The 8 Best National Parks in California

California is home to some of the most iconic outdoor landscapes. Out-of-this-world scenery, panoramic views, and beautiful natural formations attract adventurers spanning the globe. 

Here are some of the best national parks to visit in California for travelers of all types!

The most visited California National Park, Yosemite, was established in 1890 and is situated on California’s eastern border amidst the Sierra Nevada Mountains.


Situated in Northern California, Redwood National and State Parks are about six hours from San Francisco. These parks protect nearly 40,000 acres of old-growth redwood trees!

Redwood National Park

Just over an hour east of Fresno and roughly four hours northeast of Los Angeles, Sequoia is named for the world’s largest living thing – the giant sequoia tree.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is where the Mojave and Colorado, come together. As you travel through the park, you’ll see granite monoliths, natural rock and boulder formations, and a wide range of plant and animal life

Joshua Tree National Park

The park is set on the eastern border of south-central California, in the northern Mojave Desert, and borders the Great Basin Desert. It's known as one of the hottest and driest places on the planet.

Death Valley National Park