Lovers of wide open space will enjoy, for example, the splendid Mojave desert, the surroundings of Palm Springs or the spectacular dizzy heights of the Death Valley. Avoid exploring the Valley during summer, because temperatures can rise up to 50 °C. Fill your car tank at the parking area and buy some water before launching yourself into the 155 miles of desert. One of the most interesting parts of the Valley is Bad Water: 86 meters below the sea level, it is the lowest point on the American continent. It is partly filled with briny water.
Yosemite Park is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains; it is particularly famous for its waterfalls and rocky landscapes.© Chiramanas Jutidharabongse / 123RF
Once past the large cities like Los Angeles and San Diego, California reveals natural regions that have remained untouched.© Fotosearch / GraphicObsession
California's West Coast abounds with unspoilt nature which results in impressive landscapes.© Joerg Hackemann / 123RF
State Route 1, often called Highway 1, crosses most of California's Pacific Coast.© David Schrader / 123RF
The California Coast Ranges are the mountains that stretch along California's coast.© Wilson Lee / 123RF