California is full of places to celebrate the stunning scenery, wildlife and history preserved by the National Park Service this summer. And, this week is a great time to celebrate the natural beauty of the parks system because Friday marks the agency's 101st birthday.
Click here to search for NPS birthday events and locations that are waiving admission fees for the big day. The agency was created Aug. 2, 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act.
The Golden State features vast expanses of breath-taking park land, such as Death Valley, Yosemite and Joshua Tree national parks, and historic sites like Fort Point in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. Each location has its own character, showcasing the dramatic topography and storied history of California.
Below, take a look at some of the National Parks in California and what they have to offer visitors. Click here for a complete list of National Parks and sites near you.