I draw strength in dealing with my Coronavirus adversity by studying three leaders in California history. I think about all the challenges of their times.
Death Valley National Park presents a severe but serene desert presence to the traveler. See Scotty's Castle, the lowest point at Badwater, and such scenic overlooks as Artist's Drive and Zabriske Point.
The great museums of Northern California offer ongoing enticements. A Levi Strauss exhibit at The Contemporary Jewish Museum is a local favorite.
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.
Spring wildflowers inspire joyful outings in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.
Chinatown San Francisco presents an intriguing and exotic walk for visitors at any time. But the February Chinese New Year parade time is special.
East across the Bay from the grand tourism capital of San Francisco stretches her sunnier neighbor, the Oakland Berkeley East Bay.
Getting out on San Francisco Bay in a boat of some kind, such as a Ferry or a Hornblower cruise, is a concept I recommend to all visitors and locals. San Francisco Bay is such an inviting body of water to encounter.
San Francisco's new art form, called “Light Arts,” as expressed in the Salesforce Building top floors at night, as seen from the Embarcadero, Pier 14 entrance.
The December Holidays/Christmas in San Francisco presents a magical and festive time. Enjoy it with an abundance of no-cost or low-cost celebration at three main venues—Union Square, Embarcadero/Market Street, and Pier 39.
Could brilliant new urban architecture and design become one of the biggest attractions in San Francisco? The new Mira Bldg advances the concept.
The discovery and saving of Yosemite National Park in California will intrigue a visitor.
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.
A drive down the Big Sur Coast from Carmel presents one of the most scenic 26 miles of coastline in California.
The Pumpkin Patch at Perry Farms in Ardenwood Park springs to life for each October before Halloween. Perry Farms is in Fremont, CA, San Francisco Bay Area.
Lee Foster’s new travel guidebook is Northern California History Travel Adventures: 35 Suggested Trips
California’s Leland Stanford Jr University is a world-class legacy that grieving parents created to honor their son, who died of typhoid in Europe at age 15. Leland and Jane Stanford said, “May the children of California be our children.”
What are the loveliest beaches along the California coast if you head south from San Francisco? My recommendations are Montara, Fitzgerald, Ano Nuevo, Waddell, Capitola, and Carmel River Beach.
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 Golden Gate Bridge symbolizes the joy and beauty that so many San Francisco visitors and locals experience when they encounter The City.
In spite of the Great Quake and Fire of 1906, which destroyed 28,000 buildings, impressive pockets of San Francisco's Victorian architecture survived. They can be enjoyed today, if you know where to find them. The 14,000 structures that remained were mainly west of Van Ness Avenue.
Monterey was California's first capital, before the Gold Rush.
In his novel Cannery Row, John Steinbeck immortalized for the modern traveler the sardine canning world of the Monterey, California waterfront.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, wealthy residents set up the 17-Mile Drive and Pebble Beach Lodge as a mecca for the established.
The story of Junipero Serra's mission at Carmel, California reflects many of the influences that the Franciscan leader had on the Golden State.