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Old 01-08-2011, 01:02 AM   #1
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Best route to San Diego and where to stay

Okay, looks like the wife and I along with our 14 year old daughter are going to tow the fifth wheel down to San Diego for three weeks this summer and use San Diego as our base and explore from there, so now I need the names of spots to stop and sleep on the way down, plus where to stay in San Diego, we want full hook ups and the wife wants it to be on the water.
So hopefully this is the forum to ask at, any help on this?
The wife will not want me to push to get there, she will want a nice slower trip down and probably see what sights there are to see.
Leaving from lower mainland of BC.

Thanks.
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We haven't done that exact trip, but we have been to the West coast with teens a bunch of times and these are some of the places that resonated with them and will be along your route:
- Seattle fish market
- Mt. St. Helens
- Oregon Dunes Nat. Recreation Area - rent dune buggies and rip it up along the Pacific
- San Francisco (buy tickets for Alcatraz well ahead of time). Pacifica, CA has a nice RV park right on the water.
- San Jose Winchester House
- stopping by the farm markets in central California
- Universal (look into the VIP tour. Pricey but you wait in NO lines and have a guide for the day)
- Disneyland of course (but no comparison to Disney World)
- Malibu - has RV park right on the water
- La Brea tar pits
- a Dodgers baseball game
- San Diego Naval Yard

Good luck and safe travels!
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Old 01-08-2011, 07:29 AM   #3
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Our favorite place to stay in San Diego by far is Santee Lakes. Slightly outside town but lots of space, nature and good facilities. We stayed there for several months before we went fulltiming. You can get closer to the beach and town, but you will also be packed like sardines.

You can see my pics and review here http://wheelingit.wordpress.com/2010...-santee-lakes/
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This spot in SD might be want you are looking for:
Campland On The Bay, San Diego Camping, RV, Tents, Hookups
You can camp beachfront or back away from the water. If you choose a back spot back you will have more space to breath. Oh yeah, no 10 or 15 year rule like Missiom Bay RV Resort. KOA in Chula Vista is nice since you have a teen, families tend to frequent this spot.
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hi parts
and WELCOME to the forum

we are peter & larry
from vancouver, bc

we like to drive the coastal route, as opposed to the I5
there is much to see and do as you go along
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Here is a nice place just east of San Diego proper. We use to fish here a lot. It's quiet and the kids can run free without worrying about them.

http://www.lakejennings.org/index.htm

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Okay, looks like the wife and I along with our 14 year old daughter are going to tow the fifth wheel down to San Diego for three weeks this summer and use San Diego as our base and explore from there, so now I need the names of spots to stop and sleep on the way down, plus where to stay in San Diego, we want full hook ups and the wife wants it to be on the water.
So hopefully this is the forum to ask at, any help on this?
The wife will not want me to push to get there, she will want a nice slower trip down and probably see what sights there are to see.
Leaving from lower mainland of BC.

Thanks.
walmarts make a good, safe place to stop (and shop) overnight.
this free website is updated by the users of the site and i find it very accurate about which walmarts allow overnight parking and which do not. i always ask the security staff or management for permission to park overnight and where in their lot to park.

Walmart Store Locations Map - Wal-Mart Guide
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We stay at Santee Lakes for a couple of months every year ... It is located about 15 miles east of La Jolla on US 52 .... Santee has shopping and is a terminis of the San Diego trolley ... the sites are large with modern hookups, a swimming pool, wifi ...

The freeway route to the zoo is US 52 and US 163 ...

Things to see in San Diego ... the zoo, Seaworld, Pt. Loma, Mt. Soledad, seal beach in LaJolla, the aircraft carrier (Midway), Legoland, the Museums in Balboa Park ...

The seafood and Mexican food is great ...
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We stay at Santee Lakes for a couple of months every year ... It is located about 15 miles east of La Jolla on US 52 .... Santee has shopping and is a terminis of the San Diego trolley ... the sites are large with modern hookups, a swimming pool, wifi ...

The freeway route to the zoo is US 52 and US 163 ...

Things to see in San Diego ... the zoo, Seaworld, Pt. Loma, Mt. Soledad, seal beach in LaJolla, the aircraft carrier (Midway), Legoland, the Museums in Balboa Park ...

The seafood and Mexican food is great ...
....don't forget the Gas Lamp Quarter and Old Town.
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....don't forget the Gas Lamp Quarter and Old Town.
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And take a trip to the Wild Animal Park (one of my favs) and have a beer in encinitas by the beach (Encinitas Ale House).
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I am currently in San Diego area. In the last few days we have checked out Santee Lakes, Lake Jennings, Mission Bay, and the resort in Chula Vista. The KOA in Chula Vista has everything except fishing, plus fairly large sites, grass, wi-fi (free), pool, and centrally located. The majority of the sites at Lake Jennings are small and not very level.
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We haven't done that exact trip, but we have been to the West coast with teens a bunch of times and these are some of the places that resonated with them and will be along your route:
- Seattle fish market
- Mt. St. Helens
- Oregon Dunes Nat. Recreation Area - rent dune buggies and rip it up along the Pacific
- San Francisco (buy tickets for Alcatraz well ahead of time). Pacifica, CA has a nice RV park right on the water.
- San Jose Winchester House
- stopping by the farm markets in central California
- Universal (look into the VIP tour. Pricey but you wait in NO lines and have a guide for the day)
- Disneyland of course (but no comparison to Disney World)
- Malibu - has RV park right on the water
- La Brea tar pits
- a Dodgers baseball game
- San Diego Naval Yard

Good luck and safe travels!
Or if you like you could take in a game of The World Champion S F Giants while you are in San Francisco
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Santee Lakes is one of our favorite campgrounds. It is a bit outside of San Diego as others have said but the drive to the zoo, Sea World, etc. is easy and quick if you aren't going at rush hour.
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Suggest that you take 101 after SF. Goes inland and picks up the coast at Pismo Beach. Nice park there, nice state parks at Gavolita and El Capitan just north of Santa Barbara. We like Cachuma Lake county park which is above Santa Barbara in the hills. Near a neat Dutch town Solvang. Great wineries in the area as well.
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