Mar 13, 2023 - Things to Do

California's most underrated park

Unusual rock formations and oak and pine trees dot the western edge of Pinnacles National Park in 2018. Photo: George Rose/Getty Images

Pinnacles National Park is the most underrated national park in the state, according to Outside magazine's new state-by-state listing of out-of-the-way destinations.

State of play: Pinnacles, the newest of California's nine national parks, was established as a national park by President Barack Obama in 2013.

  • Just under a three-hour drive south of San Francisco, the park features opportunities for rock climbing, hiking, cave exploring and more.
  • The campground has tent sites, RV sites and tent cabins for rent. The tent cabins can sleep up to four people.

Flashback: In the 1960s, the park had a big problem with feral pigs tearing up vegetation and areas along the park's bodies of water.

Be smart: Make a reservation if you're trying to sleep there.

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