“Just Visiting” is one of the sayings made familiar to anyone who has played the classic Parker Brothers board game, “Monopoly.” It is a great alternative to the other option of being incarcerated. The same can be said for Alcatraz Island. For many years it was one of the most famous prisons in the world. If it were still the same, we would prefer to be “just visiting” this place, nicknamed The Rock, a mile and a quarter from land in the middle of San Francisco Bay.
Zoos are one of those places where everyone in the family can have fun. Not only is seeing rare and exotic animals cool, but it’s an educational experience. No wonder they are commonly on the ‘must see’ list for anyone visiting a city with a great zoo.
Paso Robles, California has an interesting approach to zoos that you might find interesting. Not only does the city have its zoo it also works on bringing the zoo to you!
Think San Francisco and you think the Golden Gate Bridge. The area in and around the famous landmark comprises the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. You will be pleasantly surprised how extensive this National Recreation Area is, comprising history, seashore, mountains, forests, forts, and more. Plan to take plenty of time to see it, or to return often. Take your time, take your camera, and take it all in.
About halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Fresno offers the best of both worlds: a fun downtown with shopping and dining, but opportunities for plenty of outdoorsy pursuits as well — all in that pleasant and mild California climate. Here are just a handful of the must-see stops that you’ll want to add to your itinerary.
There’s no place like Mammoth Lakes! Located in sunny California, Mammoth Lakes is actually nothing quite like the California you have in mind. Here, you won’t find any palm trees or beaches. Instead, you’ll be in the midst of an awe-inspiring, year-round outdoor adventureland. When we’re talking about the picturesque mountains, the name “Mammoth” can speak for itself just to give you a hint of the size of the mountains you’ll find here.
National Wild and Scenic Rivers of the Unites States have been protected by law since the program’s inception in 1968. There are about 250 designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers, to date. We’ve selected three of these interesting and diverse ecosystems to explore.
Yosemite National Park in California spans 1,200 square miles, boasting waterfalls, meadows, valleys, and more. Of course, the more time you have here, the better, but there’s plenty to see and do in just one day if you plan in advance.
In case you haven’t noticed, wine has gotten pretty big in the US. There are new winemaking valleys popping up all over the country, from Upstate New York to Central Oregon.
But, chances are, when you think about wine in America, there is one state that automatically pops into your mind…that’s right, California.
A resort getaway off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina Island is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the mainland just 22 miles away. The air is refreshing, the water is clear and the community is casual. Our favorite part? There’s not one traffic light on the whole island. Our team at DriveTheNation.com has compiled the following Quick Guide to Catalina Island: