Amazing California National Parks ~ Eight Places of Natural Beauty & Wonder

Steller's Jay bird in Yosemite National Park

Steller's Jay bird in Yosemite National Park
Steller's Jay bird in Yosemite National Park | Source

National Parks


Are you a nature lover? If so, you are undoubtedly interested in learning about the lands set aside by the United States government for current as well as future generations of people to enjoy. California as well as the State of Alaska each have the most national parks with a total of eight each as of January in the year 2013.


Sometimes in the history of the development of national parks, some places first start out designated as national monuments and later become national parks...so this current number of 8 national parks in California may eventually change.


My dream would be to eventually spend some quality time in all 58 national parks in the U.S.


Whether I hit that target or not, I can enthusiastically report that I have never been disappointed with any park that I have ever had the privilege of visiting. I have two more to cross off of my list in California...and that is the Lassen Volcanic National Park and the Channel Islands National Park. The rest of the national parks in that state I have been fortunate enough to have visited.




Death Valley National Park photos

Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park | Source
20 Mule Team Canyon in Death Valley
20 Mule Team Canyon in Death Valley | Source
Just some of the many flowers in bloom in the month of May in Death Valley.
Just some of the many flowers in bloom in the month of May in Death Valley. | Source
Spring fed swimming pool in Death Valley!
Spring fed swimming pool in Death Valley! | Source

Death Valley National Park


Starting with the largest national park in the lower 48 states, this park of 3.3 million acres would take a vacation of quite some time to see it all. It is the fifth largest of all of the U.S. National Parks! Parts of it are also in the State of Nevada.


Despite its fearful name, Death Valley has astonishing beauty and distinct points of interest that will surely reward any time spent there and make visitors to these unique ancient valleys wishing that their time could be extended.


From salt flats and mirages to a bounty of spring blooming flowers and colors in the rocks and sand dunes visiting that national park would please the most discerning of artists as well as nature lovers.


It is full of surprises! Most people know that much of it consists of hot searing desert, but did you know that it also has an oasis with fresh spring water?

Take a look at the hubs below for much more information...


Death Valley National Park

Yosemite National Park photos

Looking down on Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park.
Looking down on Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park. | Source
A fly fisherman in Yosemite National Park
A fly fisherman in Yosemite National Park | Source

Yosemite National Park


See why naturalist John Muir fell in love with this special place created by glacial action of past centuries.


From plush valleys to mountains with hanging waterfalls to quiet steams where fishermen can cast their lines and many day hikes which will exercise ones limbs and engage one's mind and create beautiful memories...Yosemite National Park is sheer delight for people who visit and the wildlife who call it home.


Click on the link below to read and see more.


Yosemite National Park Highlights

Joshua Tree National Park photos

Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park | Source
Skull Rock in Joshua Tree National Park
Skull Rock in Joshua Tree National Park | Source

Joshua Tree National Park



This national park of over one million acres is composed of two distinct desert systems. Located near Palm Springs, California and approximately 140 miles east of Los Angeles, this natural setting is idea for hikers, campers and is particularly alluring for rock climbers.


Learn about the iconic Joshua tree, Skull Rock and more by visiting these hubs below. Each HubPage writer has unique photos and impressions of this memorable site.


Joshua Tree National Park

Redwood National Park photos

Look at the size of that Redwood Tree in the National Park!
Look at the size of that Redwood Tree in the National Park! | Source
Redwoods National Forest
Redwoods National Forest | Source
Redwoods and the ferns growing beneath these towering trees.
Redwoods and the ferns growing beneath these towering trees. | Source

Redwoods National Park


Is there anyone alive who would not be impressed with seeing some of the tallest growing things on earth?


These magnificent redwood trees which can be thousands of years old can grow to heights of an amazing 300 to 350 feet skyward. One really feels small when walking among these majesties of nature!


The Redwoods National Park and similar state parks and forests which help protect these beautiful coastal trees from being harvested for lumber or other purposes (such as happened in the past) are also a World Heritage Site because of their rarity and uniqueness among things gracing our small planet.

Read more about them in the links below.

Redwood National Park Ranger Talk

Sequoia National Park photos

Thick bark of giant Sequoia trees
Thick bark of giant Sequoia trees | Source
Sequoia trees are the largest trees on earth by sheer mass.
Sequoia trees are the largest trees on earth by sheer mass. | Source

Sequoia National Park


These are the largest (by mass) living things on our planet. The thick bark can withstand not only insect infestations but fires.


