State of the Week: California

One of the United States' largest states is more than just the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the scenic coastlines, amazing national parks, and world-favorite theme parks. California, with its undeniably breathtaking sunset, is every traveler's haven.
Whether you find yourself amidst the vibrant lights in the big cities, fabulous dining, shopping, and entertainment strips; at the glitz and glam of Tinseltown, within Silicon Valley's modern milieu; making your way across the museums, galleries, and many other cultural hubs; or traversing the charming countryside while sampling its fresh produce, there's nothing that the Golden State can’t offer.
Aside from having four NBA teams (Sacramento Kings Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Golden State Warriors), did you also know that California has some of the best places to enjoy clam chowder? Below are other basic facts you can put into great use:
Other title(s): The Golden State
Capital: Sacramento
Continent: America
Language(s): English, Spanish
Currency: US Dollar (US$)
Major Religion(s): Protestants
Famous landmarks: Golden Gate, Yosemite National Park, Disneyland, Alcatraz Island, Santa Monica Beach, Malibu, The Coit Tower, 17-Mile Drive
Movies filmed in Mexico: Die Hard, After Earth, I Know What You Did Last Summer, No Strings Attached, Pretty Woman, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, La La Land, Top Gun
National Symbol: California Grizzly Bear
Famous people: Robert Frost, Tiger Woods, Leonardo di Caprio, John Steinback, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Brady, Steve Jobs, Richard Nixon, Ronda Rousey, Meghan Markle
Climate: Geographically diverse, California's climate varies on extremes. Generally, the state experiences a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers; and the "rainy" winter. It is divided into Northern, characterized by more natural and rugged landscapes with vineyards, farms, and mountains that usually experience snow, and Southern California's sunny beaches, especially during summer.
Popular festivals: Gilroy Garlic Festival, Pebble Beach Food and Wine, Autoclub 400, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Comic-Con International