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.
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.
A drive down the Big Sur Coast from Carmel presents one of the most scenic 26 miles of coastline in California.
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.
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.
What are the loveliest beaches along the California coast if you head south from San Francisco? My recommendations are Montara, Fitzgerald, Ano Nuevo, Waddell, Capitola, and Carmel River Beach.
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.
My California travel guide book/ebook Northern California Travel: The Best Options, translated into Chinese, has recently been released as a printed book in China.
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.
Could brilliant new urban architecture and design become one of the biggest attractions in San Francisco? The new Mira Bldg advances the concept.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
After the Coronavirus Crisis is over, 5 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 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.
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.
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 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.
When the coronavirus fears abate, a visit to Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra will again emerge as a major summer road-trip outing in California.
As you peruse the bountiful travel options in the Golden State, the question arises: just what are the best things to do and see at each of the major travel destinations in Northern California?
East across the Bay from the grand tourism capital of San Francisco stretches her sunnier neighbor, the Oakland Berkeley East Bay.
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.
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.