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Looking to rent a RV for two adults in San Francisco next month and drive to the Redwoods. Any thoughts or tips? Seems hard to research online.
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Which redwoods? Muir Woods is a parking nightmare.
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Which redwoods? Muir Woods is a parking nightmare.
Hell, I don't know. New question: My wife wants to see big trees in the Redwoods. Where do we go and can we park a RV there?
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Which redwoods? Muir Woods is a parking nightmare.
Parking is now by reservation only.
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If you are in SF go to Muir Woods for big Redwood trees.
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Two questions:

1. Is this part of a larger trip that includes site seeing in San Francisco?
2. Do you want to see redwoods (which are tall) or giant sequoias (which are really tall)?

Muir Woods has become so popular that it’s a logistical nightmare. The biggest problem is there is no cell service so Uber can’t get you there or bring you back. There are several shuttle buses that run back and forth daily, but they are expensive.

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1. Yes
2. Don’t know enough about these areas but both sound just fine. We’re not super picky.
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So your whole trip is just SF? Muir Woods is a simple day trip. Just deal with the parking logistics and you’re done. If you want multi day RV trip, which is what you originally indicated you have lots of options.

Yosemite has the Mariposa Grove of sequoias. One tree has a tunnel you can walk through.
Sequoia and King’s Canyon has several groves of sequoias including the General Sherman tree, the biggest tree in the world
If you truly want Coastal Redwoods (which are different than Sequoias) you’ve got a lot of choices. Crescent City is near groves that literally look like Endor. That’s where they filmed it.
You can visit the oldest tree in the world. But it’s really remote.
Google “Avenue of the Giants”. It’s a 31 mile section of old route 101 that is trees up the ying-yang.

Tell me what interests you and I’ll tell you what I know.
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If they have a guest day while you are there, you should go to the German Tourist Club. You can hike down from there to the main woods trail. If you do get the RV, which I wouldn’t recommend at all, you might as well check out the Marin Headlands too.
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Thanks Mabuse & Jason. My wife has her heart set on the RV idea. Any idea where I can rent a decent one?

More details, we’ll be out there for ten days so plenty of time without a lot of must see outside big ass trees and she wants to tour Alcatraz. We’ll probably head up the coast and any suggestions are welcomed.
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Ten days is plenty of time to see a lot. You can see the highlights of the city in 3 days. That leaves plenty of time to road trip.
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You should start looking at buying the tickets for Alcatraz As soon as possible since it generally sellouts out months in advance.
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Here is a web page for a company that rents RVs in the Bay Area. (I'm sure there are others but it's a start)

[URL="https://www.cruiseamerica.com/?utm_source=GeniusMonkey_PPC&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=GM_Bing_CruiseAmericaBrand[/URL].

Honestly, driving an RV in San Francisco is not a good idea. There is lots of traffic and you simply will not be able to park it. Especially if your idea is to park it over night.

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Yes. The ideal place to rent an RV would be just outside of the city.

Tip for SF: You gotta be like that rapper and Uber Everywhere! On my last trip in January we did Lyft the whole time and it was amazing. SF was never an easy town to get a cab in. And public transportation gets surprisingly expensive once you’re a group of 4.

But don’t Uber to Muir Woods.
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Keep in mind you will need reservations wherever you plan on parking the RV.
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If you only want a quick look at the Redwoods I would go Muir Woods. Take the ferry from SF to Sausalito and then take the shuttle to MW.
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For me, if I want to see redwoods, I want to see Giant Sequoias, so Iíd go to Sequoia/Kingís Canyon (or Yosemite, but Sequoia is much less crowded). Plus itís a much better place to have an RV. SF I mostly donít even want a car.
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Awesome. Thanks guys. Think we’ll spend a few days in SF before we pick up the RV.
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Have fun. Let us know where you end up going.
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I hated driving a PT Cruiser in SF. I can't imagine what driving an RV would be like.
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Honestly, driving an RV in San Francisco is not a good idea. There is lots of traffic and you simply will not be able to park it. Especially if your idea is to park it over night.
Agree.I live in Auburn,but spent a lot of time in the bay area.
Maybe take public transportation when in SF.I have not visited the city in years.

Also can not help you with redwoods.I know if you head north they have the wine country too up that way.have fun
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Any thoughts on hotels in San Francisco that are nice but won't cost me a small fortune?

We're going to spend 3 nights in San Fran before picking up the RV.
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Been a while since I've been there but I used to get a cheap motel in East Bay and take BART into downtown.
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Everyone has different standards, what I would consider "nice" you might consider "fancy". I also don't know what you would consider reasonable.

I would look at the various booking sites and compare.
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There are several cheap hotels near union square that are nice, but have very small rooms. If all you need is a place to sleep they are a good option.
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