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.
My long love affair with Califia is well known to many of you. This is my Valentine's Day love letter to Califia.
Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe California

California’s Lake Tahoe

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.
As I go to Yosemite to see the 2016 waterfalls on parade, after the snowy winter, I update this Yosemite chapter of my book Northern California History Weekends.
I am rediscovering the California Gold Country as I travel Highway 49 and update my book chapter titled “Rambling California’s Historic Highway 49: Starting with Columbia, the Preserved Gold Rush Town.” This is a chapter in my book Northern California History Weekends, which will come out in a new edition in 2017.
I am rediscovering the California Gold Country as I ramble Highway 49 and update my book chapter titled “One Lucky Day at the Sawmill: How James Marshall Discovered Gold at Coloma.”
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.
Yosemite Valley is a joy to visit any time of the year. Each season has its special pleasures. You could return to Yosemite Valley time and again over a lifetime and never exhaust its beauty. Late spring, around mid-May, is an especially auspicious time for a visit.
For more than 30 years my four sisters and I, accompanied by our parents, spouses, significant others, and children, gathered for an annual summer family reunion.
Rafting California's American River South Fork with OARS presents some exciting white water and rapids at a Class III level. OARS has been in the business of rafting since George Wendt founded it in 1969.
Several progressive aspects of modern California, whether a traveler is considering urban design or farm-to-fork agriculture, can be enjoyed at California's City of Davis and surrounding Yolo County. UC Davis, Mondavi Center, wine tasting, olive oil tasting, Farmers Market, US Bicycling Hall of Fame, art, Woodland, Winters, and Clarksburg await a visitor.
Lee Foster's new travel guide book is Northern California Travel:The Best Options, celebrating the 30 top travel trip ideas for the territory, which extends from Oregon to Death Valley on the East, and Oregon to Big Sur on the West.
California's state capital, Sacramento, is a major historic city to visit, and the interesting way to get there is a drive through the Delta. In Sacramento, see historic Sutter's Fort and the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento. In the Delta, see the Chinese town of Locke and drive scenic Georgiana Slough out of Walnut Grove.
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.
California offers the winter sports and skiing enthusiast everything desired in the great resorts of the Lake Tahoe basin. Heavenly, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Royal Gorge are some of the main resorts. Alpine or downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, scenic viewing from mountain tops, tram rides up the mountain, fine dining, fun dining, and snow play for children are all possible.
California's Yosemite National Park pleases with its Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, El Capitan, classic Ahwahnee Hotel, camping, and sightseeing, Enjoy the many waterfalls, such as Yosemite Falls, and savor the great views, especially from Glacier Point.
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?
The time had come, with Paultje between the ages of 2 and 3, to observe a pleasant family ritual—introducing my young grandchild to snow. This is the birthright of a child in Northern California, especially in the Bay Area, and Lake Tahoe is the likely celebration place of the ritual. Our goals were simple—some gentle sledding and making a snowman.
The massive snows of January 2010 prompted me to take a fresh look at the winter sports scene around Lake Tahoe, which is one of the great winter sports areas anywhere in the world. After looking first at North Tahoe, I drove around the east side of the lake, with a stop at scenic Sand Harbor State Park, before arriving at the south end of the lake.
The record snowfall in January 2010 made a winter sports trip to Tahoe an irresistible opportunity. Here are some details on what is new and interesting now, and looking into future years. I started at North Tahoe.
The mystique of cross-country skiing can be savored at several major locations in California.
Northstar at Tahoe ranks as one of California's premier ski resorts, offering a fully-integrated facility with skiing and lodging together.
The Mokelumne Wilderness is an excellent backpacking opportunity in Northern California.