California Road Trip Planner | Where to Stop 

I just returned from an epic road trip through California with my boyfriend Myles and one of my best friends Hana. We had the time of our lives and I’ll be writing a post about each day since we fit so much in each day!

I figured I’d put together a plan of our route since California is full of amazing places and it’s hard to narrow it down. 

This road trip was a little different for us because we rented a van from Escape campervans and lived out of it for a week. This was honestly an amazing decision and we LOVED our van.  Most of the places we stayed got to the 30s or 40s overnight and considering we are from Florida, we thought van camping was a better option than tent camping.


Thank God we discovered Escape campervans. I can’t say enough good things about this company! 

The vans include a propane stove, full set of dish ware, a sink, a heater, bedding, and a huge comfortable bed. You have the option to rent additional items like snow chains or even a tent sleeper to put on top of the van so you can fit an extra person! 

Not to mention all of the vans are beautifully decorated by awesome local artists. 

Our van was around $700 for 8 nights. It might sound like a lot but to put it in perspective, on another recent road trip, my rental car was $500 for 10 days and we still had to pay for somewhere to sleep at night! $700 for 8 nights of accomodation plus the freedom to explore and somewhere to cook is defnitely worth it. You’ll save a ton by not eating out.

On top of that, their customer service is great and the employees are super friendly and sweet. When we returned our van, we had gone over our allotted mileage but the guy didn’t charge us. (They give you 100 free miles per day with the option to purchase more.)

I’m already dreaming of more trips in an Escape campervan.


We flew into San Francisco and spent a few days in a hotel there before picking up the van near the San Francisco airport. I highly recommend NOT driving a huge campervan in cities like San Francisco or LA.

Here is the rest of our route and the campgrounds and RV parks we stayed at.

San Francisco –> Napa (Bothe Napa Valley Campground) –> Yosemite National Park (Indian Flats RV Park)  –> Monterey/Carmel/Point Lobos (Carmel RV Park) –> Big Sur and the California coast (Plaskett Creek Campground) –> San Luis Obispo (Chumash Campgrounds) –> Solvang (Flying Flag RV Resort) –> Los Angeles


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