Could brilliant new urban architecture and design become one of the biggest attractions in San Francisco? The new Mira Bldg advances the concept.
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.
Chinatown San Francisco presents an intriguing and exotic walk for visitors at any time. But the February Chinese New Year parade time is special.
Coastal San Mateo, south of San Francisco on Highway 1, is a joy to drive. It presents lighthouses and historic shipwrecks as well as ethnic history (such as Portuguese farmers), small towns, and appealing beaches, some with tidepools.
Sarah Winchester, the heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune, built a 160-room mansion in San Jose, partly because she was obsessed with the process of building and partly because she had a disposable income of $1,000 a day.
I am rediscovering the California Gold Country as I ramble Highway 49 and update my book chapter titled “One Lucky Day at the Sawmill: How James Marshall Discovered Gold at Coloma.”
As I update this chapter on Oakland in my book Northern California History Weekends, I see how this great city preserves the legacy of its favorite literary native son and enlivens the downtown with new energy, such as a new Cuban restaurant.
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.
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.
Visiting Leland Stanford's Farm, Stanford University, offers a visitor an engaging view of one of the lovelier campuses in the west.
The spirit of Billy Ralston is one of the best introductions to San Mateo County, the strip of land immediately south of San Francisco.
A lavish new full-color 128-page book celebrating California’s National Parks is now available free to the public as a downloadable PDF
By Lee Foster Author's Note: This article "Visiting the Gardens in Santa Rosa of Luther Burbank, a Visionary of California Agriculture" is a chapter in my new book/ebook Northern California History Travel Adventures: 35 Suggested Trips. The subject is also...
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.
The discovery and saving of Yosemite National Park in California will intrigue a visitor.
Many in the writer community now ponder strategies for improving our blogs and websites as writers, authors, and publishers. Several of us present on these subjects at publishing events.
The magazine Independent has published a four-page article by me on "monetizing your writing/photo content."
The simple joy of a Cable Car ride in San Francisco is something every visitor should consider.
There was a time in the early history of California when Russia might have been destined to play a much larger role in the state's history. In its quest for furs, the Russians established a North American beachhead at Sitka, Alaska, at the dawn of the 19th century.
Lee Foster’s website/blog www.fostertravel.com has won an award in the annual BATW (SF Bay Area Travel Writers www.batw.org) Best 2017 Travel Writing and Photography Awards.
The California gray whale, art, and the ecological consciousness of the state can be enjoyed along the preserved Northern California Mendocino coast.
My California travel guide book/ebook Northern California Travel: The Best Options, translated into Chinese, has recently been released as a printed book in China.
Here is Chapter 4 (of 10) of my new book on self-publishing. This chapter is titled “Your Print-on-Demand Book.” The most important concept is that, to survive and flourish, you will need to print your book simultaneously with two entities, Amazon CreateSpace and Ingram Spark.
Could the travel destination guide app, a genre that flourished for a few years and then declined, make a comeback? Lee Foster thinks it will. He has just released his new and improved app San Francisco Travel & Photo Guide: The 100 Top SF/Bay Area Travel Experiences.
Lee Foster’s new travel guidebook is Northern California History Travel Adventures: 35 Suggested Trips