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"California State of Mind," "It Never Rains in Southern California," "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." So many songs have been written about California, it obviously holds an allure for people that live here.
It ranks as the third largest state in the U.S. at 155,779 square miles. Only Alaska and Texas have more area. Within the expanse of the Golden State exists a climate often compared to that of Mediterranean countries. Warm dry summers and mild wet winters are the average. The coast sees a range of temperatures from lows in the 40s to highs in the 70s and 80s. Farther inland the summers stay hot and dry. In the higher elevations, snowy winters make a good climate for the snow sports.
Nine national parks, spanning volcanoes, forests, beaches and deserts dot the landscape. State parks cover over a million acres and include the caves of Pinnacles and Humboldt Redwoods. Other major points of interest include Yosemite National Park, Disneyland, Hollywood, the Golden Gate Bridge and San Simeon State Park.
Many say traveling the Pacific Coast Highway offers the most beautiful drive in America. On that drive or another you''ll likely stop to eat. If in San Francisco, that city has more restaurants per capita than any other place in the U.S. California also gave us In-N-Out Burger, where everything is fresh, the burgers are made to order, and no microwaves or heat lamps are used, ever.
If you order a milkshake, chances are the milk came from a dairy source close by. California reigns as the leading dairy state and milk is it''s number one farm commodity. Agriculture, a major industry, includes fruit, vegetables and wine production. More than 17 million gallons of wine come from this state each year.
You can''t mention the Golden State without talking about movie making and entertainment. Los Angeles, in southern California, leads the world in producing popular entertainment such as television and recorded music. L.A. is also the second largest city in the U.S.
Find out for yourself why lots of people love California and keep coming back.
By: Michael Danzig