The history of jacaranda trees dates back to the 1890s.
Juan Cabrillo's ship, San Salvador, arrived in San Diego Bay in 1542.
The U.S. Navy's Sea Shadow was built in 1984 to test new naval technologies.
Huell traces the history of the S.S. Catalina, which carried 24 million passengers to and from Catalina Island from 1924 to 1975.
The Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential yacht, the U.S.S. Potomac.
Clifton's Cafeteria; beauty salon; Sunset Plaza.
Huell's favorite segments about animals.
Some of the unique eateries in Los Angeles.
A driving tour of Kern County includes gold mines, a feline breeding compound and the town of Boron, Calif.
The Nethercutt Collection and Museum in Sylmar, Calif.
The U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, formerly the First Interstate Bank World Center, has 73 floors above ground.
National Doughnut Day is the first Friday in June.
The Oasis Camel Dairy produces camel milk products.
The 1997 Basset Hound Picnic.
The Washington Nugget, the largest verifiable California gold nugget in existence, is featured at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo.
The Idyllwild Lemon Lily Festival.
Krüegermann Pickles and Sauerkraut in Los Angeles.
The French Garden in Los Angeles; with Ann Rutherford and Anne Jeffreys.
A house in Old Town Santa Barbara, Calif., sits on a 20x20-foot lot.
Pig ears are used in different cultures across Southern California.
Carole Anne Kaufman, two-time World Champion Musical Whistler.
Living museum contains more than 21,000 bunny collectibles.
A watch convention in Pasadena, Calif.
The Southern California Pen Collectors Club; antique writing instruments.
Animal Acres cares for neglected and abused farm animals; with Shelley Morrison.
Iranian New Year celebration.
Annual event celebrates roasted New Mexican green chilies.
George Stanley, co-creator of the Oscar statuette distributed to winners at the Academy Awards.
West Coast Turf installs grass at Los Angeles Angels stadium and other venues.
The 184-foot flagpole at Calipatria, Calif., flies at sea level; flagpole at Livermore, Calif., is being carved into wooden chotchkies including smaller flags.
The 13th annual Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway celebrates the migration of waterfowl into the Northern Sacramento Valley.
Sturgeon's Mill is one of the few remaining steam-powered saw mills in the U.S.
Dryden Flight Research Center, in Edwards, is NASA's primary center for atmospheric testing and operations.
The town of Taft presents Oildorado Days, a celebration including a contest of oil-field skills, queen pageant, and petroleum -industry trade show.
Huell Howser sings "California, Here I Come."
Restoration of the Cape Mendocino Lighthouse.
The restored Catalina Casino on Santa Catalina Island retains its original romantic style.
Built in 1933, Coit Tower on San Francisco's Telegraph Hill.
Land sailing at Mojave Desert's El Mirage Dry Lake.
Seeds are processed into jojoba oil at a farm near Joshua Tree, Calif.
The desert outpost Chiriaco Summit, located 30 miles east of Indio, celebrates its 75th anniversary.
The Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle is fed by mountain water and is surrounded by ancient Roman-style columns and statues.
Two replicas of the Golden Gate Bridge include the walkway to the Point Bonita Lighthouse and the Guy West Footbridge.
A ride aboard the tall ship Californian at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
Touring the gardens of Hearst Castle.
A ride in an amphibious car at Lake Castaic.
History of the Fresnel lens at the Point Fermin Lighthouse.
Hiking up to Conness Glacier, east of the Sierra Nevada crest.
A small family farm and the largest Hmong farm in Fresno County.
The Upside Down House is considered to be Mono County's first man-made tourist attraction; Livermore Fire Department.
The privately owned Timbuctoo; the town Smartsville, at one time, was known as Smartville.
A visit to Occidental College in Eagle Rock traces two years that president-elect Barack Obama spent there as an undergraduate.
White sea bass at the Hubbs Research Institute.
The 26th annual Pear Fair in Courtland featuring the Delta pear includes pear ice cream and pear vinegar.
Tustin's World War II blimp hangers; Tustin Museum.
Rock art at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.
The ancient art of Hoshigaki, the drying of persimmons, at Otow Orchard in Granite Bay, Calif.
Balboa Island Ferry provides continuous service between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula; an evening cruise aboard the Wild Goose.
Efforts continue to keep the Upper Newport Bay green.
Costa Mesa has grown from a bean field into a state-of-the-art performance center.
The Central Garden lies at the heart of the Getty Center.
Sacramento's Sutter's Fort.
Wildflowers and turkey vultures abound at the Kern River Preserve.
