California Escape

Itinerary summary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Los Angeles
  • Day 2 : Los Angeles / Santa Barbara (181 km / 01h57)
  • Day 3 : Santa Barbara / Monterey (378 km / 03h41)
  • Day 4 : Monterey / San Francisco (131 km / 01h25)
  • Day 5 : San Francisco
  • Day 6 : San Francisco / Yosemite (322 km / 04h04)
  • Day 7 : Yosemite
  • Day 8 : Yosemite / Sequoia National Park (274 km / 03h42)
  • Day 9 : Sequoia National Park / DisneyLand (366 km / 03h56)
  • Day 10 : DisneyLand / Los Angeles (44 km / 00h36)

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Detailed itinerary

 

Day 1 :  Arrival in Los Angeles

Welcome to San Francisco, America's most European and most tolerant city.

Be sure to take in LA's main attractions: Hollywood studios and Hollywood Boulevard, a walk through Venice Beach and Santa Monica, the downtown skyscrapers and the Miracle Mile.

Don't leave Los Angeles without sampling the Mexican cuisine on Olvera Street.

Accommodation
Economic:
Standard: Elan Hotel
Superior: Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier
Optional activity(ies)
  • Beverly Hills Guided City Tour  Coup de Coeur Authentik
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Day 2 :  Los Angeles / Santa Barbara  (181 km / 01h57)

You have a free breakfast and morning in Los Angeles before picking up your motorhome between 1 and 3 p.m.

Your destination today is Santa Barbara, immortalized by the TV series of that name.

Be sure to take an evening stroll along East Beach at sunset.

 

Accommodation
Economic: Rancho Oso
Optional activity(ies)
Optional stay(s)
  • Excursion to San Diego

Day 3 :  Santa Barbara / Monterey  (378 km / 03h41)

Today you will be driving along the most beautiful section of Route 1, between Carmel and San Simeon, passing through the region of Big Sur. You will want to stop often to admire the magnificent scenery. 

Your destination is Monterey, a typical California coastal town. 

If there's one thing you shouldn't miss in Monterey, it's the scenic "17-Mile Drive". This private road passes through one of the richest and most famous residential communities on the west coast.

 

Accommodation
Economic: Monterey Bay KOA
Optional activity(ies)
  • Kayaking in the Monterey Bay

Day 4 :  Monterey / San Francisco  (131 km / 01h25)

Your motorhome road trip continues to San Francisco, America's most European and most tolerant city.

San Francisco has so much to offer... Why not start your stay with a visit to the observation tower of the de Young Museum with its unparalleled panoramic views of the city?

Or take an evening tour of Alcatraz prison, a unique and fascinating experience.

Accommodation
Economic: San Francisco RV Resort
Optional activity(ies)
  • Golden Gate Bay Cruise
  • GoCar Tours

Day 5 :  San Francisco  

Be sure to take a ride on one of San Francisco's historic cable cars: the most iconic San Francisco experience! The best time is early in the morning, before rush hour.

The children will enjoy watching the sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf or the marine animals at Aquarium of the Bay.

At the end of the day, why not walk across the Golden Gate Bridge? Sunset over the bridge is a moment of pure magic!

 

Accommodation
Economic: San Francisco RV Resort
Optional activity(ies)
  • Guided City Tour  Coup de Coeur Authentik
  • Helicopter flight

Day 6 :  San Francisco / Yosemite  (322 km / 04h04)

Today your destination is Yosemite National Park, considered to be the "crown jewel" of the US National Parks System, and with good reason. 

As you travel east, you leave the ocean behind and head into the mountains of Sierra Nevada.

You are sure to appreciate the scenery along the back roads of California.

Accommodation
Economic: Yosemite National Park Campground
Family: Yosemite Lakes RV Campground
Optional stay(s)
  • Napa Valley Vineyards

Day 7 :  Yosemite  

This morning, make your way to Yosemite Valley. Turn right at the first intersection to reach "Tunnel View", a scenic overview with spectacular panoramic views of the entire park.

Families and the less athletically inclined will enjoy the trail leading to Yosemite Falls, an easy 30-minute walk through a dreamlike setting.

Be sure to take the winding mountain road to Glacier Point, where you will find the most spectacular views of Yosemite Valley to be found in the park. 

 

 

Accommodation
Economic: Yosemite National Park Campground
Family: Yosemite Lakes RV Campground
Optional activity(ies)
  • Guided family hike
  •  Coup de Coeur Authentik

Day 8 :  Yosemite / Sequoia National Park  (274 km / 03h42)

Your next destination is the impressive Sequoia National Park.

This protected enclave in the heart of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains is home to a forest of giant sequoias. You are sure to feel tiny and insignificant among these magnificent natural giants.

Follow the winding road to the trail that leads to General Sherman Tree. With a height of 84 m and a circumference of 31 m, General Sherman is the largest living thing on earth!

Accommodation
Economic: Sequoia RV Ranch

Day 9 :  Sequoia National Park / DisneyLand  (366 km / 03h56)

Today you set out for Disneyland California, the first Disney park and the only one designed by Walt Disney himself.

Located around 30 kilometres from Los Angeles, this amusement park is said to be the "Happiest Place on Earth". 

You are staying in a gem of a campground, conveniently located to facilitate the return of your motorhome before 11:00 tomorrow morning.

Accommodation
Economic: Anaheim Resort RV Park

Day 10 :  DisneyLand / Los Angeles  (44 km / 00h36)

One last morning to enjoy your American vacation.

You return your motorhome before 11 a.m. and then head for the Los Angeles airport, where you board your return flight.

It's time to leave the land of Uncle Sam, full of memories that will last a lifetime!!!

 

Optional stay(s)
  • Stay in New York