CLAIRE’S TRIP TO CALIFORNIA

12 NIGHTS/5 STOPS 

 

Californian road trip: from San Francisco to Los Angeles

Claire is a mum of 3 lovely kids. Amaury, Manon and Maël, aged 10, 9 and 6. She lives in New York, originally from France. She likes spontaneity in her travels plan. Climbing, hiking & outdoor activities for the kids. She loves staying in original lodgings.
During Spring Break the family went to California. From San Francisco, they started their RV road trip to Yosemite and along the Pacific coast with the grand parents. They loved the variety of landscapes and activities but most of all the RV experience with their Kids. They did a lot of hiking, climbing and quad in the dunes.
Photo @clairecagnol ©

Arrival airport: San Francisco
Departure airport: Los Angeles
5h30 hours direct flight from all NY airports. 
 More than 10 direct flights/day
Wide choice of best fare & timing.


Climbing lessons Joshua Tree
RV experience with the kids
Waterfalls hike in Yosemite park
 
Total/person: 740$ for 8 nights
Lodging: 160 $/pp for 8 nights
(4 nights stay in family house)
Flights : 460 $/pp

RV Rental car 8 days: 120$/pp


All the details of the trip
Lodging and activities

Good to know and pictures
Watch them

A snapshot


RV Rental
1800 km in 12 days
20 hours on the road/6 stops
Stop 1 to 2: 265 km /3h
Stop 2 to 3: 440 km/4h30
Stop 3 to 4: 225 km/2h35
Stop 4 to 5: 300 km/3h30
Stop 5 to 6 Day roundtrip): 480 km/5h
1GrnCircleAIRPORT TO
 SAN FRANCISCO
 

30 km/40 min
San Francisco

San Francisco

City & Family time
4 NIGHTS
2GrnCircle
 SAN FRANCISCO TO
YOSEMITE NP
 

265 km/ 3h
Yosemite

Yosemite

Nature & Hiking
2 NIGHTS
  • We stayed in a campground Indian Flat at the entrance of the Yosemite Park. Be aware that the only access to the park is trough the road from Mariposa. Some campgrounds are not accessible during spring time.
  •  
    The first afternoon,  we went for a 2 hours walk .
     
    The second day we hiked Mirror lake, a 3 km long hike, a beautiful lake where you can enjoy the half Dome reflected in the water. Very easy walk for an older person and for small kids 
     
    Later in the afternoon, we went climbing at the bottom of the waterfalls.  There were climbing hooks on the cliffs. Plan to take your climbing equipment.
     
    The third day we went for the falls hike without the kids and the grandparents.It is a 12 km strenuous hike.
3GrnCircle
 ON OUR WAY TO
JOSHUA TREE NP
 

440 km/4h30
On our way to Joshua Tree

On our way to Joshua Tree

RV drive
1 NIGHT
4GrnCircle
STOPOVER 3 TO
JOSHUA TREE
 

225 km / 2h35
Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree

Cactus & Climbing
1 NIGHT
5GrnCircle
JOSHUA TREE TO
MALIBU BEACH
 

300 km/3h
Malibu beach

Malibu beach

Seaside & Hollywood
4 NIGHTS
  • We stayed at Malibu RV park. We took a spot with sea view. We highly recommend it. Breakfast every morning with a view and the kids could watch the whales and the dolphins from the RV terrace 😉
  •  
    We had a RV ride in the famous places in Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and Hollywood. Very funny to drive the RV in those mythic places and streets.
     
    A day trip to Santa Monica, Venice beach and the famous Muscle beach.
     
    A day trip to Universal studio. We all loved it.
     
    A day trip to Pismo Beach: see details in Stop 6.

MALIBU BEACH TO
PISMO BEACH
 

480 km/5h ROUNDTRIP
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach

Quad & Dunes
DAY TRIP
  •  
    A day trip to Pismo beach for a quad and Buggy ride on the sand dunes. Much better to take a Quad for each person. The Buggy is not as fun as the Quad. They allow kids as of the age of 6!
     
    We had lunch in the small town of Pismo. 
  • Day trip


GOOD TO KNOW

 
  • On our day trip to Pismo beach, we would have explored the Guadalupe Dunes Park. Same kind of Dunes as Pismo but only allowed for hiking. We would highly recommend taking the time to visit those dunes as well, only 15 minutes from Pismo. Beware that the park is closing at 5 pm.
  • The Quad in Pismo Beach is accessible for kids from the age of 6. 
  • Free entrance in Yosemite Park during Easter weekend. Beware of heavy traffic in the park.
  • During Easter, some roads are closed. Be aware of it and plan your trip accordingly. Only one entrance possible to access the Yosemite park during April: west side of the park via Mariposa.
  • We had to skip Sequoia Park because of road closure and snowy conditions. 
  • There are campgrounds everywhere along the road. If you have a long route ahead of you, it is easy to stop without reservations.