Climbing in Yosemite - photo Myles McGuinness
With so much pristine nature and the variety of landscapes, public campgrounds abound in national and state parklands. Reservations are strongly recommended, and fees vary depending on site and length of stay.
In fact, touring by RV is another great way to see California. Companies such as Cruise America and El Monte offer a number of rental locations throughout the state, with one-way rentals available. Vehicles range from compact “cab-over” styles sleeping three people to luxury models that are as big as city buses with living rooms, full kitchens and bathrooms, and sleeping space for six or more.
A number of state parks do have restrictions on the length of RVs and trailers. Some at Lake Tahoe limit RVs to 18 feet, while Big Basin Redwoods State Park can accommodate those up to 27 feet. The state park near Hearst Castle, Hearst San Simeon State Park, goes even further, with a 35-foot limit. For details, visit parks.ca.gov.
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