Which deserts are in California


Where anything is possible: California, a dream destination

Longing destination for people from all over the world

The third largest state in the USA after Texas and Alaska is extremely diverse. Almost all climatic zones of the earth are present here: Alpine mountains, misty coasts, hot deserts and the fertile long valley, in which vines and tropical fruits are grown. California has the tallest coastal sequoias, the thickest giant sequoias, and the oldest pine trees in the world.
People have perceived the "Golden State" as a promised land - since they arrived 10,000 years ago via the Bering Strait. In the 17th century the Spaniards came, in the 19th century the prospectors from the east. People of color from the southern states, those persecuted by the Nazi regime, hippies, everyone was looking for freedom in the land of "anything goes". Even today, people from the most diverse countries and cultures are drawn to California. The country on the Pacific coast is a universal destination.

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Tourist Attractions California

Battery Point Lighthouse near Crescent City

Crescent City

Shark petting, sea lions and a lighthouse

The crescent moon city hugs the harbor to which it owes its existence. The biggest attraction is the aquarium, where you can stroke sharks. This is called shark petting. Another is the lighthouse on Battery Point, which can be reached via a footpath at low tide. What is unusual is the large number of seals and elephant seals that are in the harbor and that can be heard from afar.

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Spectacular dune world: Guadalupe-Nipomo Preserve

Guadalupe-Nipomo Preserve

Beach walk to Mussel Rock

The walk leads south from the mouth of the Santa Maria River to Mussel Rock. You walk through soft sand, which is exhausting. The dunes in the hinterland are considered to be the highest in the Pacific. When you arrive at Mussel Rock, you look south to Paradise Beach, which is a good argument to come to an end. (There and back: 8.4 kilometers, 2:30 hours, up and down 141 meters)

Neuschwanstein California: Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

"Neuschwanstein California"

If you drive along the Pacific route and come close to San Simeon, you will see the castle-like property in the mountains, which the press coon Willam Randolph Hearst built in the 1920s, from afar. The "Neuschwanstein California" is an exotic fantasy castle, which is reminiscent of the mother of the builder and should offer the actress Marion Davies a "befitting" accommodation. If you let yourself be guided through the castle, you unfortunately only get a fleeting impression of the size and splendor of the castle.

Pacific view on a clear day: Hellhole Canyon Preserve

Hellhole Canyon Preserve

Shady oak valleys in wild mountains

The reserve covers 800 acres of wild mountain land in the Valley Center of California, through which several hiking trails lead. Several rare species of oak grow in the shady valleys. Those who climb Rodriguez Mountain can see as far as the Pacific on a clear day. Take water, good shoes and binoculars with you.

Hiking between giant trees: Humboldt Redwoods Park

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Hiking between giant trees and wildflowers

The approximately 200 square kilometer park between Eureka and Garberville protects impressive forests with giant redwoods. If you want to deviate from the highway, you can take the Avenue of Giants (US101). It leads to stops where you can take shorter hikes between the trees, which can be up to 100 meters high. One of them is the Founders Grove Nature Trail, the giant trees are far apart; wildflowers grow in between. (there and back 1 kilometer, 30 minutes, up and down 11 meters)

Hiking trails through volcanic landscape: Irish Hills

Irish Hills Natural Reserve

Hiking and mountain biking through gently rolling hills

The small nature reserve protects a gentle hilly landscape in the hinterland of the Pacific, which was created by volcanism. Some delightful paths for hikers and mountain bikers lead through the oak forests and grasslands.

Primal Coast: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Giant sequoia trees and gray whales off the coast

The 1,500 hectare park stretches from the rocky Pacific coast to the 900 meter high mountains of the Santa Lucia Mountains. McWay Creek flows through the park and flows over a granite cliff in a 24 meter high waterfall into McWay Cove and thus directly into the Pacific. Coast redwoods, American strawberry trees, cypresses and chaparral are characteristic of the flora. In December and January gray whales are regularly sighted on their migration southwards; in March and April they swim north again. Seals and California sea lions also frolic off the coast.

Eldorado for kayaking and hiking: Kern River

Kern River

Kayaking and hiking through wild and romantic gorges

The Kern River is the only major river that drains the Sierra Nevada to the south. Fed by the meltwater on Mount Whitney, it flows through wild and romantic canyons in the mountains. The gorges below the Isabella Dam, which are suitable for hiking, rafting (possible from mid-April to mid-August) and kayaking, are particularly magnificent.

