RANKED: The BEST California National Parks to Visit This Summer

There’s never been a better time to plan a California National Parks road trip with travel prices soaring. Save on airfare, get away from the city, and hit the open road.

If you're on a budget – camp! If you have more cash to spare, stay in a lodge or cabin. California's National Parks will live up to the hype, whatever your travel style.

Yosemite National Park

The most visited California National Park, Yosemite, was established in 1890 and is situated on California's eastern border amidst the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Redwood National and State Parks

Lonely Planet dubbed the Redwood Coast as the Top U.S Place to Visit in 2018!

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Just over an hour east of Fresno and roughly four hours northeast of Los Angeles, Sequoia is named for the world’s largest living thing – the giant sequoia tree.

Point Reyes National Seashore

Set on the Point Reyes peninsula, Point Reyes National Seashore is a vast expanse of protected coastline in Northern California's Marin County that houses over 1,500 plants and animal species.

Channel Islands National Park

One of California's least visited and most underrated national parks, Channel Islands National Park, is a marine haven located off the coast of southern California and consists of the five islands of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara.

Pinnacles National Park

Home to 26,000 acres of spectacular landscapes, the park features chaparral, oak woodlands, and expansive canyons.

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