- 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
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.
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.
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.