Sarah Winchester, the heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune, built a 160-room mansion in San Jose, partly because she was obsessed with the process of building and partly because she had a disposable income of $1,000 a day.
The historic origin of modern San Jose, CA, can be seen in the Santa Clara Mission and in the downtown preservation of the Peralta Adobe and Fallon House.
There was a time in the 1960s, when Mario Savio spawned a Free Speech movement and protestors unhappy with the Vietnam War led an ongoing anti-war chant. At that time many Americans had a definite opinion on Berkeley, the stronghold of both movements.
All year, Chinatown San Francisco presents an intriguing and exotic walk for any visitor to the city. A February visitor will be especially fortunate. The February celebration of the Chinese New Year includes cheerful urban cacophony of unparalleled dimension.
The thrill of a 21-mile ride on an authentic steam train carrying you back to the fabulously wealthy silver mining history of Nevada should be high on your must-do exploration list regarding the American West.
The simple joy of a Cable Car ride in San Francisco is something every visitor should consider.
Coastal San Mateo, south of San Francisco on Highway 1, is a joy to drive. It presents lighthouses and historic shipwrecks as well as ethnic history (such as Portuguese farmers), small towns, and appealing beaches, some with tidepools.
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.