California, North America

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Facts About California, North America

Regional Population: 36,354,327

Elevation: 469 meters

Time Zone: America/Los_Angeles

Latitude: 37.2502247

Longitude: -119.7512643

California’s rich geography provides a wide variety of scenery—from its beaches at the edge of the Pacific Ocean to the snow-capped Sierra Nevada to the vast Central Valley—the list is inexhaustible.

Los Angeles is most popular with folks with stars in their eyes, while San Francisco offers a small-city European charm. Beach bums can check out the wild shores of the Lost Coast or the surfable waves of Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Ventura or Huntington Beach.

Napa’s wine country brings oenophiles from all around. Skiiers and snowboarders pack it up for the powder near Lake Tahoe and Mammoth. Rafters and kayakers thrill for the inland rivers, like the American and Tuolumne. Rock climbers and sightseers alike enjoy Yosemite National Park.

The Golden State also boasts the lowest point in North America (Death Valley), and the highest point in the contiguous 48 states (Mount Whitney). It’s no wonder that California has something for everyone.

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Articles About California, North America

Affordable Family Fun at U.S. Amusement Parks

For families on a budget, amusement and water parks offer low-cost thrills and new attractions, often close to home.

Pedal-Powered Vacations

On a biking vacation, the journey really is the destination. Here are tips for planning the best getaways on two wheels.

The Return of Big Blue

After decades of exile, blue whales, the largest animals on earth, return to the coast of California.

Where to Stay in Tahoe

Tahoe’s plethora of accommodations can fit any family’s budget or style, from luxury resorts to classic campgrounds.

Lake Tahoe’s Alternative Adventure Rush

From dog-sledding to kite-boarding to the new Heavenly Flyer, there are adrenaline rush experiences in Tahoe to sate any adventure lover.

Lake Tahoe: A Boating Paradise

One of the best ways to appreciate Lake Tahoe is to get out on the water.

End-of-Season Tahoe Discounts

Save money on your Lake Tahoe family vacation with these tips on special deals and discounts.

Tahoe, From Lake to Peak

A local highlights what’s best in the region for a Lake Tahoe vacation in any season.

Sleeping Under the Stars

Use this camping guide to help plan your outdoor adventure whether you’re a first-time or seasoned camper.

Family Deals: From Pet-Friendly Lake Tahoe to Kid-Friendly India

This week’s news includes a pet package for a Lake Tahoe resort, guided tours of India, free stays for kids in Colorado Springs and a new South Carolina family resort.

Lake Tahoe Guidebooks: Summer and Winter Adventures

Read our review of two guidebooks to see whether a summer or winter Tahoe family vacation is right for you.

Breathtaking Lake Tahoe

This cool lake resort community offers some hot deals for families.