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Some visit San Francisco’s North Beach because it tastes like Italy, and some visit because it howls like the Beat Generation. But the times, they are a-changing.
Long before HGTV glommed onto the trend, German immigrant farmers in Fredericksburg, Texas, built small, simple dwellings, called Sunday houses, for their in-town visits.
A reader recommends Mineral King Valley in Sequoia National Park.
A 19th century innovation, San Francisco’s cable cars are a National Historic Landmark as well as a tourist attraction. They’ll be offline for 10 days.
Construction continues at San Francisco International Airport but officials say they are two days ahead of schedule.
Weekend trip to Santa Cruz Mountains includes a stay in storybook- sounding Ben Lomond, wine tasting and a walk among the redwoods.
Hidden wonders in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; off-season savings in Arizona; the wonder of “passes” that bundle attractions or tickets; and the pleasure of our pain.
WEEKEND ESCAPES
Page, Ariz., and Lake Powell, once primarily summer destinations, are seeing growing numbers of visitors during the spring and fall.
Family-friendly Bowen Island, a short ferry ride from West Vancouver, offers great hiking and paddling as well as a charming village with shops and restaurants.
Death Valley is hot and dry, but it’s free on Sunday for visitors who can take the heat. Fees are waived to mark the park service’s 103rd birthday.
Catalina Island is an ideal location for a family adventure, with a bison expedition, rock-climbing walls and a submarine ride among the attractions.
Durango, in southwest Colorado, revels in its Old West roots, as do many of the hip restaurants, bars and boutiques in the area. Perhaps best of all is a retro speakeasy with literary-themed cocktails.
Allowing the sale and consumption of marijuana at the festival is part of a test program that could expand to other major San Francisco events.
The little burg of Lee Vining is more than just a turnoff for Tioga Pass and Yosemite. It’s the starting point for hiking, bird watching and an amazing tour of Basque art carved into the area’s aspen trees.
A stay at the Lodge at the Presidio and a Warhol retrospective round out a weekend in San Francisco.
Maybe you’re not a contender for the Tour de France, but you don’t have to be if you’re biking Sacramento’s American River Parkway, the trail that starts in the historic district and ends in Folsom.
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