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San Joaquin Historic Museum, Haggin Museum are cool summertime destinations!

The Holt Side-hill Harvester M30 sold for $3000 in 1928!

Cool destinations to beat summer heat and learn about our past… San Joaquin Historic Museum, Haggin Museum With the balance of summer flying by, let’s go for a couple local “cool destinations”, which each offer cool temperature-controlled environments and places that most kids or grandkids rate as “cool”, once they get involved. Our family favorites [...]

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Ghosts of downtown Stockton add Halloween spice to the city’s storied history!

Ghostbuster's tour group inside Hotel Stockton lobby listens as tour guide Howard shares ghostly stories about the hotel.

Ghosts of downtown Stockton add Halloween spice to the city’s storied history! Spooky… Music and the sound of party-goers from the old Hotel Stockton ballroom – but no one there. Footsteps and an apparition of a pioneer woman in the hallways of the old Philadelphia House, again no one around. Ghosts and swaying chandeliers in [...]

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Historic mystery buildings, just east of Jackson, CA on Hwy. 88 – what were they?

Old brick house on the east, what seems to once have been an old boarding house on west, with barn behind.  What were they?

We just spent five days in the south and west Lake Tahoe area. Going up, and coming back, we usually take Hwy. 88 to the beautiful Hope Valley, then Highway 89 to Hwy. 50 and into South Lake Tahoe. We’ve done this route multiple times over the years – and every time I pass the [...]

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Santa Monica and Muscle Beach; old Route 66 brings us to the sunny Pacific

Santa Monica Pier on a hazy, perfect Pacific Ocean morning.

After more than two-dozen trips to the LA area in several decades, one of our “must stops” is always Santa Monica on the Pacific Ocean, due west of central Los Angeles. I originally discovered the town, at age 14, on a trip with my parents from Ohio – following Route 66 from Chicago all the [...]

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Downtown Stockton; this Sunday, history comes to life in classy downtown walking tour!

Fox California/Bob Hope Theatre tour guide Kelly Howard offers an "insider's tour" of the 1930's Art Deco theatre to eager tourees.

This Sunday, valley residents have the opportunity to take a free downtown Stockton historic walking tour (details below), wrapped around the classic movie “The African Queen”, showing at the Fox California/Bob Hope Theatre. Following the movie, take an “insider tour” of the old movie house. The tour will start at the south/Weber Avenue entrance to [...]

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Downtown Stockton; history comes to life in classy downtown walking tour!

Downtown Alliance Guide Manuel Laguna shares Hotel Stockton insight with group from Stockton Beautiful.

Sometimes your most interesting travel destination can exist right in your backyard. This Sunday, valley residents have the opportunity to take a free downtown Stockton historic walking tour (details below), wrapped around the classic movie “The African Queen”, showing at the Fox California/Bob Hope Theatre. Following the movie, take an “insider tour” of the old [...]

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Wild, scenic and historic state parks, close to San Joaquin County, perfect for spring outings!

Mt. Diablo's flank, looking west from Northgate Road.

Mt. Diablo, Calaveras Big Trees, Columbia Historic Park, Railtown 1897 Park - close to Stockton, stunning in spring! With the advent of spring, several glorious state parks close to San Joaquin county back in. Spring, with recent rain and breezes clearing the air, make a fine time to tour to places such as Mount Diablo State [...]

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Joshua Tree National Park, Salton Sea; other-worldly tour destinations for spring-time

Joshua Trees, with San Gregorio Peak in distance, the highest point in the southern Sierra range.

Seeking a winter/early spring get-away in other-worldly scenery? A camping Mecca, surrounded by strange plants, alien landscape, hiking, biking and climbing opportunities and warm winter climate? Take in the intriguing stretch of California desert from Joshua Tree National Park to the Salton Sea. They’re all on your way to either Phoenix (for spring training games [...]

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Fun insights into our historic and iconic San Joaquin/Sacremento River Delta

The Dover river steamer, typical of river boats in the last half of the 19th century, towing a barge from her hog post.

The California Gold Rush, and the stream of miners and fortune-seekers to the Mother Lode of the Sierra, took place long before many roads existed and some 60 years before cars and trucks would appear on the scene. While railroads were beginning to make inroads on shipping freight and moving passengers, riverboats were king during [...]

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The Delta Loop, Brannan Island and Rio Vista; views, history, adventure, just 30 minutes away!

Brannan Island State Recreation Area; view from campground looking into the vast Delta region

Fishing, hiking, water, camping, cabins, restaurants, year-around comfortable climate, unspoiled, wildlife, wondrous news, tranquil sunsets. Where can you find a 10 mile slice of this wonder, just 20 miles from Stockton? It’s the Delta Loop, just west on Highway 12 from Lodi, offering its special allure for nothing more than a short drive. Here you [...]

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