The Most National Parks in One State
Along with a great climate and many things to do, California also has the most number of national parks within one state. With the recent addition of Pinnacles National Park near Salinas, it brings the total number here to nine. As of 2018, I have been to all except Lassen.
I have lived in this Southern California for over 20 years, albeit the state seems very crowded when you stay only in the main areas of Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego.
As soon as you venture out of these congested counties, California offers some of the most pristine land and is home to Joshua Tree, Channel Islands, Death Valley, Yosemite, Pinnacles, Redwoods, Sequoia & Kings Canyon and more..
Channel Islands National Park
A unique set of islands off the Southern California coast. I've found it best to travel during the spring months when the hills are green & the blossoms are in full bloom.
Death Valley National Park
Just when you thought being in a snowy winter place was extreme. Death Valley is opposite. It gets extremely hot. I went during off season and it was 100 degrees.