Top Choice Historic Site in San Diego

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

This park has an excellent history museum in the Robinson-Rose House at the southern end of the plaza. You’ll also find a diorama depicting the original pueblo at the park’s visitor center, where you can pick up a c…
Top Choice Historic Site in San Francisco


Alcatraz: for over 150 years, the name has given the innocent chills and the guilty cold sweats. Over the decades, it’s been the nation’s first military prison, a forbidding maximum-security penitentiary and dispute…
Historic Building in San Diego

Whaley House

Two blocks from the Old Town perimeter sits the city’s oldest brick building (circa 1856), officially certified as haunted by the US Department of Commerce. Check out the collection of period furniture and clothing …
Historic Building in Death Valley National Park

Scotty's Castle

Closed due to flood damage and not likely to open for at least a few years (as of 2017), this whimsical castle is 3000ft above sea level and noticeably cooler than the valley floor. Walter E Scott, alias ‘Death Vall…
Historic Site in Coastal Highway 1

Fort Ross State Historic Park

A curious glimpse into Tsarist Russia’s exploration of the California coast, the salt-washed buildings of Fort Ross State Historic Park offer a fascinating insight into the pre-American Wild West. It’s a quiet, pict…
Historic Building in San Diego

Hotel del Coronado

Few hotels in the world are as easily recognized or as much loved as the ‘The Del.’ The world’s largest resort when it was built in 1888, the all-timber, whitewashed main building offers conical towers, cupolas, tur…
Archaeological Site in Santa Barbara Wine Country

Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

Historic Site in Santa Barbara Wine Country

La Purísima Mission State Historic Park

One of the most evocative of Southern California’s missions, La Purisíma Mission was completely restored in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Today its buildings are furnished just as they were dur…
Historic Building in Death Valley National Park

Amargosa Opera House

This 1920s Mexican colonial-style courtyard building was the social hub of Death Valley Junction but fell into disrepair after 1948. In 1967 New York dancer Marta Becket’s car broke down nearby. Marta fell in love w…
Historic Site in East Bay

John Muir Residence

The John Muir residence sits in a pastoral patch of farmland in bustling, modern Martinez. Though Muir wrote of sauntering the High Sierra with a sack of tea and bread, it may be a shock for those familiar with the …