Jamaica offers travelers the option of Port Antonio's authenticity vs Ocho Rios' modern all-inclusive resort comfort. Both have reggae music and jerked meat.
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.
Ferndale is a pleasant village with striking Victorian architecture along the northwest coast of California. Lumber and dairy industries created the original prosperity here. Tourism and art now augment as engines of the local economy.
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.
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.
A notorious stretch of Coast Highway 1 immediately south of San Francisco, known as Devil’s Slide, has been transformed into a glorious part of the California Coastal Trail.
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.
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.
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world's most beloved icons. The story of how it was built is engaging. The many places where you can view or photograph it are intriguing, such as Baker Beach, Crissy Field, or Conzelman Road in the Marin Headlands. 2012 marked the 75th anniversary of the Bridge.
Portland appeals because of its small-town but cosmopolitan aura, the friendliness of the citizenry, its lovely hillside parks, and its sweeping sense of history, starting with Lewis and Clark.
Pacifica, along the coast at the southwest edge of San Francisco, is a pleasing oceanside destination in itself and also a potential alternative to lodging in the metropolitan downtown, about 20 minutes away by car.
Outdoor travel adventures possible near Las Vegas include visits to Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Park, Valley of Fire Park, and the Overton Lost City Museum.
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota rank high for "quality of life" experiences. Vacation travel visitors enjoy the Guthrie Theatre, Nicollet Mall, fine dining, the lakes within the urban area, and icons such as the State Capitol in St. Paul.
California's Lake Tahoe is a high-altitude gem in the Sierra, good for a visit any time of the year. Highlights include Emerald Bay on the southeast edge, the Tallac Historic site of early tourism, lovely Sand Harbor on the Nevada side, and excursion boat trips on the MS Dixie.
The thrill of a 21-mile ride on an authentic steam train carrying you back to the fabulously wealthy silver mining history of Nevada should be high on your must-do exploration list regarding the American West.
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.
Bali, an island in the spice trade archipelago of old, offers the spiritual palate of modern North American travelers something in high demand: a celebrative sense of life and a feeling of community with comrades.
Yosemite's Wawona is the story of the great National Park's historic hotel and the nearby giant sequoia trees that attracted people to visit the region.
Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra of California is noted for its tufa spires, which are otherworldly limestone deposits. Mono Lake's ecosystem has been an environmental regulation case because the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power earlier tried to drain water from much of the lake, causing coyotes to eat the migrating birds resting and nesting on the tufa. Draining the lake also endangered the brine shrimp and brine fly populations due to excessive salinity.
The oldest living things of Earth are the Bristlecone pine trees in the White Mountains of California, east from Bishop.
Creating Redwood National and State Parks, preserving the tallest of the tall trees, was a milestone in California's awakening environmental awareness.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, wealthy residents set up the 17-Mile Drive and Pebble Beach Lodge as a mecca for the established.
California's Gold Rush Country extends along the Sierra foothills from Columbia through Grass Valley. Be sure to see the preserved mining town of Columbia, the Marshall Gold Discovery Site at Coloma, Indian Grinding Rock Park Chaw Se, the Empire Mine, and the Malakoff Diggins.
The sun often sets with stunning beauty over San Francisco Bay, raising a question: where should you go to enjoy and celebrate it?
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.