Have you ever wanted to go camping in California but didn’t know your options? Whether you want to camp in the desert, forest, or on the beach, this state has campsites for everyone.
Want to know more? Check out these nine incredible campsites in California.
1. Tomales Bay
Are you looking for a secluded campsite? Do you mind putting in some grunt work to get there? If so, Tomales Bay is the perfect destination.
The only way to get to the Tomales Bay campsite is by boat. So, if you love kayaking or canoeing, you are in luck. Plus, this extra work just makes relaxing at campsite that much sweeter. Bring the necessities, some snacks, firewood, and some fresh oysters and you’re set.
This campground is located in Crystal Cove State Park and it is perfect for those who love the ocean. It has waves for surfers to ride and an underwater park that many scuba divers and snorkelers enjoy. There’s also a beautiful beach for sunbathers and tide pools for those who love to explore. It is truly a paradise for water babies.
Do you want a campsite that offers amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco? If so, Angel Island State Park is for you. It is situated smack dab in the middle of San Francisco where the views of Mount Tamalpais and the Marin Headlands are exquisite as well.
This campground is perfect for those who want to get away from it all and who want to try their hand at desert camping. It is located in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the biggest state park in California. It is one of the most beautiful as well, especially in the springtime. This is when you get a chance to see the vibrantly colored wildflowers as they begin to grow and bloom.
As delightful as these flowers are, they aren’t the best reason to visit the campground. This honor is reserved for the night sky, which is unspoiled by city lights. Gazing up at these mesmerizing points of light will cause your whole body to feel at peace. A welcome emotion, especially after a hard day of hiking.
Once you arrive at this campsite, you’ll know exactly how it got its name. The chorus frogs is like a soothing lullaby that will relax your mind and help you drift off to sleep. But the bullfrogs aren’t the only reason to visit. This campground is home to beautiful wildflowers and a variety of wildlife. You might even get a chance to see a Silver Fox.
The majority of Santa Cruz Island is protected by the Nature Conservancy. But, about 10% of this stunning area is considered to be part of the National Park System. The campground itself is located on the northeastern part of the island. It is the perfect place to get away from it all, go kayaking, and/or stargazing at night.
This campground is arguably one of the best in the entire state of California. It offers two exquisitely beautiful camping spots, but they both are walk-in. In other words, you will have to bring all your gear to the campsite by yourself. The payoff is incredible though with secluded sites offering amazing views of the Big Sur Coastline. It truly can’t be beat.
This alluring campground is located near both the Kaweah River and the Lodgepole Market. There’s also a Nature Center on-site where you can learn about the fauna and flora in the area. As an added bonus, the Giant Forest Sequoia grove is just two miles away. This short hike is a small price to pay to see some of the oldest and largest trees in the world.
Want a campsite that lets you hang out by the water and cool off on a hot summer day? If so, Green Valley is for you. There’s a creek that runs through it, waterfalls, and shallow pools to frolic in. Located in San Diego, it’s the perfect place to retire after a long day of hiking the nearby trails.
What do you think about the campsites listed above? Do you know any that should’ve been on the list? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.