The Golden State is always in the spotlight. It's in so many songs, films, TV shows, books and just about everything else that it takes on a near-legendary status. Frankly, it kind of earned it. So, you find yourself there – what should you be keeping an eye out for? Here's our run-down of things to look for in California.
California was the birthplace of the 60s counterculture. Hemp clothes, long hair, dark glasses and trippy guitar music; it all started here. Now, things have changed since then, but you might still find a true hippie or two down on the beach or enjoying nature! Peace out, man.
It's that rich, fancy neighbourhood in LA It's that place with the big letters. And for over a hundred years, it's been a dream-factory. The films that are produced here have enchanted viewers all over the world; there's no-where on the planet that's produced as much awe and wonder worldwide. Don't miss a chance to see where the magic happens.
Alright, you won't find much gold lying around – they probably got it all in the great gold rush of the 1850s. But it's hard to overstate just how massive a deal the gold rush was for Californians – it's called the Golden state for a reason. Even to this day, the gold rush is still seen as a symbol of Californian affluence, extravagance and lifestyle.
It might not be the first thing you think of, but California is a natural paradise. From its still, deep forests of giant redwoods to its towering snow-capped mountains, from its shimmering sapphire coastlines to the majesty that is Yosemite National Park, you'll be hard-pressed to find anywhere more beautiful in the entire states!
As the home of Silicon Valley, California is an absolute hub of technological achievement. You can bet they had smart phones here before you did, and you can bet they'll have the next big thing before you too! Oh, it's also the base of operations for this little company... maybe you've heard of them... Apple?