Beautiful National Parks and Monuments in Northern California
California is a state of great natural wonders and beauty and the federal government has recognized this great beauty by creating many national parks and national monuments in California. Tourism is big business in California as the hotels, resorts, spas, lodges, campsites and motels in the state employ many people and the backbone of tourism in California is the great scenic wonders in the state. These are the beautiful national parks and monuments in Northern California that are visited by millions of tourists every year.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is one of the crown jewels in the United States National Parks System as almost 4 million people per year visit this beautiful national park treasure. Tourists have been visiting Yosemite since the mid 1800's and Yosemite was first protected when Congress passed and President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Yosemite Grant in 1864. Yosemite National Park was created on October 1, 1890 in large part due to lobbying by naturalist John Muir who will always be associated with Yosemite. Tourists come to Yosemite National Park to see the magnificent granite cliffs and mountains, spectacular waterfalls and amazing views available in the park. Overnight visitors can stay in the park at the Ahwahanee Hotel, LeConte Memorial Lodge or one of the many campsites in Yosemite.
Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument is located along the Pacific Coast just north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge in Northern California. Contained in Muir Woods National Monument are forests of old growth Coastal Redwoods which are the tallest trees in the world. There is plenty of hiking trails but no camping or overnight accommodations available in the Muir Woods National Monument but tourists and visitors can find plenty of motels and lodges in the area or better yet stay at the beautiful hotels in San Francisco and make a day trip to Muir Woods.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in northeastern California along Highways 36 and 89 near the town of Mineral. The main visitor attractions in Lassen Volcanic National Park are 10,462 foot high Lassen Peak which is the largest plug dome volcano in the world and the numerous mud pots, hot springs and fumaroles in the area. There are numerous resorts, hotels, motels, campsites and lodges located in the vicinity of Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes National Seashore is located along the Pacific Ocean on the Point Reyes Peninsula in Northern California about 50 miles north of San Francisco. Point Reyes is filled with great natural wonders like beautiful cliffs, lakes, beaches, lagoons, bays, rock formations and even the Alamere Falls waterfall which drops right from a coastal cliff into the Pacific Ocean. Hiking trails are numerous and very popular in Point Reyes National Seashore which receives some 2.5 million visitors per year. Tourists visiting San Francisco will never regret making a trip north to see Point Reyes.
Devils Postpile National Monument
Devils Postpile National Monument is located in central-eastern California just west of the resort town of Mammoth Lakes. The main feature in Devils Postpile National Monument is the large dark cliff of columnar basalt rocks that looks as if someone has purposely stacked hand made evenly formed rock columns together. Rainbow Falls is another natural wonder in the monument but it requires a hike to get to. Tourists visiting Devils Postpile National Park can stay at numerous resort hotels and lodges in the area.
Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park is located along the California coast in northwestern California south of Crescent City where there is an airport for tourists to fly into. The magnificent redwood trees which are the tallest trees in the world and can reach heights of 380 feet are the main attractions at Redwoods National Park. Visitors to the park can camp in numerous campsites in and around the park or stay at one of the many hotels, resorts, lodges and motels in the area.
Lava Beds National Monument
Lava Beds National Monument is located in Northern California just south of the Oregon border and Tulelake, California. The main attractions in the park are volcanic in origin including lava tube caves, volcanic fields, fumaroles, cinder cones, spatter cones, maars, pit craters and lava flows. The area is really beautiful and the lit up lava tube caves which were created by underground lava flows are really great tourist attractions in Lava Beds National Monument.
Image Source (Valentine Cave is a lava tube in Lava Beds National Monument)
California Coastal National Monument
California Coastal National Monument runs the entire length of California's 840 mile coast along the Pacific Ocean and protects all reefs, islets and rock outcroppings along the coast for a distance of 12 nautical miles out to sea. The entire California Coastline is a great natural wonder full of great beauty and one of California's greatest tourist attractions.
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