Best of California's Missions, Mansions, and Museums: A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Golden State's Historic and Cultural Treasures

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Wilderness Press, 2006 - Travel - 344 pages
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This two-color traveler's companion features more than 130 of California's 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 West's version of Ellis Island; a U.S. Naval weapons development site; presidential museums; quirky, human-powered vehicles; sailing ships and aircraft carriers; California's gold mines; mansions built by some of the country's richest entrepreneurs; the art of American, Asian, and European masters; and much more. Each of the 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. Authors Ken and Dahlynn McKowen have 40-plus years of writing, editing, marketing, and publication experience between them, with more than 2,000 articles, stories, and photographs in print. They are authors or coauthors of Chicken Soup for the Fisherman's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul, and the Highroad Guide to the California Coast.

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Dahlynn McKowen and her husband, Ken McKowen who wrote The Highroad Guide to the California Coast are the coauthors of Chicken Soup for the Fisherman's Soul and the award-winning Best of California's Missions, Mansions, and Museums. The two are owners of Publishing Syndicate, a writing, editing, and ghostwriting company that caters to publishers and high-profile clients (

Dahlynn McKowen is a founder of Two Writers' Ink, a publishing consulting firm. At forty-three, she is experiencing her subject matter firsthand: hot flashes, decreasing eye sight and mental lapses.

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