California Dreaming: we’ve all been guilty of it. Every time there’s a pinch of cold in the air, a touch of cloud in the sky, or The Mamas and the Papas come on the radio, the natural response is a craving for the peaks of Yosemite or the seafaring life off the Baja coast. Originally settled by the Spanish, then controlled by Mexico, California became an American state in 1850. While the Latin legacy still remains in much of the culture and in the plethora of cities with "San" in their name, the acquisition of this beautiful Pacific coast was definitely a win for the United States—thanks, Polk! Ever since the great 19th-century gold rush, people have continuously flocked to California, whether lured by the beauty and glamor of Hollywood, the refinement and relaxation of Napa Valley, the history and bustle of the streets of San Francisco, or the ocean views and south-of-the-border influence of San Diego. (Told you, lots of "San"s.) Regardless of your age, gender, political views, religious affiliation, or even fashion sense, America’s golden coast has something to offer everyone who visits its shores, all served up with a laid-back Californian attitude. And once you’re here, with your view of the Pacific and award-winning Sauvignon Blanc in your hand, you too will be shouting "Eureka!", the state motto. After all, if you’re in California, you’ve finally found it.