetheless located near some of the most spectacular scenery in this vast state's northern section. Driving a rented RV along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway or the California State Route 29 to the Napa Valley's vineyards is a pure pleasure at any time of year thanks to the Bay Area's constantly temperate climate. The seaside port of Sausalito and the hilly Marin Headlands are just a scenic ferry journey or quick drive across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco's own bustling streets.
The designated 49 Mile Scenic Drive through San Francisco has notoriously narrow and winding streets, but it does take drivers past many of the city's most legendary landmarks. Driving becomes much more relaxing, however, outside of San Francisco's city limits. Breathtaking views await visitors who venture north of the city into the Muir Woods and Point Reyes National Seashore, or south to the beaches of Santa Cruz or Monterey Bay. Oakland and Berkeley are the two best known cities east of San Francisco. Lake Tahoe, a popular local winter getaway, and Yosemite National Park may take much longer to reach by RV, but are both well worth the distance.
San Francisco's winding 49 Mile Scenic Drive begins opposite the city hall and takes drivers through most must-see attractions. Although this challenging route originally ended on the man-made Treasure Island, it now takes a more circular path through the city. San Francisco's Asian influence is immediately evident in Little Saigon, Japantown, and Chinatown as well as the Asian Art Museum.
The San Francisco Cable Car Museum is dedicated to one of the city's most iconic transportation methods. Few streets on Earth are as curvy as Lombard Street, whose seven sharp turns are best explored on foot. Many locals consider Fisherman's Wharf to be a tourist trap, but the city's waterfront contains plenty of other worthwhile attractions like the San Francisco Maritime Museum and the Aquarium by the Bay.
Ocean Beach, the notorious Alcatraz Island, and the Presidio of San Francisco are just a few parts of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area within the city limits. This sprawling urban park stretches as far north as Marin County and as far south as San Mateo County. The San Francisco Zoo stands on the Great Highway near Golden Gate Park. Two of the park's most relaxing spots are the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the Japanese Tea Garden, the country's oldest Japanese public garden.
None of the city's structures, however, have stood longer than Mission San Francisco de Asis, first built in 1776 and now located north of Dolores Park, which boasts some of the most impressive views of the entire Bay Area.
It's hard to beat Candlestick RV Park when it comes to luxury or location. This five star RV park is conveniently situated steps from the Candlestick Stadium and provides a downtown shuttle service for visitors not wanting to drive along winding San Francisco streets.
San Francisco RV Resort visitors can enjoy spectacular sunsets from their perches above the Pacific Ocean just 15 minutes south of the city in the seaside community of Pacifica. Water lovers will enjoy not only the resort's oceanside location, but also the outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, and close proximity to Half Moon Bay.
It takes just 10 minutes to walk to the Golden Gate Transit bus stop and Larkspur Ferry Terminal from Marin RV Park, whose peaceful surroundings include Muir Woods and the Golden Gate National Recreational Area.
Vineyard RV Park, stands east of Napa Valley in Vacaville, a tranquil community halfway between Sacramento and San Francisco. Premium sites overlook a pond and most overnight sites offer cable television.
San Francisco contains one of the most extensive public transit networks in the otherwise car-centric state of California. Driving conditions vary; there are notoriously congested freeways through its major cities and isolated desert and mountain roads. Driving is on the right and driving under the influence is strictly prohibited (80 mg/dL).
- Speed limits in the city: 40kph.