Discover Yosemite National Park top attractions – a World Heritage site known for its extensive geographic boundaries, and stunning natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of Yosemite National Park and Sierra Nevada natural wonders – visit iconic sights, breathing vistas, forest of giant sequoias, museums, and hidden treasuresRead More
Explore Silicon Valley Top Tech Attractions and Best Things to See and Do in San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Cupertino, Menlo Park -a journey through decades of innovation and technology in Silicon Valley to discover the people and technologies that changed our worldRead More
The magic of Marin County natural wonders and world-class attractions make it a unique destination for nature lovers, photographers, foodies and for outdoor activities lovers. Marin County is centrally located between San Francisco and California Wine Country, and it offers a wide array of amazing outdoor activities for all ages including but not limited to surfing, whale watching, hiking, paragliding, horseback riding, biking, golfing, cheese tasting , elegant and organic restaurants, and beautiful beaches along the coastRead More
The Real Taste of All San Francisco sights & attractions travel blog: Discover Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge & Park, SF Cable Cars, the Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Palace of Fine Arts, Lombard Street, The Painted Ladies, Union Square, Twin Peaks & much moreRead More
Renowned throughout the world for its miles of vineyards, charming small towns, and easy-going lifestyle, California Wine Country is perfect destination for all ages – explore Napa, Sonoma, and their countless surrounding small towns like Sonoma Plaza, Healdsburg, Guerneville , Sebastopol GeyservilleRead More
Sonoma County is a year-round destination for wine enthusiasts, foodies, outdoor adventurists, movies buffs, shopaholics, and even for cheese and beer lovers. Sonoma County is home to California’s first wineries and is a top travel destination for wine connoisseurs and curious wine loversDiscover Sonoma County Wine Country and Top Attractions Sonoma Valley Wine Country Learn more Alexander Valley Wine Country Learn more The Russian River Valley Wine Country Learn more Armstrong Redwoods State Park Learn more Historic Sonoma Plaza Learn more Safari West Wild Animal Park Learn more Los Carneros Wine Region Learn more …Read More
Why should you visit Muir Woods National Monument? Muir Woods National Monument is home to the famous giant coastal redwoods, the tallest trees on the planet? Walk or Hike among towering and majestic old redwoods from bridge 1 to bridge 4, Muir Woods National Monument Things to SeeRead More
Redwood National Park is one of the crown jewels of Northern California, and one of the best -kept secret national parks in Northern America. These outstanding and remote state and national parks are home of the real giants-the oldest, tallest and mostRead More
The Yosemite Valley is carved deep into the gently sloping western flank of the western part of the Sierra Nevada, and characterized by its ‘U’ shape. However, the Valley was ‘V’ shape until the Ice Age when geological forces started pushing the hills and mountains higher and higher, and the Merced River flowed more quickly and violently through the Yosemite Valley.
Discover the wonderlands of the Sierra Nevada and Visit the Majestic Wilderness of Lake Tahoe and Tour Yosemite National Park- If you are you dreaming of a unique journey through the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada; this unique adventure and private custom tour will take you far beyond your ordinary path?
Yosemite National Park is world famous for its impressive waterfalls, meadows, cliffs, and unusual rock formations, but there are also three impressive and iconic Groves of Giant Sequoias. The Giant Sequoia are found in the Sierra Nevada and the coastal giant redwoods found in Redwood National Park, and other State Parks located in Northern California.
BIG SUR WONDERS: A Bucket List Vacation we all rave about along the most enchanting and exhilarating scenic drive in Northern America
Did you know that the rugged stretch of California pacific coast highway 1 between Carmel Valley in Monterey Bay Area and Cambria in San Luis Obispo County, is indeed the most enchanting and exhilarating drive in Northern America?Read More
Silicon Valley was originally a railroad town. If it weren’t for Leland Stanford’s contribution as Vice President of the Central Pacific Railroad back when it was the only way to ship things from California back east, Silicon Valley might never have happened.
Towering, majestic redwoods and giant sequoias inspire awe and incredulity regardless of where they stand, but the truth is that some places to view them are far, far better than others. Muir Woods has its own charms on many levels, especially with itsRead More
The federal prison, for which Alcatraz Island is best known, housed some of America’s most notorious and dangerous felons during its years of operation from 1934 to 1963. Among those who served time at the maximum-security facility were the gangster Al “Scarface” Capone (1899-1947) and murderer Robert “Birdman of Alcatraz” Stroud (1890-1963).
Visiting California and looking for best things to do in California while visiting Los Angeles or San Francisco? If you are looking for a unique getaway, the historic Danish village of Solvang offers California visitors best of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country and Santa Barbara Country in a relaxed and peaceful setting. Indulge in authentic Danish pastries at our world-famous bakeries. Stroll through the village and admire the old-world European traditions.
Morro Bay is a waterfront village located in San Luis Obispo County south of Hearst Castle in San Simeon, and north of Pismo Beach and Avila Beach in central California, and also located along California famous pacific highway route 1.
