By riding the California Western Railroad, you will bear witness to some of the best natural scenery the state has to offer, such as the whimsical redwood forests, the sun-drenched Pacific coastline, and the beautiful Sierra Nevada Range. Take a short-line railroad excursion through the rugged coastal mountain range of northern California, ride in the cab and tender of a restored steam engine through stands of fabled redwood forestland, and keep a sharp eye out from a high-rail vehicle running ahead of diesel trains, classic Skunk railcars, and a steam-powered Skunk passenger train. This is one thrilling run down railbeds where rail history was made, and where it still lives on thanks to the careful and faithful restoration and maintenance efforts on behalf of the California Western.
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 >>
As far back as 1795, Paso Robles has been spoken of, and written about, as California’s oldest place to go for springs and mud baths. Simon visits a number of its downtown establishments, including the Vinoteca wine bar with its weekly winemaker gatherings and tastings. Overall, Paso Robles boasts more than 100 wineries. E.O.S., whose…Watch 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 Black…Watch Now >>
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 >>