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18. Channel Islands National Park

The five isles of the Channel Islands -- Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara -- are isolated from the nearby Southern California coast (visitor centers are in Ventura and Santa Barbara), stimulating the evolution of new species of plants and animals. Visitors in 2009 (through August): 248,720 More info: http://www.nps.gov/chis Pictured: Water Canyon Beach on Santa Rosa Island
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