Even though the Griffith Observatory has an impressive planetarium inside, it's the park outside—which covers 4,107 acres and offers prime views of the Hollywood sign and downtown Los Angeles—that will truly take your breath away. No wonder this location had a starring role in La La Land.
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Despite its bleak name (given by gold prospectors struggling to cross it in 1849), this national park is the largest south of Alaska and contains the lowest elevation point in North America, at 282 feet below sea level. Zabriskie Point is the most popular place to view the wonder from a distance.
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The Pacific Coast Highway provides some of the most scenic views of the jagged cliffs and stunning ocean along this 90-mile stretch of land. Many people take in these sights by road trip, stopping the see the purple sand at Pfeiffer Beach and staying in a yurt along the way.
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This park in the Sierra Nevada mountains is famous for its ginormous sequoia trees and five waterfalls that are over 1,000 feet tall. While visiting, you can pick between the 13 campgrounds in the park or, if that's not your style, stay at the appropriately-named Majestic Yosemite Hotel.
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This spring-fed waterfall in northern California near Dunsmuir flows into the Sacramento River. But it's the moss-covered canyon walls that makes this 50-feet-tall and 175-feet-wide stunner memorable. Arnold Schwarzenegger even took George W. Bush to see these falls years ago.
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This rugged California park is famous for its Joshua trees, which legend says were named by Mormon travelers in honor of the biblical figure. Rock climbers come from all over the world to tackle this terrain, but the panorama from the 5,185-foot-high Keys View is just as memorable.
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This stretch of sand tucked halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco is located in the town of Pismo BeachHotel Cheval