Updated: November 8, 2014
Hit the road, and get some fresh air at some of the most beautiful peaks and valleys in California! Four of the closest places to Los Angeles are Channel Islands National Park, Joshua Tree National Park (which inspired U2s CD by the same name), Mojave National Preserve and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. You can also skip the admission fee at 31 other parks and monuments in California. Choose from: Cabrillo National Monument, California National Historic Trail, Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, Death Valley National Park, Devils Postpile National Monument, Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, Fort Point National Historic Site, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, John Muir National Historic Site, Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, Kern River, Kings Canyon National Park, Kings River, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lava Beds National Monument, Manzanar National Historic Site, Merced River, Muir Woods National Monument, Old Spanish National Historic Trail, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, Pinnacles National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, Pony Express National Historic Trail, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, Redwood National and State Parks, Rosie The Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Sequoia National Park, Tuolumne River, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Yosemite National Park.