Move to California! I'm originally from California (born and raised) and it is always a breath of fresh air when I come back to my homestate. Weather is great (no real earthquakes in Southern California, I think I felt two minor "burps" when I was a kid, but that is it and it was while I was sleeping making me wake up for 2 seconds and then quickly fall back asleep). And to correct the misconception or truth about liberals, California is a tremendously huge state. I would say the most liberal side of California is the upper half (Northerna California including the bay area), while the Southern half has more conservative groups, but honestly that is a huge generalization as throughout the entire state there are pockets of beautifully devoted Catholics with the beautiful Catholic Missions and monasteries speckled throughout the state as you travel the coast. I grew up in the Southern half and to give you an idea of the kind of devotional Catholic present, I grew up with the Traditional Latin mass and it is still there to this day.
God bless you on your discerment. As an aside, I have a few friends who have been in similar situations as youself, ie: requiring a change. They have made moves from Boston to Pennsylvania for instance or other states. So it is not a strange or "crazy" thing that you are doing, but rather normal, at least, from what I have seen with some of my friends in our age group.
Hi Tiffiany! There is no doubt that California is a beautiful state! Every region is different, though, as many of the other posters have said. Do some research on where you think you would like to live and post another thread. I think you'll get more specific feedback. Also, your vacation will be a good indication if you like it here! Chelle