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  • Bad Water, within Death Valley, is the place of the lowest elevation in the United States, at 282 ft below sea level. With such a low elevation, it is also a place of extreme temperatures. In fact, the hottest temperature ever recorded in the United States was 134 °F (56.7 °C) at, adequately named, Furnace Creak, which is the headquarters of Death Valley National Park.

  • Interestingly, the lowest point in the United States is located within just 100 miles (160 km) of the highest point in the U.S.A., Mount Whitney. The astoundingly beautiful peaks of Mount Whitney have an elevation 14,505 feet (4,421 meters) and are found at the boundary between California's Inyo and Tulare counties.


  • During the 30 years after the Gold Rush, $1.26 billion in gold was discovered in California. The rush began on January 24th, 1848, when gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma. It was during the gold rush that San Francisco began to flourish, the result being the large, beautiful city that we know today.


  • The famous San Diego zoo is home to 3,900 animals of 777 different species. Exhibits in the zoo often designed with a particular habitat in mind. The same exhibit features many different animals that can be found side-by-side in the wild, along with native plant life.


  • A huge state, California is actually bigger than eighty-five of the world’s smallest countries. It is also the third largest state in California, after Alaska and Texas, measuring 411,000 km² and if it were a country, it would be the 59th largest in the world, between Iraq and Paraguay.


  • The oldest living species is the bristle cone pine, which is found in Inyo National Forest. Some of the park’s trees are thought to be over 4,600 years old! The federally protected forest stretches from the eastern side of Yosemite to south of Sequoia National Park.