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Denver is nicknamed The Mile-High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile above sea level. Denver is an energizing mix of diverse cultures. The city surrounds you with sights, sounds, smells and flavors as varied as America itself, from cultural facilities and museums that showcase the arts and history of different peoples to quaint neighborhoods filled with authentic restaurants and entertaining cultural events.
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Oakland is a complex city of striking contrasts. At once a city for the rough and gracious, rundown and elite, hard-pressed and arty. Oakland’s essential combinations of hues and colors, constitute the fuller portrait of a city as eclectic and contradictory as its diverse citizenry.
Orange County is located in Southern California. Its county seat is Santa Ana. Its population of 3,056,865 (2005 estimate), is larger than that of 20 states. It is the second most populous county in the state of California, and the fifth most populous in the United States. The county is known for its wealth and political conservatism, although it is in reality neither as uniformly wealthy nor as homogeneously conservative as its stereotypical image suggests. In fact, the wealthiest areas in the county; Anaheim Hills, Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Villa Park only account for 15% of Orange County’s total population. Thirty-four incorporated cities are located in Orange County. Some of the most exclusive (and expensive) neighborhoods in the U.S. are located here, many along the Orange County Coast.
Situated at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers, Sacramento is a city of contrast, defying expectations that the capital of a state must be a bustling metropolis studded with sleek steel and glass towers. There are buildings fitting that description clustered downtown, but the heart of California’s capital city has tree-shaded streets lined with elegant Victorian homes. Unlike most major metropolitan areas that grew from a civic center, Sacramento started from several small communities that grew together.
San Bernardino is the largest city in Southern California’s Inland Empire area. The city is a good launching point for Joshua Tree National Park, and lies halfway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles
San Diego is California’s second largest city. Where blue skies keep watch on 70 miles of beaches and a gentle Mediterranean climate begs for a day of everything and nothing. Bordered by Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains, San Diego County’s 4,200 square miles offer immense options for business and pleasure.
San Francisco is the centerpiece of the Bay Area, well-known for its diverse ethnic and political communities, hilly terrain, world-class restaurants, and scenic beauty. Streets which often go straight up and down hills that may make driving difficult, but make for breathtaking views, as well as good exercise if you are on foot.
The Silicon Valley lies in the South Bay of the San Francisco Bay. Once best known for its prune orchards, the area underwent explosive growth with the creation of the high-tech industry in the 1960s. Although much of the area suffers from the suburban sprawl typical of much of the western United States, it still has some remarkable charm. The nearby Santa Cruz Mountains make for a welcome respite from bustling 21st-century cyberliving.