The mystique of cross-country skiing can be savored at several major locations in California.
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.
California's Old Sacramento Railroad Museum tells about the dream of an Iron Road across the Sierra.
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'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.
The discovery and saving of Yosemite National Park in California will intrigue a visitor.
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 oldest living things of Earth are the Bristlecone pine trees in the White Mountains of California, east from Bishop.
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.
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.
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.
The Mokelumne Wilderness is an excellent backpacking opportunity in Northern California.
California Gold Rush's richest mine was the Empire Mine. The nearby Malakoff Diggins shows the environmental damage of hydraulic mining.
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.
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 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.
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 story of California's mammoth trees, the giant inland Sequoias, is one of the intriguing nature tales in the history of the Golden State.
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.”
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.
The story of California skiing is one of the intriguing tales in the history of the Golden State, starting with Snowshoe Thompson.
Northstar at Tahoe ranks as one of California's premier ski resorts, offering a fully-integrated facility with skiing and lodging together.
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.
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.