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.
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.
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.
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.
The Golden Gate Bridge symbolizes the joy and beauty that so many San Francisco visitors and locals experience when they encounter The City.
The Marin Healdlands and Conzelman Road offer the best opportunity to view both San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from an elevated perspective.
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.
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...
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?
"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.
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.
Travel to historic Eureka, California, takes you back to the boomtown era in redwood lumbering. See lumber baron William Carson's Victorian palace home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.