Take an RV Trip Along the West Coast
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Here is a common vacation scenario: People are sitting in the train station or airport, their luggage at their side, the children getting restless while they wait for their flight or train to be announced. This is a familiar situation that you yourself may have gone through.
If you have ever wanted to take a vacation that did not involve interminable periods of waiting terminals and airports, or rushing to and fro with tour guides, you have probably wondered about taking an RV and just driving down the highway at your own relaxed pace. Imagine being able to take as much time as you want to enjoy breathtaking views, and discover the little diners that locals go to.
If you do decide to hop on an RV for a vacation that is different from the ones you have taken in the past, know that you won't be alone on this journey. More than 7 million families in the US alone have an RV, a travel trailer, or some vehicle that allows them to be on road trips. Millions have joined clubs and registries that share knowledge and resources on RV travel, and thousands of those who have taken an RV through the west coast plan to do so over and over again. As you try to learn more about what it's like to take this type of a break, you will have the experience of many seasoned RV travelers to draw from. You will find plenty of information to help you on your way as you go through RV friendly parks and tourist destinations along the west coast.
- 1 Preparing for your RV adventure…
- 2 Some of the best destinations along the West Coast
- 3 Tips, Tricks and Warnings:
- 4 Questions and Answers
- 5 Comments
Preparing for your RV adventure…
The first thing you need to do in order to prepare for your RV adventure is to decide where you want to go, and match this with your vacation time. The number of places you will be able to see will depend on how long and when your break is. To make sure that your RV trip goes smoothly, here are some of the steps you need to take.
- 2Equip yourself with navigational tools.Advertisement
- 3Draft your travel plan.
- If you are traveling with kids, a big map is a good visual aid for them to have a comprehensive concept of the trip.
- You can even encourage them to do their own research on the different destinations; this will make the entire experience more meaningful for them.
- 5Don't underestimate the usefulness of trip planners.
- 7Don't forget your first-aid kit.
- 8Plan activities to keep boredom and tension away.
- 9Provide a realistic time-frame for your vacation.
Some of the best destinations along the West Coast
When you talk about the West Coast of the United States, you are talking about one of the most traveled routes in the USA. The most popular coastal states for road travel in this part of the country include Washington, Oregon, and California. Here are the major cities around which you can build your RV trip: Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; and Los Angeles down to San Diego, California.
Driving down Pacific Coast Highway. The serpentine Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most epochal American routes. Aside from being one of the most beautiful, it is a road that can be traveled almost any time of the year. Also referred to as Highway 1, this route weaves through the Pacific's shores and takes you through places like San Francisco, Big Sur National Park, Malibu, and Santa Barbara. Here are some of the places you might want to see:
- 6San Francisco:
North of San Francisco along the Pacific Coast Highway you have Oregon and Seattle, two beautiful states that have a charm all their own.
- 1Beautiful Oregon:
- 2Unforgettable Seattle:Advertisement
Tips, Tricks and Warnings:
The West Coast has such a lot to offer, it is impossible to enjoy all the destinations in one trip - unless you go against the very reason why you are opting for an RV trip - a leisurely, relaxed pace. To make the most of your adventure, consider the following tips:
- Don't try to see too many places in one vacation. Take time to enjoy each stop.
- Know beforehand where you will be stopping to park. Choose only full service stops. These are usually safer, better lit, and less prone to be visited by criminals.
- Always know your exact location. You need to be able to direct people accurately, should there be a need to do so.
- Make sure you have a good smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide detector. Get specific instructions on what precautions to take about the presence of carbon monoxide in the RV.
- Never leave the generator on when you are sleeping.
- Check and double check your vehicle paneling and check under your RV for any leaks. Do the same for your gas, oil, transmission fluid, coolant and wiper fluid, etc.
- Before you take it to the open road, practice driving the RV. Get the feel of the vehicle and be familiar with the way you should maneuver it when you have to park, reverse, or take sharp corners.
- Be aware about the weather conditions along your route.
Questions and Answers
West coast RV rental how long do we need to get between LA to Seattle?
We would like to do a multi family (multi RV) trip for about 5-7 days up or down the west coast. we would like to do big surf, see the redwoods and make our way up to Portland and Seattle.
You should allocate 5 hours of driving time daily to complete the trip up the coast in 7 days. Make sure to consider time spent at tourist locations as well as research if the locations are RV compatible. Driving straight up the coast with no stops takes about 18 hours and the 5 hours should give you more than enough time to complete the trip in 7 days.
I'm gathering info about RV in California & other neighboring states?
I'm gathering info about RV in CA because we want to make such a tour next year, approx May/June 2016. I have tried: Flight & RV booked. I think it was caused by: Again.... nothing special
Look for RV parks along the Pacific Coast Highway. Check out State/National Parks as they are not only affordable but are located in scenic areas like Big Sur. If you are planning on visiting Big Sur a next location stop that is worth staying and seeing is Yosemite National Park and from there onto San Francisco if you are traveling from the south, from the north you would just reverse the itinerary. Be aware that many towns and cities in California are not equipped to handle large RVs on their roads.
What is the best destination and route fromseatle to LA?
HI ,,we ( our family with kids ) want to do RV trip from Seattle to LA ,, what is the best route and the best destination to visit within 6 days ,,,( we are mountain fan ) ...thank you. I have tried: Went to Yosemite national park already
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