Nitt Witt Ridge: The Poor Man's Hearst Castle
Today, we hit the road to uncover a few of California's hidden gems. On the central coast in the town of Cambria, just a few miles from San Simeon, there's a place called Nitt Witt Ridge. Some locals call it "the poor man's Hearst Castle," but it?s every bit as fascinating. We stop by to discover this little-known California historical landmark, and the man who brought it to life.
Burnt Almond Cake, a San Jose Specialty, Remains a Mystery
If you grew up in San Jose, or even nearby, you've probably eaten a slice of burnt almond cake at a birthday or a graduation party. It's not that people don't eat this fluffy delight elsewhere, but in San Jose it's a local specialty.
LAPD Museum Houses History of City's Dark Side
On one end of York Blvd. in the trendy, northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park, you'll find record stores, cafes and hipster boutiques. On the other end you'll find the Los Angeles Police Museum. This collection of all things LAPD lives in the city's last surviving 1920s station house -- and it offers a visceral glimpse into the city's cops and crooks, real and imagined.
San Francisco Museum Archives Social Activism
We visit a hidden gem where the past is passed along, in the hopes of shaping a better future. The Freedom Archives in San Francisco's Mission District collects images and words of social activists from vinyl, tape and film, and then they restore, digitize and preserve them.
L.A.'s Bradbury Building Still Dazzles Visitors, Filmmakers
In downtown Los Angeles, there's a building many of us first saw in the classic 1982 sci-fi film "Blade Runner." Director Ridley Scott filled The Bradbury Building with neon and smoke. It's been a popular filming location for half a century, and it remains a must-see stop for tourists and architecture buffs.