I was reminded of this thread the other day as I was checking out at the grocery. They needed my ID to process the wine I bought (note: I am over 20 years over the age limit. It must be a corporate policy). She noted that my ID is from California, though I'm in Virginia. I said that I'd been on a temporary assignment out here for a while, but need to now transfer everything over (this is on my list for the New Year).
She said, "Oh! I've always wanted to visit California!"
Me: "What part?"
Her: "Oh, any! Aren't they all the same? It's California!"
I told her that the state is crazy diverse, in biogeographic terms. From coastal strand, coastal sage scrub, the central valley, to high Sierra, redwoods, etc. etc. etc.
The notion that going to LA would be the same as going to, I don't know - Davis?!?!, or even Barstow is sort of mind-boggling.