Tired of the same old tourist traps? Take the road less traveled and discover the hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales other guidebooks just don’t offer. Off the Beaten Path® features the things you’d want to see—if only you knew about them! From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits, you’ll say over and over again: “I didn’t know that!”
Discover a different side of the northern portion of the Golden State. Follow the bloodstained trail of Sam Spade and other characters from The Maltese Falcon in San Francisco; overnight at a bed-and-breakfast located inside a working lighthouse on East Brother Island; or eat at a restaurant in Castroville that specializes in artichokes cooked two dozen different ways. So if you’ve “been there, done that” one too many times, get off the main road and venture Off the Beaten Path.
About the Author
Mark Williams is a freelance writer whose travel articles have appeared in numerous publications. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.
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Native Americans talk about "Sasquatch" and Tibetans have their "Abominable Snowman." Here in northwestern California powerful creatures of similar stature rule the wild Siskiyou and Kalmath Mountains between Willow Creek and Happy Camp. According to a scattering of unconfirmed reports, these "Bigfoot" creatures stand about 8 feet tall and weigh 500 pounds or more, with a light covering of body hair that easily distinguishes them from the furry brown bears common in the area. Those who claim to have spotted a Bigfoot, usually peeking through the trees or around rocks near a campsite, describe their high-ptched voices and wild, flaring nostrils.