California has some beautiful landscape and outdoor wonders; it is home to the hottest place on the planet and the tallest trees. The Pacific Ocean runs along the coast and there are tall mountains that reach for the sky. It is no wonder that it is a popular state for those who love camping and the outdoors.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is the largest national lake in North America and is a part of the Sierra Nevada Range. It is a great location for both camping and fishing. It’s located in Northern California and there are several dedicated areas in both Tahoe National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin for both tent camping and trailers.

Redwood National and State Park

Part of this park is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is due to the giant, centuries-old, Redwood Trees. As a result, camp sites are set up near the forest and the Pacific Ocean and campers can hike the many trails that run through it.

Big Sur

This location is famous for its rugged bluffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. There is also the Heart Castle and the areas of Monterey and Carmel. It has several trails for hiking and a lot of trees for those who like camping hammocks.

Sequoia National Forest

This forest is over one million acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is filled with several camping grounds and 800 miles of trails.


Yosemite is over 1,100 miles of terrain and is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most popular camping sites in the United States with over four million annual visitors. The park includes giant sequoia trees and waterfalls among its many wonders.

Crystal Cove State Park

This park is located along the Pacific Ocean near Newport Beach and the Crystal Cove District. You can rent a cottage or camp under the stars overlooking the ocean or the El Moro Canyon.

Santa Barbara County

This camping site is further down the California coast and includes several beachfront campsites from rustic do-it-yourself sites to full on glamping with maid service at El Captain Canyon Resort. You can also camp on the bluffs at El Captain State Beach.

Salton Sea

The Salton Sea is the only inland saltwater sea in the United States. It is not swimmable and there are no glamping opportunities so pitching a tent is a requirement. The sea is rimmed by salty grounds and is 200 feet below sea level.

Cleveland National Forest

San Diego is a fantastic city but the real wonder is right outside its borders in the wilderness at Cleveland National Forest. There is a mountainous region where there is even snow in the winter and there is San Elijo Beach where there are on sand camping spots.

Big Bear Lake and Angeles National Forest

Lastly, we head to the City of Angels, Los Angeles, where we find the Big Bear Lake and Angels National Forest. They offer hiking and biking trails as well as rustic camping sites, skiing and fishing. There you may see animals big and small as you are hiking the numerous trails.

So, whether you want to hike, canoe, explore or just relax with your friends, there is a beautiful location in California that will fit your needs. Pack up your tents and put on some hiking boots to explore the best parts of California.

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