You want to visit California, but don’t want to bother with hotels and rental cars. Why not travel by RV? Whether you’re hitting the state’s theme parks or national parks, capturing photos or catching the waves, it just makes sense to have a comfortable RV as your home base.
To make trip planning easier, here’s a quick list of California RV camping ideas to stir your fantasies. Gather the family ’round and build your dream trip. You’re going to love motorhome camping in California!
Attractions for the Kids
You can’t travel California with kids without visiting one of the world-famous theme parks. Travelling by RV keeps trip costs reasonable – imagine what you’ll save on hotel rooms, rental cars, and fast food!
Start your trip in Anaheim at that most famous of theme parks, Disneyland! And while you’re there, save time to enjoy Disney’s California Adventure. If travelling with Lego fanatics, head for Carlsbad, California to Legoland. A wild and crazy time awaits you as you discover rides, thrills and challenges for the entire family.
If vintage fun suits your fancy, spend your vacation in Santa Cruz and experience the oceanside amusement park. The Giant Dipper rollercoaster, built in 1924, is sure to thrill the kids, and don’t miss the beautiful carousel that’s been around since 1911. For families with lots of interests, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo offers sea creatures, thrilling rides and wildlife in the same theme park.
One last “must do” for theme park aficionados: the Wild West themed Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park. From Camp Snoopy to some of the most famous roller coasters in the world, you’ll be glad you turned your RV toward Knotts Berry Farm.
Cruise the Beaches
Who could visit California without hitting the beach? With more than 450 beach destinations, you could spend a year on the road and not visit them all! California beach cities have become part of American legend – Malibu, La Jolla and Monterey. Add some time there to your family’s own legends by cruising the coastline in motorhome comfort.
Let Your Family Go Wild
Another way to experience California is to really get into the wild. With nearly thirty National Parks Service sites in California, your kids can explore nature and history the entire summer. Head for Muir Woods National Monument, part of San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where giant coastal redwoods have been preserved and studied for a century. At northern California’s Lassen Volcanic, see where volcanoes have erupted in the past one hundred years! Yosemite, King’s Canyon, Sequoia – if you’ve been meaning to visit one of California’s historic National Parks, why not do it this year? Most National Parks offer easy RV camping, so even the least hardy camper can experience it all!
And don’t leave California’s state parks off your list. Treat your family to spectacular views and wildlife photo opportunities as you hike the trails of Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe. Fish for bass and hit the cycling trails at Folsom Lake. If you’ve never experienced the California desert, Anza-Borrego State Park is the place to go. The variety of wildlife you’ll find there, from bighorn sheep to roadrunners, will excite the most jaded city dweller.
Whether you’re looking for the endless wave or craving a wild ride on a roller coaster, an RV journey through California is the cure. Winter or summer, there’s something fascinating to see in California. Plot your course, rent your RV and get started!