Santa Catalina, one of California’s Channel Islands, lies southwest of Los Angeles. It is known for its wildlife, dive sites and Mt. Orizaba, its highest peak. The resort town of Two Harbors lies to the north. To the south, in the city of Avalon, palm trees and cabanas line Descanso Beach. Avalon’s circular, art deco Catalina Casino is a cultural center with a movie theater, ballroom and museum.
The favorite stomping grounds of John Muir, the Eastern Sierra is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the country – jagged peaks, glacial lakes, rushing rivers, and huge aspen groves. Home to Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, the oldest living things on the planet.
The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is home to the oldest trees in the world, Bristlecone Pines. Some of these living trees exceed 4000 years of age and exhibit spectacular growth forms of twisted and beautifully colored wood.
Devils Postpile National Monument is located near Mammoth Mountain in extreme northeastern Madera County in eastern California. The national monument protects Devil’s Postpile, an unusual rock formation of columnar basalt.
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is a federal military cemetery in the city of San Diego, California. It is located on the grounds of the former Army coastal artillery station Fort Rosecrans and is administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The cemetery is located approximately 10 miles west of Downtown San Diego, overlooking San Diego Bay and the city from one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Fort Rosecrans is named after William Starke Rosecrans, a Union general in the American Civil War. The cemetery was registered as California Historical Landmark #55 on December 6, 1932.