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What are you missing if you don’t ever visit Northern California? San Francisco, for starters. One of the most popular cities in the world, the City by the Bay is home to historic cable cars still in action; fascinating architecture, including the famous, colorful Painted Ladies; Pier 39, with frolicking seals; The Presidio, a former Spanish, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The first hotel opened in Yosemite National Park in 1864, the same year President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant, the harbinger of the national park system. The first-class Ahwahnee Hotel, the brainchild of Steven T. Mather, the National Park Service’s first director, opened in the summer of 1927.

Just like in many situations in life, Yosemite accommodations are all about choices, ranging from upscale to lying on God’s green earth (free). It depends on what you’re comfortable with, what you can afford, how adventurous you are and what you want get out of your Yosemite experience. Do you want to enjoy the views […]

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What’s the best way to explore the vibrant, historic city of San Francisco? You could rent a car and meander around, stopping at places that interest you, a viable option if you have days or weeks to explore and have enough knowledge to stay away from dangerous areas. Or you could sign up for a […]

Hire a Private Driver for Your First-time San Francisco Visit Just about everyone who visits San Francisco falls into a category. Some come for business, others for pleasure, and still others just stop by on the way to their next destination. The ones who do stay longer, especially those flying into SFO or one of the […]

Where to Find the Best Luxury Shopping in San Francisco Guests who visit San Francisco usually know what they prefer to do in their free time. Some are foodies and would love to partake in the city’s best restaurants, such as Michelin-starred Yank Sing for lunch, or the hidden, no-reservation Italian restaurant Tommaso’s in North […]

What’s the Difference Between Yosemite and Yellowstone? Travelers to California often confuse Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks. Maybe it’s because the two names begin with the letter Y, or maybe it’s because the parks are equally famous.