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Summer is the season for road tripping, and the open road beckons. California is a rich stomping ground for exploration, as biodiverse as it is breathtaking. Roll down to Joshua Tree for hot rock climbing, skip along the Pacific Coast Highway or wind up northward in greener climates. Whichever way the wind draws you, adventure seekers are deeply rewarded. In these photos, photographer Josh McNair of California Through My Lens takes us through every nook and cranny of The Golden State. What are you waiting for? Get out there.
Green surrounds the wayward wanderer on the road towards Bishop Creek, CA.
The Sierra Nevada mountain range beginning outside of Bishop, CA.
Rolling towards the Alabama Hills, a well-loved climbing destination.
Get lost somewhere in the California desert.
Joshua Tree National Park during a tranquil sunset.
Driving the Avenue of the Giants through Humboldt Redwoods State Park is a humbling experience.
Moro Rock projects starkly out of the green mountainside in Sequoia National Park.
Rolling through Paso Robles.
Joshua Trees stand guard among the serene, extraterrestrial landscape of Joshua Tree National Park.
Historic Route 66 swings near Amboy Crater, an extinct volcano surrounded by a lava field.
The iconic Hollywood sign watches over the starts of Los Angeles from the Hollywood Reservoir.
Devil’s Slide gives way steeply to California’s Pacific Coast Highway.
The Mormon Rocks: swaths of sandstone that have been pushed above ground due to tectonic activity at the San Andreas Fault.
Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve erupts with color, brought on by California’s state flower.
Bishop Creek beckons outdoor lovers, from climbers of the Owens River Valley to fisherman relaxing by the waters.