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If you're thinking like Trump, these 10 parks and monuments might be totally overrated

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:25:00 PDT

President Trump has decided he’d like to go somewhere no president has gone before with our national park system.

Is it a First Family camping trip worthy of its own reality TV show? (Melania cooking over a portable stove. Donald Jr. pitching a tent.) No. The president is thinking about rescinding...


Your drive to Yosemite just got easier. Storm-damaged road to Yosemite Valley set to reopen

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Yosemite visitors, no need to follow detours anymore. The southern entrance and road leading to Yosemite Valley will reopen 5 a.m. Monday.

A stretch of Big Oak Flat Road had been impassable for two months because of a landslide, forcing travelers to take a 22-mile detour to get to places such as...


For Arbor Day, 6 trees worth hugging and where to find them, including....Clifton's?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Arbor Day, first celebrated in 1872, is a national holiday marked on the last Friday in April. It's a perfect time to go traveling to find remarkable species in the West.(image)

Cruise with the Cat in the Hat aboard Carnival's new ship with a Dr. Seuss-themed water park

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Dr. Seuss is going to sea. The Cat in the Hat and other characters from the children’s books will be part of a water park aboard the new Carnival Horizon, due to hit the water next year.

On the Dr. Seuss WaterWorks, kids can jump inside a Cat in the Hat water slide decorated with red-and-white...


Take a break from Waikiki's waves for Oahu's one-day authentic farm tours

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:15:00 PDT

Most travelers go to Oahu to see the waves of Waikiki. May 6 provides a different experience, an opportunity for visitors to seek out the island’s agricultural roots during a series of farm tours.

You’ll need a car to make the one-hour drive from the Waikiki resorts to the old Waialua Sugar Mill...


African safari and camping adventure for young travelers on sale for $760

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Here’s an African safari for young travelers who think they can’t afford one. Geckos Adventures offers a camping trip that takes you from the astonishing Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Botswana and South Africa for nine days starting at $760 per person.

The deal: The discount on Victoria Falls...


With spring snow (and so much of it!) comes discounts at California ski resorts

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:15:00 PDT

With California’s epic snow season this winter, Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley ski resorts will remain open through the Fourth of July. Mt. Rose will stay open through Memorial Day, and Alpine Meadow will remain open through May 14.

So what’s happening on the slopes in spring?

Squaw Valley at...


Bike, walk. Jump on a scooter or a skateboard. And then you get beer (or other rewards) for saving the planet

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:00:00 PDT

If you love pedaling or walking, skateboarding or using a foot-powered scooter when you explore a destination, a new app rewards you for leaving the car behind and helping the environment.

Biko ( is a free app for iPhones and Android phones that helps users track and calculate their...


Will you need a visa to go to Europe this summer? That's a definite maybe.

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Question: My wife and I are planning a trip to Europe this summer. I recently read that the European Union may not allow visa-free travel for U.S. citizens. Does this mean we’ll need to get visas for the countries we plan to visit?

Murray Zichlinsky


Answer: At this point, the answer is...


Ischia, the setting for 'My Brilliant Friend,' is also a brilliant choice for a respite

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:00:00 PDT

The 17-square-mile volcanic island of Ischia, a 90-minute ferry ride from Naples on Italy’s west coast, was a different world 60 years ago for Elena, the narrator of Elena Ferrante’s popular four-book series detailing the lifelong friendship of two women.

Ischia, known for its thermal spas, beaches...


At Elvis Presley’s Memphis, you can snap a selfie with the pink Cadillac and eat like the King

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:30:00 PDT

I paced around Elvis Presley’s pink Cadillac, imagining him behind the wheel. It felt as though he was here almost, as though I could nearly glimpse the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.

This was the experience for much of the four hours I spent in March ambling around Elvis Presley’s Memphis, the new $45-million,...


On some cruise lines, there are no wallflowers, thanks to gentlemen hosts. How do you get to be one of those guys?

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Attention, silver foxes and dapper Dans: An entertaining opportunity awaits on the high seas. Qualifications: You must know the fox trot, rumba and assorted other ballroom dances. And it helps if you’re charming.

These men are called “gentlemen hosts” or “ambassador hosts,” and their purpose is...


What Japan's perfect cherry blossom moment looks like

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Fe Inocentes in April took her elderly mom, Senen, who lives in the Philippines, and other family members to Japan for 10 days. It turned out to be the perfect moment for cherry blossoms.

