Which Parks? Shower Etiquette? Camping Ideas?
February 18, 2010 9:06 AM Subscribe
We are overwhelmed with choices for a 9-11 day driving trip from Los Angeles. Which national parks/areas are must-see, and which are skip-its? And other Car-Camping conundrums...
posted by Lord_Pall to Travel & Transportation around Los Angeles, LA (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My wife and I are planning a car-camping ish trip from Los Angeles. We're planning 9-11 days total, stopping at campsites with running water, and hopefully, showers.
2 Major questions
1 - What is the proper etiquette for a car-camping campground and using a portable shower stall/shower? We went to place that had broken showers over the weekend and we were considering buying one of those popup shower stalls. That said, can we just set that up in our campsite? Is that weird? (It feels weird)
2 - We can't pare down our park list. We're focusing on locations we can drive through or past instead of heavy hiking. National parks viewable from the car or "quickly" are ideal. We'd camp overnight at a park, spend a little bit tooling around, and then go to the next place. (Yeah I know how it sounds, but it's what we like to do).
We've got a lot of parks in the list, but I don't know which ones are worth seeing and which ones are crazy busy and meh. We spent some time at Sequoia and Big Sur and found that the crowds really killed it for us. We preferred the national forest area around Sequioa and Pinnacles to the more crowded places.
We're thinking about either swinging east towards Yellowstone, or west along the Oregon coast. That basically gives us an operating list of -
Grand Canyon, Zion/Bryce/Whatever else is there, Great Basin, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, Mount Ranier, Cascades (might be too far north), Crater Lake, Redwoods, Lassen, and Yosemite.
I think that's the major ones on the route we're looking at.
Any preferences or suggestions?