Jack London Historical Park in Glen Ellen, California, offers 1,400 acres of historical buildings, hiking trails, a museum, horseback riding, and more! Located about a 90-minute drive north of San Francisco, you can easily spend at least a half-day enjoying all that it offers. Read an article about it here: latimes.com/travel. Also check out this article about how park rangers rescued London’s memorabilia from the Northern California fire of October 2017: latimes.com/local/california.
Jack London named the vast property “Beauty Ranch” and wrote many of his later stories in “The Cottage” there, which is now open to visitors who can tour it and other buildings with the assistance of knowledgeable docents. The park is the only literary landmark listed on this website that includes a “piggery,” designed for prize-breeding hogs. Also be sure to see the author’s typewriter. The grave sites of Jack London and his wife are also on the property.
The Jack London Historical Park also offers visitors a memorabilia shop, which can be visited online before or after your trip.
Jack London’s Call of the Wild, one of his best-known works, is available for free online, along with many other books by the author at www.gutenberg.org. (Choose Browse Catalog to find it.)
This is the eighth stop on our Northern California Trail!