Save money! Get a discount for Moro Cove Campground at Crystal Cove State Park until March 18. Sunday through Thursday is 40 percent off, and Friday and Saturday is 25 percent off. Go to the Reserve America page and enter the code SWEETBEACHDEAL when making your reservations.
Chino Hills State Park, which straddles Riverside and Orange counties, features native grasses, black walnut trees, sycamores, and coast live oaks in more than 14,000 acres of rolling hills and canyons. Sixty miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails traverse the refuge, which for decades was ranchland. An interactive Discovery Center and interpretive trail sit inside the western entrance in Brea, and 20 campsites and a few buildings from the Rolling M Ranch are near the eastern entrance. 4500 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea; 4721 Sapphire Road, Chino Hills
More O.C. parks
Bolsa Chica State Beach Nearly 5 miles, 200 fire rings, 56 campsites. 17851 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
Corona del Mar State Beach Half-mile beach operated by Newport Beach, no fee, 24 fire pits, day‑use only. 3029 Breakers Drive, Corona del Mar
Crystal Cove State Park More than 3 miles of beach, 2,400 acres of wilderness and trails, The Beachcomber, 21 cottages. 8471 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
Doheny State Beach California’s first state beach, 122 campsites. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point
Huntington State Beach 121-acre beach, 240 fire pits, day-use only. 21601 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
San Clemente State Beach 1-mile beach, 150 tent sites, 72 RV sites. 225 W. Calafia Ave., San Clemente
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McArthur-Burney Falls State Park features the 129-foot falls.
Empire Mine State Historic Park showcases one of the oldest and richest mines in California.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park is home to the Big Stump and the widest tree in the state parks.
Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument highlights the luxury and largesse of William Randolph Hearst.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a perfect place to see flowers and birds in the springtime.