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Born to Be Wild
En California Road Trip Republic todos nacimos para ser salvajes.
Entonces, cuando sientas la necesidad de prender tu motor, simplemente ven a California y abróchate el cinturón, baja las ventanas, ponle play a tu música favorita y viaja con nosotros.
Si estás listo para embarcarte a road trip por el Golden State, visita nuestro California Road Trip Republic y encuentra un viaje hecho a tu medida. Hay docenas de itinerarios para elegir, que van desde un trayecto a lo largo de la Ruta 66, un viaje por carretera con maravillas naturales como nutrias marinas y secuoyas majestuosas, y un viaje instagrameable que muestra algunas vistas realmente increíbles. Además, si vienes a California por primera vez, echa un vistazo a nuestra página de Consejos de viaje: te ayudará a prepararte para la aventura de tu vida.

En California, el camino abierto es nuestro himno, y cada camino que recorremos es una promesa. Estamos llenos de esperanza por lo que viene en la próxima esquina. Hemos prometido nuestra lealtad a un manifiesto de viaje por carretera, y es algo así: creemos que no has visto un gran árbol hasta que hayas conducido a través de uno. Creemos que las tablas de snowboard y las tablas de surf deberían compartir una barra  en el techo de tu auto, y que 840 millas de costa son perfectas. Creemos en redescubrir nuestro sentido de la maravilla. Creemos que lo que hacemos importa más que lo que publicamos.

Visita el último spot televisivo de California que invita a personas de todo el mundo a unirse a California Road Trip Republic, un estado dorado de ánimo donde puedes satisfacer tu pasión por los viajes recorriendo bajo tus propios términos. Fija tu vista en todos los íconos de California que siempre quisiste ver, o mira el anuncio de televisión en busca de inspiración. Luego lee a continuación para saber a dónde vamos, y salta desde donde sea que te encuentres. Abróchate el cinturón, baja las ventanas y viaja con nosotros.

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Born to Be Wild
En California Road Trip Republic todos nacimos para ser salvajes.
Entonces, cuando sientas la necesidad de prender tu motor, simplemente ven a California y abróchate el cinturón, baja las ventanas, ponle play a tu música favorita y viaja con nosotros.
Si estás listo para embarcarte a road trip por el Golden State, visita nuestro California Road Trip Republic y encuentra un viaje hecho a tu medida. Hay docenas de itinerarios para elegir, que van desde un trayecto a lo largo de la Ruta 66, un viaje por carretera con maravillas naturales como nutrias marinas y secuoyas majestuosas, y un viaje instagrameable que muestra algunas vistas realmente increíbles. Además, si vienes a California por primera vez, echa un vistazo a nuestra página de Consejos de viaje: te ayudará a prepararte para la aventura de tu vida.
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Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree

Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree
Snap one-of-a-kind road-trip selfies at this vintage attraction in California’s amazing redwoods

What California icon is 2,400 years old and has cars driving through it every summer day? If you guessed the Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree in Leggett—an hour’s drive north of Willits and three hours from the San Francisco Bay Area—you know your redwoods. For more than 80 years, road-trippers have been capturing photos of their cars squeezing through the Chandelier Tree’s six-foot-wide and seven-foot-tall tunnel, which was carved into its trunk in 1937.

By today’s standards, cutting a hole in an ancient redwood is definitely not okay, but when the Chandelier Tree was hollowed out, everybody thought it was a grand idea. Big-tree tourism was gaining momentum, and the Stephenson family, whose descendants still own the Chandelier Tree and its neighboring redwood-themed gift shop and picnic area, weren’t the only ones cashing in on the redwood wow-factor. In the early 20th century, even government-owned parks advertised their tunneled trees, encouraging visitors to pay a fee, drive through, and get a souvenir photo. Many of these drive-through giants, like Yosemite’s Wawona Tree and Calaveras Big Trees’ Pioneer Cabin Tree, eventually toppled.

