If you are an outdoor lover, California is the number one place in the US to come and experience the majestic beauty of its snow-capped mountains, deep valleys, fast rivers and amazing flora and fauna representatives that reside in these beautiful nature’s retreats.
1. Redwood National Park is an ideal place to explore the beauty of the forests and learn how to preserve this unique ecosystem to last for many generations to come. The ecosystem of the coast redwood is also home to many rare species of the animal world like black bears, lions, elk, banana slugs and many more. Rare trees are also along the main attractions of the Redwood Park. Since many animals roam freely along the vicinity of the park and might be attracted by campers’ foods, follow basic safety guidelines and travel in groups.
2. Death Valley National Park is the ultimate destination if you are an adrenaline rush junkie who is not satisfied by an average type of recreation. This National Park in California has perhaps the hottest and harshest climate with unique set of flora and fauna to explore during your visit. Ranger guided tours are highly recommended to gain a full range of experience in the Death Valley National Park. Do not miss historical old mining sites, deep canyons and acres of wilderness at your disposal. Winter is the best season to visit this place due to dramatically high temperatures throughout the summer.
3. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are the testaments of nature’s great beauty and size. Here you will be surrounded by tremendous mountains, steep foothills and world’s tallest trees. Be aware of the dangers that walking or climbing around the rivers can bring and avoid it at all costs. Driving along winding mountain roads are by all means beautiful but at the same time dangerous for inexperienced drivers.
4. Lassen Volcanoes National Park is a place where volcano can erupt at any moment. You have no reason to be fearful about visiting the Lassen Volcanoes National Park since the volcano is being closely monitored by multiple seismologists in the area. The last recorded eruption took place back in 1921. Taking some of the most spectacular hikes around the bubbling mud holes and breathtaking views are the main attractions in the area.
5. Gold Gate Bridge National Recreation Area is perhaps the most historically and culturally rich or all National Parks in the US. Hike, stroll, camp, hang glide or kite board and do what your heart desires at this incredible place.
6. Point Reyes National Seashore offers limitless activities of the natural exploration of the land and marine flora and fauna. Picnicking along the multiple beaches and bird watching are among the most beloved activities in this area. The Point Reyes Lighthouse provides an incredible opportunity to view the astounding beauty of the seashore in the lens room. Multiple ranger guided tours are available to appreciate true beauty of the ocean seashore.
7. Yosemite National Park is one of the first parks to be founded in the US. You have over 1200 square miles to explore in the Yosemite along its famous waterfalls, vast meadows, deep valleys and simply great wilderness. Here you can embark on biking, hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, fishing and rock climbing. The possibilities are truly endless here. Be advised that you need to get permit to hike certain trails, make sure to check with the rangers for the list of specific locations.
8. Joshua Tree National Park is the land of climatic extremes in the form of strong gusty winds, vast temperature fluctuations and torrential rains. This National Park is the perfect playground for a nature lover taking a California trip. Some of the great things you can do here are mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing. Camping is especially enjoyable in this desert park.
9. Channel Islands National Park is an isolated natural oasis, home to many unique species of animals and plants. Marine life representatives range from as small as plankton to as large as the blue whale. This National Park harbors 5 California Channel Islands. Here you can reconnect with your inner senses and come back to the foundation of life. Some of the activities you can do here are limited only by your imagination. Multiple boat tours allow you to witness blue and gray whales that call Channel Islands their home.
10. Devil’s Postpile National Monument depicts the geological wonder along the unbelievable mountain scenery. Columnar basalt formation reaches 60 feet high and boasts unlikely symmetry. Hiking and camping around the untouched wilderness is truly incredible.
Your California trip will become unforgettable if you visit at least one of many National Park listed above.