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


Ghost walk

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.

Cost: $15-$20



Boat tour

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

Cost: $3-$5




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

Cost: Free



Craft festival

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

Cost: Free



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

Cost: Free


— Bee staff


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