California Travel Tips & Costs
To drive a motorhome around California, you will need your official driver’s license from your state or foreign country. If you are visiting from a foreign country, depending on the car rental company, an international driver’s license may also be required. In general, we recommend that you have both with you.
General speed limits in California are 25-35 mph in urban areas and 55-70 mph on large highways and long desert roads. You can find more important traffic rules for your road trip to California in this article.
Campgrounds in California start at $30 per night but can quickly become more expensive depending on amenities. On some land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or the US Forest Service (USFS), you can camp for free.
If you want to stay at one of the many state parks, a good place to start is the Reserve California website. There you can search for and book suitable accommodation in advance when planning your road trip. If you want to stay at the most popular campgrounds on the beach, weekdays tend to have more availability, weekends tend to be booked out almost 6 months in advance.
Unfortunately, gas prices in California are the most expensive in the country. Currently, you can expect to pay an average of $4.64 for 1 gallon.
What do you need to pack for your California road trip? Don’t pack a lot of unnecessary camping gear, because you can buy or even rent it locally. If you’re planning a full California road trip, be sure to pack some warmer clothes for the coast, but also enough sun protection in the desert.