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One of the great things about California is that it’s one of the few states where campgrounds can actually operate year-round without making exceptions for things like inclement weather, frigidly cold winter temperatures, and a wide variety of other problems that afflict many other campgrounds nationwide. Of course, the mountains in California do suffer from some of these problems, but most of them have built ski lodges and other communities to cope with the problem.
For regular RV camping, though, California remains one of the best options for avid outdoors enthusiasts and those who prefer a more traditional experience while in nature. The state’s campgrounds are numerous, and their benefits make each of them a great experience. There are ten campgrounds in particular, though, where the experience is better than all the rest in the rest in the state. For those looking conquer the great Californian outdoors, the ten spots below are must-visit attractions.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Located just northeast of Crescent City, California, this campground is a pretty traditional one for those with an RV. The campground is specifically designed around a red wood forest that delights visitors from within California and around the country all year long. With a number of great hiking trails and marked attractions, the campground is one of the best options for those who like to spend plenty of time exploring the natural environment and marveling at the size of California’s famous redwood trees.
Leo Carrillo State Park
Leo Carillo State Park is located near Malibu, and is one of the state’s best coastal campgrounds. In addition to a large number of RV-friendly campsites, the park is known for offering excellent coastal views of the Pacific Ocean to visitors from all across the country. A number of hiking trails are featured throughout the park, and visitors have full access to the tide pools within the campground’s limits.
Refugio State Beach
For a camping experience that borders on the tropical, Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara is a very popular destination. The campsites within the campground are actually arranged in a crescent shape around a cove of palm trees, and they’re treated to excellent coastal views of the Pacific Ocean. Plenty of exploring can be done at the campground, whether that means checking out the nearby natural attractions or the greater Santa Barbara area itself.
Ryan Campground at Joshua Tree National Park
Located in central southern California, Joshua Tree National Park features the Ryan Campground for those who want to get a bit better acquainted with the California desert. Numerous hiking trails are also available, including one that climbs a staggering 5,461 feet to the summit of Ryan Mountain. It’s a scenic vista not to be missed by nature enthusiasts and those drawn to the desert.
Saddlebag Lake Campground at the Inyo National Forest
The Inyo National Forest is full of great campgrounds, a few of which make the cut as the ten best in California. The first of those is Saddlebag Lake Campground, located 10,000 feet above sea level in interior California. Saddlebag Lake is close by, and a water taxi regularly shuffles campers across the lake to experience all that nature, and the surrounding forest area, has to offer.
Sabrina Campground at the Inyo National Forest
For fishing, there is perhaps no better option than the Sabrina Campground. Also located at the Inyo National Forest, this campground is a bit closer to sea level and requires a little less of an adjustment when campers arrive for a fun-filled week away from the hustle and bustle of regular life. Lake Sabrina, packed full of trout, is one of the best fishing destinations in the west.
Summit Lake South Campground at Lassen Volcanic National Park
Located in northern California, this campground is one of the best for hikers who want access to a wealth of trails to different types of natural habitats. The Summit Lake area is perfect for those who like to fish, and it offers a bevy of marine life for those who are interested in such things. The campground fills up quickly, though, so it’s important to book early in order to have a chance at the best lake fishing, scenic views, and access to trails.
Kirk Creek Campground at Los Padres National Forest
Located in Big Sur, about midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Kirk Creek Campground is well known for having some of the best views not only of the beach, but also of a sky free of light pollution. The campground is also close to a number of restaurants in the park, giving campers access to fine dining and nightlife alongside majestic natural beauty.
Minaret Falls Campground at the Inyo National Forest
Overlooking a fork in the San Joaquin River, this third campground within the Inyo National Forest is a perfect option for hikers and those who like natural landmarks. The Devils Postpile, formed from cooled magma, is nearby, and can be accessed via a quick hike through the campground.
Camp Edison at Shaver Lake
Camp Edison lies along a manmade lake that was created as part of a hydroelectricity project. Originally created by Southern California Edison, this lake northeast of Fresno offers scenic views and hiking that is among the best in California. The campsites are designed to cater to both nature enthusiasts and those who like a bit more “home” away from home, with electric hookups and even the ability to plug right into the Internet. With ample hiking and scenic views, this is a California campground for the ages.
Lots of Great Options for California’s Nature Lovers!!!
California is often associated with the hustle and bustle of places like Los Angeles and San Francisco, but the state is so much more than its major urban centers. With campgrounds along the coast, as well as in the mountains, in the desert, and in several national forests, RV enthusiasts can find something to match every natural interest they have. They may even be able to cultivate some new interests and hobbies during their time at one of these ten excellent locations.
Airstream built its first travel trailer in 1931. Since then, the company has been dedicated to making travel trailers more than just a spare time hobby. An Airstream is something you adopt. It enables you to turn comfortable travel into a way of life. Due to innovative Airstream travel trailer designs, traveling across the country has become an exciting adventure, not just a means of getting from point A to B.
Flying Cloud History
The Airstream Flying Cloud has been manufactured by Airstream for decades. It has been a long-time favorite RV for many seasoned travelers. Flying Cloud models from the 1950s are considered classics.
Airstream has a company policy to improve its products, not create new ones. This year, Airstream has introduced an improved 2013 Flying Cloud. This Airstream model has features that appeal to newbies as well as improved features that excite the veteran Airstreamer.
Why the 2013 Flying Cloud is so special
The Flying Cloud comes in nine different models that range from 19 to 30 feet in length. There are 16 different floor plans to choose from. Depending on the length and model you choose, your Flying Cloud will comfortably sleep from two to six people.
There are six different interior decors for you to choose from according to your individual decorating style. You personalize the interior to reflect your own sense of design and flair by choosing your own fixtures and cabinets. You also choose your own fabrics including their style, texture and color.
The 2013 Flying Cloud has new improved under-the-seat storage options and added workspace ideal for multiple uses. The kitchen sink is covered when not being used so that it becomes another work area. The kitchen even has a large pantry. This makes the 2013 Flying Cloud an ideal choice for those interested in living in their RV full time or those interested in only part-time travel.
According to the Airstream brochure, “The Airstream Flying Cloud single-axle Bambi travel trailer combines light weight ruggedness with total practicality.” It is aerodynamically designed to increase road stability and gas mileage. Because of their lightweight aluminum construction, all Airstream travel trailers are easier to tow, requiring less fuel and horsepower, than standard travel trailers from other manufacturers.
The name Airstream evokes an image of quality in design. The company is noted world-wide for its integrity in structure. The 2013 Flying Cloud is a testament to the Airstream commitment to a superior product and maintenance of its stellar reputation.
My Airstream travel trailer is one of the best purchases I have ever made. I was looking for a way to downsize my life and to eventually live off the grid. My goal was to maintain a mobile lifestyle while being adventurous and enjoying the country. Purchasing an Airstream was the first step toward accomplishing my goal. (more…)