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In California, it seems like every household has a tent stashed within easy reach of a Thule-topped Suburu Outback. Thanks to a mild climate and ridiculously diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, State Parks, and beaches, the Golden State teems with inspiring spots to roll out your sleeping bag. Here, you can pitch a tent in an ancient redwood forest, sip rosé around the campfire in Napa, and swap hiking shoes for flip flops at one of the state’s many beach campgrounds. Whether you’re looking to load up the car with a cooler full of burger fixings and brews, or strap on a backpack for an isolated trek into the wilderness, here’s where you’ll find the best camping in California.
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