Southern California Motorhome Holiday

Beachfront campgrounds in sunny SoCal - this motorhome holiday is ideal for families.

Stunning national parks, famous cities, iconic beaches and remote desert roads: southern California offers a varied road trip with a seemingly endless line-up of bucket list sights. This round trip itinerary starts and ends in Los Angeles, travelling via the Big Sur, San Francisco, Yosemite and Death Valley national parks as well as the Mojave Desert.

Tour highlights

    • Drive the Big Sur
    • See Yosemite National Park
    • Stay on the beach at Newport Beach
    • Make a stop at a real ghost town


Day 1

UK to Los Angeles

Fly from the UK to Los Angeles. You cannot collect your motorhome after an international flight so take the chance to unwind at a comfortable hotel close to the airport.

Day 2

Los Angeles to Santa Margarita

Head to the nearby Cruise America depot and collect your motorhome.  After an orientation session you are ready to hit the open road and start heading north on legendary Highway 1. Make a stop along ‘The American Riviera’ at one of the palm-lined beaches around Santa Barbara before traveling inland to the campground at Santa Margarita.

Day 3

Santa Margarita to Hearst Castle

The short drive today takes you past plenty of places to stop and enjoy some real Americana. Visit San Luis Obispo, known as the happiest town in America, or the secluded Morro Bay. Continue north up the coast until the distinctive Hearst Castle comes into view on the hills to your right. From your convenient campground explore this marvellous monument built by magnate William Randolph Hearst.

Day 4

Hearst Castle to San Francisco

Rejoin Highway 1 for the most famous stretch of this scenic trail: the Big Sur. Dramatic cliffs and quiet bays dot the coastline as you wind your way along one of America’s most scenic roads. Leave plenty of time for photo stops and an afternoon in pretty Monterey before arriving into San Francisco. The Candlestick RV Park is easily accessible, so you avoid the downtown traffic, but offers an hourly shuttle to whisk guests into the delights of the city by the bay.

Day 5

San Francisco

Take a day to explore this intriguing city. Visit Chinatown, ride the historic cable cars over San Francisco’s steep hills and head to Fisherman’s Wharf for the city’s best seafood. Speak to your Best at Travel consultant about booking your tickets to visit Alcatraz along with a sightseeing tour of the city.

Day 6

San Francisco to Yosemite National Park

Journey inland and soon the ground begins to rise. You are entering the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range where explorers, gold prospectors, hunters and pioneers have been finding adventure for centuries. This remarkable region is home to Yosemite National Park but just before you get there you will arrive at the Yosemite Pines RV Park, outside of the national park itself.

Day 7

Yosemite National Park

Spend a day in one of America’s most famous national parks. Granite peaks rise steeply from the pine forests, giant waterfalls cascade from vertical cliffs and an array of wildlife can be seen in the wildflower meadows. There are plenty of walking trails through the park catering to all abilities so we recommend you strike away from the main visitor centre and find your own little piece of this paradise.

Day 8

Yosemite National Park to Lone Pine

Depart early to make the most of this incredible journey through the Sierra Nevadas and out the other side, crossing through Yosemite and descending to Highway 395 as it travels south. Pass Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous USA, before arriving at your campsite at Lone Pine, close to Death Valley National Park and the lowest point in the USA.

Day 9

Lone Pine to Barstow

As you journey south the land flattens into the remarkable desert scenery of countless Wild West movies. Cacti dot the landscape and the long straight road stretches into California’s Mojave Desert. Your campground is near the town of Barstow and from here you can make a trip to the remarkable ghost town of Callico which used to be a bustling silver mining community.

Day 10

Barstow to San Diego

Leave the desert behind and head back to the Pacific coast and the stunning city of San Diego. Campland on the Bay RV Park has a great location on Mission Bay with a sandy beach leading down to this huge saltwater inlet.

Day 11

San Diego

This coastal city epitomises the SoCal lifestyle. Spend a day at SeaWorld San Diego, where fun and frolics go hand-in-hand with local and international marine conservation. Head to Old Town for a true taste of the region’s Mexican heritage or spend a day at the beach in Mission Beach or on Coronado Island.

Day 12

San Diego to Newport Beach

Head north out of San Diego, passing the seaside communities of La Jolla and Carlsbad. Perhaps make a stop at LegoLand, where there is plenty of family fun. Cross the border into Orange County and you will arrive into beautiful Newport Beach. The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort offers great facilities and plenty of water sports as well as great shopping in the boutiques of Newport Beach.

Day 13

Newport Beach to Los Angeles

On your final morning drive back to Los Angeles and the Cruise America depot to return your motorhome before your flight home.

Your vehicle

Compact Motorhome

Our C19 Motorhome Range

Capacity:Sleeps up to 3 people. 6.15 metres long

Features of your motorhome:
  • 'Peace of Mind Insurance'
  • 24 hour customer assistance
  • Double bed over the cab and single dinette bed
  • Walk through cabin from the front seats
  • Air-conditioning
  • Heating
  • Gas hob
  • Microwave
  • Hot & cold running water
  • Flush toilet
  • Shower
  • Radio
  • Dining area

Min Rental age: 21

Pre Pay Extras

Pre-Payable Extras:
  • There is an additional charge for the miles you cover on your trip so save money and pre-purchase mileage packs.
  • 500 miles from £110. Extra miles will be charged at $0.34 per mile when you return the motorhome.
  • Unlimited mileage = £609 for 7-21 days.
  • We can offer an 'Early Bird Departure' which includes a transfer to the rental depot, first in line service and earlier vehicle collection, from £285.

Local Pay Extra

Extras Paid at the Depot:
One-way fee.
Personal kits - these include sleeping bags, pillows, sheets and towels, from $55 per person.
Provisioning kits - these include pots, pans, cookware and crockery, from $100 per vehicle.
Generator - an optional extra from $7 per day.
Excess mileage.
Colorado Road Safety Fee ($2+tax per day) for Denver rentals; Surcharge ($5+tax per day) on Newark and Philadelphia Rentals.
Refundable security deposit ($500).

Additional Info

  • Your motorhome rental includes ‘Peace of Mind’ insurance, with no upselling at the depot as you sometimes get with car hire.  Peace of Mind insurance includes third party cover for bodily injury, property damage and personal injury protection for authorised drivers.  Supplemental Liability Insurance is also included providing excess liability insurance up to US$1million and your excess for vehicle loss or damage is capped at $1,000 providing the terms and conditions of the rental agreement have been met.
  • Motorhomes cannot be collected on the same day you arrive into the US or Canada on an international or overnight flight, for your own safety.
  • At the end of your rental schedule your flight out for evening or the following day.
  • Motorhome collection begins at 1pm and is completed by 4pm.
  • Motorhomes must be returned between 9-11am.
  • Minimum hire period is 7 days.
  • All motorhomes have automatic transmission.

Special Offer

Book by 31 April 2016 and receive unlimited mileage plus 2 free personal kits.


This fly drive itinerary runs all year round

Let us plan your perfect trip to Los Angeles, call 0203 553 1717 to speak to one of our experts

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