Monterey was California's first capital, before the Gold Rush.
In his novel Cannery Row, John Steinbeck immortalized for the modern traveler the sardine canning world of the Monterey, California waterfront.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, wealthy residents set up the 17-Mile Drive and Pebble Beach Lodge as a mecca for the established.
The story of Junipero Serra's mission at Carmel, California reflects many of the influences that the Franciscan leader had on the Golden State.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park is where the movement to save California's coastal redwoods began.
California's Santa Cruz, both the beach Boardwalk and the progressive university, is one of the intriguing cultural locations in the Golden State.
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.
The story of California skiing is one of the intriguing tales in the history of the Golden State, starting with Snowshoe Thompson.
Mark Twain's comment on California's Lake Tahoe ranks as one of the more felicitous comments that a writer has ever uttered about the Golden State.
California Gold Rush's richest mine was the Empire Mine. The nearby Malakoff Diggins shows the environmental damage of hydraulic mining.
Small museums in the California Gold Country entice as you drive along California Highway 49.
You'll enjoy California’s Gold Rush Country if you’re anything like the early gold miners. The gold miner was an explorer, willing to go off the beaten path, alert for information but also following a hunch, knowing that there are many treasures to be found.
This article is about California's John Sutter's Vision and his Sutter's Fort in Sacramento.
California's Old Sacramento Railroad Museum tells about the dream of an Iron Road across the Sierra.
Meander the California Delta and discover the town of Locke, founded by Chinese.
The unexpected and explosive eruption of volcanic Lassen Peak in far northern California, in the spring of 1914, caught the imagination of the entire U.S.
Creating Redwood National and State Parks, preserving the tallest of the tall trees, was a milestone in California's awakening environmental awareness.
Travel to historic Eureka, California, takes you back to the boomtown era in redwood lumbering. See lumber baron William Carson's Victorian palace home.
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.
The historic and ongoing struggle to save redwood trees is one of the major stories in Northern California. Immerse yourself in this saga of redwood grandeur with a journey north from San Francisco on Highway 101 to the Avenue of the Giants.
California's Healdsburg is a quintessential small town in the Sonoma Wine Country north of San Francisco.
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.
Mormon entrepreneur Sam Brannan was among the first to see the possibilities of the hot springs of Calistoga as a major travel attraction in Northern California's Napa Valley.
The oldest living things of Earth are the Bristlecone pine trees in the White Mountains of California, east from Bishop.
The east side of California’s Sierra mountain range, with treasures like Mono Lake, Devils Postpile, and the Bristlecone pines, is a delight to explore. Underlying the beauty, however, is the unending struggle over California water.