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Old 08-01-2011, 10:10 AM   #1
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Tourist Spots and Camping Ideas

Next June (I know its far away but its alot of planning) my Family and I are planning a camping trip. We are driving from BC to Anaheim, CA. We are going for 3 weeks so we have lots of time to stop off at tourist attractions. Can anyone give me some great tips on where to stop and camp and also exciting things to see along the way? I have looked at along of tourist websites but sometimes its better to get ideas from people who either live there or have been there.

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Old 08-01-2011, 11:51 AM   #2
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Sounds exciting...
In my opinion, planning a trip like this is almost as much fun as taking it
I might have a few suggestions for Washington/Oregon.
You don't say where in B.C. you're starting from...Mainland east/west of the mountains or The Island?
Have you decided on a general route? (I-5 / hwy 97 / hwy 101) ?


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Old 08-01-2011, 12:18 PM   #3
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:15 PM   #4
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Thanks for the ideas, it helps alot!! As for our routes, we are in victoria now and im pretty sure you cant cross to seattle with a travel trailer on that ferry so we have to go over to vancouver and then down. I'm pretty sure we are taking hwy 101 down and then a different way back because I want to detour over to vegas. My husband has never even been to the states before so I want to be able to show him as much as possible in 3 weeks. Maybe if we are lucky we can change it to a month. Also I am thinking it would be best to go in June instead of July so its not so hot.
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I've camped in CalParks campgrounds at Leo Carillo, Riverside, and Cardiff by the Sea - I've also stayed at Malibu RV. Leo Carillo seemed the busiest and least "open space" oriented. I LOVED tenting at Malibu RV. It's a million dollar view and a grown-up friendly park. My family loves San Elijo state beach and you camp right on the ocean. Guajome Regional park usually has Summer sites open in Oceanside. I have no idea how anyone can complain about camping along the California Coast. Best of luck!
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If you indeed are coming down the 101 I suggest you look at California State Parks. Not long after you cross into CA you hit the Redwood Forest. Jedediah Smith State Park is awesome. A little further south you have Patrick's Point. It sits on a cliff above the ocean and there are trails that take you down to the tide pools. A family favorite of ours. After you pass through San Francisco and Monterey you hit the Big Sur area. There are numerous campgrounds with multitudes of activities. Heading south you can see Hearst Castle at San Simeon, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, and maybe stay at Huntington Beach State Park. If you end up going to Vegas I might suggest staying at an RV park at one of the casinos. There is a monorail system that you can use to travel up and down the strip. Don't forget to visit Fremont Street at night for their light shows and don't miss Boulder dam. I sure hope you can go for a fourth week. That is a lot of driving for three weeks. Have fun.

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