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About 30 years ago, the mother of a third-grade boy brought a writing project to his class. She had found a book that listed addresses (mostly of agents) of famous people, and helped the kids choose different stars and write letters to them. They began their letters by introducing themselves and explaining that the class […]

San Francisco’s Presidio, steeped in American history, was named a National Historic Landmark in 1962. The military complex, housing more than 700 buildings, 433 of which are designated historic, closed in 1989 and, in 1994, the National Park Service took over its operation.

Covering about 30 city blocks, San Francisco’s Chinatown is North America’s oldest Chinese community. Dating back to the mid-1800s, the area bustles with pagoda rooves, hanging lanterns, specialty shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars. Old St. Mary’s Church, the continent’s first Asian church, was built in Chinatown in 1853. In 1859, the Chinese School welcomed Asian […]

Most every entrepreneur and small business owner has had to deal with negative vibes, from the skeptical looks to “You can’t be serious” and “It’ll never work.” Or sometimes it’s couched as a question: “Have you thought this through?” or “What are you going to do for income in the meantime?”

If you can afford it, a private, luxury tour of Yosemite is the best way to get the most out of your visit to the famous national park. The beloved wilderness area is so popular, in fact, that in 2019, before Covid-19 hit, more than 4.5 million people visited Yosemite. That figure dipped to 2.3 […]

When you visit a national park, you need to bring your brains with you. Not everyone does. Every year people get too close to a bison or some other dangerous animal and pay the price, sometimes the ultimate price.

In the 1920s, the well-to-do residents of the 1000 block of Lombard Street in San Francisco decided the street was too steep, causing problems for horse-drawn wagons, early Model T’s and even those walking. Their solution was to convert 600 feet of the street turned into eight hairpin turns. A decade later, it had become […]

In how many locations in the world can you take a luxury private tour of one of the most fascinating and iconic cities one day, and without boarding a plane, find yourself immersed the next day in a famous and beloved national park that people travel thousands of miles to visit? Welcome to our classy […]

One of the most famous bridges in the world, and the most photographed, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has been the backdrop for many a tourist photo. It also has appeared in numerous movies over the years, including “The Maltese Falcon,” “Vertigo,” “The Love Bug,” “Superman: The Movie” and several Star Trek films. […]