Charmd Baker
Jul 11 · 9 min read

We’ve all heard the saying, it’s a great place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. Well when it comes to California, most locals are the first to agree, California is a great place to visit and live in! This is especially true if you’re an outdoor enthusiast like a frequent beach goer or RV camper. California has everything from the awesome California beaches and parks, to the spacious and scenic RV campsites and campgrounds. There are sites, scenes and activities to cater to every member in the household, even the family pets.

Both Southern and Northern California has their own particular charm, and people come from all over to enjoy both areas. Though I was an implant from an early age, I’ve been a resident of Southern California practically my whole life. When I did choose to relocate for a short stint, it wasn’t for very long, or very far. My brief stay for less than two years in Las Vegas Nevada was a fun and exciting time. But even after the bright lights of the infamous Sin City, nothing compared to returning home to beautiful sunny California.

The Eyes of a Tourist

Locals can learn to have a better appreciation for where they live, when they view their hometown through the eyes of a tourist. Over the years, as a ghostwriter online and fulltime freelancer, I have written about a number of diverse subjects. I really enjoyed taking advantage of different writing opportunities online. Doing research (virtual and cyber) enabled me to live vicariously through my articles. One of my more memorable writing experiences was spending nearly a year ghostwriting travel articles. I actually spent an entire summer researching and writing articles about the various California camping locations for RV travelers.

RV camping was something I could relate to because I did it as a kid. Former friends and family members of mine did a lot of RV traveling, and sometimes I was lucky enough to bum around with them. Ironically, some of the amazing places I found myself writing about, were already familiar to me. California has lots of designated campsites and places to do informal roadside RV camping. My favorite camping trips when I was younger were the overnight stays at nearby beaches like Dockweiler (cited on the list below).

Although I was already familiar with Dockweiler beach, my research revealed places that I didn’t have a clue about. One such location was the Calico Ghost Town in Barstow California. I had never even heard of it before. It’s really a unique location. I couldn’t believe how many cool places I discovered to travel to, and all of them practically right in my own backyard.

Types of RV Camping

There is a huge diversity when it comes to the types of California campgrounds and campsites. Camping in California can be done in an RV park or campground, at a state park or forest and even on California beaches.

You have the option of camping in either the Southern or Northern California areas. Both localities offer RV camping in beautiful, scenic locations that will make you want to start planning right away.

Do you already know where in California that you want to park the old RV and maybe even pitch a tent? Remember that RV rates and services vary from park to park, depending on a variety of factors.

Whether you’re planning a long family vacation, or quick getaway for a few days, it doesn’t matter. Your trip should be memorable. If your choice is to visit Southern California and spend sunny days on sandy beaches, you can still do it while RV camping.

Southern California RV Camping

If the beach is what you want, the beach is what you get, just choose a location and go. Long Beach, Playa Del Rey, and Santa Monica beaches offer RV and tent camping on or near the water’s edge! Consider the unique Dockweiler RV Park in Playa del Rey. According to the Department of Beaches and Harbors, the park is

“L.A. County’s only recreational vehicle campground ON THE BEACH!”

Another site with an accessible beach is the Malibu Beach RV Park in Malibu. Among their 200 RV sites, 121 of them have full hook-up. Things to do in Malibu include fishing, body surfing and whale or dolphin watching.

Northern California RV Camping

Maybe you’d prefer exploring and camping out in Northern California where the air is crisp and the skies are blue. You can still choose to camp on the waterfront as you head your RV towards the San Francisco Bay area.

Give some thought to the kind of recreation you and your family are seeking. If you want a traditional camping experience, you may enjoy an RV park like Camp William, in Azusa California. Camp William is located in the Angeles National Forest and has 49 RV sites with 8 full hookups (when I last checked). If you prefer entertainment and attractions, Walnut RV Park has 111 sites and full hook up. It is less than 20 miles from attractions like The Hollywood Bowl and Universal Studios.

If you and your family or friends are planning a visit to one or more California destinations, this information might prove helpful. The list you are about to view highlights about 25 RV campsite locations, along with the phone numbers and addresses (no links). Contact them directly for specific details about: hookups, size and space availability, amenities, activities, events, pets, guests, extra vehicle rates, and restrictions. Make a point to see what different attractions and landmarks are located near the areas. That way you can add some fun entertainment hot spots to your itinerary when you visit a California RV park or campground this summer.

List of RV Campground/Sites

Although I formerly wrote about all the locations that I mention in this article, that was a few years ago. I currently have NO affiliations with these listings whatsoever (not now or previously). I was paid by travel blogs, magazines, and website owners, NOT by any of these campsites or resorts. These just happen to be some California RV getaway spots that I thought interested readers would enjoy. The names and locations are published so interested readers can check the places out for themselves, but you won’t find any links or referrals (affiliate or otherwise).

For general inquiries about RV camping in state parks, take time to visit the California Department of Parks and Recreation website and consult the “Camping Information” section. You’ll be happy to know that:

“Reservations can be made as late as two days prior to your planned arrival, subject to availability.”

Now here is a mixture of state and private parks, resorts and campgrounds for the RV traveler in you. Use it to help you narrow down the choices of where to take the family on your travels.

Balboa RV Park (formerly “Birmingham”)

Address: 7740 Balboa Blvd.

Van Nuys, CA 91406

Tel: (818) 785–0949

Skip the lines and get your tickets in the office!

Barstow Calico KOA Campground

35250 Outer Highway 15 North

Yermo, CA 92398

Reserve: 800–562–0059

Info: 760–254–2311

Open All Year — Kids camp FREE Father’s Day weekend (June 17–19, 2016) participating locations.*

Calico Ghost Town RV Park

36600 Ghost Town Road

Yermo, CA 92398

Phone: 800-TO-CALICO

Open daily 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. except Christmas Day

Camp Williams Resort

24210 East Fork Road

Azusa, CA 91702

Phone: (626) 910–1126

Ideal for Scouting camp-outs and events. Contact us for special rates.

