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With golden-sand beaches, breathtaking mountains and otherworldly forests, it can be hard to pick a place to go camping in California. But wherever you ultimately decide to go, California is sure to show you an amazing time.
California is a year-round camping destination (yay!), but the weather can definitely vary by region and elevation. Coastal areas promise pleasant enough weather for tent camping throughout all four seasons. The Central Valley gets very hot in summer. Desert regions are too scorching for most campers throughout summer and into fall, but delightfully mild in winter and spring. Higher elevations see temperatures below freezing for most of the winter season.
California is an exceptional destination for hiking, with almost every region presenting glorious scenery and a well-established network of trails. Other outdoor activities to enjoy are mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, photography, birding, whale-watching, seasonal snow sports, and of course, camping.
Some of the biggest annual events in California include the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco and San Diego Comic-Con. The Gilroy Garlic Festival, Oxnard’s California Strawberry Festival and the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival are just a few of many celebrating California’s homegrown foods and wines.
Eight national parks are all amazing places to go camping in California. Yosemite and Redwood national parks are especially notable as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Joshua Tree and Channel Islands are truly unique places that offer year-round camping in California. Don’t overlook California’s 279 state parks, which include beaches, lakes, natural preserves, marine parks and even ghost towns.
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