Travel to a Land Before Time just Outside of L.A., Channel Islands National Park

Feel as if you’re worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Channel Islands National Park is the perfect escape from everyday life or the usual getaway.

Comprised of five gorgeous islands and vivid ocean environments out of an 8-island chain, the Channel Islands National Park has been preserved and protected for decades. Among the plant and animal life, it has flourished in these natural hot spots and created a habitat that’s completely different than all the others.

The most incredible part of Channel Islands National Park is definitely the isolation it has had from developing lands. Over thousands of years, these islands have cultured and created plants, animals, and other resources that have not been found anywhere else in the world! Channel Islands National Park has preserved a world that has been seen by very few eyes. This national park has limited access… and it’s one of Southern California’s best-kept secrets.

As one of the least visited of all American national park, Channel Islands is challenging to get to; only boat rides and small jet flights can get your party to this national park. A Mom and Pop shop called Island Packers has been in business since the ‘70’s taking passengers by boat to seven different destinations along the Channel Islands. Island Packers offer year-round transportation.

The Channel Islands are called Anacapa, Santa Rose, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, and San Miguel. Along with its wide variety of specimen, there are also lots of fun attractions for visitors to do during their visit to Channel Islands National Park. Scuba diving, snorkeling, whale watching, fishing, kayaking, and camping are all popular pastimes for visitors.

Whale watching is a great activity for the entire family. The ocean environment surrounding the Channel Islands is home to many different whales. Blue whales and humpback whales flock to this area during the spring and summer months.

If you like a little more activity, fishing is a great choice. Boats go out each day filled with fishing enthusiasts that are eager to go to the Santa Barbara Channel where the fishing conditions are ideal. As the mecca of sport fishing, many professionals also love to fish in this area.

And, if you’re feeling very outgoing, the Channel Islands are also great for kayaking and camping. Spend your days living off the land and traveling by kayak to all of the islands’ beautiful surroundings. One-day and multiple-day passes are available to Anacapa Island and other islands. The best places to see during your kayaking journey are Giant Kelp Forests, Natural Sea Caves, and Sea Lion Rookeries. Have an unforgettable experience that few others get to do, travel to Southern California’s Channel Islands National Park.

Photo credit: CheWei Chang