From death valley national park it s a four and a half hour drive to joshua tree national park the last park on this california national parks road trip named after the remarkable trees that dot its valleys and hills joshua tree national park is characterized by boulders ruins of gold mines arid plains and uninviting mountain ranges. Grant in 1872 followed by mackinac national park in 1875.
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4 national parks in california. Death valley national park the park has partially reopened it was the last of the california national parks to do so just in time for summer temperatures sometimes surpassing 110 degrees. Temperatures vary with elevation. If you only have time to visit one of california s national parks yosemite should be at the top of your list.
Top national parks in california. 204 83 1972 constitutes california s first urban state recreation area on the west shore of san francisco bay. State recreation area san francisco.
This is a must see national historic park allow 2 to 4 hours for your visit so you can carefully explore the exhibit halls and see all 3 daily movies in the visitor center theater. We ve had a very busy may traveling north through central california. From the heights of yosemite s half dome to the depths of death valley california has no shortage of awe inspiring national parks which draw some 40 million visitors annually.
Around 10 million years ago the revered landscapes of eastern california were being shaped into the dramatic valleys towering cliffs and sprawling forests so loved today and the park was deservedly named a unesco. Along the way visiting sequoia kings canyon yosemite lassen volcanic national parks. The state s varied terrain makes for stunning landscapes rich with natural and cultural history.
Redwood national and state parks. 507 205 1949 provides a sandy warm water beach outside san. The united states has 62 protected areas known as national parks that are operated by the national park service an agency of the department of the interior national parks must be established by an act of the united states congress a bill creating the first national park yellowstone was signed into law by president ulysses s.
Sequoia and kings canyon national parks sequoia and kings canyon national parks are located in west central california west of death valley national park and east of fresno california. Redwood national and state parks are home to the tallest trees on the face of the planet and a set of return of the jedi. Northern california is one of the most elegant regions in north america.
In the summer daytime temperatures often exceed 100 f in the foothills but seldom exceed 90 f in the sequoia groves. State beach san diego. Thank goodness for our national park pass it saves us so much and we can enjoy the parks any time of the year.
Rosie the riveter is an interesting site highlighting the war workers of world war ll especially the women and minorities as well as the social and. Before logging began to hit its stride in the 1850 s towering redwood trees covered nearly 5 000 square miles of. California state parks first state marine park candlestick point state recreation area.