California (pronounced /kælɨˈfɔrnjə/ ( listen)) is the most populous state in the United States, and the third largest by area. California is the second most populous sub-national entity in the … see full wiki
Based solely on the parts of California that I've been too (San Diego and Temecula), California gets a five star rating from me. Some of the friendliest people I've ever met were in the Temecula area, and to be honest, I never expected that from California.
Pros: A really rather pretty town Cons: Snotty attitude spoils a lot of the pros Warning to the sensitive: rants and folk song lyrics appear below. -- There is a nifty small-town feel to Ojai; it seems to have escaped the chain store rampage that's overtaken most of the continent. Small boutiques and independent stores and restaurants abound. This is a debatable advantage. Endless boutique shops with … more
Pros: Cute, distinctly foreign look, some unique shops and sights Cons: Cute, distinctly fake look, some expensive shops and sights Quotation time: "Founded in 1911 as a Danish-American colony, Solvang has developed into one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. And contrary to Disneyland and Sea World, Solvang is not an amusement park. Though it's aimed at tourists, there's a genuine Danish heritage … more
Pros: Inexpensive, relaxing, California beach town vibe Cons: No attractions, isolated-small-town vibe 'Here we are, Pismo Beach and all the clams you can eat' -- so quoth Bugs Bunny (after taking a 'wrong turn at Albuquerque.') The town managed to lock on to this somehow; the main landmarks are large cement clams, and we actually did see a 'Wed -- All-you-can-eat clams $5.99' sign. No clamming is allowed on the beach, though. We couldn't figure that … more