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.
The Mojave and Colorado Deserts meld together in the vast wilderness that is Joshua Tree National Park. Here is a land that is home to a vast array of plants, animals, and beautiful geologic features that have been sculpted over time by the rare, but strong, deluges of rain and strong winds.Watch Now >>
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 >>
One of California’s original twenty-seven counties, El Dorado is the undisputed home of the Gold Rush, and, possibly the home of the American vineyard too, with vines dating back to 1849. Simon visits a number of historic sites in the county, including Marshall Gold Discovery Park, and the actual location where gold was first found.Watch Now >>