California Facts

Nickname: Golden State

Capital city: Sacramento

Statehood: September 9, 1850 – 31st

Area: 163,707 sq.mi. (423,999 – 3rd

Population: 38,332,521 – 1st (2013)

Counties: 58

National Parks:  8

National Monuments: 16

State Parks: 157

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)


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Best Season:Year-round
Popular Location: Yosemite NP, Death Valley NP, Big Sur, Lake Tahoe, Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP, Redwood NP San Francisco, Los Angeles

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