On February 22, National California Day recognizes the Golden State.

For more than a century, Spanish missionaries settle California. Manifest Destiny and the Mexican American War would play a pivotal role in making California a U.S. Territory. Under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico sold California along with its territories north of the Rio Grande for 15 million dollars.

Only days before the treaty was signed, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The gold rush of 1849 would set off an era of settlement unlike any a new territory had ever seen. Two years later, California became the 31st state.

While many think of sunny beaches and orange groves, California has a diverse climate. Each region boasts an opportunity for seasonal outdoor adventures. Whether surfing or downhill skiing is on the agenda, it’s sure to be found. If hiking among giant redwoods or touring historic missions is more to your liking, you’ll discover it here.

Of course, we can’t overlook Northern California’s wine country. Beautiful road trips and wine tastings along the magnificent Napa Valley or Sonoma County are a must for wine lovers.

Check out #NationalDrinkWineDay
Check out #NationalDrinkWineDay


Swimmin’ pools and movie stars, Califonia has those in large numbers.  While moving pictures weren’t born in California, Hollywood sure made them flourish. By the turn of the 20th century, Hollywood built a foundation of movie studios that continued to grow and many of which still exist today.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCaliforniaDay

Take a tour of California and find something new to discover! Join National Day Calendar as we explore the 31st state’s history, people, and culture. Uncover hide-a-ways, mysteries and incredible landscapes. Use #NationalCaliforniaDay to share on social media.

For a complete list of California State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit www.parks.ca.gov and www.nps.gov. Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve – Lancaster Red Rock Canyon State Park – Cantil Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve – Guerneville California Citrus State Historic Park – Riverside California Indian Heritage Center – Sacramento Clear Lake State Park – Kelseyville Emerald Bay State Park – South Lake Tahoe Fort Tejon State Historic Park – Lebec Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park – Pine Grove Pigeon Point Light Station – Pescadero Death ValleySequoia and Kings CanyonYosemite – Sierra Nevada Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front – Richmond La Brea Tar Pits – Los Angeles Griffith Observatory – Los Angeles Exploratorium – San Francisco Aquarium of the Bay – San Francisco Alcatraz Island – San Francisco Sutters Fort – Sacramento Depot Park Museum – Sonoma Computer History Museum – Mountain View

William Randolph Hearst - Publisher - (April 29, 1863 - August 14, 1951)
William Randolph Hearst – Publisher – (April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951)


Julia Morgan - Architect - ( January 20, 1872 - February 2, 1957)
Julia Morgan – Architect – ( January 20, 1872 – February 2, 1957)


Robert Frost - Poet - (March 26, 1874 - January 29, 1963)
Robert Frost – Poet – (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)


Jack London - Author - (January 12, 1876 - November 22, 1916)
Jack London – Author – (January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916)


George Patton - Army Officer - (November 11, 1885 - December 21, 1945)
George Patton – Army Officer – (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945)


Alice Stebbin Wells – Police Officer – (June 13, 1873 – August 17, 1957)

Dorothy Arzner - Director - (January 3, 1897 - October 1, 1979)
Dorothy Arzner – Director – (January 3, 1897 – October 1, 1979)


Ansel Adams - Photographer - (February 20, 1902 - April 22, 1984)
Ansel Adams – Photographer – (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984)


John Steinbeck - Author - (February 27, 1902 - December 20, 1968)
John Steinbeck – Author – (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968)


Helen Wills Moody Roark – Tennis player – (October 6, 1905 – January 1, 1998)

Ernest Gallo - Businessman - (March 18, 1909 - March 6, 2007)
Ernest Gallo – Businessman – (March 18, 1909 – March 6, 2007)


Julia Child - Chef - (August 15, 1912 - August 13, 2004)
Julia Child – Chef – (August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004)


Richard Nixon - President - (January 9, 1913 - April 22, 1994)
Richard Nixon – President – (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994)


Tokyo Rose Iva Toguri - Radio Broadcaster - (July 4, 1916 - September 26, 2006)
Iva Toguri – Radio Broadcaster – (July 4, 1916 – September 26, 2006)


Etta James - Singer - (January 25, 1938 - January 20, 2012)
Etta James – Singer – (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012)



George Lucas - Filmmaker - (May 14, 1944)

George Lucas – Filmmaker – (May 14, 1944)


Sally Ride - Astronaut - (May 26, 1951 -July 23, 2012)
Sally Ride – Astronaut – (May 26, 1951 -July 23, 2012)


Steve Jobs - Businessman - (February 24, 1955 - October 5, 2011)
Steve Jobs – Businessman – (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011)
Octavia E. Butler - Author - (June 22, 1947 - February 24, 2006)
Octavia E. Butler – Author – (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006)


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