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.
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.
Go to this state-protected natural reserve in northern Los Angeles County between mid-February and mid-May to see the surreal site of 1,781 acres of poppies in full bloom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.