Yosemite National Park First protected in 1864, this park in California has the reputation for breathtaking splendor with soaring mountains, giant sequoias, crystal clear rivers, miles of hiking trails, challenging rock climbing and inspirational locations for photography. Perhaps best known for it's numerous waterfalls, Yosemite Falls is one of the tallest in North America and fifth highest in the world with a total drop of 2,425'. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is a land of giants! These two parks lie side by side in California's Southern Sierra Nevada. Sequoia is the 2nd oldest National Park and Kings Canyon is home of the General Grant Tree and also the world's largest remaining natural grove of giant sequoias. Devils Postpile National Monument Preserves columnar basalt formations, some up to 60 feet high. Carrizo Plain National Monument The Carrizo Plain is one of the easiest places to see surface fractures of the San Andreas Fault. In 1857, the fault moved 30 feet, redirecting Wallace Creek.