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L.A. Times - Travel

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Getting a California Real ID driver's license on the first day it's offered? Not a problem

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:05:00 PST

Real ID, the federally compliant driver’s license that can be used as identification for getting on a plane starting in October 2020, became available Monday in California, and I got one.

No magic and no strings pulled or favors called in. I didn’t even have an appointment with the Department of...


Parks and passports are among the many things affected by a government shutdown

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:40:00 PST

The government shutdown may wreak havoc on your visit to a unit of the National Park Service and the speed with which you can get a passport.

California’s park service websites (the list is below) included this notification: “For your planning purposes, some parks in the National Park System may...


At Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, it's all about the terrain

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:00:00 PST

At Lake Tahoe’s Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, it’s not location, location, location, it’s terrain, terrain and more terrain: a combined 6,000 acres of some of the most dependably snowy, scare-yourself-silly inbound skiing and snowboarding among U.S. destination resorts.

Last fall the jointly owned...


Iceland’s remote Deplar Farm delights heli-skiers and adventurers

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:30:00 PST

Alan Bernholtz grew up in the San Fernando Valley and surfed off Malibu. But the ski slopes of the Sierra — and later Colorado, Alaska, the Andes and the Alps — lured him away from the Pacific Ocean.

Now the 49-year-old ski guide spends part of the year flitting from peak to peak in a juiced-up...


Jasper is Canada's winter wanderland

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:00:00 PST

Snowflakes tumbled lazily in the light of the train as it inched toward the Jasper rail station, where half a dozen elk foraged. They come for grain that freight trains spill on the tracks, a steward had told me on the 18-hour train ride northeast from Vancouver. The elk didn’t even raise their...


Quirky places to eat on your next trip, like that prison in Massachusetts

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:15:00 PST

Food inspires travel. About 22 million Americans were expected to take a culinary vacation in 2017, according to an AAA survey. Three-quarters of those surveyed said food and dining were an important part of their experiences when they were on the road. Here are four surprising places where food...


Where do the grumpiest travelers come from? D.C. takes the top prize

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:00:00 PST

More grumpy travelers come from Washington, D.C., than any other location in the country, with Colorado and Oregon second and third, according to a study of hotel reviews nationwide.

California? Always a top-10 finisher, the Golden State came in fourth. You got a problem with that?

The happiest...


101 Freeway reopening delayed until at least Monday. Amtrak adds extra trains to accommodate more travelers

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:00:00 PST

The 101 Freeway in the Santa Barbara area won’t open until at least Jan. 22, Caltrans tweeted Monday. The agency cited continuing cleanup plus storms predicted this week for the ongoing closure between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara.

Until the road reopens, the quickest way to travel to and from...


Expedition cruise to Baja, Mexico, is a game changer, and a little pricey

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Weekends are precious — hey, there are generally only 52 of them each year. With that in mind, I optimized one of mine in January by getting far, far away from it all on a mini cruise in the Gulf of California, a wild, pristine body of water off eastern Baja.

I saw sea lions, dolphins, thousands...


Shakespeare's 'Midsummer Night's Dream' comes to Yosemite — for free

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:00:00 PDT

You may have hiked Half Dome, photographed Horsetail Fall and even slept in a tent cabin, but have you seen Shakespeare in Yosemite?

That is the question.

In honor of Earth Day (April 22) and Shakespeare, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented in Yosemite National Park for free.



Palazzo and Venetian now charge $45 daily resort fees, the highest in Las Vegas

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:50:00 PDT

Two Las Vegas resorts, the Palazzo and the Venetian, have raised daily resort fees to $45, making them the highest in the city.

The Venetian and the Palazzo reservation websites show the new resort fees that jumped from $39. The increase took effect March 6.

Resort fees include amenities such as...


The gorgeous and the grim in Dublin, Ireland — and the green hills beyond

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:30:00 PDT

Maybe you can’t get to Ireland for Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. But let me take you now to Dublin’s most gorgeous library, its grimmest address and a country ruin where, 16 centuries ago, St. Patrick himself might have done something startling.

All three spots won me over last spring,...


