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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Nov 16, 17 11:44 AM
Pacific Coast Highway Travel's website recommendations on Where to Stay in Carmel include reviews of the Mission Ranch, Sea View Inn, The Cypress Inn, Lamp Lighter Inn and Vagabond's House Inn.
Nov 16, 17 11:40 AM
This Carmel dog-friendly hotel, the historic Cypress Inn, is co-owned by movie legend Doris Day and offers luxury lodgings for pet-loving travelers (cats welcome too) in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Nov 16, 17 11:33 AM
Carmel on the Monterey coast stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway is known for artists and celebrity residents, but there's also a mission, beaches, historic houses, and abundant wildlife.
Follow Us on Twitter
To help you in choosing your Pacific Coast Highway hotel, guesthouse, inn, bed-and-breakfast, resort, motel or other accommodations, we've prepared our Pacific Coast Highway Hotels Guide. In it we do mini-reviews of accommodations along the Highway, from Seattle to San Diego, through Washington, Oregon, and California.
In all there are over 200 hotels listed, complete with 8 pages of color maps showing the towns where our recommended hotels can be found. There are both alphabetical and geographical indexes, helping you plan your journey.
We also include color photos of all the hotels that are our Personal Favorites. Here's the link to read more about our ebook guide to Pacific Coast Highway hotels.
The 2016 edition of our Hotels Guide is available with maps and color photos (if you have a color reader) in the US Kindle Store for only $4.99 and in the UK Kindle Store and other Kindle stores worldwide at prices based on the US price.
If you want a paperback edition of the 2016 guide with only black and white photos and black-and-white maps, it costs $6.99 at the US Amazon Book Store and £4.99 in the UK Amazon Store.