The Best of California’s State Parks: Instagram Edition

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With hundreds of parks, beaches, and historic monuments that span the entire state, California offers something for everyone with its wildly diverse collection of state parks. Whether you’re after lush pastures, pristine beaches, towering redwoods, or scorching deserts, California State Parks offers something for everyone. The state parks system usually charges only a few dollars for vehicle access, while pedestrian and bicycle access is free. Camping costs a bit more, but pitching a tent a stone’s throw from scenic cliffs or pulling in your pop-up under the stars is well worth the price of admission.
(above photo by @vivian.p.chen)

 

1. @hearstcastleshm – Hearst Castle State Historic Monument.

 

2. @montanadeoro – Montaña de Oro State Park.

 

3. @norcalchi – Tom Hart shows his life in the Redwoods.

 

4. @phillip.cheng – Phillip is a state parks employee.

 

5. @calparks – California State Parks Foundation.

 

6. @sarahmarinophoto – Sarah is a serious nature photographer.

 

7. @empire.mine – Feel the gold rush!

 

8. @monolakeca – Mono Lake is an almost 1,000,000-year-old lake.

 

9. @kikki831 – Karrie takes beautiful shots of state beaches near Santa Cruz.

 

10. @vivian.p.chen – Vivian takes shots all over California.

 

11. @visitsantacruz – This account offers tons of shots all over Santa Cruz.

 

12. @morrobayca – Morro Bay is a Central California city and is mostly a beach or park.

 

13. @thesaltonsea – An unofficial account for the Salton Sea, one of the lowest points on Earth.

 

 

This blog post was written by Jon Wizard @jonwizard. He is a habitual student, student pilot, and aspiring photographer. Jon was born in San Diego before moving to the Monterey Peninsula, making him a lifelong Californian. His favorite photos are landscapes and nature shots, which remind him of the incredible beauty of the natural world when life tries to make him forget.

 

 

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