We recently relocated back to southern California, about an hour south of where we used to live in Los Angeles. Even though it’s a relatively short drive away from our old home, it feels like a whole new place to explore. Just within these past few months we’ve discovered some of our new favorite beaches and hiking spots, and realized we can do a much better job of being a hometown tourist.
The Golden State is home to 9 national parks and 118 state parks. We’ve already visited most of the national parks, like Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Sequoia. Now we’re trying to visit as many state parks as we can. We’re lucky to be within a fifteen-minute drive of a few of the most beautiful state parks, like Crystal Cove and Huntington Beach. We decided to purchase a California State Park pass (the California Explorer Annual Pass) to make it a bit more convenient and cost-effective; most of the state parks cost about $15/day, so the annual pass has already paid for itself as we typically use it several times a week.
We created a California State Parks Map to make it easy to plot our adventures over this next year. On the map below, you can see which California state parks are included in the California Explorer Annual Pass. We also included all of the parks, preserves and monuments in The America the Beautiful-The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass (what a mouthful!). This map makes it easy to find a few parks close together to visit on the same trip. Have fun exploring!
California State Parks
Cost: Typically $15/vehicle (one day)
Cost: Typically $30/vehicle (includes 7 days)
America the Beautiful-The National Parks Annual Pass: $80/year (not discounted)
California State Parks Map Legend
Green: National Parks, Preserves and Monuments (included in the national park annual pass)
Blue: California State Parks (included in California Explorer annual pass)
Red: California State Parks (not included in California Explorer pass)
Each pin within the map includes a link to the official park website with more information to plan your trip.