FOR A BIT OF EVERYTHING
The Plan: Start a five-day journey through the Golden State on the Slow Coast—a 50-mile stretch of mountains and ocean between Half Moon Bay and North Santa Cruz—driving up to Oregon. In Pescadero, visit Harley Farms and get close to cute goats. In San Francisco, take public transport to visit museums, see sea lions and eat clam chowder at Fog Harbor Fish House, all at Fisherman’s Wharf. In Mendocino County, hike to Bowling Ball Beach, where the rocks look like perfect spheres. The next city, Fort Bragg, has a gorgeous botanical garden and a seaglass-filled beach. As you approach Oregon, go on scenic drives to see parks, such as the Avenue of the Giants through Humboldt Redwoods State Park and the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. In Oregon, spend two nights at Out ’n’ About Treesort, a bed and breakfast in the trees, starting at $150 a night for two people, with additional charges of $25 per person, per night. On your last day, go river rafting nearby.
Why We Love It: With stops at beaches, towns, parks and cities, you’ll never get bored. To save time and money, rent an RV via Mighway, at an average of $60 per night, and park it at KOA camps in Northern California, starting at $52 per night.
Get the full San Francisco experience by riding the train and streetcars.