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L.A. Times - Travel

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Between the rocks and the river on a weekend escape to Marble Canyon, Ariz.

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:00:00 PDT

When we sisters-in-law (one in California, the other in Nevada) agreed to a midway Western weekend for the brothers, we should have known better. The setting and scenery would be grand, the river inviting and the amenities, well, less so. Arizona’s Marble Canyon and the upper Colorado River near...


Conde Nast Traveler readers choose Wynn as best Las Vegas hotel, and Waldorf Astoria as L.A.'s No. 1

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:15:00 PDT

Conde Nast Travelers Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 selected Wynn and sister site Encore as the best pair of hotels in Las Vegas. In L.A., the newly opened Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills took the No. 1 spot.

More than 300,000 readers responded to the magazine’s 30th survey in categories such as best...


Experience ‘The Hunger Games’ for yourself at this theme park land

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:00:00 PDT

If they can turn the blood sport dystopian universe of “The Hunger Games” into a theme park land, can “Divergent,” “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld” be far behind?

The World of the Hunger Games themed land is set to officially open Friday within the Lionsgate Zone at the Motiongate Dubai theme...


What's up for the weekend? Cats, dogs, pandas and hogs, among other things

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Community artists, big cats, wolves, pandas, hogs, horses and costumed dogs are all part of the coming weekend’s festivities.

Twentynine Palms

Visit days of yore at the 81st Pioneer Days, where you can watch a parade, enter a Mad Hatter contest and savor a pancake breakfast or move to the current...


Trip insurance: You can recoup costs of an upcoming trip if your house is destroyed in natural disaster

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Trip insurance generally pays out if your destination is flattened by a hurricane or destroyed by an earthquake. But what if those same things happen to your home before an upcoming trip?

Most comprehensive travel insurance policies carry a little-known benefit that covers future flights, cruises,...


Airfare to Malaysia falls to $390 round-trip from LAX on United

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Fares to Asia just keep getting lower. To wit: a $390 round-trip fare on United, including all taxes and fees, from LAX to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for winter/spring travel.

The catch: You must buy your ticket by Wednesday, Oct. 25.

The fare is subject to availability. It is for travel Mondays through...


If you love Napa Valley, now's the best time to visit: Wine events this weekend will fund help for fire victims

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:30:00 PDT

“Eat, drink, give!” says the promotion for a $30 food and wine tasting Sunday at Rutherford Hill Winery in Napa Valley. All proceeds from the event will go to local organizations that are helping victims of the deadly wildfires that ravaged California’s wine country last week.

Many Napa Valley...


Where to hop aboard the 'Polar Express' and other Christmas train rides

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Seasonal train rides for kids and parents are in high demand, many with the "Polar Express" theme based on the popular Chris Van Allsburg's children's book.(image)

Must-see locations of Ai Weiwei's expansive 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbors' exhibit in New York

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:30:00 PDT

The Chinese artist and human rights activist has created site-specific sculptures at 300-plus places in New York. The public art exhibit is free and runs through Feb. 11.(image)

L.A. chef Angelo Auriana brings rustic Italian food to Princess Cruises

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:15:00 PDT

Pasta lovers of the world, take note: Your favorite noodles may be coming to a cruise ship near you.

Princess Cruises has added a new celebrity chef to its lineup, and his specialty is Italian food: Angelo Auriana is executive chef of L.A. sister restaurants Factory Kitchen at 1300 Factory Place...


Times Travel Talks returns on Nov. 12 with holiday, packing and airfare tips

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Travelers preparing for one of the busiest times of the year may want to take some time to bone up on tips and tricks to make their journeys easier by attending Times Travel Talks on Nov. 12.

This second in a series, from 1 to 4 p.m., will focus on holiday survival tips from the Travel staff, including...


Sip your way through great beers made in Hawaii and the West at Waikiki festival

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:45:00 PDT

Here's your chance to explore craft beers from Hawaii and others made in the western U.S., such as Golden Road Brewing in L.A. The festival covers two nights: dinner with beer pairings Thursday or a day of tasting Saturday.(image)

What Halloween haunts to visit in Tokyo, Paris and other spooky destinations

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Looking for places to get your Halloween spooky on? Think a little farther than your local theme park gore fest.

In Romania’s Transylvania region, for example, you can visit Bran Castle, which has become known worldwide as Count Dracula’s home. Dracula is fictional, of course, but this remarkable...


Solo travelers get a break on Star Clippers' Mediterranean and transatlantic cruises

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Modern tall ship cruise line Star Clippers offers solo travelers a break on selected transatlantic and Mediterranean sailings next year. For example, individual travelers can take a five-night Spain and Morocco cruise for $1,385 — no single supplement added.

The deal: Vessels in Star Clippers’...


Cruise lines return to Puerto Rico and urge travelers to book Caribbean sailings

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:30:00 PDT

News reports about Puerto Rico are grim: Power outages are expected to continue indefinitely, many roads are impassable and many people still don't have clean drinking water or phone service nearly a month since Hurricane Maria struck.

But cruise company bosses talked Monday about resuming their...


Snorkel, surf or just plain sail on catamaran cruise along Sri Lanka's southern coast

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Sail away to a land of endless beaches and timeless ruins on a seven day, six-night catamaran voyage off the coast of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.

The round-trip voyage, which takes place along the southern coast of nation, will visit remote beach towns, fishing villages and an old trading fort.


Should you go to Cuba now? Here are the issues affecting your decision

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Cuba has been in life’s crosshairs of late after a hurricane, a U.S. State Department warning and the discussion of renewed restrictions, leaving travelers confused. To these three issues dogging the island nation, we may need to add a fourth that also may prove a deterrent to travel. Here’s a...


Horton the elephant joins Dr. Seuss-themed activities aboard Carnival cruises

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Everyone's favorite elephant is teaming up with Carnival Cruise Line to promote kindness, compassion and generosity among young cruisers.

Horton, the star of the Dr. Seuss book and subsequent film “Horton Hears a Who!,” will lead a series of educational shipboard activities designed to help build...


Paddle, meditate, volunteer with kids, repeat. Feel good and do good on wellness retreat in Mexico

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Feel good while doing good works on a vacation in LaPaz, Mexico, where a wellness and fitness program is being combined with volunteering in the local community.

The spring tour, organized by yoga instructor Michelle Gierst and activist Juli Schulz, includes a four-night stay at Costa Baja Resort...


From yuck to yummy, reactions from a panel of li hing mui treat tasting

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:05:00 PDT

Some liked it; some hated it, but few were neutral. We asked a group of features journalists to sample li hing mui, and the results were laughable--and occasionally hilarious.(image)

Kauai's Limahuli Garden & Preserve showcases the ancient Polynesians' 'botanical tool kits'

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:15:00 PDT

For all of Hawaii’s natural wonders, enjoying a forest here in its native state isn’t easy. You can endure a strenuous hike in the mountains — or you could drive past Hanalei Bay on the North Shore of Kauai to a parcel of magnificent terrain presided over by the lush twin peaks of Makana Mountain.


Keep your costs down, fun factor up on Oahu

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:10:00 PDT

Hawaii has certain allures, but low prices aren’t necessarily among them. With these insider tips to Oahu, though, you can have a Champagne experience at sparkling-cider prices.

Rent a car only if you think you will need it

If you’re planning to have most of your fun in Waikiki, for example, there’s...


How to save big on Hawaii Island

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:05:00 PDT

On Hawaii Island, you can have a first-class trip at coach prices. I’ve been traveling here for years, and I learned to visit and have fun without spending a small fortune.

Here are some of the ways on Hawaii Island. (To see how to on Maui and Oahu, click through on those links.)

Visit the supermarkets...(image)

Saving money on Maui

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:00:00 PDT

If you’re traveling to Maui, you may worry that your pockets need to be as deep as the water surrounding this popular island. That there’s no way to go to Hawaii without breaking the bank.

In my 25 trips to Maui in the last 25 years, I have accumulated some tips that let you achieve “Maui wowee”...


The Hawaiian snack li hing is everywhere, even margaritas and malasadas

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:05:00 PDT

If you've visited Hawaii, you've probably encountered li hing mui, known as crack seed. This island treat is seemingly everywhere. And now, it has inspired a few new twists on the snack that are not quite as intense. The result? A li hing revolution.(image)