Pacific Coast Highway RV Trip This Spring

I’ve alluded to this before, but we plan to take our recently acquired RV to Alaska this summer. The first leg of our trip will be the Pacific Coast Highway heading north out of San Diego. We will be on the Pacific Coast Highway all the way from San Clemente, CA to its terminus in Olympia, WA.

I’m not normally one to plan trips far in advance, but since RV parks fill up quickly along this route I have no choice. We need to be particularly careful because not every RV Park can accommodate our 43 foot motorhome plus our tow vehicle. There are also a few parks that are fussy about dogs, German Shepherds in particular.

We’re allowing ourselves eight full weeks to make the trip along the Pacific Coast Highway then on to the Canadian border. The trip north is some 1500 miles, which means we need to average around 200 miles per week. This should allow for a nice peaceful journey. Since RV parks generally have a deeply discounted rate for weekly stays, our plan is to make every Saturday a “travel day”. There will be one exception to this between Morro Bay and San Francisco so we can explore the wonders of Big Sur.

In general we will have six full days at each stop. We plan on using this time to take local hikes, experience local restaurants, take advantage of local farmers markets, and explore as much as we can. There should also be ample opportunities to do some whale watching.

Pacific Coast Highway Itinerary:

April 2 – 9 in Long Beach, CA staying at Golden Shore RV – 82 mile drive

April 9 – 12 in Morro Bay, CA staying at Morro Dunes – 244 mile drive

April 12 – 16 in Big Sur, CA staying at Fernwood Resort – 92 mile drive

April 16 – 23 in Half Moon Bay, CA staying at Pillar Point RV Park – 121 mile drive

April 23 – 30 in Westport, CA staying at Westport Beach KOA – 218 mile drive

April 30 – May 7 in Brookings, OR staying at Whaleshed RV Park – 234 mile drive

May 7 – 14 in Newport, OR staying at Sawyer’s Landing Marina & RV – 209 mile drive

May 14 – 21 in Elma, WA staying at Elma RV Park – 220 mile drive

What’s Next?

We plan on spending the last week of May and the first week of June in the Seattle / Vancouver area. From there it is approximately 2,200 miles to Anchorage, AK. Since we have friends coming to stay with us in Anchorage starting on July 9th we have about one month to make that trip. Averaging 75 miles a day should get us there with no problem. I’m still planning this part of the journey and will report back as I get things finalized.

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