California has some of the most amazing sights in North America from mountains to coasts, deserts to lakes and everything in between. California is home to many of the most popular national parks in the country and offers every outdoor sport under the sun. You can ski in the morning and surf in the afternoon. California should definitely be at the top of the list for campers and RVers looking to get outdoors.
Top California Attractions
Pacific North 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. What Not to Miss:
- Hearst Castle - Built by publisher William Randolph Hearst on a hill overlooking the coast. A palatial estate with Mediterranean Revival Architecture and collection of art - antique furniture, sculptures, paintings, mosaics and tapestries.
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - Take the Overlook Trail which follows the clifftops above the ocean and provides a breathtaking view of McWay Cove and a 80 foot waterfall.
- Point Lobos State Reserve - Sea lions and sea otters abound around the small islands that you'll see from the coastal trails.
- Muir Woods National Monument - Six miles of trails amongst some of the tallest trees in the world - the Redwoods.
- Point Reyes National Seashore - This stretches 70 miles around the Point Reyes Peninsula and offers great hiking, biking and camping. Wildlife far outnumbers people, with bobcats, elk, mountain lions and deer. Gray whales or orcas can be spotted offshore. There are beaches, forests and hills to explore and wildflower and native flora galore.
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- Lake Tahoe - this town has it all. Skiing in the winter, gold and lake activities in the summer, majestic Sierras and incredible history.
Campgrounds and RV Parks near Tahoe City.
- Napa Valley - This 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.
Campgrounds and RV Parks near Napa.
- Pinnacles National Park - Rock spires, crags and caves left over by an ancient volcano fill this park. It has over 30 miles of hiking trails and has a variety of wildlife including condors.
Campgrounds and RV Parks near Pinnacles National Park.
- San Francisco - This cosmopolitan city boasts a thriving arts scene, world class food, a culturally diverse population, and countless tourist destinations (including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio, and numerous museums). Miles of beaches and skyscraping redwoods provide a source of unparalleled natural beauty.
San Francisco Campgrounds and RV Parks.
- 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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Campgrounds.
- 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.
Campgrounds and RV Parks in or near Yosemite National Park.
- Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Beautiful desert landscape with over 110 miles of riding and hiking trails. Desert flora and fauna, historic trails, Indian rock art, canyons, bighorn sheep and oases of palm trees are some of the highlights.
Stay at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Campground or at a campground or RV Park nearby.
- Channel Islands National Park - A view of California in it's most natural state, Channel Islands National Park offers a wide array of natural scenery, from Sea Caves to Kelp Forests. Along with its diverse natural landscapes, Channel Islands National Park offers visitors a view of beautiful wildlife, including elephant-seal mating season come winter. There are 6 campgrounds in Channel Islands National Park all accessible only by boat and they provide tent camping only:
- 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.
Death Valley National Park campgrounds.
- Joshua Tree National Park - This 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.
There are a number of campgrounds in or near Joshua Tree National Park.
- Los Angeles - It is all about the glitz and glamour! Whether you're enjoying the nightlife on Sunset Boulevard, immersing yourself in art and sculptures at the Getty Center, or taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or riding a roller coaster at Universal Studios, Los Angeles has plenty to keep you busy. Or if you'd rather relax, there's more than enough fun and sun to go around, with miles and miles of idyllic beaches like Santa Monica and Venice Beach.
RVers should plan in advance given LA's sprawl, to ensure you are staying in the right part of town to cover the key sights on your agenda.
Los Angeles campgrounds and RV Parks.
California Must See Events
- Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio - An annual three day music an arts festival, that is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The event features genres of music, including rock, indie, hip-hop and electronic music as well as large sculpture art.
Campgrounds and RV Parks near Indio.
- Cherry Blossom Festival, San Francisco - Over 200,000 people show up to this popular Japanese American event showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture.
San Francisco Campgrounds and RV Parks.
- Red Bluff Round-Up, Red Bluff - 3 day of rodeo events including a parade, bareback riding, steer wrestling, a wild horse race, and many side events.
Red Bluff Campgrounds and RV Parks.
- Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey - The longest running jazz festival in the world, held every September on the Monterey Fairgrounds.
Campgrounds and RV Parks near Monterey.
- Gold Rush Days, Sacramento - Costume re-enactors, Wild West gunfights, dancers, Wagon Rides, Gold Panning, Period Artifacts, Storytelling, Craft Making, Embarcadero Tent City, Period Musicians, and Horse-Drawn Carriages.
Sacramento campgrounds and RV Parks.
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