The beautiful scenery and delicious local wines and cuisine draw many visitors to the Napa Valley annually. If you are in Provo, then you need to consider making a Provo to Napa Valley road trip, but do not overlook all the fun that you can have along the way if you are willing to drive a little bit further. Consider heading southeast about four hours to visit the national parks near Moab, Utah. Avoid the temptation to cut diagonally down to the Napa Valley at Winnemucca, Nevada, but continue to the west to visit the Redwoods National Park. Then, before you end your trip, drop down south to visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.
Arches National Park
About 190 miles southeast of Provo, you will find Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. This park contains over 2,000 natural stone arches. A great way to see some of them is on a scenic drive through the park. It will take four to five hours to go on the scenic auto tour. The Landscape Arch in the Devils Garden area has the longest span of any arch in North America and the fifth-longest in the world. The tallest arch is the Double Arch in the Windows Section, which is 144 feet tall.
Canyonlands National Park
From Arches National Park, continue south for about 30 miles to Canyonlands National Park. You will not want to miss seeing the formed buttes and the stunning canyons at this park near Moab. This park is divided into four sections, and you will want to take the time to explore them all. In particular, go to Shafer Canyon, Grand View, and the Green River Overlooks, where you can see for miles. Stop at Elephant Canyon to see the needle-like pinnacles. You can see other large pinnacles in the Dollhouse Granary area, and some of the tallest spire rock formations in the park are in Chester Park.
Redwood National Park
While the shortest route to the Napa Valley takes you southwest at Winnemucca, Nevada, consider following Nevada 140, Oregon 140, and US 199, which brings you to US 101 and the entrance to Redwood National Park near Crescent City, California. Consider driving along Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway to see some of the largest trees in this park. Watch along the 10-mile road to see elk herds. Stop at the Big Tree Wayside to go on a short hike. Pause at the trailhead to pick up information about the Yurok Native Americans and learn about the old-growth trees in this area. This park is a fantastic place to go on a kayaking adventure on the Smith River, which is the largest free-flowing river system in California.
Sequoia National Park
Before you end your Provo to Napa Valley RV road trip, consider going south of the Napa Valley for about five hours to visit Sequoia National Park. While you will want to see the large trees, including General Sherman, you can find many terrific things to do at this park near Three Rivers, California. Consider climbing the 350 tree-lined stairs up Moro Dome for stunning views of the Great Western Divide peaks. A great way to explore this park is on a guided trail ride.
Kings Canyon National Park
Follow General Grants Road south for 10 miles to go from Sequoia National Park to Kings Canyon National Park. This park is home to the General Grant and many other large trees. The Sunset and Dead Giant loops lying along the park's boundaries make great places to go hiking and see this park, including a waterfall.
Great Salt Lake State Park
Incorporate a stop at Great Salt Lake State Park near Magna, Utah, into your road trip from Provo to the Napa Valley. Start your visit to this location on the south end of the Great Salt Lake to visit the marina, where you can rent kayaks and paddleboards. Then, head to the visitors center to see the brine shrimp, which are the only thing that lives in this water that is two to seven times saltier than ocean water. Go to Silver Sands Beach to start the audio tour talking about this park's exciting history and current conditions. This park is a fantastic place to go birdwatching, especially in the spring and fall, because millions of migratory birds use it as a layover.
Lake Tahoe State Park
Escape the crowds by heading to Lake Tahoe State Park near Indian Village, Nevada. This park is a fantastic place to go backcountry hiking along 50 miles of trails. One of the most popular routes is the 2-mile trail running around Spooner Lake. This park is home to two lakes where you can go fishing. There are also great places in this park to go mountain biking.
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
Take the 5-mile hike to the top of Mt. St. Helena at Robert Louis Stevenson State Park near Calistoga, California. Once you reach the summit, you will love the views as it is the highest peak in the California Wine Region. Another outstanding hiking opportunity is to the top of Table Rock, where you can see unique rock formations in the Palisades. Stevenson stayed at this park during his honeymoon, and he may have used it as a setting for parts of Treasure Island.
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
If you are looking for a scenic spot to have a picnic in the Napa Valley, put Bothe-Napa Valley State Park at the top of your list. Hike under tall trees along the Ritchey Canyon and listen to the brooks bubbling until you find the perfect spot. Your closest companions may be sleeping raccoons, gray squirrels, deer, foxes, bobcats, and coyotes. Then, put on your swimsuit to go swimming in the pool at this Calistoga, California, park. Before you leave, be sure to stop at the Native American Garden near the visitors center to see medicine plants used by the Wappo people. Stroll through the cemetery to visit the graves of some of the valley's earliest residents.
Ben Sharpsteen, an animator for the Walt Disney Company, created this museum in Calistoga, California, to learn the history of this community and the Upper Napa Valley. You will love seeing the large dioramas and the artifacts used to bring history to life.
The Culinary Institute of America at Copia
If you love to cook, consider taking workshops at The Culinary Institute of America in Napa, California. While the main campus is nearby, you can also have dinner and watch outdoor movies at their Napa campus.
Napa Valley Wine Train
Settle into a vintage Pullman passenger car to go on the 26-mile full-day Napa Valley Wine Train tour. This tour leaves from Napa and turns around in St. Helena. Enjoy a gourmet meal and wine between stops at several wineries.
Salt Lake City, Utah
While Salt Lake City may be best known for its Morman Tabernacle, you can find many attractions to visit in this city. There are former Olympic venues to visit, wildlife parks to explore, and this city has a thriving art scene. Consider Salt Lake City campgrounds, like Pony Express RV Resort & Campground, which remembers the city's tie to this important service, Salt Lake City KOA that has a delicious restaurant, and Park City RV Resort that features a swimming pool. You can find RV dump stations at several Pilot Flying J Travel Plazas and Deer Creek and Utah Lake state parks.
Reno is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains' high desert, and you can find many things to do there. This city has a fascinating brewery scene. It is home to one of North America's highest climbing walls. There are several Reno campgrounds, including River Rest Resort, where you will find terrific walking paths, Shamrock RV Park within walking distance of a casino, and Victorian RV Park located next to a marina. In Reno, RV dump stations near Reno are available at Zephyr Cove Resort and Marina, Bordertown Casino RV Resort, and Rivers Edge RV Park.
On your road trip itinerary from Provo to Napa Valley, be sure to plan to explore Sacramento. It is a fun city to see museums in because the California State Capitol Museum, California State Railroad Museum, and the Crockett Art Museum are all located there. Leave yourself enough time to explore this city by staying in terrific Sacramento campgrounds, like CA Expo RV Park, Sac West RV Park and Campground, and Beal's Point Campground at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. RV dump stations in Sacramento are available at Sandy Beach County Park, Rancho Seco Recreational Area, and Bentleys Marina & RV Park.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Provo to Napa Valley, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Provo or Napa Valley.