Best of California's Missions, Mansions, and Museums
A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Golden State's Historic and Cultural Treasures
By Ken & Dahlynn McKowen
This two-color traveler's companion features more than 130 of California’s best missions, mansions, and museums. In addition to insider information on many of the destinations, the guide features themed tours that will appeal to tourists and armchair travelers alike, history buffs, as well as teachers and parents.
Explore a Russian fort, an island prison; the West’s version of Ellis Island; a U.S. Naval weapons development; presidential museums; quirky, human-powered vehicles; sailing ships and aircraft carriers; California’s gold mines; mansions built by some of the country’s richest entrepreneurs; the art of American, Asian, and European masters, and much more.
Each of eight sections covers a separate geographic region. Every entry details the highlights of a particular place and includes operating hours, entrance fees, location, a phone number, and website information. Themed tours range from famous Californians, to lighthouses, ghost towns, and much more. This guidebook is a must-have for anyone interested in California's eclectic history.
Authors Ken and Dahlynn McKowen have 40-plus years of writing, editing, marketing and publication experience with more than 2,000 articles, stories, and photographs in print. They are coauthors of Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur’s Soul, Highroad Guide to the California Coast, and others.