From north to south, the state of California measures roughly 770 miles, while spanning 250 miles from east to west. The drive from the state's northern border it shares with Oregon down south to Mexico takes approximately 15 hours.
California also shares borders with Nevada and Arizona to the east. Covering 155,779 square land miles, California ranks the third-largest state, behind Alaska and Texas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. With an estimated 38 million residents, the 'Golden State' is the most populated in the nation. The capital lies in Sacramento, while the largest city is Los Angeles. The highest and lowest points in California are Mount Whitney and Death Valley, respectively.