The Best (and Some Lesser Known) National Parks in California
You won't regret adding one of these national parks to your California itinerary.
Choose one of these national parks for an unforgettable adventure.
1. Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is not only California's most visited national park, but it is also one of the most visited national parks in the U.S. Located about 140 miles southeast of Sacramento in northern California, Yosemite welcomes around 4 million visitors per year thanks to its unique geological makeup and bevy of adventure activities. The park stands out in particular for its striking granite rock formations and towering waterfalls: Half Dome and Vernal Fall are Yosemite's can't-miss landmarks. As for where to stay, campgrounds are abundant. Lodges and various hotels are also available. However, parts of the park may be closed due to snow from November to May or June.