San Francisco's main tourist attractions, its list of things to see and do, now includes the new Salesforce Park downtown, plus the Cable Cars, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Alcatraz, North Beach, the Victorians, Chinatown, Coit Tower, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. Amidst all this exploring, one place to stretch your legs is on a glorious walk at Crissy Field along the Bay from the Marina Green to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Lee Foster’s new travel guidebook is Northern California History Travel Adventures: 35 Suggested Trips
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.”
What are the loveliest beaches along the California coast if you head south from San Francisco? My recommendations are Montara, Fitzgerald, Ano Nuevo, Waddell, Capitola, and Carmel River Beach.
Summer entices the connoisseur of beaches on the coast north and south of San Francisco. Going North, consider Limantour, Heart's Desire, Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock, Fort Ross, and Manchester.
The great museums of Northern California offer ongoing enticements, such as the Andy Warhol exhibits at SFMOMA San Francisco in 2019. Children delighted in Warhol's Silver Clouds creation, a set of helium-filled mylar balloons to be batted around.
The Golden Gate Bridge symbolizes the joy and beauty that so many San Francisco visitors and locals experience when they encounter The City.
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.
Monterey was California's first capital, before the Gold Rush.
In his novel Cannery Row, John Steinbeck immortalized for the modern traveler the sardine canning world of the Monterey, California waterfront.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, wealthy residents set up the 17-Mile Drive and Pebble Beach Lodge as a mecca for the established.
The story of Junipero Serra's mission at Carmel, California reflects many of the influences that the Franciscan leader had on the Golden State.
My website/blog for Foster Travel Publishing has received a 2019 Award from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Western Chapter.
Downtown Napa City offers a satisfying Napa Valley California travel experience.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park is where the movement to save California's coastal redwoods began.
California's Santa Cruz, both the beach Boardwalk and the progressive university, is one of the intriguing cultural locations in the Golden State.
The story of California's mammoth trees, the giant inland Sequoias, is one of the intriguing nature tales in the history of the Golden State.
The story of California skiing is one of the intriguing tales in the history of the Golden State, starting with Snowshoe Thompson.
Mark Twain's comment on California's Lake Tahoe ranks as one of the more felicitous comments that a writer has ever uttered about the Golden State.
California Gold Rush's richest mine was the Empire Mine. The nearby Malakoff Diggins shows the environmental damage of hydraulic mining.
Small museums in the California Gold Country entice as you drive along California Highway 49.
Spring wildflowers inspire joyful outings in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.
You'll enjoy California’s Gold Rush Country if you’re anything like the early gold miners. The gold miner was an explorer, willing to go off the beaten path, alert for information but also following a hunch, knowing that there are many treasures to be found.
This article is about California's John Sutter's Vision and his Sutter's Fort in Sacramento.
California's Old Sacramento Railroad Museum tells about the dream of an Iron Road across the Sierra.