California is a state located on the west coast of the United States and is bordered by Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, the Pacific Ocean, and Baja California to the south. California has a mostly Mediterranean climate with rainy and cool winters and dry summers, which the wine industry has profited by. The higher elevation desert areas have hot summers and cold winters. Death Valley, a desert classified as the hottest location in North America, holds a record high of 134 °F set in 1913.
Settlers began arriving in Northern California in the 1820s. The settlers rebelled against Mexican rule during the Bear Flag Revolt. The revolt lasted 26 days and the U.S. Army took control of the area. California was admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850 as the 31st state with a total land area of 163,696 square miles.
The capital city of California is Sacramento, and Los Angeles is the largest city. California is also known as the "Golden State" with the discovery of gold and Golden Poppies that appear in the spring. The state bird is the California valley quail, the state flower is the California Poppy, and the state tree is the California Redwood. The state motto of California is "Eureka ... I have found it!". The motto refers to the discovery of gold in the state.
California offers it all! Lie on the beach or go skiing in the mountains. You can do both in this fun filled state! In San Francisco see this city by the bay with San Francisco Guided Segway Tours. Cruise the hills of San Francisco on a Segway mobility device. The food lover will not want to miss a food tasting tour by Six Taste in Los Angeles. Experience the rich food culture while walking in different neighborhoods of Los Angeles and trying the food in each.
Over in Hollywood the kids will enjoy a day at Universal Studios Hollywood and will enjoy the rides and touring the studios. While in Hollywood take a gander at the 450 feet long sign with mammoth white letters, each standing 45 feet high, spelling out the name of the city. For a more relaxing day visit the beautiful Napa Valley and take a wine tour and be whisked away to your hotel via a chauffeured car or limousine. If none of these options excites you, you always have the beach and the mountains to keep you entertained!
Some Famous people from California:
*Troy Aikman-Former NFL football player for the Dallas Cowboys. Born in West Covina, CA.
*Joe DiMaggio-Famous baseball player. Born in Martinez, CA.
*Val Kilmer-Actor. Born in Los Angeles, CA.
*George Lucas-Filmmaker. Born in Modesto, CA.
*Marilyn Monroe-Actress. Born in Los Angeles, CA.
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