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.
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 >>
Host Simon Kane is your guide to Calistoga’s picturesque hillside wineries, natural hot springs, accomodations, dining, and breathtaking scenic attractions. Sample the wines and chat with the owners of Graeser Winery and Storybrook Mountain Vineyards. Indulge yourself at the luxury spa resort, Calistoga Ranch, with its thermal pools and mud spas. Get a feel for…Watch Now >>
Haleakala National Park resonates with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture. The park is home to endangered species, some of which exist nowhere else on Earth. Hiking through Haleakala’s stark volcanic landscapes, sub-tropical rainforest, and backcountry will reinvigorate your spirit.Watch Now >>
Mark Twain made this Gold Rush town famous with his 1865 short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” but the county’s treasures were discovered long before that. Join Simon as he seeks out this region’s “perfect places,” and basks in its awesome scenery. Marvel at Big Trees State Park, experience the thrills, chills,…Watch Now >>