Three years ago, some of my friends and I decided to make a trip to of California because we had read so much about it but we had never gotten an opportunity to see it for ourselves. I believe that a trip to California is an experience that everyone should have at least once in his or her life time in order to appreciate the greatness of this state.
Not only does it have some of the most multicultural population in the United States, but it also has some very beautiful destinations which one would be sure to want to see. When one travels to California, he will find that it is very diverse, and this diversity ranges from its forested coastal regions to its north, the rugged mountains in the interior, to the harshness of the desert to its south. But sandwiched between all these is the Central Valley which is the most fertile and agriculturally productive part of the state.
In order to get a better view of California in our travel, we chose to hire a car as soon as we landed at the airport in Los Angeles. It was while we were driving from one place to another that we came to discover just how expansive the highway system of this state really is. Because of these highways, our travels within the state were made much easier and in fact, we covered more distance and travelled to more destinations of interest in just a few hours than we would have done in our own state.
During this trip, we were pleasantly surprised to find how useful our knowledge of Spanish really was, because despite the fact that English is the official language of the state, Spanish is also spoken by a large number of people making knowledge of the latter very useful (Anderson, 2006). We found that once people realized that we could speak Spanish, they would quickly give us directions to where we wanted to go. I believe that it may have been because of the goodwill which was as a result of speaking to those people in their own language.
Some very memorable places that we visited were the Hollywood symbol and the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz in San Francisco. and finally, the cities of San Diego and Santa Barbara. Furthermore, we found the desert in southern California to be a very exciting place and we spent several days exploring it.
We often spent the nights out of doors in the cold desert discussing the day’s events and making plans for the coming days. We had so much fun in California that it was with the deepest regret when the time came for us to leave. We all later came to admit that we had fallen in love with this state and we promised to return to California every year and spend time just as we had then. However, it seems that that is not one of those promises that can be kept because none of us has ever returned since then.
Anderson, D. F. (2006). Ramona memories: Tourism and the shaping of southern California. Choice, 43(6), 1071-1071.