Shimmering in the golden sun, California is located along the Pacific Coast in southwestern United States. The most populated state in America, it borders states of Arizona, Nevada, and Oregon. It also shares an international boundary with Mexico to the south.
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From the hubbub of Hollywood to the natural grandeur of Yosemite,'The Golden State' is a treasure worth exploring. The state is split into 58 counties. While San Bernardino County is the largest county by area in the contiguous US, Los Angeles County is the most populous county. Sacramento is the state capital and California's fourth largest city.
The city of Los Angeles, kernel of the entertainment industry, is the second largest city in the US behind New York. The Getty Center, Griffith Park and Observatory, Hollywood Sign, Venice Beach Boardwalk, Sunset Boulevard, and Malibu Beach are popular places to visit in Los Angeles.
San Francisco, also known as “The City by the Bay,” is home to the emblematic Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Coit Tower, and the largest Chinatown in North America. Nicknamed “America's Finest City,” San Diego is the second largest city in the state. Located within the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose (also called “Capital of Silicon Valley”) is the largest city in Northern California. Fresno, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Modesto, and Pasadena are other major cities in California.
Getting In and Around
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and San Diego International Airport (SAN) are the busiest airports in California.
Amtrak operates Coast Starlight, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle, Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin, California Zephyr, and Capitol Corridor through the state.
I-5, I-8, I-10, I-15, I-40, and I-80 are primary interstate highways in California. U.S. Route 101 and State Route 1 run along the most of the Pacific coastline of California.