In June 2012, we plan to take our first RV trip up the California coast from San Diego to Oregon. We will be pulling a 30' 5th wheel with a Ford Diesel. Are there any sections of Hwy 101/1 that are not suggested for travel with our rig?
Also, are there any special stops recommended to see along the way?
Sounds like a great trip. We have a little longer 5th wheel and have done the trip many times. In san Diego is a huge campground--Campland on the Bay--the place is well kept but it is a zoo--has all the ammneties including a resturant. Also, a bit pricey. In Newport Beach is Newport Dunes just off the Pacific Coast--nice place. In Huntington is a small State Park-Beach--Bolsa Chica State Beach with Rv sites right on the beach. From that point I would head in land on the 605 Frwy to the 210 Frwy and head N. avoiding L.A. getting back on the HWY 101 around Ventura. In Buelton is the Flying Flags RV Resort--next to a great place to visit--Solvang--A Danish village. South of Beulton is Santa Barbara-about 1 hour drive--a great place to visit--the Santa Barbara Mission--drive along the beach and onto the Pier, park and eat and just walk around. Further N. Morro Bay and Pismo Beach--some nice campgrounds in Pismo. Cambria is along the coast small pretty town. Paso Robles has a lot of wineries and nice campgrounds. We always stay in Moss Landing at a small KOA between Monterey and Santa Cruz near Castroville.
Hope that gives you some ideas--Lars
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Long sections of 1 are well a coast road with some beautiful scenery. We like Pismo and at Oceano you can drive/camp on the beach. Check out Morro Bay, Monterey, San Francisco, Bodega Bay and drive down to Hog Island Oysters, Ft Bragg, Eureka, Redwoods and then all of the spectacular Oregon coast.
Depending upon how you feel about coast roads you might want to avoid San Simeon north, 1 north of the GG bridge and at Ft Bragg take 20 to 101.
We did the reverse trip a few years ago - Portland, OR to San Diego. We blogged extensively about places we stayed, restaurants, things to do, etc... The link is below, in our signature block - start around October, 2008 and go from there - took about 2-3 months, if I recall.
When you get to San Francisco be aware that hwy 101 runs through the city streets and it is a bit tight in spots. The worst spot are the last several miles as you approach the Golden Gate Bridge.
If tight quarters bother you then you might want to look into crossing over to the east bay, near San Jose, on the 17/880 and drive through Oakland into Richmond. From Richmond you cross the bay and go past San Quentin, my Alma Mater, and pick up the 101 again.