Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington State intrigues with its white summit of glaciers, its volcanic legacy, the Paradise Visitor Center and Longmire family heritage, and the hiking and climbing opportunities as a visitor circles the mountain.
Summer visitors come each year to Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, mainly by cruise ship, to experience the glaciers and the wildlife., such as humpback whales.
Between December 1 and April 10 you can discover the copious winter pleasures of Wyoming's Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park, an unusual terrain that might be called John Colter country.
Striking salmon-colored rock formations, including the greatest density of natural stone arches in the world, draw appreciators of erosive desert beauty to Arches National Park in eastern Utah.
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.
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.
Alaska's Denali National Park lures visitors with views of the highest mountain in North America, Mt. McKinley, and with superb wildlife viewing of grizzly bears, moose, dall sheep, caribou, and wolves. Take the Wildlife Tour into Wonder Lake. Dogsled mushing demonstrations, flight seeing around the mountain and glaciers, and rafting the Nenana River are other special park experiences.
Monterey-Carmel-Big Sur attract visitors with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Path of History Walk, Carmel Mission, 17-Mile Drive, Carmel shops, Point Lobos, and the Big Sur coast drive.
I decided to take my family of five in an RV from our home near San Francisco out to see Salt Lake and the five National Parks of Utah, plus Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.
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 San Francisco region celebrates the huge national World War II effort that emanated from this area at the special Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park across the Bay from San Francisco in Richmond.
The mystique of cross-country skiing can be savored at several major locations in California.
The Redding/Shasta Cascade area of Northern California has emerged with renewed tourism vigor, partly due to the remarkable Sundial Bridge (opened 2004) and adjacent Turtle Bay Exploration Park, which epitomize the best traits of the region.
Isle Royale, our island wilderness National Park, lures visitors both for its seen and unseen attractions.
North Cascades National Park in Washington State, near Seattle, provides a traveler with good hikes, mountain scenery, and river views with salmon fishing along the Skagit River. Camping is possible at Goodell and Newhalen.
The Marin Healdlands and Conzelman Road offer the best opportunity to view both San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from an elevated perspective.
To the Navajos, the terrain of Utah's Capitol Reef National Park was "the land of the sleeping rainbow." To pioneers and prospectors, thinking nautically, the ridges were like a reef, and the domes were like the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
A week of small-ship cruising from Juneau, Alaska, through the wilderness waterways of the Alaska Southeast can get you close to humpback whales, orcas, glaciers, bears, and hundreds of islands covered with rain forests. You may see Endicott Arm, Tracy Arms, Sawyer Glacier, Keku Channel, the Tlingit Indian village of Kake, Bay of Pillars, Sitka, and Glacier Bay. In Juneau, see the Mendenhall Glacier, Mount Roberts Tram, the Lynne Canal, Alaska State Museum, and Gastineau Fish Hatchery.
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.
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.
If you’re looking for a travel-excursion antidote to depressing environmental news, consider an outing to view the saved-from-extinction Tule Elk at Point Reyes National Seashore in Californa. Point Reyes is about an hour north of San Francisco.
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 releasing here the content in my new travel app titled “SF Travel and Photo Guide” in ten alphabetical “clusters.” Each cluster will have 12 sections of the total 120 in the app.
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.
After the Coronavirus Crisis is over, 5 good overnight trips from San Francisco could take you to Point Reyes, the Mendocino Coast, the Napa Wine Country, Santa Cruz, and Monterey-Carmel.