Inocentes shot this photograph of the trees in full bloom at Kinkaku-Ji, or the Golden Pavilion, in Kyoto.


American and United offer a sure bet for saving money: a $77 round-trip fare to Las Vegas

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:00:00 PDT

You could drive, but you could also fly to Las Vegas for $77 round trip, including all taxes and fees, from LAX.

You must buy your ticket at least 14 days in advance from United or American. The fare, subject to availability, is good for travel through May 17.

Info: American, (800) 433-7300,


Hear the TSA Chorus sing, check out our California Bucket List and ponder 'Strange Travels' at Festival of Books

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Do you know how to foil pickpockets when you’re on the road? And why you should ask for a room on a hotel’s upper floors?

Former L.A. police detective and travel security expert Kevin Coffey will appear 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Coffey shares insights and proven...


A cruise that costs $59? Yes, and you'll need to bring your passport

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:15:00 PDT

More than 25 million travelers worldwide are expected to take a cruise this year, according to Cruise Lines International Assn., and not all of them will be experienced sailors.

First-timers may want to consider a short and inexpensive cruise to get started. Here are six West Coast sailings good...


Four places to find sea life in the desert that is Vegas

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Just because Vegas is a desert town doesn’t mean you won’t find plenty of sharks (not just card sharks), stingrays, tropical fish, jellyfish and other creatures. Sea life abounds along the Strip and beyond, if you know where to go.

Here are places where kids or burned-out gamblers can take a quick...


HotelTonight offers deeper discounts at some L.A. hotels, but only if you're in the right spot

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Last-minute hotel booking app HotelTonight is offering cheaper room prices to some Los Angeles users starting Friday. The company is partnering with sports and entertainment giant AEG to offer deeper hotel discounts to people attending an LA Live event in downtown L.A. or an L.A. Galaxy soccer...


Why visit this 'desert beach'? Get back to nature for a weekend escape at the Salton Sea

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:30:00 PDT

“A day trip to the Salton Sea?” my family sputtered during our golf holiday in the desert. OK, true, its heyday as the “desert beach destination” of Southern California ended decades ago, but c’mon guys. I did find kayaking and bird watching for us. In an “Audubon meets Venice boardwalk” compromise,...


Tax refunds going toward tips, taxis and Tahiti trips, travel survey finds

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:15:00 PDT

The average individual income tax refund will be about $3,050, according to the IRS. Where does that money go?

According to the travel website, most travelers plan to use a portion of that on personal travel. The website asked more than 700 visitors about where their money would...


Can't wait for 'Hamilton' tickets to go on sale in L.A.? This San Francisco hotel gives you two with your stay

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

“Hamilton” fans, don’t want to wait to buy tickets to the L.A. show? You can get tickets to San Francisco’s performances of the hit Broadway musical plus stay in a luxury hotel, but it’s not cheap.

Four Seasons San Francisco is offering guests two prime orchestra or loge seats to the musical about...


Where to sip Japanese whiskey, and even a Wagyu-infused cocktail, in Vegas

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Sushisamba has to be Las Vegas’ ultimate fusion restaurant, blending Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine. Now it’s drawing shout-outs for the Japanese whiskey, not sake, it serves straight up or in cocktails.

The restaurant, in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Palazzo, has made some of Japan’s...


Lifeguards coming to swimming pools aboard Norwegian cruise ships

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Cruise lines are definitely getting the message about upping the safety factor at swimming pools. Norwegian Cruise Line is the latest company to jump in and add certified lifeguards to their ships.

Lifeguards with American Red Cross certification will be on duty at family pools across Norwegian...


Conde Nast Traveler places these four California hotels among the world's 75 best

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Four California hotels are among 75 picked as the world’s best by Conde Nast Traveler editors, writers and photographers. The magazine’s announced its Hot List 2017 on Tuesday.

The listed favored Golden State properties that are intimate, out-of-the-way hotels, most with ocean views, rather than...


Fire knife dancers may be Hawaii's hottest show. Now they'll compete to see who's the best

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Fire knife dancers may be engaged the hottest showdowns coming to Hawaii. The tradition that has its roots in a Samoan war dance will be on display on Maui and Oahu.

Nine contestants will provide plenty of jaw-dropping during the “Sia Le Afi…Ignite the Fire” competition at the Sheraton Maui on...