Many people who’ve never been to California envision it as a place with golden beaches and beautiful people soaking up the sunshine. While you will find that, this diverse state offers a whole lot more, including an incredible array of wildlife, like these bull elk who are competing for the attentions of a female in Redwood National Park.
Black Bear in Yosemite National Park
While it’s rare to see them during the day, black bear can be spotted in Yosemite National Park.
Cholla Cactus, Joshua Tree National Park
Just after sunrise, the light casts a golden glow over the cholla cactus garden in Joshua Tree National Park making this desert landscape come to life.
Burney Falls, McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park
Stress melts away in the presence of Burney Falls, once called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by former president Theodore Roosevelt.
Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park
Sunshine beaming through the mist at Vernal Falls creates a brilliant rainbow highlighting the beauty of this massive 317-foot waterfall.
Bumpass Hell, Lassen National Park
Yellowstone isn’t the only place to experience spectacular geothermal areas, California has some of its own in Lassen National Park, home to a number of groups of hot springs and fumaroles that are remnants of former volcanic activity.
Monterey Cypress Tree Tunnel, Point Reyes
A signature landscape at Point Reyes station, just north of San Francisco where upon entering the interlocking branches close out the world, as quiet and darkness descend.
Point Reyes Lighthouse, Point Reyes
This picturesque lighthouse is just one of the many sights that await on the other side of the tree tunnel.
McWay Falls, Big Sur Coast
Of course, there are breathtaking beach scenes too, but it’s not always what you might think. Set along the Big Sur coast, McWay Falls plunges onto this idyllic stretch of sand looking as if it were a scene from a tropical island paradise.
Glass Beach, Fort Bragg