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Seniors, buy a lifetime federal lands pass now. The price will jump from $10 to $80 in five days

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:30:00 PDT

The America the Beautiful pass gives seniors age 62 and older access to federal recreational lands for a lifetime. The pass costs $10, but the price will jump to $80 starting Monday.

That’s because last December Congress voted to increase the pass price for the first time since 1994.

You can purchase...


New rooms at Temecula resort-casino to open with stay-and-play deals

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:15:00 PDT

Pechanga Resort & Casino plans to open a new 568-room tower at the end of December.

It’s part of a $285-million expansion at the Temecula site that also will add two restaurants, a two-level spa and a 4.5-acre pool complex.

If you want to sample the new rooms, here are two stay-and-play offers...


New zombie hangout in Vegas. Can you outrun them in Fear the Walking Dead Survival?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Zombies have taken over part of downtown Las Vegas. The new Fear the Walking Dead Survival at the Fremont Street Experience brings guests face-to-face with grotesque creatures thirsting for blood.

The attraction is based on the post-apocolyptic TV show “Fear the Walking Dead,” now in its third...


Party like its 1717 on a Danube River cruise celebrating Maria Theresa of Austria

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:45:00 PDT

Waltz into a grand Austrian celebration this fall on the Danube River on an eight-day cruise marking the 300th birthday of Maria Theresa of Austria, whose one-time titles included Holy Roman Empress; Queen of Hungary, Bohemia, Croatia and Slavonia; Archduchess of Austria; and Duchess of Parma.


Did you fall in love with totality? Next total solar eclipse comes to the U.S. in less than 2,420 days

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:45:00 PDT

Millions of Americans from coast to coast looked up Monday to gaze at the total solar eclipse. And for those who fell in love with the darkest moments of the celestial event, it’s not too early to plan for the next one.

In America, the next total solar eclipse will occur April 8, 2024. It may sound...


Mayweather-McGregor boxing match in Vegas: Where to watch, where to drink

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:30:00 PDT

MGM Resorts is offering room-and-fight packages for the Saturday event that include a stay with two tickets to the live screening at the new Park Theater at Monte Carlo.(image)

Calling all vegans: You can cruise and eat well with Oceania's new menu

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:45:00 PDT

Vegans who set sail on Oceania Cruises can happily bypass the prime rib and salmon entrees on their next cruise. That's because the line's six ships now serve an extensive vegan menu and also offer vegan smoothie bars with cold-pressed raw juices.

Passengers can belly up to the raw juice and smoothie...


Vegas visitors can now use their electronic wallet to pay hotel bills or buy show tickets, but not for gambling

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:15:00 PDT

Next time you visit Las Vegas, you might be able to leave your credit cards at home. Many hotel-casino resorts along the city’s famed Strip now let guests use their digital wallets to pay for their room, meals and more — but not for gambling.

MGM Resorts has begun accepting various digital forms...


Christmas market cruises are a gift that jump-starts holiday shopping and saves you money

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:15:00 PDT

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your toes… or is it your nose? Whatever the case, it's refreshing to think about Christmas images when it's so that hot your car interior feels like one of Dante’s circles of hell.

Give into those pleasant holiday daydreams, but then get...


Can travelers satisfy their need for Wi-Fi speed in the air, at sea or in a hotel? Someday, perhaps. Why it's not happening now

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

You’re on a plane or a cruise ship or staying in a hotel, and you need to send an email. The issue: You feel as though you may celebrate a birthday before the document goes through.

The solution? Um, yes, well, the tagline on this column does tell you to send your travel dilemmas to us, doesn’t...


Follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway on a fall tour of Cuba

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Get lost in the time warp that is Cuba on a weeklong fall trip that introduces participants to the culture and vibrant rhythms of the country.

The tour, organized by Cuba specialist Cultural Journeys, follows in the steps of author Ernest Hemingway in Havana. Participants can take a stroll on the...


The total eclipse brought a few minutes of darkness for some. But if it's just inky blackness you seek, here's where to go

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:00:00 PDT

National parks in the West and caves in New Zealand are great places to escape from our very bright planet. Turns out humans need to escape that constant glow. It's good for you too.(image)

6 places to go to experience the planet's dark side, no total solar eclipse necessary

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:30:00 PDT

When the moon blots out the sun during Monday's total solar eclipse, 12 states in its path of totality, from Oregon to South Carolina, will be plunged into darkness for a few minutes.

