Planning a camping vacation in North California?
North California is easily one of the best regions in the United States to enjoy a camping trip, and there is literary hundreds of places where you can lay out a tent, so it can be daunting choosing a spot.
If you're looking for ideas on where to go, we've rounded up a list of some of the best spots to camp out in NorCal:
Salt Point State Park and Sonoma Coast State Beach in Jenner are without a doubt, two of the best places to camp in Northern California.
Both Salt Point and Sonoma Coast boasts breathtaking cliff scenery and hiking trails along the cliffs where you’ll be able to stop to enjoy gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and catch whale sightings.
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Another great thing about Sonoma Coast is that you’ll be able to hire kayaks from the visitor's center for fun trips along the mouth of the Russian River.
Van Damme State Park
Van Damme SP is one of the best places to camp in northern California as the views of the Mendocino coast are simple breathtaking.
Van Damme SP is also located nearby the Little River Airport, Mendocino town, Little River Golf Course, and the sea caves of the Big River and the Russian Gulch where you’ll be able to enjoy fun kayaking trips.
As far as campsites go, Van Damme Beach State Park has about 80 camping spots which cost about $36 per night.
DL Bliss State Park
DL Bliss State Park isn't only one of the most popular camping spots in Lake Tahoe but also one of the best places to camp in northern California.
What makes DL Bliss State Park such a popular camping spot is its close location to South Lake Tahoe and Lester Beach. This means you're just meters away from the lake, which is great if you’re bringing your own boat.
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The campsites in DL Bliss State Park are family-friendly and cost around $35 per night, though you’ll have to make reservations 4 weeks in advance to guarantee a spot.
China Camp State Park
China Camp State Park is definitely one of the best places to camp in Northern California as it offers amazing views of San Pablo Bay.
China Camp boasts both steep and easy trails which makes China Camp a very popular spot for hiking and mountain biking.
China Camp SP is also home to the historic Chinese shrimp fishery where you can see the original shrimp dying shed and the floating houses.
There is no doubt that one of the best things about camping in China Camp State Park is its great location nearby the towns of San Rafael and Santa Venetia, and San Francisco.
Camping in China Camp SP costs around $25, though Camp China doesn’t boast one of the biggest campsites (about 26 tent sites) so you’ll want to make an early reservation.
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial is located within the Shasta National Forest, and it's one of the best places to camp in northern California hands down!
The main reason most people come here to camp is to see the Burney Falls, which are simply breathtaking!
You can get nice views of the falls from the parking lot, though you’ll get the better views by taking a hike along the Burney Falls Loop Trail, which is one of the easiest trails in the park.
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McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park has over 100 campsites as well as cabins. Camping costs about $20 per night; while the cabins cost around $70 per night.
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