Bay Area Traveler (www.sfgate.com/travel): SF Gate, the online incarnation of San Francisco's Chronicle Publishing Co., delivers a solid travel site that goes far beyond newspaper reprints. You'll find everything from entertainment listings to a guide to 10 East Bay neighborhoods, while SF Gate's Bay Area Backroads (www.bayareabackroads.com) supplies stories and video from the popular television show of the same name.
Wild California (www.wildcalifornia.com): Aimed at outdoor-oriented Southern Californians who feel trapped in an angry hornet's nest, this self-described slow-tech production offers reviews, directions and tips for four secluded fishing and camping sites in the Eastern and Southern Sierra. In return, it implores readers to preserve these places and guard them like precious gems. All it takes is one rowdy bunch of drunken dirt-bikers to ruin a weekend of seclusion.
The Exploratorium (www.exploratorium.com): You'd expect one of the country's best-known science museums to produce a snazzy Web site, and San Francisco's Exploratorium doesn't disappoint. Order admission tickets, toys, books and gifts online, check out the weather, and get a cerebral workout with the site's interactive brain teasers.