Need a New Roadtrip Idea? No, Don't Think Light Bulb... Think Lighthouse!

When people often think of lighthouses, they usually think of the famous towers that dot Cape Cod or the coast of Maine. But California has 15 historic lighthouses, including the oldest and tallest lighthouses on the West Coast.

Most people know about our historic Spanish missions or gold rush discovery sites, but not that many people know about California’s lighthouses. Terrific road trips can be built around tours of California’s scenic lighthouses, and there are campgrounds, RV parks and resorts that are close to many of these historic structures. Check out our recently added a section that features lighthouse destinations across the Golden State along with nearby campgrounds, RV parks and resorts that can serve as “base camps” for lighthouse focused road trips. Read More>

Now Everyone Can Access California’s Beaches

Beach Wheelchair

The California Coastal Commission is committed to helping all residents of the state experience the beach firsthand. To that end beach wheelchairs are available up and down the state. Beach wheelchairs are equipped with large, wide wheels which can roll across the sand without sinking. They usually require users to be accompanied by someone pushing them, although several California locations offer motorized chairs which may be self-propelled. Read More>

Need a Campsite for July 4th Weekend?

Camp-California is collecting names of RV parks and campgrounds with space left for the July 4th holiday weekend. Check back as we add more parks with availability!

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Find Your Fun at a California RV Park

Campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across California are offering a full slate of family activities and entertainment this summer, from pet costume contests and cardboard boat regattas to birding, wildflower and medicinal plant walks.

“Camping isn’t just parking an RV or pitching a tent anymore. Campgrounds increasingly offer everything from educational opportunities to fun family activities like arts and crafts activities, scavenger hunts and competitive events. Check out campgrounds planning summer events>

Boaters Beware of Hitchhikers!

Invasive mussels equal expensive damage. When Zebra or Quagga Mussels invade our local waters, they clog power-plant and public-water intakes and pipes. Routine treatment is necessary and very expensive. This leads to increased utility bills for everyone. If you use water and electricity, then you do not want Zebra/Quagga Mussels! Read More>

Featured Destination – The “New” Thousand Trails

Explore the magic of California from one of Encore and Thousand Trails’ twenty-one resorts or campgrounds in all of the Golden State’s most sought after locations. Stay close to the coast and surf the legendary pacific swells or become one with nature, camping and hiking among 1400 year old redwoods. Whether you crave glorious mountains, sandy beaches, lush wine country or dramatic deserts, California is the ultimate getaway and camping season is in full swing! Read More>

Featured Region – California’s Central Coast

Breathtaking vacation spots offer long sandy beaches and rocky coastlines. Outdoor lovers will find ample opportunity for recreation include surfing, water skiing, kayaking, golfing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and bird watching. Artisan villages, festivals, farmers markets, shopping, film festivals, art shows and wine tasting all abound on the central coast. Read More>

Five Central Coast Family Activities Five Central Coast Adult Activities
  • California Condor Viewing for Kids
  • Play with Stingrays
  • Play with Starfish (Asilomar)
  • Play with Butterflies
  • Play on Roller Coasters!

    Central Coast Events

    It doesn't matter where you are traveling in California. No matter where you go, there is bound to be a festival, event, craft fair, hobby show or some other gathering. Festivals can provide a great way to explore new dimensions of the region you are visiting and expand your knowledge of whatever is being showcased. Did I mention people watching? Well it can't get much better than at a local event.

    Check out these Central Coast Events>

    Central Coast Hiking

    High Peaks – Condor Gulch Loop: The High Peaks of Pinnacles National Park (formerly known as Pinnacles National Monument) are a one of a kind collection of sky-pointed spires that provide fascinating scenery and a robust hiking experience. Read More>

    Bob Jones City to the Sea, Avila Canyon: An "urban" hike through beautiful Avila Canyon, the trail starts as a paved bicycle path through the dense riparian growth along San Luis Obispo Creek. The path merges into a service road where the canyon widens and follows alongside a golf course with beautiful canyon vistas. The trail ends at the main road in Avila Beach. A short walk then reaches the Avila Beach Pier with very scenic views at the end of the pier. Very nice variety of scenery for one hike. Read More>

    Bluff Trail, Montana de Oro State Park: Montana de Oro offers some of California's finest ocean scenery. The popular Bluff Trail follows along the edge of a grassy terrace with outstanding views of the eroding cliffs below. Read More>

    Kid's Corner

    The License Plate Game

    For this game you will need a piece of paper and a pen. To make it more interesting and a learning experience grab a dictionary, history or geography book. If traveling in the United States try to find a car with a license plate from every state. If you bring a book with you every time a new state is found look that state up and write something about the state down. The person who has found the most states by the end of trip wins.

    For tips on camping with kids check out our Family Camping pages>


    Featured Camping App

    Need to find some firewood? Want to let your camping “mates” know where the best coffee is? Want to share the cool tree fort your kids just discovered with other parents? Mycampmate was designed to do just that. Read More>


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