"If you can visit only 1 state in the United States" California by kevanrijn
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and not because of Los Angeles or Disneyland. This is the state to visit because there are so many places here which are beautiful and unique--while on the other hand there are a wide variety of landscapes and locations which are like other places in the US and the world.
For example, unique places and things where there is nothing else in the US to be found like them are: Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Big Sur, Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, Death Valley National Park, Mono Lake--those are the ones that occur to me off the top of my head.
Then there are those places which strongly remind you of similar locations: Red Rock Canyon (looks like parts of southern Utah/northern Arizona & New Mexico), the Central Valley (reminds me of parts of west Texas), Mendocino (reminds me of coastal towns in Maine), Solvang (resembles small town in Denmark), Russian River valley (part of West Virginia--the flatter parts....), Owens Valley (southern Idaho), northern California (resembles western Oregon and western Washington) and parts of the Sierra Mountains have areas (such as around Mineral King) which strongly remind me of the Alps in Switzerland. I'm sure there are more places in California that remind me of other places--those are just the ones that come to mind first.
California is so huge and the landscape and climate and people so varied that it becomes almost impossible to make generalizations about the place. The parts the average tourist is most likely to visit--Los Angeles and Disneyland--are, to my mind, some of the least interesting parts of the state.
which is the state where I was born and raised, I lived in California longer than anywhere else. I lived there slightly over 8 years. My son graduated from High School there. I loved the place, and hated to leave it. If it were not for my family all being located on the east coast, I would probably have stayed there.
I didn't live in the trendy, popular part of the state. I lived in the middle, in the vast Central Valley. It's the "working" part of California--where the crops and cattle are raised. It's also the area with the most scenic beauty, in my opinion. On the coast, the central part of California is where Big Sur begins. In the mountains, the central part of California contains both Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.
to California--especially to my favorite spot there, the Mineral King area. But I shouldn't even mention the place. It's a fairly well-kept open secret, not readily accessible, and not of much interest to many tourists. Of course, I haven't been there in ten years now, so that may have changed. I did see, the last time I was there, a Japanese couple on their honeymoon...in a rental car. Which is illegal, by the way, 'cause rental car contracts prohibit taking the cars on unpaved road. The road to Mineral King is many things (many dangerous things), but a significant part of it is NOT paved.
Anyway, enough about that. I will post pictures and tips later...my pictures and scanner are still in storage.
- Pros:Incredibly varied and beautiful landscapes
- Cons:Los Angeles
- In a nutshell:All things to all people, if you know where to look
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