The eclipse will begin over the Pacific Ocean at 8:45 a.m. Pacific time and start to darken the sky at the first...


Don't let foreign exchange rate overcharges go unchallenged

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Catharine Hamm was much too kind when describing the situation involving currency exchange rates (“The Five Words You Never Want to Say When You’re Paying by Credit Card in a Foreign Country,” On the Spot, online, July 30,

I do an annual London theater binge and always...


What's up for next weekend: an Elvis fest, Pride in Santa Barbara and a Big Bear Air Fair will keep you running

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:15:00 PDT

From Elvis to LGBTQ mariachis to protecting Southern California lands, next weekend has a lot going on.

Garden Grove

Are you lonesome tonight? Don’t be: The 18th Elvis Festival features tribute artists; Elvis, Priscilla and Ann-Margret impersonators; Elvis art; a King of Cadillacs Car Show (passenger...


Oslo is oh so cheap: $414 round trip from LAX on Lufthansa

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:00:00 PDT

And you thought fares to Asia were low? Check out this rock-bottom price to Oslo, Norway, from LAX on Lufthansa: $414, which includes all taxes and fees.

The fare, subject to availability, is for travel from Wednesdays through Sundays Oct. 28 to March 28. You must stay at least seven nights, and...


Watch the eclipse from 300 feet up on a zipline tour in the San Gabriel Mountains

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

If you haven’t made viewing plans for Monday’s eclipse, there’s a place in Southern California where you can watch from 300 feet in the air.

Ziplines at Pacific Crest in the San Gabriel Mountains offers a tree canopy tour timed to seeing the partial solar eclipse while being up in the air and out...


Carnival's seagoing Saturday morning TV shows win awards for excellence

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:45:00 PDT

TV personality Jeff Corwin hiked to the top of an active volcano in Greece, rappelled down steep cliffs in Montenegro and went scuba diving off the coast of Croatia.

It all happened during an episode last Saturday of "Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin," one of three shows from Carnival Corp. that were...


Rose Bowl opens a high-end fan cave as part of the buildup to its 100th anniversary

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:50:00 PDT

The Rose Bowl is upping its game as the new season approaches, unveiling one of the stadium’s original locker room spaces. Reborn as a mini-museum, the locker room will be open to public tours and is a key early step in the buildup to the stadium’s centennial celebration in 2022.

Tucked under the...


Where to find real Hawaiian food in Vegas. It's so good, some call this the 'ninth island'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:15:00 PDT

If you have a yearning for authentic oxtail soup or even Spam musubi, no need to head to Hawaii. A visit to downtown Las Vegas will do.

The aloha welcome mat remains out at the California Hotel Casino, just like it has been for decades, except for the recently completed remodel intended to make...


Try beach camping on a weekend escape to Carlsbad, Calif.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Carlsbad struck it rich with, of all things, water. The city got a boost when pioneer John Frazier tapped a mineral spring in the 1880s and its “miraculous curative powers” were a hit. You can still buy this magic elixir today at the Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa (once Frazier’s Well) in Carlsbad...


Where Bonnie Tyler will sing 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' right before a total eclipse of the sun

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:45:00 PDT

With solar eclipse fever at full blast, the weeklong Total Eclipse Cruise to the eastern Caribbean adds a live performance by Bonnie Tyler, who will belt out “Total Eclipse of the Heart” before the Oasis of the Seas sails into the path of totality.

Tyler will perform her 1983 hit with American...


Get an insider's look at wolves and elk on a fall tour in Yellowstone

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Autumn is golden in Yellowstone National Park when aspens, oaks and grasses change color and crowds subside.

It's also a good time to watch wolves and elk in the wild; fall is the elks' rutting season, and their bugling calls can be heard throughout the park.

A four-day Fall Wolf and Elk Discovery...


It’s been a decade since Knott’s built a major coaster. Will HangTime be worth the wait?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:30:00 PDT

A new roller coaster that briefly leaves riders hanging 150 feet above the ground will pack a lot of thrills into a small space when it debuts next summer at Knott’s Berry Farm.

The HangTime dive coaster coming to Knott’s will feature a vertical lift hill, a beyond-vertical first drop and five...


The triple-inversion spinning coaster Time Traveler turns a traditional family ride upside down

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:30:00 PDT

A new triple-inversion spinning roller coaster themed as a retro-futuristic time machine will put a small Missouri theme park back in the thrill ride spotlight with the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest ride of its kind.

Set to debut in spring 2018, the $26-million Time Traveler coaster at Silver...