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.
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.
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.
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.
California's Mammoth Lakes offers many outdoor adventure possibilities in summer, from hiking in the back country to fishing for rainbow trout. Mono Lake's scenery, Devil's Postpile's striking rock forms, mountain biking down Mammoth Mountain, horse-packing day trips into Pika Lake, and trophy trout fishing in Hot Creek are some of the diverse pleasures.
Five good overnight trips from San Francisco could take you to Point Reyes, the Mendocino Coast, the Napa Wine Country, Santa Cruz, and Monterey-Carmel.
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.”
John Steinbeck's house in Salinas and the National Steinbeck Center two blocks away acquaint a traveler with the life and novels of this literary icon, who wrote the classics, The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row.
In the middle of San Francisco Bay, occupying some of the choicest real estate on the planet, with stunning views, are two islands that are symbols of opposite tendencies--Alcatraz Island (for secure incarceration) and Angel Island State Park (for immigrant hope).
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.
Here is my list of Best 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.
The Marin Healdlands and Conzelman Road offer the best opportunity to view both San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from an elevated perspective.
As you peruse the bountiful travel options in the Golden State, the question arises: just what are the best things to do and see at each of the major travel destinations in Northern California?
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.
What are the oldest living things on Earth? The current consensus is that they are trees, the bristlecone pines, in the White Mountains of California, east from Bishop. Stop at the Schulman Grove Visitor Center.
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.
Travel to historic Eureka, California, takes you back to the boomtown era in redwood lumbering. See lumber baron William Carson's Victorian palace home.
California's "other" redwood country, especially Bag Basin State Park, is almost as enticing as the huge parks in far northern California.
South and east of the Sierra lie vast California deserts, rich with wildflowers such as poppies in the spring. More tenacious plants, such as beavertail cactus, flower even in the heat of summer when the desert presents itself as a shimmering mirage.
North from Point Reyes lies the spectacular Sonoma-Mendocino Coast. A traveler will want to visit scenic Bodega Bay, historic Fort Ross, artsy Mendocino, and brawny Fort Bragg.
The redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens) along the coast north from San Francisco are magnificent and the tallest trees on earth. The first main groves to savor are in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The main towns to explore are Ferndale and Eureka. A dense cluster of redwood parks stretches north from Eureka to Crescent City.
Starting just across the Golden Gate and stretching north to Fort Bragg is one of California's loveliest and most diverse coastlines.
Nothing captures the magic of Alaska better than the adventure of flying across the vast wilderness in a small bush airplane. Consider flying Fairbanks to Anaktuvuk Pass in Gate of the Arctic, plus Denali National Park around Mt. McKinley, and then with Ketchum Air to remote fishing lakes near Anchorage.