California RV Travel Destinations


California, also known as the Golden State, is truly golden in the number of places to go and things to do on your RV travels.  Since we gravitate to our great national parks when we travel in our RV, we have provided a list of national parks in California as a starting point for your travel planning.


  • Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA
  • Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, CA
  • California National Historic Trail, CA, CO, ID, KS, MO, NE, NV, OR, UT, WY
  • César E. Chávez National Monument, Keene, CA
  • Channel Islands National Park, Ventura, CA
  • Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, CA, NV
  • Devils Postpile National Monument, the Sierra Nevada near Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, Danville, CA
  • Fort Point National Historic Site, Presidio of San Francisco, CA
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA
  • John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez, CA
  • Joshua Tree National Park, Southern California between I-10 and Hwy 62; headquarters in Twentynine Palms, CA
  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, Nogales, AZ to San Francisco, CA
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral, CA
  • Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake, CA
  • Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, CA
  • Mojave National Preserve, Southern California between I-15 and I-40; headquarters in Barstow, CA
  • Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, CA
  • Old Spanish National Historic Trail, AZ,CA,CO,NV,NM,UT
  • Pinnacles National Park, Paicines, CA
  • Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes, CA
  • Pony Express National Historic Trail, Various States, CA, CO, KS, MO, NE, NV, UT, WY
  • Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, Concord Naval Weapons Station, CA
  • Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Redwood National and State Parks, Del Norte & Humboldt counties , CA
  • Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical ParkRichmond, CA
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco, CA
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, In the southern Sierra Nevada in Tulare and Fresno counties, CA
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown, CA
  • World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Honolulu, HI, AK, CA
  • Yosemite National Park, the Sierra Nevada, CA


Below are some of the places we have visited with some recommended RV parks and restaurants, if applicable.  As RV parks, attractions and restaurants can change owners and/or management, we cannot guarantee the same level of food/service/accommodations as we experienced so please check current reviews and recommendations which can usually be found on the internet.


California State Railroad Museum Foundation, Sacramento CA –  The California State Railroad Museum is fantastic, the best railroad museum we have ever seen!

Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, CA, NV   –  Death Valley National Park is an amazing park that is below sea level with large areas of salt on the ground and beautiful mountain views above.  Be sure to see the Devil’s golf course made from crystallized salts.  The Badwater Basins sits at 282 feet below sea level.  The area of Artist’s Palette contains volcanic deposits that mineral pigments have colored into shades of reds, pinks, yellows, green and purple.  Death Valley gets extremely hot early so you will want to check out the temperature forecast before planning a trip to this park.

 Patrick’s Point State Park, Trinidad, CA –   This park is gorgeous in the heart of California’s redwood country with view of the ocean and walking trails in a natural setting.  There are several RV parks close to the park.  The summer we were there, the rest of the country was broiling and the temperatures in Trinidad were very moderate to cool.  Patrick’s Point provides awesome views of the ocean.  If you stay at one of the parks close to Patrick’s Point, you will be rewarded with the sounds of seals barking in the morning.

Redwood National and State Parks, Del Norte & Humboldt Counties , CA –  You can walk among these ancient giant trees at the national and state parks.


Check often as we will be adding other destinations as I research back into my journals from previous RV trips and as we continue to travel and find new and interesting places to go.

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Yellowstone National Park is my favorite national park so far. There is such a variety of things to see at Yellowstone including wildlife and geological wonders. To fully appreciate the park, you will probably want to spend more than one day as the park is very large. Be sure to see Old Faithful geyser.


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