Liam Gubbins 1

Road Trip in the USA

Day 1 – Big Sur
After finishing up a quarter of university at Santa Clara, I have a month to travel around the United
States. Directly after finishing my studies my girlfriend and I hired a camper van out of San
Francisco and drove from there to Carmel by the Sea. Leaving San Francisco the fog began to lift
and the temperature rose from 19 degrees to 29 in the space of an hour.
We swam in the ocean at Carmel and had a look around the town. Afterwards we continued on
highway 1 to Big Sur. The road winds along rugged foggy coastline till it reaches a temporary
closure due to rain that caused landslides over the road. Before reaching the closure we stumbled
upon a camp ground in a picturesque setting beside a lake that ran into the ocean. We parked our
van amongst pine tree’s and set up for the night.
Day 2 – Yosemite
The following day we travelled to Yosemite National Park. The drive takes about four hours from
Big Sur National Park. As we left the coast and headed inland through small towns toward the park
the weather got significantly warmer reaching 35 degrees. We arrived at the park at late afternoon to
find that it was extremely busy and all campsites were full. Approaching sunset we drove around for
a while till we found a free campsite that had space and set up on a hill overlooking a deep valley as
the sun set.
The following morning we woke early and drove back into the stunning park. We reached the
Yosemite Valley in the morning heat and were greeted by amazing waterfalls. The park was really
busy being the height of summer and school holidays. We walked around for a while and had lunch
at the park.
Day 3 – Oakland
After a full day at Yosemite we traveled another four hours back to San Francisco on route to return
the hire car the following day. Travelling back through small towns and seeing the rural country
side was great fun. We passed many fruit and vegetable farms on our way back. As we got closer to
San Francisco the weather began to drop as fog and rain increased. On our way back we decided to
stay in Oakland for the night.
Oakland is a city across the bay from San Francisco it’s a cool place. Even though San Francisco is
so close Oakland is extremely different. Oakland is more working class then San Francisco and
therefore a cheaper place to live. Arriving on sunset we found a hotel to stay for the night and
watched the sunset.
The following morning we drove over the Golden Gate Bridge then to Treasure Island to return the
car. On route to fly out to New York that evening.
Overall the trip was amazing I’d highly recommend using the same camper hire company that we
did. They are a new start up company and are extremely affordable, particularly because those
under 25 don’t have to pay more unlike traditional hire car companies. They staff were extremely
accomodating and helpful.
Happy traveling!

Liam Gubbins 1