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Old 01-28-2016, 03:12 PM   #1
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We plan to make a trip from Fla. out west tour the national parks, and stop in San Francisco for maybe a couple of days. We will be leaving Sequoia NP for San Francisco. Can anyone tell me the best route to take and the best park to stay while there traveling in a 38' motorhome with a toad?
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Don't know much about the route but a friend of mine has a daughter in San Francisco and he visited her several times and always stayed at San Francisco RV Park San Francisco RV Resort | Encore RV Park in California | SF Bay Area He had some great pictures of sunsets from the park. It is right on a cliff overlooking the Pacific.
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Candlestick RV Park, San Francisco

We've been staying there about once a year for the past 15 years or so.

From Sequoia park go north on 99 and then west on 152 then north on 101 to exit 429A.
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We stayed at Marin RV Park. Not in San Frisco but across the bay. It is within walking distance of the ferry and that was fun in itself. High speed ferry that rises up on hydra foils. The ferry docked at Fisherman's Wharf where there is a lot to do. We got pretty good at riding the ferrybuses/trolley's/cable cars and had a blast.

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We stayed at Marin RV Park. Not in San Frisco but across the bay. It is within walking distance of the ferry and that was fun in itself. High speed ferry that rises up on hydra foils. The ferry docked at Fisherman's Wharf where there is a lot to do. We got pretty good at riding the ferrybuses/trolley's/cable cars and had a blast.

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We've done this same thing and the boat ride is fun along with the fact that you don't have to find parking.

If you are going to tour Alcatraz order your tickets a day or so in advance as it's sold out a lot.
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Hi mlh2013,
If this is your first time in SF you are going to need more than a couple of days. I agree with Robmat on where to stay. Been there several times. It is very tight, but the convenience being close to SF and the sunset views are worth it. I hope there are no mobility problems. SF is a walking tourist attraction. For a couple of days consider:
1. Fisherman's wharf area. And yes there is parking available. It is in several of the wharf buildings a couple of blocks away from the dock for the boat to Alcatraz. If you have a handicap placard one can park at the Alcatraz boat dock (only if you are going to see the prison). There are only about 5 spaces for handicap parking.
2. Take the trolley to the trolley museum.
3. Walk down Lombard street.
4. Eat out lunch and dinner. Here is where you can stuff yourself with seafood of every kind and cooked many different ways.
5. Go to China Town and walk around.

This is more than enough for a couple of days. There is much more to do, but it gives you an excuse to return.
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Have to disagree about Pacifica (SF RV Resort) that others have suggested. The fog deposits salt on your vehicle every night. Had to wash the windshield of the rental car every day in order to see. Cringed at what it was doing to the motor home. And the drive into SF from there is on a stretch of several miles of city streets with a lot of traffic. Unfortunately there are no nice RV parks in and around SF. I don't know why. It can't be real estate prices (which are ridiculous) because places like LA, San Diego, Palm Springs have great ones.
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The best route? Well you'll have to travel across the state then contend with the coastal mountain ranges. There are several ways to do this, so this is what I would do, time permitting of course. Leave Sequoia NP on
hwy 198 until you get to hwy 101 then turn North to SF. Or do this, still on
hwy 198 going West, somewhere between Hwy 99 and Hwy 5 get on the Hwy 41 heading SW to hwy 46 into over to Hwy 1. You'll have to get on Hwy 101 at Monterey but you will never forget the drive up Hwy 1. But that's just me. Enjoy California.
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Just to add more information, here's how not to do it with your big MH. We visited in 2013, on the way to a car club convention in Napa. On a friends recommendation, we stayed at Tradewinds RV park in Valejo and rode the ferry into SF. The ferry ride was great, with a senior discount, but the park was very small and we had to park our race car trailer in an overflow lot.

Assuming you get to SF, be sure to visit the Buena Vista restaurant at the foot of one of the trolley lines. Pretty good bar food, and great Irish Coffee.
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Another vote for Marin RV Park....The ferry into the SF Ferry Terminal is a half hour trip and fun to do. Once in the city, there are lots of ways to navigate around, using trolleys, buses and cable cars. Taking the bus to the Haight/Ashbury area is a treat in and of itself, but don't to take along your fringed jacket and boots

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Encore Pacifica RV Resort made the news a couple of days ago as the bank/cliff is dropping into the ocean. Might be worth checking before making reservations. Could be a bit too close of a view
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Thanks all for the info. I will checkout all the parks mentioned and make a decision. It sounds like lots of fun can be had in SF. Our really want to see's are the golden gate and Alcatraz.
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Could write a book . . . First off, where you staying in Sequoia? And when matters also. Our last visit we (37' Class A) we stayed at Country Manor in Visalia & drove our dinghy up to Seqouia. Not a road I would take an RV up, especially towing a car. Part of your issue with SF is going to be commuter traffic. If you are actually staying in SNP, I'd suggest you figure making it a two day trip. As far as where to stay in SF, we've stayed at all the parks mentioned and some not. Hands down my preference is Marin Park. Especially if this is your first trip to the Bay Area. Walk from the park (past an iconic bridge from 'Dirty Harry') and take the ferry over to the wharf. (The office at the park will provide great advice on how to make the most of your visit.) Were it me, I'd take 99 to 120 to 5 to Flag City RV in Lodi & spend the night. 12 to 80 to 29 to 37 to 101 to Larkspur the next day. Make reservations at Marin Park ASAP.
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Thanks all for the info. I will checkout all the parks mentioned and make a decision. It sounds like lots of fun can be had in SF. Our really want to see's are the golden gate and Alcatraz.
As previously mentioned, book Alcatraz now. Absolutely the best way to see the Golden Gate is to take one of those big tour buses that have the open seating up top. Let someone else do the driving in SF.
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