The Golden State
California is a state located on the west coast of the united states. It is the most populated state, with 39 million people, and the third largest state by area California is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east, Arizona to the southeast, and the Mexican state of Baja California to the south. It contains the nation's the fifth most populous, eight of the nation's 50 most populated cities Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, and Oakland. Sacramento has been the state capital since 1854.
California is the 3rd largest state in the United States in area, after Alaska and Texas.In the middle of the state lies the California Central Valley, surrounded by the Sierra Nevada in the east, the coastal mountain ranges in the west, the Cascade Range to the north and the Tehachapi Mountains.The Sierra Nevada includes the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states, Mount Whitney, at 14,505 feet. The range embraces Yosemite Valley, famous for its glacially carved domes, and Sequoia National Park, home to the giant sequoia trees, the largest living organisms on Earth, and the deep freshwater lake, Lake Tahoe, the largest lake in the state by volume.
Laguna is one of Orange County's most fashionable towns, as well as one of the most culturally rich, but the beach is a big draw, too. The water at Laguna is generally clean and calm, though occasionally the Pacific tends to be cool with strong tides. Clean, white and warm, Laguna's sands are perfect for strolling, volleyball matches or simply unwinding on a blanket. Santa Catalina Island is just a short ride away from ports in Long Beach, Dana Point, and the San Pedro District of Los Angeles. There are only two cities on the island, Avalon and Two Harbors. Most tourists opt for Avalon as it has more services and lodging options. There are beaches within walking distance of the Avalon ferry dock for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. Two Harbors is a much smaller low-key town with beaches and similar rental options as Avalon.