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Channel Islands National Park, California
Comprised of five in a chain of eight southern California islands near Los Angeles, Channel Islands National Park is home to a number of significant natural and cultural resources. Over 2,000 species of plants and animals can be found within the park. More than a hundred of these species are unique to the islands and found nowhere else in the world.
The park includes the islands of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara. Each island has a unique geography, character and its own plants and animals. Most visitors visit the islands using one of the boat or air services operated by the National Park Service. Adventurous visitors can bring along camping gear and stay in one of the primitive campgrounds.
Channel Islands National Park provides a wonderful break from the stress of urban life. The islands are ideal for quiet time with family and friends - opportunities for trekking, canoeing, fishing and scuba-diving are aplenty. Visitors can simply relax to the soothing sounds of the natural world.
The visitor center of the park features a bookstore, a display of marine aquatic life, and exhibits featuring the unique character of each park island. Early fall is the best time to visit the park. Autumn time produces smooth seas and clear waters, which attract ocean kayakers and scuba divers.