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Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy attraction amps up the laughs and thrills

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:05:00 PDT

The new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout at Disney’s California Adventure is more fun, thrilling and humorous than the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride it replaces.

I rode the new Guardians attraction three times during a media preview last week and was surprised how quickly I forgot...


Roam with the wild horses on a weekend escape to Reno

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

We can thank Velma Johnston, better known as “Wild Horse Annie,” for the thousands of mustangs that roam the high desert of northern Nevada. In 1955 the Reno woman convinced state legislators to halt the roundup of wild horses on state lands for sale to pet-food makers. Federal lawmakers followed...


Don't give up on visiting Big Sur. Here's what's still open after that massive landslide

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:15:00 PDT

Sunday’s enormous debris slide at Mud Creek on Big Sur’s southern coast buried about a third of a mile of Highway 1.

“People see video of the massive slide and are canceling reservations,” says Stan Russell, executive director of the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce.

Multiple debris slides, punishing...


Sail the Seine this summer in Uniworld's newest river cruise ship

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Be one of the first to set sail on Uniworld's new ship, Joie de Vivre, on a eight-day cruise on the Seine River through Paris and Normandy.

The riverboat will dock in Paris, where it will spend two days. The Joie de Vivre, which launched in March, will also visit Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau...


No plans for Memorial Day weekend? 5 great places to play if you gotta get away

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:45:00 PDT

Go north to Glass Beach at Fort Bragg or south to Sea Cliffs in San Diego. These places offer plenty of coastal views, from atop ocean bluffs or the shores of Lake Tahoe, all within driving distance.(image)

Now accepting your best summer photos — and videos too

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:15:00 PDT

What are you doing during these lazy, hazy crazy days? Share your pictures with L.A. Times Travel for possible inclusion in our Sept. 17 section. Or create a video for

Golden Gate Bridge is No. 1 landmark among TripAdvisor travelers. And Alcatraz is No. 3

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Two years ago, TripAdvisor travelers picked the former prison Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay as the top landmark to see in America. Last year, the Lincoln Memorial was No. 1. This year, the Golden Gate Bridge claims the top spot in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards for U.S. landmarks.


Meet movers and shakers in Israel and Jordan on L.A. World Affairs Council tour

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Meet political leaders, artists, academics and business leaders on a 15-day tour of Israel and Jordan organized by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.

Highlights in Israel include meetings with Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Knesset.


Let travel authors Pico Iyer and Paul Theroux write your next cruise journal

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Nine authors, including travel writers Paul Theroux and Pico Iyer, will be creating short stories inspired by Silversea’s 2019 World Cruise that begins in San Francisco and ends in London.

Passengers will get to meet authors during the 132-day journey and receive “The Tale of Tales” anthology that...


Yosemite's back gate, Tioga Pass, is still snowed under--and that just might complicate your Memorial Day trip

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:15:00 PDT

The reopening of Tioga Pass, the key east entrance to Yosemite, is a sign of the coming summer as sure as baseball returning to Chavez Ravine, or the swallows returning to Capistrano. Typically it occurs in time for the Memorial Day rush.

This year, the still-snowed-under Tioga Pass may not open...


Summer heat makes for cool deals at posh resorts in Scottsdale, Ariz. Here are 3 you shouldn't miss

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

This is your chance to sample the good life - at a fraction of the high-season cost. And the triple-digit heat? Don't sweat it. There's always the pool or indoor spa to keep you cool.(image)

Women's journey heads to top of Yosemite's Half Dome, and you're invited

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:30:00 PDT

If you prefer a hearty hike to a scenic drive, grab your mountain boots and head for Northern California for a new women's vacation experience organized by REI Adventures.

The four-day tour — Yosemite Women's Backpacking, Half Dome — is designed for fit female backpackers looking for a challenging...


Still more money-saving tips from readers on the cusp of vacation season

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:30:00 PDT

Time to crack open that piggy bank and start planning your summer vacation. But wait. You’re going to pay more to get away this summer? How is that fair?

