Promotional documentary titled 'By The Way of Panama - California The Golden'. Describes views of California to be seen on a cruise from New York, via Panama. The sea shores of California with rocks and sand. A passenger ship sailing in the harbor of San Diego. Views of the San Diego Harbor. The ship, called the "Pennsylvania" reaches harbor of Los Angeles. The buildings and streets of the city of Los Angeles. A Hollywood film studio with shooting underway. Luxury homes of LA. The ship moves on to San Francisco. The harbor of San Francisco including Alcatraz Island in background. Views of the surroundings from a high ridge in San Francisco.
U.S. Army trucks of the 1919 motor transport convoy drive past a moving trolley car on a street in Oakland, California. Spectators gather along side of street at ferry slip to watch as convoy trucks board a ferry boat for trip to San Francisco. Several men watch from upper deck of the ferry. A boy with a bicycle watches from beside a fence. View from upper deck of the ferry boat, of trucks driving aboard. A line of civilian cars sits to the side as the army vehicles drive aboard. View from the ferry boat underway in San Francisco harbor. Next, the convoy is seen driving along street in San Francisco, on September 7, 1919. The Mayor of San Francisco, James Rolph Jr., conversing with officers of the convoy, as they stand on a flag wrapped stand during a formal greeting ceremony. More views of convoy trucks in the city and lined up on hill overlooking San Francisco Bay.
People pay tribute to gallant fighting ship 'USS San Francisco' (CA-38) eight years after the Battle of Guadacanal. A large crowd gathered at the ceremony to honor USS San Francisco named after the city. Survivors and next of kin who died in the Battle present. A plaque commemorating the Battle is unveiled. Men, women and children take a look at the shell torn ship. The bell and bridge of the ship. Naval officers at the ceremony. Planes fly by in honor of the ship. Sailor salutes. The United States flag at half mast.
Brief shots of Grand Canyon, speed boats, Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center, Sea World killer whale, rodeo cowboy, woman skiing, snow capped mountains, and Disney castle. Map of North America highlights California and Nevada. Postcard pictures of people and places in California and Nevada. Los Angeles skyline. Neon sign "Coors California." Car hop drive in diner with classic muscle cars and motorcycles. Shot looking upward from moving vehicle of palm trees lining street. The famous Hollywood sign. Several stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Universal Studios park shows tourists with Jaws mechanical shark and moving shooting demonstrations. Rolls Royce on Rodeo Drive and shopping with storefronts of Cartier, Elizabeth Arden, Gucci. Aerial view of Santa Monica pier. Man surfing in waves and woman in bikini playing volleyball. Controls of boom box radio and young man break dance performer shows a breakdance routine. Roller skaters performing stunts and dancing on roller skates. Hotdog vendor. Tall swings with two performers. Golden Gate Bridge, Painted Ladies homes, TransAmerica Building in San Francisco. Street Car or Cable car operating shows conductor and controls at work. San Francisco street scenes with pedestrians and automobiles. San Francisco pier. Slicing sour dough bread and steaming dungeness crabs. Yosemite National Park with people boarding shuttle bus and watching waterfall. Hoover Dam and Lake Meade. Boats on Lake Meade. Las Vegas sites including Flamingo, Stardust, and Dunes casinos. People gambling at the Las Vegas Club. Neon lights of casinos. Slot machines and table games like craps and blackjack. A Las Vegas nightclub show with dancers. Woman relaxing on a raft in a pool at a hotel.
POV aerial view of San Francisco harbor through airplane window. Fishing boats anchored in harbor. POV view of San Francisco from ship. Chinatown in San Francisco. Cable car moved on turntable in front of The Owl Drug Co. POV going down hill in San Francisco in cable car. POV looking out front of passenger bus going over the Golden Gate Bridge. Greyhound bus emerging from tunnel. Greyhound bus driving on U.S. 101 on the 'Redwood Highway' Couple stares upwards at giant redwoods. The 'World Famous Tree House' in Piercy, California.
Homecoming of the USS Valley Forge (CV-45) in San Diego, California. Wives of the sailors wave as USS prepares to tie up at quay wall. Mayor of San Diego Joshua H. Bean speaks. Consul of Sweden, Waldo Homburg speaks. Consul of Norway speaks. Flags of both those nations and State flag of California are seen. Vice Admiral Sprague speaks. Miss California stand with flowers and waves. Spectators in the background. A band plays. (Presence of the Scandinavian representatives may be related to the cooperation of USS Valley Forge and other U.S. Naval vessels, during production of the motion picture "Windjammer" about the voyage of the Norwegian training vessel, Christian Radich.) Note: Korean war demands required the USS Valley Forge to resupply and sail again on December 6, 1950.