An incomplete guide to
If California were
an independent nation
, it would be the
economy in the world. As it is, California is the biggest state in the
USA by GDP, and the third largest in size – which pretty well
says it all.
" is quite big enough to be a
nation in its own right, and in terms of tourism, ir it were a nation
in its own right, would stand in the top five world tourism
destinations. And that is hardly surprising. California is the most
diverse state in the USA, and the state with the widest range of
From the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada
hot sunbaked deserts of Death
, from the Alpine landscapes and
massive forests of Sequoia
National Park to the stunning
rock-formations of Yosemite
from the dramatic coastal landscapes and
small towns of rural California, to the great city of Los Angeles
the unique historic city of San
, California has something
for everyone... and indeed plenty for everyone.
For those seeking a trip back in time, California is the
destination end of historic Route
, the Mother Road, that can still
be followed for many miles through the California back country. Or up
there in the hills, there are some amazing ghost towns
discovered, like Bodie
once (for a few years) one of the wildest and most thriving
gold-mining towns in the West, in the days when the West was wild.
For those more interested in fabulous and incredible
landscapes, a trip north or south from San Francisco on the twisting
California Highway 1
which hugs the coastline all the way from San
Luis Obispo north of LA, to Leggett, 150 miles north of San Francisco,
is a must.
And of course California is a lot more than that; it is
it is a state with amazing wildlife
and of course it is Hollywood
and so much more into the bargain.