Light filters through the tall redwoods of Muir Woods.

Visiting Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument comprises acres of staggeringly beautiful redwood forest nestled in Marin County. Here’s information on getting there as well as recommended nearby food and accommodations.

Moon Spotlight Mendocino & Redwood Country

Moon Spotlight Mendocino & Redwood Country is an 86-page compact guide covering one of the most picturesque towns on the California coast and the stunning redwood forests. Author Stuart Thornton offers his seasoned advice on must-see attractions, and includes maps with sightseeing highlights so you can make the most of your time. This lightweight guide […]

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Esalen: An Advanced California Experience

The Esalen Institute is known throughout California as the home of Esalen massage technique, a forerunner and cutting-edge player in ecological living, and a space to retreat from the world and build a new and better sense of self. Visitors journey from all over the state and beyond to sink into the haven that’s sometimes called “The New Age Harvard.”

The San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace. Photo © Sean Davis, licensed Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives.

The 3-Day “Best of San Francisco Tour”

San Francisco may only be roughly seven miles long and seven miles wide, but it packs in historic neighborhoods, one of the West Coast’s most iconic landmarks, and dozens of stomach-dropping inclines within its small area.

The best way to see San Francisco is to get out and take a walk.

The Best San Francisco Walking Tours

The best way to see San Francisco is to get out and take a walk. You can find dozens of companies offering walking tours of different parts of the City. Here are a few of the best and most interesting.

A woman walks down a trail in a grassy field at the Point Reyes Seashore.

Visiting the Point Reyes National Seashore

The Point Reyes area boasts acres of unspoiled forest and beach country. Get info on the park’s visitor centers, its historic lighthouse, as well as how to get there for those seeking a day trip from San Francisco.

Winery Chateau Julien's white European-style building with a turret.

The Best of Carmel Valley Wineries

Its tiny size necessarily limits the number of vineyards and wineries that can set up shop in the Carmel Valley. But this small, charming wine region makes for a perfect wine-tasting day trip from Carmel, Monterey, or even Big Sur.