10 Fun Facts About California

By Eben Coenen, Senior Regional Director

On our 14-Day Service Program you will embark on an epic road trip from the Golden Gate Bridge to towering granite cliffs of Yosemite National Park.

California is iconic for its miles of coastline, large number of National Parks, and incredible cities. On our 14-Day Service Program, you will embark on an epic road trip from the Golden Gate Bridge to towering granite cliffs of Yosemite National Park. On the way, you will work to care for the homeless through meal outreach programs in the city, splash through rapids in a whitewater kayak, and work to build and maintain outdoor spaces in Tahoe and Yosemite! You may never find a service trip so fun, so be sure to check out this volunteer adventure for teens!

While planning for our upcoming adventure across The Golden State, I came upon a great online resource full of facts about all 50 States. Here are are a few really fun ones about California that you might experience on our Summer Service Adventure there! Check out the fun facts about California below, and feel free to explore and learn more fun facts about California here!

Fun Fact # 1:

San Francisco Bay is considered the world’s largest landlocked harbor.

Fun Fact # 2:

The Inyo National Forest, outside of Yosemite, is home to the bristlecone pine, the oldest living species of pine tree. Some of the gnarled trees are thought to be over 4,600 years old.

Fun Fact # 3:

California is known variously as The Land of Milk and Honey, The El Dorado State, The Golden State, and The Grape State.

Fun Fact # 4:

The redwood is the official state tree. Some of the giant redwoods in Sequoia National Park are more than 2,000 years old.

Fun Fact # 5:

The highest and lowest points in the continental United States are within 100 miles of one another. Mount Whitney measures 14,495 feet and Bad Water in Death Valley is 282 feet below sea level.

Fun Fact # 6:

Castroville is known as the Artichoke Capital of the World. In 1947 a young woman named Norma Jean was crowned Castroville’s first Artichoke Queen. She went on to become actress Marilyn Monroe.

Fun Fact # 7:

The state motto is Eureka!, a Greek word translated “I have found it!” The motto was adopted in 1849 and alludes to the discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevadas.

Fun Fact # 8:

Fallbrook is known as the Avocado Capital of the World and hosts an annual Avocado Festival. More avocados are grown in the region than any other county in the nation.

Fun Fact # 9:

Totaling nearly three million acres, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the country.

Fun Fact # 10:

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge contains the largest winter population of bald eagles in the continental United States.

I hope these fun facts got you excited about our summer service program in California!


ARCC Programs has offered summer travel programs for high school students for over 35 years. With travel programs for teens on six continents, there is something for everyone. Find a summer program on our website or request a catalog today.