California is known as the Golden State, with its fantastic nature parks adding to its sparkle. With so many choices open to you, it’s understandable that you’ll have a difficult time picking a park to visit. Let us help you make the most of your ESTA visa with our list of the four best California national parks.
Death Valley National Park
Despite the name, this park is thriving with colors and activity. Located in eastern California, it’s brutally hot during summer but temperate in the early spring and winter. The Valley plays host to the Badwater Ultramarathon every year. Thousands of runners join the 135-mile run every July. If camping is more your speed, you can take advantage of the nine campsites scattered across Death Valley.
Joshua Tree National Park
Named after the Joshua tree, the park is renowned for two things – its crystal-infused boulders and star-filled sky. The place is a haven for rock climbers and budding astronomers. Joshua Tree Park is the perfect place to do some stargazing. The air is fresher than in the cities, and with virtually no humidity, you’ll have an unobstructed view of the Milky Way. Schedule a trip anytime from October to November to catch the Orionids, Leonids, and Geminids, respectively.
Redwood National Park
Redwood Park is famous for Hyperion, the world’s tallest tree. While its fellow giants surround it, it stands far above them at115.7 meters tall. Visitors can enjoy a day walking the Tall Trees Grove path or the Ladybird Johnson Grove trail at the park’s southern area. For those who want to stay longer, Redwood Park boasts of four campsites. There are also cozy lodgings to be found in the towns of Klamath, Orrick, and Requa.
Yosemite is one of California’s most beloved nature parks. Located 200 miles east of San Francisco, the park is open the whole year and offers visitors a wide range of activities. You can go hiking, fishing, rafting, and rock climbing during spring and summer. While many of the hiking trails and park roads are either inaccessible or closed during winter, people still head to Yosemite for some cross-country skiing.
California is an excellent way to get a realistic feel of the country. So grab your ESTA visa and head out to this glorious state.
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