Out on the Open Road: Quirky Camper Rentals on the West Coast

Summer is all about road trips. But sometimes you can't fit everything you need in your convertible, and a drive down the coast in a Cruise America rig doesn't look as sexy as you'd like. Here's how you can travel in style.

Vintage Surfari Wagons It's the quintessential California road trip: Rent a vintage VDub for the week, strap a few surfboards on top, and cruise Highway 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco while singing along to the Steve Miller Band. Or, pop the top and set up camp in the coastal redwoods, where you can sleep under the giants. This Orange County company offers round-trip and one-way Westy rentals.

Westfalia Rentals If you're in the Pacific Northwest, you can get your Westy fix from pick-up locations in Vancouver, Victoria, and Calgary (Canada), or stateside in Seattle. The campers all feature two full-sized beds, a dining table, kitchenette, and pop-up roof with skylight — perfect for a family adventure.

Airstream Escapes Ever envied those sleek silver Airstreams you see pulled along the highway? Now you can join the club — and you don't even need your own tow vehicle. This Northern California company offers Airstream rentals ranging from the 14-foot BaseCamp to the 25-foot International CCD, as well as the option to rent an SUV or truck for towing your favorite setup.

Vacations In a Can Based in Sonoma County, this company rents vintage teardrop trailers for travelers who don't need a lot, but still want just a little extra convenience on the road. Be prepared for lots of looks when you take one of these charming "canned hams" out!

Happier Camper For trips that start in Los Angeles, you can tow one of these retro travel trailers up and down the state for a weekend of fun. Go from the Southern California coastline to the Central California Sierra Range. They're so light, you can even pull them behind a standard car!

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