The great museums of Northern California offer ongoing enticements. A Levi Strauss exhibit at The Contemporary Jewish Museum is a local favorite.
Death Valley National Park presents a severe but serene desert presence to the traveler. See Scotty's Castle, the lowest point at Badwater, and such scenic overlooks as Artist's Drive and Zabriske Point.
If you enjoy natural beauty in California, seeing the pageant of fall color in the aspen trees along Highway 395 in the eastern Sierra should be high on your to-do list. The Bishop Creek watershed and mountain lakes, west from Bishop, attract many fall color fans.
The Hokulea voyaging canoe in Hawaii symbolizes a longing that many travelers worldwide now feel during the COVID-19 crisis--the wish to get out and explore. "Who were the original Hawaiians?" and "How did they get to Hawaii?" Answers can be gleaned in Honolulu by visiting the Hawaiian Maritime Center and seeing the recreated deep-sea Polynesian voyaging canoe, the Hokulea,
California’s Leland Stanford Jr University is a world-class legacy that grieving parents created to honor their son, who died of typhoid in Europe at age 15. Leland and Jane Stanford said, “May the children of California be our children.”
In spite of the Great Quake and Fire of 1906, which destroyed 28,000 buildings, impressive pockets of San Francisco's Victorian architecture survived. They can be enjoyed today, if you know where to find them. The 14,000 structures that remained were mainly west of Van Ness Avenue.
When the coronavirus fears abate, a visit to Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra will again emerge as a major summer road-trip outing in California.
Here is my list of A Few Good Restaurants Berkeley, Oakland, East Bay California. From time to time, let us pause for culinary reflection on the restaurant joys of modern life. Let us appreciate both the creativity and the brutal repetitive hard work required to succeed in the modern restaurant scene.
Masterpieces of erosive scenery caused Zion and Bryce Canyon to be set aside as Utah National Parks. From a base in Cedar City and in Escalante, it is fun to explore the region. Las Vegas is the major fly-in airport for most travelers.
The mystique of cross-country skiing can be savored at several major locations in California.
When the coronavirus worries abate, consider a visit to John Steinbeck's house in Salinas and the National Steinbeck Center two blocks away. They acquaint a traveler with the life and novels of this literary icon, who wrote the classics, The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row.
Five good day trips from San Francisco could take you to Muir Woods, Oakland-Berkeley, Stanford University, the San Mateo Coast, and Big Basin-Memorial State Parks.
After the Coronavirus Crisis is over, 5 good overnight trips from San Francisco could take you to Point Reyes, the Mendocino Coast, the Napa Wine Country, Santa Cruz, and Monterey-Carmel.
Alcatraz is on lockdown, due to the Coronavirus. But it is out there, shimmering on San Francisco Bay, along with Angel Island. It will eventually reopen.
The southeast panhandle of Alaska, including Juneau, Skagway, and Sitka, differs sharply from the more northerly sections of the state. Precipitation here is high, comparing with Washington state, so the trees, such as Sitka spruce, grow to great heights and can be harvested for lumber or pulp.
Beyond the new Martin Luther King Memorial, other newer memorials and attractions to see in Washington DC include the WWII Memorial, Museum of the American Indian, International Spy Museum, Women in Military Service, FDR Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, and Korean War Memorial.
Reno Nevada is poised to accept visitors when the COVID-19 crisis ends. Like all major travel destinations, Reno struggles to survive in the travel scene.
The Golden Gate Bridge symbolizes the joy and beauty that so many San Francisco visitors and locals experience when they encounter The City.
The Marin Healdlands and Conzelman Road offer the best opportunity to view both San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from an elevated perspective.
The Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument celebrates the May 1980 eruption that blew nearly 2,300 feet of earth off the top of the volcano. Today you can tour the area and witness the recovering landscape.
Nestled in the Coachella Valley between the San Jacinto Mountains to the west and the Santa Rosa Mountains to the south, the Palm Springs region has a reputation as the perfect desert oasis. Snow-capped peaks, including 10,831-foot San Jacinto, rise abruptly above a desert plain that is bathed in sunshine 354 days a year.
A cruise to the western Caribbean can take you on shore excursions to the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha in Belize, the Rainforest Aerial Tram canopy tour outside Limon in Costa Rica, and to the canal and Panama City in Panama.
Denmark presents the traveler with an intriguing mix of civilized pleasures in Copenhagen and grand castles in a green countryside outside the metropolis, both north in Zealand and west on the island of Funen.
Mexico's Los Cabos at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, offer a vacation with resorts, snorkeling, fishing, and shopping. .
I am out exploring California as I update my book Northern California History Weekends for a new edition. This chapter is about the enduring mystery of where Sir Francis Drake landed in Point Reyes and how an impressive redwood grove was saved north of San Francisco and named to honor John Muir.