10 Best Camping Sites in California

If you're thinking about taking a camping trip, then you're in luck, because this is our list of the ten best camping sites in California.

  1. Big Basin Redwoods State Park is one of the oldest state parks in California. This camp site has the best of both worlds. You can river raft down four waterfalls or you can take a hike on the nearby trails.
  2. Camp Edison on Shaver Lake is a camping ground for the people who can't leave their electronics behind. All the campsites at Camp Edison have electricity and cable TV Some of them even have internet.  Why is a campground with all these luxuries that you want to escape from when camping is on our list? The reason is that despite the campground having cable, power and even internet, once you get there the surrounding nature overshadows the modern conveniences.
  3. D.L Bliss State Park located in Lake Tahoe is the perfect camp site for people who love to be in the water. You can chill out on the beach and enjoy the beautiful lake from afar or dive right on in for a swim.
  4. Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu. The camp site is located right next to the beach under a canopy of sycamore trees, which provide a secluded feel.
  5. Mesquite Spring Campground located in Death Valley National Park is the perfect campsite for those wanting to explore Death Valley. There are also some unique buildings to check out like the Spanish Morrish mansion and Scotty’s castle.
  6. Refugio State Beach located in Northwest Santa Barbara. This camp site sits on a cove surrounded by palm trees. You can fish, swim, and snorkel all without leaving the campsite. During the summer free kayaking lessons are available from 9am to 11am on Fridays.
  7. Ryan Campground located in Joshua Tree National Park. The campground has a good amount of trails for hiking, one of which will lead you 1.5 miles to the summit of Ryan Mountain.
  8. Mattole Campground located in King Range National Conservation Area and it is in the middle of nowhere along the Pacific Ocean. It is the perfect ocean get away in the summer—just be sure to go on a weekday or else the campground will be crowded.
  9. Doane Valley Campground located in Palomar Mountain State Park is desert camping without the desert weather. You can hike into the desert-like surroundings or you can check out the stars at the Palomar Observatory.
  10. Our final camp site is not exactly a camp site, but something you can do without driving too far away. Go to the nearest beach and set up camp there. Granted, you may not be as in touch with nature as you would like because of the crowds at the beach. Despite the crowds, if you walk along the beach far enough you are bound to run into a deserted part where you can get in touch with nature.

Sources: http://www.totalescape.com/active/campstuff/cmpdest.html#terrain

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