California is a western U.S. state covering almost 900 miles along the Pacific coast starting from the border of Mexico. The diverse landscapes throughout the state include the redwood forest, mojave desert, pacific coast cliff-lined beaches, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
When to Visit California
Most of California’s climate is Mediterranean-like making it the perfect U.S. destination to visit all year. The average temperature along the coast is (21+ C / 70+ F) & very rarely reaches freezing. Time your visit based off of what season is best for your desired activities.
The summer months June – August temperatures rise (26+ C / 80+ F) and the tourists arrive. This season is great for exploring the high country as you drive along the highest roads and hike the highest trails such as Mount Shasta & Lassen Peak volcanoes. Summer is the busy season so expect to pay higher rates, and attractions to be more crowded. Along the northern coast from Monterey to San Francisco, the summer days are mostly foggy, breaking during midday.
Joshua Tree National Park is made up of two very distinct desert ecosystems. The harsh and unforgiving climates are surprisingly rich in biodiversity and home to many species. This past November I spent a beautiful Saturday with Logan exploring the Joshua Tree National Park.
Death Valley National Park holds the title for driest, hottest, lowest, and LARGEST National Park outside of Alaska. The perfect weekend filled with hiking, beautiful landscapes, and camping awaits you.
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