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Old 02-14-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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Prettiest places to camp in California??

What are the prettiest places to camp with an airstream in California? Looking for natural beauty with minimal concrete and lots of trees and grass.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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Anywhere on the Monterey Peninsula. Absolutely breathtaking...
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:20 PM   #3
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Joshua Tree National Park-either campground as both as awesome scenery. Monterey is a definite 'yes' and Morro Bay area. And, I would also put in a big plug for Pinnacles..out newest National Park!! The campground is nice but to see the night sky and hike in the Pinnacles is awesome!
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:37 PM   #4
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1. Jedediah Smith State Park - Near Crescent City deep in the redwoods.
2. Particks Point State Park - Also in the redwoods north of Arcata.
3. Big Sur - Along Route 1 near Monterey
4. Yosemite National Park
5. Refugio State Park - Along Route 101 north of Santa Barbara
6. Death Valley NP (Furnace Creek) - Not much grass except the golf course but the raw beauty is simply heart stopping.
7. Lake Tahoe area. There are about a dozen campgrounds to pick from. I prefer Fallen Leaf lake for its large and flat sites.

I suggest getting some books. California is rich in natural beauty and great camping.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:40 PM   #5
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I forgot to add in:

Lassen National Park east of Redding. Stay in Manzanita Campground. Lots of trees, a good lake for swimming and you can day hike to the top of the volcano peak, only 10,000 feet!
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:17 PM   #6
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Definitely Yosemite, but anywhere in the Sierras is spectacular!
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:02 PM   #7
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Thanks for all of your input. With camp sites so tough to reserve these days my husband's fear is that when we get our airstream we will have a hard time finding scenic campsites and get stuck staying in concrete rv parks (no offense intended to anyone who enjoys that venue). How hard is it in general to reserve good spots? I know Yosemite is next to impossible and fills up in seconds.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:13 PM   #8
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Depends on the season and area. If you like to boondock with no hookups then federal land is more available where full hookups fill up sooner. It is worth mentioning that if your in a WBCCI unit most have outings every month and they already have reservations for so many spots. Each unit is a little different but our operates this way. A couple months before the rally, send in a check to the host to reserve your spot and your good to go. Just one benefit of joining a local unit. They do the work for you. They are not always in RV resorts. Some units like more outback areas or have a couple plan a year for those members with that particular taste. Central coast unit would be your closest unit. Great group of people, and growing in size and activity. Just a thought. Enjoy
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:32 PM   #9
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Great suggestion. What is a WBCCI unit?
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It's a airstream community. It incorporates the US and Canada that is broken up into regions and then into units. The website for info is wbcci.org. I would recommend it for at least an intro into the organization.
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Try looking online, its still not too late. Campgrounds and Camping Reservations - ReserveAmerica

Another good place is the eastern sierra in the Mammoth Mountain / June Lakes area. There are many campgrounds and many sites fine for an Airstream. Just book a long enough site.

BTW - All my suggestions generally lack hookups, but have lots of beauty. Most of my camping is in a popup so am used to limited facilities.
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Set yourself up for boondocking and you'll find lots of beautiful places to camp all over the state - indeed, the West Coast. Any of the national parks are not to be missed, of course; many of the the state parks are also very nice. We've really enjoyed Furnace Creek in Death Valley, Upper Pines in Yosemite, Kirk Creek campground on highway 1, Bodega Bay, etc.

Google maps and Street view are your friends here - it makes it really easy to see what you're getting into, and whether or not you can sneak your 'Stream into that perfect spot.

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Shaver lake is also quite breathtaking.
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Kirk Creek on Hwy 1, about 25 mi south of Big Sur. on a 150' bluff overlooking the Pacific. Nothing between you and Japan over the horizon. 30 campsites, no hookups or dump station; every site has a view of the water. It's a FS camp and they only reserve 50% of the sites; the rest are first come first serve.

Breath taking is an understatement.
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