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.
Though the great burst of the California Gold Rush occurred in the foothills east of Sacramento, one intriguing more northerly strike happened west of the present-day city of Redding at Shasta.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
By Lee Foster (I am updating the 52 chapters in my book Northern California History Weekends for a new edition. This chapter is about agricultural visionary Luther Burbank's gardens in Santa Rosa, California. This and other books of mine on...
All year, Chinatown San Francisco presents an intriguing and exotic walk for any visitor to the city. A January-February visitor will be especially fortunate. The celebration of the Chinese New Year includes cheerful urban cacophony of unparalleled dimension.
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.
The spirit of Billy Ralston is one of the best introductions to San Mateo County, the strip of land immediately south of San Francisco.
Senator Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane, created Leland Stanford Junior University to honor the tragic death of their only child, a boy. As they said, "The children of California will be our children." Today, anyone can visit Stanford University, one of the lovelier campuses in the West, adjacent to Palo Alto.
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.
The historic origin of modern San Jose, CA, can be seen in the Santa Clara Mission and in the downtown preservation of the Peralta Adobe and Fallon House.