What this campground lacks in facilities, it makes up for in authenticity. About the Author Native New Yorker Meg Jernigan stayed in Washington, D. Jalama Beach County Park, West of Lompoc For the ultimate in scenic , this Santa Barbara County beach is one of the most beautiful in California. Bella Vista by the Sea If you are looking for a truly oceanfront camping experience then is where you want to be. Or, hang back at the resort and enjoy the game room, take a dip in the pool, or mine for gems with the kids at the mining sluice. Nab a site in the small, quiet, pine-and-granite campground, then stroll over to a gorgeous, fish-filled lake to watch for dive-bombing osprey. Located in a protected cove, it provides amazing views of 75 to 100 feet of cliffs along the coast.
But there are only 20 sites at peaceful Boat-In Camp, part of Emerald Bay State Park, where teeming speedboat traffic quiets at glassy dusk and dawn. Wake up, enjoy a cup of joe, and enjoy a nice walk over to Disneyland with your family. If you want to stick around the campsite, there are hot tubs, pools, horseback riding and 15 miles of hiking trails. Locals and visitors surf this stretch of Cardiff coastline year-round, and the campground is home to the , which offers camps and day lessons. All-inclusive packages get you wine-and-cheese tastings, catered breakfasts, and hikes around the property. Winter campers can observe thousands of monarch butterflies clustered in the neighboring eucalyptus grove.
Campland hosts hundreds of individual sites, which include full utility hookups. The vast state is known for its widely varying landscapes ripe for exploration. Amenities include two pools and bathhouses, a hot spa, and a private clubhouse. Of course, the resort has five-star amenities, like a pool and spa, immaculately landscaped grounds, and an onsite marketplace and bistro. The northern, central and southern regions feature their own unique landscapes with mountains, rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, pine forest backdrops and dunes.
The centerpiece of the park is a five-mile long lake, with all kinds of water-oriented recreation, surrounded by 4,316 acres of beautiful land for hiking, horseback riding, and nature study. Amenities include a heated pool, clubhouse, volleyball and tennis courts, a boat launch, and more. If the wind is howling, camp across the highway at tree-sheltered Woodside Campground. Amenities include a lodge, pool and hot tub, massages, and a wealth of on-site activities. However, campers have put it that the old bathroom brings down the good impressions, also where the new park area is, there are no trees or beauty. Lakeside lots include private pools and spas and covered patios.
A short access trail from the campground leads directly to miles of sandy coastline. Adjacent to a wide, two-mile stretch of beach that juts into , the campground includes 120 sites hookups are not available and restrooms with flush toilets and coin-op showers. But power down: This camp has great lake access and mountain views. Now you can finally toss out that directory! Hit it in late June or early July to catch swaths of wildflowers framing high, craggy peaks. It is pure dry camping should you choose to stay at Big Flat. Resort amenities include a pool, an on-site restaurant and store, and fitness classes.
When you want a taste of town, it is just a short drive to the center of , with its central town park, anchored by an historical Carnegie Library now a small museum , and surrounded by shops, galleries and restaurants… and more wine tasting! You can experience the natural beauty of the four seasons here, whether the blossoms of spring and summer, foliage in autumn, or the snow-covered mountain peaks in winter. The largest city, Eureka, is roughly a 5-hour drive north of San Francisco—but what a drive: see lush wine country, charming hamlets, spouting whales, and breathtaking sunsets. The Los Padres National Forest is a short drive away. And the majority of tourists tend to opt for Northern California more than you might think. Thirty miles north of Eureka in Humboldt County, a square mile of verdant jungle with colorful patches of wildflowers juts out into the craggy Pacific shoreline. Tons of activities for the whole family, including gem mining, hiking, and golf. Have you been California dreaming lately? Mattole Campground, King Range National Conservation Area, North of Shelter Cove A million miles from everywhere, this small campground lies where a country road dead-ends at the Pacific.
If wine tasting is not your pleasure, try some of the local breweries, such as or , which both have facilities in Paso Robles that serve food and their signature brews. Hike the moderate 2-mile Cougar Crest Trail to Bertha Peak, or pedal the 3. Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree National Park, South of Twentynine Palms Sites are tucked among jumbled piles of the quartz monzogranite boulders of Joshua Tree. Upscale amenities like an indoor heated pool, 6,000 sq. Mostly deals in ownership; rentals are available for 1-month and 2-months stays only.
There are both pull-through and back-in sites, Ocean Mesa can accommodate rigs up to 50 feet in length. Ricardo Campground, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Northeast of Mojave At Red Rock Canyon, colorful sandstone walls rise from the desert floor, and campsites are tucked against the White House Cliffs. The campground offers a miniature golf course, swimming pool, ping pong pavilion and bike rentals. Family-oriented campground with a general store, pool, arcade, clubhouse, and more. Most of the oceanfront campsites on this list are in high demand year-round, reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Remarkable desert parklands, including Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and Anza-Borrego, provide an extraordinary chance to explore, while the oasis-like allure of Palm Springs, 3 hours northeast of San Diego, offers sunny resort-style getaways, with golf, tennis, spas, and high-end shopping. Convenient to many central Florida attractions.
A stay at is unlike any other — the resort sits at a 3200-foot elevation, looking out on the surrounding mountains and valleys. This makes it easy to enjoy the beach and the amenities and attractions of San Diego without having to be right in the city center. Amenities include a pool, banquet hall, and lakes for fishing. Moreover, the surrounding habitat is clean and neat with a lot of trees, breathtaking just to take a view. In Crystal Cove State Park near Laguna Beach, sites 51—60 at Moro Campground sit above 3.
They even offer free coffee and a newspaper in the morning! In winter, enjoy snow sports; in summer, go hiking, mountain biking, fishing, or boating. And order a Jalama Burger from the camp store. Jackson Point Boat-In Campground, Tahoe National Forest Part of the Pacific Crest Trail passes along the east side of the Jackson Meadow Resevoirreservoir, which also makes for a good fishing spot. With a full range of scenic attractions: from the beach, the desert to the mountains, forest … and also the center of Hollywood entertainment. Amenities include a clubhouse, library, heated Olympic pool and jacuzzi, and plenty of activities. Amenities include a fully-equipped beach house, two pools, and tons of activities. Kirk Creek Campground Information P.