What makes California so special is the range of sites to see and places to visit. I have many friends who like to brag about surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding all in the same day. Myself, I'm a skier, and not much of a surfer or skater, so I can't make the same claim.
We have palm trees and beaches, and 14,000 ft. mountain peaks. There is something for everyone in California, and it's incredible how many places can be reached in a 1 day drive.