I was born and spent my childhood in California, beautiful country. State is so big you get every kind of landscape, ocean beaches to deserts to mountains to canyons. My family still lives around Bakersfield, my brother and family just moved back a few months ago, San bernandino area. So gorgeous.
Just can't get past the hippie/ commie politics, never paid attention as a kid but now that I pay taxes, have property, and rather not have it strongarmed from me, I'll just visit the family now and then.