California, Eureka – Charming Seaport Town
Eureka is the largest coastal city of California, 50 million north of San Francisco. Victorian architecture, complemented by various art installations, is unforgettable.
The city center is adjacent to Humboldt Bay and is lined with Victorian houses built during the boom in industry and fisheries in the 1850s. The historical importance of the center of Eureka is evidenced by the fact that it is on the list of places of national historical importance. There are many restaurants, boutiques and works of art - such as murals on the phenomenal Opera Alley.
As you walk through the center of Eureka, take us and stroll along the pier along Humboldt Bay, where you can enjoy the great atmosphere of the local ice cream parlor or good food and drink in one of the seaside restaurants.
In addition, there is always something interesting going on in the center. It is worth mentioning the Eureka Street Art Festival, where several new murals are created every year. If you would like to learn more about the life of the local community, we recommend visiting the Morris Graves Museum of Art, which presents mainly local artists, but also gives space to talents from around the world.
As we indicated, there are many interesting buildings in Eurec. Among the most striking is undoubtedly Carson Mansion. It is perhaps one of the most photographed homes in the United States. Take a look at the photos and you'll understand. The house, which at first glance is cut out from some fantastic book, was built in 1885 by wood-tycoon William Carson. Similarly photogenic is the villa just opposite, which is aptly called the Pink Lady. You will not be surprised that Carson Mansion is gratefully adopted by popular culture.
It is often a motif in various animations, posters, paintings or book covers. Carson Mansion replicas can also be found in theme parks or even in the form of a Disneyland clock tower. If the design of Carson Mansion reminds you a little of a haunted house, then you're right, the look of the building has indeed become a model for haunted houses.
The Kinetic Museum is one of the other interesting places in Eurec. The museum's exhibits consist of all sorts of moving machines in honor of Hobart Brown, who founded the Kinetic Grand Championship of Eureka over 50 years ago. This is a daily event that includes a 75-kilometer race, where competitors will deliver very original pieces of the various moving gadgets they race with.
At the southwest end of Eureka, give Fort Humboldt a chance to stand on a high cliff overlooking Humboldt Bay. The fortress was built in the mid-19th century to help neutralize tensions between the indigenous peoples and the influx of white settlers. The museum documents the lives of Indians who lived here for thousands of years. Similarly, sufficient space is devoted to the role of the fortress itself.
GPS: 40°48'13.3"N 124°10'01.3"W
Text: Maxim Kucer
Photos: Wikipedia.org: Robert Campbell, Cory Maylett, Jan Kronsell, Clinton Steeds, Nick
About 20 miles from Los Angeles is one of the most popular places in California that you may know from movies and series, Santa Monica. The main attraction of the city is, of course, the fantastic beach on the Pacific coast. However, the center is also interesting.
Today we will visit Fresno again. We will tell you where to go for culture, because perhaps there is no city more in favor of culture in the United States. After all, there are more than a hundred nationalities, making it perhaps the most ethnically diversified city in the US after the largest cities like, for instance, New York.
Less than a hundred kilometers north of the famous and popular San Francisco, lies a city of 150,000 inhabitants, famous for the North Bay region and the Napa and Sonoma wine regions.
Today we will visit sunny California again and look at one of the lesser known cities. Most of you will certainly think of metropolises like Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego or smaller cities like Santa Barbara, Fresno or Sacramento.
We probably all know the city of sin and gambling. The truth is, I've probably never visited a crazier city, but I'd definitely like to go back one day. If you can stare at an area with your mouth open unnoticed, it's in Las Vegas.
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Today we will travel through sunny California to the city of Los Angeles. The city of angels greeted us with gloomy weather, but that did not stop us from thoroughly inspecting it. After well-known places, such as Hollywood or the Walk of Fame, we also moved to explore its outskirts.
Lancaster is located approximately 70 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. The city lies on the western edge of the Mojave Desert in the beautiful Antelope Valley. It is probably best known for its seasonal poppy bloom, and the Antelope Valley is literally flooded with colors from March to May.
California is a home to new ideas and innovations. Did you know that here (in San Bernardino) the very first McDonald’s restaurant was opened?
The city's name sounds interesting, curiosity has not allowed us to miss what it means. The name originates neither in English nor in the native Native American Yokut and Miwok tribes, as is common throughout America but in Spanish. Fresno means ash because ash is the most common tree lining the San Joaquin River, which flows into the Gulf of Suisun.
Today we continue in our trip in California’s Capital – Sacramento. We are going to leave Chinatown to see the historical district of this city of half million.
In the east of California there is a place which boasts with the highest ever recorded air temperature. It happened in the summer of 193. The temperature attacked shocking 56,3 degrees of Celsius. Just remember how awful it was last summer when 35 degrees was daily temperature in Prague. Also, the highest ever night air temperature was recorded here – 43 °C.
California is the third largest state in the United States. It is the most populous and wealthiest. Almost forty million people live there. They produce 13% of American GDP, i.e. 2.1 trillion dollars (Czech GDP is around 210 billion).
Many Americans want to either live in California or start and build their career there. Was California an independent country, it would be one of the strongest economies in the world. Many innovative companies concentrate in the state (especially in the famous Silicon Valley). You can find here San Francisco – the city of which many songs were written. Americans love it not only for the Golden Gate Bridge but for its atmosphere and culture. There is also one of the most famous prison – Alcatraz.
Before we continue in our tour across super fast rollercoasters we tell you how much this fun costs. And sometimes it is even hard to believe what the park actually tries to sell its customers.
Last week we introduced you the most famous theme park in the world. It radically change the city of Anaheim. Once a sleepy Californian town became one of the most important cities in the state and revolutionized the entertainment industry.
Today we continue in our trip in world famous theme park. We are going to leave Main Street U.S.A. and see other parts of the park.
For the last time we visit the most famous theme park in the world and see what else visitors can experience there.
Today we head to sunny California and head to the San Joaquin Valley, which is located in the central area of the state.
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Great drought, desert landscape, high temperatures - we are in Death Valley national park. It is best to being at a visitor center - there you can get the most important information, map, good advice, and buy the much needed water. There are several visitor centers in the park.