Home to nine magnificent national parks, California is a compelling destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. California has more national parks than any other US state.

Yosemite National Park  is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest national parks in the country. It is famous for its granite domes and many waterfalls.

Spring is a great time to visit Yosemite. Waterfalls are flowing well, and you may see wildflowers and wildlife. Stay in (or near) Yosemite Valley to maximize sightseeing time. 

In Southern California, Joshua Tree National Park spans two deserts: the Colorado and the Mojave. It is known for its massive boulder formations and many Joshua trees.

Joshua Tree has hiking trails for all skill levels, and features wildflower and cactus bloom in the spring. Kids and adults alike will love rock scrambling in Joshua Tree!

Pinnacles National Park is much smaller and less well known than other California national parks, but offers hikers and night sky viewers a lovely escape into nature.

Spring is an ideal time to visit Pinnacles, because of the many varieties of wildflowers you'll see along the trails. Look for California condors and other birds!

Swipe up to learn more about all 9 parks, plus what to not miss in each one!