Whatever your passion, Oregon’s natural and scenic variety – coast, mountains, rivers, high desert, plains, forests and valleys – lends equally to exhilarating outdoor adventure or tranquil exploration. Oregon also has more scenic byways and tour routes than any other state as well as no sales tax so plenty of shopping opportunities. Then onwards on this scenic tour to Northern California, a land of agricultural bounty where you’ll experience soaring Redwood Trees, taste world class wine in Sonoma County and finally end your trip and maybe leave your heart in San Francisco.
What better way to see the magnificent sights these destinations have to offer than on your own schedule, on the open road in a rented motorhome? There is no other holiday that gives you this freedom. You can stay in one place for as long or as little time as you fancy. There are no rigid rules about how long or short a time you stay in one place. Your motorhome also gives
you access to all main tourist areas. When visiting National or State Parks, many of them have facilities that allow you to overnight within the grounds of the parks. Aside from that, practically all of the tourist sites and sights that have drawn you here have welcoming Motorhome Parks right there.
What's Not Included
- One way Rental fee subject to availability and charge approx. $500 for pick up Portland and drop off San Francisco
- Security deposit of US$500 is payable on pick up with valid credit card
- Camping chairs
- Campground fees
*Motorhome rental prices are subject to change on a constant basis due to inventory fluctuations. Early booking ensures lower rates and availability, particularly for one-way rentals.
Oxbow Regional Park
Fort Stevens State Park
Beverly Beach State Park
Tumalo State Park
River Park Resort
Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park
Manchester Beach Kampground of America (KOA)
Cloverdale KOA, Sonoma County
San Francisco Departure
Day 1 Portland Arrival
Transfer independently to your chosen hotel where the evening will be at leisure. The following morning transfer to the Cruise America RV Renal location to pick up your C19 vehicle for your Coastal itinerary. Portland is surrounded by natural beauty and is known for its distinctive neighbourhoods each with a unique flavour and heritage, beautiful gardens, craft beer, indie music scene and great shopping including the largest bookstore in the USA - Powell’s Books.
Day 2 Oxbow Regional Park
After enjoying the hospitality of Portland it is time to collect your Motorhome and head out along the historic Columbia River Highway. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Gorge below and the many waterfalls close to the highway, the most impressive of which is Multnomah Falls, which drops 620 feet and is Oregon’s most popular natural attraction. 150 miles via Mt Hood to Oxbow Regional Park. Take the exhilarating Mt Hood Scenic Byway around what is one of Oregon’s most iconic landmarks to see some of the state’s most stunning scenery. After exploring the gorge drive to Hood River and enjoy the small town feel and visit Hood River Water Front Park, right on the Columbia River where you can watch kite and wind surfers from all over the world. There are great restaurants too!
Suggested Campground: Overnight Oxbow Regional Park
Day 3 Fort Stevens State Park
Today you are heading to Astoria, which has been called “The Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest,” and features a revitalized 1920s era downtown area and dozens of picturesque Victorian homes clinging to steep wooded hillsides. Rich in scenic beauty, the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River can be viewed from the top of Astoria’s historic landmark Column (built in 1926, the Column is 125 feet high and has 164 steps winding to the top). 125 miles to Fort Stevens State Park. Have an educational experience and visit the Maritime Museum and don’t miss the house of Lewis & Clark from 1805-06 in Fort Clatsop.
Suggested Campground: Overnight Fort Stevens State Park (Oregon Coast)
Day 4-5 Beverly Beach State Park
As you head south along this spectacular Scenic Byway you will pass historic lighthouses, sleepy fishing villages and amazing vistas. Explore Cannon Beach with its quaint town centre and many art galleries. Nearby Haystack Rock, the third largest monolith in the world is one of the State’s most photographed natural wonders. The mighty Pacific Ocean greets the beach along 7 gorgeous miles in Lincoln City and be sure to stop en route at charming Depoe Bay which has the smallest navigable harbour in the world. There are numerous charter fishing and whale watching companies that operate from here. Newport’s Historic Bay Front is home to one of Oregon’s largest commercial fishing fleets and visitors can enjoy shops, art galleries, chowder houses, restaurants, fish processing plants and family attractions in turn-of-the-century storefronts from a bygone era. Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the tallest on the Oregon Coast - soaring 93 feet in the air. 135 miles to Newport. Perhaps experience an unforgettable whale watching tour with Marine Discovery Tours, the coastal leader in narrated bay and ocean tours specializing in whales, oyster farming and sea wildlife. Visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium and see collections of flora and fauna native to the Oregon Coast as well as marine mammals, specifically sea lions, seals, and sea otters. Passages of the Deep allows visitors to walk through acrylic tunnels, surrounded by deep water marine animals.
