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8 Amazing California National Parks ~ Places of Natural Beauty & Wonder

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Steller's Jay bird in Yosemite National Park

Steller's Jay bird in Yosemite National Park

National Parks

Are you a nature lover? If so you are undoubtedly interested in learning about the lands set aside by the United States government for current as well as future generations of people to enjoy. California as well as the State of Alaska each have the most national parks with a total of eight each as of January in the year 2013.

Sometimes in the history of the development of national parks some places first start out designated as national monuments and later become national parks. So this current number of 8 national parks in California may eventually change.

My dream would be to eventually spend some quality time in all 58 national parks in the U.S. Whether I hit that target or not I can enthusiastically report that I have never been disappointed with any park that I have ever had the privilege of visiting. I have two more to cross off of my list in California and that is the Lassen Volcanic National Park and the Channel Islands National Park. The rest of the national parks in that state I have already visited.

Death Valley National Park

Starting with the largest national park in the lower 48 states this park of 3.3 million acres would take a vacation of quite some time to see it all. It is the fifth-largest of all of the U.S. National Parks! Parts of it are also in the State of Nevada.

Despite its fearful name Death Valley has astonishing beauty and distinct points of interest that will surely reward any time spent there and make visitors to these unique ancient valleys wishing that their time could be extended.

From salt flats and mirages to a bounty of spring-blooming flowers and colors in the rocks and sand dunes, visiting that national park would please the most discerning of artists as well as nature lovers.

It is full of surprises! Most people know that much of it consists of the hot searing desert but did you know that it also has an oasis with fresh spring water?

Yosemite National Park

See why naturalist John Muir fell in love with this special place created by glacial action of past centuries.

See plush valleys, mountains with hanging waterfalls and quiet steams where fishermen can cast their lines. There are many day hikes where people can exercise limbs and create beautiful memories. Yosemite National Park is sheer delight for people who visit plus the wildlife who call it home.

Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

This national park of over one million acres is composed of two distinct desert systems. Located near Palm Springs, California and approximately 140 miles east of Los Angeles this natural setting is idea for hikers, campers and is particularly alluring for rock climbers.

Learn about the iconic Joshua tree, Skull Rock and more by accessing the links at the bottom of this article.

Redwoods National Park

Is there anyone alive who would not be impressed with seeing some of the tallest growing things on earth? These magnificent redwood trees which can be thousands of years old can grow to heights of an amazing 300 to 350 feet skyward. One really feels small when walking among these majesties of nature!

The Redwoods National Park and similar state parks and forests which help protect these beautiful coastal trees from being harvested for lumber or other purposes (such as happened in the past) are also a World Heritage Site because of their rarity and uniqueness among things gracing our small planet.

Sequoia National Park

These are the largest (by mass) living things on our planet. The thick bark can withstand not only insect infestations but fires.

Surviving through the ages, these are amazing trees of stature worthy of such names as General Grant and General Sherman.

Kings Canyon National Park

The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are adjacent to one another. Most often people visiting one park will weave in and out of both parks so often the articles written about them include both parks.

If you wish to see the absolute largest living specimen on earth then one must visit Kings Canyon National Park where one will find a tree called the General Sherman Tree. One feels infinitesimally small and inconsequential when standing near the base of such a mammoth tree that has stood there witnessing the passing of at least 2,300 or more years.

One will be using the gears on one's vehicle to maximum use as one drives the roads which soar to heights reaching 7,500 feet or 2,300 meters above sea level. Beyond that point one must hike to the upper elevations which reach in excess of 14,000 feet. The scenery in Kings Canyon is so beautiful.

View of the cinder cone from behind Snag Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

View of the cinder cone from behind Snag Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Do you wish to see a landscape with lakes, wildflowers in season and volcanic activity that has left the landscape molded with remnants of volcanoes, sizzling hot water and smoking fumaroles? If your answer is yes then Lassen Volcanic National Park in north central California should be on your bucket list of places to explore.

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park

If you can't make it to the Galapagos Islands but still wish to be able to see unique species unspoiled by human habitation, then the five islands just off the coast of southern California might be what you are seeking. This is a place and national park unlike any other!

