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Old 03-14-2016, 07:11 PM   #1
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California - family camping for Thanksgiving

Hi All,

The trailer has not arrived yet, but I am trying to plan a couple of trips later this fall. Please could you recommend any family friendly campground in California for Thanksgiving? I am located in SF Bay Area, but would rather go south (or east) to enjoy warmer weather. In the past we were skiing for Thanksgiving, but since the family is growing, we need to take a break.

We will be family of four (2.5 yrs and 8 months young kids Ė this one is on the way) plus overenergetic golden retriever.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 03-14-2016, 07:17 PM   #2
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Old 03-14-2016, 08:00 PM   #3
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Death Valley NP, either Furnace Creek or Stovepipe Wells campgrounds
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Old 03-14-2016, 08:55 PM   #4
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Pismo coast village
Morro Bay State Park
Pismo SB - North Beach CG

In that order.

For either SP you need to be ready at 7am on 4/1 to grab your site. For PCV it's a phone reservation that starts on 5/1.

We find the weather on the Central CA Coast to be the absolute best between Sept and Oct. we joke the seasons are all delayed by one. Fall = Summer, Winter = Fall etc etc etc.
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:50 PM   #5
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Thank you guys! All great suggestions, but Morro Bay / Pismo Beach are the most optimal as traveling with two small kids long distance can be challenging.

I understand that I need to be ready for booking on 5/1 to grab a site in Nov...
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Pismo Coast Village is a great place for kids and its on the beach and a real short walk to town and ICE CREAM.
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It looks from the images I found in internet that the sites are pretty close to each other in Pismo Coast Village with not a look grass. It looks like sites in Morro Bay State Park or Pismo SB - North Beach CG are more dispersed... is this correct?
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It looks from the images I found in internet that the sites are pretty close to each other in Pismo Coast Village with not a look grass. It looks like sites in Morro Bay State Park or Pismo SB - North Beach CG are more dispersed... is this correct?
Pismo SB North Beach provides the most space between sites. Quite a lot in fact. Pismo SB is no hook ups.

Morro Bay SP is typical SP. Have you stayed at New Brighton in Capitola? It would say Morro Bay is very similar. Also like New Brighton, Morro Bay has some Elec sites but they are very tight.

Both SP have dump stations.

Although tighter than the SP, PCV has so much to offer. Full Hookups, heated pool, lots of kids activities, extremely clean shower/bath house should you want to use them to keep sand out of the TT.

PCV is routinely rated one of the best CG in CA and US -- but the trade is its tighter, that is some extremely valuable land being in town and ocean front. I haven't been in several month, but I hear they are actively removing trees. The recent winter storm took out some trees, crushed a couple RVs, so now they are working on making the rest safe. Its shame if they lose the trees, but safety is paramount.
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Are you looking for more of a wilderness camping experience with the kids or more RV resort type place?
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Good question. That will be one of the first camping trips with our kids, so can't tell which is more recommended by people who are more experienced...

Generally, we love wilderness, quiet places. I would say, a wilderness camping with a pet friendly beach would be the first choice.
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