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California really does have something to offer for every one.  There are thousands of camping sites between San Diego and San Francisco offering spectacular sunsets and visions of waves crashing onto the shore. 

Photo of a California Beach

INFORMATION:  See www.nps.gov/cali for some ideal locations along the coast.  Our simple suggestion is to get there first as there are so many welcome distractions in California.

CAMPING:  Reservations to any national park in California can be made at (p: 847 444 6777; www.recreation.gov).  There are many camp sites along the Pacific Coast Highway to choose from.  Find one that suits your taste and allows you closer access to other main attractions you may want to visit like Disneyland, Universal Studios, Sea World, and Magic Mountain.

Off the beaten path:

One of our favorite destinations is the Channel Islands National Park.  There are many reasons to keep going back including opportunities for sea kayaking and hiking.  Here you are going to find plants and animals that live no where else.  The Channel Islands are also a draw for underwater explorers offering excellent an excellent playground for S.C.U.B.A.  Contact Channel Islands National Park, 1901 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura, CA 93001 (p: 805 658 5730; www.nps.gov/chis).  Easiest access to the Islands is from Ventura.  Transport to the island varies from $26 and up.  Weather is very unpredictable so prepare for all sorts.  Anacapa and Santa Cruz are closest and easiest to get to from the mainland.  A great hike for any visitors to Anacapa is the 2-mile, figure-eight Loop Trail that offers plenty of views and is a good introduction to the island’s natural history.

Photo of the California Coast

Photo of the California Coast