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.” CA.gov
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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).