It's an Adventure!
Out of routine and into possibilities...the open road is where the great American adventure begins.
Now more than ever, couples and families are discovering that the best way to vacation together is on an open-road adventure in a next-generation luxury RV. Unpack into your state of the art studio-on-wheels and off you go - all together and with everything you need. Put the stress of chaotic airports, taxi rides and hotel move-ins and move-outs in your rear view mirror and head to some of the most storied attractions in the world and to America’s Best Idea - Your National Parks.
BlissRV's San Francisco/Sausalito hub is your launching point to the some of America's greatest natural wonders and time-honored destinations: Yosemite National Park, the Giant Redwoods, Coastal California's Big Sur, the California and Oregon Wine Countries and more.
Here, we offer a few of our favorite destinations for your consideration. Pick one destination or combine a few, depending on how many days you have. We include our hints and advice on what to see, where to camp and how many days you will need to do justice to these attractions. And of course, we will be happy to help you plan your unique vacation - one that creates memories for a lifetime. Just let us know how we can be helpful.
We look forward to sharing our expertise and to giving you personalized service as you plan your dream BlissRV adventure.
Your adventure begins in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, San Francisco, California. Fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and take a 30-minute Lyft or BART ride into the heart of the city. Many of our guests spend a day in San Francisco before embarking on their BlissRV adventure.
Take some time to relax from your travel by exploring San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods and attractions. Ride the Cable Car up from Union Square to the top of Lombard Street. Head down to Fisherman’s Wharf and the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero. For a classic cocktail in an art deco setting, try Stookey’s Club Moderne. How about a private electric tuk-tuk tour? Dylan’s Tours is a great way take in the city.
With its relaxed, small-town vibe, Sausalito makes for an invitingly easy start to your BlissRV adventure. Downtown’s charming shops and cafes offer an entertaining afternoon, strolling the waterfront. Our two favorite hotels in Sausalito are Casa Madrona and the Inn Above the Tide. Both are centrally located to enjoy the town on foot and both are a 10-minute ride to pick up you BlissRV. Barrel House Tavern is a fun stop for california cuisine and views of San Francisco. Sandrino is our pick for charm and romance on the local’s favorite street, Caledonia, where you will also find the acclaimed Sushi Ran. Sausalito’s Seaplane Adventures is a spectacular way to see our unique Floating Home Community, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and the natural beauty of Marin Headlands.
The Giant Redwoods
For the adventure of a lifetime, come commune with the thousand-year-old sentinels of California’s Northern Coast - the Giant Redwoods. Their quiet majesty will make a tree-hugger of you! These trees are the world’s tallest and among its oldest. The ancient redwood groves reside along the Northern Coast, starting right across the Bay from San Francisco in the fabled Muir Woods. Once you have picked up your BlissRV and provisioned at Mollie Stones market here in Sausalito, drive directly to the Muir Woods National Monument. Step into the woods for a forest bath to mark your arrival at a special place - and the beginning of very special time, your adventure.
For RV camping amongst the Redwoods, you’ll head further north to Hendy Woods State Park and Humboldt Redwoods SP.
Hendy Woods State Park
From Muir Woods, continue along the coast on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH, Highway 1) through Point Reyes National Seashore, Bodega Bay and Sonoma Coast State Park (see below) or cross over to Highway 101 to get to Hendy Woods SP directly
Big Hendy Grove is one of the best, and lesser-known, ways to experience the Giant Redwoods and it is just 2 1/2 hours north of Sausalito. Besides offering great RV camping sites and giant redwoods, Hendy Woods SP’s location in the wine country means that you are invited to partake of Northern California food culture! On your way into camp, stop at Lemon’s Philo Market for local bubbly, cheese and roasted coffee.
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Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Avenue of the Giants - how does that sound for grandeur? This unforgettable drive through the Giant Redwoods lives up to it name. The largest old growth redwood forest in the world is within Humboldt Redwoods State Park and the campgrounds within the Park (such as Burlington) are serene destinations in their own right. Visit Founder’s Grove and seek out Founder’s Tree and Tall Tree. We like Bolling Grove too, for its easy access right off the Avenue.
As a compliment to the natural majesty of the ancient groves, enjoy some good old-fashioned, touristy, roadside attractions. We love One-Log House - where you can stop in for an espresso, gift shopping and tour a home fashioned from the carved-out trunk of a 2,100 year-old redwood tree - and select some fine locally grown marijuana in the stylish, redwood-paneled dispensary. Get a pic in front of the Grandfather Tree and keep a look-out for Bigfoot.
Your Southern California adventure begins in Palm Springs, California. Yes, the playground of the Rat Pack and the Hollywood set. Yes, the home to mid-century modern. And yes, so much more - Palm Springs is hip and happening.
There is a terrific food scene - mashing up old-school steak and cocktail bastions with new wave Vietnamese. There's everything from Japanese Izakaya, to farm-to-table foodie havens, vibrant takes on the California cafe to classic Italian and French. Plus the best pizza ever, Bill's Pizza and best burger ever, Tyler's Burgers!
