This two-color travelerís companion features more than 130 of Californiaís best missions, mansions, and museums. In addition to insider information on many of the destinations, the guide features themed tours that will appeal to tourists and armchair travelers alike, history buffs, as well as teachers and parents. Explore a Russian fort, an island prison; the Westís version of Ellis Island; a U.S. Naval weapons development; presidential museums; quirky, human-powered vehicles; sailing ships and aircraft carriers; Californiaís gold mines; mansions built by some of the countryís richest entrepreneurs; the art of American, Asian, and European masters, and much more. Each of eight sections covers a separate geographic region. Every entry details the highlights of a particular place and includes operating hours, entrance fees, location, a phone number, and website information. Themed tours range from famous Californians, to lighthouses, ghost towns, and much more. This guidebook is a must-have for anyone interested in California's eclectic history.