2225 Highway 154
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Things to do in the area: Visit Solvang, wine taste, visit Santa Barbara, fish
Pros: Beautiful lake-front camp spots - an amazing thing to wake up to, close to Los Angeles
Cons: The ground is really hard, so it was difficult to get the tent spikes into the ground. Not to mention that we didn't bring an egg crate or air matress, so were a little stiff in the morning. Would have been fine had we remembered a hammer and an egg crate.
The lake at sunset from our campsite.
The lake early in the morning (fishing time).
Salton Sea – Mecca Beach
Things to do in the area: Star gaze, fish (tons of tilapia live in the Sea), visit Palm Springs
Pros: It feels "out there," but is not that far from LA, beautiful stars
Cons: It smells like fish, can’t go year-round because of the heat
The sun reflecting off the lake.
The lake at sunset.
Sedona – Manzanita
5900 N HW 89A
Sedona AZ 86336
Things to do in the area: Chapel of the Holy Cross (A-MAZING views), admire the natural beauty, hike
Recommended hike: Cathedral Rock
Misc: There are many vortexes in Sedona (areas of spiritual energy). For the record I visited one and didn't feel a damn thing.
Pros: The camground is a lovely stream, and is a beautiful place
Cons: Campsites really close together, and a little out of town (so uou have to drive to the good hikes and views)
The stream next to the campground.
The view of Cathedral Rock from Chapel of the Holy Cross.
Yosemite - Upper Pines
Things to do in the area: Hike, admire natural beauty
Misc: Bears! Make sure you adhere to the rules regarding food and toilettries in your tent and car (you must use the bear lockers at each site). There are literally bears coming through the campsite each night.
Best spot: 73. It was HUGE.
Pros: Huge camping spots, great location in the valley
Cons: Books early, so you have to make reservations well in advance
Half-Dome in the distance on our drive up.
The two tents we fit in our large campsite.
Pismo Beach – Oceano Dunes
928 PACIFIC AVENUE
Oceano CA 93445
Things to do in the area: Walk along the beach, wine taste
Pros: Campsites really close to beach, large tent camping spots
Cons: None really
An unedited photo of the sunset.
15027 Highway 79
Julian, CA 92036-9530
Things to do in the area: Visit the quaint town of Julian and eat some of their famous apple pie
No major pros or cons, just a nice getaway surprisingly quick from Los Angeles or San Diego.
Apple and boysenberry pie in Julian.
Pt. Mugu – Thornhill Broome
32100 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Things to do in the area: Whale watch (amazing during April), hike
Pros: Camp right on the beach, and very close to LA
Cons: Right next to freeway, so you get some street noise
View of the Point to the north.
View of the coastline to the south.