After leaving Oregon, we headed down to San Francisco to meet up with our nephew and his girlfriend, who were coming to spend Thanksgiving with us in San Francisco 🙂 We left a few days early, hoping to stop along the way on the Pacific Coast Highway to explore a bit on our way there. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as easy as we had thought, to stop anywhere we wanted to explore, pulling our trailer, so we focused on the spots that we
We stopped just past the California border to spend the night at a casino parking lot (yeah, those are awesome places to spend the night) From there, we headed to Russian River RV Park, about 90 miles north of San Francisco where we spent 2 nights while it was time to head to San Francisco and check in at the RV park there. Unfortunately we couldn’t escape paying for the RV park in San Francisco … and it wasn’t cheap 😦 but it was the least expensive option.
The RV Park was just a big parking lot, very very tight spaces… nothing fancy, but it was right by the ocean and not too far from downtown San Francisco… But as we mentioned before, it was a better option then paying for a Hotel or something similar to that.
We did enjoy the time in San Francisco as much as we could with our visitors from back home 🙂 Got to visit Muir Woods National Monument, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, Point Bonita Lighthouse, Alcatraz, and of course Downtown San Francisco.
Muir Woods and San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park do have an entrance fee of $20 per person… but you can get in without paying if you happen to have the National Parks Pass, which is a pass that pretty much anyone that loves visiting national parks should have. Muir Woods was pretty awesome, we did struggle to find a parking spot because it was PACKED!!! but at the end, it was well worth it.
While visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, we took a crazy, twisty road from there to Point Bonita Lighthouse… thankfully it is a one way road because oh it is pretty nerve wrecking! The area around the lighthouse was pretty to walk around, a lot of history for all of you history buffs out there.
And talking about a lot of history, we also got a chance, thanks to our visitors from Austin, TX, to visit Alcatraz on one of their tours. The tour of Alcatraz was a pleasant experience. Got to learn a lot more of its history thanks to the audio tour guide 🙂
Lastly, we got to enjoy the downtown area as well. We tried it one day but it rained on us 😦 … But we went back of course! Rubi and I had already visited San Francisco a few years back while taking a road trip around California but this time was different because we took everything at a much slower pace (last time we only had two days to explore the city).
Now for the bad… traffic, parking costs, and golden gate bridge toll costs! That toll across the bridge it’s pretty expensive for us RVers 😦 since they go by axle. And around the city, traffic is pretty bad. Parking is plenty but it’s a bit expensive as well. Best option was for us to drive to one of the big train stations and take the train from there to downtown and the bus around the city.
But overall, we had an amazing time exploring not just the city of San Francisco, but the cool spots around the city, and with great company!
After our guests from Austin flew back to Austin, we also left the RV Park and headed towards San Barbara, planning on taking two days to get there to enjoy the scenery along the Pacific Coast Highway!
Check out all the photos from our visit below. If you want to see them in full resolution, just click inside any of them and you will be taken to our Flick Page. Enjoy.