The Chandelier Tree is one of Northern California’s three remaining drive-through redwoods, joined by the Shrine Drive-Thru Tree, 45 miles north of Leggett in Myers Flat, and the Klamath Tour-Thru Tree, 150 miles north in Klamath. You’ll pay about five bucks to drive through each tree. Sure, it’s kitschy, but how often do you get to drive through a tree?

On summer days, about 500 cars a day putter through the Chandelier, whose name refers to the huge branches protruding from opposite sides of its trunk, making it look like a candelabra. At 315 feet high and 70 feet in circumference, this sequoia sempervirens is huge by any standard (even so, don't forget to fold in the mirrors of your SUV as you head inside).

If you want to see redwoods in their unaltered state, drive a few miles north of Leggett to Smithe Redwoods Natural Reserve, where massive trees grow alongside the Eel River, or head 30 miles north to the southern end of the Avenue of the Giants driving route, then steer your way through cathedral-like groves so tall and dense, they block out the sun.

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Russian Gulch State Park

Russian Gulch State Park
Hike along coastal bluffs and photograph a graceful historic bridge framing a postcard-perfect slice of Mendocino coast

Two miles north of Mendocino, Russian Gulch State Park protects craggy ocean bluffs, a gracefully arching bridge over Russian Gulch Creek, and a glistening waterfall tucked into a fern-filled grotto. Whether you’re a camper, bicyclist, hiker, photographer, or beachcomber, you’ll find much to explore in this 1,000-acre state park.

The photogenic Russian Gulch Bridge—a 527-foot-long concrete arch that spans Russian Gulch Creek’s sandy cove—connects the park’s dramatic coastal side and tree-hugging inland side. Start your park visit with a walk on the beach under the 100-foot-high bridge, built by the Works Progress Administration in 1939 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Does it look familiar? Its architecture is similar to the more famous Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, another 1930s public works project. The beach cove is small, but it’s a favorite of scuba divers, who explore an underwater world filled with sea stars, crabs, mussels, oysters, and red abalone. Kids can splash around in the creek’s mellow waters and hunt for shells on the sand.

North of the bridge, pay a visit to Russian Gulch’s glorious headlands. Take an easy stroll on blufftops laced with springtime wildflowers to visit the Devil’s Punchbowl, a 100-foot-wide crater-like blowhole. It’s actually a collapsed sea arch, carved by eons of crashing waves. Sixty feet down on the blowhole’s floor, the ocean rolls gently in and out. Visit during a hearty winter storm and you might be lucky enough to see roiling waves explode through the Punchbowl in a saltwater geyser. These headlands are also a prime spot for whale-watching from December to April and sunset-watching any time of year.

On the park’s inland side, Russian Gulch’s 36-foot-tall waterfall is tucked into a verdant grotto, which you can visit by bicycle or on foot. Start from the trailhead by the park’s 30-site campground. Bicyclists follow the paved Fern Canyon Trail, an old logging road, through a dense riparian forest of second-growth redwoods, Douglas firs, bigleaf maples, alders, and ferns. In the rainy season, you might spot rainbow and steelhead trout swimming upstream in Russian Gulch Creek. At the pavement’s end, lock up your bike and continue on foot to the falls. Hikers can follow the same route or the alternate North Trail—a longer, less-traveled path. Either way, you’ll soon find yourself at a petite-but-picturesque cataract that drops into an inviting pool.

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Mendocino

Mendocino
Arte y cultura se funden con la Madre Naturaleza en este pueblo de cuento de hadas junto al mar

Situada en una colina rodeada de olas, en medio de bosques espesos y un mar agitado, esta pequeña y encantadora aldea (menos de 1.000 residentes durante todo el año) ofrece tranquilidad en un entorno espectacular de la Costa Norte. La ubicación de Mendocino es un imán natural para los artistas, y a menudo podrás ver, los caballetes apoyados y paletas de la pintura capturando la escena en sus lienzos. El entorno natural salvaje de la región y el aislamiento también han atraído pensadores alternativos y ambientalistas, y la palabra "orgánico" aparece en muchos menús. Las casas de época victoriana, convertidas en diferentes tipos de posadas, parecen casas de pan de jengibre que cobran vida. Mendocino también sabe cómo hacer una buena fiesta, especialmente cuando se trata de comida, y los festivales anuales celebran las setas, el vino y los cangrejos, así como los habitantes más grandes de la región: las ballenas.

