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Las Vegas: $1 million at stake in Monster Energy Cup's supercross showdown

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

The really big wheels will compete for really big bucks when supercross stars compete for $1 million in Las Vegas next month.

The Monster Energy Cup (which sounds more like a high-octane drink than a competition) is being billed as the indoor motorcycle sport’s biggest potential payout.

Races are...

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North to Alaska for $238 round trip on Delta

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Bored with winter temperatures in the 80s? This airfare to Anchorage might be just the ticket: For $238, including all taxes and fees, you can fly round trip from LAX on Delta to a place where the warmest temperature recorded in January this year was 45 degrees, according to Weather.com.

The fare,...

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National park photo ops: In this Yosemite meadow and beyond, look for reflections

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:00 PDT

In Yosemite National Park, the ponds in Cook’s Meadow are great natural surfaces that reflect the surroundings in the Yosemite Valley. I always try to visit in May to see the dogwood blossoms, the green grasses in meadows, and the water. Get down really low to the water and use a tripod, cable...

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Kissinger, Schwarzenegger to appear at Oct. 14 reopening of Nixon Presidential Library

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:20:00 PDT

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will turn out Oct. 14 for the reopening of the newly renovated Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda.

The 26-year-old library received a $15-million upgrade and a major rethink about...

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Nancy Silverton, Sang Yoon cook with Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong for sixth Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles and Sang Yoon of Lukshon in Culver City are among the featured talent at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival on the islands of Hawaii, Maui and Oahu next month.

Six years after famed chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong founded the culinary event, it has...

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National park tips: How to make your Yosemite grand entrance

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Headed to Yosemite? Don’t expect drop-dead panoramas at this California park’s southern entrance. You’ve got 25 miles, and 45 minutes on curvy Wawona Road, before you reach a tunnel, and then ... Tunnel View.

That’s when Yosemite Valley appears before you — the granite walls, the waterfalls — and...

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Roaming San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury aboard a Magic Bus

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:00:00 PDT

I’d never taken a tour on which the guide addressed the group as “my tribe,” but it felt perfectly natural aboard the Magic Bus, which calls itself a “trip” into San Francisco’s 1960s-era hippie counterculture. My friend Adam (a politically conservative MBA with an unlikely interest in hippie counterculture)...

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Halloween Haunt: Knott's Berry Farm shuts down Fear VR attraction

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:35:00 PDT

Knott’s Berry Farm, whose Fear VR attraction stirred controversy among mental health advocates, has decided to close the Halloween attraction.

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez wrote about the controversy surrounding Fear VR, which the Buena Park theme park closed Tuesday.

One of those who...

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Helicopter tour takes you over Maui, and lands in the rain forest too

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:15:00 PDT

Explore Maui’s lush rain forests from the air and the ground with a new helicopter tour that visits the east side of the Hawaiian island.

Maverick Helicopters recently launched the Hana Rainforest Experience, a 75-minute tour in which choppers show off the coast and then land in the rain forest...

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Las Vegas: 'Iron Chef' buddies open concept lounge-bar-kitchen counter called Libertine Social

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Eating your way through Las Vegas? Here’s a new gastropub from two “Iron Chef America” alums that celebrates unrestrained pleasure in the form of distinctive cocktails and plates.

Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay provides guests with a surprising array of places in which to enjoy creative cocktails...

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See Jordan, from Petra's rock city to the red-sand Wadi-Rum desert

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:30:00 PDT

Explore the desert scenery and less well-known historic and archaeological treasures of Jordan on a 12-day tour offered by Exodus Travels.

The itinerary includes visits to the ancient cities of Bethany, believed to be the place where Jesus Christ was baptized; Madaba, known for its mosaics; and...

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National park tips: Don't miss that other Grand Canyon. The one in Yellowstone.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:00:00 PDT

There are easier viewpoints to reach in Yellowstone. But if your heart and legs are up to it, take the Brink of the Lower Falls trail along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. The trail of switchbacks down to the falls is 3/8-mile long with a 600-foot drop — slow going on the way back up....

