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Old 11-12-2013, 01:02 PM   #1
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Question Looking for a good Portland, OR to San Diego, CA route.

Hey there,
My wife and I just purchased our new 25ft International. We went on a small trip to get our feet wet (from Portland to Astoria), but in late december we're planning on taking a 2 week trip down to San Diego to visit some family.

Any recommendations on places to camp between San Diego and Portland?

We've done a little research and are trying to find a good mix of full hookup sites and boondocking, to get a taste of both.

On one side of the spectrum is Seven Feathers (SEVEN FEATHERS RV RESORT)

And the other, cottonwood springs
(Cottonwood Spring - Joshua Tree National Park (U.S. National Park Service))


Has anyone stayed at these two? Or have any other recommendations as to great places to get a taste of all (most) types of RV camping?


Thanks in Advance. We've been lurking on the site for a while now, it's great to actually join in
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
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Hi Justin - greetings from Bend. Astoria is a great place to get your feet wet!

My wife and I are embarking on a 4-month trek around the SW in January. I've been putting together a loose itinerary, including passing through California - a state that has *everything*!

It looks like Redding will be our typical overnight. I've stayed in the Premier RV Resort there and really liked it. We like the Central California coast (who doesn't!?) and San Juan Bautista is a great jumping off point. Betabel RV Park is a 30 minute drive from Carmel/Monterey. (BTW, I'm a country boy and try and avoid urban areas. I get to San Juan Bautista by going South on I5 and cutting across at the Los Banos junction. A little further but you avoid the manic rough road freeways around San Francisco).

On the coast the Kirk Creek campground in Big Sur is a legend. Primitive with no hookups, but sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. Only a few sites, but you can reserve - #17 is probably the best one for your rig - and has the best views to boot.

There's a rally at Pinnacles NP in February and it's only 90 miles from San Juan Bautista. After that we are heading to Sequoia and Death Valley, so I haven't done any research toward San Diego. Except I do know that Joshua Tree NP is terrific. We have friends who love an upscale RV park in Chula Vista, which is on Mission Bay I think.

Have a great trip!

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Old 11-12-2013, 01:42 PM   #3
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Just back from weekend at Palomar Mountain (see thread I just posted this morning, with a couple pics), about 1.5 hours outside of San Diego. We stayed at the Doane Valley campground, but there were a couple other campgrounds nearby as well. Loved our campground!

The whole area was super beautiful. You're up at 5000'+ elevation, so there are great views on the drive up and down the mountain. Campground is tucked down in a little valley, so no actual views there. No hook ups. Just water. $30/night. Cold at night at that altitude, so be prepared for that.

Definitely have to go see the Observatory nearby too. That was pretty amazing to see and learn about.

Have fun!
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Quite a few options. I have some listed on my blog.

The ones we liked for this trip (we've done it a couple of times) include: 7 Feathers, Flag City, Bakersfield RV, Pechanga & Rolling Hills Casino.
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Seven Feathers is great.
Also, Mar River RV in Arcata Mad River Rapids RV Park
Also, Flying Flags in Buelton, CA
Also, Pomo Campgrounds in Mendocino, CA
Also, Olema RV park in Point Reyes, Ca

FYI, 2 weeks somehow doesn't sound like enough time to get all the way to San Diego and back home.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:43 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the advice!

I think we'll try out seven feather based on all the comments. I'll check out the others recommended as well.
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Seven Feathers is great.
Also, Mar River RV in Arcata Mad River Rapids RV Park
Also, Flying Flags in Buelton, CA
Also, Pomo Campgrounds in Mendocino, CA
Also, Olema RV park in Point Reyes, Ca

FYI, 2 weeks somehow doesn't sound like enough time to get all the way to San Diego and back home.

It's an interesting shift. I've made the drive down the San Diego from Portland many, many times. 90% of the time, we drive straight thru, so taking 3 or 4 days to get down is really slowing our normal pace. I'm sure, as we get more and more trips under our belt we will slow down and settle in more.
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:00 PM   #8
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Justin there was a great thread recently titled great campgrounds along the Ca and Oregon coast, its in the on the road section and was started by mamafitz. Hope that helps your search as I don't know how to add the link.
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