A huge park located in the southern part of the Sierra Nevadas, Sequoia National Park stretches across over 400,000 acres. Established in 1890, the park has been standing strong for over a century, giving visitors gorgeous places to vacation and enjoy some serenity. The park is primarily known for its Giant Forest, filled with some of the oldest and largest ancient coastal redwood trees in the world. It’s also home to Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the contiguous United States. When visiting, you can enjoy a variety of activities, including camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing, and more.
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is located on the northern side of Los Angeles County, a space protected under the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The reserve is home to the best California poppy blooms in the state, filling the space with bright, vibrant blossoms. In addition to poppies, the reserve is known for growing wildflowers like owl’s clover, lupine, goldfields, cream cups, and coreopsis. To catch the best colors of the year, time your visit between mid-February and late May.
Stretching along the coast and slightly inland between Ventura and Monterey sits Los Padres National Forest, a wilderness area including about 875,000 acres of forestry. Included within the park’s boundaries are the Ventana, Silver Peak, Santa Lucia, Machesna, Garcia, San Rafael, Dick Smith, Sespe, Matilija, and Chumash wilderness areas. This a great spot for hiking and backpacking, containing over 1,200 miles of trails.
Also in the San Diego area is Coronado Beach, with a gorgeous shore spreading out in front of the Hotel Del Coronado. You don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to enjoy this beach, which stretched out across a mile and a half behind some beautiful Ocean Boulevard houses. Here, you can enjoy a variety of activities including swimming, boogie boarding, body surfing, and visiting the tide pools. For ideal surfing conditions, head north to North Beach, or opt for a doggie day even farther north at Dog Beach.