Escapes: Historic fun for Memorial Day
05/18/2014 12:00 AM
05/15/2014 11:17 AM
Historic train rides
Spend Memorial Day weekend riding a train through California’s scenic Gold Country. Railtown 1897 Historic State Park will offer its popular excursions all three days, with a local musician singing and playing banjo onboard. And on May 26 visitors can ride behind a vintage diesel locomotive.
Trips depart every hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 6-mile journey lasts approximately 45 minutes. Tickets are $15 general, $8 for ages 6 to 17 and free for younger children. 18115 Fifth Ave., Jamestown. For more information, call (209) 984-3953 or visit www.railtown1897.org.
What: Explore Carson City’s spooky history with the year’s first Ghost Walking Tour. Madame Curry will guide visitors through the city’s Victorian Era and tell paranormal tales.
When: 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Behind Firkin & Fox Pub, 310 S. Carson St., Carson City, Nev.
What: Saturday marks the opening of the seasonal tours of Lake Del Valle. Glide across the water while a guide shares tidbits about the creatures below as well as the surrounding land. Life jackets will be provided.
When: 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Labor Day
Where: Del Valle Regional Park, 7000 Del Valle Road, Livermore
What: The 36th annual, two-day, family-friendly festival transforms the Mission District into a Carnaval celebration with soccer, music, dance and cuisine from Latin America and the Caribbean. Don’t miss the dazzling, colorful Grand Parade next Sunday.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-next Sunday
Where: Harrison Street between 16th and 24th streets, San Francisco
What: At the Made in Tahoe Festival, visitors can shop for artisanal products, sample delicious food, listen to live music and view performance art.
When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday
Where: Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley
Memorial Day commemorative
What: Honor the country’s fallen during an outdoorsy weekend at Point Reyes National Seashore. After a ceremony at the historic cemetery, there’s an open house at the lifeboat station.
When: 2-5 p.m. May 26
Where: Historic Life-Saving Service Cemetery, 16484 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness
— Bee staff
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