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9 Amazing Alternatives to National Parks

Love California’s national parks? These state parks rival them for world-class scenery, and you’ll be amazed by what else you discover.

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Upstate Gem: Ahjumawi Lava Springs
This primeval wetland is one of California’s least-visited state parks, perhaps because you can only reach it by boat. It’s 100% worth the effort.
Here’s How to Go
It’s Back: Big Basin Redwoods State Park
California’s oldest state park, located just outside Santa Cruz, has reopened after a long closure. Come see the ancient redwoods in all their glory.
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11 State Parks with Native California Heritage
Located near historic sites, wine country, and beaches across Northern California, these parks have deep ties to tribal lands.
See Them in New Ways
9 Southern California Parks Rich with History
These parks, located from San Diego to Santa Cruz counties, offer their own glimpses of the Golden State’s indigenous cultures.
Go Back in Time
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