Living Memorial Sculpture Garden on Highway 97

The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden is off Highway 97 in Northern California, and it is a unique area full of sculptures related to wars and the effects of wars. The garden is free to visit, and it is a fantastic stop on a road trip as it is a great way to stretch your legs walking around […]

9/11 Memorial Garden in Downtown Napa

While exploring Downtown Napa, one of the places I was surprised to find in the heart of the city was a beautifully crafted 9/11 Memorial Garden that featured actual steel from the Twin Towers. Established in 2013, and created by the Napa-based artist Gordon Huether, this is a peaceful place in the city to visit and […]

James Dean Memorial & Crash Site on Highway 46

Located 20 miles off Highway 101, heading out past the wineries of Paso Robles, is the unfortunate place where James Dean hit another car and died in a fatal car crash. As a beloved movie star even with only three films under his belt, this place is still a highly trafficked spot on the highway. […]

Wrigley Botanical Gardens & Memorial on Catalina Island

At the top of Avalon Canyon Road in Avalon is the 37 acres of gardens William Wrigley Jr created while he was on the island in the mid 1900’s. While many people complain that there is not a lot of diversity in the plants, there is a quiet beauty in the simplicity and style of the […]

Mt Soledad: Cross and Memorial Above La Jolla

When I heard about Mt Soledad from this guest post on my site I added it to my list to check out as I am found of crosses atop mountains like Mt Rubidoux and Grant Park. This cross even looks over the La Jolla coastline, which is one of my favorite beaches in California and it […]

Sid Goldstein Freedom Park: Vietnam Memorial

While small, this park is a beautiful dedication to those that lost their lives or were a prisoner of war in the Vietnam War and one of the only memorials I am aware of in Orange County. It has only been around for less than ten years and is a great place to reflect on the […]

War Dogs Memorial at March Air Force Base in Riverside, CA

On a recent trip to March Airforce Base I stumble upon the little gem known as the War Dog Memorial. I was completely unaware that this memorial existed but being a dog lover I figured I would check it out. The memorial itself is in a prominent place between the parking lot and the entry […]

Prisoner of War / Missing in Action Memorial in Riverside, CA

While at the March Field Air Museum I decided to drive five minutes west to the Riverside National Cemetery and see the National POW / MIA memorial that was put in there. This memorial spotlights a vital scar of war that is not often showcased, prisoners of war and those missing in action. It was dedicated by […]