If you’ve got four minutes, I’d love to give you a time-lapse tour of all of the most visually stunning places California has to offer. This video was filmed over four years, from coastline to mountains to deserts, from cities to agriculture to national parks.
— Hal Bergman, filmmaker

THE GOLDEN STATE

California is the most populated state in the United States, and the third largest. It's almost double the size of the United Kingdom and slightly larger than Japan. If it was it's own independent country (as it was briefly for a few weeks in 1846), it would have the 8th largest economy in the world by GDP.

It contains the highest summit and the lowest desert in the Contiguous United States (and the second-lowest point in the world), both of which are in the same county. It's most known for movies, technology, wine, and national parks, but also grows more than a third of the vegetables consumed in the US, two-thirds of the fruits and nuts, and an unknown but presumably huge percentage of marijuana. It contains every major climatological biome except tundra.


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