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What to do with Mammoth's mountains? Town's new 'snow pit' frees up room to push fresh powder

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:00:00 PST

It seems a child’s parable, as if the mythical city of El Dorado had too much gold. But Mammoth Lakes, a winter recreation outpost that often has too little snow, now has far too much.

In what is shaping up to be the snowiest month on record, the Eastern Sierra town has created what it terms a...

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5 feet in Big Bear? 'The drought is going to get crushed,' forecaster says of new winter storms

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:00:00 PST

SoCal skiers may see heavy snow pound their favorite resorts the next several days, as another winter storm system — again arriving in three overlapping chapters — rolls through the region.

"Although we are not in an El Niño pattern, these weather systems affecting California are behaving much...

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Hip and hot: What's new and noteworthy in California hotels

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:30:00 PST

Does L.A. really need more hotels? Ready or not, two Kimptons, a Waldorf Astoria, hipster hotels in downtown L.A. and more are set to open this year in Southern California.

Consider: Tourism in 2016 is estimated to have brought a record 47.3 million visitors and 81% hotel occupancy to L.A., according...

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Los Poblanos is a blissful weekend escape on the outskirts of Albuquerque. Just ignore the peacocks

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

If you're a light sleeper, avail yourself of the earplugs on your bedside table at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm [4803 Rio Grande Blvd. N.W., Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, N.M.; (505) 344-9297]. They're to keep you from waking up to the cries of the peacocks that patrol the chef's garden,...

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Old Town San Diego is full of colorful folk art, historic buildings, Mexican food and enormous margaritas

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Your California Bucket List: Essential adventures and experiences in the Golden State Jan. 22, 2017, 6 a.m. (Al Seib, Brian van der Brug, Rick Loomis, Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Here's our growing guide to essential California adventures, easy to edgy. We'll be adding to it daily all...(image)



Imagine you're a head of state, a captain of industry or Frank Sinatra at this mod desert estate

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Your California Bucket List: Essential adventures and experiences in the Golden State Jan. 22, 2017, 6 a.m. (Al Seib, Brian van der Brug, Rick Loomis, Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Here's our growing guide to essential California adventures, easy to edgy. We'll be adding to it daily all...(image)



Vegas, baby, for $58 round trip from Long Beach on JetBlue

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PST

Here’s how you can win before you even reach Las Vegas: a $58 round-trip flight from Long Beach to Sin City on JetBlue.

The fare, which includes all taxes and fees, is subject to availability. It is for travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through March 21. There is no minimum stay other than...

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Tamarack, home to a fancy restaurant, guest cabins and cross-country trails, is one of the oldest lodges in Mammoth

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Your California Bucket List: Essential adventures and experiences in the Golden State Jan. 22, 2017, 6 a.m. (Al Seib, Brian van der Brug, Rick Loomis, Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Here's our growing guide to essential California adventures, easy to edgy. We'll be adding to it daily all...(image)



You can bid on a bike once owned by Steve McQueen, the King of Cool, at this Vegas motorcycle auction

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Motorcycle lovers will find old-school two-wheelers at an auction coming to Las Vegas this month. A whopping 1,000 bikes, some dating to the early 20th century, will go under the hammer during the four-day event.

The Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction is set for Jan. 25-28 at the South Point Hotel...

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This might be Maui's perfect way to propose. It costs $20,000, and that doesn't include a ring.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:30:00 PST

No one can guarantee what your lover will say when you pop the question, but one Maui luxury hotel can help you hedge your bets with a stay starting at $20,000.

The Montage Kapalua Bay launched a Love Is in the Air engagement package to create the ultimate romantic moment at the 24-acre resort....

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The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will take you from baking-hot desert floor to snowy mountaintop in 10 minutes

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Your California Bucket List: Essential adventures and experiences in the Golden State Jan. 22, 2017, 6 a.m. (Al Seib, Brian van der Brug, Rick Loomis, Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Here's our growing guide to essential California adventures, easy to edgy. We'll be adding to it daily all...(image)



Catch peak wildflower season on a small-ship cruise of Canada's west coast

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:15:00 PST

Modern Canada turns 150 this year, and Maple Leaf Adventures is teaming up with the Royal Canadian Geographic Society to offer a small-ship cruise that explores British Columbia’s west coast and Pacific history.

The trip to the network of coastal waterways called the Salish Sea is set for April...

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Lost your cellphone on the road? Here's how to get it back - if you take steps now

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:30:00 PST

Travelers, here’s a way to improve of your chances of getting your cellphone back if you lose it on the road.

