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Usher in the New Year 2013 in the state of California

The state of California, also known as the Golden State because of the discovery of gold during its pioneering days and its sunny climate, is located in the western United States on the Pacific Ocean. With a population of 36,000,000 inhabitants, California is by far the most populous state in the US. With its unique combination of natural and man-made beauty and tons of opportunities for adventure, California has something for everyone. From the parched Colorado Desert in the south to the rainy northern coast, from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the east to the Pacific Coast in the west, and from the Mediterranean-like central and southern littoral to the volcanic plateau of the far northeast, California is a land of diverse geography, stunning physical contrasts and scenic beauty. The state of California, with all its diversity has a New Year's Eve 2013 celebration for every taste and every budget.

Los Angeles Theme Parks like Disneyland stay open late to bring in the New Year while Universal Studios closes early, but you will find a big party just outside at Universal Citywalk and admission is free. Angelinos love to party and you will find big events everywhere from the Queen Mary to the Paramount Studios lot. The Rose Parade actually takes place on New Year’s Day, but many people arrive on New Year’s Eve afternoon to stake out a viewing spot along the street. An all-night party ensues that is hard to believe unless you see it. The Casino Ballroom in Catalina Island is an especially festive place to dance in the New Year, with “big band” music in a glamorous venue. San Diego gets started a day early on December 30 with the Holiday Bowl game and the Big Bay Balloon Parade. The big event in San Francisco is the New Year's Eve fireworks display, which also offers some great things to do for non-dancers and non-drinkers.