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Connect more deeply with the rich heritage and cultural legacy of Northern California at National Historic Sites and National Monuments. Each unique attraction celebrates important moments, people, and places that add to the story of the American West. Tour San Francisco’s Fort Point National Historic Site to experience a well-preserved military fortress built for the Civil War. Its views of the Golden Gate Bridge are fantastic. Explore quirky formations of rocks in symmetrical columns at Devils Postpile National Monument near Mammoth Lakes.
Naturalist John Muir helped protect the California wilderness; you can visit his house at John Muir National Historic Site and his true home in the primeval forests of Muir Woods National Monument. See where Nobel Prize-winning plays were written at Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site. Manzanar National Historic Site is a poignant memorial to the thousands of Japanese Americans that were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II. Another moving WWII memorial is the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Monument, site of the worst stateside disaster of the war.