Your tour of California national parks is underway; coming up, Yosemite!

 

Half Dome and Vernal Falls, from the Glacier Point overlook in Yosemite National Park

Here our Scotty teardrop trailer overlooks Kings Canyon National Park from a scenic overlook at its partner park, Sequoia NP
Machete Ridge is a standout feature of Pinnacles National Park, near Hollister, CA

Last week, we introduced you to Pinnacles National Park, south of Hollister, CA.   Some of the best, most iconic and the second-oldest of all the US’s national parks are located in California, and most of them are just hours away from anyplace in Northern California!

Were your spouse or kids able to name all nine of the national parks in California (spoiler alert; answers below)? 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 weeks, we will be profiling these stunning lands; next to come is Yosemite National Park, coming Friday.  These lands were set aside, beginning with Yosemite, in an effort to preserve their hallowed natural wonders for generations to come!

Grab those calendars and begin planning to see all of these splendid treasures this spring or summer.    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 available at each park for nominal cost, you get free park 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!

Here are California’s nine 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 on Yosemite (coming Friday), followed by Death Valley NP, Joshua Tree NP and the others!  Enjoy the journey!  For other travel ideas and inspiration, see my travel blog: blogs.esanjoaquin.com/valleytravel.

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