CAMPING | The Best Campgrounds in California for First-Timers


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Camping in California is becoming increasingly popular, due to the state’s diverse landscape and abundance of camping options. Read on for some great tips for camping in California.

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Naturally, you first have to make sure to comply with ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) and after that, all you need is a secluded spot in the woods or a more developed campsite with amenities.

Our guide will help you find some of the best picks for camping in California as a first-timer.

What are some of the best camping spots in California?

California is a land of great diversity, offering everything from secluded beaches to towering mountains. And while the state’s vastness can sometimes make it difficult to find the perfect camping spot, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to pitch a tent. 

For those who enjoy being surrounded by nature, Big Sur is an excellent choice. This region is home to towering redwoods, pristine beaches, and plenty of hiking trails.

If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of some wildlife, Yosemite National Park is a great option. Here, you can see black bears, deer, and even coyotes. Just be sure to follow all safety guidelines when camping in bear country.

And for those who want to camp near some of California’s most popular attractions, consider spots like Joshua Tree National Park or Death Valley National Park. Both locations offer easy access to hiking trails, scenic vistas, and plenty of opportunities for stargazing.

What kind of activities can you do while camping in California?

California is a great state for camping. There are many different types of camping, from car camping to backpacking, that can be enjoyed in California. 

Car camping is a type of camping where you camp near your car, which is a great option if you don’t want to carry all of your gear with you. You can usually find car campsites at state parks or national forests. 

Backpacking is another type of camping where you carry all of your gear with you on your back. Backpacking is a great option if you want to explore more remote areas. You can find backpacking trails in state parks, national forests, and wilderness areas.

Are there any special regulations or considerations when camping in California?

Indeed, there are some regulations to keep in mind when camping in California. First, all campfires must be fully extinguished before leaving the area. In other words, making sure the ashes are cool to the touch and there is no longer any smoke or embers coming from the fire. 

Next, it is important to know where you can and cannot camp. Some areas, such as national parks, have specific regulations about where you can set up camp. And you should always be cautious of wildlife when camping in California. Bears are a common sight in many parts of the state, so it is important to store food properly and be aware of your surroundings.

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Shell loves all things travel and outdoors and is a nature-loving, comfy-camping kinda girl. Shell started the Camping with Style blog after a serious snowboarding accident which left her with a broken back. Despite this she used the outdoors and healing power of nature to aid her recovery and she continues to spend time outdoors whenever she can.

From open water swimming, snowboarding and kayaking to hill walks and meditation, Shell shares her travels and microadventures here on the blog and in various publications she’s written for, Shell has a particular interest in promoting wellbeing and the many benefits of nature therapy.

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