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California is one of the most diverse, exciting, and beautiful destinations in the world. The Golden State’s wide variety of tourist attractions are guaranteed to make your camping experience one that will leave you wanting more. Discover the glorious beaches and mountains, lush wine country, abundant farmlands, dramatic deserts, dynamic cities, gigantic theme parks and fun places to play.
Rules of the Road: 

Whether your California camping vacations take you to Los Angeles, San Francisco or Yosemite, it’s always a good idea to be aware of the rules of the road. Click on the links provided below for answers to your California road travel questions.

Towing and RV Road Rules

Child Safety Seat Laws

Cell Phone Laws

California Road Construction 

Travelers Tip: Interstates ending in odd numbers run north and south. Even numbered interstates run east and west. Most California interstates use a mile-marker exit numbering system, where the exit numbers correspond to the nearest milepost - running south to north and west to east determined by the distance from the state line.

Rest stops can be found along California’s roads and typically offer picnic areas, restrooms, travel and map information, vending machines, pet walks, pay phones and occasionally an RV dump station. Wi-fi internet services at rest stops are becoming more common. Click here to learn about California’s rest stops.

When planning your route be sure to explore the campgrounds and RV parks in Find a Park – our online camping directory. Go Camping America helps make your travels safe and memorable.

 

Tourist Attractions: 

San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park

Where Your Imagination Can Travel to the 19th Century.  Stand on the stern of Balclutha, face west to feel the fresh wind blowing in from the Pacific Ocean. Located in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Located 8 miles west of Redding, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is located at the juncture of the Klamath Mountain range and the northern edge of the Sacramento Valley, making it home to a special collection of animal and plant life. Some of the park’s features are Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta Bally (6,209 ft.) and numerous waterfalls, providing outdoor enthusiasts opportunities for water recreation, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Chappie-Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle Area

If you like riding off-highway vehicles, you will enjoy the Chappie-Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle Area.  Just 10 miles northwest of Redding, Chappie-Shasta offers 200 miles of roads and trails and 52,000 acres for off-road enthusiasts.  Elevation ranges from 600 to 5000 feet with a wide variety of topography, soil, and vegetation types.

State Capitol

Home of the California Legislature since 1869, the State Capitol underwent a major renovation that restored much of the building's original look. Visitors can tour the restored historic offices of the Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Governor of the State of California.

California State Railroad Museum

The California State Railroad Museum (CSRM) in Old Sacramento is the world-class tribute to the role of the "iron horse" in connecting California to the rest of the nation. Our museum features 21 lavishly restored locomotives and cars, some dating back to 1862. There is a full-scale diorama of an 1860s construction site high in the Sierra Nevada as well as a bridge elevated 24 feet above the museum floor.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Located in Jamestown, in the heart of California’s Gold Country about 100 miles southeast of Sacramento, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse—an intact and still-functioning steam locomotive repair and maintenance facility, portions of which date back to 1897. This one-of-a-kind attraction combines industrial heritage and railroad history with the lore of Hollywood’s film industry

Alpine Meadows Ski Area

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort is located in the Tahoe National Forest at Lake Tahoe's north shore and covers 2,000 acres of terrain.

Newport Landing Sportfishing

Newport Landing Sportfishing is located in Newport Beach and is the premier fishing marine center in Southern California. Privately charter or rent one of our 5 boats for just your company or group or join one of our open to the general public 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or longer fishing trips.

Click here for even more great things to do in California.

 

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