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For Memorial Day, the 10 Most Memorable State Parks in California

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Malibu Lagoon at Sunset | Photo by IK's World Trip via Flickr

Malibu Lagoon at Sunset | Photo by IK's World Trip via Flickr
With Memorial Day coming this weekend, The Nature Conservancy is offering up what they think are the 10 most memorable state parks in California. Not all of them are local to Southern California, but they do make for a great bucket list of places to check out if you haven't already.

Closest to Angelenos is Malibu Lagoon State Beach, which takes the "Most Memorable Pier" prize. The Conservancy's reasoning:

Visitors can fish off the pier, or if they don’t want to catch their lunch can relax at one of the local restaurants, grab an old fashioned shake or enjoy a picnic on Surfrider beach where Gidget and other beach-blanket movies were filmed. The pier also has facilities to rent beach equipment, book a harbor tour or go deep-sea fishing... ... Visitors can also explore the Spanish-style Adamson House, a National Historic Site, or the adjacent Malibu Lagoon Museum which features pictures of various Malibu eras from the native Chumash to the birth of the surf craze.

Further up the coast, Pismo Beach ears the :Most Memorable Clams" title. And if you're desert bound, the "Most Memorable Hike" can be found at Mt. San Jacinto State Park outside of Palm Springs, where the Aerial Tramway takes you up to 8,500 feet.
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A little closer to home is the California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside County. As the name suggests, it has the "Most Memorable Fruit" (it better!).

Rounding out an over-extended Southern California is the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve in San Diego County ("Most Memorable Birds") and the Tule Elk State Natural Reserve ("Most Memorable Wildlife").

The rest of the list is here:
- Humboldt Redwoods State Park ("Most Memorable Trees")
- Natural Bridges State Beach ("Most Memorable Bridge")
- Grover Hot Springs State Park ("Most Memorable Soak")
- Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park ("Most Memorable Float")