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PARKS
Big Sur; Kings Canyon;
Joshua Tree; Crystal Cove State
Park; Channel Islands

CLOCKWISE

sequoia trees, including the General Sherman, the world's largest living thing by volume. SECRET FIND Marble and stalactite
formations in Crystal Cave (tours offered
in summer; sequoiahistory.org). nps.gov/seki

namesake 60-foot-high wall of polished
basalt columns and lovely Rainbow Falls,
a 101-foot-high cascade. SECRET FIND
Sunset from Minaret Vista, near the
entrance station. nps.gov/depo
8 Pinnacles National Park

California's newest national park
has cliffs, crags, and caves-all remnants
of an ancient volcano. Bring flashlights
to explore talus caves; outside, scan the
skies for endangered California condors.
SECRET FIND Guided full moon hikes or
nighttime cave explorations. nps.gov/pinn
9 Big Sur

Experience this celebrated coastal land
at Garrapata, Andrew Molera, Julia Pfeiffer
Burns, Pfeiffer Big Sur, and Limekiln Creek
State Parks. SECRET FIND Guided tours of
Point Sur (pointsur.org), an 1889 lighthouse. parks.ca.gov
10 Sequoia and Kings Canyon
National Parks

These side-by-side parks boast super-size
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Soaring sand dunes, below-sea-level
salt flats, narrow canyons, and, in summer, some of the hottest temperatures ever
recorded on the planet (134°F/57°C at
Furnace Creek). SECRET FIND Towering
Eureka Dunes, a mountain of sand that
"sings" in dry conditions. nps.gov/deva
12 Channel Islands National Park

Nicknamed the "Galapagos of the
Pacific," these islands off the Central
Coast are a wildlife-watcher's paradise;
look for rare island fox on land, whales
and dolphins at sea. SECRET FIND Guided
kayak tours of Santa Cruz Island's Painted
Cave, one of the world's biggest sea caves
(sbadventureco.com). nps.gov/chis

13 Crystal Cove State Park

Surf or swim along more than 3 miles
of perfect beachfront, or head inland to
hike or mountain bike some 2,400 acres of
canyons and ridges. SECRET FIND Restored
cottages (crystalcovebeachcottages.com) can
be booked for overnight stays. parks.ca.gov
14 Joshua Tree National Park

Between its monzogranite boulders and
striking namesake
"trees" (actually a type
of yucca), "J-Tree"
is a photographer's
dream. Take a climbing lesson, camp, and
stargaze after dark.
SECRET FIND

Pappy and Harriet's
Pioneertown Palace,
with live music and
awesome BBQ ribs.
nps.gov/jotr
-ANN MARIE BROWN

THOMAS J. STORY/SUNSET PUBLISHING; ALEX FARNUM; DOUG MANGUM; KODIAK GREENWOOD; HARRIOT MANLEY

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