5 Best Camping Spots In California

Camping California

Camping can sometimes take a bit of work – work like the buying perfect camping gear, unpacking, pitching the tent, unrolling sleeping bags, setting up chairs and arranging all the other things that you may need. At the end of the day, if the camping spot you choose is not a good one, it can be very dissatisfying and ruin the experience.

If you are interested in camping in California, there are a number of quality camping spots to choose from. Following are the 5 best camping spots in California:

Kirby Cove Campground

Being one of the most popular camping spots in California, Kirby Cove Campground is very hard to reserve. Camping here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the stunning views of San Francisco and the famous Golden Gate Bridge. There are 5 big camping sites in the campground. Kirby Cove Campground is so popular that you need to reserve a few months in advance.

It is important to pack warm layers even in summer as the area can be cool, windy and foggy. Camping in Kirby Cove Campground cost $25 per night. The site is open from April through November. You can expect to have all the facilities you may need in the beautiful campsites in Kirby Cove.

Jumbo Rocks Campground

Located in Joshua Tree National Park, Jumbo Rocks Campground is a great off the grid location for camping. This is a great place to enjoy the sandy spots amid the rocks and experience stunning sunsets. Hiking the Skull Rock Nature trail and beholding skilled climbers attempting the rock faces are very popular activities for campers here. In 2016 alone, the campground received over 2.5 million record visitors. So, you can expect to see plenty of company in your camping adventure in Jumbo Rocks Campground. You need to pay $25 for parking for a week plus $15 per night for staying in the campground.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a great place to enjoy crystal blue waters. It boasts of miles of shorelines with spectacular views. Swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking and even scuba diving are some popular activities here. And hiking is part of the adventure as always. There are over 250 campsites in the area and you can explore at least a few to have an unforgettable camping experience. May to September is the best time to camp here. You need to pay $35 to $45 per night plus fee for your camping in the park.

Jalama Beach County Park

If you are a hard-core beach camper, you are going to love Jalama Beach Country Park. It’s a very remote place as it is over 14 miles away from the city center. Apart from enjoying the beach 24/7, you can expect to enjoy a clam environment, kiddie water parks and some amazing hotels. There are great quality restaurants and on-site shops for all your needs. You can get access Wi-Fi as well. There is a $25-$30 charge for each night’s stay.

El Capitán Canyon

Camping California

If you like “glamping” (glamorous camping), this is a place you will love. You will enjoy living in dense forest with stunning views of the ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Camping in the El Capitán Canyon is like staying in a safari lodge. There are plenty of opportunities for experiencing local foods and wines. Campers love tasting the local wine, enjoying barbecues with Saturday night live music, and Swedish and hot rock massages available on-site. The cost of staying in safari tents is high as it ranges from $145 to $170.

Motorcycle Camping

Motorcycle camping has become very popular among campers. You can expect to reach the campsites quickly and comfortably as well as explore all the nearby locations in the area when you have your own motorcycle with you. Make sure you have all the necessary motorcycle camping gear to enjoy an unforgettable camping experience. Keeping parts on hand is always a good idea – When you have necessary Harley Davison parts or oem motorcycle parts on hand, you can use them in case of an emergency. Make sure you have all the necessary motorcycle camping gear to enjoy an unforgettable camping experience.




5 Absolute Musts When Visiting Switzerland

Visit Switzerland

Breathtaking scenery? Check. Cultural immersion? Check. Food trip? Check. The great outdoors? Check.

Whatever your reason for traveling may be, there’s a long list of to do’s that anyone can tick off their bucket list with a visit to Switzerland. Despite the country being relatively small as compared to other destinations in Europe, Switzerland has just as much, if not more, to offer as a destination. Boasting of the perfect balance between picturesque landscapes, urban cities, and off-the-beaten track excursions, the challenge is actually figuring out where to go because every city and town seems to be an excellent location.

With one of the best transportation systems you can ever find in any country, it’s fairly easy to make a stop at these locations when you find yourself heading over to Switzerland:

Lucerne

The city, the lake, and the mountains – three things that make the city of Lucerne a must-see for anyone traveling through central Switzerland. Dubbed as Switzerland’s “city of delights”, Lucerne feels like an ancient town telling of the country’s history: the medieval Chapel Bridge regarded as one of the oldest wooden bridges in Europe, the Jesuit church that is Switzerland’s first sacral Baroque building, and Old Town, which sits on the bank of Reuss and preserves many old burgher’s houses and town squares. At the same time, Lucerne is home to cutting-edge and modern designs such as that of KKL, otherwise known as the Culture and Convention Centre, which is a concert hall and art gallery.

