Our dream California camping adventure starts with stunning views of Mt. Shasta in Northern California. An hour-long hike on the McCloud River trail leads to Middle Falls and a (quick) swim in the icy water. When the sun goes down, crack open a cold one fresh from the Mt. Shasta Brewing Company and watch the Milky Way appear like magic.
A scenic drive down the Pacific Coast Highway takes you camping in Napa wine country. After a stop along the way in Mendocino for lunch at Patterson’s Pub (absurdly delicious nachos and craft beers on tap) an exploration of the storied wineries awaits. There are about 400 of them (and over 600 if you include Sonoma County) and the short list list should include Far Niente, Cakebread and Brasswood.
Unpack the surfboards in Santa Cruz and head for the beach. Fish tacos at Steamer Lane Supply cap off a quintessential California beach camping day. Then relax around the fire at your camp perched in the hills above Monterey Bay.
Head inland to the majesty of Yosemite National Park, home to El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall. A short drive south brings you to Sequoia National Forest and the world’s largest trees. Endless hiking, swimming and picnicking spots offer reminders of just how beautiful is this great land of ours.
Cruise down to Southern California to zen out in the sculpted desert ecosystem of Joshua Tree National Park. The surreal landscape and twinkling night skies are the perfect antidote for stress. Pop into Palm Springs for farm-to-table delicacies in an old movie theater space at Workshop Kitchen + Bar. Then it’s back to the beach. Lounging on the white sands of San Diego wraps up your epic California camping adventure.