California was first sighted by Spanish navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1952. It became a U.S. territory in 1847. The capital of California is Sacramento. The largest cities in California are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Oakland, Bakersfield, and Anaheim. There's a total of 278 state parks and beaches. Lawrence KS, is twenty five hours away from California, and 1,704 miles away.