At this point I have lived in California longer than anywhere else I have lived in my adolescent + adult life. I am not sure if that qualifies me as a "Californian", but I do feel like one.
It wasn't until I had lived in the state for about 5 years that I actually took the time to explore the Golden State for all the amazing things it has to offer. Big Sur, Joshua Tree, San Luis Obispo, Palm Springs, the list goes one. I have come nowhere near scratching the surface of this massive state, but I am optimistic that I will make the time to make it happen. On the short list: Yosemite, Sequoia & Big Bear.