For outdoorsy types, the gorgeous network of California State Parks is like having a Disneyland for every corner of the state: They're full of thrilling attractions, cute animals and even some destination-worthy restaurants. The park system includes 280 properties—the largest and most diverse holding of any state agency in the U.S.—but we're here to narrow it down it for you to the most stunning state parks in the Golden State. Peruse this list, then find yourself swimming in Laguna Beach’s crystalline waters, strutting the dusty main streets of preserved Gold Rush towns, and exploring otherworldly redwood groves that were home to the ewoks in Return of the Jedi. Oh, and don't forget about California's National Parks, too! There's a lot to see in this beautiful state.
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