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Hicksville Trailer Palace, airstream, joshua tree
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The coolest Airstream hotels in California for a retro getaway

Set up camp at one of the these retro-cool Airstream hotels in California for a true West Coast vacation

By Sarah Medina
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Airstreams might be the quintessential California getaway; A super-cool mix of vintage accomodations and modern luxuries set in the middle of the desert, or the redwoods, or on the beach. At these cool Airstream hotels in California you can choose your own adventure: Want to stay along a river or in a national park? Want modern design or vintage shag carpets? How about communal spaces or complete isolation? Airstreams across the Golden State offer all this and more. Rather rough it? Check out the best camping in California where you can pitch a tent and admire the view. 

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Best Airstream hotels in California

The Trailer Pond
The Trailer Pond
Photograph: The Trailer Pond

1. Paso Robles: The Trailer Pond

Book your next wine-fueled getaway at one of these colorful vintage trailers located on 130-acres of prime vineyards in Paso Robles. The trailers come in bright yellow, turquoise, hot pink, and lime green and you can book them individually or the whole site for an outing with friends. Throw in a yoga sesh, wine tasting tour, massages, or private tasting classes for an additional fee. 

Kate's Lazy Desert, airstream
Kate's Lazy Desert, airstream
Photograph: Courtesy Kate's Lazy Desert

2. Landers: Kate's Lazy Desert

Located in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree, Kate's Lazy Desert (that's Kate Pierson of the B-52's) offers six trailers, each with a unique theme: You'll find band posters lining the walls in the Hairstream trailer and a unique red paint-scheme in Hot Lava. Spend your morning hiking and when the desert temps rise, take a dip in the pool. Once night arrives you'll be greeted with unpolluted views of the starry sky. 

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3. Buellton and Borrego Springs: Highway West Vacations

Highway West's two California locations in Santa Barbara and Palm Desert offer the best of both worlds; Choose between coastal, wine country vibes in Buellton or gorgeous desert wilderness in Borrego Springs. The Airstream trailers boast luxury perks like wine refrigerators, desks with mounted iPads, flat screen TVs, Keurig coffee makers, and WiFi. Wine, bocce and campfires complete your getaway in Santa Barbara while an on-sitepool and easy access to nearby Anza-Borrego Desert State Park beckon from Borrego Springs. 

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Autocamp Yosemite
Autocamp Yosemite
Photograph: Courtesy Autocamp

4. Sonoma and Yosemite: Autocamp

Autocamp is the perfect mashup of camping and a luxury hotel. With two locations in California (one near Yosemite and one on the Russian River), Autocamp offers design-forward Airstream accomodations with modern amenities such as flat screen TVs, WiFi, and spa-inspired bathrooms. Best of all, you're only a porch-length away from some of the most beautiful landscapes in California. Crack open a beer and enjoy the view. 

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Hicksville Trailer Palace, airstream, joshua tree
Hicksville Trailer Palace, airstream, joshua tree
Photograph: Hicksville Trailer Palace

5. Joshua Tree: Hicksville Trailer Palace

If you're booking an Airstream for the nostalgia, you've come to the right place. Inspired by California's famous Madonna Inn, Hicksville includes two Airstreams as part of its nine on-site trailers: The Sweet comes complete with orange walls, sage-and-yellow furniture and turquoise shag carpeting while the Integratrailor might seem normal until you discover the alien communication system. Communal amenities include a saltwater pool, a rooftop hot tub, firepits, an archery range, a library, a vape room and more. 

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Caravan Outpost, ojai, airstream
Caravan Outpost, ojai, airstream
Photograph: Courtesy Caravan Outpost/@adventurebuddies42

6. Ojai: Caravan Outpost

Feeling social? Caravan Outpost's 11 Airstreams, located in the heart of downtown Ojai, are situated around a common courtyard with hammocks, chairs and a firepit. Use one of the complimentary bikes to explore the town or hang out with fellow travelers at the property's General Store. The Airstream trailers come equipped with AC and heating and luxury bathrooms.

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Waypoint Ventura, airstream
Waypoint Ventura, airstream
Photograph: Courtesy Waypoint Ventura

7. Ventura: Waypoint Ventura Vintage Trailer Hotel

You'll find fully restored vintage trailers, filled with modern luxuries at this beachfront property in Ventura. When you book a trailer you'll get a rundown of its perks, the layout and a brief history of where and how it was found as well as how the Waypoint team restored it to its current glory. 

The Holidays Camp Community, san clemente, airstream
The Holidays Camp Community, san clemente, airstream
Photograph: Courtesy The Holidays

8. San Clemente: The Holidays Camp Community

Located on a coastal bluff within San Clemente State Beach, you'll be less than 400 feet from the sand when you stay at this colorful, vintage trailer park. Four trailers face a communal outdoor living area, but despite the prime location, don't expect to have power or a working bathroom. 

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