Ready to roam the Golden Coast in the freedom of an RV, camper or van? Fall marks a unique time for a Californian adventure: brisk coastline, forests ablaze with autumn colours, and sprawling landscapes sure to leave you in awe. Consider this your ultimate guide of places to hit — Lynx Levelers in tow!
REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK
Start your experience with the thrill of camping under a canopy of soaring spruce, hemlock, and redwoods — the world's tallest trees — towering overhead. Choose from a handful of quaint RV resorts, just minutes from a national park boasting serene trails, wild rivers and almost 40 miles of rugged coastline!
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Northern California is ripe with world-class vineyards and Napa Valley is truly the Mecca for any wine-enthusiast. Explore the intriguing views, indulge in a tasting and perhaps purchase a bottle to open when the mood strikes — when parked back at the RV site, of course.
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POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE
Witness thunderous ocean breakers smashing against rocky headlands, and wander the expansive beaches — home to over 1,500 species of marine life and vegetation. Although camping is not permitted in the park, Sonoma County offers ample options for your escape to Point Reyes.
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Continue the coastal journey down Highway 1 for another breathtaking view of the Pacific at Big Sur. After marveling at the crashing waves, claim your spot for some roadside camping! Scope out low-incline side roads or ask locals for suggestions. For a stunning photo, check out the infamous Bixby Bridge.
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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Two desert ecospheres, the Mojave and the Colorado, merge in the vast national park of Joshua Tree. This arid landscape is not without its challenges, but the surreal rock formations and dark night skies make it all worth it. Camping is encouraged, but come prepared knowing there is no water, electricity, street lights or cell service in some areas.
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Steady drought and record summer temperatures make this a land of extremes, but despite its morbid name, Death Valley flourishes with life. The area is brimming with RV sites and hookups, operated both privately and by the park.
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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Yosemite is the jewel of the Sierra Nevada, especially in autumn when the maple trees turn and the trails quiet. Within its 1,200 square miles, you will find ample camping, deep valleys, grand meadows, giant sequoias, and much more. Fair warning: reserving in advance is highly recommended!
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NORTH LAKE TAHOE
The family-friendly atmosphere and smaller crowds of Northern Lake Tahoe offer a serene retreat in comparison to the rowdier south shore in Nevada. Enjoy canoeing, paddle boarding, fishing, windsurfing and hiking around the shimmering emerald waters and hulking mountains.
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