While sightseeing around Lucerne is a cultural immersion on its own, visitors cannot pass on what nature has to offer in the areas surrounding Lucerne. Whether it’s a relaxing steamship cruise on Lake Lucerne or a cableway trip to Pilatus, one of the most legendary places in Central Switzerland, excursions into the nearby mountains and Lake Lucerne is a must.

Zermatt

Any time you look up information on Switzerland, you will surely come across the Matterhorn, one of the world’s most famous and beautiful mountains, which is one of the best reasons to make a trip to Zermatt. Located at the foot of the Matterhorn at an altitude of 1,600 meters, the car-free town of Zermatt lies in the middle of a ski region that covers 54 mountain railways and 360 kilometers of pistes – groomed and maintained for every skill level of skiers and snowboarders.

Heading to Zermatt via the Glacier Express, which runs from Brig, to Visp, Täsch, and on to Zermatt, offers views of the Monte Rosa range, and passes a number of quaint attractions like chalets, villages, and gardens. Once at the town, visitors can choose any activity from walking, cycling, mountaineering, and, of course, skiing and snowboarding. A cog railway also brings you up to an altitude of 3,089 meters to Gornergrat for a magnificent panorama of the Swiss alps. Zermatt is also home to luxury hotels, world-class spas, and excellent shopping, which makes this town great for both adventure-seekers and family vacationers.

Grindelwald

Another favorite for mountain-lovers headed to Switzerland is Grindelwald – a quaint town tucked within the heart of the Bernese Alps, surrounded by lush foliage and surrounded by the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountains. While relatively at a lower altitude than Zermatt, Grindelwald is still a fantastic destination for skiing, boasting of the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau region and the world-famous Lauberhorn World Cup piste near Wengen. There are 300 kilometers of walking trails around Grindelwald as well, offering some of the most beautiful hiking trips in the region.

Key events also take place in Grindelwald, such as the World Snow Festival in January where artists from all over the world construct snow figures and sculptures, and the Spring Mountain Festival in June or July held on the Männlichen that is a burst of culture with dances in traditional costumes, folk music, and flag throwers.

Zurich

Probably one of the most popular destinations in Switzerland is also the country’s largest city. Zurich is a metropolitan city that sits by the waters of the splendid Limmet river. While perceived as an upscale banking city famous for its thriving corporate industry, high-end shopping, and fancy chocolates, Zurich does not fall behind in splendor with exquisite views of the snowcapped Alps, walking streets leading to over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, and the Niederdorf, a section of town where flamboyant nightlife comes alive.

Not to be missed is the thriving food scene in Zurich. While dining out tends to be pricey, foodies can spend days scouring the many gastronomic experiences in the city, from traditional dishes in the century-old Kronenhalle and regional cuisine in the upscale Razzia, to the more eclectic and zany restaurants found in Zurich West.

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Bern

No trip to Switzerland can be complete without a visit to its capital city, Bern. While most capital cities are characterized by hectic and hurried lifestyles, Bern has successfully retained its medieval flair, most often described as a tranquil city filled with museums, churches, and historic buildings. Perhaps the most distinct landmark in the city is the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with cobbled streets, limestone buildings, the iconic Clock Tower, and six kilometers of independent shops and is considered as the longest covered shopping promenade in the world. And because Switzerland is all about nature, Old Town is also surrounded by the turquoise water of the Aare River, which becomes a summer destination for swimming and boating activities.

Being the seat of government, a trip to Bern needs a trip to the House of Parliament, looming above the city and open to visitors when the Parliament is not sitting. Fronting this building is the Parliament Square, which holds a traditional weekly market and serves as a communal space for residents and visitors to spend the day just taking in the beauty and peace of the city.
Hopefully, you have enough time to fit every destination listed here into your itinerary because taking a trip to these cities and towns pretty much gives you a full experience of what it means to live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. If you’re not that lucky, traveling to any of these destinations will surely make your visit to Switzerland worth every penny.

 


About Roger:

Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. Roger is the founder of Expert World Travel – A place to get tips, tricks, advice and reviews on everything related to travel. He has visited over 40 countries and is currently living in Switzerland, which enables him to get around Europe easily and often. His site talks about all things travel, but mostly about travel gear, as he goes through a lot of it (buying, breaking, trying). His tips and tricks and destinations are always a great source of information. If you have a specific request or question, don’t be shy. You can pop over to his contact page and send him a message! You can also connect with him on Twitter @RogerWillTravel

 




Pete’s Dragon Opens Today! Check Out These Activity Sheets and Dragon Cupcakes

Pete's Dragon Activity Sheets Dragon Cupcakes

The most magical movie of the year, PETE’S DRAGON is finally opening in theaters everywhere TODAY! August 12th! This is one of the best family movies of the year and equally perfect for kids and adults alike!