Pinnacles National Park

Since the time I wrote this, Pinnacles National Park has been added to the list of ones in California. The unique landscape is the result of multiple volcanic eruptions over time. It is a great place to hike and view wildlife. Looking at the video below, I wish I was younger. Hiking through those caves would be a bit challenging now, but I loved seeing them via the video.

Locations of National Parks in California

California National Parks are amazing in their variety and diversity of what they have to offer visitors. Hope you enjoyed this look at them. I will be looking forward to your comments. Thanks!


National Park Service: California Parks

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 01, 2018:

Hi Rajan,

It is wonderful that so many public lands have been set aside as national and state parks in the U.S. so that future generations of people will have access to them. I am glad that you enjoyed this brief look at our national parks in California.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 01, 2018:

The photos here show these parks are a heaven on earth. It is heartening to learn the United States government has the foresight to think about the future of the coming generations.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 04, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

At one time I had hoped to visit all of the national parks in America. I may never make it come true but it is a worthy venture as all of them are certainly worth a visit. State parks are also great places to visit.

Appreciate the votes and share. Sending angels your way! :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 04, 2015:

Peggy This was amazing. I do so love to visit National Prks (state parks, too, of course) ...I have not visited these and now really want to make them part of a travel adventure.

I can only imagine what travelers on horseback must have experienced if they came upon this unknowingly.

I know when travelers to South Dakota found the Badlands to be a journey that was nearly impossible.

Thank you for sharing...added to my agenda for sure.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps

shared and voted up++++

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 21, 2014:

Hello Tolovaj,

Hope you get the chance to visit one or more of them someday. :)

Tolovaj on September 19, 2014:

Wov! I would be happy to see one of these spectacular places in person. Thanks for all the interesting info and sensational photos!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

Glad you enjoyed this hub about the fantastic National Parks in California. I have yet to visit any National Park that was not worthy of being named as such.

BRW...I don't directly pin from HubPages but from a bookmarked Pinterest button and have had no problem pinning things from HP that way. Too many pins must have been originating from HP if Pinterest took that action. Interesting.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 07, 2014:

Beautiful photos. I would pin them again, but Pinterest has removed all HP pins and refuses to allow any new ones. By the way, congratulations on having one of your articles pinned by Jessica Alba!

Strangely, you have to copy and paste the URL below into the Google search box, not your browser, to make it work.

Anyway, I always enjoy your beautiful photos. Still haven't been to some of the places spotlighted here . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

California undoubtedly has some wonderful state parks in addition to the national ones. I have seen quite a few of their national parks which is the focus of this hub. Which state parks did you like best? Thanks for the votes and shares.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 31, 2013:

California does have some wonderful state parks. I hope I have a chance to see them again one day. In the meantime, your photos, descriptions and videos are lovely. Voted up, awesome, tweeted, pinned and shared! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2013:

Hi Leah,

It must have been wonderful growing up in California and having a cabin near the Joshua Tree National Park. Your boys will surely love Yosemite when you take them there. We also have a different type of Blue Jay bird here in Texas as compared to the Stellar's Blue Jay that I photographed in Yosemite national park. Appreciate your comment.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on April 27, 2013:

Every time I read your hubs, I want to travel! I grew up in California and miss the beautiful ocean. We have a desert cabin near Joshua Tree, and I used to visit that park often. I love your pictures - especially of the Stellar's Blue Jay - we get a different type of Blue Jay on the east coast, and it doesn't have the gray head. I have to put Yosemite on our "travel list" so we can take our boys there soon!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 23, 2013:

Hello georgialgal1984,

So happy to hear that you enjoyed the photos from these 8 national parks in California. They have such a wonderland of beauty in that one state! Appreciate your comment. Since you love would fall in love with these places!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 22, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

California is so large a state that it would take many vacations to see it all. Glad that you liked this hub about its 8 national parks. Appreciate your comment + share.