Surviving through the ages, these are amazing trees of stature worthy of such names as General Grant and General Sherman.


Come along and see some of the sights and experiences through the different hubs written by people who have visited and experienced this spectacular California National Park.


Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park DVD

Kings Canyon National Park

Road in Kings Canyon National Park
Road in Kings Canyon National Park | Source
Kings Canyon National Park
Kings Canyon National Park | Source
General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon
General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon | Source

Kings Canyon National Park


The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are adjacent to one another and most often people visiting one park will weave in and out of both parks...so often the articles written about them include both parks.


If you wish to see the absolute largest living specimen on earth, then one must visit Kings Canyon National Park where one will find a tree called the General Sherman Tree. One feels infinitesimally small and inconsequential when standing near the base of such a mammoth tree that has stood there witnessing the passing of at least 2,300 or more years.


One will be using the gears on one's vehicle to maximum use as one drives the roads which soar to heights reaching 7,500 feet or 2,300 meters above sea level. Beyond that point one must hike to the upper elevations which reach in excess of 14,000 feet.


The scenery in Kings Canyon is so beautiful. Check out the hubs written about these sites below.


View of the cinder cone from behind Snag Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

View of the cinder cone from behind Snag Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park.
View of the cinder cone from behind Snag Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park. | Source

Lassen Volcanic National Park


Wish to see a landscape with lakes, wildflowers in season and volcanic activity that has left the landscape molded with remnants of volcanoes, sizzling hot water and smoking fumaroles? Then Lassen Volcanic National Park in north central California should be on your bucket list of places to explore.

Read these wonderful hubs below to find out more about this strikingly beautiful place and the effect it has on people.


Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park
Channel Islands National Park | Source

Channel Islands National Park


If you can't make it to the Galapagos Islands but still wish to be able to see unique species unspoiled by human habitation, then the five islands just off the coast of southern California might be what you are seeking. This is a place and national park unlike any other!


Channel Islands - Whale Watching

Which is your favorite California National Park?

  • Death Valley National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Redwood National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • I cannot select just one. I like them all in different ways.
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Attention HubPage authors!


If you have experienced visiting one or more of California's National Parks and have written hubs about them, please leave the title of your hub or hubs...not the link...in the comment section below. I will find it and happily include it in this hub if it offers a unique viewpoint. I have already found some of your hubs, but I am sure that there are probably many more.


California National Parks are amazing in their variety and diversity of what they have to offer visitors. Hope you enjoyed this look at them. Will be looking forward to your comments. Thanks!

Locations of National Parks in California

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A markerDeath Valley National Park -
Death Valley, CA 92328, USA
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B markerYosemite National Park -
Yosemite National Park, Northside Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389, USA
[get directions]

C markerJoshua Tree National Park -
Joshua Tree National Park, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, USA
[get directions]

D markerRedwood National Park -
Redwood National Park, 2nd Street, Crescent City, CA 95531, USA
[get directions]

E markerSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks -
Kings Canyon National Park, 86724 State Highway 180, Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633, USA
[get directions]

F markerLassen Volcanic National Park -
Lassen Volcanic National Park, 21820 Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway, Mineral, CA 96063, USA
[get directions]

G markerChannel Islands National Park -
Channel Islands National Park, 1901 Spinnaker Dr, CA 93001, USA
[get directions]

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Peggy W 20 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Patricia,

At one time I had hoped to visit all of the national parks in America. I may never make it come true but it is a worthy venture as all of them are certainly worth a visit. State parks are also great places to visit.

Appreciate the votes and share. Sending angels your way! :)


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida

Peggy This was amazing. I do so love to visit National Prks (state parks, too, of course) ...I have not visited these and now really want to make them part of a travel adventure.

I can only imagine what travelers on horseback must have experienced if they came upon this unknowingly.

I know when travelers to South Dakota found the Badlands to be a journey that was nearly impossible.

Thank you for sharing...added to my agenda for sure.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps

shared and voted up++++


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello Tolovaj,

Hope you get the chance to visit one or more of them someday. :)


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Tolovaj 2 years ago

Wov! I would be happy to see one of these spectacular places in person. Thanks for all the interesting info and sensational photos!


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

Glad you enjoyed this hub about the fantastic National Parks in California. I have yet to visit any National Park that was not worthy of being named as such.

BRW...I don't directly pin from HubPages but from a bookmarked Pinterest button and have had no problem pinning things from HP that way. Too many pins must have been originating from HP if Pinterest took that action. Interesting.


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