If you live in California, or your headed to this golden state, consider visiting one of the eight California National Parks. One National Parks pass can get you into all of the parks. Each park is very different and there is quite a bit of diversity among each of these places.
Channel Islands NP are on the coast just across from Santa Barbara. These are a chain of five islands that don't draw the crowds that the typical US NP draws. Stay in a hotel in Santa Barbara and take a boat out to the islands. A couple of hours on each of the islands will prove to be a nice time away. If you don't mind pitching a tent, then you can do that on some of the islands. Whale watching, bird watching and following dolphins as they swim is always a fun way to spend the day. The area is also great for those who like to snorkel or scuba dive.
Death Valley NP is an area of extreme weather. Snow capped mountains and desert heat that can reach 120 degrees. Located just 150 miles from Las Vegas, it is a great place to explore beautiful sand dunes. There are plenty of trails for 4 wheel driving and hiking. The sunrises and the sunsets will never disappoint in this place. Far from city lights, your evenings can be spent stargazing and being in awe of the sky above.
Joshua Tree NP is chocked full of great wildlife and interesting cati. Located just a couple of hours from Los Angeles, it is also a great place for 4 wheeling and hiking. The place got its name from the many native Joshua trees. This desert is quite, peaceful and serene. It is places that like this that will help you put life into perspective.
Kings Canyon and Sequoia NP are two California National Parks that are adjoined. Both of these places give specatular views of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. There are hundreds of miles of trails to be hiked and a cave to explore. The giant sequoia trees are home to the General Grant Tree, which is the second largest tree in the world. White water rafting, fishing, camping and backpacking are great outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy. And these two areas don't draw the crowds that Yosemite does.
Lassen Volcanic NP is an area that still has thermal activity going on. Beautiful lakes, boiling mud pots, waterfalls and meadows make this an enchanting area to visit. Biking, hiking, camping, fishing and rock climbing are just a few of the outdoor activities that can be done here.
Redwood NP is along the northern California coastline. Home to trees that are more than 2,000 years old, this is a dense forest that is shaded and breathtaking. Take a hike, kayak in the ocean, go horseback riding or spend time at the tide pools. There is such a diversity in this California park that you will want to return for a second visit.
Yosemite NP is the most visited of all the California National Parks. Considered the crown jewel that all of the US park system has to offer, there is no wonder that 4 million people a year come for a visit. The thundering waterfalls are loud and impressive. Sheer granite cliffs and amazing rock formations are like no other place in California.
California National Parks are amazing places to visit. The golden state has much to offer to anyone who visits. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Explore the natural wonders that this state has to offer.
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