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Often referred to as the “Heart of the Bay”, the delightful city of Hayward is one of the very best places to experience the world-famous San Francisco Bay area. The city is located approximately halfway between Oakland and San Jose on I-880 and is quite literally surrounded by urbanized areas all around. The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge connects Hayward with the San Francisco Peninsula, while the extraordinary Bay Area Rapid Transit system can be utilized to explore the entire metro area.
The birth of Hayward was brought on by the infamous gold rush that brought legions of settlers to the west coast in search of riches and freedom. Although the gold rush would eventually dwindle, immigrants from all over both the country and the world continued to pour into Hayward; it is for this reason that Hayward is known as one of the most diverse cities in the state of California. This diversity can be seen from the streets, with incredible, globally-inspired restaurants and shops representing nearly every culture.
Between the magnificent murals that grace the faces of buildings through the city, and the unparalleled natural beauty of northern California’s coastlines, mountains, and aged forests, you’ll find it difficult to ever find a better place to vacation or rent an RV.
If you have chosen to rent an RV in Hayward, it is a safe bet that you intend to witness the surreal scenery of northern California for yourself. Within miles of Hayward, you can see nature preserves and lovely beaches. Inside the city there is an assortment of public parks, like Kennedy Park, which has a merry-go-round, a bounce house, train rides, and a playground for children, making it one of the more family-friendly parks available. Hayward also has a few splash parks for people to cool off when it’s unbearably hot outside. The Japanese Garden in Hayward is one of the most spectacular examples of foreign influence, one that wins the heart of nature lovers who meander through the magnificent conservatory of rare plants. People frequently book the gardens for weddings inside the Japanese pagodas due to the sheer beauty of the site.
Coyote Hills Regional Park is directly south of town, and offers tremendous views of the bay bridges as well as the bay itself. Aside from the hiking and cycling paths, Coyote Hills appeals to historians and archaeologists due to the many archaeological sites and evidence of ancient habitation by indigenous peoples.
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Area is a fine place to bring your Hayward camper rental if you hope to see migratory birds and other endangered species in their natural wetland habitats. This stunning collection of marshes, estuaries, and small islands highlights how masterfully nature has been integrated back into the sprawling urban areas of San Francisco.
Point Reyes National Seashore has majestic clay bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with some of the best undeveloped and untouched white sand beaches on the west coast. If you enjoy mountain biking, Henry W. Coe State Park has over 200 miles of trails and dirt paths for you to bike or walk on while observing the harmony of the ecosystem which features only native flora species.
Don’t forget to swing by Yosemite National Park, or any of the many national forests in northern California, with your Hayward motorhome rental. There are plenty of camping areas and things to do in Yosemite, especially for rock climbers who gather each summer to climb the face of El Capitan, one of the world’s best-known climbing features.
There is never a dull moment in the Bay Area, and Hayward by extension has a treasure chest of fun activities, dining, and shopping. Hayward is a veritable melting pot of culture, making the local cuisine a smorgasbord of flavor and style. Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, or good, old-fashioned American barbecue restaurants can be found anywhere you look, all of them making the choice of where to eat increasingly difficult. The city is also known for its food trucks that offer gourmet dining on the go.
Shopping is another reason so many people enjoy spending the day in Hayward. Southland Mall, in particular, has retail stores and eateries to choose from. The Green Shutter Hotel, built in 1920, and the Eden Congregational Church, built in 1867, highlight Hayward’s history. These architectural masterpieces help weave a rich tapestry of heritage that contributes to a better understanding of the city of Hayward. The Hayward Area Historical Society opened a history museum to serve the general public, with a restaurant for hungry patrons, and an indoor play area to entertain young children. This intimate museum also offers tours of local historical sites and buildings, like the Meek Mansion, an incredible Victorian home built in 1869.
There are lots of RV friendly locations in and around Hayward, like fueling stations, mechanics, and Walmart Supercenters where you may be able to park your Hayward RV rental overnight. Most of the places to stay in the area are publicly maintained, in either regional or state parks, like Del Valle Regional Park. Full of recreation areas and clean hiking paths, this campground is a great place to sleep in a natural setting, while still enjoying the comforts of home in your Hayward rental camper.
Anthony Chabot Regional Park is another camping area near the city of Oakland. The park has a lot of RV-friendly campsites, and many recreation options, too. The park overlooks Lake Chabot and has an archery range, horse riding trails, and a well-maintained ropes course. Each year, neighboring Pleasanton hosts the Alameda County Fair, and the fairgrounds operates a year-round RV park. When you book an RV in Hayward, you can park the rig here and have access to a nine-hole golf course facility, cafe, bar & grill, and a supply store for all your camping needs.