Neighboring Parks

Visit neighboring national parks and monuments like Sequoia, Channel Islands or Death Valley on your Yosemite vacation to see the diverse landscapes of California. State parks are smaller to their national counterparts, but these parks are worth a stop because they offer a more intimate and personal experience plus often a bit of history.

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Hiking the Congress Trail in Sequoia National Park

3 National Parks in 3 Days on the Majestic Mountain Loop

Take the Majestic Mountain Loop, an action-packed three-day itinerary to explore three of California’s favorite national parks.

A park visitor walks the boardwalk beside a giant felled tree at Calaveras Big Trees State Park in California. Photo by Dave Krause

6 California State Parks Near Yosemite

Did you know that California has 280 state parks? Deserts, beaches, mountains, redwoods, and historic places. There are 6 State Parks near Yosemite.

Sunset at Devils Golf Course in Death Valley National Park

6 Scenic Stops at Death Valley National Park

From palm groves to breathtaking purple and red mountains, here are our top stops, plus road-trip tips, for a fantastic scenic drive.

A couple hiking in Channel Islands National Park. Photo courtesy of Ventura County Lodging Association

Channel Islands National Park

Home to eight unique mammal species found only on the islands, including the island fox and deer mouse, you’ll find solitude and beauty at the "American Galapagos."

Vacationers board the stagecoach at Columbia State Park in California. Photo by Michael Sharps

Columbia State Historic Park

Columbia is a lively town focused on recreating California's Gold Rush era. Walk down the streets, and you’ll see a stagecoach hand loading up passengers.

Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

From the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere at Badwater, to the top of Telescope Peak, this park enfolds an incredible variety of landscapes.

Devils Postpile at Dusk. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Devils Postpile National Monument

See hexagonal shaped columns of rock protruding from a fallen pile. The glacial wonder is just outside the eastern boundary of Yosemite near Mammoth Lakes.

Alcatraz Island

Explore Alcatraz Island

Once home to Al “Scarface” Capone and other notorious criminals, Alcatraz Island is a National Park Service site located 1.25 miles offshore.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

This desert park is a rock climber's paradise and is full of things to see, from hiking to hidden oases and cactus gardens to touring historical sites.

Woman at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Jumping for Calaveras

Mark Twain became famous with his story about the frogs of Calaveras County. Here are five reasons this gorgeous area is one of California's best-kept secrets.

Dusy Basin in Kings Canyon National Park.

Kings Canyon National Park: USA's Deepest Canyon

This canyon carved by glaciers and cut by the Kings River can claim to be the deepest in the USA. It reaches a maximum depth of 8200 feet– that's even deeper than Arizona's Grand Canyon!

Lassen Peak reflecting on Manzanita Lake at sunset in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Inside this park you'll find an ancient lavascape of hot springs, roiling mud pots, hissing fumaroles, cinder cones and craters, and alpine lakes.

High Peaks Trail in Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park Top 6

Here are some of our favorite things to do from gorgeous hikes to exploring a cave.

California Redwood Forest

Redwoods National and State Parks

You'll still be awed by California's coast redwoods. In fact, they're the tallest trees on earth and they only grow on the northern Pacific Coast.

Hiker in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Just a half-day's drive south of Yosemite, Sequoia National Park is not to be missed. Drive the Generals Highway descending into the Sierra Nevada foothills

Autumn in the mountains. Photo courtesy of Sierra Nevada Geotourism

Sierra Nevada Geotourism

Explore 25 million acres of timeless traditions, local culture, events, and world-class adventures from Lava Beds National Monument to south of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, recommended by local residents and National Geographic.