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Bodega Bay

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Bodega Bay
Pull off Highway 1 to this seafaring town bordered by wind-lashed headlands, crashing waves, and an annual parade of gray whales

Say “Bodega Bay” and most people’s thoughts turn to Alfred Hitchcock and a bird-filled world run amok. But that’s Hollywood fiction. Bodega Bay’s real story lies in blue-water vistas extending to the horizon, coastal bluffs laden with wildflowers, and gray whales saluting with a tail fluke as they pass. 

From Highway 1 on the town’s outskirts, you’ll see only a smattering of shops selling kites and saltwater taffy tucked between seafood eateries. But turn west off the main drag, and Bodega Bay reveals its deep ties to the sea. Commercial boats set off into the dawn fog, putter through the harbor, squeeze through a narrow channel by Doran Beach, then motor out to freedom in Bodega Bay. By mid-afternoon, the vessels return loaded with fish that will stock restaurant kitchens up and down the Sonoma Coast.

Sample the catch all over town. The Birds Café serves crispy fish and chips—beer-battered with a local IPA—barbecued oysters, and artichoke fritters. Every seat is outdoors, and that’s where you’ll want to be. Fishetarian Fish Market makes slapping-fresh fish tacos. Clam chowder fans head to Spud Point Crab Company or Ginochio’s Kitchen (Ginochio’s chowder riff has scallops mixed in with the clams). Terrapin Creek Café serves gastronomic bliss in the form of pan-roasted scallops and charred octopus salad.

Since you can’t eat without a break, take a hike. The northernmost end of town marks the start of Sonoma Coast State Park, a 13-mile string of rocky beaches and grassy headlands that extend north to Jenner and the Russian River. The sea crashes against dark-sand beaches, rugged bluffs, and rocky outcroppings. Tenacious sea palms grip the offshore rocks, holding tight as breaker after breaker explodes into spray. In spring, California’s state colors—blue and gold—are echoed in breezy blufftop gardens of lupine and poppies. If you’d rather ride than walk, join a guided horse trip at Chanslor Stables and let your trusty steed escort you along the coast.

For a uniquely Bodega Bay experience, do like the locals and reel in your own dinner. Even if you’ve never fished before, local sport-fishing charters can take you to where the fish are and show you how to catch salmon, halibut, rock fish or even a net full of Dungeness crab. Get up early and hop aboard Miss Vic Sportfishing or North Bay Charters and you’ll be amazed at the sea’s generosity. Sightseeing cruises are offered, too.

An idyllic spot for a weekend away, Bodega Bay offers a number of romantic seaside inns—but many visitors choose to sleep under the stars at Doran Beach. The campground offers 120 sites with swimming, beachcombing, fishing, and paddleboarding just steps from your tent. Parents with little ones will appreciate the beach’s gentle slope, as well as its soft, clean sand, and the generally mellow surf break.

Don’t leave Bodega Bay without taking in the awe-inspiring Pacific scenery from Bodega Head. At 265 feet above the roiling waves, Bodega Head is one of California’s best whale-watching vantage points (migration season is December to April). The Head’s rocky peninsula extends west toward the horizon, then curves back inward toward the mainland like the fingers of a hand closing into a fist. From any high point, you can wave to a wide audience that includes the endless ocean waves, Bodega Bay’s sheltered harbor, and Point Reyes’ northern tip. Only five miles of sea separate the two peninsulas.

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Marshall

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Marshall
Slow down time in Marshall, where life’s pace is dictated by the curves of Highway 1

You can feast on tasty bivalves in a number of beautiful California locales, but it’s much more satisfying to slurp them down alongside the waters where they’re harvested. Just north of Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay’s nourishing waters sustain California’s biggest oyster-producing region. More than half of the state’s shellfish growers lease acreage on the shallow bay’s floor, where conditions are just right for cultivation.

