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A great destination for your next RV rental vacation can be found in Benicia, California. Home of the third location of the California state capitol building, prior to the legislature’s move to Sacramento in 1854, Benicia is located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area in Solano County. When you book an RV in Benicia, you can set up camp in the “best natural site for a commercial city” according to Lt. William Tecumseh Sherman, who was once posted at the historic Benicia Arsenal. Lt. Ulysses S. Grant replaced Sherman upon his retirement.
On the north shore of the Carquinez Strait, Benicia offers a variety of things to do and see while keeping you close to destinations like San Francisco or Napa, both of which make great locations for day trips. The city’s location has also played an important role in the ways that Benicia has developed over the years. Benicia was once a destination for Pony Express Riders who hoped to catch a ferry and cross over to Martinez, simply because they had missed their steamer in Sacramento. In the late 1870s, the city was established as an important port city, when large ferries began carrying trains from Benicia to Port Costa. By the mid-1880s, shipyards in Benicia became a central location for wheat storage and trade.
While there were times of decline for the small city, in the 1960s the Benicia Arsenal was shut down and the Benicia-Martinez Bridge was constructed. These developments allowed the city to grow as a suburb of Oakland and San Francisco. Today, with a population of just under 30,000 residents, there is no shortage of things to do when renting your RV in Benicia. From art galleries and restaurants to museums, parks, and more, there is certain to be something for everyone.
The Great Outdoors
Visiting the suburbs of San Francisco with a Benicia RV rental does not mean that you must sacrifice on spending some of your trip connecting with the great outdoors. Take in spectacular vistas along the shoreline of the Carquinez Strait from 1st Street or picnic at one of three parks on the waterfront. There is a total of 20 parks in Benicia, including the Benicia State Recreation Area which offers grassy hillsides and rocky beaches, as well as 2.5 miles of park roads and bike paths for cyclists, runners, walkers, and roller skaters to enjoy.
For a little more space to clear your mind, you can head to Point Reyes National Seashore with the Benicia motorhome rental. About an hour drive from Benicia, the national seashore boasts 71,000 acres of rocky headlands and vast sandy beaches, in addition to tall grasslands and forests of pine and fir. Visitors to the park can explore almost 150 miles of hiking trails while taking in more than 1,500 species of flora and fauna. Bird watching, whale watching, and viewing tule elk are just a few examples of ways to experience wildlife enjoying the coastal region. There are a variety of other activities and ranger-led programs throughout the year.
Another great day-trip destination when renting an RV in Benicia is Mount Diablo State Park. Although it only stands at a peak of 3,849 feet, the summit of Mount Diablo offers amazing views, up to 200 miles when weather conditions are prime. “Rock City” is another featured area of the park where you can see view large natural rock formations and spend time enjoying a picnic. In the spring, enjoy wildflower displays in the Mitchell Canyon hiking trails, or check out the view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Diablo Valley Overlook at 2,900 feet above sea level. Perhaps the biggest perk is how quickly you can make your way back to your RV rental in Benicia after a day of adventure.
There are a few small RV parks in Benicia, so reservations are highly recommended. The RV parks immediately in Benicia do offer some amenities including full hookups and 50-amp max electricity, while other locations can accommodate your Benicia rental RV or travel trailer but do not offer any hookups. You could also consider setting up your RV camp in nearby Vallejo or on the south shore of the Carquinez Strait in Martinez. Keep in mind that there are also a few RV sites available at some of the state and national parks of the region. While these sites are often rustic, your campsite is sure to be enveloped by nature.
Exploring the City
Benicia is essentially divided into four main sections with historic First Street running down the middle. First Street is the primary area for tourists to enjoy historic, small-town charm, where shops and boutiques offer unique experiences, one-of-a-kind items and a variety of antiques. Dining options are numerous, too. Enjoy lunch at an outdoor café or taste local seafood from a booth overlooking the water. Looking for more to do? The City of Benicia hosts a variety of events including the Torchlight Parade, Picnic in the Park events, as well as Arts in the Park.
The East and West Sides, respective to First Street, feature many of the beautiful older homes of the city. The East Side is also where you can find the Benicia Arsenal, home to historical buildings including The Clock Tower and the Jefferson Street Mansion. The Southampton area has been developed primarily since 1970 and is mostly single-family homes and condominiums. If history, art, and antiques are what you are looking for, booking a motorhome rental in Benicia certainly will not disappoint.
RV Rentals in Benicia, CA
Benicia, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
There are many popular rentals in Benicia. Outdoorsy's Benicia RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.
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Nearby to Benicia are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Yosemite National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, Mount Tamalpais State Park, and Auburn State Recreation Area. Renters also want to search these zip codes for RV rentals: 93230, California, 93245, California, 93277, California, 93291, California, 93422, California, and 93428, California.
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