A 42-acre oilfield in Long Beach, Calif., contains 175-foot-high drilling towers and 1,100 wells.
Huell Howser looks at Ansel Adams' "forgotten photographs" and meets his son, Michael.
Huntington Central Park spans 350 acres and includes a nature center, Frisbee golf course, equestrian center and fish stoked lakes.
A four-acre working farm, Centennial Farm is home to fruit and vegetable gardens, livestock and the Millennium Barn.
The Pacific Asia Museum is dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Renovation of the Victorian-style home built in Bakersfield, Calif., in 1909.
The search for tree seeds scattered across the world after Apollo 14's 1971 mission.
Huell Travels to Norco and tours the Norconian Resort.
The resting places for Toto from "The Wizard of Oz," Old Blue, Arnold the pig from "Green Acres," Benji and Pete from "Our Gang."
An amazing human history is told through some of the many buildings that dot the valley floor.
The historic Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.
Skimboarding at Laguna Beach.
An urchin-diving adventure off the Channel Islands.
Arabian horse ranch.
Beale's Cut and Groveland.
The Monterey Custom House; the tallest bridge in California; the community of Cool.
Trout drop from an airplane into high mountain lakes.
A train ride to Tecate, Mexico, for a tour of a beer factory and the historical plaza area.
Visits to Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center and the California State Railroad Museum provide details about the lost spike of the Transcontinental Railroad.
The steamer CPRR Solano, 424 feet by 116 feet, ferries trains and passengers between Port Costa and Benicia during the years 1879 to 1930.
Frank Caglia buys the Warnors Theatre in Fresno in 1973 and restores it and its pipe organ to their former luster.
Noriega's Basque restaurant in Bakersfield.
Buttonwillow, the self-proclaimed "Cotton Capital of California."
A 49er RV park; an air museum; Eureka.
Exploring the sea caves at Santa Cruz Island by kayak.
The Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown.
A trip to Eureka with members of the Yurok tribe.
Building ships in a bottle at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
A Hollywood costume designer explains how California culture influences what people wear to the shore.
Tide pools at the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego.
Mary Kageyama Nomura sang at the Manzanar War Relocation Center during World War II.
The logging town of Scotia played a vital role in modern forestry development.
Columbian mammoths at the George C. Page Museum in Los Angeles and the Sonoma Coast State Beach.
The 31st Griffith Park Sidecar Rally.
Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park features the Tree Circus.
Following the "Redwood Route" of the Skunk Train, which began as a logging train transporting lumber to the Mendocino Coast.
Photographer Eadweard Muybridge captures animals in motion.
The Fort MacArthur Museum in San Pedro and the Los Angeles air raid of February 1942.
Chicago millionaire William Wrigley brought excitement to the Catalina Islnad with his Chicago Cubs baseball team.
The mysterious cave in the mountain community called Volcano in Amador County.
The centennial celebration of Col. Charles Young's tenure as superintendent at Sequoia National Park.
Classic teardrop trailers which sleep two and have built-in kitchens.
The site of Walt Disney's model trains control center; the Octagon Barn in San Luis Obispo.
Beach rituals; abalone barbecue; surfing lessons.
Two trees in Monterey, including the Lone Cypress, a 200-300-year-old tree which stands alone.
The Filipino heritage of Little Manila in Stockton.
The stone structure of the Desert View Tower honors the pioneers who struggled across the desert.
Yosemite National Park's Tuolumne Meadows.
Naturalist and conservationist John Muir founded the Sierra Club in 1892 to protect Yosemite National Park.
Harvest participants use vintage farming equipment and techniques.
How the famous clams helped create the classic California beach town.
A visit to the Ettore Corporation in Oakland to learn about squeegees developed in 1936.
California life seen through quilts covering over 100 years of history.
The McRoskey Airflex Mattress Company in San Francisco, which has been in business since 1899.
Manzanar War Relocation Center, one of ten camps where Japanese-American citizens were interned during World War II.
Nitt Witt Ridge in Cambria Pines, a folk art home built from cement and objects such as bottle caps and toilet seats.
Sacramento River watershed; the Turtle Bay Museum; Turtle Bay Exploration Park.
Re-creating the Corona Road Races with vintage cars and someone who had attended the 1916 race.
San Francisco Bay steam ferryboat; San Diego Maritime Museum; Fox Theatre organ.
A tour of Drawbridge Island which is located at the southern end of San Francisco Bay.
State's firefighting history; fire engines.
Huell visits the former home of Erle Stanley Gardner accompanied by a longtime ranch manager, one of Gardner's secretaries and Gardner's widow, Jean.