Mrs Frugal from United States on April 20, 2013:

Wow! Beautiful pictures Peggy! I am a nature lover and enjoy visiting new places, watching the seasons change. Hope you have a wonderful weekend~

moonlake from America on April 20, 2013:

Beautiful hub with beautiful places to visit. Voted up and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2013:

Hi Sheila,

I have not yet seen Lassen Volcanic National Park nor the Channel Islands National Park. They are still on my bucket list...but as to the others...each and every one of them is amazing and well worth spending time in them. Hope you get to see them someday. Thanks for your comment and the votes.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 20, 2013:

How lucky you are to be able to visit all these beautiful places! I always enjoy your travel hubs and this one is just excellent! Your pictures are beautiful and your information is so interesting. Hopefully, someday, I will be able to travel to some of these places and use your hubs as a guide. Voted up and more! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

Traveling to different locales is certainly entertaining but also so educational. Nice to know that you enjoyed learning a bit about the national parks in California. Thanks for your comment.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on March 09, 2013:


Your photography and travel details are very intriguing.

You are a born traveller.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 04, 2013:

Hello DDE,

Thanks for taking a virtual tour of California's national parks via this hub. This is merely an introduction. You can easily click on the various links to learn more about specific ones that might interest you. Nature is certainly showcased in these spectacular parks! Thanks for your comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 04, 2013:

Awesome photos and looks such a wonder place with nature and surroundings

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 28, 2013:

Hi Eddy,

So nice to know that you enjoyed learning about the national parks located in California. They are beauties! Appreciate your comment.

Eiddwen from Wales on February 28, 2013:

Another brilliant hub Peggy;so interesting and beautiful photos.

Have a great day.


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 27, 2013:

Hi Aurelio,

You will be in for a treat when you visit the other national parks in California. Will be interested to hear how you like Joshua Tree National Park after you visit it. I wish that my friend and I had more time to do more hiking and exploring of the park. Thanks for your votes and the share.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 27, 2013:

Even though I live in California, I'm embarrassed to say that I've only been to Yosemite, which I enjoyed. Of these choices, I think Joshua Tree would be my next choice because it's the closest to me and has the most exotic species. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARED.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 26, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48,

Then we are alike. My most favorite thing of all is to visit national parks and other natural settings when visiting a new state or other location. Sounds like you and your sister are going to have some fun travel plans touring the U.S. next summer. How nice to be able to do that with a sibling! What states do you plan on visiting, or have you made specific plans yet? Half the fun of vacationing is in the research and making of plans. Don't you agree? Thanks for your comment + the blessing of angels.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 26, 2013:

You asked at the onset of this article if the reader is a nature lover. And yes, yes, yes is my answer. Of my favorite vacation spots traveling to a state or national park is always a number one choice. The beauty that awaits that often defies description pulls me there whenever I can get away.

I have not visited these in this article...I have only been to California once and then was only there over night as I was traveling to Japan.

My plan is to visit them next summer when my sister and I will be 'touring' the US together.

Great job, Peggy.

Sending you more Angels this 26th day of our new year. :) ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 19, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Nice that you have seen Death Valley and the Sequoia National Parks. They are beauties in totally different ways as you know. Thanks so much for the 5 star rating and up votes. Hope you fill out that bucket list and are able to cross the rest of California's national parks off of your list someday. I still have 2 to go to fill out my list. :)

C E Clark from North Texas on January 18, 2013:

Gorgeous photos and very interesting and informative videos as I have come to expect in your hubs. I've been to Death Valley and I've seen the Sequoias, but all these other things are still on my wish list.

Voted up, BAUI, gave you 5 stars and will share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 13, 2013:

Hi Louise,

Hope that you get to visit these spectacular national parks in California someday. If you would be driving from Houston to California...there are quite a few in between that you might also be interested in seeing. I appreciate your comment. Thanks!

Louise Dewey on January 13, 2013:

Hi Peggy,

You have done w beautiful job of taking us on tours of thesd wonderful parks. I want to do it in person some day. Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 12, 2013:

Hi Brett,

What I love about sharing other people's hubs regarding California's national parks is that each person comes away with a unique perspective. Some of them are hikers...others camp there...and of course, the photography of people snapping pictures is generally always different from one person to the next even if the subject is similar. So glad that you liked this! Thanks for your votes and the shares.

