CA celebrates National Parks 100th

Discussion in 'California' started by wanderer, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. wanderer

    wanderer Moderator

    A century ago (and even before that), California has played an instrumental role in getting the National Parks formed. According to Visit California, more than 37 million visit the state's National Parks each year, making it one of the most popular tourist events in the state.

    Throughout 2016, a variety of events are coming up to celebrate the big anniversary:

    Yosemite celebrates National Park National Park Week April 16-24 with free admission and ranger talks. The Yosemite Museum will have a number of exhibits and a special event on Aug. 25.

    Joshua Tree National Park has an upcoming art festival (April 1 to 3).

    Lassen Volcanic National Park has a film festival coming up (July 16 to 17), Dark Sky Festival (August 12 to 14), and an art and wine festival on Sept. 24.

    Golden Gate National Parks is expanding its shuttle service and public trailhead programs.

    There are a ton of other events coming up this year. Do you know of any? List them below!
  2. terance

    terance New Member

    California has the most national park units of any state, with 26, and has the most visited park of all, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, with 15 million annual visitors.
  3. mitraveler

    mitraveler New Member

    That's a lot of national parks. I would love to visit Death Valley National Park when it's not too hot. (and when is that? Not the high summer, right)? There's a lovely lodge I've heard about that about that's really big for stargazing. Since Death Valley is literally out in the middle of nowhere, there wouldn't be any lights to get in the way of the stars.

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