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Take a Trip to the Best Coast

Nature gifted this state with miles of picturesque coastline, crashing waves, windswept beaches, the works! Not to mention the dramatic mountain peaks, swaths of redwood forests, expanses of desert and some of America's most exciting and innovative cities.

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite takes approximately five to six hours driving north from Los Angeles. Upon arrival, hiking to Inspiration Point is highly recommended for outdoor photography. 960 1280

Beth Rucker  

Yosemite's Allure

Yosemite's Allure

"No temple made with human hands can compare with Yosemite," wrote John Muir, naturalist and early advocate for the creation of the park. 960 1280

Patricia Klarner  

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

At 2,425 feet, Yosemite Falls is the park’s tallest waterfall as well as the highest in North America. 960 1280

Patricia Klarner  

Half Dome

Half Dome

Rising 5,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley, Half Dome is perhaps the park’s most recognized landmark. Its summit is on the bucket list for most adventurous hikers and experienced rock climbers. 960 1280

Beth Rucker  

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Roughly seven hours east of Los Angeles, travelers flock to Grand Canyon to see one of our nation’s most breath-taking natural wonders.  960 1280

John Mulloy  

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Though stark and rugged, the portion of Joshua Tree in the Colorado Desert is speckled with alluring gardens of flowering ocotillo and cholla cactus. 960 1280

Kelly Smith Trimble  

Skull Rock

Skull Rock

Right off Joshua Tree’s main road, visitors can see the eerie yet spectacular human skull shaped rock, aptly named Skull Rock. 960 1280

Kelly Smith Trimble  

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

Straddling California and Nevada, Death Valley is a land of extremes. This below-sea-level basin is the second-lowest point in the Western Hemisphere as well as the hottest and driest of our nation’s national parks. 960 1280

David Parsons  

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park

This park is made up of five of the eight Channel Islands off the coast of California in the Pacific Ocean. Recreation options for island visitors include backpacking, camping, scuba diving, spear fishing and kayaking through the islands' sea caves. 960 1280

Kelly Smith Trimble  

Offshore Diversity

Offshore Diversity

With more than 2,000 different species of plants and animals, the Channel Islands are filled with a spectacular array of wildlife. Visitors are attracted in winter and spring by migrating gray whales and blooming wildflowers. In season, island-goers can go whale watching on the short ferry ride from the mainland.  960 1280

Kelly Smith Trimble  

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