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PHOTO GALLERY: California, and the National Parks:

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California is an amazing state, as well as the 2nd largest state in the United States. California has the most National Parks in the United States as well. With California having the most National Parks, lets see if you have been to all of them, if you are a visitor of the state. Here is the list of National Parks in California.

  1. Channel Islands National Park
  2. Death Valley National Park
  3. Joshua Tree National Park
  4. Lassen Volcanic National Park
  5. Redwood National Park
  6. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
  7. Yosemite National Park.
What’s the difference between a national park and a State park?

The main difference between state parks and national parks is that state parks are under the control of the state government while national parks are run by the federal government. Other differences between the two include the size of the parks, how popular they are, and the cost to park visitors.

Having been to some National Parks, it seems like the National Parks have the biggest and most exciting places to see. Like Yellowstone, Redwood National Park, etc.

Yosemite National Park:

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Channel Islands National Park:

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Death Valley National Park:

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Death Valley is a desert valley in Eastern California, in the northern Mojave Desert, bordering the Great Basin Desert. During summer, it is one of the hottest places on Earth, along with deserts in the Middle East and the Sahara. [3] Death Valley’s Badwater Basin is the point of lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet (86 m) below sea level.

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Joshua Tree National Park:

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Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California, east of San Bernardino and Los Angeles and north of Palm Springs. It is named after the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the Mojave Desert1The park is famous for rock formations and attracts rock-climbing enthusiasts2The park activities offer enjoyable and spectacular sceneries which often result in elevated mental and spiritual rewards2.

The park has two distinct desert ecosystems of the Mojave and Colorado2The Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail and Skull Rock Nature Trail are some of the popular attractions in Joshua Tree National Park3.

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Lassen Volcanic National Park is an American national park in northeastern California. The dominant feature of the park is Lassen Peak, the largest plug dome volcano in the world and the southernmost volcano in the Cascade Range.[3] Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the few areas in the world where all four types of volcano can be found—plug dome, shieldcinder cone, and stratovolcano.[4]

The source of heat for the volcanism in the Lassen area is subduction of the Gorda Plate diving below the North American Plate off the Northern California coast.[5] The area surrounding Lassen Peak is still active with boiling mud potsfumaroles, and hot springs.[6]

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Redwood National Park:

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Redwood Fast Facts Redwood National Park covers a total area of 131,983 acres The number of people visiting Redwood in 2019 was 504,722 ( All Years) Redwood was made a national park on October 2, 1968 The lowest elevation found in Redwood is 0 feet at the Pacific Ocean The highest elevation found in Redwood is 3,170 feet on Coyote Peak.

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Sequoia National park :

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The General Sherman Tree is a giant sequoia tree located at an elevation of 2,109 m (6,919 ft) above sea level in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California. By volume, it is the largest known living single-stem tree on Earth1It is estimated to be around 2,200 to 2,700 years old21The tree stands 275 feet (83 m) tall, and is over 36 feet (11 m) in diameter at the base3It’s not only the largest tree in the world but also the largest living organism based on volume on the entire planet4.

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JUST A NOTE: California is home to many wonderful places besides these amazing parks. Disneyland, Sea World, and many other great attractions make California the “go to” place for vacationers. We will do another great photo gallery on California soon, to go over the other fun and beautiful places of California.

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