Bay of the rich and beautiful: Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach

Sandy beaches, parks and an art museum

The city of 25,000 between Los Angeles and San Diego is one of the wealthiest communities in the United States. Laguna Beach owes its per capita income three times the national average to its location on a crescent-shaped sandy beach and smaller bays. Generous parks have been created in the hinterland. Numerous galleries, events and the Laguna Art Museum attract art lovers from all over the world. All kinds of water sports are offered.

At Mammoth Lakes: Little Lakes Trail

Mammoth Lakes

Hiking among tree skeletons on Horseshoe Lake

The city in the valley of Mammoth Creek lies on the edge of the Long Valley Caldera above the Owens Valley on the eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada. Mammoth Lakes was originally a mining settlement and is now a popular winter sports destination. In summer, mountain hikers and mountain bikers in particular romp around in the area. There are several lakes high above the village, some of which are connected by waterfalls and are also suitable for bathing in summer for hardened natures. Around Horseshoe Lake there are tree skeletons that look like ghosts - a result of prolonged volcanic activity. The lake can be easily circumnavigated on foot. There are several hiking trails in the area. Hiking maps are available at the Mammoth Visitor Center / Ranger Station, just before the eastern entrance to the town on the 203.

On the California coast: Mendocino


From the lumberjack settlement to the wine and artist village

In the 19th century, the place north of San Francisco was still a lumberjack village. Later, rich timber merchants had Victorian villas built on the rocky cape above the Pacific coast. In the 1950s, artists finally discovered the idyll that was even known in Germany when Michael Holm landed a hit with “Mendocino, Mendocino”. Today galleries and boutiques on Main Street as well as a museum remind of the days of the artist colony. To the south of the town around Ukiah, wine is grown in a valley where you can visit some wineries.

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To prevent forest fires: Overlook Fire Road

Overlook Fire Road

Great view from a forest fire observation road

The short path leads from the parking lot at US101 through a beautiful forest to a viewing hill in Gaviota State Park, from which you can see large parts of the forests around. The path is therefore used to detect and observe forest fires. Hikers also have a beautiful view of the Channel Islands, which lie south of the Pacific coast. (There and back: 4.5 kilometers, 1 hour, up and down: 260 meters)

Green golf courses in the desert: Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Celebrities, palm trees and the longest cable car in the world

In the 19th century, Palms Springs was a sleepy train station on the edge of the Mojave Desert. In the 1930s, the place's bizarre beauty was discovered by celebrities including Fank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Elvis Presley. Countless palm trees were planted to beautify the city. Today, the greater Palm Springs area has around 200,000 residents, including many wealthy retirees who populate the surrounding golf and tennis courts. Near Palm Springs is the world's longest one-piece cable car, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up Mount San Jacinto.

Romantic coastal forest: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Most beautiful coastal forest in the USA

The wooded coastal area between San Simeon in the south and Carmel in the north is about 100 kilometers long and is one of the most beautiful in the USA. Large parts are under nature protection, including the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park with huge sequoia trees and beautiful bathing areas. A large network of trails opens up the landscape for hikers.

Pines and Blacks: Jacinto Mountains

Pines & Palms Highway

Glorious panorama route through the Jacinto Mountains

The glorious panorama route leads over the highways 74 and 243. It winds up to over 3000 meters through the Jacinto Mountains, which are also known as Sky Island, as the vegetation differs significantly from the surrounding area. In the 50-kilometer-long mountain range there are plants and animals such as the Californian black oak, which would not survive the hot temperatures of over 40 ° C in the lowlands. The native Cahuilla Indians, who still live in the desert landscape below the San Jacinto Mountains to this day, used to come to the mountains to hunt or to recover from the scorching heat.


Point Arena Lighhouse: California's tallest lighthouse

Point Arena Light House

With a height of 35 meters, the lighthouse at Point Area is one of the highest on the Pacific coast. It is surrounded on three sides by the sea. The platform above is believed to be one of the best spots for watching gray whales, which migrate offshore from November to May. There is now a small museum next door that provides information about the history and natural beauty of the coast. Guided tours of the tower are available.

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From the Gold Rush Times: Old Sacramento | © Aneta Waberska / Shutterstock.com


From gold rush town to the capital of California

The capital of California was founded in 1839 in the shadow of Fort Sutters. Ten years after it was founded, its rise began - fueled by the California gold rush. A short time later, Sacramento became the capital of California and was connected to the transcontinental railroad from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Even after the gold rush died down, the city did not become a ghost town. Today it has two million inhabitants. Old Sacramento is well worth seeing. The ten hectare old town was prepared in the style of the 1848 years.