California has 3,427 miles of coastline to explore, stretching alongside the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. According to a survey done by The Knot, it is the second most popular state in America for honeymooners, who visit for the sand, surf, sea and the beautiful scenery. When you are honeymooning in your RV, you can experience far more of California than if you were staying in a hotel. There are amazing national parks, mountain ranges, forests and some of the best beaches in America. What more could you ask for from a honeymoon?
Kings Canyon National Park
The Kings Canyon National Park is nestled next to California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. The park is home to some of the most incredible living organisms on Earth – the Sequoia trees. When you get married, exchanging wedding rings symbolizes love and the promise to stay true to one another for a lifetime. The band signifies the journey that you are going to make together. For the Sequoia trees, that lifetime is very long indeed, the trees at Kings Canyon National Park are more than 3,000 years old, and they are the largest living thing on the planet. The trees have lived through wars, disasters, industrial ages, forest fires and changes in climate – but they still stand and endure. A trip in your RV to visit these amazing trees is symbolic too, especially after you have made a promise to one another to stand together, for better and for worse, for the rest of your lives.
If you want to give your RV a test on the roads, then driving the Big Sur is the ultimate journey, with an incredible view of the coast. This rugged stretch of coastline runs between San Simeon and Carmel. To the east of you will be the Saint Lucia mountains, and to the west, the stunning, blue Pacific Ocean. The Big Sur has windy turns that run for over 220 miles, and on the way there are some great campsites where you can park up your RV and take in the scenery. The Garrapata State Park is a great place to park for a couple of nights, and you can spend some time together walking on the golden sands of the Garrapata Beach. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park also has some great camping facilities, and you can enjoy hiking up to the beautiful Pfeiffer Falls.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is one of the most-visited national parks in America, and home to 90 different species of mammal, including bobcats, marmots, mountain lions and of course black bears. The park has a long and rich history, and some spectacular scenery, carved out by glaciers more than 3,000 years ago. Whilst staying in the park, you can hike to some of the most iconic landmarks including El Capitan and the Half Dome, a granite formation over 5,000 feet tall. There are also some breathtaking waterfalls in Yosemite Park that you can visit – Yosemite Falls is 2,425 feet high. The best time to see the waterfalls is late spring, after the snow has melted.
Traveling across the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco would be an incredible highlight on an RV honeymoon in California. San Francisco is very RV friendly, and you can park on any street that’s not posted. There are also some excellent RV parks in and around the city, with great facilities. Candlestick RV Park and Rob Hill Campground and good places to stop for a few nights, and then you can explore the city on bike or on the tram system. Whilst you are in the area, make sure that you visit San Francisco Zoo, home to more than 2,000 endangered and exotic animals, including the comical Magellanic Penguins. These penguins know all about commitment – they mate for life.
Lake Tahoe is the ideal place to stop when you are on honeymoon, and there are no shortage of places where you can safely park your RV and enjoy the scenery. The beautiful turquoise lake is popular all year round with boaters, campers and beach-goers. In the winter months you can ski the Sierra Nevada mountains to the south shore of Lake Tahoe, or you can even try snow tubing. When the snow has melted, the surrounding forests are great for hiking and spotting wildlife. Lake Tahoe is somewhere you can relax and watch the world go by, or have an exciting adventure together.
Touring in your RV means that you can have a honeymoon that takes you all over California. From luxurious beaches to majestic state parks, there is so much to see as you begin your new life together. And one final note, make sure you are covered by RV Advisor recommended Roadside Assistance!