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The State of California is a Western state in the USA and is the most populous state in the nation. Situated on the Pacific Ocean, the state's four largest cities are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco. California is known for its diverse climate and ethnically diverse population.

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Popular Destinations: AnaheimLake TahoeLong BeachLos Angeles
Monterey & CarmelNapa & SonomaPalm SpringsSan Diego
San FranciscoSanta BarbaraYosemite National Park

• Los Angeles

Destination Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles was founded in 1781 as The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola. It became a part of Mexico in 1821, following its independence from Spain. Los Angeles is one of the world's centers of culture, technology, media, business, and international trade …

• San Francisco

Destination San Francisco, California

San Francisco is located on the west coast of the U.S. at the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and includes significant stretches of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay within its boundaries. Several islands are part of the city, notably Alcatraz, Treasure Island, and the adjacent Yerba Buena Island …

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• Anaheim

Destination Anaheim, California

The second-largest city in Orange County, Anaheim's sprawl of hotels, motels, chain restaurants and shopping malls (like the hopping GardenWalk) is largely designed to accommodate the Magic Kingdom's 15 million annual visitors. Just off the 405 freeway, Disneyland has been delighting humanity since 1955 …

• Lake Tahoe

Destination Lake Tahoe, California

The lake was formed about 2 million years ago and is a part of the Lake Tahoe Basin with the modern lake being shaped during the ice ages. Lake Tahoe is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides. The area surrounding the lake is also referred to as Lake Tahoe, or simply Tahoe …

• Long Beach

Destination Long Beach, California

Unlike many cities and seaside towns in Southern California, Long Beach is both ethnically diverse and largely populated with many different classes, meaning the city has numerous personalities. Places like Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden and Shoreline Park provide an escape from the bustle of the city …

• Monterey & Carmel

Destination Monterey & Carmel, California

Monterey is also home to one of the world's best aquariums, which offers educational exhibits and interaction. Carmel, though no longer the bohemian artist colony that made it famous, retains its charms with its storybook homes, art galleries and quaint cafes …

• Napa & Sonoma

Destination Napa & Sonoma, California

Napa Valley is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world. Records of commercial wine production in the region date back to the nineteenth century. The Mediterranean climate, geography and geology are conducive to growing quality wine grapes …

• Palm Springs

Destination Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs has in recent years continued to attract the rich and famous. Former President Gerald Ford retired to the valley in 1978 with his wife Betty, who founded the rehabilitation center that bears her name. It's said that 28 of the names listed in the Forbes 400 list have homes in the valley …

• San Diego

Destination San Diego, California

San Diego's superb coastline, near-perfect climate and Mediterranean facade make it the quintessential Southern California beach city, but there's no chance to develop ennui. The smorgasbord of museums, zoos, animal parks and beaches will have you wondering which way to run next …

• Santa Barbara

Destination Santa Barbara, California

Hills, mountains, vineyards and ocean all coalesce into the beachside town of Santa Barbara in California, renowned for its pastel sunsets, its unbelievable weather, and some great nightlife - all while keeping the bustle of Los Angeles at arm's length …

• Yosemite National Park

Destination Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park, in the central eastern portion of California, reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity …

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