Southern California

San Diego Marina district
Sunset in Venice, a neighborhood in Los Angeles
Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach
California counties below the 36th standard parallel
Topography of the border region
Percent of households with incomes above $150k across LA County census tracts.
Köppen climate types of southern California
Proctor Valley in Chula Vista
Autumn of 2008 in southern California.
Satellite view of southern California, including the Channel Islands
View from La Jolla Cove in San Diego.
Peaks in the eastern San Gabriel Mountains, Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino County.
Yucca Valley with Visitor Center in Background in June 2017.
Ocean Beach Sunset in San Diego.
Northridge earthquake shake map
Salton Sea in the Coachella Valley
The Oceanside Pier on the San Diego County coast
Downtown San Bernardino
Taco Bell Headquarters in Irvine
Disneyland in Anaheim
Interstate and state highway system of Southern California
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway's combined Super Chief-El Capitan pulls into Los Angeles's Union Passenger Terminal on September 24, 1966.
University of California, Los Angeles
California Institute of Technology

Geographic and cultural region that generally comprises the southern portion of the U.S. state of California.

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Angeles National Forest

Located in the San Gabriel Mountains and Sierra Pelona Mountains, primarily within Los Angeles County in southern California.

Located in the San Gabriel Mountains and Sierra Pelona Mountains, primarily within Los Angeles County in southern California.

2014, new growth emerges after the fires of 2012
Various mountain plant life with the Chaparral yucca at right.
Angeles National Forest, the two green areas north of Los Angeles.
The east fork of the San Gabriel River is one of most visited sites in the forest system.
Mount Islip.
Mount Harwood, from Devils Backbone
San Gabriel Mountains
San Gabriel Canyon
San Gabriel River
Jackson Lake
Along the Icehouse Canyon Trail
Sierra Pelona Mountains
San Francisquito Canyon
View west from Angeles Crest Highway
Riparian zone habitat.
Montane chaparral ecotone with the Mojave Desert. Yellow sulphurflower buckwheat flowers in foreground.

Some of the rivers with watersheds within its boundaries provide valuable non-groundwater recharge water for Southern California.

The Ranges rise steeply above major urban areas such as Los Angeles

San Emigdio Mountains

The Ranges rise steeply above major urban areas such as Los Angeles

The San Emigdio Mountains are a part of the Transverse Ranges in Southern California, extending from Interstate 5 at Lebec and Gorman on the east to Highway 33–166 on the west.

University of California, Los Angeles

Public land-grant research university in Los Angeles, California.

Public land-grant research university in Los Angeles, California.

The Los Angeles branch of the California State Normal School, 1881.
Reginaldo Francisco del Valle was instrumental in the creation of the Los Angeles California State Normal School, predecessor to UCLA.
Southern Branch of the University of California's Vermont Campus, 1922.
Postcard circa 1930 to 1945 of the new Westwood campus.
Royce Hall, one of the original four buildings, inspired by Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio
The Bruin statue, designed by Billy Fitzgerald, in Bruin Plaza.
Vaulted arches of Royce Hall
The front lawn of UCLA's Kerckhoff Hall, as seen during the orientation scene in Legally Blonde.
California NanoSystems Institute interior walkways above a parking structure.
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, near the main entrance to the campus
South entrance to the School of Law.
Fielding School of Public Health
Anderson School of Management
Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (now UCLA Samueli School Of Engineering)
Powell Library, across the quad from Royce Hall
Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library, UCLA School of Law
A hoodie from the UCLA Store
Official logo of UCLA Athletics
The Solid Gold Sound of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band
Basketball at Pauley Pavilion
A UCLA-USC rivalry game.
Spring Sing 2009
Kerckhoff Hall houses the student government and the Daily Bruin.
The Daily Bruin began publication in 1919, the same year that UCLA was founded.
Sproul Landing dorms above B-plate dining hall at Charles E Young and De Neve Drive.
Jackie Robinson, first African-American player in the MLB
James Franco, Academy Award-nominated actor
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA all-time scoring leader
Sean Astin, actor
Arthur Ashe, former world #1 tennis player, who won three Grand Slam titles
Sara Bareilles, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter
Randy Newman, singer-songwriter
Leonard Nimoy, actor, who played Spock in Star Trek
Ben Shapiro, conservative political commentator
Jack Black, actor and comedian
Mayim Bialik, actress and host of Jeopardy!
Tom Bradley, first African-American Mayor of Los Angeles
Carol Burnett, actress
Steve Martin, actor and comedian
Rob Reiner, actor and filmmaker
Ben Stiller, actor and comedian
Johnnie Cochran, lawyer and civil rights activist
Francis Ford Coppola, Academy Award-winning filmmaker
Paul Schrader, screenwriter and film director
Troy Aikman, Pro Football Hall of Fame member
Mark Harmon, actor and producer
George Takei, actor and activist
Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator from New York
James Dean, actor
H.R. Haldeman, former White House Chief of Staff
Bill Walton, Basketball Hall of Fame member
Jimmy Conners, former world #1 tennis player, who won eight Grand Slam titles
Michael Morhaime, co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment
Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors
Tim Robbins, Academy Award-winning actor
alt=|Russell Westbrook, NBA all-time leader in triple-doubles

