California Facts

Nickname: The Golden State

Capital City: Sacramento

Statehood: September 9, 1850 – 31st

Area: 163,707 sq.mi. (423,999 sq.km.) – 3rd

Population: 38,332,521 – 1st (2013)

Counties: 58

National Parks: 8

National Monuments: 16

State Parks: 154

Bird: California Valley Quail

Flower: California Poppy

Tree: California Redwood

Highest Point: Mt. Whitney – 14,494 feet (4,421 m)

Lowest Point: Badwater Basin in Death Valley – 282  feet below sea level (-86 m)

Best Season: All year

Popular LocationsYosemite NP, Death Valley NP, Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP, Redwood NP, Joshua Tree NP, Big Sur, Lassen Volcanic NP, Pinnacles NP, Channel Islands NP, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Pacific Coast Highway

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