Know Before You Go: Channel Islands National Park

Five islands off the Southern California coast comprise one of America’s most undeveloped—and utterly magical—national parks. Visitors can choose to arrive at any of the Channel Islands National Park islands via an Island Packers boat, which depart daily from Ventura and Oxnard. To reach Santa Rosa Island, another option is to hop on a small plane from Camarillo with Channel Islands Aviation. Once there, use your hiking boots or kayaks to get around (there’s no driving here). Revered for its endemic plants and plentiful wildlife, the “Galapagos of North America” has no lodgings, stores, or restaurants—only a wild coastal landscape and come-hither scenery. At this ocean-bound preserve, the action centers around hiking, camping, wildlife-watching (including whales), and the chance to totally and completely unplug…

Via Visit California

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