St. Patrick's Day in Las Vegas brings corned-beef pizza, green doughnuts and fireworks

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 05:45:00 PDT

St. Patrick’s Day falls on Saturday this year, meaning Las Vegas crowds will be bigger at festivities along the Strip and in downtown.

New York-New York

The celebration gets underway Friday afternoon at New York-New York. A parade will begin outdoors in The Park, the adjacent pedestrian mall, before...


It was just several sips of Japanese sake, for heaven's sake, but was it enough to sink this flight attendant's career?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PDT

I didn’t begin to worry until our Boeing 777 aircraft landed at Miami International Airport.

As the aircraft door opened and the gate agent greeted deplaning passengers, a supervisor holding a clipboard announced that one of 16 crew members had been selected for random drug and alcohol screening.


If you dilly-dallied making spring break plans, a cruise just might bail you out

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 06:00:00 PDT

While you were staring out the window daydreaming about a vacation, spring break crept up on you, and now you need a plan ASAP.

Don't panic. Here’s a way to simplify things and achieve those vacation daydreams: a cruise.

A trip by ship is one of the easiest vacations to plan because someone has...


Southern California events for March 16-18

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 06:00:00 PDT

From Spanish flamenco to French films to children from around the world, next weekend has an international vibe.

Los Angeles/North Hollywood

Dancers, singers, guitarists and percussionists from Spain will perform different programs on two nights during the Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival...


'Legends in Concert' is Las Vegas' longest-running show, with 18,500 performances in 35 years

Fri, 9 Mar 2018 06:10:00 PST

Elvis Presley and a young Michael Jackson are some of the singing tribute acts in the current version of the show.(image)

Round-trip fares to New Delhi drop to $613 from LAX on China Southern

Fri, 9 Mar 2018 05:00:00 PST

In the continuing low-fares festival, you can fly round trip from LAX to New Delhi for $613, including all taxes and fares, on China Southern Airlines.

The fare is subject to availability. It is for travel April 3 through May 2.

The national capital of India is in the north-central part of the...


Las Vegas' splashy pool season is open. Here are five places to party

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 06:00:00 PST

Three new pools, surfing and action-packed movies are among the options for water-loving spring visitors.(image)

An airfare guru tells you how to get the lowest price — and when and why that shouldn't be the deciding factor

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 06:30:00 PST

Let’s be clear from the start: Airfares are volatile.

I know this as founder of, which seeks out low fares. And I also know this as someone who travels for pleasure.

So although it’s generally true that flying on a Tuesday or Wednesday is cheaper than on a Friday or Sunday,...


Head for Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui for $875 round trip from LAX

Fri, 2 Mar 2018 05:00:00 PST

You can fly round trip from LAX to Papeete, Tahiti, for $875, including all taxes and fees, on Air Tahiti Nui.

The fare, subject to availability, is for travel from Aug. 15-Sept. 30, but you must book your ticket by March 18 to take advantage of this price.

Tahiti was claimed for France in 1768...


New, cool stuff from the International Travel Goods Show to ease you down the road

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 06:00:00 PST

Here are a few of our favorite things from this array of ideas and products. They help you find stuff, charge stuff and reward your cat or dog.(image)

These 10 California creatures could be the oozing, bellowing, fluttering, galloping stars of your next weekend

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 06:30:00 PST

To welcome March — which is supposed to come in like a lion and leave like a lamb, remember? — we’ve rounded up 10 trip-worthy California creatures to inspire you. And most of them are real.

We’re talking about elephant seals, grunion, roadside dinosaurs, desert dragons, large horses and little...


Two Hawaii hotels get rid of plastic straws to try and fight ocean pollution

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 06:20:00 PST

A bill in the state's legislature would ban sippers, which are among the top 10 items in trash found along shorelines around the world.(image)

How the TSA agent in Oscar-nominated 'Get Out' speaks to travelers' most fervent hopes

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 05:00:00 PST

If you are planning to see the Oscar-nominated “Get Out,” please stop reading this post right now. There are spoilers, here, ladies and gentlemen, and they will affect the way you watch the move.

So just stop.

Please stop.

Stop. It.

OK, let’s move on just to put this out there ahead of the Oscars...