The Marin Healdlands and Conzelman Road offer the best opportunity to view both San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from an elevated perspective.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"California's Redwood Country" will be a welcome perennial getaway once again for many travelers when the coronavirus constraints diminish. This article is one of 30 chapters in my travel guidebook/ebook Northern California Travel: The Best Options. Folks who love California travel are not just locals and other U.S. citizens. This book is now available also as an ebook in Chinese  and as a print book in Chinese. All my Northern California travel guidebooks/ebooks can be seen on my Amazon Author Page.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Phoenix/Scottsdale and Flagstaff regions, so rich in mountains and natural beauty, might be seen as "islands in the sky."
Could brilliant new urban architecture and design become one of the biggest attractions in San Francisco? The new Mira Bldg advances the concept.
Grizzly or brown bear viewing takes place at Alaska Bear Viewing Camp at Lake Clark National Park in Alaska. This was formerly Wayne Beyers' homestead.
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.
Hawaii's undeveloped island of Molokai offers a mule ride down to the leper colony, where Father Damien de Veuster helped the lepers at Kalawao and the St. Philomena Church. and at Kalaupappa. Hike also up the Halawa Valley to see historic plantings of taro. The locals gather at Hotel Molokai for Kapuna night, strumming their ukuleles.
The Florida Everglades National Park is a slow-motion river, only a few inches deep but 50 miles wide and a hundred miles long, America's greatest wetland ecosystem. Among things to see and do, consider Marco Island, Everglades City, kayaking and canoeing, reading Marjory Stoneman Douglas' The Everglades: River of Grass, Flamingo, and the Anhinga Trail.
Washington State's Olympic National Park appeals to travelers because of its majestic mountain Mt. Olympus, its rain forests including the Hoh Queets and Quinalt , its rugged coastline with beaches such as Rialto Beach, and over 600 miles of hiking trails. Circle Mt. Olympus and Hurricane Ridge and visit Sequim, Winslow, the Scandinavian towns of Poulsbo, the historic lumber community of Port Gamble, the lovely Victorian legacy of Port Townsend, and the Makah Indian Museum at Neah Bay, Diversions to consider include the Kemper Brewery, an example of micro breweries, and the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim, as well as the state capital in Olympia.
King Kamehameha favored the sunny west side of the Big Island of Hawaii, the Kona and Kohala Coast.
Few travel destinations boast as ambitious a traditional slogan as Maui, Hawaii. The phrase, in Hawaiian, is "Maui No Ka Oi," meaning "Maui is the best."
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.
New Mexico's Indians hold a special fascination for travelers, even to this day. And well they might, for the Indians themselves strive to be sovereign people.
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.
Crater Lake National Park might be called the tour-de -orce national park. It is Oregon's great one-act play, a volcanic crater left over from a major eruption.
If you ask me to sing the praises of a single beach in San Francisco, my choice would be Baker Beach.
Creating Redwood National and State Parks, preserving the tallest of the tall trees, was a milestone in California's awakening environmental awareness.