The story of the computer and technology revolution affecting the world comes alive at the Apple Park Visitor Center and at three great museums in California’s Silicon Valley.
Fisherman’s Wharf, along San Francisco’s northern waterfront, ranks as one of the most popular aspects of the city for visitors.
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.
Via AAA has just published my 7 Best Photo Ops in the West. Via presents travel content to the 5.7 million members in its NorCal club.
Does Your Travel Journalism WordPress Website Need a Refresh in 2018? The issue is relevant for all Writers Journalists Authors. About 40 journalists gathered in Berkeley to discuss the matter.
In the middle of San Francisco Bay, occupying some of the choicest real estate on the planet, with stunning views, are two islands that are symbols of opposite tendencies--Alcatraz Island (for secure incarceration) and Angel Island State Park (for immigrant hope).
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.
The refreshing presence of spring wildflowers makes mid-March to mid-April a joyous annual travel time in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wildflowers please in many ways. Golden carpets of the small goldfields flowers or abundant clusters of poppies delight the eye. More delicate and less revealing flowers, especially the Douglas iris, reward a searcher in the shadier woodlands. Highly specialized dashes of color, such as red larkspur, add punch to the green tapestry of spring. The variety in wildflowers stuns the imagination.
By Lee Foster (I am updating the 52 chapters in my book Northern California History Weekends for a new edition. This and other books of mine on California can be seen on my Amazon Author Page at http://amzn.to/1jl9Lnz). This chapter is: The...
The movie The Post brought back memories—my publishing in the New York Times/Washington Post, my investigating reporting and its risks, and my dad narrowly escaping getting crushed in the Supreme Court.
This article on my neighborhood, Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, has appeared in the new book from the Bay Area Travel Writers, titled Taste of Travel. Alice Waters remains a presiding spirit over Berkeley’s celebrated Gourmet Ghetto. But there are newcomers also who enliven the scene.
East from San Francisco stretches the Oakland Berkeley East Bay. A visitor looking for attractions, things to see and do, can enjoy Oakland's Jack London Square, Yoshi's Jazz Club, Port of Oakland, Asiatown, Old Oakland, Preservation Park, the Paramount Theater, Lake Merritt, the Oakland Museum, and Lakeside Park and Garden Center. A visitor to Berkeley will enjoy the UC Berkeley University, also known as the University of California Berkeley, plus Chez Panisse and the Gourmet Ghetto, along with the downtown Berkeley Repertory Theater, Telegraph Avenue, many fine restaurants, and special neighborhoods such as the Elmwood.
Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe California

California’s Lake Tahoe

California's Lake Tahoe is a high-altitude gem in the Sierra, good for a visit any time of the year. Highlights include Emerald Bay on the southeast edge, the Tallac Historic site of early tourism, lovely Sand Harbor on the Nevada side, and excursion boat trips on the MS Dixie.
Please permit this humor caption: Associated Press (Family Edition): In this Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, possibly asserting silliness and having fun, The Nosebleed 4 (jerseyed Paul Foster Jr and Charlie Foster, accompanied by Paul Foster and Lee Foster) share...
The December Holidays/Christmas in San Francisco is a magical and festive time. It can be enjoyed with an abundance of no-cost or low-cost celebration at three main venues—Union Square, Embarcadero/Market Street, and Pier 39.
A relatively new art form now proliferates in San Francisco. It is called "light art," meaning the use of light to create art sculptures, at night, with the City as the dark canvas. Light art has become a major form of artistic expression in San Francisco in recent years.
We had a lively discussion in Portland, Oregon recently at a meeting of the Society of American Travel Writers on travel journalist survivability and profitability.
My author/travel journalist website, dating from 1995, has undergone a rebirth and renewal that will carry me forward for the next decade.
The magazine Independent has published a four-page article by me on "monetizing your writing/photo content."
In only a few places in the U.S. can you find a large dedicated farming space right within a sprawling urban area, such as Ardenwood historic park, featuring the historic Perry Farms, in Fremont in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The October Pumpkin fest leading up to Halloween attracts many families.
South of San Francisco there are many special beaches to enjoy while driving on Highway 1. Consider Montara, Fitzgerald, Ano Nuevo, Waddell, Capitola, and Carmel River Beach.
(This is a panel organized by Lee Foster for the SATW 2017 Portland Convention) Lee Foster will lead this panel of members creating profitable travel content with their articles, books, ebooks, apps, photos, websites, licensing, assignments, translations, tours, instruction, consultation,...
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.
Airbnb now has a significant influence on more that worldwide lodging. Airbnb will affect travel experiences, travel journalism, and corporate culture in many ways.
The “forms” in which we publish our big projects, our “books,” continue to evolve. Could a “website book” be considered a new form? What is the rationale for publishing a book as a “website book”?