Contrasts of California in 10 Pictures

California is a land of stunning natural contrasts.

And because “A picture is worth a thousand words”, here my personal selection of the Californian diverse landscapes spotted during my 2 months road trip around the state.

From the ice-carved valleys and waterfalls of Yosemite National Park to desert plains dotted with cactus and yucca trees in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts.

From the most cosmopolitan cities to the most traditional fisherman villages and farm ranges.

From the hottest and driest place in North America with sand dunes, salt flats and the famous and extreme badlands to the snowed forests and lakes of Sequoia and King Canyon National Park.

1. Sand Dunes

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park

 Mesquite Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park

2. Salt Flats

Badwater Basin, shallow pools ans salt deposits at the lowest place in Death Valley National Park.

Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park, California

3. Cliff Side Beaches

One of the most iconic road trips in USA. Route 1, its cliffs and beach towns didn’t disappoint us.

Beach, Route 1, California

4. Cactus Forest

Cholla cactus forest, – also known as the teddy bear cactus – in the Colorado desert portion of Joshua Tree Park.

Colorado Desert, California

5. Badlands

Badlands, other of Death Valley’s extreme, almost unearthly, desert landscapes and originally, believe it nor not, a prehistoric lake!

Zabrinskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California

6. Green Hills

Velvety blankets of grass in the northern hills of California.

Green Hills, California

7. Snowed Forests

We couldn’t believe it when just 2 days after being in the desert and dry lands of Death Valley, we arrived to the beautiful forests of Sequioa and King Canyon National Park and there were more than 2 metres of snow on the side of the road!

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

8. Waterfalls & Granite Domes

Yosemite National Park , UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home of thousands of waterfalls set in impossibly scenic valleys and canyons.

Yosemite National Park

 

9. The Driest, Hottest and Lowest Point in North America

Both the highest and lowest points in the 48 American states are in the state of California, Mount Whitney and Death Valley, respectively.

The driest, hottest and lowest place in North America, Death Valley National Park, California

10. Joshua Tree’s Spell

Joshua Tree, where the high Mojave Desert meets the low Colorado Desert. A really magical place where you easily lose sense of time.

Joshua Tree National Park, California

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Alma

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