Follow Jack London’s footsteps through Oakland, Berkeley, and Sonoma County. Legendary author Jack London was known for setting his novels in places as far-flung and foreign as the Yukon Territory and the High Seas. But London’s formative years — and his final years, as well — were all spent in Northern California.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, London left California in his teens and found the kind of adventurous work that would later provide fodder for his writing.
He worked on sailing ships, sought his fortune in the Canadian Gold Rush, and eventually returned to Northern California. London would spend much of the rest of his life here, attending a year of college in Berkeley, and eventually settling down permanently in the small Sonoma County town of Glen Ellen.
Nearly 100 years after London’s death, his fans still find it easy to visit sites that played important roles throughout the author’s life. On this three-day itinerary, we’re following London’s footsteps through the three cities that shaped the course of his life.