 

Check out these Pete’s Dragon Activity Sheets and Dragon Cupcakes!

“Bryce Dallas How-To” with Bryce Dallas Howard – Dragon Cupcakes!

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“Bryce Dallas How-To” with Bryce Dallas Howard – Dragon Cat Costume!

 

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And don’t forget your Disneybound outfit when you hit the theaters this weekend!

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The Manitou Incline ~ Is It the Stairway to Heaven?

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The Manitou Incline looks like a stairway to heaven. It is located near Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is a popular hiking trail. With 2000 ft. of elevation in a one mile trail for advanced hikers, it is not for the faint of heart. My Sister and her family climbed up the incline then she told me about it. She said,” I was climbing almost straight up”.
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The history of The Manitou Incline is amazing.  The Manitou Incline was originally built as a cable car to carry materials to build pipelines on Pikes Peak- America’s Mountain. The trail is what remains of a narrow gauge railway whose tracks washed out during a rock slide in 1990.  After the pipelines were finished, it was turned into a tourist attraction. The Incline is famous for its sweeping views and steep grade, with an average grade of 45% and as steep as 68% in places, making it a fitness challenge for locals in the Colorado Springs area. Do not let the top fool you there is 300 more feet to go before reaching the real top. After reaching the summit you walk down a trail called Barr Trail. No one is allowed to go down the Manitou Incline.
More information about the Manitou Incline:
  • Length: 1 mile, but climbs 2,000 vertical feet.
  • Duration: Under 30 minutes to over an hour or more depending on your fitness level and pace.
  • Trail Difficulty: Difficult
  • Recommended for: Physically active, not ADA accessible
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking:  Parking is recommended within parking lots along Manitou Avenue- Then hike up Ruxton Avenue. Parking is limited and difficult to find along Ruxton. It is highly recommended to take the free shuttle service during the dates of May 18 – Sept. 24.
  • Dogs: No dogs allowed on the Incline
  • Hours of use: Dawn-Dusk, no night use permitted; Beginning October 31, 2016 Hours of Operation will be: April 1- October 31: 6am-8pm and November 1March 31: 6am-6pm
 Please be advised. It can take first responders up to 3-4 hours to get to you if you have a medical issue.
Do you have what it takes to climb the Manitou Incline?
 



Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Shelter in Colorado

Devils Kitchen Picnic Shelter

Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Shelter is located off the beaten path at the south end of the Colorado Monument and just outside of Grand Junction, Colorado. The shelter was built in 1941 and designed by Harvey H. Cornell, Jerome C. Miller and Kenneth M. Saunders of the National Park Branch of Plans and Design in 1940. Construction was done by the craftsmen known as LEM’s (Local Experienced Men). They were reputable stone masons of the time with Italian descent. Much of the material for building Devils Kitchen Picnic Shelter came from Rim Rock Drive construction, the road going over the Colorado Monument. It was put on the US National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Devils Kitchen Picnic Shelter
My family and I have been here several times and love it. It is a mesmerizing place for families to get together. There is so much to do for nature lovers, including many paths to climb with beautiful scenery along the way. Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Shelter has 15 picnic tables and 6 charcoal only grills. I love to come here! My family and I love to walk on the paths, some of them are very short and make for an easy hike.
Devils Kitchen Picnic Shelter
Everything at Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Shelter is in good repair including the restrooms along with the picnic tables and grills. The shelter is very unusual due to it’s large size and the 3 stone fireplaces which are closed now.
 
Devils Kitchen Picnic Shelter
Across the street of Rim Rock Drive near the picnic area are larger hiking paths for more experienced hikers and nature lovers. They range in different levels of difficulty. Rim Rock Drive is the 23 mile scenic road going over the Colorado Monument. It is a very captivating drive. Devil’s Kitchen in the Colorado Monument is a group of free-standing boulders and red spires, which inspired the name.
The next time you are in Colorado and want to have a nice picnic visit Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Shelter. I know the whole family will love it. It only costs $10 a carload to get in.
 
For more information visit on the web at: https://www.nps.gov/colm/planyourvisit/enjoy-a-picnic.htm