JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK—With a stunningly stark, almost witchy beauty, it’s easy to fall under Joshua Tree National Park’s spell. We show you how to explore Indian Cove Nature Trail; climb at Echo Cove; hike among giant boulders on Arch Rock Trail; walk among cacti in Cholla Cactus Garden; relax at the Pioneertown Motel; kick back to live music at Pappy & Harriet’s; and watch the sunset at Keys View.

 

CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK—This remote destination encompasses five islands off the Southern California coast where wraparound beauty and abundant plant and animal life are the star attractions. We show you how getting there on the Island Packers ferry is an adventure in itself and take you kayaking and hiking to the islands’ most magical places.

 

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK—Known for its waterfalls, giant sequoia trees, and sheer granite cliffs, you can spend weeks exploring Yosemite National Park. Watch rock climbers scale the towering El Capitan. Give your adrenaline a break as you float down the Merced River or bliss out in Tuolumne Meadows. Drive through Wawona Tunnel to see the vista from Tunnel View. Take a stroll around the base of Yosemite Falls to work up an appetite for dinner at the Ahwahnee Hotel’s dining room and then watch the sun set on Half Dome.

 

LAKE TAHOE—No matter the season, Lake Tahoe is a haven for outdoor adventure. Climb aboard a kayak on Lake Tahoe; sample inventive craft brews at FiftyFifty Brewing Company; find easy access to the slopes by staying at The Village at Squaw Valley; bike the Truckee River Bike Trail; and hike in Emerald Bay State Park.

 

NORTH COAST BEACHES—North of San Francisco, there's a whole other world of California, where rugged cliffs, towering redwood trees, and artsy towns dot an idyllic coastline. We show you the glittering glass covering Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, horseback riding on Manchester Beach, the historic Point Arena Lighthouse, the sea stacks of Goat Rock beach, and hiking on Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands.

 

LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK—Home to all four types of volcanoes, Lassen Volcanic National Park is positively alive with bubbles, steams, and roars. We show you how to kayak on Manzanita Lake, see mudpots at Sulphur Works, catch a steam at Devil’s Kitchen, climb Cinder Cone, and stay at Drakesbad Guest Ranch.

 

SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS—Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks encompass some of the most majestic sights not just in California, but anywhere in the world. Find a commanding perspective at Panoramic Point; drive through a fallen giant at Tunnel Log; sleep under the stars at Lodgepole Campground; behold the General Sherman Tree; go into the underworld at Crystal Cave; and climb Moro Rock.