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  • Extremely diverse population and landscape
  • World-famous beaches, landmarks, and ski resorts
  • More national parks than any other state

Population: 38.8 million (#1 in the U.S.)

Area: 163,700 sq. miles (#3 in the U.S.)

Largest city: Los Angeles (metro population: 18.2 million)

The nation’s most populous state, California hosts a tremendous amount of urban and natural beauty across a wide expanse of deserts, mountains, valleys, and beaches. The largest population hubs are the gigantic Los Angeles region and the Bay Area, while the northern third of the state lacks any major cities. While the climate varies tremendously across the state, California is generally renowned for its excellent weather and perpetual sunshine.

Photo: Newport Beach

Where To Go in California

California Cities

Los Angeles: The largest city in the West is so much more than the entertainment capital of the world. Explore its plethora of neighborhoods and find hidden treasures like the tucked away canals of Venice and the secret stairs of Silver Lake.  Read more.

Sacramento: California’s capital city is not known for being much more than that, but it deserves a second glance. Wander through its impressive Old Town or sample some of its diverse culinary offerings.  Read more.

San Francisco: This Bay Area epicenter’s world-famous landmarks, dramatic hills, and stunning architecture create arguably the most asthetically pleasing city in the country. Read more.

San Diego: Billed “America’s finest city” and renowned for its near-perfect weather, this more peaceful sister of LA has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Read more.

California National Parks

Channel Islands National Park: Accessible only via boat, this park allows you to explore five of the only islands off the coast of Southern California. Undeveloped, these islands contain several endemic species, beautiful sea caves, and prime hiking. Read more.

Devil’s Postpile National Monument: This unique structure is located just outside Mammoth Lakes and the park contains beautiful rivers, waterfalls, and lakes. Read more.

Joshua Tree National Park: The alien-looking joshua tree is the main attraction at this park, but there are also beautiful rock formations, oases, and wildlife to see. Read more.

Mojave National Preserve: Off the beaten path, this preserve contains the 3rd tallest sand dunes in the U.S., the densest grove of joshua trees in the country, and some unique hiking opportunities. Read more.

Muir Woods National Monument: This Marin County park preserves some of the last remaining old growth redwood trees in the Bay Area. Read more.

Pinnacles National Park: America’s newest national park, this landscape is littered with dramatic rock formations and other remnants of its volcanic past. Read more.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks: These sister parks preserve some of the largest trees in the country and some of the most beautiful spots in the Sierra Nevadas. Read more.

Yosemite National Park: Centered around the gorgeous Yosemite Valley, this park contains tall waterfalls, alpine lakes, and beautifully shaped mountains. Read more.


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