California: An Airstreamer’s Paradise
With winding mountain roads, the deep blue Pacific and cactus-littered highways, California may be the best place in the world to enjoy your Airstream. There’s an atmosphere for everyone in our nation’s third largest state, so get behind the wheel, and don’t forget to check out these amazing spots.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Just north of Boulder Creek, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is the oldest state park in California. The breathtaking landscape has everything you could dream of in a campground. Sit by the ocean and relax with the Pacific waves lapping on the beach, or hike over 2,000 feet to the park’s highest point. Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, you’ll be submerged in 18,000 acres of forest with redwoods, oaks, conifers and seemingly endless wildlife. Pull your Airstream up to the park any time of year, but don’t forget to call ahead in summer.
Big Lagoon County Park
Water and adventure enthusiasts will love Big Lagoon County Park. It’s a rustic, Humboldt County campground that’s easy to reach off of US Highway 101, but offers tons of activities for campers who like to stay busy. Rent a kayak and explore the wildlife of the lagoon and Pacific Ocean. A boat launch is onsite along with bathrooms, fire rings and picnic tables, so just pull up and sprawl out. Plan ahead and ensure yourself a site on the lagoon; you won’t be disappointed.
Blair Valley Campground Borrego Springs
When you’re Airstream camping, you don’t have to worry about campground amenities as much as other campers. This opens you up to the Blair Valley Campground in the Anza-Borrego Desert. It’s a primitive site with a few toilets, so you’ll want to come prepared with tons of water, but the history of the area and desert climate are the area’s greatest assets. Within a short hike are sites that rival the best history museums. Explore a 1930s homesteading site, Native American pictographs or the first eastbound round into Southern California.
Jalama Beach County Park
Jalama Beach is a coveted spot among Santa Barbara locals. It’s only an hour from Santa Barbara, but the beach can be remarkably uncrowded in the off season. Stock up on sundries or enjoy a “Jalama Burger” at the Jalama Beach Store and Grill, then go for a surf or watch the ocean’s wildlife play. If you’ve got your fishing pole, Jalama Beach boasts some of the best perch, halibut and bass fishing in the area.
California offers such a diverse range of scenery, climates and campgrounds that you almost can’t make a bad choice when choosing a spot to park your Airstream. And if it’s your first time camping throughout the Golden State, chances are you’ll never want to leave.