Written By: Julian Fenn and Harry Williams
03/02/2012 1:45 PM
Think hard about the last time you visited California. Think about the sights you saw, the people you met, the foods you devoured, the music you heard, the fragrance wafting in the air around you. Was it sunny? Snowy? Warm? Relaxing? Inspiring? Seems like one of the most popular vacation destinations in America ought to boast all that and more, don't you think? Here's our top ten list of places to check out on your next camping road trip through the Golden State.
1. Yosemite National Park
Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, Yosemite National Park dazzles its visitors with natural splendor. The park boasts spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity, and has more than 300 species of vertebrate animals. It is visited by over 4 million people every year most of whom spend their time in Yosemite Valley a 7 mile long canyon cut by a river and then widened and deepened by glacial action. The park is a United Nations World Heritage Site.
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There are plenty of campgrounds in Yosemite National Park to choose from.
2. Pacific Coast Highway - Route 1
Arguably the most beautiful drive in the country. Pacific Coast Highway is a gorgeous highway that runs along most of the coast of California. Driving down the coast of California provides amazing views of the Pacific Ocean with green rolling hills, cliffs exceeding 100 ft., and a wide variety of California trees and plants. This makes for a great camping trip.
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3. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Big trees and big canyons adeptly describe Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks that are jointly administered by the National Park Service. The World's largest tree, General Sherman Tree can be found in Sequoia National Park and sheer canyon walls and stunning mountain scenery can be seen in Kings Canyon National Park. The park is a wilderness paradise. A backpacker can hike to a spot that is further from a road than any other place in mainland United States.
There are lots of campgrounds in Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park to choose from.
4. Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park is the quintessential western desert - a must see for anyone interested in the outdoors. Pack your sunscreen and set out on your ideal adventure. There are opportunities to rock climb, bike, and hike.
You can camp in the park itself, or stay at a number of different campgrounds near Joshua Tree National Park.
5. Death Valley National Park
Don't let the name deter you; Death Valley National Park is one of California's most amazing attractions, offering over 3 million acres of diverse landscapes. Located in the Mohave Desert, it features some of the lowest, driest, and hottest places in the world! To some this might not seem like the most ideal vacation spot but because of its unique environment Death Valley National Park has unparalleled scenery.
There are a number of campgrounds in Death Valley National Park.
6. San Francisco
San Francisco is a cosmopolitan city boasts a thriving arts scene, world class food, a culturally diverse population, and countless tourist destinations. Miles of beaches and skyscraping redwoods provide a source of unparalleled natural beauty. Just ensure you park up your RV as the notorious hills and tight turns may get the better of the transmission and your skilled driving! Drive into San Francisco, or use the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system and buses to hop from district to district.
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7. Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in North Eastern California. The dominant feature is the Lassen Peak; the largest plug dome volcano in the world and the southern-most volcano in the Cascade Range. The park is especially interesting as it has four different types of volcanoes: 1) plug dome, largered stratovolcano, shield volcanoes and cinder cones. There are over 150 miles of hiking trails within the park which range in difficulty from a strenuous 5 mile round-trip hike up Lassen Peak to a gentle 1.85 mile stroll around Manzanita Lake. They are lots of hydrothermal areas to explore including fumaroles, sputtering mud pots and boiling pools. In the Winter you can also snowshoe across the Northern and Southern parts of the park.
There are several campgrounds in Lassen Volcanic National Park.
8. Redwood National and State Parks
Comprising Redwood National Park as well as California's Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks, California's Redwood National and State Parks span a whopping 39,000 acres. These parks hold 45% of all the remaining coast redwood and old-growth forests which are the tallest and one of the most massive tree species on Earth. A trip to California would not be complete without a visit to these natural wonders.
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9. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe has it all. Skiing in the winter, golf and lake activities in the summer, majestic Sierras and incredible history.
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10. Napa Valley
Napa Valley is Wine Country. Do you need more persuasion? We didn't think so. Book in for a wine tour of the region, which is one of the best ways to savor safely as well as tap into local knowledge of this wonderful wine growing area. Get into the mood the night before by grabbing a bottle opener, your favorite bottle of wine, pop in your copy of Sideways, and you'll be revved up for the party. Just make sure you have room in the RV to store the dozen bottles you pick up along the way!
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The Golden State truly is a vacationer's paradise, with no dearth of attractions and activities to choose from. Have fun driving off into the sunset.
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