When many people think of the state of California, big, bustling cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco come to mind. However, there are actually so many regions of this fantastic state that are rather secluded and quiet. One such area is Northeastern California. While the Northwestern region of California is known for its redwoods and gorgeous coastal views, Northeastern California has stunning mountains, many national forests, and the beautiful Lake Tahoe. If you are wanting to get away and spend some time near nature with less humans around, Northeastern California is perfect. The following list is a mixture of fabulous campgrounds and Harvest Hosts locations that would make for excellent stops on your next RV road trip.
1. Lake Shastina Golf Course – Weed, CA
Weed, California is a fun little town that sits directly beside the snowy peak of Mount Shasta. As one of the many peaks in the Cascade Range, Mount Shasta is an active volcano. But don’t let this deter you, as it only erupts every 250-800 years. The mountain allows for a wide range of outdoorsy activities, such as hiking, climbing, water sports, and more, and many people return to the area each year to enjoy these activities. If you have the Harvest Hosts upgraded golf membership, you can stay at a beautiful golf course in close proximity to Mount Shasta and the town of Weed.
Lake Shastina Golf Resort features twenty-seven challenging holes, while also providing excellent views of Mount Shasta while you play. The on-site restaurant has a variety of meals, and many previous guests have enjoyed the burgers, sandwiches, and pizza. The parking area is level and can accommodate three RVs of any size. Please keep in mind that pets are not permitted at this location.
2. Lassen Volcanic National Park – Drakesbad, CA
Next on the list of awesome places found in Northeastern California is Lassen Volcanic National Park. This gorgeous park is severely underrated and receives much less visitation than many of the other California parks. However, this has everything to do with its out-of-the-way location, and nothing to do with what it has to offer. Between the seismic activity, which includes fumaroles, meadows of stunning wildflowers, soaring mountain vistas, and clear lakes and rivers, this park has a similar vibe to Rocky Mountain National Park of Colorado combined with parts of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. It is truly a hidden gem of Northeastern California.
If you are wanting to visit Lassen Volcanic in your RV, you have several options for places to camp. Of the eight total campgrounds, two are available for first-come, first-served camping only. The other six contain a mixture of reservation-based sites and first-come, first-served sites. This is great for those who like to plan ahead and also for those who like to go with the flow. Keep in mind that most of this park is typically open from late May to early October, so you will want to plan your visit accordingly.
3. Moonbeam Farm – Corning, CA
Moonbeam Farm is located in the small town of Corning, California, just about an hour from Lassen Volcanic. This organic farm specializes in lavender production and self-sustained loofah sponges. They offer tours of the property, as well as many products cultivated from their lavender plants. These products include lotions, face masks, and other lavender-based skincare products, as well as soaps, loofahs, bracelets, oils, and so much more. They have four pet-friendly spaces available for RVs under forty-four feet in length. However, if your RV is longer than thirty-six feet in length, be sure to ask for special entry instructions. This is such an awesome stop on your way to or from Lassen Volcanic or our next stop at Lake Tahoe.
4. Tahoe Valley RV Resort – South Lake Tahoe, CA
Lake Tahoe is a stunning, deep-blue lake located along the California-Nevada state line in Northeastern California. There are beautiful snowy peaks surrounding the enormous lake, and it is a popular destination for all sorts of outdoor activities, including swimming, boating and other sports, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, wildlife viewing, and so much more. Because of its size, there are many individual places and towns to visit, but for now, we’ll focus on South Lake Tahoe.
If you are visiting in your RV, Tahoe Valley RV Resort is the perfect destination for you. This full-hookups resort has many sites for RVs of all sizes, as well as a plethora of amenities, including sports, swimming, games, hiking, and more. Be sure to book ahead of time because this resort is very popular!
5. Bangor Ranch Vineyard and Winery – Bangor, CA
Deep in the Northern Sierra Nevada foothills, you can find Bangor Ranch Vineyard and Winery. This lovely estate specializes in winemaking and olive oil production. Because the old winery was destroyed by wildfires in 2017, the tasting room is brand new and is freshly open for business. The tasting room is open on the weekends and during the week by appointment. Tours and tastings are also available, and there is one pet-friendly space for an RV under thirty feet in length. The host asks that all visiting members arrive during business hours.
6. Dutch Flat RV Resort – Gold Run, CA
Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northeastern California, Dutch Flat RV Resort serves as an excellent basecamp for many of the area’s fantastic activities. It is located nearby the artsy towns of Auburn, Grass Valley, and Nevada City, each of which provide their own unique vibes and culture. The nearby National Forest provides many recreational activities, and both Sacramento and Lake Tahoe are only about an hour away. The campground itself is affordable and provides full-hookups and a wide range of amenities. These include a pool, biking and hiking, and even a gold panning station.
7. Crystal Basin Cellars – Camino, CA
Our last stop in Northeastern California takes us to Crystal Basin Cellars in Camino, California. This awesome vineyard creates award-winning white wines and red wines, and they offer tastings for those who want to try them all. Within walking distance, there are also several restaurants and breweries. This location has three pet-friendly spaces for RVs under thirty feet in length and is perfect for those who want to experience a Northeastern California winery.
The Northeastern region is a truly special area of California that many people fail to visit. There is so much to see and experience, and it would be a shame to visit the state and skip this entire portion. For a fun adventure in a much less busy place, visit any of these awesome Northeastern California locations.
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