Category Archives: National parks

The 7 Wonders of California

Yesterday I was surfing the net and I found more information, yes, even more !

This time I have found the 7 Wonders of California, well actually this is just a part of a huge website called The 7 Wonders of the USA. Anyways, let’s focus on our road trip !

Here I have attached the 7 wonders but, in their website they even have a map with more info. ūüėČ

Big Sur

“Big Sur is a thinly-settled region of the central California coast where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. This geology produces stunning views and has become a magnet for global tourism. Big Sur’s Cone Peak is the highest coastal mountain in the lower 48 states, ascending nearly a mile (5,155 feet/1.6km) above sea level, only 3 miles (4.8 km) from the ocean.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Sur

Yosemite National Park

“Yosemite is visited by over 3 million visitors each year, with most only seeing Yosemite Valley. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity (about 89% of the park is designated wilderness area).”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yosemite_National_Park

Balboa Park

“Unlike some city parks which are mostly free of buildings in favor of open space and recreational fields.., Balboa Park is a cultural complex. Besides open areas and natural vegetation, it contains a variety of cultural attractions including museums, theaters, gardens, shops and restaurants as well as the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park has been declared a National Historic Landmark.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balboa_Park,_San_Diego,_California

Hollywood Sign

“The sign originally read “HOLLYWOODLAND”, and its purpose was to advertise a new housing development in the hills above the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. H.J. Whitley had already used a sign to advertise his development Whitley Heights, which was located between Highland Avenue and Vine. ”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_sign

SeaWorld Adventure Park

“SeaWorld was founded in 1964 by four graduates of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). They had originally considered the idea of building an underwater restaurant. Although this idea was not technically feasible, the concept grew into the idea of a marine zoological park on 22 acres along the shore of Mission Bay in San Diego. ”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SeaWorld_San_Diego

Golden Gate Bridge

“The Golden Gate Bridge was the largest suspension bridge in the world when it was completed in 1937 and has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco. ”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Gate_Bridge

Alcatraz Island

“It was formerly used as a military stockade and later as a maximum security prison. Today, the island is a historic site supervised by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is open to tours. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. ”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_Island

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Rattlesnake bite in Yosemite

Nice video I found searching “Yosemite”. Changed your mind about sleeping there in a tent? Haha. Just bare in mind that there are snakes in the wild sometimes.

A young man was bitten in Yosemite National Park (California) by a rattlesnake. His arm seamed unrecoverable and his life on threat. After 20 months in hell and $700,000 in helicopters, hospitals and surgeries (13), the young man has regained 80% of the mobility of the arm.

Un joven fue mordido en el parque de Yosemite (California) por una serpiente de cascabel. El brazo parecía ser irrecuperable y su vida corría un gran riesgo. Tras 20 meses de infierno y después de desembolsar 700.000 dólares entre vuelos de helicópteros, hospitales y operaciones (13 en total), el joven ha podido recuperar un 80% de la movilidad en el brazo afectado.

Previous Trips

This is my cousin’s recent road trip around the west coast. I’ve already sent this to Pol a few months ago, but I think it’s a good idea to share it with all of you too.

I’m not saying we must follow this, because I would like to spend some days on the beach also, but I think it’s a good referent to look at. There is some information about the National Parks around the area that we can take advantage of. Most of them are already placed on the map, but just in case there is one missing I attach the email that she sent me.

I’m sorry Jason, but it’s in Spanish and I don’t feel like translating it into English.

Here it goes..

CALIFORNIA

* Yo volaria a L.A. y alli alquilaria el coche: Estaria viendo la ciudad no mas de un dia y a continuacion a San Francisco por la costa.

* San Francisco un par de dias.

* De ahí a Yosemite donde pasais un dia al menos (Si teneis haceros la subida al Half Dome). Llevaros tienda y dormis dentro del parque. Ir a ver el Mariposa Grove (zona se Secuoyas).

* De ahí enfilais hasta las Vegas pasando por el Tioga Pass (un puerto de mas de 3000 m, es la entrada a Yosemite desde el este), Death Valley (podeis ir al Zabrisky point, el punto mas bajo de los USA), y dormir en Las Vegas (entre semana los hoteles muy baratos). Esto os cuesta un dias mas o menos.


