“You could travel the world, but nothing comes close to the golden coast." - we believe this Hollywood dream when the charms of the western state hit right in! With a history that dates back to the discovery of gold and the present that marks the beauty with golden poppy fields, the Golden State of America is a year-round blooming destination that visitors yearn to venture into.
Located along the west coast with economic prosperity, technological fortune, and adventure-laden land, the Mediterranean climate, vast wilderness, and fancy culture of California make it a bucket list destination for everyone setting foot in the States.
With the largest and most diverse system of state parks, California tops the list with 280 state and 9 national parks. Explore the combination of natural, cultural, and historical esteem on these landscapes while knowing which awaits what for you.
Let’s delve right in!
Yosemite National Park
Nothing could’ve topped our list other than the Grand Valley’s Yosemite National Park, a place that welcomes millions of visitors every year and a destination without visiting which your trip to California is incomplete.
Located in the central Sierra Nevada of California, the Yosemite National Park is most renowned for its waterfalls but also inspires deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, and a wide wilderness region within its 1,200 square miles that serve as a treat to your soul.
Plan your time hiking, biking, and mountaineering, along with visiting museums and galleries, in the midst of stunning scenery and historic sights.
Sequoia National Park
Located 80 miles east of Fresno, the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range is significant with sky-piercing fauna preserved by the States. The diversity of scenery is exemplified by massive mountains, rugged slopes, deep valleys, enormous holes, and the world's largest trees.
With forests being the most notable feature of Sequoia National Park, you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of the tallest tree species in the world including the most notable General Sherman Tree. With the ever indulgent climate of the land, explore caverns, hike, and sled besides admiring the park's biodiversity.
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
With the park’s beauty lying in the 129 ft. tall Burney Falls, this memorial state park covers an area of 910 acres packed with forest, streamside, and lake shoreline. Located within the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau, the state park’s landscape is crafted by volcanic activity and heavily fissured by climate.
Lake Britton reflecting surrounding mountain peaks raises awe-inspiring scenes while Burney Creek rises from underwater springs and flows into the lake making their way to the royal falls. With swimming, kayaking, and canoeing as your bets, immerse in the centerpiece just the way you like it.
Death Valley National Park
The land of extremes covering an area of 5,260 square miles, bordered by the Great Basin Desert, is located on the eastern boundary of south-central California. Being the warmest, driest, and lowest national park of the States, the Death Valley is the biggest conserved area in the contiguous US.
There are a range of activities to complement your excursion to namely-morbid valley including strenuous hikes and dune drives to the lowest elevation golf courses and campgrounds. With features including tundra, sand dunes, and multi-hued badlands, this national park is the perfect setting to witness the majestic canyons.
Kings Canyon National Park
With sky-scraping trees creating this park’s distinctive look, the Kings Canyon National Park receives the honor of being home to the largest grove of sequoia trees in the world. Located next to Sequoia National Park with Grant, Cedar, and Redwood Canyon groves, the park welcomes visitors to marvel at the size of the giants and immerse in their picturesque magnificence.
Besides celebrating the existence of the largest remaining fauna, the deep glacial valley features miles of hiking trails, campgrounds, and horseback riding activities.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
The western land takes no time in getting to extreme deserts from tranquil beaches, an example of which is the striking landscape of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park located two hours east of San Diego beaches. With 600,000 acres of desert terrain, the harsh topography of State Park is formed by surface erosion striking the elevated mountains
The wild and out worldly landscape is laden with rugged badlands, calm palm oases, twisty slot canyons, and vine hillsides providing sight to behold forever. Get to the expedition of the creek and camp on the historic landmarks, the destination holds everything for an outdoor adventure freak!
Lassen Volcanic National Park
When a land gives birth to several volcanoes amid pristine lakes, forests, and grasslands, we couldn’t help but praise nature’s wonders. The Lassen Volcanic National Park is a destination that walks you through such wonders of the land where you find a combination of Sierra Nevada sandstones, Cascades volcanoes, and the Modoc Plains.
Located in Sacramento Valley on an area of 106,452 acres, aside from the physical beauty, the park is also rich in historical significance, attracting visitors from far and wide to learn more about Native American culture.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
The oldest park in existence today lies 20 miles north of Santa Cruz and has been a preservatory of ancient redwoods. The Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a woodland of trees taller than the Statue of Liberty and older than the Roman Empire, providing an ideal location for campers and nature lovers.
Rising from the deep folds of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the park offers backcountry camping, excursion adventures, and an ecosystem observatory throughout the year.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Characterized as the region’s best-untouched landscape, a visit to Julia Pfeiffer Burns park is the epitome of experience. With a rugged coastline being the park’s highlight, an easy hike through steep hills brings forth the ocean overlook and the majestic McWay Falls that drop 80 feet from a granite cliff.
Land on the rocky beach with a hike through Partington Cove Trail’s 60-foot tunnel ending on the surreal sands.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Lying along the scenic Avenue of the Giants highway, the southern end of Humboldt County in California is home to the largest remaining Redwoods. Spanning over an area of 53,000 acres, the park holds the tallest and unlogged Humboldt Redwoods making the land the largest expanse of redwoods left in the world.
The best bet to tree-gaze the majesty of Redwoods through a drive on Avenue of the Giants highway and witness Founder’s Groove and the Fallen Dyerville Giant on your trip.
Now that you have more reasons to visit California besides the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, and Disneyland, plan your next trip, and don’t forget to cover the less-discussed yet the most spectacular side of California.