California is the third largest and most populated state in the U.S. It's where fortune cookies, Apple computers, theme parks, blue jeans and McDonald's began.
It's home to the lowest and highest points in the continental U.S., the world's tallest tree, and the largest number of national parks in the nation.
It is, in other words, undeniably one of the most dynamic, diverse and altogether remarkable places around. Little wonder, then, that it boasts this distinction, too: most popular state in the U.S. for tourism.
Looking to explore California yourself? We've rounded up 50 of the most amazing experiences you can have here, from surfing to wine-tasting to kicking it with bears, organized geographically from north to south.
Come learn for yourself why this state is among the most extraordinary destinations in the world. Like, totally.