PARK: Flying Flags RV Resort
LOCATION: Buellton, California
WHAT WE LIKE: Flying Flags RV Resort is an exceptionally well-manicured park right off Highway 101. While the sites are a bit closer together than we normally prefer, the amenities make up for the size constraints. We particularly enjoyed the live music and tri-tip barbecue dinners served around the community fire pit on Friday nights.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE: Our site had no shade so be sure to ask for a site with a tree – most sites have them.
- Solvang is a charming town only a few miles east of Flying Flags. Visit this lovely town for authentic Dutch architecture, shopping and an opportunity to sample “aebleskivers” – a sweet Dutch sort of apple-pancake ball sprinkled with powdered sugar.
- The Reagan Center, located about 45 miles south of Flying Flags, in Santa Barbara, California, is a “must see” for fans of former President Ronald Reagan. With an emphasis on Reagan the man, rather than the politician, this is a great place to see mementos and artifacts from his life – particularly his life at the nearby Reagan Ranch. The innovative exhibits use exceptionally creative and interactive technology – don’t miss this! (Not to be confused with the Ronald Reagan Library located in Simi Valley, California).
LOCATION: Crescent City, California
WHAT WE LIKE: We love the “campy-ness” of this park. Gravel road and pads, fire pits at every site that just SCREAM for marshmallows to be roasted over them, huge redwoods surrounding the entire park and a lovely path meandering through the giant trees at the rear of the property. And the weekend pancake breakfasts – can’t forget the pancakes.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE: It’s hard to find something wrong with this place. Perhaps the teensy bit of noise from Highway 101 detracting from the idyllic setting.
- Trees of Mystery is located about 20 miles south of Crescent City in Klamath, California. Giant Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues greet you in the parking lot of this kitschy roadside attraction. Stroll the winding path through this giant-redwoods-inspired theme park and don’t miss the Skytrails tram ride through the tops of the trees for a bird’s eye view of the area.
- Hike the Boy Scout Tree Trail located in Jedediah Smith State Park. This trail is deep inside the forest, down a narrow, gravel road where you can hear NOTHING but the whisper of the wind in the treetops and the eerie creaking of the massive trees. Take the 2.8 mile trail to Fern Falls and 2.8 miles back for a hike that feels truly of another world.
PARK: Ancient Redwoods RV Park
LOCATION: Redcrest, California
WHAT WE LIKED: We LOVE that this park is located directly on the famous Avenue of the Giants, just minutes from many nice hikes through the trees, and home to one of the area’s amazing trees – The Immortal Tree. The RV Park itself is located down a hill from their souvenir shop and features great big sites with fire pits. And the wild raspberries that surround the RV Park are a wonderful treat.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE: Internet and cell service was pretty much non-existent and you had to drive north about 15 miles to the town of Scotia or Rio Dell to get service.
- Founder’s Grove is located at nearby Myers Flat, a wonderful half-mile loop trail that winds past the famous Dyerville Giant – a monster-of-a tree that succumbed to time and gravity, falling to Earth in 1991. Rumor has it that the thunderous crash could be heard up to 10 miles away! You can explore the felled tree and others along this interesting interpretive trail.
- One-Log Tree House – This huge tree base was hollowed out, turned on its side and turned into a little house! Outfitted with a kitchen, bunk beds, chests of drawers, and a sitting and dining area, it was pulled around the country as advertisement for the giant Redwoods during the 1940’s. Today you can tour this legitimate “tree house” but first you must buy the SECRET CODE for a dollar at the souvenir shop next door. (You can get ice cream while you’re there, too)