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For a mix between an urban landscape, green forests and mountains, as well as plenty of culture and tech scene vibes, getting an RV rental in Palo Alto, California, is a great place to start. Headquarters to several big companies and a part of the San Francisco Bay Area, Palo Alto is a short commute away from both the global city of San José and San Francisco, the cultural, commercial and financial center of Northern California. Close to your luxury RV rental in Palo Alto you will reach Mountain View as well as Redwood City, with its ports. Add another stop to your drive and you’ll find the big city of San Mateo.
There are many opportunities to get away from the city when having a travel trailer rental in Palo Alto; the great Pacific Ocean is just 45 minutes away and there are lots of state parks around. You can visit a fairly close one, such as Portola Redwood State Park, or aim for a longer ride and arrive at the beautiful Henry W. Coe State Park. For those who don’t mind a whole day trip, you can reach the massive, majestic Yosemite National Park. Getting around is easy; both the U.S. Route 101 and Interstate 280 run through the city, and if you want to leave your RV trailer rental in Palo Alto, there are trains and buses that will take you where you want to go.
Despite the urban surroundings, it’s actually possible to park your motorhome rental in Palo Alto and reach several locations for outdoor recreation by foot. Monte Bello Open Space Preserve is one of those, and here you can hike along trails through an area rich in wildlife and ecosystem diversity. Apart from spectacular views of rolling grasslands and dense creekside forests, you might see both the coast Douglas-fir and animals such as coyotes and red-tailed hawks. This spot is ideal for the whole family.
Also within walking distance from your camper rental in Palo Alto is the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. One of the largest areas of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay, this is a favorite with bird watchers due to the large bird population. There are trails for both hiking and biking, and as long as there is no motor involved, the water is free to use for boating or windsurfing. There’s also an interpretive center with a beautiful panoramic view of the Bay. Bring both your binoculars and camera, because there are lots of things to see in this preserve.
A bit farther away but well worth a visit is the Point Reyes National Seashore. It’s a 90-minute drive from your RV rental in Palo Alto, CA, and with over 150 miles of trails, there is something for everyone. When you’ve taken in the breathtaking views of the Pacific, get a little closer and explore the protected beaches. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a gray whale or different kinds of seals and sea lions. Other animals include deer, coyotes, and elks and for many, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see all of these creatures in their natural habitat.
There are several places to park your RV rental in Palo Alto, California - including a Walmart. There’s plenty of other opportunities for grocery shopping and also many gas stations available when you need them. If you don’t mind driving 45 minutes, there are some beautiful RV parks by the coast. At Half Moon Bay RV Park you’ll get full hookups, private bathrooms, and Wi-Fi, and the beach is just around the corner. Not to mention, there is a little bakery in town that makes the most delicious bread fresh every morning.
Nearby is the Pelican Point RV Park, which also has full hookups, Wi-Fi, and restrooms. Here you will also find an on-site convenience store, a laundry room, and showers. There’s also access to both the beach and several trails, which makes this a great place to both get some rest and have some fun for the whole family.
There is so much culture around that it might be hard to choose what to do, but the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo is always a fun option. Here you can have a look at the interactive scientific exhibitions that change every couple of years, a learning experience for every age. There are also hundreds of animals to see, such as bobcats, raccoons, and bats, some of which you can have a closer look at. This museum will awaken the inner scientist in both you and your child.
Another attraction worth a visit might not look like it at first glance: it’s just an old car garage. Don’t let the appearance fool you though; this is where Bill Hewlett and David Packard started what was to become the international Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The garage has been named the Birthplace of Silicon Valley by the State of California, and as such has had a great impact on both the area and technology all over the world. Who knows, maybe a visit here will inspire you to become the next Bill Gates.
The Stanford Shopping Center is a beautiful establishment that has an abundance of well-known stores and labels where you can find gifts both for your loved ones and yourself. When your feet ache and your wallet feels weirdly empty, you can sit down in one of the restaurants and cafés. Should you want to go elsewhere for your dining experience, there are loads of different cuisines available. Here you'll find everything from American to French, and Indonesian and Greek. You might want to book an RV in Palo Alto right now, in order not to miss any of the excitement the city has to offer.