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Hasta aquí se os han ido unos cinco dias si os dais vida. Otra opcion quizas mejor seria volar a San Francisco, ir a Yosemitie, bajar hasta Kings Canyon NP y Sequoia National Park e ir a Las Vegas por la 58 y la 15. De esta manera pasas de LA y del Death Valley pero ves mas parques nacionales, que son lo mejor de los US.


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ARIZONA Y UTAH


* Pasais un dia en Las Vegas, vais a los casinos y si teneis pelas a ver un espectaculo del Cirque de Soleil.

(A continuacion, Nuria y yo hicimos una ruta circular. Merece mucho la pena, pero tardas unos 7-8 dias. Si la primera parte del viaje la haceis rapido os da tiempo)

* Las Vegas à Canhon del Colorado (Es el South Rim, Garnd Canyon village). Pasar por la Hoover Dam, e intentad llegar alli para ver el atardecer. Dormir por alli cerca.

* Al dia siguiente, si estais flipando con el Canhon, haceros la excursion de bajada y subida al rio colorado.

* De ahí teneis que ir hacia Page y ver el Antilope Canyon. De ahí hasta el Monument Valley e intentar ir a dormir a Moab (el mejor sitio de la zona). Puede que sea demasiado paliza para un dia, si veis que es mucho dormir en camino, aunque los pueblos entre Page y Moab son un poco penosos….

* En Moab: Dedicar la manahna al Arches NP (muy bueno) y subir al Dead Horse Point para ver el Canyonlands NP.

* De alli, vais bajando en coche hasta Brice Canyon (uno de los sitios mas increibles del viaje). Entre medias podeis ir a ver el Zyon NP (o el Capital Reef). Al fondo del Zyon hay una excursion muy buena, por una garganta de un rio….. Ir a dormir cerca del Bryce.

* Visitar Bryce à Vuelta a las Vegas. Gastaros los $$ que os queden y vuelo de vuelta.


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Este viaje se hace bien en unos 15 dias y ves practicamente los mejores NP de USA excepto Yellowstone (para eso necesitas una semana mas). Es uno de los mejores viajes que podeis hacer. Si os quereis quitar algo, yo pasaria de L.A. Esencial: Compraros un mapa de carreteras y una buena guia. Podeis dormir en los miles de moteles que hay a lo largo del camino….

Yosemite, la gran reserva de California

English readers: sorry this post is in Spanish, but it’s an excerpt of a magazine edited in Spanish (Viajes, by National Geographic). I will translate it if I have a chance, but meanwhile, there are lots of interesting links in this blog about the Yosemite National Park in California.

Yosemite es el primer parque nacional de Estados Unidos. Junto con las vecinas reservas de secuoyas y el Ca√Ī√≥n de los Reyes, forma un formidable santuario natural de casi 4000 m2. Cuenta con un monolito de granito de 1.095 m de altura (El Capit√°n) y un salto de agua de 739 m de ca√≠da (Upper Yosemite), as√≠ como diversa fauna: el ciervo mulo, el mufl√≥n, el oso negro, el coyote, el puma, la lechuza cornuda y el majestuoso c√≥ndor americano, entre otros.

Mapa de Yosemite National Park, California, EEUU

El primer europeo que lo recorrió fue el catalán Gabriel Moraga el dia de Reyes de 1806. El presidente Abraham Lincoln lo convirtió en 1980 en el primer parque nacional de Norteamérica, para salvar las secuoyas de la explotación madedera. En 1984 fue declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la Unesco.

Portada de la revista Viajes de National Geographic de Mayo

En el n√ļmero de mayo de la revista Viajes de National Geographic hay un reportaje sobre el parque de Yosemite. En la web de la revista hay un resumen, y aqu√≠, un poco piratilla, un scan del art√≠culo en PDF. He puesto links directos en la columna derecha donde pone “Travel Guides”. A disfrutar!

National parks – official website

This is the official website where you can find everything related to the National Parks in the States.

Yosemite

Don’t forget this link, it has tons of really useful information. In our case, the list of national parks in CA is quite long. If you don’t know them, let me introduce you some of them.

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