Mountains or beaches, lush coastal rainforests or sun-baked deserts, whichever California itinerary suits you best, a luxury Moterra campervan is the best way to cover the distance with comfort, ease, and style. And where better to kick off a grand Golden State adventure than the storied city of San Francisco, the perfect hub for connecting to everything this amazing state has to offer. Have particularly epic adventures in mind? Talk to us about one-way rentals from San Francisco to Las Vegas!
Big Sur State Park | 1.5 hours
Napa Valley | 1 hour
Point Reyes National Seashore | 1 hour
Yosemite National Park | 3 hours
Lake Tahoe | 3.5 hours
Mendicino | 3.5 hours
Redwoods National Park | 5 hours
The Golden Gate Bridge perched like a crown on the sunset, the Bay lies open before you. At the northern end of the bridge, the Marin peninsula rises sharply from the sea. Only one hour North from SF is the Point Reyes National Seashore with its many inlets and their hikes, oysters, and hidden beaches. Further inland is wine country and the dreamily rolling hills of Sonoma and Napa counties. Spend your days fishing for Chinook salmon and sipping the local varietals or take your trip South, past the bustle of San Francisco to the warmth and beauty of Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. Whether your aim is to surf, sip, hike, or ride, you won’t have to travel far from our SF hub to make it happen.
world-class wines and explore the rich rolling hills of California’s famous wine country.
on your own or with a local surfing school on swells of all sizes in Santa Cruz.
the iconic Highway 1 as it snakes in and out of canyons and plunges from bluffs to roaring surf.
fresh oysters at the roadside stands of Tomales Bay.
North Coast Adventures
Buckle up and wind your way North on the most dramatic and beautiful stretches of the famous Pacific Coast Highway and into the mists and mysteries of California’s Lost Coast. The sea crashes and thunders through rocky blowholes into rapidly eroding bluffs, blanketing the air with the soft and tingling mists that inhabit this dramatic coastline. Just inland lurk giants, the towering ancient redwoods reaching higher than any other trees on Earth. Perfect for a romantic getaway or an awe-instilling family trip, magic awaits for anyone who explores California’s less traveled North Coast.
the beautiful seaside town of Mendocino and learn about the fascinating history of its unique and incredible oceanfront.
the endless and secluded beaches of Northern California’s Coastline.
the unforgettable Avenue of the Giants through the towering and venerable redwoods of Humboldt County and Redwoods National Park.
with sea lions and otters in the rich aquatic ecosystems of Noyo Bay.
The High Sierra
From the stunning granite sided vertigo of Yosemite National Park through ancient forests home to the world’s oldest and greatest trees to the soaring peak of the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, California’s Sierra Nevada mountains are impossible to oversell. Chase adrenaline in, above, or on the shores of glimmering Lake Tahoe, then close out the day with a sunset like no other. Next, pack up the van and head North for towering snow-capped volcanoes and pristine wilderness in Lassen Volcanic National Park and Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Climb mountains or cliff walls, float calm scenic rivers or turbulent rapids, then bathe in natural hot springs. The opportunities for adventure are endless in the high places of California.
in the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe or stay on top with a kayak or jet ski rental.
for gold in the glimmering creeks and rivers of California’s Gold Rush country.
the village loop of Yosemite at sunset as golden waterfalls plunge from the impossible heights of the granite walls.
the largest trees on earth at Sequoia National Park.
Pacific Coast Highway
Clear green blue waves crash onto sunny white sand beaches, hills, cliffs, and mountains rise dramatically from the sea, shedding rocks, trees, and even roads down into the ceaseless pounding of the surf. Whether you came to tame the waves, climb the bluffs, or stretch out in the sand under a golden California sun, the Southern California coastline is everything you might think, and more.
through redwood forests to the hidden waterfalls and secret beaches of Big Sur.
with sea otters and whales in the complex and fascinating ecosystem of Monterey Bay.
along the edge of the continent on the iconic coastal Route 1.
the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, a favorite for guests at all ages.
Deserts of California
On the well traveled roads between the lights of Las Vegas and the Los Angeles sunset, it’s impossible not to look to the side and wonder just what’s out there in those scorched desert sands. Camp out under the stars in the Alabama Hills and brave the intense heat of Death Valley National Park and the Mojave desert. Climb the legendary rock of Joshua Tree National Park and marvel at its oldest residents, the ancient twisted trees who give this place its name. It is impossible to know exactly what you’ll find in the deserts of Southern California but whatever it is, you will never forget the trip.
through palm groves and purple mountains in Death Valley National Park and gain a new appreciation for your luxury climate controlled van.
among blooming cactus, joshua trees, and natural stone arches in Mojave National Preserve.
from the lowest point in the country at Badwater Basin on a clear night for a sky brimming with stars.
about the ancient trees and fascinating animals and rocks of Joshua Tree National Park with a Junior Ranger booklet from the Visitor Center and earn a Junior Ranger Badge!
The California Coast offer over 3,000 miles of explorable roads, inlets, bays, and outlooks, while heading just a bit inland brings you to world-class vineyards and cultural hubs. Yosemite National Park offers 1,200 square miles of terrain full of waterfalls, deep valleys, ancient Sequoia groves and pristine waterways.
In short, California is a vanlife paradise!
With so much to choose from, however, we know it can feel daunting to plan a route that maximizes your vacation time while prioritizing the things you want to see and do most. Click the link below to get a free copy of our Moterra California Insider Recommendation List for itinerary ideas and information.
Or, take away the guesswork by using our Our Travel Planning Service. Our team of experts can do everything from booking activities and campgrounds, to steering you towards our favorite hidden gems of California experiences.
Don’t forget, you can contact us about one-way rentals to take your California adventure to the next level!
This was my third time renting from Moterra and it just keeps getting better and better. I planned a trip for my girlfriend’s birthday weekend and we ended up getting access permits to Yosemite. We nearly had the park to ourselves. We stopped at Tunnel View to take in the view and were able to cook ourselves dinner from the lookout because no one else was there! In the middle of the busy season. It wouldn’t have been possible without the van. They make magic moments like that happen every time I’m in one! Having everything you need with you at all times always allows us to adapt on the fly, avoid the crowds, and make the most of our time off. The Moterra team are always a pleasure to deal with. I’ll definitely be back again!
– BRIAN S
When we booked our trip I was a little nervous. First time camping on a campervan for both me and my wife with a 16 months old toddler, what could possibly go wrong? Turns out: nothing! It was more than perfect. The guys at Moterra went above and beyond helping us out with the delivery time and location, they were very helpful and flexible and gave us a very thorough walkthrough the vehicle. We had an amazing time camping in Big Sur, Leo loved every second he spent in the van and at our camp. During the day we just drove up and down highway 1 looking for beaches and hike (there are plenty!) and when Leo was napping we just pulled over popped the roof up, read a book and made fresh coffee looking at the ocean, it was a dream. I highly recommend Moterra both for the quality of the vans and for the awesome service that they provide as a company. We are already planning our next trip.
– SIMO F
Oh the places you can go! The guys at Moterra Campervans made dropping into the #vanlife a reality with ease.
We dropped our car off at the SF location and hopped into the van. Over 7 days we took in Lassen NP, Shasta-Trinity and then the Mendocino coast. As a family of 4 I thought it might be a bit tight but with smart use and lots of daytime activity, it worked out really well. I especially loved that it had most everything we needed when we checked in. Just plug and play! We definitely highly recommend.
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