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.
3. Cliff Side Beaches
One of the most iconic road trips in USA. Route 1, its cliffs and beach towns didn’t disappoint us.
4. Cactus Forest
Cholla cactus forest, – also known as the teddy bear cactus – in the Colorado desert portion of Joshua Tree Park.
Badlands, other of Death Valley’s extreme, almost unearthly, desert landscapes and originally, believe it nor not, a prehistoric lake!
6. Green Hills
Velvety blankets of grass in the northern hills of 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!
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.
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