25 Reasons You Might Find California To Be One Of The Coolest Places In The World

Posted by , Updated on September 23, 2015

How would you feel about snowboarding in the morning and surfing in the afternoon? Sounds kinda crazy right? Well not that crazy because this is a very real possibility if you live in California. From glaciers and deserts to beaches and volcanoes, California has some of the most incredibly diverse geography in the world. Furthermore, it has an incomprehensibly huge economy with some of the biggest metropolitan regions on Earth. And as if that weren’t enough, it has great weather. All year round. These are 25 reasons that California is one of the coolest places in the world.

If California doesn’t do it for you maybe you’d be interested in a beautiful small European town like the ones found in our 25 Most Incredible Small Towns In Europe list.

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To start off with, 1 out of every 8 Americans lives in California

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In fact, California is so big that if it were a country, it would have the 8th largest economy in the world

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That economy produces 80% of the world's almonds

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Scientists recently discovered that air pollution in China causes more snowfall in California

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On that note, California has some of the most varied geography in the world. From beaches and deserts to alpine peaks and fertile valleys, California has it all.

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Thanks to perfect weather and advanced technology, the central valley is one of the world's most productive agricultural regions. In fact, without California the world would have a hard time feeding itself.

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The Sierra Nevada Mountains are home to Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America

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The San Francisco Bay Area is the world's de facto leader in high technology

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California is home to some of the world's oldest (bristlecone pine), tallest (coast redwood), and most massive (giant sequoia) trees

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Yosemite Falls is North America's highest waterfall

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And Mount Whitney is the highest mountain in the continental United States

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Death Valley is the lowest, hottest, and driest place in North America (and the hottest in the world)

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State Route 1 has some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world

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Speaking of beautiful coastlines, the area around Santa Barbara has come to be known as the "American Riviera"

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California produces more than 17 million gallons of wine every year. A lot of that wine comes from the picturesque Napa Valley.

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At 3,031 meters (9,943 feet), Tioga Pass is the highest alpine pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

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By this point you may have realized that it's pretty easy to go snowboarding in the morning and surfing in the afternoon.

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Actually, you can do all of this just within Los Angeles County itself. That's right, one of the world's largest cities, plenty of beaches, and snow capped mountains all in the same area

beachSource: wikipedia, Image: takebackyourhealth via Flickr
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In fact, one quarter of all Californians live in Los Angeles County (nearly 10 million people)

Los AngelesSource: wikipedia, Image: jondoeforty1 via Flickr
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This makes the county the largest in the US population wise. It has more people than 43 states. And oh yea, only 33 countries have more people than California.

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Did we mention that California also has volcanoes? At 4,322 meters (14,179 feet) the glacier covered peak of Mount Shasta can be seen all the way from the Central Valley

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Remember how we said agriculture was a significant aspect of California's economy? Well, half of the fruit produced in the United States is grown in California.

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One of the most visited regions in the United States (3 million visitors annually), the sea cliffs of Big Sur provide some of the most spectacular scenery in the country

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Santa Catalina is an island just off the coast of Los Angeles County that looks like it was transplanted from the Mediterranean

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There is a town called Cool in California. It doesn't get any cooler than that.

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