Best Outdoor Spots to See in California Each Month

by Randy Ignacio January. 04, 2021 1854 views

A lot of Californians dream of flying to exotic countries and experiencing more of the great out doors, but they often don't realize how many beautiful spots are in their own backyard just a short drive away. Many of these spots can enjoyed with just a short day trip or weekend drive. The following are the prime times to visit some of the best natural sites California has to offer.

January - Paso Robles Field of Lights Art Exhibit. Its a mesmerizing blend of natural and man made beauty.  The lights speckle the fields and create a constant changing glow.

January - Paso Robles Field of Lights Art Exhibit. Its a mesmerizing blend of natural and man made beauty. The lights speckle the fields and create a constant changing glow.

February - Almond Orchards in Bakersfield.  Take a walk and surround yourself with pinkish white petals in the blooming almond trees. Many of the trees bloom in the month of February and their brilliant display doesn't last long. Beware of the worker bees as well as private property.

February - Almond Orchards in Bakersfield. Take a walk and surround yourself with pinkish white petals in the blooming almond trees. Many of the trees bloom in the month of February and their brilliant display doesn't last long. Beware of the worker bees as well as private property.

March - Antelope Valley Golden Poppy Reserve. If the weather is just right and if there's sustained light rain over the course of several weeks, you may be in for a treat - a vast expanse of orange poppies blooming over miles and miles.

March - Antelope Valley Golden Poppy Reserve. If the weather is just right and if there's sustained light rain over the course of several weeks, you may be in for a treat - a vast expanse of orange poppies blooming over miles and miles.

April - Carlsbad Flower Fields. These man made flower fields are cultivated into a beautiful annual display of dense rows of colorful flowers. Its a short trip from anywhere in Southern California and for a small entrance fee, you can enjoy an afternoon with loved ones.

April - Carlsbad Flower Fields. These man made flower fields are cultivated into a beautiful annual display of dense rows of colorful flowers. Its a short trip from anywhere in Southern California and for a small entrance fee, you can enjoy an afternoon with loved ones.

April (bonus) Carrizo Plains Nat'l Monument - Once or twice a decades, the weather may be favorable and allow the hills and meadows to boom with a wide array of colorful flowers. Its an artist palette of color from rich yellows to violet splotches in the hills.

April (bonus) Carrizo Plains Nat'l Monument - Once or twice a decades, the weather may be favorable and allow the hills and meadows to boom with a wide array of colorful flowers. Its an artist palette of color from rich yellows to violet splotches in the hills.

May - Yosemite National Park.  Yosemite is world renowned for its granite mountains and stunning glacier carved valley. It's a source of inspiration for countless people and a perfect place to recharge the soul and surround yourself with raw beauty.

May - Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is world renowned for its granite mountains and stunning glacier carved valley. It's a source of inspiration for countless people and a perfect place to recharge the soul and surround yourself with raw beauty.

June - Lavender Fields at 123 Farms in Cherry Valley.  Come and enjoy some lavender lemonade and different lavender flavored foods at their yearly lavender festival.

June - Lavender Fields at 123 Farms in Cherry Valley. Come and enjoy some lavender lemonade and different lavender flavored foods at their yearly lavender festival.

July - McWay Falls, Big Sur.   California is known as the Golden Coast because of its gold rush history but I like to think it's also for the golden sunsets along its world famous Pacific Coast Highway. Drive up Highway 1 during summer and see miles of sparkling coastal beaches.

July - McWay Falls, Big Sur. California is known as the Golden Coast because of its gold rush history but I like to think it's also for the golden sunsets along its world famous Pacific Coast Highway. Drive up Highway 1 during summer and see miles of sparkling coastal beaches.

August - Joshua Tree National Park. This unique place is a great place to hike and rock climb in the day and an awesome place to watch the night sky during the Perseid Meteor shower where you may see as many as 100 meteors in the span of an hour.

August - Joshua Tree National Park. This unique place is a great place to hike and rock climb in the day and an awesome place to watch the night sky during the Perseid Meteor shower where you may see as many as 100 meteors in the span of an hour.

September - Sequoia National Park. During the late summer, you can walk amongst the largest and tallest trees in the world. These behemoth redwoods live thousands of years and at this time of year, you can also see other parts of park that are in bloom before the winter sets in at the high altitude.

September - Sequoia National Park. During the late summer, you can walk amongst the largest and tallest trees in the world. These behemoth redwoods live thousands of years and at this time of year, you can also see other parts of park that are in bloom before the winter sets in at the high altitude.

October - Temecula Wine Country.  Whether you're walking through the vineyards and sipping wine or getting a birds eye view at sunrise, its a great time to enjoy the cultivated lands booming with ripe grapes ready for the picking.

October - Temecula Wine Country. Whether you're walking through the vineyards and sipping wine or getting a birds eye view at sunrise, its a great time to enjoy the cultivated lands booming with ripe grapes ready for the picking.

December - Death Valley Nat'l Park.  Dubbed "the hottest place on earth" you would be wise to avoid going here in the summer.  The winter time is ideal visit the numerous geological features here such as the lowest point in the US and the canyons formed by Californias seismic activity.

December - Death Valley Nat'l Park. Dubbed "the hottest place on earth" you would be wise to avoid going here in the summer. The winter time is ideal visit the numerous geological features here such as the lowest point in the US and the canyons formed by Californias seismic activity.

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Goshaa 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Great set! Fantastic place to live and watch it beauty!

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Randy Ignacio Replied to Goshaa 6 months, 1 week ago

Thank you!

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Berckmans Peter 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Some beautifull places here

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Randy Ignacio Replied to Berckmans Peter 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks!

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Gethin Thomas 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Great Post. Thank you for brightening my day.

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Randy Ignacio Replied to Gethin Thomas 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you! Glad it brightened your day

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