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Old 03-16-2016, 12:18 AM   #11
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It is a personal thing of course and kids would probably love either choice. My preference is more wilderness. I don't go camping to be around other people and feel like I'm at a hotel. Little kids love nature and my kids have always loved exploring and appreciating wildlife and the outdoors. You'll have to try both if you're not sure which you prefer. The Central Coast is beautiful. Before we got our own trailer last summer the only places we camped there so far are by the Kern River, Lake Lopez (in a rented trailer) and a KOA in Santa Paula (in a tent.)

Lake Lopez was great. We started out boondocking and unfortunately pulled in at night. We had a bad setup with a trailer too heavy for our TV at the time. Pulled into a spot on a hill and couldn't get out. It was a bit spooky. Just camped there for the night. It was an AMAZING spot when we woke up in the morning! Gorgeous. Unfortunately we were concerned about being stuck so we had to get help getting out of there and moved to the hookup sites. We were there during the week and it was wonderful! Because it so empty all the wildlife came into camp. We had deer, raccoons, California quails (state bird), and turkeys! There was a park for the kids and the beach of the lake within walking distance. My dogs had fun in the water. We rented jet skis one day too. I would definitely go back.

The KOA was a little less private but still kind of fun. They have a zip line and a big air pillow to jump on.

The campground by Kern was not the best and the bathrooms were disgusting. Lots of riff raff type of people. Luckily we found a great spot tucked in the corner. Going back next month actually with our boy scouts for river rafting again.

HTH. Lmk if you want the primo spot numbers.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:24 PM   #12
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Lake Lopez is great too. Lots of wildlife and only ~15min to the beach should you want to go there for a day trip.
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Old 03-17-2016, 05:30 PM   #13
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San Simeon State Park - go to Hearst Castle and see the elephant seals too...

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Old 05-04-2016, 12:50 AM   #14
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Thank you Guys! Pismo SB North Beach is where we are heading for Thanksgiving! Hopefully, it won't be too cold...
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:23 AM   #15
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Death Valley! If you don't mind dry camping, recommend Texas Springs. Great climbing the badlands right next to the campground and a short distance (walking) to Furnace Creek.
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Death Valley! If you don't mind dry camping, recommend Texas Springs. Great climbing the badlands right next to the campground and a short distance (walking) to Furnace Creek.
We've been there several times during Thanksgiving. We usually stay at Stovepipe Wells. They have limited full hookups but a plethora of dry camping spots. Weather has always been perfect and it's usually not too crowded. Few realize that it's a National Park with many things to do and see. Love that place at that time of the year
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Pismo SB North Beach was great for Thanksgiving. It rained on Saturday, but wasn’t that bad. I saw Pismo coast village – not my type of camping (YMMV). Thanks for recommendations!
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Old 11-29-2016, 01:43 PM   #18
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Glad you enjoyed Pismo SB North Beach. Its one of our favorites too, we were there the week prior.

I hear you on PCV...its not really camping, but we still enjoy it. Have been going there for 30+ years. Its tight, but when you go with a group of 5-6 families all together the sites blend together and its nice for the kids to use the heated pool and hot tub after spending a day in the ocean.

Did you find the Old West Cinnamon Roll shop? Wait in the hour+ line at the Splash Café for the famous clam chowder?

Pismo is only about 90 min from home for us and 1/2 way between my home and brother in Santa Barbara so we are there a lot.
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To be honest, we did not explore the town that much. We stayed on the beach / played outside, went to San Luis Obispo Children's Museum when it rained...
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We really enjoyed a RV resort in Buellton, Ca. Close drive to Cambria and Herst Csdtle. Also close to Slovan which is like s Dutch town.
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