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, and spills of white-water rafting on the Stanislaus River, rappel 165 feet into the extraordinary underground caves at Moaning Cavern, and go house-boating on New Melones Lake. Simon also visits the Ironstone winery, and lives out a Wild West fantasy in Millerosa.
Sonoma County is one of the world’s top wine-growing regions. It is also a year-round haven for fine-dining, lodging, spas, and a flourishing arts community. Fifty-eight miles of Sonoma coast offer a magnificent display of natural beauty and wildlife. Stop in Bodega Bay, where Alfred Hitchcock filmed “The Birds,” and go behind the scenes ofWatch Now >>
The sky’s the limit in the glittering, trendsetting, and culturally diverse city of Los Angeles, a city that continually reinvents itself. Simon visits with world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck, creator of “Fusion-style” cuisine, and acts out his Oscar fantasies during a guided tour of the Kodak Theatre, home to the Academy Awards ceremony. Simon also goesWatch Now >>
Marin County is referred to as San Francisco’s playground. Simon visits historic and beautiful communities relatively undiscovered by tourists. Marvel at Muir Woods’ towering ancient redwoods in Mill Valley. Stroll the quaint Old Corte Madera Square. Dine at some of the San Francisco Bay area’s finest restaurants in San Anselmo, and discover the rich architecturalWatch Now >>