Santa Maria is a city in California's Central Coast region. It's known for Santa Maria Valley wineries and Santa Maria-style barbecue, a local specialty. Preisker Park draws birds such as Lawrence?s goldfinches. The Santa Maria Historical Society Museum chronicles the town's past through photographs and artifacts. West of the city, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes stretch down the Pacific Coast.
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. It is approximately 150 miles northwest of Downtown Los Angeles.
California, a western U.S. state, stretches from the Mexican border along the Pacific for nearly 900 miles. Its terrain includes cliff-lined beaches, redwood forest, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Central Valley farmland and the Mojave Desert. The city of Los Angeles is the seat of the Hollywood entertainment industry. Hilly San Francisco is known for the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and cable cars.
The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation?s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles' Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.