Shopping destinations are eclectic and unique, as well, with Palm Canyon Drive offering an engaging pedestrian scene. There's hiking into the beautiful desert landscape and the Aerial Tramway ride to the 8,500 foot high alpine mountain lodge. There are 100 golf courses in the valley and clear blue skies and sunshine 350 days a year. How about a biplane ride or dunebuggy tour? Have you scene the famous and fantastical Robolights?
Just a 45-minute drive from downtown Palm Springs is one of America's great natural treasures - Joshua Tree National Park. To spend a couple of days and nights in Joshua Tree is to apprehend the beauty of the desert. Far from desolate, the high-desert is full of life and beauty, serenity and space. The Mojave Desert tree, for which the park is named, is a picturesque evergreen found no where else in the world. The largest of the yuccas, a Joshua Tree takes 50-60 years to mature and can live 150 years.
Campsites deep inside the park (Jumbo Rocks, Belle, White Tank) do not have water and power hookups, but in one of our rigs you'll have your own power and water for a couple of nights. Peacefulness and star-filled skies will be among your rewards. If you prefer a campground nearer to facilities, and one that takes reservations, book Indian Cove. You'll be closer to town too, in case you would like to try (and you must) the best pie we've ever had - at The Natural Sisters Cafe. Consider too, an evening out at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace.
Joshua Tree makes for a perfect beginning for your BlissRV adventure - an easy drive to a desert wonderland where you can settle into your Mercedes RV and your glamping experience stress-free. From there, adventure on to Zion National Park, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, or the California Coast!
A 3-day (2-night) Free Spirit SS adventure from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree, prices at just $1,320 - Inclusive of all insurance; kitchen, bedding and bath amenities; camp chairs, tables and firewood bundle; generator and propane usage; cleaning, detailing and tank service and 80 miles roundtrip!
Idyllwild, mount San Jacinto
A world apart, but just a 1-hour drive from downtown Palm Springs, Idyllwild beckons with its cool, fresh alpine air and bohemian mountain-town setting.
The temperatures at Idyllwild's 5,400 foot elevation run 20-30 degrees cooler than in Palm Springs' Coachella Valley. The summit of Mount San Jacinto stands 10,834 feet above sea level, and is the second highest mountain range in Southern California. Camp under fragrant cedars and pines at Mount San Jacinto State Park . You'll be set to enjoy the high country wilderness, yet you're a just short walk from town!
There is youthful energy from all the hikers passing through on their quest to conquer the Pacific Crest Trail. Try Restaurant Gastrognome, "the Gnome", as locals call it, for unpretentious, but sophisticated fare served in a cozy mountain-house setting with fireplaces. In the morning, head to Idyllwild Bake Shop and Brew for killer blueberry scones, peach muffins and coffee.
For local color, ambiance galore and cocktails and dinner fireside, try Idyology. Tell the owner, Windean, that Conrad and Derek sent you!
There are half a dozen great hiking trails to explore, right near town. Take in the beautiful scenery and view over the desert valley. For a different kind of adventure, drop by the Yokoji Zen Mountain Center for a Sunday morning meditation. There is a Zen Meditation instruction class for first-timers!
A 3-day (2-night) Free Spirit SS adventure from Palm Springs to Idyllwild, prices at just $1,320 - Inclusive of all insurance; kitchen, bedding and bath amenities; camp chairs, tables and firewood bundle; generator and propane usage; cleaning, detailing and tank service and 100 miles roundtrip!
Where the azure Pacific Ocean meets rolling hills of wild, preserved coastline lies the jewel of Southern California, Laguna Beach. Breathtaking natural beauty and the quaint village draw admirers from around the world. So go!
California's newest State Park, Crystal Cove - El Moro Campground, sits between Laguna and Newport beaches. There you will experience natural California geography, flora and fauna while being a short drive to world-class dining and shopping.
The park has acres of hilly terrain to explore and a tunnel under the Pacific Coast Highway that opens to miles of unspoiled beaches (also a protected preserve area).
You'll have a hilltop campsite, with the scent of sage in the air and the soothing sound of waves - announcing that you are somewhere special. Reserving a campsite in advance is smart, they book up fast - though "walking-up" has always worked for us. We are glad to help with arrangements.
A 4-day (3-night) Free Spirit SS adventure from Palm Springs to Laguna Beach, prices at just $1,760 - Inclusive of all insurance; kitchen, bedding and bath amenities; camp chairs, tables and firewood bundle; generator and propane usage; cleaning, detailing and tank service and 220 miles roundtrip!
Well, it's not exactly getting back to nature, but it is an adventure! Las Vegas is a beautiful 4-hour drive North from Palm Springs through Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve. Experience luxury touring in your BlissRig as you road trip to the The Entertainment Capital of the World. Let loose your wild side in the best night clubs in the country. Feast your inner foodie at outposts of the world's most celebrated chefs. Or indulge in the business of show - from Steve Wynn's Showstoppers to Cirque du Soleil to Mariah Carey - let Las Vegas entertain you.
