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Gov't Shutdown: Can't Visit a National Park? Try These 30 CA State Parks

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Update (January 3, 2019): Originally published in 2013, this list is applicable during the winter 2019 government shutdown.

During this government shutdown, it's easy to have to focus on the closure of national parks (and to a degree, some limits to national forests). But in California, we have close to 300 state parks, many of them deserving of national status. And many of them also are near national parks, where vacationers are currently being forced to find alternatives.

Luckily, the people at California State Parks have complied a comprehensive list of nearby options up and down the state. Here's what they recommend:

Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

The Methodist church at Bodie | Sandi Hemmerlein
The Methodist church at Bodie | Sandi Hemmerlein

Joshua Tree National Park

Eastern Sierra (Death Valley NP to Devils Postpile National Monument and eastside of Yosemite)

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Mono Lake | Sandi Hemmerlein

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Point Reyes National Seashore

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Fort Ross Chapel |  sandwich/Creative Commons 

Redwood National Park

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Courtesy of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

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