It’s no accident that the most populous state in the country is known as The Golden State. With sunshine-filled days and tropical temperatures year-round, California is indeed golden. Here, beaches marry mountains, and celebrities brush with street performers. You’ll find Alcatraz, an island housing what was once the most notorious prison; Death Valley, a desert marking the lowest point in the contiguous U.S.; Redwood Forest, which boasts the world’s tallest trees; and Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous U.S. There are taco shops and star chef-owned restaurants, beach clothing shacks and Rodeo Drive boutiques. From Chinatown in San Fran to a museum dedicated to yo-yos in Chico, get ready to experience the diversity, ease and greatness that is California.