California is rich with history and attractions where you can experience clear blue lakes, vast deserts, the Pacific Ocean, giant redwoods, and massive mountains.
There’s plenty to see and do in California, whether you’re the outdoor type, a roller coaster fanatic, a history buff, or a shopaholic. California provides its visitors with 21 historic missions, 20 million acres of National Forest, 270 state parks, 45 snow resorts, and 26 National Parks. Great history and photo opportunities can be found at Death Valley National Park, Alcatraz Island, Calico Ghost Town, Old Route 66, and more.
As you travel around California, you’ll be struck by the state’s astounding cultural diversity and sense of prosperity. You will also be struck by its natural beauty; towering forests, remote wilderness, and significant landmarks. Its incredible mountains are just hours away from beautiful beaches and deserts.
There is much to experience in California, and you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy your travels in California, and welcome to the Legends of the Golden State.
Kathy R. Weiser-Alexander
California Flag – The historic Bear Flag was raised at Sonoma on June 14, 1846, by American settlers in revolt against Mexican rule. William Todd designed the flag on a piece of new unbleached cotton. The star imitated the lone star of Texas. A grizzly bear represented the many bears seen in the state. The word “California Republic” was placed beneath the star and bear. The 1911 State Legislature adopted it as the State Flag.