friends travelling the west coast of california in a jucy mini rv

Author: Petrina Darrah BLOGS

Travel from Vancouver to Los Angeles to take in some of the top sights of British Columbia, Oregon, and California. Hire a JUCY mini RV from our Vancouver branch and make your way slowly down the West Coast of the USA.

How long does the drive from Vancouver to Los Angeles take?

The trip time from Vancouver to Los Angeles is 22 hours of solid driving. To cover the main highlights, you need at least 14 days. To absorb all the goodness this Pacific Coast highway has to offer, you could take up to a month.

If you’re looking for campervan hire from Vancouver to Los Angeles, you don’t need to look further than JUCY! Our compact Mini RVs are perfect for this coastal drive. With two double beds and a fully equipped kitchen, you’ll have a comfortable, budget-friendly camping trip. The small and easily manoeuvrable mini RVs make driving such a long distance a breeze. 

Driving into the US from Canada

With branches in Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, JUCY makes it easy for you to travel across the border from Canada into the US with an RV. Before you reach the border, make sure you:

  • Have a valid passport
  • Have no weapons in the vehicles
  • Are not wearing sunglasses or a hat
  • Know where you're going and how long you plan to stay 

Vancouver to Los Angeles road trip itinerary

Driving the coast from Vancouver to Los Angeles is a highlight reel of beaches and national parks. Instead of trying to see everything, we recommend choosing a few key sights and spending a couple of nights camping in those locations. This will break up the trip more and save you from feeling as if you're doing nothing but driving the whole time! JUCY travelers get 10% off at Kampgrounds of America (KOAs) so you can plan your trip around affordable places to stay. 

Here are the best places to stay on the trip from Vancouver to Los Angeles. 

1. Seattle

 You can't road trip down the West Coast without stopping to see Seattle's Space Needle. The city is also the birthplace of Starbucks, so you can expect great coffee here. As the birthplace of grunge music (Nirvana came from Seattle) there is also a thriving live music scene to explore. If you're stopping over for more than a few nights, take a trip to the San Juan Islands, an excellent place to spot whales, especially orcas. 

view of space needle in seattle

2. Cannon Beach

A small coastal city, Cannon Beach has a long stretch of wild beach studded with rock formations (the most famous being Haystack Rock). Hiking trails through the nearby Ecola State Park give you epic views of the sweeping, mist-covered coastline, hidden coves, and even a lighthouse. 

cannon beach in oregon united states

3. Portland

Portland is an essential stop on any road trip from Vancouver to Los Angeles. Oregon's largest city is packed with coffee roasters, craft breweries, bicycles, and food trucks. It's also brimming with natural beauty and the quirkiness which has made it famous. 

portland oregon sign for old town

4. Crater Lake National Park

 This is Oregon's only national park and well worth the inland detour. The deep blue waters of Crater Lake mirror the surrounding mountain peaks. We're not kidding about the waters being deep, either - this is the deepest lake in the USA. 

girl sits looking at view of crater lake in oregon

5. Crescent City  

 Crescent City isn't the most beautiful town you'll ever see, but the surrounding area is stunning. you can visit California's northernmost lighthouse station, the 1856 Battery Point Lighthouse. Climb all the way up to the lamp room for an amazing 360-degree view. Camp overnight at the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, where you can see old-growth redwood forests and kayak on the glorious Smith River. 

jebediah smith redwoods state park near crescent city california

6. Redwood National and State Parks

The Redwood National and State Parks are a collection of forests along California’s coast. Here you can wander through groves of giant redwoods. Protected areas include the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park which has scenic walking paths through dense old-growth woods. There's also the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park where you'll find the lush, green Fern Canyon. Redwood National Park is home to some of the most impressive trees. In the parks, you'll also find oak woodlands, vast prairies, and rugged coastline. 

There are four developed campgrounds within the parks, perfect for RV travelers!

jucy mini rv in the redwoods in california campground

7. Mendocino Coast

 Stop over in the Mendocino area and stretch your legs along cliffside trails and beaches in Mendocino Headlands State Park. The rugged coastline features sea arches, tidal pools, and hidden grottos. 

The village of Mendocino is also picturesque and a good spot to spend a night. 

mendocino caost california

8. Point Reyes and Point Reyes National Seashore

 Only an hour north of San Francisco, the Point Reyes seashore covers a large peninsula that encompasses beaches, lagoons, and estuaries, where 1,500 animal and plant species thrive. Hike or kayak through this national seashore area. Head to Tomales Point to spot tule elk and make sure you get a photo of the lighthouse right at the tip of the peninsula. 

jucy mini rv at point reyes near san francisco

9. San Francisco

As one of the most interesting cities in the world, you'll want to spend at least a couple of days in San Francisco.  

You don't have to drive all the way to Los Angeles - JUCY has a branch in San Francisco as well, so you can drop off your mini RV off here if you only want to travel from Vancouver to San Francisco. 

two girls sit looking out at golden gate bridge

10. Point Lobos

There are 280 state parks in California. Point Lobos Natural Reserve is one of the prettiest. The vast array of wildlife and landscapes make this a nature lover's paradise. Ocean walks and hikes through the forest are the main activities at Point Lobos. Walk along a path lined with poppies to reach the limestone lookout point, from where you can admire the turquoise water below. If you have sharp enough eyes you might see sea otters, seals, sea lions, or even whales further out at sea!

If you can, arrive early as parking is limited.

point lobos united states

11. Big Sur

Big Sur is home to some of the best views of the Pacific Ocean along the entire Pacific Coast Highway. Take the winding road slowly and allow as much as four hours to drive the 90 miles, as you'll want to stop constantly for photos! Highlights include the distinctive Bixby Bridge, Pfeiffer State Park, and Limekiln State Park. The 80 foot (24 meter) McWay Falls is also a crowd favorite, and seems almost too beautiful to be true. 

macway waterfall in big sur california

12. San Simeon

San Simeon is halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. This adorable little town is a great base for visiting Hearst Castle and the nearby elephant seal rookery, about 4.5 miles south of San Simeon. This is a fairly remote stretch of coast, so the beaches are beautiful and often deserted. 

hearst castle near san simeon

13. Morro Bay 

Laid-back Morro Bay is famous for Morro Rock, an ancient volcanic mound rising out of the beach. The rock is part of the Morro Bay State Park, a region that encircles a salt water march, lagoons, and many walking trails. The town is popular with birdwatchers and surfers, so it has a suitably relaxed vibe. While there, you can visit the elephant seal rookery 

person camping at morro bay

14. Santa Barbara

Driving the coast from Vancouver to Los Angeles wouldn't be complete without a stop in Santa Barbara. This idyllic town is a perfect slice of Southern California life. Enjoy the sunshine and the Spanish Mission church, before exploring the bar and restaurant scene later at night. After a couple of weeks of camping in remote areas of California, stopping in Santa Barbara will be a real treat!

From Santa Barbara, it's only a two-hour drive to Los Angeles, where your epic West Coast road trip will come to an end. 

santa barbara beach

Travel in a JUCY mini RV

The drive from Vancouver to Los Angeles is much easier in a mini RV. Having a kitchen and bed can make all the difference. You can pull over and rest properly (in a double bed!) whenever you get tired - this is important for your safety on such a long trip. With a JUCY, you can camp in RV campgrounds or national parks, or even find free places to camp. The kitchen in the back means you can whip up hot food and cups of tea whenever you need them. 

Book your JUCY wheels today!