In March 1881, at the request of state senator Reginaldo Francisco del Valle, the California State Legislature authorized the creation of a southern branch of the California State Normal School (now San José State University) in downtown Los Angeles to train teachers for the growing population of Southern California.

A freight train passing in front of Mormon Rocks

Cajon Pass

A freight train passing in front of Mormon Rocks
Near the Highway 138 and Interstate 15 junction, the Mormon Rocks are evidence of the San Andreas fault beneath the surface
Santa Fe Railway brakeman atop a train that has paused at Cajon siding to cool its brakes after descending Cajon Pass in March 1943
Santa Fe train climbing to Cajon Pass 1943
Union Pacific Railroad GE Dash 8-40C #9214 leads a freight train up Cajon Pass
Union Pacific excursion train at Cajon Pass pulled by FEF-3 4-8-4 "Northern" type steam locomotive UP 844

Cajon Pass (Spanish: Puerto del Cajón or Paso del Cajón) is a mountain pass between the San Bernardino Mountains to the east and the San Gabriel Mountains to the west in Southern California.

Santa Clara River (California)

Aerial view of the Santa Clara River as it winds through Soledad Canyon just east of Santa Clarita
Aerial view of the Santa Clara River at Piru
Fisherman with catch of steelhead in lower Sespe Creek, 1911

The Santa Clara River (Río Santa Clara) is an 83 mi long river in Southern California.

Juan Bautista de Anza, Spanish expeditionary and namesake of the park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Juan Bautista de Anza, Spanish expeditionary and namesake of the park
Blair Valley
Vista of the Anza Borrego desert landscape
Cactus in bloom
Desert bighorn sheep at Palm Canyon Oasis.
Panoramic view from Font's Point westward over Borrego Valley to the Laguna Mountains
Anza-Borrego rock outcrop and flora
Agua Caliente Springs and valley towards south
Pre-Columbian era rock art in the Indian Hill archeological area
Morteros, bedrock mortar grinding holes, in the Indian Hill area
Peninsular bighorn sheep in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
A desert marigold pushes its way through the dry, cracked, and sun-hardened desert after a rare and substantial rainfall
Common chuckwalla, Sauromalus ater in Palm Canyon, near Palm Springs
An ocotillo plant common in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (, AN-zə bə-RAY-goh) is a California State Park located within the Colorado Desert of southern California, United States.

Newport Beach, California

Coastal city in Orange County, California, United States.

Coastal city in Orange County, California, United States.

Newport Beach was originally part of Rancho San Joaquín, granted in 1842 to José Andrés Sepúlveda, a famed Californio vaquero.
Newport Beach on July 18, 2014
Newport Beach California
Dover and Pacific Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA
Newport Coastal Path
Linda Isle, Newport Beach, California
The Lido Peninsula
Balboa Island, Newport Beach California. January 2013
West Newport Beach
Upper Newport Bay
Toyota Tacoma in service with the NBFD Lifeguard.
Newport Harbor
Balboa Pier
Orange Coast College sailing school
yacht Zapata II
Cabo San Lucas Race Start 2013
Fishing on the Newport Beach Pier
Newport Beach Boardwalk
Fashion Island in Newport Center
Newport Center
Beer Can Races in Newport Beach
Balboa Pavilion on Main Street
Balboa Pier
Lovell Beach House
Newport Pier
The Wedge (surfing)
Balboa Bay Resort
Newport Beach Boat Show
Orange County Museum of Art

One guest on You Bet Your Life in 1954 was mayor of Newport Beach and specifically noted that Balboa was a congregating point for southern Californian young people over Easter break, with 35,000 visiting the town of 18,000.

Twentynine Palms, California

City in San Bernardino County, California.

City in San Bernardino County, California.

