A June 2001 trip
to Angels Camp by chucwhit
Quote: Angels Camp?, I asked myself. Where in the world is it? "Surprise, surprise, surprise," as Gomer Pyle used to say. In a nutshell, Angels Camp is the perfect place to visit if you're interested in visiting San Francisco, Sacramento, Yosemite, the Sierras, Big Sur, and Lake Tahoe.
Hotel | "WorldMark Resort at Angel's Camp"
Plan to spend at least one day sitting out on the deck reading . . . it's heaven. There are plenty of things to do nearby . . . lots of exploring!Resort Experience:We didn't know what to expect . . . but we took a chance, and it paid off! The accommodations were lovely, and the former gold-mining town of Angel's Camp is distinctively Western, in both the rustic and historic sense, much as Mark Twain spotlighted it in one of his books.
There's a "Mark Twain" frog statue downtown . . . and they even have a Frog Festival there. Every curve of the roads and highways leading in and out of town offers something refreshing and new. The wineries are abundant, as are a host of nearby historic towns. The trees of Big Trees State Park, only 30-minutes east, rival the trees of Yosemite . . . and there are beautiful, short hikes with good photo ops.
Further east, the highway climbs the breathtaking Sierras. We drove over them, returning on a different highway from the other side--amazing!
Yosemite, home of the late-Ansel Adams, was everything we dreamed it would be and more.
Lake Tahoe, if you haven't seen it, is like no place on earth . . . lapping blue water with mountains beyond. We drove around the entire lake, stopping in lakeside towns for meals and shopping. If you gamble, Stateline, Nevada, is a fun place to stop.
Sacramento has an Old Town section that should not be missed; we flew into Sacramento, and added an extra day for sightseeing. The State capital is beautiful, too.
We spent three days in San Francisco (you must see this city!), then drove along the California coast to Big Sur en-route to Angels Camp. It was a little out of the way, but an unforgettable drive. The weather in June is ideal . . . there's little, if any, rain and moderate temperatures. Bring a jacket for higher elevations.
If possible, take the highway east across the entire width of Yosemite and into Nevada . . . then drive north to another highway that leads west back across the Sierras into California. There are towns along the way with nice restaurants and shops . . . and, of course, spectacular views.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2003
WorldMark Angels Camp Resort
123 Selkirk Ranch Rd
Angels Camp, California 95222