California is one of the most amazingly diverse states in the nation. There are deserts, forests, beaches and everything in between, making the state one of the best vacation destinations around. Visitors can enjoy all types of outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, skiing, canoeing and surfing. Whatever your interests, you're sure to find your niche in the Golden State.
Yosemite is one of the best attractions in the National Park system. There are over 2,000 varieties of plants and animals here, including black bears, red-tailed hawks and giant sequoia trees. Rock climbers everywhere enjoy the sheer cliff face of Yosemite's famous Half Dome, while hikers are constantly pleased with the beautiful trails available throughout the park. Meanwhile, rafters take pleasure floating down the wild and scenic Merced River.
Yosemite National Park
PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA
Catalina is a desert island paradise with one of the richest marine environments in the world. If scuba and snorkeling aren't your favorites, there are also ample activities for mountain bikers and hikers to explore the vastly undeveloped inner island. Wildlife enthusiasts will also take pleasure in the fantastic number of rare animals on the island, from island foxes to bald eagles to garibaldi.
Spending early springtime in the Anza-Borrego Desert is an unforgettable experience filled with shockingly bright blooms on the normally featureless desert plants. Flowers of all colors--particularly red, orange, yellow, white and pink--can be seen throughout the park in the ideal weather conditions for hiking. An array of species only deliver their young at this time of year, making Anza-Borrego come alive in spring. Be sure to take a trip all the way to the hidden spring in order to truly experience the diversity of wildlife in this beautiful area.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Borrego Springs, California 92004
Located right on the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a premiere vacation destination for all types of visitors. Partiers and gamblers prefer to stay on the Nevada side to enjoy the casinos, while outdoor enthusiasts tend to stay on the California side to explore the abundance of natural beauty offered by the lake and its surrounding areas. In the summer, the crystal-blue waters are a favorite destination of boaters, water skiers and swimmers. Hikers, rock climbers and cyclists also enjoy the warm sun of the summer months. In the winter, skiing and sledding take over as the preferred activities of visitors. In fact, Lake Tahoe is one of California's top skiing areas.