Best California State Parks

Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay, a picturesque notch of Lake Tahoe’s southwestern shores, features beaches, Tahoe’s only island, and an unexpected, Scandinavian-style stone castle.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Big Sur is famed for its scenic coastline, but few coves are as stunning—or easily accessible—as the one found at Julia Pfeiffer Burns. 

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Famed landscape painter Francis McComas nailed it when he referred to Point Lobos as the greatest meeting of land and water in the world. 

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

California’s largest redwood state park is a worthy introduction to coastal redwoods, the tallest and oldest living organisms in the world. 

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

Every day, 100 million gallons of water gush over McArthur-Burney's namesake falls, a 129-foot curtain of water comprised of innumerable cascades. 

Crystal Cove State Park

Open space is a rare premium in Orange County today, but the real draw at Crystal Cove is a 3.2-mile beach with turquoise waters that rival Hawaii’s. 

Russian Gulch State Park

Russian Gulch boasts a wealth of diverse scenery across its nearly 1,000 acres: blufftop headlands rising from the trail's many viewpoints.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

California’s oldest state park, Big Basin is home to some of the largest and oldest living things in the world.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

While most of Humboldt County feature exceptional redwoods, Prairie Creek hides a few surprises among its varied terrain. 

South Yuba River State Park

A popular mining spot throughout the Gold Rush, this 20-mile stretch of the majestic South Yuba River lures visitors with scenic swimming holes.

 Swipe up
Best Indigenous Monuments In The U.S.

Click Here