California is the third largest state in the country, as well as the most populous. Eight of the fifty most populous cities in the United States are located in California. It addition to a large, diverse population, the state is also home to deserts, dense forests, miles of seacoast, rivers, lakes, deep valleys, and tall mountain peaks.
Both the highest and lowest points in the continental United States are within 100 miles of each other. The highest point is Mount Whitney (14,495 feet at its peak), while the lowest point is in Death Valley (282 feet below sea level), where temperatures can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Another notable California feature is “General Sherman,” a giant, 3,500 year old sequoia tree in Sequoia National Park. The redwood is the official state tree of California.
California is home to a vast number of farms and other agricultural initiatives, as well as industries such as aerospace, petroleum, entertainment, and computing/IT. And while California is a state with numerous business opportunities, there is also a lot to do with your leisure time.
Between the numerous professional sports teams, music venues, museums, and national parks, there are many wonderful ways to relax in California.
If you are planning a move to California, there are a couple facts you’ll be interested to learn:
- California is so large and so populous that one out of every eight United States residents lives within the borders of the state.
- A herd of over 200 buffalo roam free over Catalina Island. The beasts were brought there for a movie filmed in the 1920s, and simply left behind when filming was done.
- The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is made with enough steel wire that if it were stretched end to end, it would wrap around the equator over 3 times.
- Fallbrook, California is the Avocado Capital of the World. The world’s largest almond processing plant is in Sacramento.
- Los Angeles is home to the world’s largest outdoor amphitheater, the Hollywood Bowl.
- In 1854, the largest gold nugget ever discovered was found in Carson Hill, California. It weighed nearly 200 pounds, and was worth over $43,000 (in 1854 dollars).
If you move to California, you’ll be looking for attractions and other points of interest. Here’s a list of several things you can do to keep you happily occupied.
- If you love movies, Los Angeles is a must-see city. Between the numerous studio tours, the famous handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and bus tours that show you the homes of famous celebrities, there are plenty of activities to immerse yourself in the glamor of Tinsel Town.
- If you have a big family (or just love roller coasters), California is home to numerous amusement parks. These include Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags, and Pharoah’s Waterpark.
- Even though California is the most populated state, many expanses of untouched wilderness and natural beauty can still be found. From Yosemite National Park to Lake Tahoe to the Wawona Tunnel Tree, the natural beauty of California is truly breathtaking.