I recently found a cellphone in the women’s restroom. On the lock screen was a number to call in case it was found. I did, and the phone found its way back to its grateful owner.

On the...

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Among the many Craftsman-style houses in California, Pasadena's Gamble House may be the most admired

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Your California Bucket List: Essential adventures and experiences in the Golden State Jan. 22, 2017, 6 a.m. (Al Seib, Brian van der Brug, Rick Loomis, Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Here's our growing guide to essential California adventures, easy to edgy. We'll be adding to it daily all...(image)



In Kenya, tour elephant, chimp and white rhino sanctuaries

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:45:00 PST

Immerse yourself in the wilderness on a 12-day Holden Safaris tour designed for travelers who want to combine wildlife viewing with insights into the issues facing eastern Africa’s rhino, elephant, lion and chimpanzee populations.

Participants will visit an elephant orphanage in Kenya, a sanctuary...

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Live the Las Vegas high life, circa 1960: Now you can stay the casino owner's swanky penthouse

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:30:00 PST

Want to revel in an over-the-top vintage hotel suite in Las Vegas where a casino owner once lived? For the first time, you can.

Prices for hotel owner Jackie Gaughan’s suite at El Cortez Hotel & Casino start at $500 a night. The downtown hotel is on Fremont Street east of Las Vegas Boulevard in...

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Ponder sainthood at the Carmel grave of Junípero Serra, who led the way for California's missions

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Your California Bucket List: Essential adventures and experiences in the Golden State Jan. 22, 2017, 6 a.m. (Al Seib, Brian van der Brug, Rick Loomis, Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Here's our growing guide to essential California adventures, easy to edgy. We'll be adding to it daily all...(image)



Feel a little more at home on the range at Wyoming working ranch

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Unleash your inner cowboy on a four-day visit to the plains, cliffs and snow-capped peaks of Wyoming.

The excursion is based at the 25,000-acre Red Reflet Ranch near Bighorn National Forest, a working ranch and resort. Guests can ride horses or bikes, hike, go on a cattle drive, fly-fish on private...

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Try a free day at more than 30 museums in Southern California

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Start your year with a cultural immersion when more than 30 museums in Southern California open their doors for free. Museums Free-for-All encourages visitors to try out a new museum or go site-hopping on Jan. 29.

The deal: Plan your free day by checking out the list of participating museums. At...

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Fellow airline passengers, how do we hate you? Let us count the ways

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:30:00 PST

There’s no red carpet or statuette, but the award for the most annoying in-flight behavior on a plane goes to … seat kicking. It’s the second year in a row seat kickers have taken the top spot. Worse yet, people are reluctant to confront any passenger who’s behaving badly.

That’s the findings from ...

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Just say sí: A family spends a month in Guatemala trying to learn the language - but did it work?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PST

In the shade of my thatch cabana classroom, I beamed as my children, ages 6 and 9, serenaded me.

Reid, my younger son, shook the maracas, his older brother, Liam, beat a colorfully painted drum made from an old paint can, and their Spanish teacher strummed a ukulele.

Of course, I recognized the...

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Rest easy. Those perks you get from earning hotel 'status' still can be yours, despite changes in the programs

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PST

The start of a new calendar year means it’s time to hit the reset button on elite-status qualification with hotel loyalty programs. That means now is the time to formulate your travel strategy to rack up the necessary hotel stays to qualify for the elite-status level you want.

Perks could include...

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Oregon's Timberline Lodge casts a relaxing spell by summoning the spirit of a simpler time

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PST

All the recent talk about the U.S. infrastructure got me thinking about the last time the federal government decided to rebuild America.

Bridges, parks, schools, courthouses, theaters, hospitals and dams all across the U.S.  owe their provenance to the Great Depression-era Works  Progress Administration...

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The secrets to saving money on your vacation accommodations

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:30:00 PST

We’ve already looked ahead to 2017. The Travel section’s alphabetical list of places to go included Bordeaux and Yosemite. Events that got us excited: Canada’s 150th birthday party and the celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s summer of love. And things to know included...

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Take in Diego Rivera's 'Flower Girl' painting at the Norton Simon, then step outside and reflect with real lilies

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Your California Bucket List: Essential adventures and experiences in the Golden State Jan. 22, 2017, 6 a.m. (Al Seib, Brian van der Brug, Rick Loomis, Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Here's our growing guide to essential California adventures, easy to edgy. We'll be adding to it daily all...(image)