California is a remarkable place with more than 37 million residents (most in the nation) and 158,706 square miles (third most in the nation).
The state boasts dense forests, sprawling deserts, mountains, ocean shoreline and some of the world's most iconic cities and destinations.
California is a major player in such diverse industries as the arts, energy and technology.
This gallery features some of the most eye-catching photos from around the state.
Photos will be added throughout the year, chronicling life in the Golden State.