The Most Popular National Parks in California (with Map & Photos)

California National Parks

The three most popular California National Parks in the state and famous throughout the world are Yosemite, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. In this section we offer you all the information you need to know about these three destinations. You have wanted to take a route through three of the most impressive landscapes on the planet, right? Then don't think twice and go for it!

Death Valley, Yosemite and Colorado Canyon


These are the three most visited California National Parks along with Yellowstone Park. Although the Grand Canyon of the Colorado is not part of the state of California, we include it on this website because it is normally visited during trips to California. This section will provide you with the main information about Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite. If you enter our section of itineraries through California you will find all the necessary information to do some routes of between 10 and 15 days each. The itineraries section will allow youcomplement the information about these three parks and will help you to organize well a route through the natural parks.

These parks are visited by a large number of tourists throughout the year, for this reason it is extremely important to reserve accommodation well in advance, otherwise it will be totally impossible to find a place to sleep.

At the end of each article you will find information regarding accommodation with links to make the reservation. Based on our experience, we recommend the booking.com platform, where you will find all the hotels near these three National Parks of California.

Visit Death Valley


National Parks in California
Death Valley National Park

The distances in the United States are known to be very long, so you could say that the National Park of the Valley of Death is located relatively close to Los Angeles, about 200 Km. This is one of the most visited national parks in California, since it is on the way between Yosemite and the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.

If you visit the Valley of Death you will discover a desert with all the laws, since it is a place where it never rains and one of the driest areas on the planet. A curious fact is that the highest temperature recorded on the surface of the Earth was recorded in this place in 1913, reaching 56.7 degrees.

His name has meaning. In 1849 a carriage of Mexican immigrants traveling through Death Valley was lost for several weeks and they went through great ordeals to try to survive, in fact, half died. Finally, when they managed to leave the desert, one of the surviving women said goodbye to the place, naming it for the first time, The Valley of Death.

The valley offers extraordinary landscapes, for example the beautiful dunes of Stovepipe Wells or the colorful mountains on Artists Drive and the Golden Canyon. One of the most impressive places in Death Valley is Dantes Point, which offers a panoramic view of Death Valley. It is important to know that the visitor center is located on Furnance Creek.

Where to stay in Death Valley?

In reality, there are no lodgings within the Death Valley National Park, basically, because the climatic conditions of the park are really extreme. The accommodation is located in its surroundings, so, depending on where you want to access Death Valley, it will be more appropriate to stay in one city or another.

Visit Yosemite


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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is another of the best known California National Parks, as it is located in the Sierra Nevada (halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco). If you visit Yosemite you will be lucky enough to be contemplating one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet, with imposing mountains like the Great Captain and unique waterfalls in the world.

If you visit Yosemite, we recommend spending at least three days in this wonderful park, otherwise it will be impossible to appreciate its great attractions. The most interesting points of Yosemite National Park are the Valley of the Butterflies, where you will have the opportunity to see the great California Sequoias and cross the Tioga Pass with the car, which will allow you to cross the park from end to end above their peaks. This is a fully equipped place for tourists to perform various activities, such as excursions, visits by private car or bus, and accommodation in hotels and tents in the middle of the park.

Where to stay in Yosemite?

The Natural Park of Yosemite is one of the most famous and tourist of the United States. There are plenty of places to stay in and around Yosemite. The 4 most important towns to stay to visit the park are: Mammoth Lakes, Oakhurst, Mariposa, and El Portal. However, there are other places to stay in Yosemite, basically located to the East and West of the park.

Visit Colorado Canyon


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Colorado Canyon

Although the Grand Canyon of the Colorado belongs to the State of Arizona, it is located right on the border of California and thanks to its proximity many Californians visit the place often. If you visit this National Park, be sure that you will be fascinated, even more if it is for the first time, since it is a unique and different place in the world. Its geological formation and its river have created a landscape full of sensational rocky mazes.

To visit the Grand Canyon you can access the Southern California from the north side, although the busiest is usually the Southern California, since it offers better views and walks. In any case, if you have time, we recommend you also go to the north side, since the panorama is different and allows you to see other views of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. We also suggest doing a bit of hiking, as it will allow you to descend to the lowest area and enjoy other different views of the park. The best known route from the far south is the Bright Angel, since it is the shortest and with views as spectacular as the other routes.

Where to stay in the Grand Canyon of the Colorado?

There are no accommodations located within the park, as it is a highly protected place. The closest place to stay is Tusayan, however the hotel offer is very limited. Most visitors stay in cities and towns located on Highway 40 (which is the one that goes to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado ).