The Best California National Parks to Visit In Summer 

When it comes to the best places to visit in California, its national parks are a great option. But which ones are good options in summer?

Here’s a ranking of the best parks to visit in summer taking into consideration the extreme summer temperatures you'll find in the state.

#9 – Death Valley 

One of the hottest and driest places on the planet, it’s no surprise it features last on our list of California National Parks to visit this summer.

#8 – Joshua Tree 

Although it' is open year-round, most prefer not to visit in summer when daytime temperatures soar over 100°F. If you do, get an early start, take plenty of water, and wear sunscreen

An underrated California Parks and would typically rank higher. However, the Dixie Fire affected much of the park in 2021, and large portions will remain closed throughout 2022.

#7 – Lassen Volcanic

California’s newest national park, Pinnacles, boasts an array of outdoor activities over 26,000 acres.

#6 – Pinnacles 

Near Santa Barbara but separated from the mainland, Channel Islands National Park is only accessible by ferry. Although it is just outside Los Angeles, it feels like a world away

#5 Channel Islands

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