Alcatraz has served as a U.S. military post, a prison, and, over time, penitentiary for the nation’s worst offenders. Angel Island serves as a mircocosm of U.S. military history. On its ground a missle base once existed, and it was also a Native-American hunting ground. Fort McDowell also was based on Angel Island. The Golden Gate Bridge took four years to build, and strikes a bold presence amidst the land’s naturally exquisite backdrop.
Explore a region affectionately known as “The American Riviera.” Filmed here, the Oscar-nominated film “Sideways” has invigorated interest in this thriving wine region. Host Simon Kane savors all the flavors of Santa Barbara, with its vibrant art scene, farmers markets, and specialty shops. A highlight of your visit here is meeting the legendary Fess ParkerWatch Now >>
When Mark Twain first saw Lake Tahoe, he described it as “surely the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” Host Simon Kane shows us the beauty of the region and the wealth of accommodations, restaurants, and activities available around its seventy-two-mile shoreline. Share the invigorating pure experience of hang-gliding over Tahoe. Dine at the BlackWatch Now >>
Marvel at the vast natural wonderland that John Muir called home, Teddy Roosevelt fought to preserve, and Ansel Adams relished by capturing its bold essence. Yosemite is an apple in the pie of America, located in the heart of the great state of California.Watch Now >>
Amador County is in the very heart of California’s Gold Country, where prospectors flocked to find their fortunes 150 years ago. Simon talks to folklorist Robert Richards about the area’s history, visits the Montevina Winery, and checks out the local accommodations and attractions. In Sutter Creek, it is always 1898 in the Monteverde Store MuseumWatch Now >>