Suggested Campground: Beverly Beach State Park – Overnight 2 nights
Day 6-7 Tumalo State Park
Continue south along the coast and stop at Heceta Head State Park where a short trail leads to the historic lighthouse and a spectacular view of the coast. Then it’s time to head East and on to charming Sisters, an 1880’s theme town and along the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway which follows the path of an 1860s wagon route and a unique place to shop with its many specialty stores and galleries. Continue on to the friendly and cosmopolitan town of Bend. With 300 days of sunshine a year and bordered by the Deschutes National Forest and the Cascade Mountains, Bend lies along the Deschutes River and is famous for its many forms of outdoor recreation. This bustling city sits in a peaceful valley and it began as a stopping point for wagon trains before they continued their journey across the Cascade Mountains. Today, it’s central Oregon’s most populated city. 245 miles to Bend. Don’t miss Sea Lion Caves where visitors can descend 208 feet down into the world’s largest sea cave, which is the home of the wild Steller sea lion. Grab some lunch in delightful Florence with its restored historic district and then take a dune buggy ride in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. From Bend take the scenic chairlift to the summit of Mt. Bachelor or head out to Newberry Volcano. The Lava Lands Visitor Center on Lava Butte provides an excellent orientation to the volcanic landscape and the Trail of Molten Lava.
Suggested Campground: Tumalo State Park – Overnight 2 nights
Day 8-9 Crater Lake
Take the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway through Deschutes National Forest as you head for Crater Lake National Park. No other place in America matches the dramatic beauty of Crater Lake – deep, pure and astoundingly blue. Surrounded by sheer cliffs nearly 2,000 feet high, the lake is the 7th deepest in the world and the deepest in the United States. Enjoy the unspoilt wonder of Crater Lake National Park and the breathtaking scenery on the Volcanic Legacy All American Highway. Sample the best of what Oregon has to offer, from the freshest, locally-grown mushrooms and berries to Rogue Valley cheeses and wines at the dining room at the Visitors Centre. 105 miles to Crater Lake National Park. Be sure to do the 33-mile rim drive which offers spectacular views and watch the film, “Mirror of Heaven” at the Visitors Centre. There are many hikes around the lake…but for the more adventurous try the hike down to the boat launch. The lake from this view is even more of an incredible site.
Suggested Campground: Crater Lake – Overnight 2 nights
Day 10-11 River Park Resort
A beautiful drive along the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway today. Follow the wild and scenic Rogue River all the way into Grants Pass – a classic river town. A myriad of wineries and scenic byways await discovery in this region or maybe opt for some world-class fishing, rafting, mountain biking or desert hiking. Southern Oregon is home to a pair of well-known festivals celebrating music and theatre - the Britt Music Festival and Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as well as historical museums, arts communities, antique malls and thriving wine valley, the Applegate Valley. History buffs will recognize the region as the site of Oregon’s 19thcentury gold rush, an era preserved for posterity within the boundaries of the entire town of Jacksonville. ✪ 100 miles to Grants Pass ★ Enroute stop at the Oregon Vortex near Gold Hill. It is a naturally occurring visual and perceptual phenomenon. You have to see it to believe it! Take in the majestic Rogue River which runs from Crater Lake all the way to the Pacific Ocean (215 miles) and sign up for a Jet Boat or river rafting tour.
Suggested Campground: River Park RV Resort – overnight 2 nights
Day 12 Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park
As you head south take time to explore the underground Oregon Caves National Monument and see a National Historic Landmark (the Oregon Caves Chateau). Wave goodbye to Oregon as you head over the border into California and the Redwoods. Established in 1929, this predominately old growth coast Redwoods Park is bisected by the last major free flowing river in California, the Smith River. 75 miles to Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park. Enjoy the park which has about 20 miles of hiking and nature trails, abundant wildlife, river access, a visitor centre with exhibits and a nature store.
Suggested Campground: overnight Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Day 13 Manchester Beach Kampground of America (KOA)
The trees within Humboldt Redwoods State park are part of the largest remaining forest of virgin redwood trees in the world. At Meyers Flat, you can pass through the Drive-Thru-Tree. Tour Humboldt Bay by boat, then shop and dine in Old Town Eureka. Your journey continues along Highway 1, 300-foot-tall redwoods will tower overhead as you drive the 31-mile stretch called the Avenue of Giants. 215 miles to Manchester Beach KOA, Mendocino County. See one of the world’s tallest trees in Rockefeller Forest Offshore, see the oldest Pacific Coast working lighthouse in Crescent City.