Twentynine Palms sign
Aerial view of Twentynine Palms from the south, with Mojave Desert behind

The city is located in the Mojave Desert in Southern California.

Northern California

Geographic and cultural region that generally comprises the northern portion of the U.S. state of California.

Geographic and cultural region that generally comprises the northern portion of the U.S. state of California.

Map of northern California counties
Map of the three Californias according to the Cal 3 ballot proposal
Coast Redwoods in Muir Woods National Monument, in Marin County
Moon Lake in Lassen County, California
Farm near Mount Shasta
Satellite image of Northern California at night
Köppen climate types in northern California
California state quarter
San Francisco International Airport (or SFO) is the largest and busiest airport in northern California, also ranking second in the state and tenth in the United States.
San Jose International Airport is ranked as the best-run airport in the United States, by the ACBJ.
The 19th Street/Oakland BART station in downtown Oakland
The historic San Francisco Ferry Building is the busiest ferry terminal on the West Coast and connects Downtown San Francisco to various parts of the Bay Area.
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of northern California's most well-known landmarks and one of the most famous bridges in the world.
I-80 and I-580 in Berkeley in the Bay Area
State Route 120 is one of the many highways that traverse the isolated areas of inner northern California.
San Jose, the most populous city in Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, and the tenth largest city in the United States. San Jose is the center of Silicon Valley, the preeminent region for technology in the country.
San Francisco, the second most populated city in Northern California and a major economic, cultural, and financial center for the region.
Fresno, the third most populated city in northern California, as seen from Chukchansi Park. Fresno is the largest city by population in the Central Valley.
alt=Sacramento Skyline (cropped).jpg|Sacramento, the fourth most populous city in Northern California, the capital city of the State of California, and the principal city of the Sacramento metropolitan area.
Oakland, the fifth-largest city by population in Northern California. Oakland is the major port city of the region and the center of Northern California's African American community.
1 - San Jose
2 - San Francisco
3 - Fresno
4 - Sacramento
5 - Oakland
6 - Stockton
7 - Fremont
8 - Modesto
9 - Santa Rosa
10 - Elk Grove
11 - Salinas
12 - Hayward
13 - Sunnyvale
14 - Roseville
15 - Visalia
16 - Santa Clara
17 - Vallejo
18 - Concord
19 - Berkeley
20 - Clovis
21 - Fairfield
22 - Richmond
23 - Antioch
24 - San Mateo
25 - Daly City
26 - Vacaville
27 - Chico
28 - Redding
29 - Tracy
30 - San Leandro
31 - Livermore
32 - Citrus Heights
33 - Merced
34 - San Ramon
35 - Redwood City
36 - Manteca
37 - Mountain View
38 - Folsom
39 - Milpitas
40 - Pleasanton

Its economy is diverse, though more concentrated in high technology, and subject to the whims of venture capital than any other major regional economy in the nation especially within Silicon Valley, and less dependent on oil and residential housing than Southern California.

Los Angeles River

Major river in Los Angeles County, California.

Major river in Los Angeles County, California.

The Arroyo Calabasas (left) and Bell Creek (right) join to form the Los Angeles River
LA River near downtown LA during drought in 2014
Receiving the Tujunga Wash (right) in Studio City.
Looking east (downstream) at the Glendale Narrows. Unlike most of the river, this stretch has an earthen bottom.
Figueroa (Dayton Avenue) Bridge, showing the channelized river
The Los Angeles River's wider channel near the mouth
Los Angeles River at Griffith Park, c. undefined 1898–1910
Ed Hunt, Griffith Park policeman, in the Los Angeles River, 1911
Placing of concrete in a section of the counterforted channel wall on the left bank just above 26th Street in the city of Los Angeles, 1938.
Mallards on the river
People fishing in the Elysian Valley River Recreation Zone, 2014
Sign at the northern access point of the Elysian Valley River Recreation Zone cautioning against contact with water
Springtime flow in 2008 at North Broadway-Buena Vista Viaduct (built 1909–11) on the Los Angeles River near Lincoln Heights.
The car race in the L.A. River culvert from the film Grease is an example of the canalized river's use as a location for films, television series, and music videos.
Interstate 5, the Golden State Freeway. Glendale is on the right, Los Feliz ison the left. The Los Angeles River rus through the middle.
A paved river and railroads lead into downtown Los Angeles.

The river was originally an alluvial river that ran freely across a flood plain that is now occupied by Los Angeles, Long Beach, and other townships in Southern California.