You could spend your entire life in the state of California and still not see all it has to offer. Pretty much every geographic feature you could imagine; beaches, mountains, deserts, heavily wooded forests and precarious peaks, are all within its borders. As result, one would think that this glut of resources would inspire a kind of wanderlust or fuel a drive to get out and see as much as one can. In reality, though, all of these options can have a kind of paralyzing quality to it. If you have literally hundreds of places to go camping within a day’s drive – which do you choose?

The best answer to that question, in our minds, is to try and narrow the focus a bit. So to help you enjoy the best of what the Golden State has to offer, whether you live in it or are just visiting, we put together a list of what we think are some of the best camping spots in California. From the deserts in the east of the state to the beaches in the west and everything in between, we’ve put together a representative sample of California’s best camping grounds for those who prefer either tent or car camping. Take a scroll through and see if anything catches your eye.

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