Suggested Campground: Overnight Manchester Beach Kampground of America (KOA)
Day 14 Cloverdale KOA, Sonoma County
It’s time to head south on Highway 101 through meandering rolling hills and a diverse landscape rich in agricultural heritage. Along the way, visit some of Sonoma County’s best wineries and sample an array of exceptional wines. Hike the nature trail in Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve near Guerneville. South of picturesque Jenner-bythe-Sea stands Fort Ross State Historic Park and further along the coast is Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve. Explore numerous parks, beaches and coastal villages. ✪ 60 miles to Cloverdale KOA, Sonoma County. Be sure to stop and embrace nature in Gualala Point Regional Park. A must see is Point Arena historic lighthouse. Take time to visit some of Sonoma County’s fine wineries and maybe buy a bottle to enjoy around the campfire later.
Suggested Campground: Overnight Wine Country KOA
Day 15-16 San Francisco
Head back through this land of agricultural bounty and world-class wines; ancient redwood forests and secluded ocean coves. With more than 300 friendly wineries, 40-plus spas, farm-to-table restaurants, art galleries, shops, rivers, redwoods, and trails that meander over oak covered hills, Sonoma County beckons the adventurous, the curious, and the lovers of the Northern California lifestyle, visit Bodega Bay for beautiful ocean views and amazing clam chowder. Marin RV Park is located just 10 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Take advantage of the public transport by bus of ferry, close to the campground into the centre of the city as you explore San Francisco. 80 miles to Marin RV Park. Visit the world famous Alcatraz Island – not only a fascinating tour, but also great views of the city from the boat ride over. Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and take the ferry back, an unforgettable experience.
Suggested Campground Marin RV Park – Overnight 2 nights
Day 17 San Francisco
After breakfast it is a 40 mile drive back to the Cruise America Depot in San Francisco where you will drop off your RV. The rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the wonderful Bay city of San Francisco with its steeped hills and cable cars.
Overnight San Francisco
Day 18 San Francisco Departure
What is touring in a Motorhome really like?
Freedom…Stay in one place as little or as long as you want. No set times for breakfast or dinner. No unpacking and repacking every day.
Flexibility…Chose either to follow one of our suggested itineraries or design your own. Not so keen on a place when you get there? No problem…all aboard and on to the next location.
Access…When visiting places such as the Grand Canyon or Zion National Park, you are able to overnight within the grounds of the parks and usually at a minimal cost. Aside from the National or State Parks, practically all of the tourist sites and sights that have drawn you here have welcoming Motorhome Parks right there.
Nature…Wake up to the sound of birds and a view of a vast mountain range. Step outside and take a deep breath of mountain or sea air. Relax with the family and eat breakfast in the sunshine. Then head out to your chosen destination for a full day of family fun. There is never any rush…and it doesn’t get better than that.
Cruise America offer four different types of motorhome:
T17 Truck Camper: Sleeps 3 people, length 6.15 metres
C19 Compact Motorhome: Sleeps family up to 3 people, length 6.15 metres
C25 Standard Motorhome: Sleeps family up to 5, length 7.3-7.6 metres
C30 Large Motorhome: Sleeps family up to 7 people, lenght 8.8-9.1 metres
All Cruise America’s motorhomes have a refrigerator and freezer. They all have a hob and a microwave and cupboards for food storage in the kitchen area. All have a shower, basin and flush toilet. Waste water from the bathroom and kitchen goes into two on-board holding tanks when you are not hooked up to mains drainage at a campground.
Cruise America also provides a Personal Kit with personal bedding and towels and a Kitchen Kit of pots and pans and crockery.
All Cruise America vehicles come with power steering, power brakes and automatic transmission. If you drive a manual vehicle at home, it will take you seconds to get the hang of forgetting your left foot and just using the on/off pedals – the power and the brake.
From our own experience, the vehicle length has never been a problem – it just seems to follow
you! Just be sure to make your turns wide. The vehicle width takes a little while to get used to,
but by day two you will be driving your motorhome like a professional! You don’t need a special license – all you need is to be 25 years of age or older and possess a valid driver’s license and a major credit card.
Campground rates vary based on time of year and what facilities they offer. Generally you can expect to pay between $10 and $50 per night.
A partial list of commonly found facilities would include: electric, water, sewer hook-ups, washer, dryer, swimming pool, playground, BBQ pits, on-site convenience store.
If wanting to stay near big attractions – Disney, Universal Studios, Niagara Falls – or close to popular cities or in the National Parks, we would always recommend advance booking for campgrounds. Otherwise, if travelling in July and August booking ahead is a very good idea also.