Taste the fruits of their labor at The Marshall Store in the bayside hamlet of Marshall. Order oysters prepared every which way—not just raw, but also barbecued, smoked, Rockefeller (spinach, cheese, and breadcrumbs), and Kilpatrick-style (bacon and Worcestershire sauce). Then find a spot at the outdoor tables—live-edge wood slabs perched on oak barrels—and gaze at the bay while you toss back your bounty. Hefty, plump, and sweetly briny, Preston Point oysters pair perfectly with creamy clam chowder or a hunk of sourdough and baked brie. During crab season, typically November to May, the kitchen caters to Dungeness devotees as well as oyster fans. Try their divine Dungeness sandwich or crack into a whole carapace.

After your meal, rent a boat at Blue Waters Kayaking and paddle along the bay, stopping at tiny beaches wherever you please. Twelve miles long and one mile wide, Tomales Bay is home to dozens of shorebird and waterbird species. Great blue herons and glistening white egrets stand sentry along the bay’s edges. On moonless nights, Blue Waters offers an unforgettable guided paddling tour to witness the magic of bioluminescent plankton glowing in the dark.

Of course, you could just go for a drive. Highway 1 hugs the water’s edge, with weathered oyster shacks and Cape Cod–style bungalows perched over the bay and picturesque dairy farms lining the eastern hills. A few miles south of Marshall, stop for an easy stroll at Millerton Point for sweeping vistas of the bay and grassy pastures. Or walk the hillside paths at Marconi Conference Center State Historic Park (Meadow Trail offers the best views of the bay). In 1913, this westward-sloping property was where Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi set up a receiving station and was the first person to retrieve wireless telegraph messages sent through the airwaves from Hawaii and Asia.

Once you settle into Marshall’s slow life, you won’t want to leave. Extend your time in the no-rush zone with a stay at Nick’s Cove, a collection of 1930’s-era bayside bungalows, each decorated in its own funky-chic style with recycled wood and galvanized metal. Play a little bocce ball, rent a paddleboard at the pier, and join your fellow guests for an evening bonfire at the beach—with s’mores, of course.

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Shaver Lake

Shaver Lake
While away summer days at one of California’s premier waterskiing and fishing lakes, then take a side trip to a hidden grove of giant sequoias

When you vacation at picturesque Shaver Lake—a sapphire gem hugged by pine forest in the granite-studded Sierra Nevada Mountains—megawatts will be the furthest thing from your mind. But this boulder-lined reservoir 50 miles northeast of Fresno is a critical link in one of California’s oldest hydroelectric chains, built by Southern California Edison in 1927 to supply Los Angeles with power.

While the lake is busy generating electricity, you’ll occupy yourself with jet-skiing, swimming, and fishing. Rent a Waverunner or a ski boat at Shaver Lake Water Sports or Sierra Marina, then rev up the horsepower and zoom around the lake’s placid surface. If you’re just learning how to get up on one ski, losing your balance is a pleasure. Shaver’s temperature warms up nicely by mid-summer, thanks to a mid-level elevation of 5,200 feet. Sun-worshippers pick their spots on the beach and cool off with long, leisurely swims.

Kayakers and canoeists seek out Shaver’s quiet coves for paddling, while anglers troll their boats around the deep inlets or cast a line from shore, hoping to hook into a rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee salmon, or smallmouth bass. Most are pan-sized, but 10-pound trout are not uncommon. If your family is new to fishing, book a trip with Dick’s Fishing Charters—Captain Dick will make sure your kids catch fish.

On Shaver’s western shore, Camp Edison’s 252 campsites provide easy access to the water and an unusual bonus: electricity, cable television, and high-speed wifi, courtesy of the hydroelectric project. (Don’t tell your boss that you can receive emails on vacation.) A small general store provides everything you might have forgotten when you left home. Thirty-five miles of trails surround the lake, and even more are found “up the hill” at Huntington Lake, a 20-mile drive. Set out for a hike, or let Trigger do the walking—Shaver Stable offers one-hour, two-hour, and longer guided horseback rides.

