California's national parks will leave you awestruck with their magnificent landscapes and numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Yosemite National Park is a bucket list destination for many travelers. Its landscapes have moved and inspired landscape photographers, adventure seekers, and nature lovers.

Top things to do in Yosemite NP include the many viewpoints and waterfalls, driving Tioga Road, and climbing the iconic (but very challenging) Half Dome.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks contain the largest trees in the world. The giant sequoia groves are the star attractions in these parks.

But Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks also feature rock monoliths to climb, epic trails, and beautiful waterfalls. The Generals Highway is a super scenic drive.

To see giants of a different kind, head to Redwood National and State Parks along the northern coast of California. Here you will find the tallest trees on the planet. 

From lush ferns to spring-blooming rhododendrons, trails in the Redwood National Park complex offer dreamy (and misty!) environments for your hikes. 

Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California is known for its gigantic rock formations and signature fields of Joshua trees. The park is a climbers' paradise.

You will find many family-friendly trails in Joshua Tree National Park, and easy rock scrambles for kids. You can also see remnants of the gold mining and early ranching in the area. 

Death Valley National Park is the other great desert national park in California. Visit for cool landscapes like crayola-colored rocks, tall sand dunes, and vast salt flats. 

Landscape photographers find endless inspiration in Death Valley National Park. The sunrise and sunset spots in the park, and dark skies at night, offer immense enjoyment for all nature lovers.

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