When the coronavirus fears abate, a visit to Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra will again emerge as a major summer road-trip outing in California.
When the coronavirus worries abate, consider a visit to John Steinbeck's house in Salinas and the National Steinbeck Center two blocks away. They acquaint a traveler with the life and novels of this literary icon, who wrote the classics, The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row.
Alcatraz is on lockdown, due to the Coronavirus. But it is out there, shimmering on San Francisco Bay, along with Angel Island. It will eventually reopen.
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.
After the Coronavirus Crisis is over, 5 good overnight trips from San Francisco could take you to Point Reyes, the Mendocino Coast, the Napa Wine Country, Santa Cruz, and Monterey-Carmel.
The Marin Healdlands and Conzelman Road offer the best opportunity to view both San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from an elevated perspective.
The Golden Gate Bridge symbolizes the joy and beauty that so many San Francisco visitors and locals experience when they encounter The City.
Travel to historic Eureka, California, takes you back to the boomtown era in redwood lumbering. See lumber baron William Carson's Victorian palace home.
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.
A drive down the Big Sur Coast from Carmel presents one of the most scenic 26 miles of coastline in California.
"California's Redwood Country" will be a welcome perennial getaway once again for many travelers when the coronavirus constraints diminish. This article is one of 30 chapters in my travel guidebook/ebook Northern California Travel: The Best Options. Folks who love California travel are not just locals and other U.S. citizens. This book is now available also as an ebook in Chinese  and as a print book in Chinese. All my Northern California travel guidebooks/ebooks can be seen on my Amazon Author Page.
The story of California's mammoth trees, the giant inland Sequoias, is one of the intriguing nature tales in the history of the Golden State.
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.
East across the Bay from the grand tourism capital of San Francisco stretches her sunnier neighbor, the Oakland Berkeley East Bay.
Ferndale is a pleasant village with striking Victorian architecture along the northwest coast of California. Lumber and dairy industries created the original prosperity here. Tourism and art now augment as engines of the local economy.
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?
By Lee Foster I am happy to report that my Column/Blog on www.fostertravel.com won the Gold Award in the annual writing award competition of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Western Chapter. The awards were announced at the annual meeting...
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.
One of the most engaging early books about 19th-century California is Robert Louis Stevenson's account of his 1880 visit to the Napa Valley, titled The Silverado Squatters.
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world's most beloved icons. The story of how it was built is engaging. The many places where you can view or photograph it are intriguing, such as Baker Beach, Crissy Field, or Conzelman Road in the Marin Headlands. 2012 marked the 75th anniversary of the Bridge.
California's Santa Cruz is the epitome of beach culture, enticing visitors with its Pacific Avenue, Beach Boardwalk, University campus, and Natural Bridges State Park.
In California you can meet the tallest, the most massive, and the oldest living things on earth. All these living things happen to be trees.
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.
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.
When the coronavirus crisis abates, the Shasta region of Northern California will appeal to travelers seeking out the beauty of nature and the historic story of the Northern Gold Rush.