Non-campers can book a cabin or room at the Shaver Lake Village Hotel or Elliott House Bed and Breakfast. Shaver Lake Village is tiny, but you’ll find great food at the surprisingly epicurean Seasons Bistro and Tavern or the family favorite, Shaver Lake Pizza.

Sooner or later, you’ll need a break from lake-based fun, so visit the open-air Central Sierra Historical Society Museum to learn about the region’s logging history and see a vintage “steam donkey,” a contraption that pulled freshly cut logs from the woods to the mill. Then go see some amazing trees that escaped the loggers’ saws. A 15-mile drive leads to the isolated McKinley Grove, where gargantuan giant sequoias thrive among leafy dogwood trees and thick-canopied sugar and Jeffrey pines. A short paved path travels near two dozen of the grove’s largest trees, including the General Washington Tree, which measures a whopping 65 feet in circumference and has a small creek flowing beneath its root system. Although the grove is small—about 170 giant sequoias spread out over 100 acres—it’s one of only a handful of sequoia groves where solitude is easy to come by.

If you feel like venturing farther into these mountains, the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness lies 20 miles north of the McKinley Grove (plan on an hour for the winding drive). On the wilderness area’s eastern boundary, the Dusy/Ershim Off-Highway Vehicle Route provides rough-and-tumble fun for off-road vehicle drivers. This 31-mile route is the “back road” to Courtright Reservoir, an alpine-elevation lake surrounded by spectacular granite domes.

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Hot Creek Geologic Site

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Hot Creek Geologic Site
See what volcanic forces have made in the Eastern Sierra: boiling pools and frothing geysers, a pristine trout stream, and a skier’s paradise

Mammoth Lakes is the Eastern Sierra’s busiest resort destination and an unbeatable spot for year-round outdoor fun. But this mountain town ringed by granite peaks and lake-filled basins is more than just a nature lover’s playground. It’s also a geological showpiece, a volcanic landscape marked by easy-to-spot evidence of its explosive past.

See Mammoth’s volcanic forces shaking and boiling in real time at Hot Creek Geologic Site, a wonderland of hot springs, fumaroles, and unpredictable geysers, all neatly framed within a narrow, rock-strewn gorge. Steaming aquamarine pools may look like a perfect place to soak, but swimming is prohibited—for good reason. Hot Creek’s scenic canyon is like a mini version of the geothermal marvels at Lassen and Yellowstone, with water temperature often topping 200 degrees, heated by a pocket of magma lying three miles below the creek. The earth’s surface is in flux, too. New hot pools appear overnight, and boiling geysers erupt without warning.

Admire the photogenic pools and steam clouds from a safe distance by following the paved trail downhill from the parking area to the canyon’s edge. Then hike along the creekside path to some of the eastern Sierra’s best wild trout waters. Like nearby Crowley Lake, Hot Creek is a top-notch fly-fishing destination, holding an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 rainbow and brown trout per mile. Fishing is catch-and-release only with artificial flies and barbless hooks. Anglers vie for the chance to stay at Hot Creek Ranch, a private fishing resort downstream of the geologic site, where only guests are allowed to fish on the property. The ranch’s nine guest cabins dot a huge meadow cut by a meandering spring creek. 

Volcanic activity is responsible for many other Mammoth landmarks, including the fascinating Inyo Craters on Mammoth’s Scenic Loop, Obsidian Dome on Glass Flow Road, and the skier’s paradise at Mammoth Mountain. The ski resort sits on the rim of the 760,000-year-old Long Valley Caldera, where moving and shaking underneath the earth’s crust continues to shape the landscape. The volcano hasn’t been active in thousands of years, but geologists don’t rule out a future eruption. Still, that’s the farthest thing from the minds of thousands of skiers and riders who arrive for Mammoth Mountain’s opening day, usually in the second week of November. With snowfall averaging more than 30 feet per year, dedicated snow lovers can keep skiing laps into July.

