Sunny California or "The Golden State" as it is commonly described is consistently a top chosen destination for visitors to the United States and even Americans living in other parts of the country. A whole world of its own, star studded California is largely characterised by its booming movie industry, extravagant properties, enviable blue and yellow coastlines, palm trees, warm temperatures, symbolic natural versus manmade attractions along with boasting some of the most supreme cities and districts on earth.
Found on the most western side of the United States, California is bordered to the north by Oregon, on the east by Nevada and Arizona, on the south by Mexico and on the west by the largest and deepest body of water in the world, the Pacific Ocean. Its topmost cities include its capital, Sacramento; its largest city, Los Angeles (L.A.); San Diego; San Francisco; San Jose; Long Beach and Oakland. It is a hugely multicultural land where Spanish is the de facto second language spoken after English because of its large Latino community.
The third largest of all the states, California is an impressive range of forestlands, mountains, wildlife, lakes, volcanoes, deserts, sandy beaches and industrialised cities meaning you can travel to this Pacific State an unlimited amount of times throughout your life and have a different kind of holiday each and every time. From surfing the waves in Orange County to getting recreational in Lake Tahoe, reliving childhood dreams in Disneyland to feeling like a star in Hollywood, shopping in exclusive Beverly Hills to hiking in scenic Yosemite National Park – it's all yours to choose from!
California is highly esteemed for its diverse industries. To tell the truth, there is no other state quite like it in North America. Not only is it a leader in agricultural output, it manufactures goods including aircraft, transport equipment, electronics, industrial machinery, scientific instruments, and metal goods. Its most eminent industry however, belongs to cinema. Home to renowned film studios and production companies like 20th Century-Fox, Columbia Pictures, Paramount and Universal, California's film industry is one of its biggest sources of income along with tourism which in effect, is influenced by the states' importance in popular media. The constant appearance of Californian landmarks in top-rated movies and TV shows has boosted the state's appeal as the most glitzy and glamorous destination in the world. Examples include Malibu Beach where Pamela Andersen and David Hasselhoff saved lives in the hit series Baywatch; illustrious Bel-Air, home of the The Fresh Prince played by Will Smith; and Hollywood Boulevard where Julia Roberts went from trashy to sophisticated in Pretty Woman. Other iconic Californian attractions include San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Napa Valley vineyards; plus the Santa Monica Pier and its giant flashing Ferris wheel, the Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, the Natural History Museum and the Griffith Observatory in L.A.
California, much like New York City, is one of America's major cultural centres. You really can find everything covering all genres here to satisfy all tastes. Informative history, science and art museums make up the cultural scene in various cities along with magical green areas like Balboa Park in San Diego which contains an array of old but beautifully preserved building, gardens, walking trails and a zoo. For a perfect his and her weekend getaway, Palm Springs and Napa Valley offer a different kind of cultural experience. Experience high-class California in luxurious golf and spa resorts and reset your batteries one hundred percent.