California is gorgeous no matter where you go. But when most people think of the Golden State, they’re usually just imagining the southern half with Los Angeles, Hollywood and San Diego.
The northern part of the state has a whole lot to offer too, though. You’ll find the capitol up here in Sacramento, not to mention San Francisco, Yosemite, and Lake Tahoe.
This summer, try switching things up and go for a trip around the northern half. You’ll find the landscapes are just as much (if not, more) breathtaking, and your camping or RVing experience will be just a tad more peaceful than at the crowded places down by Universal Studios.
1. Vineyard RV Park, Vacaville
Situated near Napa Valley, Vineyard RV Park welcomes you to join them in wine country paradise.
They provide spacious pull-thru sites, and premium pond-front sites. They even have rental cabins available if you’re not looking to bring your RV.
Their extensive list of amenities include: two off-leash dog areas, a 60-foot swimming pool, playground, catch-and-release pond, 24-hour laundry facilities, and a dump station and propane filling station. With the free WiFi, you’ll be able to post the photos from your trip on Facebook pretty much right away.
2. Marin RV Park, Greenbrae
Marin RV Park offers one of the closest (and comfiest) places to stay by San Francisco. Located only about ten minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, it’s a solid spot if you’re looking to go sight-seeing around the city.
Not far away, you’ll find the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, Muir Woods, Point Reyes, and Napa Valley.
They feature 87 sites with water, electrical, sewer hook-ups, and cable television. Visitors can also enjoy free WiFi, along with a seasonal heated pool.
Your bank account will like it here, too. With an overnight rate of only $75-$85 (plus tax), it’s much more economical than staying at a semi-decent hotel in the city.
3. SacWest RV Park and Campground, West Sacramento
SacWest is a reliable place to pull up after a long day enjoying everything that California’s capitol has to offer.
They’re easy to find just off I-80 at Enterprise, with long pull-thru sites, full hook-ups and a wide range of amenities. They offer 30 and 50-amp service, free WiFi, cable, and shaded sites – which you’ll be thankful for in the summer.
Not to mention, the 24 Karat Grill – a fantastic restaurant in the park serving everything from breakfast to burgers. And the best part? They deliver.
4. Cal Expo RV Park, Sacramento
Located smack dab in the middle of Sacramento, this park has incredibly easy access to shopping, restaurants, and the American River Bike Trail and Parkway.
Literally, you’ll just be surrounded by awesome places only a short drive away. About half of their sites are on pavement, many shaded with trees overhead. There’s also a huge, grassy dog park, as well as laundry facilities, restrooms and spotless-clean showers.
It’s a quality place to park, and just go exploring. You can find bike/walking trails just off the entry road that lead into downtown, or head out of town.
5. Novato RV Park, Novato
Here’s a cozy spot in the foothills by wine country and downtown San Francisco. Set in a quiet, countryside setting, this park is only a short drive away from the Golden Gate Bridge.
You’ll find plenty of scenic, short trails within close walking distance. Visitors can also enjoy a seasonal pool, dog walk, laundromat, deli, satellite TV and free WiFi.