California is one of the largest and most beautiful states in America. With so much natural beauty in one state, deciding which sites to see on your next visit can be a massive undertaking. Here are 10 breathtaking views you must make time for during your next trip to the Golden State.
Mossbrae Falls, Dunsmuir
One of California’s most scenic waterfalls, Mossbrae Falls are fed by springs, which course down a moss-covered canyon wall into the Sacramento River. This creates the gorgeous effect of multiple waterfall streams falling into the water.
Poppy Reserve, Antelope Valley
Zabriskie Point, Death Valley
While 99 percent of Death Valley may be completely dead, there is still 1 percent that is absolutely alive with stunning color. Zabriskie Point makes up part of that 1 per cent. Surrounded by wildly eroded and vibrant colors, Zabriskie Point is Death Valley National Park’s most popular viewing location. If you can, come at sunrise or sunset for an even more impressive photo op.
The Cypress “Tree Tunnel”, Point Reyes
Located between the Pacific Ocean and Tomales Bay, you’ll discover the Monterey cypress “tree tunnel,” leading to an old wireless telegraphy receiving station from the 1920s. It doesn’t matter what time of the day you drive down this picturesque entranceway, the view of the interlocking tree branches will make you feel like you’re in a Tolkien novel.
Bixby Creek Bridge, Big Sur
One of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world and one of the most photographed places in California, this iconic bridge in Monterey County is known for its stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
Sequoia National Park
Famous for its giant sequoia trees, this beautiful national park boasts one of North America’s most impressive old growth forests. It’s also home to five of the world’s tallest trees, including the General Sherman tree, the largest known living single stem tree on earth.
Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park
The majestic view of this famous granite crest can be best seen from Glacier Point, as well as Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls. Plus, you don’t have to hike up to see it. Located about 30 miles from Yosemite Valley, the road will take you right to Glacier Point and it is then only a short walk to the viewpoint.
Mono Lake, Mono County
Located near Lake Tahoe, Mono Lake is a large, shallow soda lake. The lake’s surreal aesthetic will challenge your traditional idea of beauty as it has a magical quality that will leave you absolutely breathless.
Keys View, Joshua Tree National Park
This popular view perched on the crest of the Little San Bernardino Mountains, provides spectacular views of the Coachella Valley. As a bonus, on a really clear day, you might be able to see as far as Signal Mountain in Mexico.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
This is not only one of the most iconic views in California, but it is also one of the most popular views in the entire country, and for good reason. You can get a great view from the Bridge Pavilion or from any of the beaches at the base of the bridge.