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12 Must-See Wonders

在这十几个杰出的目的地探索加州的自然美景

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California’s culture, abundance, 令人羡慕的天气使它成为世界上最令人向往的目的地之一. 但不要忽视一个显而易见的事实:它美得惊人. 这些自然宝藏都属于你的金州必看名单.

1. Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park

Cast your gaze from any viewpoint in Yosemite Valley在美国,你在10秒内看到的标志性地标比你在几乎任何地方在10小时内看到的都多. 还有约塞米蒂瀑布,北美最高的瀑布,高达2425英尺. El Capitan, the earth’s largest single piece of granite. 半圆顶被冰川削掉的脸和光秃秃的脑袋. 清澈如水晶的默塞德河,四周是草地. Bridalveil Fall’s mesmerizing plunge. Plus an overflowing banquet of spires, domes, 以及点缀着山谷高耸花岗石墙壁的尖顶. 正如自然资源保护主义者约翰·缪尔(John Muir)所说,“任何手工建造的寺庙都比不上约塞米蒂。.” (more)

Zabriskie Point

2. Zabriskie Point

Death Valley National Park

A panoramic overlook of the surrounding mountains, dunes, canyons, and valleys, 这360度的景色是一个理想的地方,让你在一个由极端定义的国家公园里找到自己的方向, 这里是北美气温最低和最高的地方. 日出时,游客可以享受到一场自然灯光秀,阴影从下方的荒地上退去,取而代之的是金色的光芒, 而横跨山谷的帕纳敏特山脉则被刷成粉红色和紫色. From here, trails wind down into the badlands, 从隐蔽的绿洲到岩画,对公园宝藏的探索开始了. (more)

3. Borrego Springs’ Night Sky

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Surrounded by mountains and the 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, 博雷戈斯普林斯漆黑的夜空被数百万颗星星照亮. Astronomer Dennis Mammana of Borrego Night Sky Tours 说每一季都会给博雷戈炫目的夜间表演带来新的视角. “You can see the Milky Way all year long, 但只有在夏季的几个月里,它才会在傍晚时分出现. 春天是观测银河系之外星系的最佳时机, 冬天特别好,因为星星非常明亮, like diamonds.” (more)

4. Bumpass Hell

Lassen Volcanic National Park

拉森火山已经一个多世纪没有喷发过了,但这片火山景观却没有沉睡. Take a walk among feisty hydrothermal features-16英亩的沸腾泉水,嘶嘶作响的蒸汽喷口,嘈杂的喷气口和冒泡的泥浆罐. 一条凸起的木板路带你安全地穿过这五彩缤纷的风景, its soil stained orange and yellow by minerals. 在这里旅行是一种多感官的体验——大地以响亮的打嗝的方式释放被压抑的能量, 硫化氢会让你的鼻子散发出臭鸡蛋的气味. (more)

Fern Canyon

5. Fern Canyon

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

在草原溪红杉州立公园里探索一个布满苔藓和蕨类植物的裂缝, one hour north of Eureka in Humboldt County. Over thousands of years, 一条通往大海的小溪形成了一个狭窄的峡谷,峡谷里有80英尺高的围墙,墙上挂着绿色的花园. 在5英里长的约翰·欧文小道上穿过红杉林进入峡谷, which was featured in a famous scene from Jurassic Park 2. (more)

6. Bowling Ball Beach

Mendocino County

一个被自然韵律所掩盖的地质奇观,正是这一特征 stunning stretch of sand its name is visible only when conditions are right. Head to the northern end of Schooner Gulch State Beach 在低潮或低潮时,你会发现一群球状岩石, when wading in morning mist, resemble an army of sea turtles. 圆形的石头是固结物,由矿物胶结物结合在一起的沉积岩. Over millions of years, waves and wind have eroded outer layers of rock, leaving behind the signature “bowling ball” boulders.

7. McArthur-Burney Falls

Head to the foothills of the Cascade Range in Shasta County 去看看泰迪·罗斯福所谓的“世界第八大奇迹”.” The namesake of McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is perhaps California’s most stunning cascade. 从一个很容易进入的停车场可以看到129英尺高的蕨类植物覆盖的瀑布. Or hike the 1.沿着三英里的路一直延伸到基地,体验震耳欲聋的咆哮声和冰冷的白色水雾撞入水晶池. The water flows year-round, 所以,在春天或秋天(或周中)去参观瀑布,体验没有高峰的夏季人群. (more)

8. Tufa Towers

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

约塞米蒂国家公园以东13英里,离风景区不远 U.S. Highway 395 坐落在一个古老的碱性湖上,湖上有象牙色的塔. Mono Lake formed more than 750,000 years ago, 当咸水和天然泉水接触时, limestone spires calcified underneath the surface. Today, the water has receded, 凝灰岩塔戏剧性地伸出湖面,创造出超凡脱俗的景象. Launch a kayak off Navy Beach, try a buoyant back float, or simply take in the towers, which turn golden as the sun comes down. (more)

9. Catalina Island

On this sun-kissed isle an hour-long ferry ride away from Long Beach, San Pedro, or Dana Point在美国,近90%的土地尚未开发. Explore Catalina无论是海边还是海边,这里都是英国的自然奇观:浮潜者和水肺潜水者在海带森林中滑翔,观赏海带, bat rays, octopuses, and sea bass. Hikers roam 165 miles of trails, 徒步穿越无拘无束的山脊和峡谷,那里有秃鹰翱翔,美洲野牛吃草. Campers pitch their tents on crescent-shaped coves, then rise early to bike, kayak, beachcomb, or swim in turquoise waters. (more)

Mount Shasta, California

10. Mount Shasta

Seekers of all kinds are drawn to 14,179-foot Mt. Shasta in Siskiyou County. 精神探险者来此进行冥想和幻视,利用他们所说的这座火山的独特能量. 户外冒险家同样热衷于徒步旅行和骑自行车的选择, 从柔和的骑行到宝石般的城堡湖,再到艰苦的跋涉到白雪覆盖的山顶. You’ll find both groups enjoying steaming mugs at Yaks Mt. Shasta Koffee and Eatery in the charming town of Mt. Shasta 然后再出发去体验加利福尼亚这个真正的奇迹. (more)

11. Big Sur

The classic drive along twisting Highway 1 may be the most beautiful road trip on the planet. The 90-mile stretch through Big Sur 有一种神奇的吸引力:停下来看看远方迁徙的鲸鱼, 在崎岖的海岸线上搜寻濒危的加州秃鹰, 或者停车去看看巨红杉繁茂的峡谷. Before visiting, take the Big Sur Pledge这是一个帮助保护和培育美丽但脆弱的沿海生态系统的地方倡议. (more)

12. Devils Postpile National Monument

Near Mammoth Lakes

Forged by fire and ice nearly 100,000 years ago, 这个由60英尺高的玄武岩柱组成的直墙被称为 Devils Postpile formed when hot lava flowed into the valley. As it cooled, the lava cracked into perfect hexagonal columns, later broken by the freeze and thaw of glacial ice. 步行半英里到达柱子的底部,或者多爬15分钟到达顶端. 不要错过公园的第二个奇观:彩虹瀑布. It’s worth the 2.5-mile amble to see this towering 101-foot gem. 在有雾的夏天,幸运的游客会看到与秋天同名的彩虹出现. Open seasonally, mid-June to mid-October. (more)

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