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If you are wandering in The Golden State and looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, you don’t have to look too far to find some of the nation’s most treasured landscapes and natural wonders.

California is rich with land that has been set aside, protected, and carefully managed by the National Park Service. From the iconic grandeur of Yosemite which sits in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the offshore coastal outcroppings of the Channel Islands in Southern California, there are parks and recreational areas that are food for your mind, body, and soul.

So let’s hit the road. Here are the California Parks (in alpha order), links to more information, and a few details to enhance your journey. Get up, get out, and #FindYourPark!

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  • Yosemite National Park – out of Fresno in the Sierra Nevada
    Yosemite National Park was established in 1890 as the Nation’s second recognized Park, although protection began as early as 1864 while Abraham Lincoln was in office. There are over 750,000 acres protected yet when most think of Yosemite they are typically referring to the 7 square miles of Yosemite Valley. It is rich with iconic granite peaks, cliffs and domes, dramatic waterfalls and some of the most beautiful meadows to be found. It truly is a remarkable place and, whether you are seeing it for the first time or are a longtime fan, when you get your glimpse of the valley it is jaw-dropping.

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