California’s iconic national parks; some of most spectacular in USA!

Half Dome, Vernal Falls from Glacier Point, Yosemite NP

Here our little teardrop trailer is parked overlooking Kings Canyon National Park from a Sequoia National Park overlook. The two parks share a common boundary in the Sierra, just east of Fresno!
Rugged Pinnacles Natonal Park offers the remnants of a volcano; a volcano near Los Angeles! Located on the San Andreas Fault, Pinnacles National Park is slowly moving northward, about 2-3 inches each year!

Did you know that some of the best, most iconic and second-oldest of all the US’s national parks are located in California?  And that most of them are just hours away from anyplace in Northern California?

So, ask your spouse or kids to name the national parks in California. Someone who gets six right is a “parks expert”, seven, a “parks guru”, eight, a “parks wunderkind” and all nine – they should become a “park ranger”!  Remember, we are talking national parks; you can’t count national monuments, sea shores or the like!

In the next eight weeks, we will be profiling these stunning lands, beginning with Pinnacles National Park.  These lands were set aside, starting with Yosemite, in an effort to preserve their hallowed natural wonders for generations to come!

Spring and summer will be here before you know it; so grab those calendars and begin planning to see all of these splendid treasures.    Some can be seen on a long day-trip; though to do them justice, you need more than one day.

All these parks offer camping and relatively inexpensive lodging nearby, so frugal travelers can make the journey without breaking the bank.  They are particularly kind to seniors (with a Federal Senior Pass, you get free admission and save ½ off on campground fees).  Several of the parks are close to one-another; hence you might manage to see two or three on one longer exploration!

Along the journey, we will provide “how to get there, what to see, what to bring and what’s nearby” tips on all these grand lands.

Enjoy the ride and get busy exploring California!

California National Parks:
1. Channel Islands National Park
2. Death Valley National Park
3. Joshua Tree National Park
4. Kings Canyon National Park
5. Lassen Volcano National Park
6. Pinnacles National Park
7. Redwood National Park
8. Sequoia National Park
9. Yosemite National Park

Others national properties like these don’t count:
1. Point Reyes National Seashore
2. Cabrillo National Monument

Watch for weekly updates in the coming weeks on Pinnacles National Park, followed by Yosemite and the other seven!  Enjoy the journey!  For other travel ideas and inspiration, see my travel blog: blogs.esanjoaquin.com/valleytravel.

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