As for accommodations, we are fans of the Mandarin Oriental for its zen elegance and Encore for its spare-no-expense lavish setting and excitement. Both properties are happy to house your BlissRV rig and will offer you a warm welcome.
Or, if you prefer to stay in your glamper at the Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort. At the edge of The Strip, Oasis makes for a easy home base from which to explore Las Vegas. We suggest Uber for getting out and about with speed and ease in the city.
Las Vegas makes for a great jumping off point to your next adventure - Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, The Grand Canyon? Yosemite and Yellowstone are calling too.
We know Las Vegas like locals (we were once) so pick our brains to plan your fun. And, of course, tap our expertise for planning your adventure to the iconic wild and wonderful outdoor destinations the West has to offer.
Zion National Park is one of BlissRV's most popular and extraordinary adventures. The drama of its unique geology is unparalleled. Zion boasts numerous activities from a one-mile paved nature walk into the beginning of the Narrows - the Granddaddy of all slot canyons - to all-day canyoneering adventures and hikes to Angels Landing. The Park is beautifully maintained. It is served by an excellent shuttle system and has the quaint town of Springdale adjacent to it's "Watchman" campground. So, if not a hike today, perhaps the galleries and shops, lunch and a spa treatment are your recreation. Campfire and cocktails in the evening - preparing a hearty dinner in the BlissRV Mercedes galley or indulge in a night of small-town yet, sophisticated dining. From around the world, adventurers travel to Zion to reward themselves with hikes into some of the most breathtaking scenery on the Planet. Only a 2-hour and 45-minute drive from Las Vegas - a beautiful and memorable journey - passing through the Virgin River Gorge.
Two nights in Zion makes for a great adventure. Consider including a one-night stop over in Valley of Fire State Park - 1 hour North of Las Vegas - a serene desert experience (see below).
Or, for an electric counterpoint to your journey into nature, spend a night in Las Vegas! Take in a show and a fine meal. We recommend Steve Wynn's Encore (see our blog) or the Oasis RV Resort.
We are happy to assist in planning your adventure - from accommodations and restaurants in Las Vegas to guides and outfitters in Zion. For a true glamping experience, we'll even stock your Glamper with groceries and wines from Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.
A 4-day (3-night) Free Spirit SS adventure from Palm Springs to Zion, including a night in Las Vegas or Valley of Fire, prices at $2,160 - Inclusive of all insurance; kitchen, bedding and bath amenities; camp chairs, tables and firewood bundle; generator and propane usage; cleaning, detailing and tank service and 800 miles roundtrip!
Valley Of Fire
From the glitz of Las Vegas to the majestic serenity of the desert wilderness - 1 hour's drive, yet a world apart. Valley of Fire State Park is a must. The authentic desert camping experience is the perfect cure for our city-dwelling clients seeking peace. For millennia, man has been drawn to the dramatic red rocks jutting from the desert sand - 3,000 year-old petroglyphs stand testament to it's spiritual allure. The Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. The park, like Zion, is open year round and makes a great stop-over on your way to Zion.
Light a campfire (we stowed some firewood in the back for you) and relax under a star-soaked sky. Grind some coffee beans in the morning and begin your day with sun salutations under the rose glow of a Valley of Fire sunrise.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is the iconic American destination and a must-see. The South Rim - home to the El Tovar Lodge and to Mather, our preferred campground - is just an easy and scenic 6-hour drive from Palm Springs. Open yourself to the spacious desert landscape unfolding before you - wide-open space, wide-open possibilities.
Laying your eyes upon it for the first time, The Grand Canyon cannot fail to impress - to illicit a gasp - no matter how high your expectations. It is truly a wonder. But what makes this such a great destination, isn't just the spectacle of the Canyon, it's the whole setting - Canyon Village, El Tovar and Mather. The Campground is one of our all-time favorites, with roomy and wooded sites. Drop in together to the nearby General Store. Its a nice diversion itself - offering an eclectic and surprisingly sophisticated selection of foods and sundries. Pick up a couple of extra bundles of firewood, some Belgian Ale and a fine cheese. El Tovar's cozy cocktail lounge (with bow-tied servers) and its Great Dining Room make for a tradition-steeped night out in the grand manner of National Park Lodges. Though you'll be following the lead of Presidents and world luminaries, there is no pretense - but rather earnest American hospitality.
Walk the 2-mile trail along the rim. Markers explain the 2 billion years of natural history revealed by the Colorado river's carving. There are mule rides down to the river and other adventures, too. You'll be proud of how this National Park of yours is appointed and maintained. Enjoy an ice cream from the Bright Angel Lodge Soda Fountain, and loose yourself in a view unmatched in scale and grandeur.
Four days (Three nights) to The Grand Canyon feels just right. Maybe add a stop in Lake Havasu or Sedona!
A 4-day (3-night) Free Spirit SS adventure from Palm Springs to the Grand Canyon prices at $2,185.00 - Inclusive of all insurance; kitchen, bedding and bath amenities; camp chairs, tables and firewood bundle; generator and propane usage; cleaning, detailing and tank service and 825 miles roundtrip!
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