Brett C from Asia on January 12, 2013:

Love your idea of making this a community project! What a wonderful way to help other hubbers, while also helping your readers.

The parks are amazing. I don't think I will ever make it over that way, but I enjoyed reading about them and seeing all the beautiful photos.

Shared, up, awesome, useful, and tweeted.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 10, 2013:

Hi Deborah,

It is a nice dream that we both share. I hope to see many more of our national parks someday and hoping that you get to see them also. Thanks for your comment.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on January 10, 2013:

What a great hub! I share your dream of visiting all of the country's national parks. Unfortunately, I haven't made it to any of those in California yet.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 08, 2013:

Hi teaches,

I hope that you do get to see the giant redwoods someday in California. You will be awestruck and amazed I am most of us are when viewing them. There are no descriptions that aptly describe the feelings one has when in the midst of such ancient and majestic giants. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 08, 2013:

Hi Om,

If I lived in your State of California, I would wish to revisit some of the national parks over and over again since they are so beautiful. Hope you get to visit them all someday and I hope that I get to visit the two that I have not yet seen in person. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 08, 2013:

Hi Denise,

I agree with you that our national parks are all worth well as our national forests, state parks, historical monuments, etc. It is also my dream to visit all of our national parks. Whether I make it or not, reading about them and learning about them adds to my enjoyment as I am sure it also does for others with similar interests. Thanks for all of your votes and the share. :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 08, 2013:

Hi Prasetio,

So happy to know that you enjoyed learning about these California National Parks. Thanks for your comment and your votes.

Dianna Mendez on January 08, 2013:

I hope to some day visit the Red Wood giants. They have always fascinated me. Your post is well done and very interesting. Thanks for the education and the lovely tour.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 08, 2013:

Hi vespawoolf,

I agree that the Channel Islands look and sound fascinating. Hope you get to visit the other California national parks someday. Thanks for your comment, vote + share.

Om Paramapoonya on January 08, 2013:

This is a very lovely hub, Peggy! I've been to most of these California National Parks, and it's hard to pick just one favorite place. They're all amazing. I love all the photos in this hub; they made me want to go to the parks I have not yet visited and revisit the ones I've already been to.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 07, 2013:

Hi SweetiePie,

It was a pleasure putting a link to your Joshua Tree hub in this one. You did a great job writing about it and photographing it. Thanks for your comment and the tweet. All of the California Parks that I have visited were so beautiful and distinctive...each in their own way.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on January 07, 2013:

Peggy-this is a marvelous hub filled with awesome photos and videos, and thorough information. I love the Redwoods and Yosemite and have always wanted to visit the Joshua Tree N.P. I think its a wonderful goal to visit all of them. I once bought a book that is dedicated to getting a stamp from each of the National parks. We have to do all we can to preserve these special places set aside for future generations. Thanks for sharing and rated UP/U/I/A and shared.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on January 07, 2013:

Amazing hub among beautiful places. I just saw all of them from Internet, My friend, you have done a great job here. I really enjoy all description, pictures and the video as well. Voted up and pressing all buttons, except funny. Take care and have a good day!


Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 07, 2013:

What a nice conglomoration of Hubs on California's national parks! California is my favorite U.S. state and although I've never lived in it, I feel happy every time we visit. We've only been to Redwood National Forest and Sequoia National Park, but we'd love to see all these places. The Channel Islands have always fascinated me. Voted up and shared!

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on January 07, 2013:

I am inspired by the beauty of all the national parks you have photographed. I think I like the pictures of the people trying to hug the big redwood tree best, so I tweeted a link to this hub. Thanks for linking to my Joshua Tree hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 07, 2013:

Hello mperrottet,

Just let me know when you write your hubs and it will be nice to link them together. People photograph and see different things in the parks as there is so much to see and do. One would have to live in a park for years to see every nook and cranny and to relate every experience. So...the more the merrier! Thanks for your comment and the votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 07, 2013:

Hi Mama Kim 8,

I know what you mean...I would love to go on a road trip again and see some of the parks in other states that I have yet to see. Our national park system is so wonderful! Each and every one of them is worth a visit! Thanks for your comment, vote + the share.