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Las Vegas: 6 beer-worthy stops to celebrate Oktoberfest (including Shacktoberfest!)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:10:00 PDT

Las Vegas channels its inner Munich this week with a string of Oktoberfest events. Whether you crave German beer or food (or both), Vegas embraces the Bavarian harvest celebration more than ever.

First off, Germany’s Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig) hosted the first Oktoberfest in Munich...

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Deal: Kids go free at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York's Times Square

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Madame Tussauds New York offers families a break on their next visit to the wax museum. Pay for an adult ticket and you’ll receive two free tickets for children 12 and younger.

The deal: The Kids Go Free offer applies to all ticket levels: $29 for standard ticket; $35 for a Super Hero Ticket, which...

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Never too early to think about summer school--at Oxford University, that is

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:30:00 PDT

Geek out next summer in England, where you can attend Oxford University and learn about British art, architecture, politics and culture. The Oxford Experience, a weeklong program of study at the oldest university in the English-speaking world, has no requirements, exams or papers and offers the...

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Airlines serving the Southland

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:10:00 PDT

Here is a list of selected national and international airlines that offer flights out of major U.S. cities.

In some cases, an airline may not have its own mileage-reward program but may partner with another airline. “FF” denotes “frequent flier.”

Aer Lingus

(800) 474-7424 reservations

(516) 622-4020 FF

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Major airline alliances

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:00:00 PDT

You can often earn frequent-flier miles on your primary airline by flying with an airline partner.

Here is a list of some of the major airline alliances and participating airlines.

“FF” denotes the number to call for frequent-flier information. Sometimes airlines use different numbers; other times,...

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In old-world Croatia, here are four trendy towns worth visiting

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Pink rays from sunrise covered the rocky ruins of Okic castle on a peak outside Samobor and tinted the low-lying fog that snaked through valleys where cows grazed and grapes grew.

In contrast to that serene view, robust aromas swirled up from my breakfast spread — garlicky salami, pungent cheese,...

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Taking a holiday cruise is a jolly way to celebrate the season (think shopping and no dishes)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

If you're looking for a holiday getaway that's merry and bright, Cathie Lentz-Fryer of Orange County has a suggestion: Ship out on a holiday season cruise.

Each December for the past five years, Lentz-Fryer has sailed the rivers of Europe on an Ama Waterways cruise with a group of friends and loved...

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Exploring Colorado's cannabis tourism scene in Denver

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:30:00 PDT

There's a first time for everything, I thought as I rolled into a Gas & Grass south of Colorado’s state capital, pulling up next to a pump.  

The station was pricey: Fuel cost at least 15 cents or more a gallon than at neighboring establishments, but this place combined the features of a traditional...

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National park tips: Find this Colorado lake with a notable (but invisible) cachet

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Other attractions in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park get more attention, but I loved the time I spent on Grand Lake at the park’s western entrance. There’s a town of about 500 people alongside the water. But the lake’s greatest distinction is invisible: It’s the headwaters of the Colorado...

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National park tips: These trees will make you feel really small. In a good way.

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:00:00 PDT

The names are confusing, but Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is part of California's Redwood National Park, and it’s a great place to feel small among redwoods standing tall.

In fact, it is believed to be the home of the tallest tree in the world, but rangers don’t disclose the location for fear...

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Review: Knott's still working out the kinks in Halloween Haunt 2016

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

After 44 years, Knott’s Berry Farm should have Halloween Haunt down to an exact science.

I visited the Buena Park theme park for Thursday’s opening night and found Haunt 2016 to be very much a work in progress.

The chief offenders this season were the upcharge Skeleton Key rooms. In years past,...

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National park tips: Yes, California has a secret Yellowstone. It's here.

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Lassen Volcanic National Park, about 50 miles east of Redding, is California’s secret Yellowstone. It gets just one tourist for every 11 who reach that other Yellowstone. It’s the most geothermally active destination in the state, its slopes and meadows dotted with boiling creeks, steaming lakes...

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How TSA PreCheck will help you skip the lines at OzzFest

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:20:00 PDT

What do Ozzy Osbourne and the Transportation Security Administration have in common? Not a heck of a lot except this: TSA PreCheck members will be treated to a dedicated Fast Pass lane to skip the general admission line at Ozzfest on Saturday.

The dedicated lane also applies to Knotfest on Sunday...

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