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’
- There are three beautiful National Parks around the state – Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and Yosemite
- Yosemite National Park is one of the most visited National Parks in the country
- Many mid-century architectural homes are still preserved in Palm Springs, where time seemed to have stopped still
- Los Angeles is basically like stepping into cinema. Or Grand Theft Auto V’s Los Santos
- Southern California is littered with swaying palm trees
- San Diego is known as one of the most laid back cities in the US
- Fast food was introduced here, when the first McDonald’s opened in 1937 just outside of Los Angeles County.
- Home to the original Disneyland
- Sun sets in the west, and California’s sunsets are always a sight to see
- Driving on the Pacific Coast Highway lets you travel along the beautiful California coast
- Southern California has the ideal weather – warm weather year round, and very little (currently too little) rain
- Birthplace of of the delicious In n Out
- With such a robust international airport in Los Angeles, getting to different countries is easy.
- Aside from the national parks, there are so many unique
- 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
- All of the scattered Spanish Missions built in the 1700s have been preserved and they welcome guests
- Home to the largest tree in the world – General Sherman – located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park
- Similarly, California is also home to the Drive Thru tree in Redwood Forest National Park- Chandelier Tree
- San Francisco is known for their picturesque townhomes, hilly streets, and cable cars, among other distinct features
- 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
- Southern California is only a few hours drive to Las Vegas, Nevada
- Home to the ever-booming tech giants like Google and Apple, centralized in Silicon Valley
- As Weezer would say “Beverly Hills, that’s where I want to be!”
- Thanks to its many appearances in cinema and television, Rodeo Drive is one of the most well known shopping district in the world
- It had the Terminator as their governor – “The Governator”, Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Where nerds from all over can flock and enjoy a weekend together during San Diego Comic Con
- 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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