Places to RV in Northern California
When planning your next vacation, why not consider RVing? By taking an RV, you save the cost of eating out for every meal by cooking in the comfort of your home away from home. In addition, you save money by using an RV park rather than a hotel. As an example, at Mountain Gate RV Park North of Redding, California, sites cost only $30 a night or $174 for the week. In addition to saving money, the convenience factor cannot be ignored. All your things are with you when you are ready to move from place to place.
Where should you go on your RV vacation? While the options are numerous, one beautiful RV destination is Northern California. Whether your goal is to get in some serious hiking, or water sports, or just to lay back and relax, the area directly around Redding has something for you.
Just three miles north of the RV Park is spectacular Shasta Lake. With some of the best trout and bass fishing in the area, Shasta Lake is a haven for fishermen. If fishing is a bit too calm for your style, it is possible to ski and wakeboard on the lake as well. For the truly adventurous, there is a new sport called sky-skiing. At the southwest edge of Shasta Lake is the Shasta Dam, the second tallest dam in the world. In addition to its record size, it is the largest source of hydroelectric power for the state of California. Free tours of the dam are offered, and there is also a visitor center for those not wanting to take the tour.
Another thing to do in and around Shasta Lake is the Lake Shasta Caverns. The tour starts with a boat ride across the lake. After a bus ride to the site, during which you can search for wildlife, you will take an hour-long guided tour through the gorgeous calcite caverns.
After marveling at the beauty nature hides underground, spend some time south of Redding, at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Turtle Bay has exhibits centered on history and science. Its highly interactive museum encourages exploration of the rest of the park, which include a historical monolith, an arboretum and gardens. In addition, Paul Bunyan’s Forest Camp serves as a nature and educational center. During your stay, be sure to cross over the magnificent Sundial Bridge. It is the only bridge of its kind in the country, and truly a sight to behold.
If hiking is your passion, Redding is near to Mount Shasta. At just over 14,000 feet high, it is the second highest peak in the Cascades. If tackling the mountain itself is too much for you, on the way to the town of Mount Shasta, you will pass Castle Crags State Park. The park offers swimming and fishing, as well as 28 miles of hiking trails.
An hour east of Redding, there is more opportunities for outdoor fun. McArthur-Burney Falls State Park is home to some of the most beautiful falls in California. In addition to hiking, the park offers swimming and fishing, as well as trails for horseback riding. On a different easterly path from Redding is Lassen Volcanic National Park. Boasting over 150 miles of hiking trails, and active hydrothermal areas, it is a something you shouldn’t miss.
In addition to these nearby attractions, from the Mountain Gate RV Park, it is only a three hour drive to the coast, and a short way north from there to the Redwood National and State Parks. Three and a half hours south of the park is San Francisco and all it has to offer. Only a two hour drive to the north will take you across the border into Oregon. It is clear that Redding is in the center of it all, and Mountain Gate RV Park is the perfect spot to coordinate all the activities of your RV vacation.