There are multiple California attractions in all parts of this state. This is a large and diverse piece of ground that
offers great destinations for a Class C Motorhome enthusiast.
California has prime destinations from world-class cities with all of their cultural attractions to the mountains, forests, deserts, delta, and Pacific Ocean beaches with activities, such as hiking, fishing, sailing,
skiing, and surfing... to name just a few.
The Desolation Wilderness is a federally protected area in El Dorado County southwest of Lake Tahoe. It includes 63,690 acres along the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and it is a very popular backpacking destination. In fact, it is one of the most heavily used protected areas in the United States.
I remember climbing over Rock Bound Pass back in the '80s. Other than the effort (this pass is 8500 feet), I remember how pristine this area is. The trick to exploring the Desolation Wilderness is to get past the day-packers. Most of them do not hike in any further than 3 or 4 miles because this will add up to 6 to 8 when they hike back out... That can be a lot of hiking for a day trip.
At 8500 feet, you are above the tree-line. You will see many alpine lakes and a lot of exposed rock left by receding glaciers.
California attraction is a must.
Many motorhome owners are ex-military and may have an interest in a few of California's attractions that saw service as far back as WW II. San Diego has made an excellent museum out of the USS Midway. She was launched in 1945 and was, at the time, the largest aircraft carrier in the world.
If you have ever read any of the "Master and Commander" novels by Patrick O'Brian, you may be interested in the HMS Surprise. This ship is also located in San Diego and is a replica of the Royal Navy's 18th century frigate.
In San Francisco, you will find the submarine, USS Pampanito. She was commissioned in 1943 and can now be visited in the Fisherman's Wharf area. Fisherman's Wharf is another California destination as are the cable cars that are still in operation in this city. You can catch the Powell-Hyde line within a couple blocks from Fisherman's Wharf.
The Los Angeles basin is a mecca for fantastic California attractions. There are the standard bearers like Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood, Magic Mountain, and the original theme park... Knott's Berry Farm. In today’s fast-paced world, places like Knott’s Berry Farm can easily slip through the cracks unnoticed. That could be a mistake… especially for the kids.
Another good California attraction that the kids like is the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits These tar pits have bones going back 40,000 years. Unfortunately for the kids, you won't find any dinosaur bones here. But they do have a skeleton of the Hairy Mammoth and the Saber-Tooth Cat!
This Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, also known as the Sacramento Delta, has extensive waterways that are suitable for kayaking, fishing, water skiing, or just renting a houseboat to relax and watch the sunset.
It is a great place to go for refreshing hikes, to take in some rowdy festivals, or just enjoy the quiet, isolated sloughs to restore your soul. Overall, most of the 1,000 miles of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta can be summed up with the single word..."quaint". In fact, that area is almost Midwest in flavor.
Hot Desert To The Cool Pines
Going east out of L. A., you will find Palm Springs... a great winter golfing location. Palm Springs has a couple of unique California attractions called the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies and the Palm Springs Tramway that will lift you up to the Mt. San Jacinto State Park.
the Follies are a must.
The Tram, however, is a great California attraction for the kids and adults alike. In fact, the above graphic was taken in February 2006. It was a warm 80+ degrees F. day in Palm Springs, but the kids were using the tram to take their snowboards to the summit area. There was enough snow to allow them to experience some winter sports!
This tram is considered to be an engineering marvel due to the use of helicopters during construction. This thing rises up from the hot desert floor where it has been up to 123 degrees F. to an elevation of over 8,000 ft... As I write this on July 27th, it is 114 degrees F. in Palm Springs while it is only 75 degrees F. at the top of the tram! From hot rocks to cool Ponderosa Pines in 15 minutes… kids love this thing!
Depending on the season, California hosts a huge variety of sporting events. You can find basketball, baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, etc. Just choose your sport, find your favorite team, and get ready for some action!
There are also world class museums all over California... whether you want to know way too much about too many movies or have an interest in the origins of life, you can definitely find a museum that will gain your interest and satisfy a thirst for knowledge.
A Good Place To Begin The Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail Is At The Dam. This 3.5 Mile Trail Is Good For Foot Traffic And Bicycles... No Motorized stuff
The Manzanita Day Use Area Is A Good Place To Sit And Watch The Wind
Another View From The Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail... Morning and Evening Are The Best Times To Hike This Trail. The Still Reflections Will Capture Your Attention
You May Want To Bring A Camera... There Are Large Birds Of Prey High In The Ski