Redwood National Park Adventure is the ultimate outdoor getaway to see with your own eyes towering ‘skyscrapers’ redwoods, the tallest trees on earth. Enjoy a unique travel experience and marvel at majestic ancient groves of giant redwoods. These are ‘ambassadors from another time’, as John Steinbeck once called them! But there is much more to see in Northern California besides the world’s tallest living tree. This this is the ultimate blog for all travelers, a must read before you visit the Redwood Country and Northern California.
Part 2 : Visit Redwood National & State Park Must-See Attractions & Sights – Welcome to The Land of Giants
This is part 2 – Redwood National Park Adventure is the ultimate outdoor getaway to see with your own eyes towering ‘skyscrapers’ redwoods, the tallest trees on earth. Enjoy a unique travel experience and marvel at majestic ancient groves of giant redwoods. These are ‘ambassadors from another time’, as John Steinbeck once called them! But there is much more to see in Northern California besides the world’s tallest living tree. This this is the ultimate blog for all travelers, a must read before you visit the Redwood Country and Northern California.
You probably have been to most of the famous places around California, such as Yosemite National Park, San Francisco Downtown, Alcatraz Island, forests of giant sequoias and ancient redwoods, Lake Tahoe. Oh, you have not seen Lake Tahoe yet!Read More
Visiting the Yosemite National Park during the winter season is a unique experience and a trip filled with scenic and snowy landscapes, steaming waterfalls and a new and wintry perspective of this unique national park sights and wilderness.
The Glacier Point Road, which provides the only access by car to these hikes, usually opens around late May or early June, depending on conditions. Once the road opens, trails can remain wet and/or snowy for a few to several weeks. The Glacier Point Road usually closes sometime in November.
This new blog covers San Francisco top attractions and hidden sights in “City by the Bay,”. Plan ahead to have an insider perspective about San Francisco top attractions, parks, sights, museums, public transportation, the city pass discounted tickets, and best tour offers. To enjoy your vacation in San Francisco in the best way possible, read this valuable blog and learn more about San Francisco’s top sights and neighborhoods.
This is the part 2 which covers San Francisco top attractions and hidden sights in “City by the Bay,”. Plan ahead to have an insider perspective about San Francisco top attractions, parks, sights, museums, public transportation, the city pass discounted tickets, and best tour offers. Enjoy your vacation in San Francisco in the best way possible, read this valuable blog and learn more about San Francisco’s top sights and neighborhoods.
This is the part 3 which covers San Francisco top attractions and hidden sights in “City by the Bay,”. Plan ahead to have an insider perspective about San Francisco top attractions, parks, sights, museums, public transportation, the city pass discounted tickets, and best tour offers. Enjoy your vacation in San Francisco in the best way possible, read this valuable blog and learn more about San Francisco’s top sights and neighborhoods.
This is the final part covering San Francisco top attractions and hidden sights in “City by the Bay,”. Plan ahead to have an insider perspective about San Francisco top attractions, parks, sights, museums, public transportation, the city pass discounted tickets, and best tour offers. Enjoy your vacation in San Francisco in the best way possible, read this valuable blog and learn more about San Francisco’s top sights and neighborhoods.
The Avenue of the Giants is a highlight of any adventure to the Redwoods! Enjoy this unique and scenic 30-mile drive and walk or hike to some of the largest groves of redwood trees in the world. The southern entrance of Avenue of the Giants is located north of Garberville where you can have lunch. Then drive to the most famous groves of giant redwoods within this 30-mile stretch.
Tuolumne Meadows is a gentle, dome-studded, spectacular sub-alpine meadowy area along the Tuolumne River in the eastern high country of Yosemite National Park. It’s one of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada, this is where wildlife often takes refuge in Yosemite high country like black bears. Encountering wildlife like black bears is an amazing privilege.
Tuolumne Grove is a sequoia grove located near Crane Flat in Yosemite National Park, it’s about 16 miles (26 km) west of Yosemite Village on Tioga Pass Road. The grove contains many conifers, including a few Sequoiadendron giganteum as well as fir trees, cypress, cedar, dogwoods, and oak trees.
Half Dome is a well-known granite dome rock formation in the park at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. It is named for its distinct shape. One side is a sheer face while the other three sides are smooth and round, making it appear like a dome cut in half. The granite crest rises more than 4,737 ft (1,444 m) above the valley floor. alf Dome is a very public climb ascended in several different ways.
Alcatraz evening trip is completely a different touring experience from Alcatraz day tour. Alcatraz night tour offers you a unique perspective of what Alcatraz former inmates have experienced after dark. Some visitors find Alcatraz night tour somehow creepy,Read More
Hey you adrenaline junkies, strap on your life jackets and helmets to paddle and bounce your way over wild rapids of the American River near San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Increasing number of adventure enthusiasts and visitors from SanRead More
John Muir was a preservationist who was very active in protecting what he considered pristine habitat. He also wrote many essays, letters and books that are still popular even today. Activism to save Yosemite and other wilderness areas was also a big part of John Muir’s life.
