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Teardrop This tiny “RV” is so handleable that, in some cases, it can be hitched to a Mini Cooper. Standard design includes a full- or queen-size bed, kitchen, and cabinets, but custom add-ons get as crazy as espresso makers and solar showers. Teardrops range from $3,500 used to $12,500 and up for custom. Buy or rent them at San Diego’s Little Guy Trailers
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Camping: To do: 1. Shaver Lake-2hr, 2. Kirk Creek, Big Sur-3.5hr, 3.Refugio State Beach-3.75hr, 4. Saddlebag, Yosemite-4.5hr, 5. Summerdale, Sierra-2 hr, 6. Butano, Bay Area-4 hr, 7. Pinnacles-2.25hr, 8. Lower Billy Creek-2.25hr, 9. North Beach, Pismo-2.75hr, 10. Ricardo, Mojave-3.25hr, 11. Trapper Springs, Shaver-3hr. To do again: Cold Springs-3hr
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Change it up around the campfire with inventive s'more combinations, from peanut butter and chocolate to gingersnap cookies with caramel
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Best camping near amenities: Yosemite National Park. A terrific alternative to Yosemite Valley’s busyness is quieter, cooler Tuolumne Meadows, 1 1/2 hours from Curry Village at 8,600 feet in elevation. Half the 304 sites are reserved, half first-come (be sure to reserve). typically open Jul–Oct; nps.gov/yose
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The best San Francisco bike routes Ride: in San Rafael, zip east to new car-free Cal Park Hill Tunnel, a converted freight-train track, as it leads you to the Tiburon Loop, most scenic rides in the Bay Area. Richardson Bay, Angel Island spot deer, wild turkeys, hilltop mansions along Paradise Drive. 22-mile route; tinyurl.com/tiburon-loop Refuel: In Larkspur, the Marin Brewing Co.’s sunny patio and bold, citrusy IPAs just seal the deal. marinbrewing..
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Felton, CA day trip: You can experience Felton's redwoods up close by zipline through Redwood Canopy Tours.