The site of the World War II anti-submarine net designed to keep the Japanese submarines out of San Francisco.
Sequoia National Forest's Buck Rock Fire Lookout, one of the first fire detection locations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The home and gardens of Polish stage actress Helena Modjeska.
The Hobby City Doll and Toy Museum's half-scale replica of the White House; the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Large trees; Moreton Bay fig; California live oak; General Grant.
San Francisco's Golden Gate Park has a Dutch windmill.
Considered to be the world's largest free-standing boulder, Giant Rock was the site of numerous UFO conventions.
Golden State Bonsai Collection; the Social Saloon of the SS China.
Fort Bragg beach; glass; Patricks Point State Park; agates.
Natural pools near Sacramento.
Tour of the Will Rogers State Historic Park.
Zamboni; ice cleaning.
The world's largest collection of 1930s American Austin cars; miniature movie cars used to replicate crashes.
Touring the pyramid-shaped Transamerica building, an easily identifiable landmark along the San Francisco skyline.
The exhibits at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, whose structure was based on the Temple of Amon at Karnak.
Taking a ride with Bruce Meyers, inventor of the Dune Buggy.
Taking a trip to the Anderson Marsh State Historic Park, located at the southeast end of Clear Lake.
William Ide becomes president of California after the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846; self-proclaimed emperor.
The monarch butterfly overwintering site at Pismo State Beach, the largest in the world.
Walking along, and then under, Lake Arrowhead, through manmade tunnels to help irrigate the San Bernadino area.
Items on display at the California State Library, including a 17th-century map and the state's first newspaper.
The importance the poultry industry played in development of the town of Petaluma.
San Francisco's few remaining cemeteries.
Julie Nixon Eisenhower leads a tour of the farm where her father was born and raised.
Soaking in the hot creeks of the Inyo National Forest, located in the eastern Sierra Madre Mountains.
Public and private lands that featuring bubbling mudpots; the work of mudpot photographer Jack Hobart.
Bird Rock, near Santa Catalina Island.
The Point Sur Lighthouse, the last turn-of-the century lighthouse still operating in California.
Two 19th-century theaters, one in Monterey and the other in Sacramento, that continue to operate to this this day.
The history of the nearly extinct abalone, from its place in American Indian culture to Japanese fishing efforts.
A massive natural rock formation resembles a towering cathedral pipe organ.
The 12-acre flag comprised of red, white and blue flowers that was Lompoc's way of supporting the war effort in 1942.
The 75th anniversary cruise of Flying Fish Tours.
Wine history; winery; vineyards.
Efforts to restore Muscle Beach to its original glory.
The construction of the San Diego & Arizona Railway between 1907-1912; a 1932 Model A railbus; the abandoned Goat Canyon Trestle.
The revitalized Tulare Lake, once choked off by farmers in the 1930s; remember California's northern gold rush.
Surfing at San Onofre Beach in San Diego County.
A tour of the Kaiser Shipyard, instrumental in building warships during World War II.
The tunnels and caves of Alcatraz Island.
The Cargill Salt Co. in San Francisco has produced salt since the gold rush.
A chat with the people who built the historic Shasta Dam.
A visit to the ritzy Arrowhead Spring Hotel, a favorite with Hollywood celebrities for its hidden caves and hot water baths.
Citrus triggers massive migration.
The Borax pits; the JPL Deep Space Network radio telescope; a wind farm located near Palm Springs.
A visit to the See's Candy Company and the oldest See's Candy store still in operation.
A visit to a former thriving community where hundreds came in search of opportunities on ranches and railroads.
Pan American's Treasure Island terminal was home to the "Clipper" fleet of planes in the 1930s.
The famous Mississippi River steamboat was actually built in California in the late 1920s.
The rich cultural heritage and farm land of the town of Guadalupe, located in the Santa Maria Valley.
Huell Howser takes a ride with the world famous Blue Angels who winter at El Centro's Naval Air Facility.
The small Sierra foothills town where gold was discovered in the 1840s, leading to the California Gold Rush.
History buffs re-create Juan Rodiquez Cabrillo's landing on San Miguel island in 1542.
A historic look back at winter, from the way ice was harvested a century ago to the purpose of giant snow sheds.
Touring the Vandenberg Air Force base, site of the first satellite launch in California.
Visits to a field of marigolds, an ostrich farm and a two-story outhouse.
Making wind for the movies and for aerodynamic testing; the windy Point Reyes National Seashore.
Huell Howser travels to Bishop for the annual festival that celebrates the talents of mules.
Miners in 1859 discovered a 54-pound gold nugget, inspiring the annual Gold Nugget Days Celebration.
