From Los Angeles to San Francisco Following the Unforgettable Route One


State Route One is famous for its incomparable views of the Pacific Ocean, its high cliffs as well as the beautiful cities along the way. Taking this route will give you opportunities to see forests and waterfalls, state parks and Spanish missions that were founded near the end of the 18th century. You will also pass through Monterey, the old capital city of California, before arriving in San Francisco where you will see the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

Day 1

The Los Angeles Area

Enjoy one of the famous amusement parks:

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Day 2

Tour of Ventura and Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara area is one of the prettiest in Southern California. Here is where you will find two historic missions — The San Buenvaventura Mission in Ventura, founded in 1782, y the Santa Barbara Mission in Santa Barbara, founded in 1786. Besides seeing these historic missions, the Santa Barbara area has campgrounds with a great variety of onsite activities.

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  • El Capitan Canyon, 20 miles west of Santa Barbara: This campground rents very elegant cabins and safari tents. Spa treatments and massage services are also available. During the summer the campground features outdoor concerts with a great variety of music.
  • Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula: This campground has a zipline divided in two sections, one that is 800 feet long, while the other is 600 feet. The park also has furnished cabins and tipis. There is also a trail where Bigfoot is sometimes seen.
  • Rancho Oso RV Resort & Campground, in the mountains between Santa Barbara and Solvang. This campground offers furnished cabins as well as a tipi and pioneer style covered wagons for rent.
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  • Ocean Mesa Campground 20 miles west of Santa Barbara: You can overlook the Pacific Ocean from this campground, which is right next to El Capitan Canyon.

Days 3 and 4

Big Sur, Carmel and Monterey

Following Route One to the north you will pass through San Simeon and the famous Hearst Castle, the town of Big Sur, famous for its forests and waterfalls and high cliffs, and the city of Carmel, home to one of California’s most beautiful Spanish missions, founded in 1770, as well as the historic city of Monterey, which was established by the Spanish as the capital of California.

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Days 5, 6 and 7

Carmel / Monterey to San Francisco

After following Route One to San Francisco, you will have time to explore the various attractions in one of California’s most beautiful cities, including the Golden Gate Bridge.

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  • San Francisco RV Resort, Pacifica,
  • Novato RV Park, Novato,
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