US National Parks and Monuments Travel Guide:

National Park Service

Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes National Seashore contains unique elements of biological and historical interest in a spectacularly scenic panorama of thunderous ocean breakers, open grasslands, bushy hillsides and forested ridges.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
One of the largest urban national parks in the world., the total park area is 75,398 acres of land and water. Approximately 28 miles of coastline lie within its boundaries. Golden Gate NRA comprises Alcatraz, Marin Headlands, Fort Funston, Fort Mason, as well as Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, and the Presidio of San Francisco.

Muir Woods National Monument
Many northern California coastal valleys were covered with coast redwood trees similar to those now found in Muir Woods National Monument. The forest along Redwood Creek in today's Muir Woods was spared from logging because it was hard to get to. Redwood Creek contains one of the San Francisco Bay Area's last uncut stands of old-growth redwood.

Fort Point National Historic Site
Fort Point was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1853 and 1861 to prevent entrance of a hostile fleet into San Francisco Bay. The fort was occupied throughout the Civil War, but the advent of faster, more powerful rifled cannon made brick forts such as Fort Point obsolete.

Presidio of San Francisco
The Presidio served as a military post under the flags of Spain, Mexico, and the United States. As a U.S. Army post, the Presidio protected commerce and trade, and played a logistical role in every major U.S. military conflict over the last 150 years. On October 1, 1994, the Presidio became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
This park includes the fleet of national historic landmark vessels at Hyde Street Pier, a maritime museum, and a maritime library.

Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island, one of San Francisco Bay's most popular destinations, is home to the infamous federal prison, and the first and oldest lighthouse on the West Coast. The island features many natural features as well - gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare

John Muir National Historic Site
The Site preserves the 14 room mansion where the naturalist John Muir lived from 1890 to his death in 1914. Muir accomplished many things: he battled to prevent Yosemite National Park's Hetch Hetchy Valley from being dammed, served as the first president and one of the founders of the Sierra Club and played a prominent role in the creation of several national parks. Muir's work laid the foundations for the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.

Eugene ONeill National Historic Site
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, the only Nobel Prize winning playwright from the United States and the architect of modern American theater, lived at Tao House in the hills above Danville from 1937 to 1944.

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
Port Chicago Naval Magazine honors the courage and commitment of the Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Merchant Mariners, and working civilians killed and injured in the largest homeland disaster during World War II. 320 men, over 200 of which were African-Americans, were instantly killed when a loaded munition ship blew up during loading operations.

Pinnacles National Park
Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcano. Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement.

USDA Forest Service

Ventana Wilderness

Stanislaus National Forest

Bureau of Land Management

Ventana Wilderness

California Coastal National Monument

California State Parks

Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve

Salt Point State Park

Fort Ross State Historic Park

Austin Creek State Recreation Area

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Marconi Conference Center State Historic Park

Samuel P Taylor State Park

Tomales Bay State Park

Annadel State Park

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Olompali State Historic Park

Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park

Bothe Napa Valley State Park

Jack London State Historic Park

Bean Hollow State Beach

Gray Whale Cove State Beach

Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park

Pacifica State Beach

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

China Camp State Park

Sonoma State Historic Park

Half Moon Bay State Beach

San Bruno Mountain State Park

Angel Island State Park

Pomponio State Beach

Pescadero State Beach

San Gregorio State Beach

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park

Point Montara Light Station Park Property

Burleigh H Murray Ranch Park Property

Eastshore State Park State Seashore

Butano State Park

Benicia Capitol State Historic Park

Ano Nuevo State Park

Robert W Crown Memorial State Beach

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Portola Redwoods State Park

Benicia State Recreation Area

Castle Rock State Park

Wilder Ranch State Park

Zmudowski State Beach

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Henry W Coe State Park

Natural Bridges State Beach

Seacliff State Beach

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Lighthouse Field State Beach

