STATE & NA­TIONAL PARKS

Nat­u­rally Awe­some

Travel Guide to California - - CONTENTS -

DEATH VAL­LEY

One of the world’s hottest places in sum­mer, Death Val­ley also con­tains the low­est point in North Amer­ica, and this is just 85 miles from Mount Whit­ney, the con­ti­nen­tal U.S.’S high­est point. Af­ter wet win­ters, early spring wild­flower blooms here are usu­ally spec­tac­u­lar.

Scram­ble up boul­ders

in Joshua Tree’s Won­der­land of Rocks. Time travel on a his­toric ship in San Fran­cisco Bay. Stand be­neath gi­ant red­woods that au­thor John Stein­beck called am­bas­sadors from another time. What­ever your pas­sion, Cal­i­for­nia’s 280 state parks and 32 na­tional parks, seashores and mon­u­ments—whose mis­sion is to pro­tect the state’s nat­u­ral and cul­tural trea­sures—are the gate­way to ex­pe­ri­ences as var­ied as the state’s ge­og­ra­phy.

Yosemite & the Sierra Ne­vada

Yosemite Na­tional Park, with its glacier­sculpted val­ley and gran­ite peaks, is jus­ti­fi­ably one of the world’s nat­u­ral trea­sures. Come in spring when the wa­ter­falls thun­der to the val­ley floor. Come in sum­mer when the park is abuzz with vis­i­tors to ex­plore by tram, bike or on foot. Choose a gen­tle half-hour hike or re­serve a spot for the all-day climb up Half Dome. Ju­nior Ranger Walks are pop­u­lar with kids. Back­pack­ers can en­joy the soli­tude of the park’s high coun­try and ex­pert rock clim­bers have dozens of gran­ite walls to scale. Don’t leave the park with­out stop­ping at Glacier Point with its views of Half Dome and Yosemite Val­ley or at the Mari­posa Grove of gi­ant se­quoias to marvel at its 2,700-year-old Griz­zly Gi­ant.

To see a re­ally big tree—the world’s largest by vol­ume—head south to Se­quoia and Kings Canyon Na­tional Parks and marvel at the weighty Gen­eral Sher­man. While still in the moun­tains, take a trip to

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