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Overview of California
California, nicknamed the "Golden State" often conjures up images and perceptions of year round sunshine, celebrities and movies. However the state is without a doubt the most diverse in the United States both in its geography, people and cities. In the south you have Los Angeles, wedged between the ocean and a jagged mountain range and a population whose ethnicity is the most diverse in the world. Four hundred miles to north is San Francisco, a compact city on the bay, home to the tech industry and full of intellectuals who thrive on creating a progressive society. In the middle is the Central Coast with unspeakable beauty as mountains rise out of the ocean and quaint towns, golf courses and restaurants dot the landscape. California has something for everyone and just one visit to one region won't fully arm one with a complete picture of what the whole state is like.
California Must Sees
Main point of arrival for most visitors to Catalina Island, Avalon is a charming village on the water front. The town is characterized by narrow lanes dotted with vacation homes, small hotels and restaurants.
The Grove is centrally located between Hollywood and Beverly Hills and serves as a large shopping, dining and entertainment venue. Frequented by a mixed crowd of locals, celebrities and tourists, its one of LA"s prime must sees.
An independent city of its own from that of Los Angeles (but surrounded by LA), Santa Monica is a beach side community full of high rise hotels, an amusment park on a pier, biking trails and numerous shopping and dining venues.
Santa Monica's neighbor to the south, Venice Beach is world famous for its eclectic crowds, colorful facades and white beaches Venice has an array of activities and stores that cater to most tastes and is one of the best spots in LA to people watch. .
This "neigbhorhood" of Los Angeles has reinvented itself as one of the prime entertainment areas of the city. Today it is the official tour bus departure point and its streets are lined with history