Outwesty Camper Vans

classic westfalia rentals - Santa Cruz, California


Trip Planning

Our vans can travel anywhere in the state of California during the summer (some restrictions for winter travel).  Our location offers a ton of options without spending the majority of your time driving.

Please plan ahead !  This is very important, especially during the summer months, when campgrounds must be reserved in many locations.  Figuring out a route for your trip is one of the most fun parts !  We can't plan your entire trip for you, but can offer many suggestions depending on the direction you are headed.  Honestly, when we ask our renters what they would do differently next time, it is usually that the felt they tried to fit in too many locations and felt like they drove most of the trip.  Cramming too many far away destinations into a week simply isn't fun.

Henry Cowell Redwoods state park

Amazing camping right in Santa Cruz.  This state park is only 6 miles from our location.  Renters will often stay here the first, or the last night of their trip.   You can book a site here up to 6 months in advance.  Click here to book a campsite and to find more information.

Big Sur, CA

This is where most of our vans head ! One of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world.  Check out bigsurcalifornia.org for more information on this magnificent stretch of highway One.  Be sure to book campsites ahead !


Lake Tahoe has 72 miles of coastline and usually takes 2.5 hours to drive around with no stops. Plan on the better part of a day if you want to take it in. The Tahoe basin has several state parks and campgrounds, that are perfect for these vans. This region is a major destination in the summer, so please plan ahead with campground reservations as they can be very hard to obtain at times.   Many spend much of their trip just exploring the Tahoe basin and surrounding areas. That is up to you !  

Yosemite national park -

Over 1100 square miles of beauty.  This is one of our most popular destinations, and one of the most visited parks in the country.  Many campgrounds and amenities are available.  Be sure to book campsites early for this stop !

US 395

One of the prettiest drives in the western US. Borrow one of our hot springs books, and find a seemingly endless number of hot springs to relax in along your way. There are many choices for camping along this entire route. 


Due to the extremely remote location of Death Valley, heat, and distance (over 490 miles one way) Death valley is prohibited during the summer months.  This option is fine in the during the colder fall and winter months.


300 Miles north east lies Lassen Peak.  Excellent spot for hiking, fishing, and stargazing.  Please check park conditions, as Lassen holds snow well into July frequently.

Grass valley / nevada city, ca area

Empire mine in Grass Valley is one of the largest, deepest, longest, and richest gold mining operations ever to happen. 5.6 million ounces of gold were pulled from this location. Guided tours are available. If you are not into that type of thing, this area has tons of other options. The nearby Yuba river has the best swimming holes you may ever find. Downtown offers tons of great food. Be sure to do check out the new inn town campground.   This spot is within walking distance of downtown Nevada City.    The perfect campground for date night.


Only 50 miles one way.  Attend one of the largest gatherings of VW campers in the country in Hollister, CA early May.  If you are thinking about purchasing a van you can take one of ours here, and meet the most die hard van enthusiasts in the country. check it out at  syncrofest.com


Most people know Redwood as home to the tallest trees on Earth. The parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways, and nearly 40 miles of rugged coastline.  Visit their website here


Did you find a spot you'd like to share ?  Please contact us, and we MAY feature it here !



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