If winter isn’t your season, Mammoth still has you covered. In summer, the mountain’s ski slopes convert to a mountain bike park, and the ski gondola transforms into a sightseeing joy ride that tops out at 11,053 feet. Riders get an eagle-eye view of the High Sierra without breaking a sweat. At the gondola’s upper station, an interpretive center features exhibits on the mountain’s volcanic history, plus a view of the Minaret Range, Mono Lake, and 400 miles of the Sierra’s highest peaks. Take a walk around the bald, windswept summit, then grab a bowl of chili at the highest eatery in California, the Eleven53 Café.

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Lone Pine

Lone Pine
Descubra la belleza natural y otra parte de California en un pequeño pueblo histórico del Valle Owens

Diríjase a Lone Pine para ver una parte diferente de California; menos conectada a la Costa del Pacífico y más conectada cultural y geográficamente al interior del Oeste estadounidense.

El lado este de California es donde empieza el Desierto de la gran cuenca, y Lone Pine es un pueblo pequeño en un terreno muy grande. Con una población de apenas 2000 residentes, Lone Pine se extiende a lo largo de la carretera federal 395 del vasto Valle de Owens. Al este, las Montañas Inyo se levantan sobre el suelo del valle, mientras la Sierra Nevada se erige en el oeste detrás de las enredadas formaciones de roca de las colinas de Alabama.

Al ir acercándose al pueblo, la carretera 395 se estrecha, se hace más lenta y se convierte en la calle principal de Lone Pine. Hay edificios estilo Viejo Oeste con marquesinas que cubren de sombra la acera, mientras tiendas de deportes con letreros de neón con truchas que saltan dan un indicio del papel que juega la pesca en estos lares. Conocida por su temprana temporada de truchas, Lone Pine es el punto de partida para la pesca en el Valle Owens y el Eastern Sierra, incluida la Golden Trout Wilderness.

El acceso más fácil a la sierra desde Lone Pine está en el Whitney Portal de 2552 metros, cerca de 21 kilómetros al oeste del pueblo. Antes de partir a tierras altas, deténgase para desayunar en el Alabama Hills Café & Bakery en W. Post St., un lugar local nada pretencioso que sirve una variedad de comida llenadora, incluidas galletas con jugo de carne y burritos de desayuno.

El restaurante recibe el nombre por las cercanas Colinas de Alabama, un conjunto surreal de rocas y arcos enormes que ha sido una ubicación muy popular de películas desde la era del cine mudo (aquí se filmaron clásicos como Gunga Din y La conquista del oeste). Descargue o recoja el folleto de recorridos sin guía de la Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, luego tomar un desvío desde Whitney Portal Road a lo largo de Movie Road. (Para más información sobre la tradición cinematográfica de Lone Pine, asegúrese de visitar The Museum of Western Film History de la ciudad.)

El camino se eleva cerca de 1524 metros desde Lone Pine y zigzaguea hasta la entrada de la Sierra oriental hasta alcanzar el Whitney Portal, el portal para los que practican senderismo hacia la cima del Monte Whitney de 4421 metros, el punto más alto en esa zona de Estados Unidos. En caso de que no planee subir a la cima del Whitney, puede practicar senderismo en tramos del Portal National Recreation Trail a través de un cañón de madera a lo largo de Lone Pine Creek. Antes de regresar al pueblo, almuerce o desayune en el Whitney Portal Store y eche un vistazo a las caídas de agua de Lone Pine Creek.

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Explore el condado de Inyo
Desde el desierto más bajo hasta la montaña más alta y los árboles Bristlecone más antiguos, una exploración al aire libre de primera categoría lo espera en el corazón de El Camino Sierra.
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Parque Estatal Red Rock Canyon

Parque Estatal Red Rock Canyon
Contempla rocas con los colores del arcoíris

Este parque, una tierra con acantilados, cuellos volcánicos y afloramientos erosionados, se encuentra ubicado a cerca de 120 millas/193 kilómetros al norte de Los Ángeles y fue en el pasado el telón de fondo de las películas de Hollywood con temática western. Tallado por el viento y el agua, el terreno se despliega en capas blancas, rosadas y rojas... Únete a otros fotógrafos para capturar su belleza al atardecer y al amanecer. Aquí abundan también los paleontólogos. En los sedimentos del acantilado se esconden fósiles de animales prehistóricos: caballos de tres dedos, felinos dientes de sable y extintos lagartos.

