The best way to choose the class of RV for your Oakland RV rental is by determining the size of your group. If you're thinking of hosting around three or four people, then Class C vehicles provide ample room for storage as they allow sightseeing through wide windows. Class C is more fuel economical than a larger Class A, which sleeps up to 10 and allows for about six to eight miles per gallon. A Class A RV can run up to 45 feet long, so be sure you're comfortable with driving a motorhome rental in Oakland the size of a bus. For an agile sleeper van ideal for those groups who plan to spend most of their time outdoors, a Class B RV rental in Oakland is perfect.
If you prefer driving your own vehicle, you may prefer one of the camper rentals in Oakland. The large fifth wheel requires a special in bed hitch to haul it, so your truck needs to be powerful enough to tow one of these large trailers. If you want to drive your sedan or SUV, the compact pop-up camper rental in Oakland will work out if it is light enough to tow along easily. Other travel trailers vary in length and are suitable for a truck to haul. For the hobbyist, a toy hauler is just about perfect. It's essentially a tow-along garage for your ATV or snowmobile, and if you don't mind roughing it, you can sleep in it too.
Anthony Chabot Regional Park lies in the coastal hills near Lake Chabot. Only 20 minutes outside of Oakland, the park features hiking and biking along its trails through eucalyptus groves. The park provides 12 pull-through sites, full hookups and a playground.
Garden City RV Park in San Jose is just right for those seeking a central location to visit Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco. The campground has pull-through sites and big rig access. It's near shopping centers and good restaurants.
Oakland is situated between the coastal hills and the San Francisco Bay, so Redwood Regional Park in the hills overlooking Oakland provides a spectacular place for hiking along 40 miles of trails and vista points. As you relax in nature, view Oakland's busy waterfront, sailboats and an inspiring old-growth redwood tree that reaches 93 feet tall as it protrudes from a cliffside. Prepare for cool breezes sweeping in from the water by dressing in layers. The Chabot Space & Science Center on the park's western boundary provides unparalleled stargazing in the observatory, and interactive displays foster interest in the space sciences.
Redwood National Park, which is located 341 miles to the north, is the nearest national park. Its towering redwoods are among the tallest trees on our planet.
Alameda Point Storage borders on Oakland and houses RVs up to 31 feet long. It's secure and well-lit. In Oakland, the chain Public Storage offers both covered and open spots for RVs.
Trailer Haven Inc. in San Leandro, Solano RV Storage and ABBA Self and RV Storage in Concord are only three of the many dumpstations nearby.
The Oakland Zoo operates an aerial gondola where you can view over 700 animals ranging from meerkats to Amazon tree boas. Spotted hyena and lion roam majestically, and if you hike up from the parking lot, you'll spy life-sized bronze statues of rhinos and elephant hiding among the trees.
Oakland hosts several major league sports teams, including the MLB's Oakland As, the NBA's Golden State Warriors and the NFL's Raiders. For individual sports, try jogging around Lake Merritt, a tidal lagoon in the middle of Oakland, where you can also rent sailboats, canoes, and rowboats. A necklace of lights rings the lake nightly.
Lake Merritt not only offers 155 acres of prime relaxation area, but there also is Children's Fairyland. One of the earliest themed parks, Fairyland provides an Old Woman in the Shoe entrance that adults need to bend over to enter, Pinocchio's Castle and Willie the Whale aquarium among other displays. Open Storybook Puppet Theater prompts joy from children year-round. For entertainment geared to adults, the nightlife is plentiful at the bars and nightclubs downtown as well as at the Paramount and Fox Theaters, where bands of all sorts play. Oakland Art Murmur establishes Oakland's visual arts scene the first Friday of each month with frivolity spread along 20 city blocks.
Interstates 80, 580 and 880 links Oakland with the rest of the state. There are seven state routes leading in.