By Lee Foster I am happy to report that my Column/Blog on www.fostertravel.com won the Gold Award in the annual writing award competition of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Western Chapter. The awards were announced at the annual meeting...
Silicon Valley's High Tech Heritage is the story of the computer and the technology revolution affecting the world. The story comes alive at the Apple Park Visitor Center and at three great museums in California’s Silicon Valley.
The rugged Big Sur Coast, south of Monterey, presents one of the most exciting scenic drives in California. See Point Lobos, Garrapata Beach, the Bixby Bridge, Point Sur Lighthouse, Andrew Molera Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur Park, and Nepenthe.
The San Mateo County Coast is a special getaway for a San Francisco Bay Area traveler looking for a bucolic, cool, green, seaside encounter. The attractions lie north and south of Half Moon Bay.
California's Santa Cruz is the epitome of beach culture, enticing visitors with its Pacific Avenue, Beach Boardwalk, University campus, and Natural Bridges State Park.
It is always exciting for me to approach a city I know well, such as Portland, with a new concept. Portland fancies itself as "The City of Makers." What does this claim mean?
In California you can meet the tallest, the most massive, and the oldest living things on earth. All these living things happen to be trees.
Small railroads played an important role in the historic development of Northern California. Today one of those railroads, the Skunk Train, continues to flourish as an excursion train between Fort Bragg and Willits on the Mendocino Coast.
The Eastern Sierra of California along Highway 395 beckons with its Fall Color, Bristlecone Pines, Erik Schat's Bakery, Eastern California Museum with Paiute Indian baskets, Manzanar Japanese internment site, Lone Pine Film History Museum, Alabama Hills movie site, and Whitney Portal views of Mt. Whitney.
We had a lively discussion in Portland, Oregon recently at a meeting of the Society of American Travel Writers on travel journalist survivability and profitability.
Author John Steinbeck, if he were alive today and thinking back on his novel Cannery Row, would appreciate the irony that the sardines have had quixotic ups and downs in their population levels off his beloved Monterey Bay in California.
Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen, CA celebrates the great adventure writer and his visionary chosen home/farm. His house burned, tragically, shortly after its construction. Hike there now to view the ruins and celebrate the beauty of nature.
I was asked recently to talk about the revolution in modern publishing at the California Writers Club in Sacramento. As I looked out at the 40 writers/authors in the audience, I realized with new clarity that the main reality in our rapidly changing publishing world is “the gradual empowerment of writers/authors/photographers,” especially from about 2005 to the present.
Meander the California Delta and discover the town of Locke, founded by Chinese.
This is a "website book" version of my SF Travel & Photo Guide: The Top 100 Travel Experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this "website book" version, everything in the 120 chapters of the book can be seen by you in this Table of Contents file. When you click forward to look at a chapter, you can always browser click back to where your were in the Table of Contents.
There are still plenty of “nuggets” in the cultural stream for the modern traveler venturing into the Northern Gold Country of California along Highway 49, after leaving I-80 at Auburn and heading north.
A California back roads trip from the Bay Area across Tioga Pass in Yosemite’s High Country along Highway 120 offers an exciting adventure.
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.
King Kamehameha favored the sunny west side of the Big Island of Hawaii, the Kona and Kohala Coast.
Lee Foster's favorite recommended places to view and photograph in the San Francisco area are Baker Beach, Conzelman Road in Marin, Crissy Field, a walk in Chinatown and North Beach, and at Muir Woods.
The east side of California’s Sierra mountain range, with treasures like Mono Lake, Devils Postpile, and the Bristlecone pines, is a delight to explore. Underlying the beauty, however, is the unending struggle over California water.
Barbados is a Caribbean island offering the traveler Bajan civility under the Caribbean sun. From its white sand beaches to its seafood cuisine, Barbados presents an appealing option for the Caribbean traveler.
I went alone into a nine-day Mammoth Lakes/Eastern Sierra of California trip in June 2018 with some fears in mind. I was then nearly 75 years old, officially so on July 23.
The Bahamas is a nearby, dependable, and affordable tropical island paradise. Consider a visit to Nassau, with its Coral Island and Ardastra Gardens, and then proceed to outlying islands, such as Abaco/Hopetown or the Exumas.
When visiting Hilo, Hawaii, make the Lyman Museum your first stop to comprehend the joy of nature and pageant of human migration that is Hawaii.