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What are some fun facts about California?

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Some fun facts about California include the fact that California raises more turkeys than any other state and that the Hollywood Bowl is the world's largest amphitheater. California's Mount Whitney is the highest peak in all of the United States' lower 48 states.

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California is home to the largest three-day rodeo, held on the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff, and home of the first motion picture theater, which opened in Los Angeles on April 2, 1902. State capital Sacramento hosts the California State Railroad Museum, the largest museum of its kind in North America.

Death Valley, located in California, is recognized as the hottest, driest place in the United States. In the summer, it is not uncommon for the area to reach temperatures higher than 115 degrees. Also located in California is Sequoia National Park, which contains the largest living tree as of 2015 – its trunk is a massive 102 feet in circumference.

Annually, the state grows over 300,000 tons of grapes and produces more than 17 million gallons of wine every year. One out of every eight residents of the United States lives in California, and the economy of the city of Los Angeles alone is larger than that of all U.S. states except for California, Texas and New York.

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