The clear light of autumn and spring entice the connoisseur to beaches on the coast north and south of San Francisco. However, some beach fans will prefer the pensive fog of summer or the raging storms of winter. Here are some of the best beaches going north from San Francisco, from Limantour in Point Reyes to Manchester near Point Arena.
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. This is cluster 2 of 10.
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.
Small railroads played an important role in the historic development of Northern California. Today one of those railroads, the Skunk Train, continues to flourish as an excursion train between Fort Bragg and Willits on the Mendocino Coast.
The California gray whale, art, and the ecological consciousness of the state can be enjoyed along the preserved Northern California Mendocino coast.
There was a time in the early history of California when Russia might have been destined to play a much larger role in the state's history. In its quest for furs, the Russians established a North American beachhead at Sitka, Alaska, at the dawn of the 19th century.
What are the Super 50 Travel Experiences in San Francisco and the Bay Area for the occasional visitor or the lifetime bucketlister?
The Mendocino Coast intrigues visitors and ranks as one of California’s loveliest and most popular coastal areas. It takes a while to get there, and the road in, Highway 128, is one of California’s more pleasing back-country routes.
The Marin Healdlands and Conzelman Road offer the best opportunity to view both San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from an elevated perspective.
What are the best beaches both north and south of San Francisco, as well as in San Francisco? My recommendations: Baker Beach in San Francisco, followed by Ocean Beach and Fort Funston. North, consider Limantour, then Heart's Desire, Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock, and Manchester. South, try Montara and then Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and Ano Nuevo.
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.
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.
Summer entices the connoisseur of beaches on the coast north and south of San Francisco. Going North, consider Limantour, Heart's Desire, Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock, Fort Ross, and Manchester.
California's Napa Valley Wine Country attracts visitors because of its wine tasting at over 100 major wineries, the beauty of its small and well-proportioned valley, the fascinating history of visitors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, and its adventurous possibilities from ballooning to mud spas, a faithful geyser to a petrified forest.
The Sonoma Wine Country appeals to visitors because of the charm of the small and historic town of Sonoma, the attractions of cities such as Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, the many wine districts epitomized by Dry Creek, and the fun of a drive down the Russian River road through Guerneville to the coast at Jenner. Wine, food, agriculture, redwoods, gay tourism, kayaking and canoeing, Luther Burbank's house, and the legacy of writer Jack London all add to the mix.
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.
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.
The explosion of northern California's Lassen Peak on May 30, 1914 paralleled the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington state. Both are part of the Cascade chain of fire mountains stretching down the west coast. The Redding and Shasta region adjacent to Lassen also presents many travel attractions.
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?
Napa City, at the south end of the famous Napa Valley, is now a wine country destination in itself. Napa City now offers major hotels and B&Bs, fine dining, wine tasting, historic architecture, the Oxbow Market, entertainment and annual events, and the Wine Train for a ride up the Napa Valley. These subtle improvements have been made possible by flood control measures that assure the security of Napa City.
Napa city's annual B&B Holiday Tour each December showcases B&Bs, fine wines, and Napa Valley restaurants.
My short-list for the most pleasing wine-food tasting places in an inspiring setting in Northern California would include the Viansa Winery in southern Sonoma County.
I became aware of the virtues of bamboo as a “green” architecture material recently at a lodging in Marin County, California, known as Inn Marin.
I had a chance recently to renew my acquaintance with the Mendocino Coast, refreshing myself on what an engaging and important segment it is on the California travel map.