Unusual sights in the agricultural town of Niland and the informal community known as Slab City.
The preserved and restored wooden boats of Lake Tahoe at the 24th Annual Concours d' Elegance.
Two great feats of engineering within the Mount San Jacinto Mountains, including the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
Visit Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay on Fannette Island, Humbolt Bay and the Mojave.
Host Huell Howser visits the U.S. National Handcar Race at the State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento.
A community established around first mine opened in California in 1845, the New Almaden Mine.
San Francisco's Japanese Tea Garden; The Midwinter International Exposition of 1894; landscape designer M. Hagiwara.
The natural wonders and history of Santa Rosa Island off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif.
A visit to San Juan Bautista in San Benito County, a historic "Old California" town.
Catalina Island; buffalo; Fort Tejon State Historic Park; camels.
Edwards Air Force Base; the Mojave Desert; speed trials course for auto racers.
Historic homes; the Governor's Mansion; an old hermit's cabin.
Visiting Yosemite National Park, where park employees continue a 100-year-old summer tradition.
A visit to Suisun Bay, where hundreds of ships are kept as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet.
A rare tour of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard and interviews with former workers.
The first spot where gold was discovered, the first commercial oil well and the first national transmission of electricity.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; Los Angeles Swimming Arena; the Sutro Baths; Fleishhacker Pool.
The now-abandoned St. George Reef Lighthouse, eight miles off the Northern California Coast.
The small town of McCloud; historic buildings; square dance; McCloud River Railroad.
Touring the landmark Folsom Prison, including the chapel, China Hill and the prison graveyard.
Revisiting the famous California Zephyr train that ran between Oakland and Chicago for two decades.
The Midway-Sunset Field; Lakeview Gusher; Mobil Oil facilities.
Touring several towns claiming to be the geographical center of the state.
Touring Walter Scott's famous castle located in the desert of Death Valley.
Death Valley is host to a variety of living things, including pupfish and miniature wildflowers.
The preserved dinosaurs of the La Brea Tar Pits; relics from the early European settlement at the Presidio.
A Vietnamese refugee camp; the Sherman Indian High School and Museum.
The Graber family olive orchards of the San Joaquin Valley; Orange County's Knott's Berry Farm.
A tour of the Tustin blimp hangars; quonset huts at Port Hueneme and Camp Pendleton.
The historic "Weedpatch Camp," a federal labor and living facility for migrant farm workers during the Depression.
Ways that Californians keep cool in the deserts, including "desert submarines" in Indio.
Two unique outdoor theaters: Balboa Park in San Diego and the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach.
Underwater kelp forests are explored, from Monterey Bay to San Diego.
The story of horticulturist Baldasare Forestiere's "Underground Gardens"; "Burro" Schmidt's tunnel through Copper Mountain.
Park ranger Beth Fulsom leads a tour of Santa Barbara Island.
San Luis Obispo celebrates the arrival of the first steam train.
A floral tour visits Daffodil Hill, Carlsbad Ranch and the poppy reserve.
Providence Mountains Recreation Area; Indian Grinding Rock Historic Park.
Visits to the Catalina Island pigeon courier service and the 29 Palms Air Academy.
Studebaker and Levi Strauss & Co. during the California gold rush.
Jack London was one of the most successful novelists of his day.
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park; Old Faithful.
A visit to America's sole remaining manufacturer of decorative architectural terra cotta in Lincoln, Calif.
The White Mountains; mule-trekking in Yosemite.
A historic, two-lane road cuts through the Mojave Desert.
German floating crane; 1942 attack on Ellwood's oil fields.
A park ranger leads a tour of Angel Island.
A close look at the Golden Gate Bridge.
The history of mariachi music.
A tour of Capitol Park.
Joshua Tree National Monument.
Annual Catalina Ski Race; San Nicolas Island.
Arabian horse center; history of the pony express.
Huell Howser visits the towns of Guadalupe in Santa Barbara County and Alleghany in Sierra County.
Los Angeles' Japanese-American community, festivities and exhibits.
Mono Lake, one of America's oldest and most beautiful lakes, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada range.
A tour of Bodie, Calif., an authentic ghost town in the Eastern Sierra Mountains.
Two unique examples of nocturnal California wildlife on Carrizo Plain and Cabrillo Beach.
Huell Howser attends an annual jubilee at the Allensworth State Historic Park and visits Kernville.
Huell Howser visits the Bayliss Branch Library, the Twentynine Palms old schoolhouse and the Apple Pan diner.
