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Old 08-31-2015, 02:28 PM   #1
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Red face Best place to go for Thanksgiving? CA? AZ? UT?

My husband and I are looking for places to go for Thanksgiving and I was hoping people could give me some ideas or things to look out for when we go. How far in advance do people usually plan their holiday trip? It seems everything is crowded that would be camping along the ocean (which is what I want to do) and my husband wants to go up north to the snow but stay in an rv park. Where the best place to go? is there a honest review website of rv parks or campgrounds I can look at? I've been looking at koas, good sams, and yelp for information and I would love to know more. What's the best thing to do? We are In AZ and the options are west to CA or north to UT. Thank you in advance!
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Old 08-31-2015, 02:37 PM   #2
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We typically camp along the CA Central Coast. These spots typically release for reservation at 0800 on April 1st, by 0900 on 4/1 they are gone. Occasionally a spot of two will become available from cancelation leading up to the holiday, but it is luck that you find one.
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Old 08-31-2015, 02:41 PM   #3
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Clubhouse,

Is there any option B's? Or Option C's?
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San Luiso Obispo and Santa Barbara counties both have nice county parks with CG that aren't as busy as the private and SP. Many sites have full hookups too. We really like Lopez Lake in SLO county near Arroyo Grande. It's about 10-15 min ride to the ocean, but when we go their we don't typically head to the beach as there is lots to see and do in the park.
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SWMBO and my first overnighter was Thanksgiving Weekend (all 4 days) at a remote mountain cabin. No water or electricity. Just a wood stove, propane heat and an outhouse.


Ah, the memories....
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Old 08-31-2015, 02:58 PM   #6
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Thanks Clubhouse! My husband has always wanted to live in SLO so we will definitely be checking out that recommendation!
Have you ever stayed at arroyo seco it's open for thanksgiving along with San Siemon? I went to school in Monterey and love it and wouldn't know where to stay in an rv or travel trailer around there. And i love point lobos area as that was my go to place when I was stressed after finals and not even five minute there I wasn't.

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I like San Simeon, however not I the Spring because it's way to windy.

There are no hookups, but they do have a dump station so with a Barker or Therford tote and generator you can easily stay for multiple days and not worry about your tanks filling up.
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Monterey is tough, there is CG in marina but we typically go to Aptos or Capitola and stay at either New Brighton or Sea Cliff SB. Both book up in record speed, especially SeaCliff because it's full hookup ocean front.

Since we are going through all my favorites you might add Pismo Coast Village and Pismo SB North Beach CG to your list.

If the mountains are a consideration, you might look into Sequoia RV ranch in Three Rivers, CA. It's a nice old school full book CG about 20 min outside the Sequoia NP hwy 198 gate. Three Rivers is only ~2000' so no snow and out of the valley fog.

Check out Camp Edison at Shaver Lake and the CG along Basslake too. We frequent all these places.

All of this is a bit of a drive from AZ, but if you are looking at CA you might as well look at the Sierras as well as the Coast
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I understand lots of Thanksgiving campers head to Death Valley ... not that you need more desert sand!

Looking for some sights? Can't recommend enough moseying along Highway 49 - the Gold Rush Trail; educational and lots of antiques.
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