California is home to some of the most exotic locations in the United States. Nature has blessed it with the best parks and landscapes. Read below to find out more about them.
1. Death Valley National Park
For most part of the year, this rugged Californian desert is extremely hot, but if you plan to visit it in spring or in the winter, you will have the time of your lifetime. It is a surprisingly beautiful place, with a wide array of breathtaking colors dominating all its landscape. The whole park has 9 campsites with air-conditioned lodges that offer affordable packages to visitors year-round. Zabriskie Point is the most glorious place to visit in the Death Valley. Consider planning a trip there at sunrise or sunset and you will not want to leave it ever.
2. Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park has world-class recreational opportunities, a wide array of wildlife and glacier-covered terrain. The facility is 20 miles east of San Francisco and is rightly called the crown jewel of America’s parks. Millions of years ago, ice glaciers covered all the peaks in this region.
Today the Yosemite Valley is home to world-class recreational activities including hiking, fishing, rafting, and wildlife watching if not doing anything else. And if you are a high wall climbing fanatic, Yosemite will not disappoint you. It is a place bubbling with tourists in summer. But if you are looking for a nice quiet place to enjoy quality time, visit it in winters, as it transforms into a snow paradise.
3. Point Reyes National Seashore
California is home to the most beautiful beaches and Point Reyes National Seashore is just one of them. 37 miles north of San Francisco, Point Reyes is spread over 180 square miles. Point Reyes is not just a popular spot for humans but for animals too. From late December to mid-March, you can see thousands of grey whales which migrate from their Alaskan grounds to the beaches in California.
4. Joshua Tree National Park
This park is for you if you are a star gazer and love falling in love with skies devoid of light pollution. The Milky Way is clearly visible from the night sky in Joshua Park. Try to schedule your visit when there is a meteor shower that is usually around October to December every year. Summers here are panicking hot, but late fall, winters and early springs are very delightful for tourists. The park is 125 miles away from Los Angeles, on the eastern side with nine campsites around the park.
5. Lassen Volcanic National Park
This park is dominated by the 10,462 foot Lassen Peak which is the world’s largest volcanic dome. Since it is a volcano home, you will find geysers, fumaroles and many mud springs. Despite being a volcanic home, this region transforms into a winter wonderland with extreme snow in the winter.