California is home to magnificent natural features that include San Diego beach, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, Reds Meadow, Yosemite National Park, Shasta Cascade region, Sequoia National Park and more.

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For the lovers of nature, there’s so much that you can do in this state. Camping is a popular activity here because it offers people an incredible opportunity to explore the best of California. Whether you like camping with your family, friends, or as a single person, here are 7 Best Campgrounds in California:

San Diego Beach Camping

San Diego is a remarkable city for both residents and travelers. Carlsbad, Cardiff, La Jolla and Coronado are ideal camping locations for campers.

The city is known for plenty of sunshine and warm weather climate; it’s certainly a great place to camp.

You can set your tent in one of these campsites and enjoy the sun during the day and the stars during the night. For your nightlife experience, visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park at night.

Lake Tahoe Camping

Lake Tahoe Camping Situated in Northern California, Lake Tahoe is a must -see location and a perfect site for campers to set their tents.

The East Coast features extraordinary beaches and is packed with ideal spots for camping. The West Coast is close to several historic locations and recommended for biking and hiking.

If you are planning to go RV camping with your family, the South Coast is features the best camping spots for families. The North Coast is suitable for hiking and fishing. The bottom line is there is a wide range of activities that you can do here.

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Big Sur is another ideal place to set your tent. It’s the perfect destination for adventurous travelers to camp.

The Pacific Shore of California is an ideal place to go for a great USA road trip. Other spots where you can pitch your tent are the rugged shore of Big Sur and remarkable beaches in Santa Barbara.

Also, there are recommended places for activities such as sightseeing, hiking, and other outdoor pastimes.

Reds Meadow Valley

If you are visiting California, the Reds Meadow Valley is a must -see location. This campground boasts of more than 40 campsites that can accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. Hot spring shower is one of the things that make this spot ideal for campers. The showers are available on the principle of first come first served.

The best camping sites are also available on a first come, first serve basis. There are several other campsites around Reds Meadow that you can visit.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is one of the most visited and busiest parks in North America.

Yosemite is a UNESCO World Heritage Site covering an approximate area of 1189 square miles of hiking trails, wilderness, streams, lakes, and ponds. There’s no better way to experience the beauty of this place than to camp in it.

Do not miss the chance to experience the striking view of El Captain and Half Dome and enjoy pastime such as hiking, climbing, sightseeing and more. This park is home to 13 exceptional campsites and Tuolumne Meadows. Recommended for family, RV and group camping.

Shasta Cascade Region

Shasta Cascade Region Located in Northern California, Shasta Cascade is another ideal place for campers to pitch their tent.

The area is filled with few people, but it’s one of the best places to visit. It’s perfect for camping, fishing, sightseeing and more. Other natural features that you will find interesting here are amazing waterfalls, outstanding caves, Sundial Bridge and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

If you are planning to visit California and you’ve never been to this area, it’s the best place to camp.

Sequoia National Park

If you like giant trees, this is the place to be. With over one million acres of giant Sequoia trees, this park is a must visit for trees lovers. Also, Sherman trees are found here.

Sherman tree is said to be the biggest tree that you will ever see on planet earth. There are plenty camping sites within this park where you can pitch your tent and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of magnificent outdoors.


There is a reason why California is called the Golden State. Of course, there are beautiful places to stay, but camping in one of the areas mentioned above will give you a golden chance to enjoy almost everything that California has to offer. Always carry your hiking boots if you want to experience the terrains and trails of this astonishing state

Author BIO: This is Katrina from Hiking Camping Guide, travel writer by profession and lover of world cultures, food, oceans, languages, souls, wild spaces and urban places by nature.