Tent camping is the most traditional of these mountain vacations, and a truly tranquil experience. With only a tent and campfire, you can truly experience the mountains from sunup to sundown.
Where to Go: Mountain Oak Campground, California—Open May to November
What to Do: Located on Mt. Oak, at an elevation of 6,400 feet, and surrounded by the Angeles National Forest, this camping escape is just what you and your family need.
Spend the day at Jackson Lake, across the street from the campground in the San Gabriel Mountains, to cool off on a hot summer day. Here you can swim, canoe or fish for bluegills and trout.
Hike the 5-mile Bear Canyon Trail, the .5-mile Jackson Lake Interpretive Trail or to the top of Mt. Baden.
Take a scenic drive along the Angeles Crest Highway, and stop at all the overlooks.
Insider Tip: This area is known for having bears, so keep all your food, and anything that gives off a sweet scent, in the bear box that's provided.