There couldn’t be any better idea than taking a road trip in the U.S. It’s a country that is full of amazing cities and beautiful landscapes. The midwest and west coast is an especially gorgeous area of the country and a fantastic location for a road-trip in an RV rental.

The most idyllic road-trip that one could go on would have to be one that starts in Denver and ends in San Francisco. These two cities both have great things to do, a fun vibe, and beautiful scenery, but the road-trip between them will also bring you plenty to see and do. Because the area is full of national parks and beautiful landscape, those who are traveling in a motorhome can rest assured that there will be plenty of places to stop and stay at along the way.

5 Must-Stops from Denver to San Francisco

To help you plan your road trip, following are top 5 destinations that we love. We consider them to be places to see at least once in your lifetime. Nature lovers will especially love these 5 locations on your Denver-San Francisco road trip.

          Arches National Park

There is something unique about Arches National Park and since Utah is on your way to California, a stop in Arches National Park is a must-do. Just imagine seeing the contrast of the red rocks that make up the majority of the park against the beautiful blue sky. If the name wasn’t a clue, the park is full of natural arches throughout it and it’s a great place for those who love to hike canyons and sandstone rocks. If you are a photography fanatic or you enjoy sharing photos of your destinations, Arches National Park is especially beautiful at sunset and will reward you with some beautiful photos to share with friends back home.

          Zion National Park

Zion National Park is yet another national park that is worth a visit during your road trip from Denver to San Francisco. After all, this area of the U.S. is well-known for its plethora of natural beauty and it would be a shame not to stop for a hike and a night staying in your RV rental in one of the nation’s most beautiful parks. From waterfalls to canyons, this national park is full of photo-worthy spots and challenging trails for those who like an adventure. Whether you are an avid hiker or love mountain biking, this is the national park for you.

          Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is another natural destination for you, except this time you will be blessed with plenty of water fun and activities. For those who enjoy water sports or boating, Lake Tahoe is a gorgeous spot for you to sit back and relax on your road trip. On the state line of California and Nevada, the lake provides visitors with fantastic views of distant mountain peaks and clear water. From fishing and sailing to swimming and exploring the surrounding forests, Lake Tahoe is a must-visit destination.


If you have had your fill of national parks while on your road trip, you may appreciate a stop in Reno, Nevada. While Las Vegas typically draws the tourists to this state, Reno is a must-stop city that will be worth your time. Also, if you are already going to be visiting Lake Tahoe, Reno is a stone-throw away. From entertainment to casinos, the Riverwalk, and the distant mountains, Reno is an attractive and lively city. There are fun adventures to be had nearby or right in the city. You can go whitewater rafting on the Truckee River, go golfing at one of the many golf courses, enjoy some ice-skating, or go skiing or snowboarding in the winter.

          Black Rock Desert

If you are into festivals and Burning Man, you may know where Black Rock Desert is. If not, you can get to know it on your road trip from Denver to San Francisco. It’s an iconic destination as the Black Rock Playa just happens to be the largest flat area in the world. Black Rock Desert is an amazing destination for the die-hard adventurer who wants to see an incredibly famous and captivating destination. You can enjoy some time observing the beauty of the flat surface or explore the nearby hills while hiking or mountain biking.

As you can see, there is plenty to see on your way from Denver to San Francisco. An RV rental is the best way to make this trip and while we included 5 top destinations, there are plenty of other must-see destinations in this area. From the cities to the nature, a road trip on the west coast will be a fascinating and rewarding one. Pack your hiking shoes and camera, prepare your vehicle and get ready for adventure and beauty like you have never seen before!