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525 S Winchester Boulevard San Jose, CA 95128 (408) 247-2101 winchestermysteryhouse.com Description Rumored to be the most haunted mansion in the Bay Area, San Jose’s infamous Winchester Mystery House is both  home to ghouls galore and an architectural road map to…

Sacramento, CA 95815 oldsacramento.com Description Set at the meeting place of the Sacramento and American Rivers, Old Town Sacramento is a living monument to the Old West, with no shortage of charm. Founded in 1849, this 28-acre section of…

1100 Railroad Avenue Vallejo, CA 94592 (707) 557-1538 mareislandhpf.org Description It’s actually a peninsula more than an island, jutting off the coast alongside Vallejo bordered by the San Pablo Bay and the Napa River. It’s also the first United…

3080 Rio Road Carmel, California 93923 (831) 624-1271 carmelmission.org Description Properly known as the Mission San Carlos Borroméo del Río Carmelo (or the Mission of Saint Charles Borromeo of the Carmel River), this historic Mission is much more than just…

400 Beach Street Santa Cruz, California 95060 (831) 423-5590 beachboardwalk.com Description Take a stroll down the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and you’ll be bombarded by the sheer intensity of Americana. Those rollercoasters right along the sea coast? Classic. And the…

Stanford, CA 94305 (650)725-8352 hannahousetours.stanford.edu Description If we asked you to name just one famous architect in history, there’s a very good chance that the first name to come to your mind would be “Frank Lloyd Wright.” And the…

204 Santa Rosa Avenue Santa Rosa, California 95402 (707) 524-5445 lutherburbank.org Description Renowned horticulturalist Luther Burbank was a pioneer in the practice of botanical hybridization, introducing more than 800 varieties of plants. We have Burbank to thank for such…

Park Street Alameda, CA 94501 shopparkstreet.com Description A stroll down Park Street still gives one the sensation of being transplanted to the Main Street of historic small-town America. It was (not surprisingly) public transportation that spawned this lovely lane. With the late-19th-century…