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The best camper van rentals near Oakland, CA

Embarking on a camper van trip offers freedom unlike any other mode of travel, and Oakland, California, with its vibrant culture and stunning landscapes, is a premier destination for such an adventure. Cruising to this diverse city in the comfort of your home-on-wheels, you prepare to experience the unique blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty that Oakland has to offer.

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One of the first stops for many camper van travelers is the iconic Lake Merritt. This urban estuary, surrounded by lush green parkland, provides a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Visitors can rent paddle boats or take a leisurely stroll around the lake, enjoying the sights and sounds of the local wildlife. The nearby Children's Fairyland, a whimsical storybook theme park, is a delight for those traveling with kids.


Next, consider a visit to the historic Jack London Square, named after the famous author who once resided in Oakland. This waterfront destination pulses with energy, featuring outdoor dining, boutique shopping, and a variety of events such as farmers' markets and live music. The area is also home to the USS Potomac, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s former floating White House, offering intriguing insight into American history.


Art enthusiasts should make their way to the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), which showcases the rich heritage and art scene of California through thought-provoking exhibitions. OMCA’s gardens, complete with sculptures and terraces, are perfect for an afternoon picnic break.


For a touch of nature within the city limits, Redwood Regional Park is a must-see. As you wander among towering redwoods, it’s easy to forget you’re just a short drive from downtown Oakland. The park offers numerous trails suitable for hiking, biking, and equestrian activities, providing a serene backdrop to reconnect with nature.


Foodies will revel in Oakland’s culinary scene, with options ranging from street food markets to gourmet dining experiences. Some favorite locales include the diverse eateries around the Temescal neighborhood, where one can sample everything from Korean fusion to authentic Mexican tacos.


When it's time to rest for the night, the Anthony Chabot Regional Park offers a fantastic camping spot just 20 minutes from downtown Oakland. This park has full-hookup sites and boasts breathtaking views of the East Bay hills, as well as a host of recreational amenities. It’s a tranquil spot to recharge before the next day’s adventures.


Continuing your exploration, visit the Oakland Zoo, known for its naturalistic habitats and conservation efforts. This family-friendly destination offers a chance to encounter wildlife from across the globe through sustainable and educational exhibits.


Art and creativity flourish at every corner in Oakland, and perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the incredible street murals scattered throughout the city. The Oakland Mural Project has contributed to dozens of public works that tell the stories of the city's diverse communities and are ideal for an inspiring self-guided tour.


For a fantastic day trip from Oakland, camper van travelers should not miss the opportunity to drive across the iconic San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to visit the neighboring city of San Francisco, or perhaps venture further out to the storied wine country of Napa Valley—a camper van-friendly region that’s well worth the journey.


A camper van trip to Oakland is rich with possibilities, catering to a wide variety of interests and passions. As your journey unfolds, you’ll find yourself immersed in a city that not only epitomizes the dynamic spirit of California but also welcomes visitors with a warm embrace, inviting them to come back, time and again, to discover even more.


Remember, the key to an enjoyable camper van trip is to plan ahead but remain flexible enough to embrace the unexpected detours that make the journey memorable. Oakland, with its tapestry of experiences, is the perfect canvas for your camper van adventure. Safe travels!

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Gandalf: 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 170"High Top in Piedmont
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Solmar: Winnebago Solis

Winnebago SolisPop-Top in Oakland
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$190/ night

No city in the world has its natural saltwater lake within its city limits besides the city of Oakland.

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Revel Yell: 4x4 Winnebago Revel

Winnebago RevelHigh Top in Oakland
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$275/ night
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Sparkles 2.0: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 170"High Top in Oakland
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$200/ night

There are over 600 churches and temples within the city of Oakland.

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Balou: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 144"High Top in Berkeley
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$195/ night

Nespresso: Storyteller Overland Beast MODE 4x4

Storyteller Overland Beast MODE 4x4High Top in Lafayette
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$250/ night

Oakland is considered to be one of the most ethnically diverse cities in America, where 125 different dialects and languages are spoken.

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Stan Adventure Van: 4x4 Winnebago Revel

Winnebago RevelHigh Top in Castro Valley
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$285/ night
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Penthouse: Ford Transit

Ford TransitHigh Top in San Francisco
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$110/ night
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Hacienda Hideaway: Ford Transit

Ford TransitHigh Top in San Francisco
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Pacific Blue: Ford Transit

Ford TransitHigh Top in San Francisco
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$160/ night
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Dream Catcher: Ram ProMaster

Ram ProMasterHigh Top in Richmond
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$179/ night
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Brandy: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 144"High Top in San Francisco
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Crescent Moon: Ram ProMaster

Ram ProMasterHigh Top in San Francisco
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Rufus: Storyteller Overland Beast MODE 4x4

Storyteller Overland Beast MODE 4x4High Top in Sausalito
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Rex: Winnebago Solis

Winnebago SolisPop-Top in San Carlos
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$189/ night
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Mateo: Mercedes-Benz Sportsmobile

Mercedes Benz SportsmobilePop-Top in San Mateo Highlands
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Pebble: Ram ProMaster

Ram ProMasterLow-Top in San Rafael
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$105/ night

Rocky: 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500High Top in San Rafael
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$325/ night
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Reyes: Ram ProMaster

Ram ProMasterLow-Top in Fairfax
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Van Ness: Ram ProMaster

Ram ProMasterHigh Top in Fairfax
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$175/ night
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