California’s state parks are great places to feel like royalty. Take a tour of one of the historic mansions preserved by California’s state park system. Build a sand castle in the sand at one of California’s state beaches. Whichever state park adventure you choose, it’s not hard to feel like king or queen for the day.

That’s why CSPF thinks that California’s state parks are great places to ..."Be king/Queen of Your Castle"

While there are many to choose from, here are a few of the state parks where you can "Be King/Queen of your Castle":

  • Castle Crags State Park: Explore over 28 miles of hiking trails at this state park, named for its 6,000-feet tall glacier-polished crags that make the mountains look like a castle.
  • Castle Rock State Park: Scale one of the many unusual rock formations that make this state park so popular with rock climbers, or hike to Castle Rock Falls, an 80 foot waterfall complete with a scenic overlook.
  • Emerald Bay State Park: Take a short hike to Vikingsholm. Often referred to as a castle, this historic 38-room mansion on the shores of Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe is considered to be one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States.
  • Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument: Experience the world famous Hearst Castle and tour its magnificent 115-room main house, plus its guesthouses, pools, and 8 acres of cultivated gardens.
  • Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach: Bring your sand bucket and shovels to the beach and participate in the annual Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest. This free event is open to all ages and takes place on a low-tide Saturday morning in June.
California State Parks Foundation

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