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rv and tour......ideas please.....

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rv and tour......ideas please.....

hi there.....

can u all please give me some ideas on routes/maps/sites etc etc for a 14 day tour of C.A / san fran....

we do plan to arrive and stay in san fran for 3/4 nights then rent an r.v and off we go.....

well weve ben to las v before and the g.canyon....would like to return to g.c

would like to see some wineries/napa valley / redwoods / yosemite.....etc etc....

any iteneires and ideas welcome ...thanks very much

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1. Re: rv and tour......ideas please.....

There is a relatively new forum for Road Trips: tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g1-i12567-Road_Tri…

This is a popular itinerary and I'm sure you'll find lots of info if you search that forum for "Yosemite" "Napa" "rewoods" etc.

Happy trails.

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2. Re: rv and tour......ideas please.....

thanks for that

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3. Re: rv and tour......ideas please.....

10 days for RV trip. - here is one itinerary and campground suggestions. Also be sure to check the California State Park site as very nice campgrounds nearby.

I would probably concentrate on Northern California area - and not try to include Grand Canyon just because of the limit.

Also, what time of year are you traveling as it can make a major impact on routes etc. due to snow in the Sierras as an example.

One trip might be:

1) Day One: Travel North to Napa; stay overnight at Bothe - Napa Valley State Park.

You could drive north across the Golden Gate Bridge, take the exit to Sonoma, and do the tour at Benzinger on the way up.

http://www.benziger.com/

Stop at Sonoma Cheese Factory to get some free cheese tasting and yummy snacks for the trip.

http://www.sonomacheesefactory.com/

Drive into Napa and stop by Frogs Leap to enjoy a smaller winery.

http://www.frogsleap.com/flash/intro.html

www.reserveamerica.com/campgroundDetails.do…

This puts you at a good location in Napa Valley. Enjoy wine tasting on the drive up - again the net day when you depart Napa Valley.

2) Day Two: Enjoy most of the day in Napa Valley, perhaps planning to enjoy both Sterling and Castello di Amarosa (or any number of wineries you already love or would like to go )

www.sterlingvineyards.com/Default.aspx…

http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/

travel north to Lake County and spend the overnight at Clear Lake.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=473

3) Day Three and Four: Drive North To Avenue of the Giants - stay at Humboldt Redwoods State Park

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=425

and see Avenue of the Giants

http://www.avenueofthegiants.net/

Be sure to stop at the visitor center as well as take the nature walk through the redwoods just north of the center.

4) Day Five: Drive to Mendocino Coast, possibly staying at the KOA along the coast

http://www.koa.com/where/ca/

or try one of the state campgrounds such as MacKerricher.

www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=436

Explore the coastal area and then drive Highway 128 to Highway 101. Drive south to Healdsburg and stop in the town to explore in town wine tasting bars, shops, stock up with food, etc.

http://www.healdsburg.org/

Continue drive towards Yosemite. Drive to Pine Mountain Lake campground near Groveland.

http://www.pinemountainlake.com/

(Note: This will be a longer day traveling so stopping just prior to getting into Yosemite>0

5) Day Six and Seven: Yosemite. Get reservations for the valley floor if possible.

www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/directions.htm

6) Day Eight and Nine: Depart Yosemite and drive across Tioga Pass. You will see the beautiful Toulumne Meadow Area, as well as Mono Lake.

http://www.monolake.org/visit/

Stop for ice cream at Jolly Cone in Bridgeport

(note: Its close in Winter - usually open June - October - opening/closure dates vary by amount of snowfall.). Drive North To Lake Tahoe and stay at Zephyr Cove

http://www.zephyrcove.com/rv-campground.cfm

(note: This also puts you at a great place to take a cruise on Ms. Dixie.)

http://www.zephyrcove.com/cruises/index.cfm

7) Day Ten: Depart Tahoe, stop at Old Town Sacramento on the drive down

http://www.oldsacramento.com/

Continue drive towards San Francisco. If still have one more night for the RV, stay at Half Moon Bay State Park

www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=531

If not, drop off RV.

Of course - this plan could change millions of ways - but this is a rough sketch. Do let us know more questions and do feel free to check out both the road trip section as well as California section of trip advisor.

Have a great time planning your trip.

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4. Re: rv and tour......ideas please.....

it will be .....

from last 2 weeks in oct 2010....

or into 1st 2 weeks of oct 2010.....

certainly not august or november....

last time did veags and g/canyon we stayed for 10 nights in vegas with a 4 day stop in between mid january !!!!!! yep we had a ball......and it was very very cold.....and whwn we went to g/canyon it was crisp and dry...but wike up on 2nd day to 3 ...ro 4 ft of snow......wow...it was amazing....

good job we had hired a 4x4 truck.....

it looked just like the film ...'' the shining'''...we stayed in a lodge right by the canyon and the view was amazing.....

ill keep those memories with me forever....

anyhow...now for the next trip.....

thanks for all ideas....this looks a great 10 day idea....

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5. Re: rv and tour......ideas please.....

ooops...meant to be either last 2 weeks in sept 2010

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6. Re: rv and tour......ideas please.....

You already got an excellent itinerary by Mini. Another option would be to go Napa first, to Yosemite then. Over Tioga Pass to Lee Vining, along the eastern Sierras and into Death Valley. From Death Valley to the Pacific Coast and north to San Francisco. I also would forget about revisiting GC in this amount of time and you already have been to Las Vegas.

Depending on the time you take at places another option is not go to Death Valley but drive along the eastern sierra and take 178 to Bakerfield and north to Sequoia Kings Canyon NP and to the coast after that.

Tet

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7. Re: rv and tour......ideas please.....

thanks ...mini.....and tet14......both great ideas..thats what im after...just to throw at us some ideas and otherwise off the beaten track..that we may overmiss....we have 2 / 3 very competent drivers so that will not be a prob....and having visited usa a few times....and driven...

.we will be ok and not fearful of the free-ways......highways....

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8. Re: rv and tour......ideas please.....

These websites will help you find RV parks:

http://www.rv-clubs.us/rv_campgrounds.html

http://www.rvparkhunter.com/page2.asp

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/index.html

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