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on January 07, 2013:

I've been to Yosemite, Redwood, Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Joshua Tree in 2010. My husband and I are planning on going back to California, and hopefully I'll get to see the other three. I'm planning on writing hubs about the parks I've been to, and perhaps we can link hubs. I love your pictures - they're wonderful. Voted up, interesting and beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2013:

Hi Mary,

Let me know when you write your hub about visiting Yosemite and I will happily include it in this hub. Knowing how you write, I know that it would be good! Thanks for your vote and the shares.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2013:

Hello bidalletter,

So glad that you liked this hub. Hope you get to those impressive national parks in California. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2013:

Hi Alicia,

Thanks for sharing this hub with your followers. Perhaps I will be able to pick up more related hubs regarding the national parks in California. I hope that I get to see the two that I have thus far missed visiting. Appreciate your comment and visit.

Sasha Kim on January 06, 2013:

This is beautiful hub Peggy! I've been to a couple of these parks but now I'm itching to make a road trip and visit all of them ^_^ Thank you for the wonderful read. Voting up and sharing!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 06, 2013:

You are so fortunate to have visited these beautiful National Parks in Ca. I've only been to Yosemite and that was outstanding. You have some gorgeous photos, too. I enjoyed the video you included for each park.

I haven't written a Hub about a visit to a National Park. I would so love to be included in this group effort on your part.

I voted this UP, etc. and will certainly share, and Tweet.

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on January 06, 2013:

Wow, such an impressive hub. I have so much more to see in California. Amazing images. Thank you for sharing such exquisit places.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 06, 2013:

This is a beautiful hub, Peggy, and definitely deserves my 5 star rating! What a wonderful idea to collect links to all the hubs about California national parks in one place. If I go to California again I'll be using this hub for a reference. Thank you for all the great information! I've shared this hub so that other people can enjoy it and perhaps tell you about their related hubs.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2013:

Hello Knightheart,

Yes...California is blessed with having many of "God's creations." Hope you get to see them someday. Our national park system is so very wonderful! That is quite a nice compliment on my photography...although the Lassen Volcanic and Channel Islands ones are not mine since I have yet to visit these parks. Maybe someday...with luck...! Thanks for your comment and vote.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2013:

Hi Genna,

Death Valley surprised my girlfriend and me. We did not expect it to be so beautiful and alluring after seeing the majesty of the redwoods and sequoia trees as an example...but we loved it! Check out my hub regarding it to see many more photos. Am sure as a nature lover that you will fall in love with the place when you get to visit it someday. Thanks for your comment.

Knightheart from MIssouri, USA on January 06, 2013:

Wow, what beautiful photos...just a small snapshot of God's beautiful creations! I have never been to any of the parks you wrote about, though I was in CA, Victorville many years ago. Just being in the high desert was breathtaking...those Joshua trees gave me the heebee jeebees at night! LOL The only park I recall visiting briefly was Yellowstone, about 20 years ago. Only spent the day there, unfortunately, but it was breathtaking.

Thanks for sharing the photos and information...would love to have some of those photos enlarged and hung on a wall for all to enjoy. Simply astounding. Voted AWESOME!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 06, 2013:

I am a nature lover, so this hub is such a treat for me. I’ve never been to Death Valley, but long to visit. It has so many mysterious, complex yet beautiful elements. Very interesting hub, Peggy and I love the photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2013:

Hi Stephanie,

Your hub about camping with an RV in Death Valley National Park was a wonderful hub. Hope people click on these different links. They will learn so much more about these fabulous national treasures. Thanks for the link from this hub back to yours. You always seem to have so much fun when you travel which is so nice. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2013:

Hi Bill,

I loved each and every California National Park in different ways. Would love to see Lassen Volcano and the Channel Islands someday in person. The hubs written about them by people who have been there certainly make them attractive to add to my bucket list of places still yet to visit. Glad that this brought back some good memories for you! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2013:

