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California Coast (#110)

Experience Big Sur's dramatic mountain summits and travel down to the spectacular shoreline. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: OPENROAD WITH DOUG MCCONNELL explores the beauty and folklore of the American West - from Alaska to Mexico and the Rockies to Hawaii. Journalist, environmentalist and fourth-generation Westerner Doug McConnell embarks on a host of exciting adventures, including cohabiting with wild Alaskan brown bears at the McNeil River Preserve and sightseeing in the iconic Monument Valley. Through McConnell's journeys of discovery, viewers come to know and appreciate the West's grand landscapes, fascinating cities and poignant historic sites like true insiders. Each episode begins with an extended survey of a travel destination before delving into "The Best of the West" segment, which highlights the most intriguing road trips, beaches, roadside attractions, small towns and more. After presenting fun facts about the West and dropping clues for the geography quiz segment, McConnell visits an artist, scientist or actor considered a "Legend of the West. "

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  • Exploring The West (#101)

    Doug finds Brown Bears in the McNeil River Preserve and kayaks with whales in Glacier Bay Alaska. [26 minutes]

  • Hawaii Volcanoes and Midway (#102)

    Experience a lava gathering expedition on the Kilauea volcano and wildlife on the island of Midway. [26 minutes]

  • Half Dome and Evergreen Lodge (#103)

    Explores attractions on the northwest side of Yosemite Park and sea critters in underwater Hawaii. [26 minutes]

  • Alcatraz and Chinatown (#104)

    Explore San Francisco's Chinatown with guide Martin Yan and visit infamous island prison at night. [26 minutes]

  • Catalina (#105)

    Discover the history, nature and potential for adventure on this island off the California coast. [26 minutes]

  • Southwest (#106)

    Doug explores the slot canyons of Utah's Zion National Park and uncovers the history of Hoover Dam. [26 minutes]

  • Northwest (#107)

    A British Columbian rafting trip is featured. Residents recount the explosion of Mt. St. Helens. [26 minutes]

  • Dalton Highway (#108)

    Towns are visited on Doug's way to the Arctic Ocean including a village in Alaska's Brooks Range. [26 minutes]

  • Manta Ray Drive (#109)

    Dive with Manta Rays and Holua sled into nature on the grassy slopes of Hawaii's Parker Ranch. [26 minutes]

  • Surprising California (#111)

    Highlights include Clear Lake and the surrounding wine country and Lassen Volcanic National Park. [26 minutes]

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