- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit Contra Costa
Mostly east of the Oakland Hills that border the East Bay, Contra Costa County maintains a very separate culture and lifestyle than its Bay Area neighbors. The area is mostly residential -- although many San Francisco businesses have moved here to avoid high city taxes -- and affluent, and consequently considerably more conservative (by Bay Area standards). The same hills that keep much of Contra Costa culturally isolated also keep it protected climatically; the area is usually 10-20°F warmer than the Bay.
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
America's only Nobel Prize winning playwright, Eugene O'Neill, chose to live in Northern California at the climax of his writing career. Isolated from the world and within the walls of his home, O'Neill wrote his final and most memorable plays; The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten. Reservations are required to visit this site.
John Muir National Historic Site
John Muir National Historic Site preserves the Victorian home of the noted author and preservationist. Surrounded by almost 9 acres of fruit orchards and 326 acres of oak woodland, the site today is just a small piece of the original 2,600 acre ranch. The United States is forever indebted to the "Father of the National Park Service" for helping to preserve this countries greatest treasures.
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
Concord Naval Weapons Station - At Port Chicago Naval Magazine, 320 men were instantly killed when the munitions ships they were loading with ammunition for the Pacific theatre troops mysteriously exploded.
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, located in the wartime boomtown of Richmond, preserves and interprets the stories and places of our nation's home front response to World War II.