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Daily Daydream: Channel Islands National Park, California

The Channel Islands are just off the coast of California, and yet they are one of the country’s least visited national parks, attracting less than 250,000 tourists each year. So if you want to get away from the crowds and see well-preserved nature, these islands are for you!

The park is made up of five different islands, yet is home to over 2,000 plants and animals, including 145 that are indigenous to the islands. Explore the islands by hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, or whale watching.

Best of all? There’s no entrance fee to this park!

Where is it? Just off the coast of California, near the Santa Barbara or Los Angeles airports (check prices).

Where to stay? You can camp on any of the islands for just $15 per night, per site! You do need to make a reservation in advance, however.

What else should I know? To see all the islands, book a multi-day boat tour.

Who’s it for? Biologists, boaters, Californians who need a refuge.

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