Along a 3500-mile coastline famed for its natural beauty, Pemaquid Point stands out for its twisted rock formations pounded by the restless seas. A major destination for its natural beauty, artists and nature lovers from across the globe come here to record the memorable seascape in drawings, paintings and photographs.
Point Reyes National Seashore
Windswept Point Reyes peninsula is a rough-hewn beauty that has always lured marine mammals and migratory birds; it's also home to scores of shipwrecks. In 1579, Sir Francis Drake landed here to repair his ship, the Golden Hind. During his five-week stay he mounted a brass plaque near the shore claiming this land for England.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
The dry, smoldering, treeless terrain within this 106,000-acre national park stands in stunning contrast to the cool, green conifer forest that surrounds it. That’s the summer; in winter tons of snow ensure you won’t get too far inside its borders. Still, entering the park from the southwest entrance is to suddenly step into another world.
Channel Islands National Park
Don’t let this off-the-beaten-path national park loiter for too long on your lifetime to-do list. It’s easier to access than you might think, and the payoff is immense. Imagine hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, camping and whale-watching, and doing it all amid a raw, end-of-the-world landscape.