Home to some of the state’s most stupendous old-growth redwoods, Big Basin Redwoods State Park offers a unique way to spend the night among these peaceful giants. The park’s 12×14 foot wood-and-canvas tent cabins let you “camp” in comfort in the Santa Cruz Mountains, with some of the best hiking trails in the Bay Area right out your door. Take your pick of over 80 miles of trails—from a leisurely walk on the Redwood Loop Trail to a day hike to Berry Creek Falls on the famed Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. In the evening, enjoy the cabin’s private grill and make a small campfire. Hot dogs and marshmallows taste extra good under the redwoods. That’s a smoré!
TIP: Don’t have the camping supplies to make this trip happen? Rent the “hassle-free camping package” from the Big Basin Store. It includes all the stuff you need for up to four people: sleeping bags, a Coleman stove, a lantern, pots and pans, and wood. But you still have to start the campfire yourself.