Seven Wonders of California

According to Jared Updike.

1. Volcanic North

  • Lassen National Park
  • Lava Beds National Monument
  • Mount Shasta
  • Castle Crags State Park (we need to go here)

2. Redwood Coast

  • Redwood National Park
  • Redwood State Parks
  • Point Reyes National Seashore

3. High Sierra

  • Yosemite National Park (Yosemite Valley)
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • John Muir Wilderness
  • Mount Whitney and Inyo National Forest
  • Alabama Hills

4. Golden Gate

  • The Golden Gate Bridge
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  • The Marin Headlands
  • Alcatraz
  • San Francisco Bay

5. Big Sur Coast

  • Point Sur
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (Mcway Falls)
  • Hearst Castle (San Simeon)
  • California Missions

6. Massive and Ancient Trees

  • Sequoia National Park
  • Ancient Bristlecone National Forest

7. Great Basin Deserts

  • Death Valley National Park
  • Mojave National Monument and Preserve (Kelso Dunes)
  • Joshua Tree National Park

I did not even include certain Southern California wonders, such as the Channel Islands, including Catalina Island, which are beautiful, world-class destinations. Nor did I include the coastal places to go scuba diving with the kelp forests and seals and sea lions, the garibaldi fishes. Also missing are places like Carrizo Plain, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve, which can undergo superblooms, with wondrous wildflowers in the springtime.