California is famous worldwide for being the home of Hollywood, beautiful beaches and some of the most amazing national parks, not just in the United States, but the entire world. It has long enchanted artists, writers and nature-lovers from all walks of life.
In a state as large and vast as California, with hundreds of state parks and plenty of national parks as well, how can you pick which ones to visit during your stay?
The good news is, you pretty much can’t go wrong. There’s so much variety in this long coastal state, full of deserts, mountains and forests that you can get a nice variety without ever leaving the Golden State. As a California native, here are some of my favorite national and state parks. Some are under the radar and some are known and beloved by many, but for good reason: