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Explore the Bay Area: Best Spots for Summer Camping

Summer has arrived and with it, camping season. The Bay Area is full of varied camping options for all levels – from luxurious glamping retreats in wine country to rough and tumble backpacking in the mountains. Grab your hiking boots (or flamingo pool floatie!) and get ready for a weekend away.

Explore the Bay Area: Best Spots for Summer Camping
Here are some of the best camping options in the Bay Area and beyond:

Low Key and Relaxed – with Champagne

Autocamp, Russian River, CA
Located in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, this airstream escape is perfect for those who like a taste of wilderness … without the wild. Autocamp in Russian River is a collection of suites offering boutique bedding, spa-inspired bathrooms, and modern interiors. Skip the campfire and lounge around the adventure deck instead, with local wine and beer in hand.

Mendocino Grove, Mendocino, CA
Journey north to Mendocino for this safari-inspired campground filled to the brim with yard games, hiking trails, and gourmet picnics. Each luxury tent comes equipped with a private fire pit and picnic table, with dog-friendly tents available. Spend your day on the bocce ball court before watching the sunset over Mendocino Bay.

A Taste of the Wild

Oz Farms, Point Area, CA
Tucked away in a quiet, private valley on the scenic Mendocino coast, Oz Farms is a collection of seven incredible campsites that offer everything from rustic cabin to redwood campsites. With organic produce grown on site, you don’t even have to pack your own lunch.

Embrace your inner explorer with a trip to Portola Redwoods State Park. The ancient trees are the perfect playground for kids, and with over 55 camping spots to choose from, you can make your weekend retreat an extended family affair.

Sunset State Beach, Watsonville, CA
Is there anything better than camping on the coast? The campsites at Sunset State Beach are the perfect spot for – well, a sunset. Pick from an ocean view on the bluffs or a vista filled with strawberry fields. Sites fill up fast, so make sure to reserve well in advance.

One with Nature

A 12-mile roundtrip hike, the Sunset Trail is for prepared backpackers only. Located in the heart of Big Basin, surround yourself with the quiet and serenity of towering redwoods. Wander your way across waterfalls, creeks, and meadows before settling down for the night along West Berry Creek. In the morning, wake up and enjoy a quiet breakfast before making the six-mile trek back.

Wade through tidal pools and spend the night on the coast at Pt. Reyes Coastal Campground. The views are incredible, and the distance is a short 3.6 miles – out and back. Make sure to keep an eye on the weather, as this campsite does often become flooded with rain. But on sunny, clear weekends, it doesn’t get better than the sunset over the coast.

There is no shortage of wilderness adventures in Northern California. Share your Bay Area camping experience or recommendations with us on social @prometheus_apartments.