• Due to its Mediterranean climate, California is able to produce over 17 million gallons of wine each year.
  • There is a popular burger chain, In-N-Out, that is specific to California. The first one opened in 1948 which was California’s first drive through burger stand. No stores were opened outside California until 1992.
  • The largest living tree in the world is in California’s Sequoia National Park. It is only 275 feet tall, but it’s circumference is 100 feet!
  • The full Californian 1,100 mile long coastline is a national monument, ensuring constant conservation and guaranteeing there will not be new oil drilling within 12 nautical miles of the mainland.
  • California has some weird laws – in Blythe, California, it is illegal to wear cowboy boots unless you own a minimum of two cows.
  • The original Disneyland theme park was built in Anaheim, California in 1955. It is the only theme park designed and built under the management of Walt Disney.
  • California is notorious for its many droughts. One of the worst droughts was from December 2011 until March 2017. It was the driest in California in documented history. 164 million trees died in total during this time.
  • In order to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you have to pay a $30,000 nomination fee and you are required to appear at the star’s unveiling.
  • The Gold Rush was the largest mass migration in United States history.
  • Movie makers relocated to Hollywood because they were trying to get away from Thomas Edison who was based in New Jersey. His patents made it difficult to make movies, but in California, the courts were known to rule against patent claims.
  • More movies have been filmed in California than any other state.
  • California is the only state that has hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics – the Summer Olympics will be held there once again in 2028.
  • California is the world’s fifth largest supplier of food.
  • California contains the most diverse environment in the world – it varies from hot desert to subarctic depending on latitude and elevation.
  • In Sunol, California, a dog was elected honorary mayor. He “served” from 1981 to 1994.