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 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.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Avenue of the Giants - 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 here, such as Burlington, are scenic and serene destinations in their own right. Make a stop at Bolling Grove for an introduction to the Giants. We like this grove for its disarming proximity to the Avenue. Visit Founder’s Grove to seek out “Founder’s Tree” and “Tall Tree” and let Nature instruct you in mindfulness and humility.
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 to tour a home fashioned from the carved-out trunk of a 2,100 year-old redwood tree. On top of that, you can select some fine, locally grown marijuana in the stylish, redwood-paneled dispensary. Don’t forget to 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 nowhere else in the world. The largest of the yuccas, a Joshua Tree takes 50-60 years to mature and can live more than 500 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, 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.
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.
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 also worked for us, too. We are glad to help with arrangements.