California Dreamin’

West Coast, Best Coast, am I right?! Last year, I wrote a post on reasons why I love New York. It seemed about time that a list was made for my home state – golden California.

California, specifically the southern part of the state (Los Angeles and San Diego) has been my home since I can remember. I never thought much about what this state has to offer, until I started traveling to other parts of the country and realized the amazing beauty of where I live. There is such a huge diversity in culture throughout the whole state that I feel like there is a place for anyone here.

Quintessentially, the vibe of California can be summed up by the Eagles when they say : Welcome to the Hotel California // Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place) // Such a lovely face // Plenty of room at the Hotel California // Any time of year (Any time of year) // You can find it here // You can check-out any time you like // But you can never leave

Below is a growing list of why I will always be #CaliforniaDreamin’

  1. There are three beautiful National Parks around the state – Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and Yosemite
  2. Yosemite National Park is one of the most visited National Parks in the country
  3. Many mid-century architectural homes are still preserved in Palm Springs, where time seemed to have stopped still
  4. Los Angeles is basically like stepping into cinema. Or Grand Theft Auto V’s Los Santos
  5. Southern California is littered with swaying palm trees
  6. San Diego is known as one of the most laid back cities in the US
  7. Fast food was introduced here, when the first McDonald’s opened in 1937 just outside of Los Angeles County.
  8. Home to the original Disneyland
  9. Sun sets in the west, and California’s sunsets are always a sight to see
  10. Driving on the Pacific Coast Highway lets you travel along the beautiful California coast
  11. Southern California has the ideal weather – warm weather year round, and very little (currently too little) rain
  12. Birthplace of of the delicious In n Out
  13. With such a robust international airport in Los Angeles, getting to different countries is easy.
  14. Aside from the national parks, there are so many unique
  15. Near Palm Springs is an accidentally man-made sea called Salton Sea that was once a more popular tourist destination than Yosemite. It is now deserted, very salty, and full of dead fishes
  16. All of the scattered Spanish Missions built in the 1700s have been preserved and they welcome guests
  17. Home to the largest tree in the world – General Sherman – located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park
  18. Similarly, California is also home to the Drive Thru tree in Redwood Forest National Park- Chandelier Tree
  19. San Francisco is known for their picturesque townhomes, hilly streets, and cable cars, among other distinct features
  20. Car-appreciation culture means seeing pristine vintage cars and fancy sports cars among the regulars, even while being stuck in a bumper to bumper traffic jam
  21. Southern California is only a few hours drive to Las Vegas, Nevada
  22. Home to the ever-booming tech giants like Google and Apple, centralized in Silicon Valley
  23. As Weezer would say “Beverly Hills, that’s where I want to be!”
  24. Thanks to its many appearances in cinema and television, Rodeo Drive is one of the most well known shopping district in the world
  25. It had the Terminator as their governor – “The Governator”, Arnold Schwarzenegger
  26. Where nerds from all over can flock and enjoy a weekend together during San Diego Comic Con
  27. Some of the best wines are grown on California soil in Napa and Sonoma Valley.

There is so much to say about California, and more that I haven’t said yet. If you have never visited this beautiful state, I hope I’ve convinced you otherwise. If not, don’t worry, I will be writing plenty more on this topic.

What’s your favorite thing about California?

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  1. mintnoti
    March 1, 2016 / 9:58 am

    California is indeed my favourite state in the USA. There is so many wonderful cities and beautiful scenery there. I’ve done the Highway 1 road trip through Cali a few times before and it never gets old. Love your list!

    • Deasy Noel
      March 2, 2016 / 9:28 am

      I’m glad to hear it! :)

  2. March 1, 2016 / 10:37 am

    I have never been to California before, but I would love to go there someday c:
    Xx Ice Pandora

    • Deasy Noel
      March 2, 2016 / 9:29 am

      I hope you get to visit one day! Maybe I’ll put a “Must Do in California” list :D

  3. March 2, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    I love this list and completely agree with everything! California is such a gorgeous place and I often wonder why I left. I really need to make more of an effort to visit more of our state parks (I’ve only been to Joshua Tree).


    • Deasy Noel
      March 2, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Haha, well I do know that California is an expensive place to live in, so I can see sooome reasons.

    • Deasy Noel
      March 4, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      Eep! That’s so awesome to hear! :D

  4. March 3, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    Going to have to make a note of these places for the future! Thank you for sharing. I think most non-americans think of California or New York when they think of the USA so it’s always a place I’ve wanted to visit.


    • Deasy Noel
      March 4, 2016 / 3:31 pm

      Haha, funnily enough, when I hear American accents in foreign movies or anime, they usually have a southern accent!

    • Deasy Noel
      March 4, 2016 / 3:28 pm

      I hope it’s everything you dreamed of, and more, when you come here, Elizabeth!

    • Deasy Noel
      March 5, 2016 / 11:57 am

      Yay! If this resonates with a California native, then I’m a happy lady :)

  5. October 5, 2017 / 8:41 am

    I love that… Really want to get back to california after reading your post.

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