California has some amazing National Parks that protect some of the most diverse and beautiful places in the country. Home to eight National Parks and many more national historic sites that protect marine life, mountains, deep valleys, sand dunes, desert, redwood trees, volcanoes and miles of wilderness.
Lassen Volcanic is one of 8 California National Parks
Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Death Valley are perhaps the most well known California parks but one of my personal favorites is Lassen Volcanic National Park. Located just south of the border with Oregon on California's North Eastern Corner. Lassen is a vibrant and mesmerizing park, full of volcanoes that have shaped a colorful and rugged landscape, dotted with glacier lakes, beautiful forest, hot springs and incredible hiking.
The Channel Islands are an island chain located off the Southern California Coastline. The national park consists of 5 islands spread across 160 miles of ocean, reachable only by boat or seaplane. Their isolation has left them almost totally undeveloped, offering beautiful landscapes, nature and tranquility. One of the least visited parks in the US, if you are wanting to explore sea caves, glimpse at jutting rock cliffs and sea nature you can't anywhere else, plan a visit to Channel Islands National Park.
To Angelenos Joshua Tree is a mystical expanse of desert. Worshipped as a place to escape the noise and busyness of the movie capital. Leaving the deodorant, the hair brush and the worries far away. It is a place loved by rock climbers, star gazers, hikers, the spiritual, the hippie, the motorcycler and the off roader. So many people from so many different walks of life love this desert preserve that protects thousands of acres of diverse desert landscape. Many people don't see the magical sides of this park, but I for one have drank the Koolaid and here are some of the beautiful things you can see if you take the time to explore this National Park.
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The summer months have always been extremely popular times to visit National Parks. With the warm temperatures and no school enjoying nature in this prime season always leads to lots of enjoyment. Often we forget that winter can be just as, if not more memorable a time to visit some of our Nations parks. We have put together a list of some of the best parks to explore in the winter months. From parks where you can play in the snow to one’s where you can still enjoy warm temperatures you will be sure to find one that fits your style.
1. Bryce Canyon National Park- Utah
Bryce Canyon is a fantastic place to visit in the winter and it’s just a 4-hour drive from Las Vegas. With a higher elevation than most of the Grand Staircase there is a lot of winter fun in and around Bryce. Hike through the magnificent hoodoos on a ranger led snowshoeing expedition. Cross country ski through sunset point or on the Red Canyon Bike path. Go sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling or on a winter horseback ride. You can even do some winter astronomy, just make sure you don’t forget your mittens.
Head there during the winter festival over President’s Day weekend for lots of winter fun and festivities for the whole family. Compete in a winter biathlon, photo contest or kids snow boot race. Take a western dance class, participate in a geology talk or just do crafts with the kids.