Where to Go: California

Cathedral Lake from Desolation Wilderness, Mount Tellac trail
Miguel Vieira
California’s postcard-perfect mountains, valleys, deserts and coastal areas - offer visitors a lifetime of spectacular wilderness to experience.

From Yosemite to Joshua Tree, California is full of internationally renowned, can’t-miss wild places.

It’s a huge state, so be sure to map out your wilderness destinations and match your outdoor activities with places you choose.

California’s gold – the travel favorites

Many California outdoor destinations draw international visitors because they are truly jaw-droppingly beautiful and unique.

Favorites include:

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Big Sur coastline

Be sure to check the California national park website for closures and fees.

From Yosemite to Joshua Tree, California is full of internationally renowned, can’t-miss wild places.

California wild lands – scenic and less crowded

For travelers who prefer quieter destinations, California offers 18 national forests and millions of acres of other federal public lands to experience the outdoors, including:

Many state parks are also on beautiful wild lands. 

See also:

California: When to go

Experience the California Desert

Helpful links

  • National Parks in California:

http://www.nps.gov/state/ca/index.htm?program=parks

  • Visit California:

http://www.visitcalifornia.com/

  • California Bureau of Land Management:

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en.html

  • Sierra Nevada GeoTourism:

http://www.sierranevadageotourism.org/