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California’s National Parks

California is as vast as it is fascinating; it is home to very diverse natural landscapes. The numerous national parks are among the most popular destinations in California and are a must for those in search of open landscapes and a bit of adventure.

Today we will present you the National Parks in California with brief descriptions that give an idea of the types of landscape that characterizes the parks, so that you can choose which is best for you. If you are interested in a particular park, please come back, as we will be posting more detailed information on each park soon. You can already read about the first one, Joshua Tree National Park, in this post.

National Parks

There are nine natural wonders in California that are National Parks:

  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Redwood National Park
  • Lassen Volcano National Park
  • Channel Islands National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

The haunting Joshua Tree National Park extends to the point where Low Desert (also known as Colorado Desert) meets High Desert (Mojave Desert). It is a beautiful park, populated by clusters of rock and Yucca agaves (cactus-like trees with twisted and grotesque shapes). The landscape is almost surreal, especially at dawn, when the scenery is remarkable.

Death Valley National Park

If you are looking for ghostly and ethereal scenery, in addition to the Joshua Tree National Park, you must visit Death Valley, one of the most amazing natural marvels you can find in nature. Huge expanses of drained lakes, multicolored mountains, desert dunes and bizarrely shaped hills offer a scenery both desolate and fascinating. Sometimes you will have the impression of having landed on the moon.

Yosemite National Park

In the heart of the Sierra Nevada you will find one of the most impressive geological marvels: Yosemite National Park. During the visit you can see enormous granite formations, majestic waterfalls, large redwood forests and beautiful lakes. The most stunning parts of the park are not accessible by car, so if you really want to enjoy the park, get ready to do some hiking.

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park is located south of Yosemite and borders Kings Canyon National Park. The main attraction can be guessed from the park’s name, the giant sequoias that grow on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. The park, however, has a rather varied landscape, with forests as well as meadows with barren areas and mountain peaks.

Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon National Park is home to one of the deepest canyons in the United States and is striking for its rich ridges and domes that have gorgeous colorations. In the park you can also see giant redwoods and some beautiful lakes.

Pinnacles National Park

This is a national park dominated by spires and pinnacles of volcanic origin with unusual shapes. The paths that wind through this natural area also enter deep caves and caverns to explore.

Redwood National Park

Formed by three state parks, the Redwood National Park is located in Northern California along the coast. Visit it and enjoy seeing large meadows grazed by moose as well as huge, twisted trees and spectacular views of the coast. Nearby, you can visit some locations used for the filming of the Star Wars saga in California.

Lassen Volcano National Park

The Lassen Volcanic National Park is dominated by Lassen Peak, the large volcano that gives its name to a park where you can wander through coniferous forests, crystal clear lakes and hot springs. The last eruption, in 1915, affected the landscape, which still has bare and desolate areas.

Channel Islands National Park

The Channel Islands National Park includes five of the eight Channel Islands in the Pacific. Although it is not far from coastal centers such as Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, the park is home to virgin natural landscapes, consisting mainly of rocky formations and crystal clear water.