I love national parks. So during a trip to central California, I had to visit the newest one, Pinnacles National Park, east of the Salinas Valley.
Pinnacles gets it name from its unusual rock formations and spires. President Theodore Roosevelt declared it a national monument in 1908; Congress passed a bill upgrading it to a national park in late 2012, and President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law in January 2013. The park encompasses 26,000 acres in a mountainous area about 14 miles east of Soledad and 85 miles southeast of San Jose.