Read about all of my favorite Death Valley spots here
Redwoods National Park
National MonumentsCalifornia also has 11 different National Monuments. Some are 1,000’s of acres and some are just a small piece of land, but all of them encompass a beauty that makes California unique. I have only travelled to a couple of them, but have left the full list here for you to enjoy and will update more as I get to visit more of them. Check them out below.
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
California Coastal National Monument
Lava Beds National Monument
These are the rest of the National Monuments, I have not visited any of them yet but you can see them below.
Fort Ord National Monument
"Fort Ord National Monument encompasses a sweeping landscape of vivid beauty and rich biodiversity in the heart of California’s Central Coast. In addition to its biological wonders, the area is notable for its historical significance, including its role in the Spanish settlement of California and in the military training of generations of American soldiers. The monument, which was designated in 2012, is a world-class destination for hikers, mountain bikers, and outdoor enthusiasts who come to enjoy the area’s history and scenic landscapes."
Charrizo Plain National Monument
"The Carrizo Plain is a large enclosed plain, approximately 50 miles long and up to 15 miles across, in southeastern San Luis Obispo County, California. It contains the 250,000 acre Carrizo Plain National Monument, and it is the largest single native grassland remaining in California. It includes Painted Rock in the Carrizo Plain Rock Art Discontiguous District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2012 it was further designated a National Historic Landmark due to its archeological value. It is one of the easiest places to view surface fractures of the San Andreas Fault which traverses below the plain."
Giant Sequoia National Monument
"The monument includes 38 of the 39 Giant Sequoia groves in the Sequoia National Forest, amounting to about half of the sequoia groves currently in existence. This includes one of the ten largest Giant Sequoias, the Boole Tree. Its two parts are around Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks."
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
"Valor in the Pacific encompasses nine sites in three states associated with World War II: The Attack on Pearl Harbor, including the USS Arizona, Utah, and Oklahoma memorials in Hawaii; the Aleutian Islands Campaign on Attu Island, Kiska Island, and Atka Island in Alaska; and the Japanese American internment at Tule Lake War Relocation Center in California."
National Historic SitesHere are the national historic sites in California. Most of them I have not been able to visit yet but here is the list so that you can visit them.
- Eugene O’Neill
- Fort Point
- Manzanar - Read about my time at Manzanar here.