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.
The discovery and saving of Yosemite National Park in California will intrigue a visitor.
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.
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.
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.
In his novel Cannery Row, John Steinbeck immortalized for the modern traveler the sardine canning world of the Monterey, California waterfront.
California's Old Sacramento Railroad Museum tells about the dream of an Iron Road across the Sierra.
California's Santa Cruz, both the beach Boardwalk and the progressive university, is one of the intriguing cultural locations in the Golden State.
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.
Visiting Leland Stanford's Farm, Stanford University, offers a visitor an engaging view of one of the lovelier campuses in the west.
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...
Big Basin Redwoods State Park is where the movement to save California's coastal redwoods began.
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.”
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.
California Gold Rush's richest mine was the Empire Mine. The nearby Malakoff Diggins shows the environmental damage of hydraulic mining.
The Golden Gate Bridge symbolizes the joy and beauty that so many San Francisco visitors and locals experience when they encounter The City.
I draw strength in dealing with my Coronavirus adversity by studying three leaders in California history. I think about all the challenges of their times.
The story of California skiing is one of the intriguing tales in the history of the Golden State, starting with Snowshoe Thompson.
Monterey was California's first capital, before the Gold Rush.
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.
This article is about California's John Sutter's Vision and his Sutter's Fort in Sacramento.
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.
Small museums in the California Gold Country entice as you drive along California Highway 49.
Yosemite's Wawona is the story of the great National Park's historic hotel and the nearby giant sequoia trees that attracted people to visit the region.
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.