California Vacation Tips

California Vacation Tips
California's nickname is the Golden State, and opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts are definitely golden. No matter what activities you like to pursue in the great outdoors, you'll find them all in California's mountains, parks, lakes and the Pacific Ocean. Thoroughly research your trip before booking reservations so you can take advantage of discounts and/or packages to suit your needs.

Whiskeytown Lake National Recreation Area

Whiskeytown Lake National Recreation Area is an outdoor lover's paradise. You'll need a California fishing license to catch rainbow trout on the lake or at the power plant. Hike to one of five cascading waterfalls in the spring when snow runoff is heavy; the highest one is the 220-foot Whiskeytown Falls. Kayak or swim in the lake, then retire to your campsite at one of four campgrounds. Oak Bottom Campground is improved. Primitive campsites are on dirt roads. An RV campground and group tent campground are available. The area is open year-round.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Whiskeytown, CA 96095
(530) 242-3400

Jack London State Historic Park

Jack London wrote his now famous books such as "Call of the Wild" in the cottage at the Jack London State Historic Park, located in Glen Ellen, Calif. His widow wanted his memory preserved and donated the land to the state when she died. Take a picnic and backcountry hike or ride your bike on the trails, which lead to London's grave, a dam and lake, and an overlook of the Valley of the Moon. The park is open for day use only; water fountains and restrooms are available. Dogs may not go onto backcountry trails. The park offers guided one-hour tours and guided trail rides.

Jack London State Historic Park
2400 London Ranch Road
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
(707) 938-5216

Channel Islands National Park

Visit the Channel Islands National Park to snorkel, swim or scuba dive in the mysterious caves and beautiful kelp forests. The best islands for this trip are Anacapa, eastern Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara Islands. The park recommends that you dive or snorkel with a friend and always wear a helmet when diving into the sea caves. No lifeguards are available. This national park is open all year.

Channel Islands National Park
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 658-5730

Article Written By Ellen Kendall

Ellen Kendall has 15 years of writing and editing experience. Her travel and insurance articles have appeared in national magazines. Her book contributions include biographies and multi-cultural and Holocaust lesson plans. She has previously served as a real estate broker and interior designer and taught ESL in Korea and at Duke.

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