Rediscovering the wonders of Northern California

Summer is my busiest time of year when it comes to my other life outside of writing. As an educator, I have the opportunity to travel with my students to various in and out-of-state locations. Most, if not all, include college and university visits, but we also have cultural excursions. By cultural, I’m speaking of cultural in terms of the State we live in. California has many historic sites that few of our young people today know about, and if they do, it is most likely because a grown up made a movie about it. With that in mind, some of my fellow educators and I will be travelling to Northern California to help my students “rediscover” the rich history and culture of what it means to be a Californian. Since the beauty of the sites can speak for themselves, I’ve decided to give a few images to tempt readers into discovering California U.S.A. for themselves.


Stanford University
Stanford University, considered one of the West Coast’s version of an Ivy League school.
Cable Car Museum
Historic Cable Car Museum of San Francisco is home to almost every cable car that existed in San Francisco since the city’s incorporation.
Alcatraz island
The original Alcatraz Island. Famous for its supposed impenetrable and inescapable prison, it once housed Al Capone and had only two prison breaks until it was finally closed and turned into a museum.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. When in San Francisco, one MUST be able to say they ate here.
California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences Museum
Cal State East Bay Pioneers
California State University, East Bay (formerly known as Cal State Hayward) is one of the 23 public universities in the California State University system.
Pier 39
Pier 39 is one of multiple piers on San Francisco’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf, and boasts of shops, restaurants, museums, and… sea lions.
San Francisco State University
San Francisco State University is also one of the 23 public universities in the California State University system.
The San Francisco Dungeon
The San Francisco Dungeon acting troup is one of Northern California’s talked about live theatres. Fans of macabre theatre will want to visit.
UC Berkeley or Cal
The University of California, Berkeley, is best known for its original name, California University, or Cal for short. Now one of the 9 undergraduate public universities in the University of California system, UC Berkeley is known for its high academic standards, football, and being the center of all things political or related to social justice in California.

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