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Old 03-22-2010, 02:04 PM   #1
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California Coast Road Trip

I'm planning a month-long road trip with my Airstream and daughter along the California coastline- planning on hitting San Diego, Malibu, Carmel, Big Sur, and heading inland to Yosemite. Does anyone have any recommendations for camp grounds along Highway 1 or in any of these locations, or tips as we plan our itinerary?
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This is one of the great coastal roads on the planet, so make sure to take time and enjoy it. But remember, lots of people use it for daily transportation--even in the most remote parts of Big Sur--so be courteous and let the locals pass when you can.

Leo Carillo State Beach is right around the corner from Malibu Colony and the famous surfing beach. It's a great park with RV facilities. Reservations required.

Make reservations to take one of the tours at Hearst Castle on your way north. Well worth it! You can stay at San Simeon Creek Campground in San Simeon State Park, of which the Castle is now a part. Again, reservations required. There are also nearby commercial parks, but I have no experience of those.

If you can, take two or three days to go through Big Sur. It's that beautiful. Kirk Creek campground is the first you encounter driving north. Beautiful and nearly beach side. About 20 miles north of that is Pfeifer Big Sur State Park with a lot of great rv sites along the Big Sur river.

The drive between the two is only 20 miles but so scenic and winding that it takes a good while.

There is a place called Carmel by the River RV park that is always full of those giant motor homes. Pay no attention, but spend time on the beach there and be sure to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row in Monterey Bay.

Further north, there is a nice beachside state park with rv facilities at New Brighton State Beach. The Peoples Republic of Santa Cruz is always worth a visit, no matter what you're political leanings. Whichever way you lean, you'll be more so post visit.

Have a great time and spend lots of money. We need it.
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We stayed a night at the Marina Dunes RV Park, just north of Monterey. Loved it - it's just across the street from the ocean, and you're lulled to sleep by the crashing waves. Showers and bathrooms were clean, and even though the park was full it was quiet, respectful and felt very safe.
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If you make it this far north, there is a great campground in Pacifica: San Francisco RV Resort - RESORT

It is pricey since there are very few places near the city, but it is close to the ocean and Pacifica is a neat little town. However, it more like a convenient stop near the city where you can go see the sites in San Francisco, than a camping destination. The spots are typical for California RV "resorts". It's a paved parking lot, and it looks a little like Safeway on Saturday morning, except it's on a cliff overlooking the ocean. There are really nice black sand beaches in Pacifica.

Be sure to make reservations, because it looks full nearly year-round.
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If you make it this far north, there is a great campground in Pacifica: San Francisco RV Resort - RESORT
We didn't see that one, but that would make a great last night before heading inland towards Yosemite, and as you say it's very close to S.F. The next closest thing we could find was a KOA way up in Petaluma.
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Thanks! Any suggestions for site/ cities to visit further North? We're planning on Redwood National Park, Coos Bay area and then Seattle for our final stop.
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Further north, I would absolutely visit the town of Mendocino again. It was picturesque, with great little galleries, restaurants, and just 5 minutes north of town is a great little campground in the woods called Caspar Beach RV park.

We enjoyed our night there, though there's no view of the beach shown here, per se. It's right across the street though, so as we were anticipating meeting with friends for drinks, we pulled the trailer right onto the beach so we'd have the breezes and the view outside the door.
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Oh, and to jump back south for a minute - you might consider another fantastic spot - easily the nicest KOA in the chain. It's called Costanoa, (30 minutes north of Santa Cruz) and is part of a larger "glamping" eco-organic-spa-restaurant kind of deal.

I'd bet these were some of the most deluxe public baths and showers at any campground, anywhere in the world. It rained the whole time we were there, and we couldn't have cared less because it was just an elegant place sitting on the bluffs above the ocean. Really, really nice.
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We're also looking for campgrounds in Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, Portland, Mendocino, and Yellowstone (for when we head back to Colorado). Any suggestions would be lovely!
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Malibu RV Park is another option

If you are unable to secure a spot at Leo Carillo in Malibu, there is a commercial RV park called Malibu RV Park with full hookups....it is frequently the first stop for out of towners who fly into LAX and rent Cruise America RVs. It is pricey but it has the location right on Pacific Coast Highway with a great ocean view. It is on the east side of the highway so crossing PCH to get to the beach is not easy or particularly safe. Malibu Seafood which is just south is a great place to find fresh seafood.....either eat on their outdoor patio or take it back and cook it in your Airstream....they give a 10 per cent discount to Malibu RV patrons....paula
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All of the State Parks in Oregon are great. But get reservations if you are coming in the Summer. The Oregon Unit wbcci is having 2 rallies at the beach this year and you are more then welcome to join us. Just PM me for details. One is in Cannon Beach, Oregon (Carmel North but nicer) during the Sand Castle Contest June 19-21. at the CB RV resort which has a pool and a short walk to the beach. It's a Family Fun Rally with lots of activities for kids. The other rally is at Nehalem Bay State Park which is a great state park, just a sand dune away from the beach and lots of bike trails. We will be there for our Seafood Rally July 30- Aug 1. Both of these parks are in the NW part of Oregon, Also Lewis & Clark made camp near here.
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In the SanDiego area, just north of the border is Chula Vista RV Park an excellent facility and an excellent jumping off point.
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Pismo Coast Village in Pismo Beach, CA is a nice place. Just over the dune from the beach. Full hookups, nice facilities. Short walk to town. Nice gazebo for watching the sunset. You may want more than one night. Best to make a reservation.

Morro Dunes RV in Morro Bay, CA, very near Morro Rock, is another RV park at the beach. Beautiful beach sunsets.
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If you're hoping to stay in Yosemite, check out the park website immediately. Camping spaces there are very, very hard to get and RV spaces are even more scarce. You might need to build your trip around those reservations if you want to stay in Yosemite Valley.
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