California's many National Monuments make great additions to your Golden State itinerary.
Here are four beautiful national monuments in California to discover!
At Muir Woods National Monument, you can hike among old-growth coastal redwoods.
You may also see wildlife and wildflowers at Muir Woods. In the winter, endangered salmon spawn in Redwood Creek.
Muir Woods National Monument is located just a few miles from San Francisco. You need advance reservations to visit the park by car or by shuttle.
Cabrillo National Monument contains the picturesque Old Point Loma Lighthouse. You can peek into the keeper's quarters.
The original statue of explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was a gift from the Portuguese government.
The tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument are some of the best you'll find in San Diego, where the monument is located.
Devils Postpile National Monument features 60-foot tall basalt columns created by nature.
The hike to Rainbow Falls is a must-do at Devils Postpile National Monument. You may see rainbows in the spray on sunny days.
Devils Postpile National Monument is located at Mammoth Lakes in eastern California. It is only open in the summer and early fall.
Carrizo Plain National Monument offers spectacular spring wildflowers in good bloom years.
But it also offers a peek into this part of California as it was in the past, before agriculture and urbanization.
Carrizo Plain National Monument is home to wildlife and birds, including many endangered species.