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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Take the Majestic Mountain Loop, an action-packed three-day itinerary to explore three of California’s favorite national parks.
Did you know that California has 280 state parks? Deserts, beaches, mountains, redwoods, and historic places. There are 6 State Parks near Yosemite.
From palm groves to breathtaking purple and red mountains, here are our top stops, plus road-trip tips, for a fantastic scenic drive.
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."
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.
From the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere at Badwater, to the top of Telescope Peak, this park enfolds an incredible variety of landscapes.
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.
Once home to Al “Scarface” Capone and other notorious criminals, Alcatraz Island is a National Park Service site located 1.25 miles offshore.
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.
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.
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!
Inside this park you'll find an ancient lavascape of hot springs, roiling mud pots, hissing fumaroles, cinder cones and craters, and alpine lakes.
Here are some of our favorite things to do from gorgeous hikes to exploring a cave.
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.
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
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.