Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

4.7
#106 of 399 in Nature in California
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  • This was an unexpected highlight to our long weekend in Santa Barbara! It felt like you were in another world- so far removed from civilization. The views were breathtaking, the hikes fantastic and th...  more »
  • It's amazing to see so much wild life so close to LA. We saw whales, dolphins, foxes, sea lions, fish. The scenery is breathtaking looks great on photos. Actually, I would't say the island look prehis...  more »
  • Well, almost. If you want to see what CA looked like before it turned into palm trees and freeways, this is a good place. Super trails, awesome vistas, and quiet spaces; lots of them!  more »
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  • The island is amazing, and would suggest going for more than just a day trip. Make sure you bring enough water if you’re hiking long distances, you will need more than you think. You can always find isolated locations if you’re wanting to get away from people and want to recharge. Santa Cruz Island is one of my favorite places I’ve ever been.
  • So much to see I suggest going there for more than just a day. Beautiful views, intriguing wildlife, and some of the worlds most captivating sea caves. This island has so much to offer, and thanks to the great staff and volunteers that keep this place running.
  • Great day trip with plenty of hiking, swimming, and kayaking. The trails are steep at first but level off quickly (usually within a 0.25 to 0.50 miles) and the vistas are unforgettable -even in the fog. With all the rain the island was completely green and with massive blooming flowers.
  • It's nice for a day trip
  • Big beautiful island. There were no sand beaches:-(

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