In addition to the capital city of Sacramento, the largest cities in this, the most populous and the third largest state in the U.S., include Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Bordered by Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Mexico, and the Pacific Ocean, the state of California is known for its surfing, beaches, mountains, Redwood forests, rivers (Sacramento River, Colorado River, San Joaquin River) and, of course, for Hollywood, home to movie stars and movie makers. Historically, “Go west, young man” referred to prospectors heading out during the Gold Rush, to seek their fortunes. The state’s main industries include a broad range of agriculture, oil, mining, electronics, movie making/entertainment, and tourism. California is home to several national parks and national historic sites, most notably Yosemite, Sequoia, the Redwood Forests, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and the infamous Pony Express Trail. And don’t forget the original Disneyland theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm, Hearst Castle, and for the wine lovers, the whole Napa Valley.
Many fine institutions of higher education are located in California. From Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, UCLA, UC-Davis, UC-San Diego, US-Santa Barbara, California Institute of Technology, San Diego State, San Jose State, Pepperdine University, Loyola Marymount University, California has these and dozens of others that are held in high esteem.
Major league sports abound across the state of California. For major league baseball, Californians cheer for five teams: the LA Angels of Anaheim, the LA Dodgers, the Oakland Athletics, the San Diego Padres, and the San Francisco Giants. For football fans, follow: the LA Rams, the Oakland Raiders, the San Diego Chargers, the San Francisco 49ers. And plenty for basketball action with the LA Lakers, the LA Clippers, the Golden State Warriors, and the Sacramento Kings. Hockey is popular, and the teams include the Anaheim Ducks, the LA Kings and the San Jose Sharks.
California was also the birthplace of the 37th President of the United Sates, Richard Milhous Nixon, born in Yorba Linda on January 9, 1913.