Cherry Valley Lakes RV Park

36805 Brookside Ave.

Beaumont, CA 92223

Phone: 866–217–8111

No blackout dates, No purchase obligation, No credit card required to book your RV stay.

Chula Vista RV Resort

460 Sandpiper Way,

Chula Vista, California 91910

Reservations: (800) 741–6878

Minutes from Downtown San Diego — Conveniently located next to many of San Diego’s beautiful parks and Zoos.

Desert Oasis Mobile Home & Resort

17850 Corkill Road

Desert Edge, CA 92241

Phone: (760) 329–7346

Enjoy our new FREE WiFi available throughout the park! We are proud

members of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association

Dockweiler RV Park

12001 Vista del Mar,

Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Phone: (310)-305–9503

The Main Office of Beaches and Harbors is the number to contact for inquiries. This is L. A. County’s only recreational vehicle campground ON THE BEACH!

Fort Bragg Leisure Time RV Park

30801 Highway 20

Fort Bragg, CA 95437

(707) 964–5994 Reservations: (800 700–8542

Open year around — base prices good for 2 persons. “This area is also known for some extremely dramatic coastline and lush forests that go all the way to the water.”

Golden Shore RV Resort

101 Golden Shore

Long Beach, CA. 90802

(562) 435–4646

(800) 668–3581

“Tranquility by the sea” — Golden Shore RV Resort is conveniently located on the waterfront in Downtown Long Beach.

Harmony Ridge Resort Campground

10492 Harmony Ridge Road ,

Nevada City, CA 95959

(530) 265–9313

Open year-round and ideally located below the heavy Sierra snows for a great northern California camping experience. Ask about FREE camping offers.

Lake Francis Resort

13919 Lake Frances Rd.

PO Box 39

Dobbins, CA 95935

(888) 993–7344 (toll free CA only) (530) 692–1700

Seasonal camping April 15 through October 15! Our facilities are perfect not only for vacations and overnights, but also for day use rental.

Lake View Terrace Resort

9001 Trinity Dam Road

Lewiston, CA. 96052

Telephone: 530–778–3803

We are proud of our clean, quiet and friendly atmosphere. We offer pull-through RV Sites that can accommodate even the larger sized RV’s.

Lewiston Valley Motel and RV Park

PO Box 324

Lewiston, CA 96052

Phone: (530) 778–3942

Open All Year — “All the Fishing you could Dream Of!” Electricity is not included in the monthly rate. All rates include water and septic.

Malibu Beach RV Park

25801 Pacific Coast Hwy

Malibu, Ca 90265

(800) 622–6052 locally (310) 456–6052

Open all year. You’ll find many famous sight-seeing attractions are easily accessible. If you want to get away from it all — with some active sports mixed in — then Malibu Beach RV Park is the place.

Newport Dunes Resort

1131 Back Bay Drive,

Newport Beach, CA. 92660

Toll Free Reservations (800) 765–7661 or (949) 729–3863

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is the home to the premier RV Park and Marina in Southern California.

Old Lewiston Bridge RV Resort

PO Box 148

Rush Creek Rd.

Lewiston, CA 96052

Phone: (530) 778–3894

Our NEW 500 square foot club is open, with a big screen TV and seating for up to 40 people. We also still have our 900 square foot pavilion (with a built in rock barbecue).

Orangeland RV Park

1600 W. Struck Ave.

Orange, California 92867

Reservations: (714) 633–0414

Highest rated RV Park in the Anaheim and Los Angeles Area! The park was built in 1972 on an orange orchard and the same family still operates Orangeland today.

Peninsula Camping & Boating Resort

21597 You Bet Rd.

Grass Valley, CA 95945

(530) 477–9413

This fun location is among the four popular Nevada County State Parks that RV travelers enjoy every year.

San Francisco RV Resort

700 Palmetto Ave.

Pacifica, CA 94044

Reservations: (877) 570–2267

Open 01/01–12/31 (This is one of the San Francisco Encore and Thousand Trails RV resorts) “…where clear blue skies, sunsets over the Pacific Ocean and temperatures in the 60s and low 70s are year round luxuries.”

Scotts Flat Campground & Lake Resort

23333 Scotts Flat Rd.

Nevada City, CA 95959

(530) 265–5302

Open year round, we are conveniently located between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. “We welcome both tent camping and RV camping…”

Shady Lane RV Camp

36445 Soap Mine Rd

Barstow, CA 92311

(877) 367–8502

Good Sam members SAVE 10% at this Shady Lane RV Camp location.

Trinity River Resort

7420 Rush Creek Rd

Lewiston, CA 96052

Phone: (530) 778–3791

Trinity River Resort & RV Park is “REALLY ON THE RIVER! Swim and fish right at the park.”

Twin Lakes RV Park

46200 Twin Lakes Dr,

Newberry Springs, CA. 92365

Phone: (760) 257–3377

Enjoy a comfortable camping environment without all the unnecessary hustle and bustle.

Walnut RV Park

19130 Nordhoff Street,

Northridge, CA 91324

Phone: (800) 868–2749

We are close to many famous attractions, including: J. Paul Getty Museum (15 Miles), Universal-Studios (17 Miles), Hollywood Bowl (18 Miles), Hollywood Sign (20 Miles), and Six Flags Magic Mountain (21 Miles).

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A seasoned freelance writer and self-published author provides candid, entertaining, and informative stories about personal life experiences before, during, and after becoming an online writer.

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