California's Mammoth Lakes offers many outdoor adventure possibilities in summer, from hiking in the back country to fishing for rainbow trout. Mono Lake's scenery, Devil's Postpile's striking rock forms, mountain biking down Mammoth Mountain, horse-packing day trips into Pika Lake, and trophy trout fishing in Hot Creek are some of the diverse pleasures.
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.
John Steinbeck's house in Salinas and the National Steinbeck Center two blocks away acquaint a traveler with the life and novels of this literary icon, who wrote the classics, The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row.
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).
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.”
The Marin Healdlands and Conzelman Road offer the best opportunity to view both San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from an elevated perspective.
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?
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.
Travel to historic Eureka, California, takes you back to the boomtown era in redwood lumbering. See lumber baron William Carson's Victorian palace home.
Lee Foster is one of 2,494 writers who received checks for a total of $9,456,000 this week to resolve the Copyright Class Action case.
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.
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.
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.
I am rediscovering the California Gold Country as I travel Highway 49 and update my book chapter titled “Rambling California’s Historic Highway 49: Starting with Columbia, the Preserved Gold Rush Town.” This is a chapter in my book Northern California History Weekends, which will come out in a new edition in 2017.
Silicon Valley's High Tech Heritage is the story of the computer and the technology revolution affecting the world. The story comes alive at the Apple Park Visitor Center and at three great museums in California’s Silicon Valley.
The rugged Big Sur Coast, south of Monterey, presents one of the most exciting scenic drives in California. See Point Lobos, Garrapata Beach, the Bixby Bridge, Point Sur Lighthouse, Andrew Molera Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur Park, and Nepenthe.
The San Mateo County Coast is a special getaway for a San Francisco Bay Area traveler looking for a bucolic, cool, green, seaside encounter. The attractions lie north and south of Half Moon Bay.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
I was asked recently to talk about the revolution in modern publishing at the California Writers Club in Sacramento. As I looked out at the 40 writers/authors in the audience, I realized with new clarity that the main reality in our rapidly changing publishing world is “the gradual empowerment of writers/authors/photographers,” especially from about 2005 to the present.
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.