Twin Lakes State Beach

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Greenwood State Beach

New Brighton State Beach

Asilomar State Beach

Garrapata State Park

Monterey State Historic Park

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Point Sur State Historic Park

Monterey State Beach

Manresa State Beach

Andrew Molera State Park

Sunset State Beach

Marina State Beach

Fort Ord Dunes State Park

Salinas River State Beach

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

California State Capitol Museum Park Property

Ward Creek Park Property

Brannan Island State Recreation Area

Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Franks Trac State Recreation Area

Fremont Peak State Park

Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area

San Juan Bautista State Historic Park

Limekiln State Park

Old Sacramento State Historic Park

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park

Sutter's Fort State Historic Park

Stone Lake Park Property

Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area

Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park

Emerald Bay State Park

Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area

Caswell Memorial State Park

San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area

George J Hatfield State Recreation Area

Pacheco State Park

Great Valley Grasslands State Park

Montana de Oro State Park

McConnell State Recreation Area

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

Turlock Lake State Recreation Area

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Bureau of Reclamation

Lake Berryessa

Contra Loma Reservoir

San Justo Reservoir

Nimbus Fish Hatchery

Lake Natoma

Folsom Dam

San Luis Reservoir

O'Neill Forebay

Los Banos Reservoir

New Melones Lake

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Farallon National Wildlife Refuge

Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge

San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge

Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge

Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge

San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

Grasslands Wildlife Management Area

Merced National Wildlife Refuge

US Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Sonoma

New Hogan Lake

Scenic Byways

Carson Pass Highway Route 88
Carson Pass Highway is considered by many to be the most beautiful and visually dramatic of the several trans-Sierra highways in California.

Pacific Coast Highway Californias Route 1
Stretching from sunny SoCal to the shady forested coastline of the north, this coastal highway winds along some of the most spectacular ocean views in the U.S.

Route 116 Sonoma County
This State Scenic Highway passes a historic resort and logging area along the Russian River. Second growth redwood forests and eucalyptus groves form a canopy over the highway.

Route 12 Valley of the Moon Highway
Hwy 12 from Annadel State Park to Sonoma

Route 152 Pacheco Pass Road
This State Scenic Highway passes through agricultural lands and the San Luis Reservoir State Recreational Area.

Route 156 Monterey County
This scenic highway offers views of the agricultural area famous for artichoke production.

Route 160 River Road
Route 160, the River Road, offers a great way to enjoy the California Delta, a complex system of rivers, channells, and canals, mainly from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers.

Route 1 Big Sur Coast Highway
Travel the route that hugs the California coast, providing access to austere, windswept cypress trees, fog-shrouded cliffs and the crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean. Views include rugged canyons, towering redwoods, sea lions, and other marine life.

Route 24 Alameda County
This State Scenic Highway passes attractive residential and commercial areas, with 3,849-foot- high Mt. Diablo as the focus.

Route 280 Father Junipero Serra Freeway
This designated State Scenic Highway, which has received national aesthetic awards, traverses the valley created by the San Andreas Fault.

Route 35 Skyline Boulevard
This narrow State Scenic Highway cuts through the backcountry of 'Silicon Valley' and provides views of San Francisco Bay.

Route 580 MacArthur Freeway
This recessed freeway, a State Scenic Highway, has received several aesthetic awards for attractive landscaping.

Route 680 Alameda County
This well-placed freeway features wooded hillsides and valleys.

Route 680 Contra Costa County
This suburban freeway provides views of 3,849-foot-high Mt. Diablo.

Route 68 Monterey County
This gently curving scenic highway travels along a corridor of oak, sycamore, and pine trees with views of Mt. Toro.

Route 9 Saratoga Los Gatos Road
This state Scenic Highway curves through a suburban area at the foot of the Santa Clara Mountains.

Routes 5 and 580 West Side Freeway
This portion of Interstate 5 parallels the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct, which transformed semi-desert lands into a thriving agricultural area.

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