Laurie McKenzie visits the Santa Monica Pier, where she enjoys the arcades, restaurants and local street vendors. Venice Beach is another sandy hotspot with great musical outdoor entertainers and the world famous “Muscle Beach.” To complete the beach tour, she cruises over to Long Beach to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the historic Queen Mary ocean liner.
From rugged Wheeler Peak to the peaceful foothills, Great Basin National Park is a place where you can rest your spirit in the solitude of the wilderness while strolling through forests of ancient pines, relaxing under star-glinted night skies, or exploring mysterious subterranean passages.Watch 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 >>
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 >>
Simon goes beyond San Diego’s most obvious tourist stops to explore the city’s historical, cultural, and culinary attractions. Simon brushes up on area history at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, then proceeds onward to Hillebrecht Avocado Farm, and Chino Farms where he finds the freshest market produce. Simon explores the bustling GaslampWatch Now >>