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Discover California’s Diverse Landscapes on Your Next Vacation

California boasts a plethora of natural wonders that draw road-tripping tourists from far and wide. From the majestic beauty of Big Sur to the iconic vistas of Yosemite Valley and the tranquil allure of Lake Tahoe, these sights epitomize the state’s allure as a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts. However, equally vital for Californians is the preservation of land close to where they live and work, leading state legislators to establish 10 conservancies across the state, including in urban areas. These government agencies play a crucial role in protecting land for public recreational use, ensuring that all Californians have access to the state’s pristine natural environments.

The California conservancies span across the entire state and include the: San Diego River Conservancy, the Coastal Conservancy, Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Delta Conservancy, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and the Tahoe Conservancy. Together, these conservancies cover a majority of the state. 

Among the first conservancies established was the California Coastal Conservancy in 1976, which grants residents statewide access to scenic beaches, not just those who own beachfront property. Subsequently, the creation of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has provided urbanized Los Angeles residents with nearby natural spaces to enjoy. Spread across the state, from the Low Desert to the High Sierra, these conservancies work tirelessly to safeguard California’s diverse landscapes and ecosystems for future generations to enjoy.

While natural landmarks are relatively easier to protect, preserving California’s roadside attractions poses unique challenges. Recent closures, such as the beloved Pea Soup Andersen’s on the Central Coast, serve as reminders of the vulnerability of our cultural heritage to the passage of time. Despite this, there are still numerous classic California eateries that have stood the test of time, serving both tourists and locals alike for over a century, exemplifying the rich tapestry of the state’s culinary history.

California is home to some of the most breathtaking views and offers a unique diversity of landscapes for your entire family to enjoy. In the morning, you could find yourself taking in the beauty of Joshua Tree National Forest and catching the sunset on the California coast on the same day. 

For your next vacation, consider exploring some of the hidden treasures scattered through the California landscape whether it be in the High Desert or High Sierras. Along the way, find some of the roadside stapes and historic landmarks for educational, family fun. 

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