From California to Nevada to Arizona – from man-made wonders to the natural wonders that make America what it is. This isn’t a long tour, less than 1500 miles, and we know you will want to stay longer at some places. You can also pick up the same route starting in Las Vegas or Phoenix; or drive one-way between two of them. So a lot of choice here.
Travelling by motorhome is the perfect choice if you want to explore at your own pace, staying overnight at sites where the nearest hotel is literally miles away. A motorhome is also very good value for money, particularly for families or a group of friends. Each motorhome is fully equipped and designed to provide the optimum in comfort and practicality.
Hiring a motorhome to see America truly is an exceptional experience. The great outdoors is just waiting to be explored. 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 and eat breakfast in the sunshine. Then head out to your chosen destination for a full day of fun. There is never any rush…and it doesn’t get better than that.
What's Not Included
- Security deposit of CAD$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.
Los Angeles Arrival
Day 1 Los Angeles Arrival
Collect your motorhome from Cruise America’s Los Angeles station and head 132 miles to Barstow to overnight. This is a pleasant campground in a crossroads town that once saw The Old Spanish Trail and Route 66 pass this way. Visit the outlet malls and their one hundred stores.
130 miles to Barstow
Take the shuttle from KOA to the silver mining ghost town of Calico.
Day 2 Las Vegas
Again, a freeway drive of about two hours, skirting the Mojave Desert, that will bring you to Las Vegas. We believe we have found the nicest campground for you in this crazy fun city of neon, megastars and casinos! Spend the day wandering the strip and decide what show you want to see tonight. Tickets are normally available and there are several Cirque du Soleil performances going on in various hotels – any one is a fabulous choice.
140 miles to Las Vegas
Visit New York, Paris, Mandalay, Luxor, the Barbary Coast or the Sahara; they’re all on The Strip.
Day 3 Kingman, Arizona
Cross into Arizona today via the Hoover Dam. There is so much to see and explore in this amazing man-made structure that channels the mighty Colorado River through turbines at eighty five miles an hour and so create power for much of three states. Visit the Museum and see how it was constructed – a colossal and costly feat of man’s ingenuity. Then to Kingman, gateway to Historic Route 66.
120 miles to Kingman.
Visit the Powerhouse Visitors’ Centre for a map of the Kingman walking tour.
Day 4 Grand Canyon
The longest remaining stretch of Route 66 starts in Kingman and runs through to Ash Fork. You will pass through the Hualapai Indian Reservation at Peach Springs and tantalizingly close to the Grand Canyon but you just cannot get to it by road from here! You’ll have got your kicks on Route 66 though and at Williams, you’ll head north to the Grand Canyon and the Trailer Village RV Park (the only one at the Grand Canyon with full hook-ups).
150 miles to Grand Canyon.
Visit the Canyon’s rim as the sun goes down but be sure to be there again at first light.
Day 5&6 Phoenix
During just over four hours driving south on InterState 17 you will see the landscape change from the lushness in the north with its pines and aspens, to the desert of the south with its giant cacti and sagebrush. It is a fascinating drive for that reason alone but as you come through the Coconino Forest, Sedona is an ideal place to break your journey. Your campground is located on the eastern edge of Scottsdale, where the Four Peaks rise from the desert floor.
270 miles to Phoenix.
Visit Montezuma Castle. One of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America standing five storeys high and with twenty rooms.
Day 7 Blythe
Unashamedly, a stop ‘halfway between where you’ve been and where you want to go’. Blythe, alongside the Colorado River, makes its living looking after tourists who are just passing through and they’ll make you more than welcome.
175 miles to Blythe.
Visit Cibola National Wildlife Refuge.
Day 8 Palm Springs
Stop off at Joshua Tree National Park and possibly the Salton Sea State Recreation Area on your way to Palm Springs, or we should say next door neighbor Palm Desert. This is a ‘desert drive’ but it’s an interesting one to your destination on Frank Sinatra Drive. Emerald Desert is a resort in itself and boasts a 9 hole golf course if anyone needs to slip away for a couple of hours!
155 miles to Palm Desert.
Visit more of Palm Springs and spot the celebrities. Many from the movie and music world live here for its benign desert climate.
Day 9 San Bernardino
And now to the Pacific Ocean and the beach. You can head south from your campground and take a country drive through Pinion Flats, the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest and through the Cleveland Forest to join up with the Interstate all the way and be at the beach in a couple of hours. Campland on the Bay is one of our firm favourites.
140 Interstate miles to Campland Resort.
Visit the world famous Palomar Observatory.
Day 10 San Diego
Allow a “good” two hours to get back to Cruise America, especially if driving in rush hour. 110 miles to Cruise America to drop off your motorhome.
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.