04/22/2012 02:05 am ET Updated May 24, 2013

Joshua Tree National Park: It's National Parks Week And California Boasts 8 Amazing Parks To Choose From (PHOTOS)

National Parks Week is upon us and we Californians are the luckiest in all the land for the wide array of gorgeous outdoor landscapes that we call home. Los Angeles is day-trip central because we can hop in the car, turn up the tunes and drive just a mere 90 minutes away to breathe the fresh air and take in stunning desert scenery of Joshua Tree National Park.

To celebrate our nation's breathtaking natural treasures MapQuest has launched a new feature outlining all 58 national parks in the United States.

The site has detailed coverage of 8 of California's parks which include Death Valley, Sequoia, Yosemite, Channel Islands and Joshua Tree.

Look at stunning photographs of Joshua Tree below and start planning your next roadtrip: