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Crave the quirky? Here are six unusual places to stay

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Want to sleep deep underground or nest in a birdhouse? Snooze in an Earthship? Rest your weary bones in these unusual destinations.(image)

It's not just another day at the beach, as the O.C's waterfront hotels get a makeover

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Beachside hotels in Orange County, are being built, rebuilt, renovated and upgraded to grab a bigger share of the tourist dollar.(image)

World's busiest cruise ports are in Florida

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:40:00 PDT

If you are one of the 25 million passengers expected to take a cruise this year, chances are your travels may take you to Florida. Port Miami welcomed 4.8 million passengers last year, making it the busiest port in the world.

Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral in Cape Canaveral...


Out with the old, in with the new: Disneyland’s ‘Fantasmic’ drops old favorites for new stars

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Disneyland faced a daunting challenge with the remake of the 25-year-old “Fantasmic” nighttime spectacular: How do you update a beloved modern classic without alienating its die-hard fans?

The Anaheim theme park has succeeded with a retooled show that largely hews to the original story line with...


Mariah Carey will return to Vegas for handful of Christmastime concerts

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Grammy-winning singer Mariah Carey finished her Las Vegas residency last week. But she’ll be back.

“All I Want for Christmas Is You,” the name of Carey’s 1994 holiday hit, is also the name of the show to be staged Dec. 14, 16, 17, 20 and 22 in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. That’s where the pop...


Ever see a camel kiss? Now you can on a tour to India

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Explore the monuments and markets of Old and New Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and the palaces and bazaars of the “pink city” of Jaipur on a 14-day tour of India offered by World Spree.

Highlights include two game drives in Ranthambore National Park in search of the royal Bengal tiger and the Pushkar...


If you're using a wheelchair while traveling, how to get help, resolve problems and keep your cool

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Brian Mattson’s mom is 93. The Agoura Hills resident wrote to On the Spot to talk about a less-than-satisfactory experience his mother had with getting special assistance at LAX.

She’s mobile, but she cannot walk the great distances often required by airline travel.

I’d say his mom’s experience...


Where to find smokin' fresh cocktails in Vegas, just in time for National Tequila Day

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:45:00 PDT

Sweet-and-sour mix is out; fresh cucumber, pineapple and watermelon are in when Las Vegas bartenders shake it up for National Tequila Day on Monday.

Sadly, it’s not a federal holiday. Still, the agave fields in Mexico (the plant from which tequila is distilled) hold the honored distinction of being...


Want to watch August's total solar eclipse from 35,000 feet?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Where will you be on Aug. 21 to watch the total solar eclipse? What’s being called the Great American Eclipse will be visible coast to coast on a diagonal path from Oregon to South Carolina — and some lucky fliers will see it from their seats too.

Alaska Airlines has scheduled an invitation-only...


Explore polar regions without engine noise on new quiet Hurtigruten cruise ship

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Silence can be pretty noisy. That's what many people learn when they visit a remote area such as Antarctica and hear the rumbling of their expedition ship's engines instead of quietness.

Now that may change.

Next year the Norwegian explorer cruise line Hurtigruten will add a new expedition ship...


July 23 airfare chart: Hawaii's calling with lower fares from LAX and Orange County

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

If you’re looking at Hawaii for a summer respite and you’re flying out of LAX or Orange County, rejoice: You’ll be saving $30 and $62, respectively.

If you’re flying out of Burbank, put that celebration on hold. That fare zoomed up more than $180 from last week.

Not surprisingly, airfares to Phoenix...


Thru-hiking the John Muir Trail; trekking in Nepal

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT


Slide show

Pamela Zoolalian will share stories and experiences from her solo thru-hike of the John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney.

When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real.

Admission, info: Free. (714) 505-0205





Another sub-$600 bargain fare to Asia, this one to Osaka, Japan

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Here’s another great round-trip fare to Asia, this one from LAX to Osaka, Japan, on Air China for $525, including all taxes and fees.

Osaka, a city of about 2.7 million on Honshu roughly 300 miles southwest of Tokyo, is part of an industrial area that includes Kobe and Kyoto.

The fare to Osaka...


