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Driving Distance and Drive Times From Los Angeles to Selected National Parks


Use the information below for driving distances and approximate drive time from Los Angeles, CA to selected US National Parks.

Channel Islands National Park

Inspiration Point, Anacapa Island, California
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Distance: 66 miles
Approximate time: 1.25 hours

Along a section of the Californian coast you will find one remarkable national park. But it is not your typical park. In fact, Channel Islands National Park is made up of five separate islands – Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara – all stunning in their own rite. Rich lands of wildlife, flowers, plants, and stunning views are here for visitors to explore.

Driving directions from Los Angeles, California, to Channel Islands National Park, California

Note that the directions are to the Visitor's Center in Ventura, California. The National Park itself is only accessible by park concessionaire boats and planes or private boat.

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
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Distance: 736 miles
Approximate time: 12.3 hours

It is hard for visitors to forget their first view of Crater Lake. On a clear summer day, the water is such a deep blue many have said it looks like ink. With stunning cliffs towering over 2,000 feet above, the lake is tranquil, stunning, and a must-see for all who find beauty in the outdoors.

Driving directions from Los Angeles, California, to Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Death Valley National Park

The Mesquite Sand Dunes of Death Valley National Park
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Distance: 304 miles
Approximate time: 5.75 hours

Death Valley is the largest national park unit outside of Alaska and includes more than 3 million acres of wilderness area. This large desert, nearly surrounded by high mountains, contains the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. The area includes Scotty's Castle, the grandiose home of a famous prospector, and other remnants of gold and borax mining.

Driving directions from Los Angeles, California, to Death Valley National Park, California

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Distance: 492 miles
Approximate time: 8 hours

About five million people visit Grand Canyon National Park each year and it comes as no surprise why. The main attraction, Grand Canyon, is a mammoth gorge stretching 277 miles showcasing amazing depths of colorful geology. It boasts some of the nation's cleanest air and a great deal of the park's 1,904 square miles are maintained as wilderness. Visitors cannot help but be blown away by stunning views from almost any vantage point.

Driving directions from Los Angeles, California, to the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree, sunrise, Mojave Desert, California
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Distance: 168 miles
Approximate time: 3 hours

The 1,017,748-acre park draws more than 1.3 million visitors per year. Few areas more vividly illustrate the contrast between high and low desert.

Driving directions from Los Angeles, California, to Joshua Tree National Park, California

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
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Distance: 557 miles
Approximate time: 9.5 hours

Lassen Peak erupted intermittently from 1914 to 1921 and, before the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens in Washington, was the most recent volcanic outburst in the contiguous 48 states. Active volcanism at the park includes hot springs, steaming fumaroles, mud pots, and sulfurous vents.

Driving directions from Los Angeles, California, to Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Redwood National & State Parks

Redwood National & State Park, California
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Distance: 737 miles
Approximate time: 12.7 hours

Comprising 45 percent of all the old-growth redwood forest remaining in California, this park - together with four other parks in California - are a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve. The ancient coast redwood ecosystem preserved in the parks contains some of the most majestic forests scenery anywhere in the world.

Driving directions from Los Angeles, California, to Redwood National & State Parks, California

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park

Hiker at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
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Distance: 237 miles
Approximate time: 4.5 hours

Ranging from 1500' to 14,494' in elevation, these adjoining parks protect immense mountains, deep canyons, huge trees, and diverse habitats. Great groves of giant sequoias, (including the General Sherman Tree, the world's largest living thing), Mineral King Valley, and Mount Whitney (the highest mountain in the U.S. outside of Alaska), are spectacular attractions in Sequoia National Park. Two enormous canyons of the Kings River and the summit peaks of the High Sierra dominate the mountain wilderness of Kings Canyon National Park.

Driving directions from Los Angeles, California, to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, California

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite valley in the winter, looking from Inspiration Point
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Distance: 311 miles
Approximate time: 5.9 hours

Yosemite is home to some of the nation’s most spectacular waterfalls, meadows, and ancient sequoia trees. Within its 1,200 miles of wilderness, visitors can find everything nature defines as beauty—wild flowers, animals grazing, crystal clear lakes, and amazing domes and pinnacles of granite.

Driving directions from Los Angeles, California, to Yosemite National Park, California

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