On the lookout for a Coastal Escape or Gold Rush Journey? Uncover These State Parks

Youngsters are out of faculty, the climate is balmy and the times are lengthy — it’s time for summer season journey.

In the present day, I’ve a brand new spherical of suggestions for the perfect state parks to go to this summer season, whether or not you’re planning a day journey, a weekend getaway or one thing longer. California’s state park system consists of 280 parks: If the choices really feel overwhelming, it’s in one of the best ways. These 5 parks particularly delight at each flip.

And bear in mind: The subsequent few weeks in California are more likely to be unusually scorching. So be certain that to test the climate forecast earlier than you head out, convey loads of water and keep protected.

Take pleasure in.

About two and a half hours north of San Francisco, Salt Level State Park can provide a foggy reprieve when California’s inland areas are baking. Guests can discover miles of climbing trails by grasslands and redwood forests, in addition to alongside the rugged shoreline, the place there’s nearly all the time a cool ocean breeze.

The most important surviving crystalline gold nugget from California’s gold rush, as soon as a marvel on show on the 1878 Paris Exposition, weighs a whopping 13.8 kilos. You may see it on the California State Mining and Mineral Museum in Mariposa, about 70 miles east of Modesto. There, you’ll see not solely the Fricot Nugget, as the huge specimen is named, but in addition mining artifacts and uncommon gems and minerals from throughout the state, together with an instance of benitoite, a particularly uncommon gemstone found in San Benito County. (Benitoite is the official gemstone of California and seems to glow at midnight.)