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What Makes California So Special?

If the American state of California broke off from the rest of the country tomorrow, the new nation would be one of the strongest nations on the planet. At last check, California has the fifth largest economy in the world, outranking both France and the United Kingdom as well as India and Russia. Combined with the fact that one out of every eight Americans is a Californian, it’s safe to say the Golden State is a significant powerhouse of the United States.

But this only explains half of what makes California so special. Apart from being an economic giant, the state is home to a variety of fascinating people, places, and things.

The Pacific Coast
The world has thousands of miles of gorgeous coastline, but few compare to those of California, particularly along the southern half of the state. Its beautiful beaches and stunning cliff sides serve as the terminus of western civilization, while unbelievably blue waters provide ample room for a variety of fun and excitement. For example, some of the most popular activities on San Diego Bay include skidding through water in a rented jet ski or speed boat, and going on breathtaking whale watching tours before watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

The Industry Capitals
Another noteworthy thing about California is the fact it hosts two cities which are undisputed de facto capitals of major worldwide industries. Los Angeles is where the entertainment industry is headquartered, meanwhile the San Francisco Bay Area is home to Silicon Valley, the heart and soul of the digital age. It’s awe-inspiring and perhaps a bit unsettling to contemplate the fact that so much of the typical modern life is influenced by men and women in these two cities.

The Talented People
Of course, it’s safe to say LA and San Francisco wouldn’t be the influential cities they are today without the talented people living there making it happen. World-class performers, award-winning writers, and highly driven business elites are just some of the fascinating folks you’ll be likely to run into at some point while traveling through California.

The Incredible Architecture
If you love groundbreaking architecture and engineering marvels, you’ve come to the right place if you’re in California. From the mid-century modern design prominent throughout Palm Springs to the one-of-a-kind Walt Disney Concert Hall to the ultra-iconic Golden Gate Bridge, California is home to some of the interesting and unforgettable architecture in the entire world.

The Progressive Culture
Lastly, what makes California so special has a lot to do with its progressive culture. To be fair, it’s a very big state and therefore not all communities are as accepting and forward-thinking as San Francisco or LA, but Californians have a reputation for being groundbreakers for a number of social causes and drives towards a more egalitarian society. While many dark chapters of the state’s history reflect the fact these changes aren’t always easy, California continues to serve as the frontline for ushering the rest of civilization into the future.

Many things make California a big deal, mainly the mammoth size of her economy. However, there is far more which makes the Golden State so special. It is truly a one-of-a-kind place which ought to be explored at least once in your lifetime – and more if possible.

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