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Old 10-04-2015, 03:09 PM   #1
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Themed Vacation Destinations

Thought an interesting thread would be planning next years camping excursions with a theme! Please share with your fellow campers itinerary ideas they may find useful in planning a future vacation.

I am a native Californian whose ancestors chased the Gold Rush; when family and friends visit - we encourage them to experience more than just the beaches, destination parks, and popular cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego! For example, and just to name a few, here are themes you could enjoy in California AND where you can get into the campgrounds (federal, state, county, club/membership, or private):
  1. Follow the gold rush: Sutter's Mill where the first nugget was found, Sutter's Fort and Old Town in Sacramento (state capital), Highway 49 where around each corner is a gold-rush town ~ some even have mines you can tour
  2. Food: though most think of the wineries north of San Francisco, the whole state is filled with wineries - great places to visit and make purchases; enjoy the brie, the craft beer, or the many private coffee roasters too
  3. Famous authors: Follow John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, Bret Harte, or Jack London's footsteps, among many others whose stories are based on places they lived/traveled
  4. Missions: Follow them as they string the California coastal valleys.
  5. Railroads: from small mountain trains to a great train museum in Sacramento, learn about their influence on the state

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Old 10-04-2015, 04:10 PM   #2
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Good idea to make it more interesting.

We like to learn the history of where we happen to be by visiting local scenic places and museums and exhibits with information.

We also like to eat at every BBQ restaurant we pass!

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Our themed vacation next year has a mouse and a fort involved. LOL

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Old 10-04-2015, 06:46 PM   #4
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The DW and I are very interested in American history. We have had numerous trips to Civil war battlefields and other similar locations. We intend on attempting to follow Grants campaign to take Vicksburg on our way back from Florida this winter.
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