California has always been a land of legendary extremes. Stories of its incredible natural beauty, its enormous wealth and diversity of natural resources and landscapes, and its violent and destructive natural disasters make world news headlines each year. These stories have been repeated since the first Spanish explorers and then settlers arrived here centuries ago. And, California’s people, both real and imagined, have always successfully competed with nature for the spotlight. Even its name originated from a mythical location.
Exploring California by physiographic region.