El parque, de 27,000 acres/10,926 hectáreas de extensión, ofrece diversos senderos cortos para caminatas. Los visitantes que llegan por primera vez pueden seguir los senderos para contemplar las formaciones en los cañones Hagen y Red Rock. En la Reserva Natural Red Cliffs, un camino te lleva entre las columnas rojizas de los acantilados de 300 pies/91 metros de alto, luego sigue una vieja huella de Jeep que pasa por entre los árboles de Josué, que parecen de otro planeta, hasta llegar a vistas impresionantes de las montañas El Paso. Visita esta región después de un invierno húmedo para contemplar las flores silvestres que estallan en una erupción de color. 

Las noches en el parque tienen una magia de otra clase. Sin grandes ciudades en la región (la diminuta Cantil es el pueblo más cercano), los cielos nocturnos están libres de contaminación lumínica. En el campamento Ricardo, de 50 plazas, a menudo pueden encontrarse fanáticos de la astronomía con sus telescopios, y la Sociedad Astronómica China Lake organiza fiestas frecuentes bajo las estrellas. La mayoría de las tardes de sábado, los guías del parque brindan charlas sobre temas variados, desde petroglifos a tortugas del desierto y, por supuesto, sobre estrellas.

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Malibú

Malibú
Explora una ciudad famosa frente a la playa repleta de celebridades

Con más de 30 millas/51 kilómetros a lo largo del Pacífico y la carretera Highway One, Malibú ha logrado un estatus mítico de entre las ciudades playeras de California. Las estrellas de Hollywood y los mejores deportistas viven en mansiones frente al mar con grandes playas y asientos de primera fila para ver surfers y puestas del sol inolvidables.

Si bien puede sonar exclusivo, hay un montón de magia muy accesible en Malibú para los visitantes. Considerado para tener algunas de las olas más perfectas, Malibu Surfrider Beach, justo al lado del Malibú Pier, fue nombrada la primera Reserva Mundial de Surf; muy cerca está Zuma Beach, un imán solar para los lugareños y las familias. En invierno, Point Dume proporciona una posición ideal para observar a las ballenas grises migrando.

La estética perfecta también se extiende más allá de la playa. Getty Villa (el hogar original del Museo Getty, que se inauguró en 1974) se centra en el arte griego antiguo y romano (la admisión es gratuita pero necesitas hacer una reservación). Para obras maestras playeras más contemporáneas, echa un vistazo a las 30 tablas de surf que datan del año 1910, en el Museo de Surf en la Biblioteca Payson de la Universidad Pepperdine. Y para detectar el arte de alguna de las celebridades locales, navega por las tiendas en el Malibu Country Mart y Malibu Lumber Yard, dos centros comerciales de lujo situados uno junto al otro.

Después, toma un bocado en Malibu Farms, el café y restaurante orgánico que se encuentra justo en el muelle. O navega sintiendo el aire fresco y prueba una de las famosas hamburguesas de Malibu Seafood, justo enfrente de Dan Blocker Beach. Pasa la noche como un conocedor, consigue una habitación en el hotel de 47 habitaciones Malibu Beach Inn, antiguamente un hotel en la llamada Billionaire's Beach (La playa del multimillonario), que fue remodelado originalmente por el magnate de Hollywood David Geffen.

Tan difícil como alejarte del océano, adéntrate un poco en la isla y podrás hacer excursiones a través de colinas y cañones llenos de flores silvestres de primavera e incluso cascadas, en los senderos de Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Área. Para tener una grandiosa experiencia, toma uno de los dos Malibu Wine Hikes que hay en el viñedo de Saddlerock Ranch; los paseos incluyen paradas para ver los dibujos rupestres de Chumash, un encuentro con la jirafa estrella de cine (salió en Hangover 3) y por supuesto una cata de vinos