Born of erosion from a volcano on the San Andreas fault, Pinnacles National Park is an imposing rock formation in California. The high peaks of the park rise over 3,000 feet from the surrounding landscape in a way that could only happen through thousands of years of tectonic movement.
What was created from movement along the San Andreas Fault attracts hikers and rock climbers from all over the world.
Of all the “must-do” activities in the Marin Headlands, the Point Bonita Lighthouse hike is an excellent choice while you are visiting this part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The highlight of this short trail is heading across the suspension bridge that leads to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, but the entire trip has great views, including views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay.
It’s hard to find a quiet spot in one of the United States’ most attended natural attractions, but the Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park is likely your best bet if you plan on visiting Yosemite. Though closed in the winter (and frequently in the early spring and late fall, depending on snowfall), the Tuolumne Meadows area is truly a special place where you’ll find great hiking, wildflower-filled fields, peaceful streams, secluded lakes and maybe even a bit of quiet in this otherwise densely populated park.
Taking a trip in the Sierra Mountains of California and staying one of the great Sequoia National Park campgrounds can be one of the most memorable vacations you’ll ever have. There are quite a few options in both Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, but spending time in the forest among the trees in any of these campgrounds will prove to be a wonderful experience.
Staying in one of the Joshua Tree National Park campgrounds are one of the best parts of the park. They are plentiful, conveniently located throughout the park and all are set in an area that contains incredible scenery.