Camping Gems - Places to Eat in California
Best of Los Angeles
Red Corner Asia, Los Angeles
Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles
Cityvibe, Los Angeles
Taste on Melrose, West Hollywood
The Penthouse, Santa Monica
Worth the Price
French Laundry, Yountville
Chez Panisse, Berkeley
Manresa, Los Gatos
Camping Gems - Places to Go in California
Redwoods and Mount Shasta
Shasta Lake - the robin's egg blue waters of Shasta Lake are cool and serene all year round. With white-peaked Mount Shasta nearby, this area is a hotspot for hikers, mountain bikers, boaters, fishers, and wildlife viewers.
Redwood National Park - Come see the world's tallest trees! Stand at the base of a coast redwood and the huckleberry bushes tower over you. Watch statuesque Roosevelt elk grazing in the prairies. From wildlife to winding trails, this park has everything.
Whiskeytown Shasta Trinity National Recreation Area - At the juncture of the Klamath Mountain range and the Sacramento Valley, this area is home to a special collection of animal and plant life. Some of the park’s features are Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta Bally (6,209 ft.) and numerous waterfalls, providing outdoor enthusiasts opportunities for water recreation, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Point Reyes National Seashore - From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches through its open grasslands to its brushy hillsides and forested ridges, visitors can discover over 1000 species of plants and animals.
San Francisco - From hikes in the Presidio to walking tours of Chinatown, San Francisco is vibrant and full of fun. Catch a concert in Golden Gate Park, walk your dog in Delores Park, or view the Golden Gate Bridge from the deck of a ferry to Alcatraz.
Yosemite National Park - one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, Yosemite is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.
Lake Tahoe - This gem of a lake is best explored in person and on foot -- or by bike or boat. Take a hike along the Rim Trail, take a dip in the lake, or visit in winter for spectacular downhill skiing.
Death Valley National Park - Hottest, driest, lowest — a superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and three million acres of stone wilderness.
Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park -Immense mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world's largest trees -- these two parks testify to nature's size, beauty, and diversity.
Monterey Bay - home to one of the finest aquariums in the country, Monterey also offers a rich literary heritage (thanks to John Steinbeck's Cannery Row), a gorgeous coastline, and plenty of outdoor play space.
San Luis Obispo - From the 18th-century Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa to picturesque vineyards and ocean surf, San Luis Obispo (called "SLO" by locals) has everything you need to kick back and relax.
Santa Barbara - known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara offers excellent side trips to the Channel Islands, the Santa Ynez Mountains, and wine country. And don't miss the restaurants and shops!
Los Angeles - famous L.A. needs to introduction. From Disneyland and Universal Studios to Hollywood and Malibu, Los Angeles is filled with fun things to do.
San Diego - be sure not to miss the San Diego Zoo and Wildlife Park, Sea World, and the incredible San Diego beaches. This Southern California city was voted one of our most dog friendly in the U.S.
Joshua Tree National Park - a fascinating variety of plants and animals make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. Visit for the spring wildflowers, the wildlife, and the remarkable plants and cacti.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Five-hundred miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California Desert. Visitors may see roadrunner, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as iguanas, chuckwallas and the red diamond rattlesnake.
Camping Gems - Things to Do in California
Climb Half Dome at Yosemite National Park
Bike the 32-mile American River Bike Path
See the wildflowers at Joshua Tree National Park - don't forget to take some photos!
Taste newly-released wines at a vineyard tasting room in Napa Valley, Sonoma, or along the Pacific Coast
Hear a concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park
Stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles
Get locked in a prison cell on Alcatraz
Go white water rafting from Truckee
Kayak across Lake Tahoe
See the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano
Try windsurfing, wake boarding, and water skiing at Lake Elsinore
Fish for Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, and Striped Bass at Lake Mohave
Drive through a redwood tree at the Redwood National Park's Avenue of the Giants
Camping Gems - California
Wineries on Highway 1
Picture yourself sipping newly-releases vintages under a warm sun while you gaze out at the California surf. This is what you'll find in the tasting-rooms and wineries along Highway 1. Vineyard tours are usually inexpensive and informal. Put a new twist on your adventure by planning a bike route that will carry you past a winery or two.
Lakes Basin Loop
Calling all hikers! You'll find plenty of majestic peaks and glistening lakes on this dayhike. The Lakes Basin area straddles the Tahoe and Paluma National Forests.
San Gorgonio Mountain
Explore the deserts of Southern California on foot when you head into this stunning mountain range. You'll see gorgeous high-mountain landscapes, rugged ridges, and pristine forests on the trail.
Big Bear, California
Head to the lake! Visit during the summer and fish for bass, trout, crappie, catfish, bluegills, or enjoy water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, swimming, and boating. Hikers will enjoy wandering the seven walking and biking trails to be found around Big Bear. In the winter, ski Snow Summit and Big Bear Mountain with their 75 trails, 20 lifts, four high-speed chairs, and over 200 freestyle terrain features.
Pacifica Fog Fest
A late September celebration of sun, sand, and the surf that defines life on the coast. Enjoy the two-day craft fair, parade, marching-band competition, and phenomenal sand sculpture contest.
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Get your fill of garlic and garlic-inspired treats! This festival is all about great food, naturally grown and exquisitely prepared. It takes place in late July every year.
Spooky California Haunts
River Oaks Park (Santa Clara)
Winchester House (San Jose)
Mary’s House (San Jose)
Alcatraz (San Francisco)
Whaley House (San Diego)
Tsunami Beach Club (San Diego)