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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 […]

You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen the giant sequoia trees in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. To understand their magnitude, picture branches that can reach eight feet in diameter and bark that might be three feet thick. A sequoia trunk can span 35 feet. The tallest tree in Yosemite is the Columbia […]

Hiking, cooling off in a creek, climbing a mountain, birdwatching, observing other wildlife, breathing in the mist from the falls and hugging a giant sequoia tree are all activities you can do in Yosemite National Park to feed your body and soul. But there are also a number of ways to feed your mind.

Being the owner of a small business is tough. It’s challenging. It can be grueling. It also can be exciting, invigorating and chaotic. And if you combine the mind and soul of an entrepreneur with the practical sense to run a small business, you may just find success beyond your dreams.

Like many of the most interesting places to visit in San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf became populated during the gold rush of the mid-1800s. Immigrants flocked to the city, and many, particularly Italian and Chinese immigrants, used their skills as fishermen to make a living. Back in the day, the Italian sailors were known for their […]

You don’t need to be young or athletic or a daredevil to fly across the country and explore California for a week or 10 days. In April of 2023, we’ve booked two female cousins in their 70’s on an incredible adventure they’ll never forget. Meeting in Chicago, they’ll fly to Los Angeles and, 10 days […]

Best Sights in Yosemite’s High Country Did you know there is much more to Yosemite National Park than the often-visited Valley? Unfortunately, a good portion of the tourism community ignores everything in the park but the Valley. To skip the crowds and overloaded parking lots and be more true to the soul of Yosemite, go […]