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California, nicknamed as the Golden State, is situated along the West Coast of the United States, and is the most populous and third largest state by area in the country.
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About California Map : The given map of California shows location of both the natural as well as manmade features of the state. The map provides information about the highways, state highways, the US federal roadways along with the major railway lines and location of the major airports. Further, the distribution of the prominent rivers, lakes, vegetations and national parks are shown on the map. The major and other cities of the state including Sacramento the state capital city and Los Angeles the largest city along with the location of the major attractions are also highlighted on the map. Besides, the international and state boundary are marked on the map. This general map of California is very detailed and informative, with multiple usages.

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About California
California, the USA's constituent state, on September 9, 1850; got acknowledged as the 31st state of the union. Later, in the 19th century, it became the most densely populated state of the US. The capital of California is Sacramento.

History of California
In 1542, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese discoverer and a retired conquistador was given the Spanish crown to engage in the expedition of the West Coast to discover the fabled land. It is when he and his crew set a sail to the harbor of San Diego and landed in California. Thus, they became the first Europeans to discover mainland California.

In 1769, the first colonizing expedition of the Spanish began, which was called the "Sacred Expedition," and during that several ships and land-based parties converged on San Diego. The impact of the 18th and 19th centuries' Spanish settlers is conspicuous in the place-names and architecture of California.

Geography
Given the epithet the "Golden State", California is the third largest state of the US in area, after Alaska and Texas. It covers around 800 miles from north to south. It is bound by the states of Arizona and Nevada to the east, to the west by the Pacific Ocean, to the north by Oregon of the US state, and to the south by Baja California's state of Mexico. It has a wide-ranging topography and offers a landscape of stunning contrasts.

It is distinguished by the eight major defining regions within the state: Cascade Mountains, Klamath Mountains, Basin and Range Region, The Sierra Nevada, Central Valley, Coastal Ranges, The Los Angeles Ranges, and The San Diego Ranges.

Travel
The Golden State California doesn't fall short of its top list of places to offer to its tourists. The Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco has an astounding architecture, which should be an indispensable part of the list. Yosemite National Park is like the Taj Mahal of national parks that has an awe-inspiring nature's wilderness. Then, Disneyland is favorite among tourists, especially among kids. The vineyards of Napa and Sonoma counties, Monterey Bay & Big Sur, Shasta Cascade, the beaches of Malibu, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles County, High Sierra (the epic land of forests, mountains, meadows, and streams), and Inland Empire, etc., are some of the other significant places.

Education
California aims at providing tax-aided public education. Its mission is to make available to all students a world-class education right from the beginning. California Community College or the two-year junior came into existence in 1907 and now there are over 100 such colleges. Moreover, it has many reputed private institutions for higher education that include, Mills College in Oakland, Stanford University of Palo Alto, California Institute of Technology of Pasadena, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the colleges of Claremont, and California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. Here, the Department of Education has collaborated with schools, educators, community partners, and parents in order to work as a team for the all-round development of students.

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Last Updated on : Sept 10, 2014


Flag of California
The official flag of California is known as the 'Bear Flag'. It was adopted in 1911 by the State Legislature.
AbbreviationCA
NicknameThe Golden State
Joined the UnionSeptember 9, 1850 (31th state)
CapitalSacramento
Largest CityLos Angeles
Area163,696 square miles
Highest PointMount Whitney
Lowest PointDeath Valley
Time ZoneUTC-08:00
Official LanguageEnglish
Official Websitewww.ca.gov