Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Scotts Valley, CA
Tuck your RV rental to bed under a canopy of Redwood trees. This is a great place to stay if you decide to try your hand at the rails with Roaring Camp Railway. Miles of hiking and biking trails meander through the scenic forest only 5 minutes from major shopping and dining.
East Bay Regional Park District
The park offers a variety of camping options (11 different parks to choose from) and recreational activities to keep you busy during your stay. You can go geocaching, golfing, horseback riding, enjoy the many water activities, practice your shooting and archery skills, and observe the many natural wonders found within the park.
University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
If you have a passion for botany or nature in general, then this is a mandatory stop. Established in 1890, the Garden, has amassed over 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated over 34 acres. It is worthy to note that the garden holds one of the largest and most diverse collections in the United States.
To enjoy views of the San Francisco bay, skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge make your way over to Vista Point. You can even walk or bike the bridge to take in more panoramic views.
Anthony Cabot Regional Park
Castro Valley, CA
Hayward in California is just five miles away from Anthony Cabot Regional Park, and if you are visiting in this locality, it is well worth checking out the campground in the park. The amenities here include water, sewer and electric, and it is both family friendly and pet friendly. The campground is open year-round, and pull thru-sites are available.
This park does make for a good touring base, as you are within reach of the San Francisco Bay area. It is also a place where you can enjoy outdoor activities, and where you can hit the trail when you want to. There are many miles of trails in Anthony Cabot Regional Park, and these offer options for hikers, cyclist and horseback riders. The East Bay Skyline National Trail runs the length of the park, and is a great choice if you want to get on your bike and cover some distance.
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Half Moon Bay, CA
Get away in your RV rental to a close by state beach over in Half Moon Bay. Incredible sunsets and easy access make this a great spot to take the RV rental. Lock in your advance reservations early as this park fills up fast. A friendly tip to save some cash is to reserve the interior sites versus the more expensive beach front sites. Same access and views at 2/3 the price. Bring the board for surfing and fun on the sand!
Redwood Regional Park
You can find this Redwood forest just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland. Once the source of San Francisco Bay Area?s building supplies, logging is now history, and the park is home to regal 150 foot redwoods spread over 1,830 acres. On your hike or run you may be fortunate enough to see rare species such as the golden eagle and Alameda striped racer.
Point Bonita Lighthouse
The last manned lighthouse on the California coast, today it is part of the largest urban national park in the U.S., the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. If you enjoy a rugged hike then getting here will be fun, the half mile trail that leads to the lighthouse is steep, you can also discover the old Coast Guard rescue station, wildflowers, and pillow basalt rock formations.