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15 Best Weekend Camping Trips Outside of San Francisco

Looking for a weekend camping trip outside of San Francisco? Well,  you’ve come to the right place. San Francisco is home to beautiful locations like the Golden Gate Bridge, Yosemite, and urban parks. It makes California unarguably one of the most ravishing places to live in. And just outside the Bay Area’s city center, you will find even more adventures to be explored.

In the current COVID climate, we can’t travel internationally and should try to avoid crowds. So, it’s a perfect time to spend a night in the wilderness. For a backcountry escape, you need not drive more than a few hours from San Francisco. We’ve hunted down some of the best Bay Area national parks and camping sites that northern California has to offer.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park 

This park is located just an hour from San Francisco. The oldest park in the whole of California is guaranteed to provide you with a mesmerizing experience. They are a heritage site for ancient coast redwoods. Being able to explore and sleep amongst the giant redwood trees here is no less than pure magic.

A haven for hikers, you’ll find paths that take you past waterfalls to freshwater marshes, some trails take you up the Santa Cruz mountain range.

Camping within the park is more about tents and backcountry trails. Some sites can accommodate RVs, but there are no hookups available.

If you are visiting in a campervan, consider staying offsite at Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort, which provides full hookups and all the amenities you might need. Plus, it’s located just next to the San Lorenzo River, where you will still be sleeping under strands of redwoods.

Big Basin Redwood State Park trail