Article by John Noble
California gets its “Golden State” nickname from the Gold Rush of the mid-1800s — but also deserves the handle because RVing in California offers a golden opportunity for travelers on the go! As the third largest state in the country, California has so many different landscapes it can seem like all fifty states rolled into one. There’s the desert, the mountains, big cities, small towns and more than 1000 miles of breathtaking coastline. This makes for excellent RVing and countless sightseeing destinations — Here are some ideas on how to enjoy your RVing in California.
California RV Camping and RV Campgrounds: Something for Everyone
There’s such wide geographical variety in California that the state is divided into 12 regions. Each has its own unique natural beauty, man-made splendor — and weather! With all the California terrain and weather differences, research California RV camping and California RV campgrounds specific for your RVing journey and prepare accordingly. There is truly something for everyone who enjoys the outdoors — skiing, boating, fishing, hiking and lots of beach RV campsites.
California RV Camping and RV Parks: A State for all Seasons
It’s hard to imagine covering all of California in one journey (there’s more than 150,000 square miles!) So if you’re flexible, think about when you most want to go on your California RV camping trip. If you’re a snowbird on the run from cold weather at home, you probably won’t want to go to the High Sierra mountains in the winter, as you’ll find snow and low temperatures. Looking for a champagne stopover on a beer budget? Prime time to visit Palm Springs is in the winter, with prices to match, but if you go in the summer-time off-season, RV campsites and RV parks are likely to be more reasonably priced and much more readily available. Make sure though that your air conditioning is working and make room for plenty of sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat!
RVing in California: Visit California’s Greatest Places
Because of the state’s generally mild climate, most RV campsites in California are up and running year-round. If you’re planning on RVing to the Golden State, you might want to concentrate on one area. If you’ve never been to California before, start with some well-know highlights: San Francisco and nearby Muir Woods, then venture further north to wine country, or Southern California known for its Hollywood glamour and some of the most popular attractions in the U.S.A., including Universal Studios, the Getty Center, Venice Beach and of course the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. Be sure to research discounts such as AAA, AARP, groups, etc.!
RVing in California: Visit Fairs & Festivals in Every Flavor
Many people associate California with business, Silicon Valley and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, but did you know California is the nation’s #1 agricultural state? With most harvesting done in the spring and early summer, there’s a bumper crop of festivals celebrating locally-grown fruits and vegetables. Most are cozy, down home events, which benefit regional community organizations. While RVing in California, here’s a tasty sampling:
- Apricot Capitol of the World, Patterson — holds an Apricot Fiesta every year
- Butter & Egg Day in Petaluma commemorates the town’s egg and dairy history
- Gilroy Garlic Festival, in its third decade, attracts over 100,000 visitors a year and
- Asparagus Festival — more than 40,000 pounds of asparagus are consumed annually at the Stockton
Most all of the areas where there are Fairs & Festivals have plenty of RV Parks, RV Campgrounds and RV Camping facilities!
California RV Campgrounds & RV Camping at the Beach!
The beaches of California and the Pacific Coast Highway are world famous, and deservedly so. Beautiful ocean vistas, sand, surf and seasonal glimpses of migrating whales are just some of the more obvious highlights. You can plan an entire California RVing excursion just by driving north or south along the coast. If you’re RVing on the California beaches, consider getting a copy of the California Coast Access Guide, which contains information on more than 890 public access coastal areas, 100+ maps and clear descriptions of RV camping, RV parks, RV campgrounds, trails and recreation areas.
John Noble is the Marketing Consultant for Sky River RV Inc — a California-based RV sales and service RV dealer featuring Teton, Allegro, Itasca, T@b and Airstream RV, motor home and travel trailer units. For 100% customer satisfaction and personal customer care in new and used RV sales, service/repair and RV parts that has placed Sky River RV “a cut above the rest” go to http://www.skyriverrv.com/rv-sales.htm