Welcome to the world of dynamic pricing, which means that the price of travel products can be as volatile as gasoline prices.

The reasons the...


Apps, passes and a birthday party mean you can save at on a park visit

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

For author Wallace Stegner, the West embodied what he called “the geography of promise.”

“National parks,” he wrote in 1983, “are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst."

Here’s a look at a few ways to stretch your...


You can pay for extra pleasures by booking the 'ship within the ship' on many cruise lines

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:30:00 PDT

You have just boarded your ship and are making your way to your cabin, tired from a long morning of preparations.

Meanwhile, another group of passengers boarded early and are enjoying canapés and Dom Perignon Champagne in a private lounge overlooking the sea.

The difference? They paid three to...


Wildflowers come and go, but in Anza-Borrego, the desert will always be the star

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Miss the epic wildflower bloom? No worries--there's still plenty see: Petroglyphs, unique plants, slot canyons, mud caves and fossils abound.(image)

A first-timer falls in love with the red-rock wonder of Sedona, Ariz.

Sat, 20 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Nevil Dhabhar and his wife, Leeann Pham-Dhabhar, went to Sedona, Ariz., for one week in April. It was their first time visiting, and the couple love nature and hiking. While they were on a trail, Nevil liked the natural beauty of the red rocks at the end of the West Fork Trail and stopped to take...


Follow the music to Austin, with a $211 round-trip fare out of LAX

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Just in time for the college football season, and some fall weather, three airlines are offering an LAX-Austin round-trip for $211 that includes all taxes and fees.

American, Delta and United are all offering the deal with travel required on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays. The deal, subject...


What tale do Margaret Atwood's moccasins tell? Toronto shoe museum displays them and connects the dots

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

One museum is celebrating the 150th year of Canada’s confederation with an exhibition of shoes. You heard right, footwear are on display from countrymen who’ve made an extraordinary contribution to film, music, science, art and athletics.

The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto on Thursday rolled out “Shining...


Flamingo plans $90 million to upgrade rooms. Thank goodness they'll still be pink

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:15:00 PDT

Gangster Bugsy Siegel opened the Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino in 1946 at a cost of $6 million. Fast-forward seven decades and the hotel now known only as the Flamingo plans to spend $90 million renovating a third of its guest rooms.

Caesars Entertainment, which owns the hotel, announced Thursday...


Never heard of Kuhio Avenue? If you want to save money in Waikiki, it’s the place to be

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:30:00 PDT

If an ocean view isn’t essential to your dream Waikiki vacation, you can save money on a bed by checking out new hotels popping up along Kuhio Avenue.

“It used to be all about Kalakaua Avenue, but among people in the know, Kuhio Avenue is the place to be,” Robert Friedl, general manager of The...


A frilly, frothy weekend escape to the Lavender Festival in Sequim, Wash.

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Easy ingredients for a frothy, frilly, lavender-infused weekend: Round up three girlfriends, a few purple shopping bags, a love of all things floral and head north to Washington state for the hugely popular Lavender Weekend in sunny Sequim, pronounced “Skwim.” We strolled, sniffed, tasted, clipped...


What's your preference? Carnival? Windstar? Social media reveals your ship mate

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

When they can, baby boomers prefer to cruise Windstar, known for its luxurious smaller ships. Meanwhile, Carnival connects with moms, dads, high school students, African Americans and bargain shoppers.

Those were the findings of Fizziology, an international social media research firm, which analyzed...


Where's everyone going for Memorial Day? Orlando is tops, AAA says

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:15:00 PDT

Total number of U.S. travelers expected to take a trip is 39.3 million, a million more than last year and the highest number since 2005.(image)

First comes Path of Totality beer. Then St. Louis brewer throws an eclipse-watching party too

Wed, 17 May 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Where will you be during the Great American Eclipse in August? Missouri is primed for the state’s moments in the dark. The total solar eclipse is reason enough for Schlafly Beer of St. Louis to throw a party and create a special brew.

St. Louis and much of the state falls in what’s known as the...