Northern California’s Best RV Parks for Families (That You Need to Book Now)

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If 2021 is the year you plan to explore RVing with your family, we’ve got the scoop for you. These Northern California RV parks have all of the awesome perks your family will love like bonfires, waterslides, gold panning and movie nights. You’ll want to book these RV campgrounds ASAP as we know this is going to be huge travel trend for 2021.

photo: Kate Loweth

Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort | Mt. Shasta City, CA

You'll feel like you are back in your summer camp days when you visit Lake Siskiyou Resort. The resort has RV hookups along with cabins and campsites for those wanting to stay a few days. Spread out your beach towels on the sand and watch the kids play in the Splash Zone Waterpark. This inflatable wonderland has slides, trampoline and loads of other bouncy options that are sure to tire out the whole crew (parents included!). Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available for rent as well as party boats. Read more about what you can enjoy in Siskiyou County here

Online: lakesiskiyouresort.com

photo: Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA | Watsonville, CA

If you have never brought the kids to a KOA for camping then you are in for a real treat. This spot near Manresa State Beach and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk offers RV spots, deluxe cabins and tent camping spot. It recently underwent a renovation of its activity park that includes an outdoor ping pong table, climbing statues, KOA jumping pillow and a new pool. Perhaps the best part of a KOA is that there are loads of activities for kids that are hosted by on-site counselors (translation: parents can relax). Read all about it here

Online: koa.com/campgrounds/santa-cruz

Casini Ranch Family Campground | Duncan Mills, CA

Located in Northern California's Russian River Valley, this spot is all about the lazy days by the river. They offer hayrides, movie nights and seasonal beach bonfires among other activities. They are located adjacent to Willow Creek State Park where you can go hiking before your afternoon in the river. The general store makes life easy and the kids will never be bored here, we guarantee it! They are able to accommodate RVs of every length. 

Online: casiniranch.com

Santa Cruz North/Costanoa KOA | Pescadero, CA

Santa Cruz North/Costanoa KOA is an eco-adventure resort designed to encourage guests to explore the stunning beauty of the protected California coastline. This KOA creates many opportunities to retreat from the chaos of everyday life through hiking, mountain biking, music, art exhibits, kayaking and other activities. This KOA is located adjacent to the Costanoa property so that you can take advantage of all the spa treatments and restaurant food this coastal retreat has to offer. 

Online: costanoa.com/stay/rv-campground

Yosemite Pines RV Resort | Groveland, CA

If you're looking for an RV campground near Yosemite National Park, this is the spot. Located just 22 miles from the park's entrance, you'll love the on-site pool, general store, deli and activities for kids. RV and tent sites are available and you can also glamp in a conestoga wagon if you so desire! 

Online: yosemitepinesrv.com

WORTH THE DRIVE

photo: Kate Loweth

Flying Flags Resort and Campground | Buellton, CA

Centrally located right off the 101 in California's Santa Ynez Valley, Flying Flags is the perfect spot for your next family road trip. In addition to RV spots and various glamping options, the resort has two pools, hot tubs, a splash park and a playground. Enjoy some time by the community campfire or play a game of pool or foosball to get out of the sun. There's loads of fun things to do in this part of California like wine tasting, visiting Solvang and getting to know some ostriches up close. Read all about it here

Online: highwaywestvacations.com

Ventura Ranch KOA | Santa Paula, CA

There's something to be said for the awesomeness that is the KOA experience and Ventura Ranch is no exception. Kids will love soaring over you on the adventure course and pushing their strength on the climbing wall. Daily activities like tie dyeing and movie nights will keep everyone busy and you can rent the favorite banana bikes for the kids who really need to get out their energy. RV sites with hookups are plentiful and you can even bring your doggie with you! 

Online: koa.com/campgrounds/ventura-ranch

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Sequoia Campground & Lodge | Three Rivers, CA

This RV campground's location is ideal for quick access to the Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon. You'll love RV camping here as you can go fishing on the riverfront, rafting on a hot day and BBQ what you catch. Sequoia Campground and Lodge is just five minutes from Lake Kaweah for boaters, water lovers and water sports enthusiasts. Day rentals are available at the marina. 

Online: sequoiacampground.com

Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort | Santa Barbara, CA

Bordered by the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Ynez River, Rancho Oso RV Camping offers acres of beautiful scenery and endless opportunities for horseback riding, hiking and photography. Explore 310 beautiful acres of this RV camp, filled with history dating back to 1845. Visit the Western Village, adobe, stables, conestoga wagons, cabins, stone lodge and all the unique amenities the property has to offer. 

Online: rvonthego.com

Jumbo Rocks Campground | Twentynine Palms, CA

We want to stay at this campground for the name alone! Located in the middle of Joshua Tree National Park, it is at a higher elevation than other campgrounds here (and therefore cooler temps). Boulder abound and the kids will love climbing on them. The campground allows RVs up to 32 feet. You'll definitely want to bring your telescope; this park is great for stargazing

Online: nps.gov

—Kate Loweth

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