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California is a state on the West (Pacific) coast of the contiguous United States. It is the 3rd largest state in area, and the largest in population.
With a population of over 33 million, California contains many towns and cities. The best known of these are Los Angeles (which has the largest populaton of any city in the state, and 2nd largest in the United States), San Francisco and San Diego. Other well-known cities include Sacramento (the state capital), Alameda, Anaheim, Bakersfield, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Carlsbad, Claremont, Compton, Cupertino, Fresno, Hollywood, Irvine, Long Beach, Malibu, Monterey, Newport Beach, Oakland, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Pasadena, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Sunnyvale and Vallejo.
There are so many attractions in California that it's difficult to pick out a few favorites, but nevertheless we've attempted it. Here are 10 points of interest that you'll want to see when visiting the state:
Airports in California include John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario, Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport in Oakland, San Diego International Airport in San Diego, and San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco.
California has a strong economy that encompasses many diverse industries, but is particularly known for its leading computer, software and electronics industries. Some of the major companies with their headquarters in California are Adobe Systems (in San Jose), Apple (in Cupertino), Cisco Systems (in San Jose), Google (in Mountain View), Hewlett-Packard (in Palo Alto), Intel Corporation (in Santa Clara), Oracle Corporation (in Redwood City), Silicon Graphics (in Sunnyvale), Sun Microsystems (in Santa Clara), Advanced Micro Devices (in Sunnyvale), Agilent Technologies (in Santa Clara), Autodesk (in San Rafael), Chevron (in San Ramon), Compuer Sciences (in El Segundo), Countrywide Financial (in Calabasas), eBay (in San Jose), Electronic Arts (in Redwood City), Gap (in San Francisco), Gateway, Inc. (in Irvine), Ingram Micro (in Santa Ana), Intuit (in Mountain View), Mag Instrument, Inc. (in Ontario), McAfee (in Santa Clara), McKesson Corporation (in San Francisco), National Semiconductor (in Santa Clara), Network Appliance, Inc. (in Sunnyvale), Northrop Grumman (in Los Angeles), Occidental Petroleum (in Los Angeles), Palm (in Sunnyvale), Paramount Pictures (in Los Angeles), Qualcomm (in San Diego), Safeway (in Pleasanton), Seagate Technology (in Scotts Valley), Symantec (in Cupertino), Taco Bell (in Irvine), VeriSign (in Mountain View), Visa International (in San Francisco) and Yahoo! (in Sunnyvale).
Important education institutions in California include California Institute of Technology (in Pasadena), San José State University ("SJSU") (in San Jose), Stanford University (in Stanford), the University of California, Berkeley ("UC Berkeley") (in Berkeley), the University of California, Davis ("UC Davis") (in Davis), the University of California, Irvine ("UC Irvine") (in Irvine), the University of California, Los Angeles ("UCLA") (in Los Angeles), the University of California, Merced ("UC Merced") (in Merced), the University of California, Riverside ("UCR" or "UC Riverside") (in Riverside), the University of California, San Diego ("UCSD") (in San Diego), the University of California, San Francisco ("UCSF") (in San Francisco), the University of California, Santa ("UCSC") (in Santa Cruz), the University of California, Santa Barbara ("UCSB") (in Santa Barbara), the University of San Francisco (in San Francisco) and the University of Southern California (in Los Angeles).
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