California is home to some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring national parks and monuments in the country.
It is no wonder California boasts the most national parks of any US state. It has nine national parks, but the number climbs to 36 when we include the National Monuments and National Historic Sites, National Historical Parks, preserves, and National Recreation Areas.
From the majestic redwoods of Redwood National Park and the awe-inspiring granite peaks of Yosemite National Park to the desert landscapes of Death Valley National Park, there is a diverse range of natural beauty to explore.
In this comprehensive guide, I’ll provide a list of all the top California National Parks, monuments, and historic sites.
I’ll also include information on what each park is known for, so you can decide which ones are right for you.
Whether you’re an out-of-town visitor with a couple of hours to spare or a nearby resident with a lifetime to explore, these places will surely delight and inspire!