States Directory / California
California is the most populous state in the US and is known for its innovation, diversity and beautiful coastlines. Its capital city, Sacramento, is home to a variety of different attractions, cultures and businesses. The cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco are also hubs of culture, with renowned tourist spots such as Hollywood, Universal Studios, Chinatown and Golden Gate Park. The Golden State boasts a wide range of natural beauty from Yosemite National Park to Lake Tahoe. As far as climate goes, California has an array of weather changing drastically from the dry desert-like east side to the cooler wetter western side. The state's diverse climates make it a great place for outdoor activities like hiking and surfing. California is home to some of the world’s largest agricultural production, including fruits and nuts such as almonds, dates, oranges, avocados and grapes. California also produces artichokes, melons and other produce year round. It’s also home to tech giants such as Apple, Google and Facebook in Silicon Valley. Want some random Cali facts? In June 2020, California passed a new law that bans single-use straws and containers, making it the first state in the US to do so. The law applies to both plastic and paper single-use straws and containers, and customers will have to ask for them from restaurant staff if they want to use one.