California's Mammoth Lakes offers many outdoor adventure possibilities in summer, from hiking in the back country to fishing for rainbow trout. Mono Lake's scenery, Devil's Postpile's striking rock forms, mountain biking down Mammoth Mountain, horse-packing day trips into Pika Lake, and trophy trout fishing in Hot Creek are some of the diverse pleasures.
East from San Francisco stretches the Oakland Berkeley East Bay. A visitor looking for attractions, things to see and do, can enjoy Oakland's Jack London Square, Yoshi's Jazz Club, Port of Oakland, Asiatown, Old Oakland, Preservation Park, the Paramount Theater, Lake Merritt, the Oakland Museum, and Lakeside Park and Garden Center. A visitor to Berkeley will enjoy the UC Berkeley University, also known as the University of California Berkeley, plus Chez Panisse and the Gourmet Ghetto, along with the downtown Berkeley Repertory Theater, Telegraph Avenue, many fine restaurants, and special neighborhoods such as the Elmwood.
California's Lake Tahoe is a high-altitude gem in the Sierra, good for a visit any time of the year. Highlights include Emerald Bay on the southeast edge, the Tallac Historic site of early tourism, lovely Sand Harbor on the Nevada side, and excursion boat trips on the MS Dixie.
The “forms” in which we publish our big projects, our “books,” continue to evolve. Could a “website book” be considered a new form? What is the rationale for publishing a book as a “website book”?
The prominence of Amazon and the energy of China struck me forcibly this week. My publisher in China is selling the Chinese translation of my books, in Chinese, on Amazon China and now also, in Chinese, on our USA Amazon site.
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.
Lee Foster’s main California travel guidebook, Northern California Travel: The Best Options, has been released in China in Chinese.
Lee Foster's new travel guide book is Northern California Travel:The Best Options, celebrating the 30 top travel trip ideas for the territory, which extends from Oregon to Death Valley on the East, and Oregon to Big Sur on the West.
Lee Foster's new travel guide book is Northern California Travel: The Best Options. The book assists a local or traveler to make wise decisions about how to encounter the best nature/outdoors and cultural/historical experiences in Northern California.
Lee Foster's favorite recommended places to view and photograph in the San Francisco area are Baker Beach, Conzelman Road in Marin, Crissy Field, a walk in Chinatown and North Beach, and at Muir Woods.
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.
Five good overnight trips from San Francisco could take you to Point Reyes, the Mendocino Coast, the Napa Wine Country, Santa Cruz, and Monterey-Carmel.
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.
Monterey-Carmel-Big Sur attract visitors with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Path of History Walk, Carmel Mission, 17-Mile Drive, Carmel shops, Point Lobos, and the Big Sur coast drive.
The rugged Big Sur Coast, south of Monterey, presents one of the most exciting scenic drives in California. See Point Lobos, Garrapata Beach, the Bixby Bridge, Point Sur Lighthouse, Andrew Molera Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur Park, and Nepenthe.
California's Napa Valley Wine Country attracts visitors because of its wine tasting at over 100 major wineries, the beauty of its small and well-proportioned valley, the fascinating history of visitors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, and its adventurous possibilities from ballooning to mud spas, a faithful geyser to a petrified forest.
The Sonoma Wine Country appeals to visitors because of the charm of the small and historic town of Sonoma, the attractions of cities such as Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, the many wine districts epitomized by Dry Creek, and the fun of a drive down the Russian River road through Guerneville to the coast at Jenner. Wine, food, agriculture, redwoods, gay tourism, kayaking and canoeing, Luther Burbank's house, and the legacy of writer Jack London all add to the mix.
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.
The redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens) along the coast north from San Francisco are magnificent and the tallest trees on earth. The first main groves to savor are in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The main towns to explore are Ferndale and Eureka. A dense cluster of redwood parks stretches north from Eureka to Crescent City.
The Redding/Shasta Cascade area of Northern California has emerged with renewed tourism vigor, partly due to the remarkable Sundial Bridge (opened 2004) and adjacent Turtle Bay Exploration Park, which epitomize the best traits of the region.
The explosion of northern California's Lassen Peak on May 30, 1914 paralleled the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington state. Both are part of the Cascade chain of fire mountains stretching down the west coast. The Redding and Shasta region adjacent to Lassen also presents many travel attractions.
California's state capital, Sacramento, is a major historic city to visit, and the interesting way to get there is a drive through the Delta. In Sacramento, see historic Sutter's Fort and the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento. In the Delta, see the Chinese town of Locke and drive scenic Georgiana Slough out of Walnut Grove.
California's Gold Rush Country extends along the Sierra foothills from Columbia through Grass Valley. Be sure to see the preserved mining town of Columbia, the Marshall Gold Discovery Site at Coloma, Indian Grinding Rock Park Chaw Se, the Empire Mine, and the Malakoff Diggins.
California offers the winter sports and skiing enthusiast everything desired in the great resorts of the Lake Tahoe basin. Heavenly, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Royal Gorge are some of the main resorts. Alpine or downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, scenic viewing from mountain tops, tram rides up the mountain, fine dining, fun dining, and snow play for children are all possible.
California's Yosemite National Park pleases with its Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, El Capitan, classic Ahwahnee Hotel, camping, and sightseeing, Enjoy the many waterfalls, such as Yosemite Falls, and savor the great views, especially from Glacier Point.