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San Francisco to Seattle One-Way Campervan Rental

Planning a road trip from San Francisco to Seattle? Explore the West Coast in a one-way campervan rental.

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Britz 4-Berth Class C non-slide

4-Berth Class C non-slide

Britz

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El Monte RV C25 Class C

C25 Class C

El Monte RV

Automatic
Escape 2-4 Berth Mavericks

2-4 Berth Mavericks

Escape

Automatic
Road Bear 28-30ft Class C

28-30ft Class C

Road Bear

Automatic
Travellers Auto Barn HiTop

HiTop

Travellers Auto Barn

Automatic

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San Francisco to Seattle One Way Itinerary

Part One: San Francisco, California to Sacramento, California

Distance: Approximately 145 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 1.5 hours

Attractions:

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Alcatraz Island
  • Fisherman's Wharf

Part Two: Sacramento, California to Chico, California

Distance: Approximately 145 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 1.5 hours

Attractions:

  • California State Capitol Museum
  • Old Sacramento State Historic Park
  • Crocker Art Museum

Part Three: Chico, California to Redding, California

Distance: Approximately 113 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 1.5 hours

Attractions:

  • Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Bidwell Park

Part Four: Redding, California to Ashland, Oregon

Distance: Approximately 153 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 2 hours

Attractions:

  • Sundial Bridge in Redding
  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park
  • Shasta Lake

Part Five: Ashland, Oregon to Eugene, Oregon

Distance: Approximately 257 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 3 hours

Attractions:

  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland
  • Lithia Park
  • ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum

Part Six: Eugene, Oregon to Salem, Oregon

Distance: Approximately 105 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 1.5 hours

Attractions:

  • University of Oregon in Eugene
  • Mount Pisgah Arboretum
  • Cascades Raptor Center

Part Seven: Salem, Oregon to Portland, Oregon

Distance: Approximately 72 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 1 hour

Attractions:

  • Oregon State Capitol in Salem
  • Willamette Valley Vineyards
  • Bush's Pasture Park

Part Eight: Portland, Oregon to Tacoma, Washington

Distance: Approximately 233 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 2.5 hours

Attractions:

  • Powell's City of Books in Portland
  • International Rose Test Garden
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Part Nine: Tacoma, Washington to Seattle, Washington

Distance: Approximately 56 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 45 minutes

Attractions:

  • Museum of Glass in Tacoma
  • Point Defiance Park and Zoo & Aquarium
  • LeMay - America's Car Museum

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to stay at a campground or RV park?

A stay at an RV park will usually cost around $25–80 (USD) per night.

The cost of campgrounds has risen in recent years due to the popularity of RV vacations in the USA.

Does my motorhome come with unlimited mileage?

The majority of campervan rental suppliers in the US do not offer unlimited miles as a standard rental inclusion.

In most cases, miles (kilometres) are capped at a daily rate, and additional fees will be incurred if you exceed the limit. Additional miles can usually also be prepurchased in packages ranging from 100 miles up to unlimited. However, any remaining miles will not be refunded when the vehicle is returned.

Check our comparison tool for details.

Is free camping allowed in California?

As in the rest of America, free camping is only allowed in designated areas, which can include national parks, state parks, truck stops or rest stops as well as certain parking lots with permission from the store manager.

California is home to numerous RV parks and campgrounds, ranging from $35–60 (USD) per night. These are suitable for all vehicle types, from travel trailers to larger recreational vehicles.

What licence do you need to drive a campervan in the USA?

All drivers must have a current and full driver’s licence to hire a vehicle. Foreign licences are generally acceptable if they are in English or accompanied by an accredited English translation. Otherwise, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is required.

In addition to your driver’s licence, you will often be required to show your passport at the time of pickup.

Some companies, e.g. Road Bear, Best Time and Britz, require an IDP regardless of the language of your licence.

Can I travel from the US to Mexico in my rental campervan?

Generally, no. Most campervan rental suppliers restrict travel into Mexico for campervans rented in the US. El Monte is the only exception; however, additional insurance is required.

Are one-way rentals possible in California?

Yes, many suppliers have depots in multiple locations throughout California and the US, making one-way rentals a great way to see more during your road trip.

San Francisco is a great starting location for those wanting to explore Northern California, with many attractions in the surrounding areas, including the famous Yosemite National Park.

For those heading through Southern California, Los Angeles is a good starting point. From there, you can head down the west coast to San Diego and throughout the surrounding area.

Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.