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.
California's Healdsburg is a quintessential small town in the Sonoma Wine Country north of San Francisco.
Mormon entrepreneur Sam Brannan was among the first to see the possibilities of the hot springs of Calistoga as a major travel attraction in Northern California's Napa Valley.
While many adventurers were drawn to California in search of gold nuggets, some discovered that the true gold was to be found in agriculture. No agricultural product was pursued with more passion than the growing of grapes and the making of wine, especially Cabernet wine in the Napa Valley.
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.
The town of Sonoma and the Sonoma State Historic Park reflect the genial presence of Mariano Vallejo. In the transition from Mexican to American rule in California, he was skillful enough to flourish under both regimes. You can visit his house today.
Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen, CA celebrates the great adventure writer and his visionary chosen home/farm. His house burned, tragically, shortly after its construction. Hike there now to view the ruins and celebrate the beauty of nature.
My long love affair with Califia is well known to many of you. This is my Valentine's Day love letter to Califia.
By Lee Foster (I am updating the 52 chapters in my book Northern California History Weekends for a new edition. This chapter is about agricultural visionary Luther Burbank's gardens in Santa Rosa, California. This and other books of mine on...
More than 500 of us gathered two days before Thanksgiving at a long Grateful Table event in remote vineyards on the Sonoma Napa county line. Visit California organized this as a tribute to first responders in the Sonoma/Napa fires and the resilience of the wine country people. Chef Tyler Florence gave an impassioned salute to the first responders who prevented the fire tragedy from becoming an even greater catastrophe.
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.
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.