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West Coast RV Parks
One of the best guides to West Coast RV Parks, covering campgrounds in California, Oregon, and Washington, is West Coast RV Camping from Moon Guides.
Cover of the West Coast RV Camping Guide
If you want a guide to West Coast RV Parks that covers just about every RV park and campground along the Pacific Coast Highway then West Coast RV Camping by Tom Stienstra in the Moon Outdoors series can't be beat.
It covers over 1800 RV parks and campgrounds throughout the entire states of California, Oregon, and Washington, and anyone planning an RV trip up or down the Pacific Coast Highway shouldn't leave home without a copy.
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The book is just over 1000 pages long, a massive job, and the man who undertook it is Tom Stienstra. Tom's written lots of outdoors guides including camping guides to California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as to Northern California and the whole Pacific Northwest. He's also written guides to California Wildlife, California Fishing, California Hiking, and more.
He's no ordinary guidebook writer, though, as he does weekly radio and TV programs in San Francisco, and has won numerous awards including California Outdoor Writer of the Year five times, and twice the National Outdoor Writer of the Year in the newspaper division. Oh yes, he's also the outdoors columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Best West Coast RV Parks
So, when you buy a copy of West Coast RV Camping, you're not only buying a guide to all the RV parks and campgrounds in Washington, Oregon, and California, you're buying into the author's knowledge built up over years of traveling in the region and writing about its outdoors aspects like fishing, wildlife and camping.
Stienstra doesn't just describe every one of those 1800+ RV parks and campgrounds, he gives them a Scenic Rating out of 10, tells you which are the best for fishing, for watching wildlife, which RV sites are right on the coast, and which are on the prettiest lakes and rivers.
West Coast RV Parks: Fees and Facilities
Each of the 1800+ entries is marked on one of the maps and given a number in a logical geographical order, then listed in the text in numerical order. So if you know where you are, which most of us do most of the time, and you know where you're headed, it's easy to find the RV sites you might want to book. Each entry also tells you whether reservations are essential, recommended, or not accepted, as well as the park or campground's fees.
Each entry also reviews the site's facilities, and gives you the phone number, fax number, and a website if there is one. Most importantly, it gives you detailed directions to help you find the place.
The Best West Coast RV Parks
There are lots of other extra features in the West Coast RV Camping guide, including a few pages of RV Camping Tips, which new RV people especially will find useful. There are several pages listing useful resources at the back, and a 26-page index. The author also gives us his choice of the Best RV Parks and Campgrounds in five categories:
- Best Coastal Sites
- Best Fishing
- Best Wildlife-Viewing
- Prettiest Lakes
- Prettiest Rivers
West Coast RV Camping
At first glance the book might seem pricey but it works out at just a few cents a page. For anyone planning even one RV trip anywhere in California, Oregon, or Washington, or along the Pacific Coast Highway, it will more than repay the purchase price, I'm sure.
Other books pages
Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews the book Culture Trails by Lonely Planet, which has a section on Vintage Hollywood alongside 51 other perfect weekends.
Epic Drives of the World from Lonely Planet describes 50 of the world's most exciting road trips, including, of course, the Pacific Coast Highway.
Brewpubs and good beer are at the heart of the Good Beer Guide to the West Coast USA which lists the best bars and breweries from Seattle to San Diego.
Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews the Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip guide from Moon covering California, Oregon and Washington
Lighthouses of the Pacific Coast, published by Voyageur Press, is a guide in words and pictures to historic lighthouses along the Pacific Coast Highway.
The Frommer's Guide to Seattle has good information about the city and side excursions to the Olympic National Park and elsewhere, plus free city and area map.
Lonely Planet's Coastal California guidebook is the ideal travel guide for driving or cycling the Pacific Coast Highway from the Oregon border to Mexico.
This John Steinbeck California Guide, A Journey into Steinbeck's California, shows readers how towns like Monterey, Carmel and Salinas influenced the author.
101 free San Francisco attractions and things to do are in the Kindle guide, 101 Free Things to Do in San Francisco, in the Travel Free eGuidebooks series.
Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews the Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip Guide book covering the drive from Vancouver to San Diego.
The Michelin Green Guide to California covers the whole state and is good on maps, the sights, major cities and towns, less good on hotels and restaurants.
Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews an Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide published by the Beautiful Pacific Northwest website.
Pacific Coast Highway guides include our own printed book and ebook guides to the best hotels along the PCH, available in paperback, PDF and Kindle formats.
Pacific Coast Highway Travel's California Camping book review rates the 20th anniversary edition of Moon's complete guide to over 1400 tent and RV campgrounds.
The Michelin Guide to California is a gourmet's guide to the best restaurants along the Pacific Coast Highway and elsewhere in California.
Moon's Spotlight Guide to the Olympic Peninsula covers hotels, restaurants, and sights, including Forks, the Olympic National Park and other places.
The guide to California Bed and Breakfast Inns lists over 250 boutique hotels, wine country cottages and more.
To John Steinbeck Monterey's Cannery Row was a place of sardine canneries, bums and honky tonks, but today the Monterey Aquarium attracts visitors.
The Los Angeles travel guide book from Lonely Planet also covers San Diego and Southern California, including Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, and Disneyland.
The Napa and Sonoma Guidebook to California Wine Country is from the Moon Handbooks’ travel guide series with reviews of wineries,vineyards, and wine tastings.
The Washington State travel guide from Frommer's covers hotels in Seattle, driving the Pacific Coast Highway, Olympic National Park, where to eat and more.
Soul of Los Angeles from French publishers Jonglez is a travel guide to 30 Exceptional Experiences in California's largest city.
Vintage Hollywood in Los Angeles is an extract from the Lonely Planets book Culture Trails.
Lonely Planet's Guide to Cycling the USA West Coast is a bicycling guidebook for anyone touring California, Oregon and Washington by bike.
The Frommer's Guide to Oregon has good information on hotels, restaurants and what to see in Portland, and along the Pacific Coast Highway.
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