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Channel Islands National Park

About Channel Islands

Off southern California, coast is the exquisite Channel Islands. The Channel Islands are made up of five ecologically rich islands that are ideal day trips or weekend getaways where you can unplug from the hustle and bustle of modern life to reconnect with nature. Each island offers a different set of activities for you to enjoy, so if you only have time to visit one island, make sure that you choose the right island for you. Some activities that you can experience on the islands include hiking, photography, bird watching, picnicking, and tide-pooling. Of course, taking a trip to an island wouldn’t be complete without water activities. In the waters of the Channel Islands, you can go swimming, diving, fishing, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and boating. Some islands offer few amenities for visitors, so make sure to plan ahead!

Coast of Santa Cruz Island Channel Islands National Park from Tumbleweed Travel
Detailed front view of a Humpback Whale tail with water cascading off the back. Channel Islands National Park in the background. from Tumbleweed Travel
Sea lions at Anacapa Island Channel Islands National Park. from Tumbleweed Travel
Sea lions Channel Islands National Park California USA 1 from Tumbleweed Travel


  • Tour the eclectic Meow Wolf
  • Follow the Margarita Trail
  • or enjoy Just one
  • Examine the Pre-Columbian petroglyphs at La Cieneguilla
  • Take a day trip to Bandelier National Monument
  • Visit the Museum of International Folk Art


Type: National Park

Season: Year Round

Climate: Coast

Airport(s): Los Angeles

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