California

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.

Joshua Tree 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.

Lassen National Park

As part of the volcanic chain, Lassen may have the most diverse environment in one area. There is the mountains of course with snow on top and other areas with beautiful lakes or bubbling mud sulfuric mud pools off the side of the road. 

Pinnacles National Park

You can easily blink and miss Pinnacles. This is California's most recently established park (in 2013). It had been a monument for over 100 years.  One of the main features is the caves, which are dark and would recommend you bring a headlamp

Redwoods National Park

Boasting some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world, the Redwoods are a sight to behold. Almost every time I have visited there's been fog or rain. Nevertheless, it's breathtaking and keeps the forest fresh and green.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park

The largest trees, even big enough to drive through are found in this park. You can also find some lakes and rivers along with meadows so peaceful and serene.

Yosemite National Park

Waterfalls and hiking trails forever. If you've seen some of Ansel Adams pictures, then you can already start to understand why Yosemite is a postcard perfect location for panoramic shots. There's also rock climbing and other backcountry adventures.