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Hipcamp: California’s best campsites revealed

  • 18 August 2014

Camping: what a swell idea. It combines the solace of nature with the rush of adventure.

But woe to the man whose search for a good campsite leads him into the bureaucratic briar patch that is a government-run webpage.

You deserve better. You deserve Hipcamp, the definitive online source for camping in California.

Coded by granola-loving tech hippies (probably), Hipcamp sources from State and National Parks (and soon National Forests) to offer more than 1,200 campsites.

You can book right on the site.

Their intuitive site, colored in woody pantones, runs faster than a girlfriend from a beehive.

Select your desired dates, choose some activities (hiking, surfing, etc.), your amenities (showers, firepits, yada) and natural wonders (waterfalls, hot springs).

Hit Enter. And presto, you’re wilderness bound.

They also provide curated trip ideas and tips through their journal.

Each campsite is catalogued with history and details, so planning is less Lewis and Clark, more Dave and Buster's.

Pitching that tent — still on you.

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