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Plan Ahead for Your California Vacation: Avoid Disappointment

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Plan Ahead in December

Festivals and Events

Rose Bowl Game tickets go on sale January 1 for the following year. If you want to go, you'll need to be ready that day. All the ins and out and strategies are in the Rose Bowl Game guide

The Stagecoach Festival, the big country music fest held near Palm Springs at the end April was already sold out by January last year. You'd better get busy on that one fast. And you might even be able to cross off a holiday gift-shopping item at the same time.

If you're planning on going to a California theme park next year, buy your tickets now to avoid the annual January price increases.

Camping Reservations

December is a busy month, but it's also the time to start thinking about California State Parks camping reservations for next July. On January 2 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time, they'll release campsites for the entire month of July at once. Everything you need to know is here.

If you're planning to camp at Yosemite next April 15 through May 14, be ready at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 15 to make your reservations online. You can do that online or by phone at 877-444-6777 or 518-885-3639 from outside the US & Canada. Get an overview and more options here.

Evergreen Lodge, our favorite place to stay outside Yosemite is already staring to fill up for the coming summer. Read our review now and reserve soon.

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