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California is a state packed with a variety of landscapes, from rugged coastlines and towering forests to expansive deserts and majestic mountains. Whether you’re a resident, visitor, or just exploring these natural environments we thought we’d highlight a few of our favorites that not only inspire our products but are must-see places to add to your itinerary.

1. The Breathtaking Coastline of Big Sur

Stretching along Highway 1 between Carmel and San Simeon, Big Sur is renowned for its dramatic cliffs, sweeping ocean views, and serene redwood forests. The drive itself is an adventure, with numerous pullouts where you can stop and take in the scenery. Highlights include:

  • McWay Falls: A stunning waterfall that cascades directly onto the beach.
  • Bixby Creek Bridge: One of the most photographed bridges in California, offering incredible views of the coastline.
  • Pfeiffer Beach: Known for its purple sand and unique rock formations.
2. The Towering Giants of Redwood National and State Parks

Home to the tallest trees on earth, the Redwood National and State Parks are a testament to nature’s grandeur. Walking among these ancient giants is a humbling and awe-inspiring experience. Key attractions include:

  • The Tall Trees Grove: Featuring some of the tallest redwoods, this grove is accessible via a moderate hike.
  • Fern Canyon: A lush, narrow canyon with walls covered in ferns, offering a unique and enchanting atmosphere.
  • Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park: Known for its scenic drives and numerous hiking trails through old-growth redwoods.
3. The Majestic Peaks of the Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada mountain range offers a plethora of outdoor activities and stunning vistas. Notable destinations within this range include:

  • Yosemite National Park: Famous for its iconic landmarks like Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls, Yosemite offers unparalleled opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, and photography.
  • Lake Tahoe: Straddling the California-Nevada border, Lake Tahoe is known for its crystal-clear waters and is a year-round destination for skiing, hiking, and water sports.
  • Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks: Home to the towering General Sherman Tree and the deep, glacier-carved Kings Canyon, these parks are perfect for exploring giant sequoias and rugged mountain landscapes.
4. The Mysterious Beauty of Death Valley

Death Valley National Park is a land of extremes, with some of the hottest temperatures recorded on earth and unique geological features. Highlights include:

  • Badwater Basin: The lowest point in North America, it features surreal salt flats that stretch as far as the eye can see.
  • Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes: Rolling sand dunes that provide stunning photo opportunities, especially at sunrise and sunset.
  • Zabriskie Point: Offers panoramic views of the badlands, with colorful rock formations and dramatic vistas.
5. The Tranquil Deserts of Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree National Park is where the Mojave and Colorado deserts meet, creating a unique landscape filled with otherworldly rock formations and the iconic Joshua trees. Key spots to visit include:

  • Hidden Valley: A popular area for rock climbing and hiking, with intriguing boulder formations.
  • Cholla Cactus Garden: A dense collection of cholla cacti that glow beautifully in the morning and evening light.
  • Keys View: A lookout point that offers sweeping views of the Coachella Valley, the San Andreas Fault, and, on clear days, Mexico.

Each of these destinations showcases the state’s natural beauty in its own unique way. We hope they’re as impactful to you as they are to us but remember to keep these places as you found them, clean and undisturbed. So pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready to explore the unparalleled beauty of California’s great outdoors.