Hi Mhatter99,

Those redwoods are so amazing. Nice that you and your friend Jim have gotten to spend a lot of time enjoying them. If I lived closer, I would also spend much more time there absorbing their stunning beauty. When I was a kid in Wisconsin there was a nearby woods. I loved walking in that. The redwoods are just a giant version of that. Like one hubber wrote, the other trees are like toothpicks in comparison. Glad that you liked this. Thanks for your comment.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on January 06, 2013:

I've only visited 4 of California's National Parks, but they were outstanding examples of the wonder and diversity of nature. Thank you for including a link to my hub on RV Camping in Death Valley National Park. I will be happy to post a link to your hub there, also. Someday I hope to visit the other National Parks in California.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

It is always fun seeing the landscapes from other parts of the world. Nice to know that you enjoyed the photos from the national parks in California. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2013:

Hi Sherry,

You are fortunate to have so many national parks in California. Perhaps someday you will get to visit Channel Islands. It looks very interesting from what others have written and from the video. A type of place like Galapagos Islands which is still unspoiled by human habitation. There are not many places like that in the world. Your two weeks in Yosemite when you were 16 must have been wonderful! Thanks for your comment.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on January 06, 2013:

Hi Peggy. I have visited a few of California's NP's but not in many years. Your hub brought back some great memories. While Yosemite will always be my favorite Sequoia and Lassen Volcano NP were wonderful also. I would love to get to all of them someday. Great job.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on January 05, 2013:

Thank you for this. Though my wife was not an outdoor person, My friend, Jim, an I use to spend many-a-day in the Redwoods.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on January 05, 2013:

I have been to many national parks in Nepal, but we don't have this kind of landscape. Thanks for sharing your wonderful nature photography.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on January 05, 2013:

Beautiful hub, as a long time Californian I have visited all of these parks except Channel Islands. I spent a memorable 2 weeks in Yosemite in my 16th summer, what a magical place. Even though I have a collection of hubs about California, I've not covered any of these. One example: Marin Headlands, Point Reyes, and other State and National Parks Near San Francisco.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 05, 2013:


You are fortunate to be living in such a beautiful state with all of the variety of scenery. If I lived near Yosemite like you do...I too would go there often to absorb that beauty into my senses and soul. Would probably make repeat visits to many of the parks. If you ever make it to Channel Islands National Park and write about your experience, let me know. I would like hearing your impressions. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 05, 2013:

Hi DzyMsLizzy,

Your hub on Lassen Volcanic National Park was wonderful! It truly gave me a sense of what it would be like to spend time there. You are so fortunate to have gone there so often with your family. Too bad it is so expensive to change those old videos of your Dad's to a more modern update so that they could be added to your hub. His photos are so striking and beautiful. Love the black and white!

If Pinnacles National Monument becomes a national park, will have to add it to this hub. That often happens...thus the dream of getting to see all U.S. national parks becomes more challenging. Thanks for adding this hub link to yours about Lassen and thanks for your comment.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on January 05, 2013:

As a native Californian. I am one up on you. Have not visited the Channel Islands-- though I've been to Catalina a couple of times.

We now live about an hour from Yosemite, and as many times as I have been there, it never fails to impress my senses.

I think no state has such a varied set of features. It is hard to choose between the deserts, shores, islands or mountains -- they are all fabulous.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on January 05, 2013:

Very well done, and with great videos! Loved it! I've not been to either Death Valley or Joshua Tree, so those were not included in my "can't pick just one" vote. ;-)

I have been to Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and loved them as well. I do love redwoods and forests; I'm not so keen on deserts...

As of this week (Jan 4, 2013), according to the news, we may gain another National Park here in CA. Apparently, Pinnacles National Monument is being considered for conversion to National Park status.

Thank you very much for the link to my Hub on Mt. Lassen; I'm returning the favor, and linking this hub to that one.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 05, 2013:

Hi Bill,

I have read some of John Muir's writings. He so loved Yosemite and devoted much of his time there documenting the sights he saw. He was a naturalist who wished to preserve much of the natural surroundings and because of his efforts and others whom he influenced, we now have these gorgeous national parks set aside for all time. Thanks for the first comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 05, 2013:

If you get the chance, read John Muir's writings about Yosemite...exquisite descriptions of that beautiful park.

Well done Pamela!

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