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.
The great museums of Northern California have two new enticements begging for your attention. The newly reopened SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has been rebuilt to accommodate the donated Fisher Collection, with its many modern masterpieces. And the new BAMPFA Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, in Berkeley, sparkles with innovation.
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.
San Francisco's main tourist attractions, its list of things to see and do, include the Cable Cars, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Alcatraz, North Beach, the Victorians, Chinatown, Coit Tower, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. Amidst all this exploring, one place to stretch your legs is on a glorious walk at Crissy Field along the Bay from the Marina Green to the Golden Gate Bridge.
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.
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world's most beloved icons. The story of how it was built is engaging. The many places where you can view or photograph it are intriguing, such as Baker Beach, Crissy Field, or Conzelman Road in the Marin Headlands. 2012 marked the 75th anniversary of the Bridge.
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.
Summer entices the connoisseur of beaches on the coast north and south of San Francisco. Going North, consider Limantour, Heart's Desire, Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock, Fort Ross, and Manchester.
South of San Francisco there are many special beaches to enjoy while driving on Highway 1. Consider Montara, Fitzgerald, Ano Nuevo, Waddell, Capitola, and Carmel River Beach.
Stanford University in Palo Alto merits a visit for a look at the Inner Quad architecture, the Hoover Institute, and the Leland Stanford Junior University Museum of Art. Nearby, in Palo Alto, the historic Professorville area and modern downtown are interesting to explore. Along the Bay in Palo Alto, the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center acquaints a visitor with some of the 200 species of birds in the area.
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.