The island, once served as military fort back in 1850s and as the West Coast’s first lighthouse and the birthplace of the Native American “Red Power” movement (sparked by an occupation of Alcatraz from 1969-1971). Alcatraz is the former federal prison that once held famous inmates .While several well-known criminals, such as Al Capone, George “Machine-Gun” Kelly, Alvin Karpis (the first “Public Enemy #1”), and Arthur “Doc” Barker did time on Alcatraz, most of the 1,576 prisoners incarcerated there were not well-known gangsters, but prisoners who refused to conform to the rules and regulations. Today, visiting Alcatraz Island is one of the most rewarding experiences of any trip to San Francisco.
The Twin Peaks are two prominent hills with an elevation of about 925 feet located near the geographic center of San Francisco. Twin Peaks is a majestic overlook that provides sweeping views of the entire San Francisco Bay Area where you can picture the skyline of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz and Yerba Buena Island, Oakland, and the East Bay.
The City Pass is the best way to see and visit the best attractions in San Francisco Bay Area. The cost of attending San Francisco many of those attractions can really add up, with San Francisco CityPass, it can help to reduce the costs. The CityPASS is valid for 9 days starting with the first day of use, giving you plenty of time to see the best of San Francisco, and take the best memories home with you.
Visit a world-class Aquarium, Planetarium, & Natural History Museum Experience the Wonders of all Under One Roof. The California Academy of Sciences is a science museum, the perfect getaway for all ages, it’s located in the in Golden Gate Park.
Did you know that the rugged stretch of California pacific coast highway 1 between Carmel Valley in Monterey Bay Area and Cambria in San Luis Obispo County, is indeed the most enchanting and exhilarating drive in Northern America?
Renowned throughout the world for its miles of vineyards, charming small towns, and easy-going lifestyle. Visit Napa, Sonoma, and their countless surrounding small towns like Sonoma Plaza, Healdsburg, Guerneville , Sebastopol Geyserville and Calistoga.
Mariposa Grove is a grove of giant sequoias located near in the southernmost part of Yosemite National Park. It is the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park, with several hundreds of giant sequoias in this iconic grove, two of its trees are among the 30 largest giant sequoias in the world.
Central Valley was seen by Spanish explorers in the 1500s but remained virtually uninhabited except by native Americans until the 1849 California gold rush. In 1880 irrigation was introduced in central valley to be the future biggest agricultural valley in the World. Geographically, Central valley is almost the size of Florida (south to North) ,It stretches almost for 450 miles north to south ,Limited by Cascade Range to the north, the Tehachapi peaks the south, and the Coast Ranges to the west.
400 million to about 130 million years ago an ocean covered the seafloor platform area known today as the Sierra Nevada. In the course of history, a complex and long geological processes took place leading to the formation of the Sierra Nevada mountain range during of the Jurassic period. How that happened? The Pacific Plate which is an oceanic tectonic plate lies beneath the Pacific Ocean Next to the North American Plate that covers most of North America.
1848 gold nuggets were discovered at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. People, and not gold, are the most precious asset of California. It brought the first wave of Chinese, who build the first transcontinental railroad though the Sierra. The Chinese camp we are driving through now witness the golden horizon of the past. The Gold Rush brought also over 300,000 people to California from the rest of the US and abroad.
Hollywood is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Hollywood is crowded during the day and a appreciated for its nightlife as well. Many historic Hollywood Hotels and theaters are used as venues and concert stages to premiere major theatrical releases and host the Academy Awards.
Death Valley National Park is the driest , hottest and the lowest point on North America! Death Valley National Park is located in the Southern California Desert and partially in the State of Nevada. It’s about an hour northwest of Las Vegas.
The California Mission system is a spectacular display of California’s rich historical tradition. Consisting of 21 individual missions that dot the California coastline, the mission system is a wonderful part of California’s attractions, giving visitors an opportunity to learn about the state’s past while enjoying the often-beautiful gardens, fountains, and preserved rooms throughout each mission.
The first Tournament of Roses was staged back in 1890 in Pasadena in southern California. During the next few years, the celebration expanded to include marching bands and sophisticated motorized floats followed by organized games on the town lot including ostrich races, bronco busting demonstrations and a race between a camel and an elephant .Reviewing stands were added along the Pasadena Parade route east-west.
Don Pedro Lake & Reservoir is a huge a man made lake nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills offering 160 miles of shoreline with nearly 13,000 surface acres of water providing recreational opportunities . Don Pedro lake became a popular destination for vacation attracting over 400,000 visitors a year looking for water sport , house boating rental, fishing , swimming, water-skiing, jet-skiing, windsurfing and sailing . Don Pedro lake offers two marinas and sandy beaches ( Moccasin Point Marina and Lake Don Pedro Marina, both owned by Forever Resorts) .
The Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron gigantean) of the Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Nevada is home to 75 amazing groves of Giant Sequoias nestled in the Western Slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These Groves of Giant Sequoias are found in Sequoia National Park , Kings Canyon & in the Yosemite national park. Its scientific name is Sequoiadendron gigantean .There are only three major groves of Giant Sequoias within the Yosemite National Park: The Mariposa grove, Merced & Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.
California Wine Country is the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, following France, Italy, and Spain. More than 90 percent of all wine produced in the United States comes from California Wine Country and Central Valley. Wherever you go in California from Mexico to Oregon and from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, you will find great vineyards and spectacular wineries.