Top 4 Places to Go Camping in California

Top 4 Places to Go Camping in California

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Camping is a popular outdoor activity in the United States that attracted 36 to 44 million participants annually from 2009 to 2017. Where does one go to experience an ultimate camping getaway? California, of course. California is the most traveled state in the United States. Its terrain is diverse with sunny beaches, Rocky Mountains, and vast deserts complimented with beautiful weather. With endless places to go camping in California let’s narrow it down to the top four based on popularity, scenic landscapes, and experience.

Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park

Kings Canyon is what the name suggests. Known for the best camping in California that’s fit for royalty! Kings Canyon has the world’s largest trees, the deepest canyons in the United States, and glorious majestic views. There are numerous trails with breathtaking views catered to every hiking skill level at Mt. Whitney, Cedar Grove, the Foothills, and Grant Grove. If hiking isn’t your thing, head over to the Giant Sequoia Forest or the Redwood Mountain Grove. In the Giant Sequoia Forest make sure to visit the largest living sequoia, the General Sherman tree. If you prefer a serene setting that’s kid-friendly, visit the Crystal Cave. You’ll be trigger happy with the picture-worthy scenes of this ornate marble cave with many veils of stalactites.

Yosemite National Park

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A close second, though some may argue it should be first, is Yosemite National Park. Yosemite has over 13 campgrounds. There are various campground options for the minimalist Grizzly Adams, glampers wanting luxury accommodations, and everyone in between. However, your stay, you’re surrounded by the natural beauty of Yosemite’s wilderness, mountains, wildlife, waterfalls, streams, meadows, canyons, Redwood trees, and groves of giant sequoias. This natural wonderland has many activities to offer. There’s horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, hiking, and even ice skating! If you’re up for the challenge, let’s not forget about Half Dome and El Capitan. Be warned, they are for experienced hikers and climbers. The trek will be tough, but the most rewarding once you reach the top. If you enjoy painting, Yosemite is known for having artists from all over the world capture its beauty with a stroke of their brush.

Big Sur

Heading to California and wondering what to do in Big Sur? Read on for my favorite Big Sur activities, where to stay, and (most importantly), what and where to eat! This Big Sur road trip itinerary will have you booking flights to California ASAP, promise!

Camping by the ocean is a sensational experience. Go for a stunning coastal drive up Pacific 101. Camp in a forest of Redwood trees. Then take a short trip to the river, ocean, and waterfalls. If you have a safe SUV, then driving through Big Sur should be a breeze. Big Sur has convenient camping amenities, including easy access to restaurants, electric hookups, dump stations, and playgrounds. Don’t let that fool you. It’s also home to mother nature’s towering Redwoods, wildflower-covered meadows, stunning cliffs, and picturesque beaches. The key places to visit are Andrew Molera, Julia Pfeiffer Burns, Pfeiffer state parks. Pfeiffer beach is considered to have one of the most beautiful sunsets in California!

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree is much different from the other three parks because it’s located in the desert. With the heat and dry weather conditions, this camping trip requires extra vehicle preparation. Get your car service check-up to avoid it from overheating. Joshua Tree won’t “dry up” with having over 100 campsites. Fill your stay with hiking, sky gazing, admiring the Cholla Cactus Garden, venturing to the Lost Palms Oasis, and cherishing panoramic views from the highest viewpoint at Keys View. Like rocks, Joshua Tree rocks! Make sure to check out Skull Rock and Arch Rock for a clever photo opportunity.

Most of us had at least one camping experience. Whether it was sixth-grade camp, a wanderlust music festival or a family vacation why not have another camping adventure at any one or all four in California mentioned above! Each experience is guaranteed new and likely to be your top camping experience.

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