Population: The most populous state with 37,691,912 residents (according to 2011 census data)
Size: 3rd largest state by area
Largest City: Los Angeles
California, a beacon in U.S. West to Americans and foreigners alike, hardly needs an introduction. The state is home to the famous cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, and eight of the USA's 50 most populous cities are in California. They include Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach and Oakland. California has some of America's top beaches, is home to Hollywood, the tech campuses of Silicon Valley, one of the world's most famous theme parks at Disneyland, and the USA's top wine region.
Guides to California Places on About.com
Maps of California
Top Attractions/Things to Do in Los Angeles
Top Attractions/Things to Do in San Francisco and the Bay Area
Top Attractions/Things to Do in San Diego
Top Attractions/Things to Do in the State of California
Great Books About California
California has been the setting for countless novels. To get in the mood for a California vacation, take a look at this list from GoodReads.com of novels set in California. You may also want to consider these California travel guides .