A part of Highway 1 in Big Sur has reopened, but other issues remain on the coastal route

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:45:00 PDT

The fix near the town of Lucia reopens 35 miles of the premier coastal route. But it's still hemmed in by closures to the north and south.(image)

Last chance to buy tickets to Nevada's Burning Man, and 3 places to find burner bliss outside the festival

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Burning Man, the quirky metropolis-in-the-desert art-and-culture fest, arrives next month. Incredibly, you still have a chance to buy tickets for the event that takes place in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4.

Tickets went on sale in January for the festival dedicated to “community,...


Jazz man Arturo Sandoval to play aboard Caribbean-South American cruise

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Why get off the ship when there’s great jazz music on board? Grammy Award-winning musician and composer Arturo Sandoval and guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli will each headline Seabourn cruises that sail in November.

The two will perform live to intimate crowds on the luxury line known for its...


Hike Italy's ancient pilgrims' route, from Siena to St. Peter's Square

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Discover the charm and soul of the Italian backcountry on an 80-mile trek on the Via Francigena, the medieval pilgrimage trail that once led from northern Europe to Rome.

The 10-day Wilderness Travel tour begins in Siena and takes guests to scenic portions of the 7th century Christian pilgrim’s...


When Vegas' pools get too crowded, rent a 'floating cabana' on Lake Mead for a day

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

When Las Vegas’ popular hotel pools get crowded, it’s time to get out of town. A new service offers visitors a chance to be whisked from the Strip to spend the day lounging and splashing on a pontoon boat in Lake Mead.

Have a DIY water day on the lake, about 35 miles east of Vegas, in boats that...


Majestic views and grand adventures await on a weekend escape to Kings Canyon National Park

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Who doesn’t love the grandeur of Sequoia’s redwood trees? But this year for a more adrenaline-spiked adventure, we traveled farther north to Kings Canyon National Park. An eight-mile round-trip hike up Mist Falls Trail offered cascade views alongside the rapidly rushing, muscular Kings River. A...


Go rolling on the Mississippi River this Christmas on the American Queen

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Enjoy the Christmas holidays on a cruise along the lower Mississippi River from Memphis to New Orleans aboard the American Queen.

Port calls in Mississippi include Greenville, Vicksburg and Natchez, where passengers can explore historic homes decorated for the holidays and shop at the Christmas...


Pack your lightsaber — immersive 'Star Wars' resort planned for Walt Disney World

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:40:00 PDT

At its D23 Expo fan fest in Anaheim last weekend, Disney revealed plans for an immersive “Star Wars” hotel designed to take you into a galaxy far, far away at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Get ready to put on a uniform, board a starship and embark on an adventure with characters such as BB-8...


Join us for a free Travel Talks at the Times. What you learn just could make your next trip easier

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:00:00 PDT

You likely are one of the Americans who took about 1.7 billion leisure trips last year. That’s a lot of traveling, and maybe some advice and tips would help.

Come meet the travel pros at Travel Talks at the Times from 1 to 4 p.m. July 30. The event is free, but you must register in advance. The...


Eat, pray, sail? Windstar pairs James Beard chefs with upcoming cruises

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:15:00 PDT

Most cruise lines have a celebrity chef or two to brag about: They're well-known culinary experts who help cruise companies deliver gourmet cuisine to passengers.

But Windstar Yachts, with just six ships in its fleet, has bragging rights to eight celebrity chefs, plus a partnership with the James...


Two-fer deal on admission to O.C. and Ventura County fairs

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

If you think county fairs are all about fried Twinkies, think again. Many, like the Orange County Fair on right now, are accenting farm-to-table connections by serving up samples of artisanal olive oil and locally made kombucha.

And this year there’s a new two-fairs-for-the-price-of-one offer too.


Bike ride through Chile and Argentina follows Che Guevara's motorcycle journey

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Follow in the footsteps of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara on a 29-day bike ride through Chile and Argentina.

The Bike Odyssey trip, “Che — Bariloche to Santiago," covers 1,461 miles, exploring dusty trails Guevara followed on a nine-month motorcycle journey that began in 1952.

Riders will visit...