CLAIRE’S TRIP TO CALIFORNIA
12 NIGHTS/6 STOPS
Californian road trip: from San Francisco to Los Angeles
During Spring Break the family went to California. From San Francisco, they started their RV (recreational vehicle) road trip to Yosemite and along the Pacific coast with the grandparents. 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.
RV experience with the kids
Climbing lessons Joshua Tree Waterfalls hike in Yosemite park
Stop over on our way to Joshua Park
Joshua Tree NP
NEW YORK -SAN FRANCISCO
LOS ANGELES – NEW YORK
5,5 hours direct flight
1800 km in 12 days
20 hours on the road – 6 stops
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
$770 / pp for 12 nights
$160 /pp for 8 nights (without breakfast) + 4 nights stay in family house (for free).
$150 /pp for RV rental $460 /pp
30 km/40 min
SAN FRANCISCO TO
265 km/ 3h
ON OUR WAY TO
JOSHUA TREE NP
STOPOVER 3 TO
JOSHUA TREE NP
225 km / 2h35
JOSHUA TREE TO
MALIBU BEACH TO
480 km/5h ROUNDTRIP
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.