Bok Kai Festival; tribute to Abe Lincoln; Sierra Madre wisteria.
The Mennonite Quilt Center and other stops in the historic farming community of Reedley in Fresno County.
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans sing; Herb Jeffries; 17th annual Black Cowboy Parade in Oakland.
Honda Point ("Devil's Jaw"); La Purisima Mission.
A preserved wooden plank road in El Centro; Camp Lockett mounted Army unit reunion.
Columbia's Poison Oak Show; the first suspension bridge west of the Mississippi River.
A trip to the "lost Sierras," and a visit to the Mountain Messenger, California's oldest weekly newspaper.
Redwood National Park; Morro Rock on the central coast; the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.
A traditional Yurok canoe; a concrete boat near Seacliff Beach; a lightship.
Host Huell Howser rides a restored steam locomotive and visits Railfair in Sacramento.
Three traditions that form part of the Golden State's history and folklore.
The Sacramento River town of Locke; a San Diego County antique tractor show and threshing bee.
Searching for the buried bridge on the UCLA campus and a grapefruit tree in Little Tokyo.
The boardwalk at Santa Cruz; the Surfing Museum; the inventor of the wetsuit.
A visit to Tule Lake near the Oregon border; Calexico's Mexican-American heritage.
Watts Towers; San Francisco; sourdough bread.
The world's first motel in San Luis Obispo; a former stagecoach stop; the Oceano dunes.
The state's official tall sailing ship; Fort Ross State Park contains a fort established by Russians.
A group of rocks 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco makes up the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge.
In 1892, naturalist John Muir founds the Sierra Club to protect the newly created Yosemite National Park.
Mud pots; Leonard Knight, creator of Salvation Mountain.
Southern California Edison's Big Creek, an engineering work of art completed in 1929.
How Mono Lake has changed over the past 15 years, including its tufa towers and migratory birds.
A cruise aboard the Tule Queen travels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Two aircraft carriers that now serve as museums are the USS Midway in San Diego and the USS Hornet in Alameda, Calif.
The small town of Wasco, Calif., harvests and packages, then ships roses and rose bushes all over the country.
The history of the HOLLYWOOD sign, from 1923 to the present, includes its reconstruction in 1978.
The Reagan ranch in Santa Barbara County.
People care for University of Southern California mascot Traveler, a white horse.
A visual tour of Death Valley features its seasonal flowers.
The Kings Highway quickly becomes Old California's first superhighway, connecting the territory's 21 missions.
Tuba players perform traditional holiday songs.
Devastating wildfires destroy a community's holiday star.
Libraries throughout the state gather family photos from the public for a California State Library collection.
The production line of C-17 transports at the Boeing plant.
A 16.5-mile hike ending in a climb to the summit of Half Dome, reaching 8,842 feet.
Conservationist John Muir; Yosemite Falls.
Reconstructed Ahwaneechee Indian village.
The Yosemite Pioneer History Center and what it was like in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Huell Howser visits Quartzite, Ariz.
Huell Howser visits two families that create nacimientos, or Nativity scenes, each year.
A gourd full of water from a lake on the side of Mount Whitney is taken to a lake in Death Valley to recreate the 1937 celebration of a new road opening.
The 152nd anniversary of the discovery of gold in California.
How German immigrant Albert Ecke's love of the wild poinsettia lead to its becoming a symbol of the holiday season.
Host Huell Howser visits L.A.'s Japanese American National Museum for a firsthand look at many remarkable home movies.
"Theme" building; Grand Central Market; buried bridge.
The Cornish Carol Choir sings holiday tunes inside a gold mine.
A visit with California's 36th governor, Pete Wilson, as he prepares his inaugural speech.
Four successful schools in the state.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the California Special Olympics.
Tour of Frank Sinatra's home in Palm Springs, Calif.
The Colorado River Aqueduct.
State flower; the Sierras; bristlecone pine; Yosemite National Park.
Paul Ecke; his son Paul started selling some of the wild poinsettia plants that grew in the hills above their stall; it is now estimated that over 90 of all flowering poinsettias get their start at the Paul Ecke Ranch.
Founded in 1948, In-N-Out Burger is a family-owned business operating in four states; In-N-Out University; BTV.
The history of the seaside town Laguna, from a marine mammal rescue to a historic lifeguard station.
The historic mining town of Randsburg.
Host Huell Howser visits L.A.'s Japanese American National Museum for a firsthand look at many remarkable home movies.
Lost Sierras; Downieville; La Porte; Mountain Messenger.
Dunites; "world's oldest motel"; a saloon.
Indian bird songs; threshing bee; antique engines.