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Finding the perfect campground can be daunting.  If you're new to the camping scene, or already a camper but not from the bay area- deciding where to camp in the great state of California can be overwhelming. Below are four Quick Trip ideas from San Francisco Travel ( to jumpstart your camping bug!  All are within a short drive of the city, and each feature something a little different. And they're all great so you can't go wrong! 

1. MARIN (Sausalito) -- Bicentennial Campground

Centennial ParkChoose Bicentennial Campground for a quick and easy getaway into nature that also has stunning views of the water. The campground is located in the rugged beauty of the Marin Headlands, surrounded by cypress tree groves and unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline. There are three campsites there, each of which can fit three people. The facilities include barbecue grills, food storage lockers, and picnic tables. 
Maximum stay is three nights per year. There is no water available for drinking or cleaning. No fires allowed in the campground; gas camp stoves are permitted. No pets allowed.



2. HALF MOON BAY -- Francis Beach Campground

Half Moon Bay

Located at Half Moon Bay State Beach just 30 miles from the city, this gorgeous campground is well-appointed, with 52 sites for both tents and RVs. The campground also has flush toilets and coin-operated showers. Francis Beach Campground is just a few minutes from the town of Half Moon Bay, so you're just a hop, skip, and a jump from civilization, should you need to refuel. Campers say they really love it here because of the Coastside Trail, which runs along the eastern boundary of the campsite and beyond, offering a beautiful spot to run, ride bikes, or walk. Sites are easily booked at



3. CASTRO VALLEY -- Anthony Chabot Regional Park


Anthony Chabot Campground
One of the best spots for camping in the East Bay is Anthony Chabot Regional Park, a giant campground that is situated in a stunning, wild landscape and offers a tremendous amount of amenities for visitors. You can enjoy hiking trails, riding trails, picnic tables, restrooms showers, phones, drinking water, and more. With 57 tent accessible sites to chose from and a less than 25 mile drive from the city, this is a popular quick trip for SF weekend warriors and travelers alike. 




4. STINSON BEACH -- Steep Ravine Campground

Steep Ravine CampgroundSteep Ravine Campground is located in Mount Tamalpais State Park. It's popular with visitors and locals alike because it has a collection of adorable wooden cabins, each with a wood stove, table, benches, and platforms for sleeping.  Perched high up on a cliff, you can look out and see the Pacific Ocean. Campsites are limited so reserve early if you want to visit. 





Quick Trips courtesy of San Francisco Travel

San Francisco Travel



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