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Beach Camping the California Coast

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Beach season is still in full swing, even as little campers prepare to go back to school. With its moderate climate, sunshine, and variety of landscapes, Southern California is a top camping destination for beach goers.  Check out the best spots to pitch a tent at the beach in So. Cal. including Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.

But California’s best beach getaways aren’t just in Southern California. The Central Coast offers rugged and secluded beaches that are scenic, secluded, and full of adventure. Here’s a guide a camping road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway.

We have a photo gallery of top spots for California a camping getaway, new campground reviews and features on a few top destinations in California to help you get started planning a a summer camping trip in the golden state.

California Camping Guides:

  • Top 10 California Camping Destinations
  • Southern California Beach Camping
  • California’s Central Coast
  • Lake Tahoe Camping Guide
  • Napa Valley Camping and Budget Travel Guide

California Camping Photo Gallery:

  • Postcards from California

Photo: ©  Getty Images | Jordan Siemens

 

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The National Park Service turns 97!

yosemite camping 1920 The National Park Service is celebrating its birthday this week by waiving entrance fees at National Parks across the country . On August 25, the National Park Service turns 97 years old.

Sunday, August 25, is a fee-free day, so head to any of the country’s 401 national parks and take in the scenery, learn a little history, or simply enjoy the great outdoors;  join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast. Parks across the country are offering loads of fun activities. Take the kids on a snorkel adventure, bike ride, kayak tour, hike, or archaeological dig. Catch a campfire talk, make a painting, or explore the cavernous underworld. Search the events calendar to find out what’s happening at a park near you! You can help the kids earn a free Junior Ranger badge at almost any park–just ask at the visitor center.

Share your national park photos or videos with the National Park Foundation at: http://www.NPSbirthday.org.

More: National Park Fee Free Days Calendar | Your Favorite National Parks to Pitch a Tent

Photo: Camping in Yosemite Valley in the 1920s. | National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection

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Share Your Favorite Android Apps

CAmp FinderThis week we featured the best outdoors and camping apps for the iPhone, but we want to hear from the readers about their favorite camping apps for Android operating systems!  Share your favorites in the Android Camping Apps forum.

Photo: the Camp Finder App is one of the highest rated camping Android apps. | © Campfinder CampingRoadTrip.com

Source: About.com


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Perseid Meteor Shower will Light Up the Night Sky this Weekend

Head for the wilderness this weekend and prepare for a light show because the annual Perseid meteor shower will  be at its peak from Aug. 11-13. A shooting star or meteor shower is when cosmic debris called meteoroids, enter the Earth’s atmosphere and light up the night sky. Look for a camping area far from city lights and skip the campfire; the darker the sky the better for meteor viewing.

More: Plan a Stargazing Campout with About Camping’s calendar of celestial events.

Photo: A Pulsar and Its Mysterious Tail. | NASA/CXC/IUSS/A.De Luca

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Want to Sleep Better Outdoors? Here’s How.

MoonSure, sleeping under the stars and next to a campfire while listening to the bubbling creek run by sounds fantastic, and it is, but not everyone is able to relax and sleep so well under these conditions. There are a few things you can do to help you sleep better and get a good night’s rest while camping; here’s how.

More: 5 Tips for Camping Relaxation | Sleep Secrets for Campers | Camping Tent FAQ | How to Buy a Quality Sleeping Bag | Plan a Stargazing Campout

Image: The Earth’s Moon photographed by the Expedition 28 crew aboard the International Space Station. | © NASA

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Camping Novice? No Problem

First time camping? Don’t worry we have you covered. Metro News New York asked About Camping Guide, Monica Prelle, for some simple camping advice. Here she writes a guest post to share a few favorite tips and inspire New Yorkers to get outside and go camping.

First time camper? No problem. Check out our five-course camping lessons for beginners and let us know if you have any questions!

More Camping Tips: How to Have No Fun At All: Camping Etiquette | Take Fido: Tips for Camping with your Dog | Girls Gone Wilderness: How to take your girly girlfriends camping

Source: About.com


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Learn to Camp in Ontario

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Ontario Parks hosts some of the best learn-to-camp sessions in North America. The line-up of Summer 2013 events has been scheduled and spots are filling up fast. Check with the calendar of events and plan your Ontario camping getaway.

If you’ve already participated in a learn-to-camp lesson and want to refresh your skills, a new graduate program will be offered this summer. New Learn to Fish sessions are also planned at four Ontario Parks and Parkbus will offer public transportation from the Greater Toronto Area to a new Learn to Camp in Northern Ontario. Other new park activities to try in 2013 range from taking a kayak lesson to learning how to build a dry stone wall. Visit Ontario Parks for mare details.

More: Best Canadian National Parks for Camping | Top 5 Provincial Parks in Canada

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Share Your Favorite Android Apps

CAmp FinderThis week we featured the best outdoors and camping apps for the iPhone, but we want to hear from the readers about their favorite camping apps for Android operating systems!  Share your favorites in the Android Camping Apps forum.

Photo: the Camp Finder App is one of the highest rated camping Android apps. | © Campfinder CampingRoadTrip.com

Source: About.com


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What is Your Favorite Camping Luxury?

Camping luxuries are for the campers who want to be extra comfortable, but even the most dedicated campers — even minimalists — like to have camping luxuries. What is important to one camper may be insignificant to another. What is your one luxury item you won’t go camping without? Tell us about it in our latest readers poll: Your Favorite Camping Luxury

More: 7 Camping Luxury Items (That You Don’t Need) | What is Glamping? | Take your Girly-Friend Camping

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History of the U.S. Wilderness Act

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The Wilderness Act of 1964 will celebrate its 50th birthday on September 3, 2014. More than 300 events will take place across the country to commemorate the historic act of nature preservation and conservation.Learn more about the history of the wilderness act and what a wilderness designation means.

In honor of the 50th birthday of the Wilderness Act, About Camping asked are your favorite wilderness areas; the votes are in and the Top 5 U.S. Wilderness Areas have been decided. For more information on events or how you can participate in wilderness celebrations, visit Wilderness50th.org, or follow the 50th Anniversary Of The Wilderness Act on Facebook and Twitter.

“No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied — it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.” – Ansel Adams, according to WikiQuote.

Photo: Minaret Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness,  Sierra Nevada, California. | © Monica Prelle

More: Best US Wilderness Areas | Top 5 US National Parks | Best States to Pitch a Tent

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