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Last Build Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:20:38 -0800

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Keep your holiday sane with these tips

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 04:00:00 PST

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With renovations and new restaurants, LAX hotels are taking off

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:00:00 PST

The $14 billion in improvements at LAX have stolen the show, but the airport is not the only place that’s getting a face-lift.

Check out the nearby hotels on Century Boulevard for a happy surprise for out-of-town guests or for you if you have an early flight.

There are new hotels and several others...

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Get ready for Black Friday-Cyber Monday travel deals on Cuba, Greece and more

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:00:00 PST

If part of your Thanksgiving tradition involves Black Friday-Cyber Monday shopping, consider your travel plans when scouting for deals. Lots of tour operators and outfitters will be offering flash sales on overseas trips for one day or longer — and you can do it all online too.

The deals:

Friendly...

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The Arizona Biltmore makes for an elegant weekend escape in Phoenix

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 PST

When my husband, Paul, and I learned that the Arizona Biltmore was offering a special package in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday, we booked a room and a flight to Phoenix. What better enticement than a stay at the hotel associated with the most famous American...

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Viking is best cruise line in Mediterranean, Royal Caribbean offers best value, in new rankings

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:30:00 PST

If you're planning a cruise during the coming year, there are a lot of things to consider: Is the price right? Does the cruise line sail to the destination you're longing to see? Does it cater to couples or families?

U.S. News & World Report may offer some insights. The magazine announced its 2018...

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The mistakes you make on a cruise that can ruin your trip — and how to avoid them

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 05:00:00 PST

If you've booked your first cruise or are thinking about booking one, you may need advice on how to avoid blunders that can ruin your journey — a sort of a sailing-for-landlubbers guide.

Here are 10 gaffes to avoid:

First things first: Don't call it a boat; it's a ship. There are exceptions, but...

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Cool, close to home, and just what you need for kids

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:00:00 PST

I am an avid reader of the L.A. Times. As a father of twin girls, I am always looking for things to do with them. Please continue providing us with "cool" things to do. Really enjoy this new section of Travel; keep up the good work.

Jimmy Lima

West Covina

Walking while looking at one’s phone in...

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Warmest wishes (and gear ideas) for toasty travels

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:00:00 PST

Traveling to a cold-weather destination for the holidays? Here are some neat new take-alongs for warming up inside and out.

Big sippers

When I take my coffee on the road, I want it to stay hot, but not in those off-tasting, thick-lipped metal or plastic mugs. The tough, sipper-friendly, double-wall...

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Burn off those calories and other SoCal events during the Thanksgiving weekend

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 04:00:00 PST

Ramp up to that Thanksgiving dinner with a walk or a run at the beach, then jump full-tilt into the holiday season with craft fairs and Santa on a surfboard.

Dana Point

Make space for calories with a run before your Thanksgiving feast: the 40th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot. It’s combined with...

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Southern California's best holiday light shows for keeping spirits bright

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:15:00 PST

You’ve made plans for Thanksgiving, but what are you doing the day after? Going to see holiday lights may be the ideal bridge from Turkey Day to Christmas. Here are five events guaranteed to keep your spirits bright.

Festival of Lights, Riverside

The Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn in Riverside...

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Sneak peek at holiday weather: Snow in the Sierra (for now), dry conditions across most of nation

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:00:00 PST

Snow has been falling on Sierra resorts since early Thursday morning, building hopes that mega-resorts such as Mammoth Mountain can be fully open for the holiday week. At noon Friday, high winds were howling across the Sierra, and Mammoth had only three lifts operating.

But the resort was optimistic...

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Fly round-trip from LAX to Phuket, Thailand, for $400 on China Southern

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:00:00 PST

You can fly to Phuket, Thailand, for $400 round-trip from LAX, including all taxes and fees, on China Southern, using the money you save on airfare for a splurge at the island resort in the Andaman Sea.

The fare, subject to availability, is for travel Jan. 17 through May 3. You must stay at least...

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It doesn't get more authentic than this: a taro harvest at a Waikiki hotel's poolside garden

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:15:00 PST

Waikiki is returning to its roots. One Honolulu hotel garden every month harvests a small patch of taro, a vegetable once ubiquitous along the area’s marshes and one critical to the islands’ most famous dish, poi.

Taro is harvested at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach, where a small garden flourishes...

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Get ready for the crush: LAX expected to be nation's second busiest airport during Thanksgiving week

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:55:00 PST

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) will be the busiest airport in the nation during Thanksgiving week, followed by Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), according to a travel report released Wednesday.

More than 1.3 million passengers are expected to fly out of Atlanta,...

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New robot at Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas offers directions and can hum a little

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:30:00 PST

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas guests may find themselves greeted by the hotel’s newest staff member: a robot named Pepper.

“She” arrived at the hotel’s 23rd floor Sky Lobby earlier this month with the title of technical ambassador. Pepper can answer questions about the hotel and give directions,...

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Holiday time at SoCal Disney parks means Christmas trees are up and winter has come to Sleeping Beauty's castle

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:00:00 PST

It’s not yet Thanksgiving yet, but you wouldn’t know that at Disneyland and California Adventure Park. Each park has a mammoth Christmas tree in place, and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle has officially gone into winter mode.

If you’ve never been to the theme parks during the holidays, there are decorations,...

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Take a small-ship cruise to Washington state's tulip festival next spring

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:45:00 PST

If facing winter makes you dream of spring, check out American Cruise Lines’ Tulip Festival cruises next April that will explore Washington state’s Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.

The weeklong cruises visit the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Anacortes, Wash., where hundreds of acres...

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These cities have more vacation homes that allow pets than any others in the U.S.

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:25:00 PST

San Diego, Palm Springs and Big Bear Lake ranked among the top five pet-friendly cities in the U.S. for vacation rentals, a recent trend report by HomeAway said.

The vacation rental company looked at places with high numbers of rentals that allowed pets. Four Corners and Davenport, both southwest...

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5 places in Las Vegas where you can find snow, ice, Merlin and holiday lights

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:30:00 PST

Las Vegas’ nighttime low temperatures remain well above freezing, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be seeing seasonal attractions complete with ice and snow.

For skaters, who could resist a glide across the ice overlooking the Strip? That’s just what the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is offering, starting...

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Dog days in December? Napa Valley winery offers canine-friendly holiday weekend

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:00:00 PST

Looking for a special gift for the oh-so-special dog in your life? You might find it in Napa Valley in December, when Calistoga Ranch presents a three-night getaway for travelers with pups.

The family-friendly event in Calistoga starts Dec. 13 with a smoked-bacon scavenger hunt in the vineyard,...

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New security measures at U.S. airports could slow you down this holiday travel season

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

If you’re getting on a plane during the holidays, the rules for security have changed. Again. And that turkey gravy you’re carrying? You can tote it in your carry-on — but not enough to feed a crowd. Here are some ground rules fliers should know lest they run afoul of what promises to be an exceptionally...

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Tours of flood-damaged Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park focus on repairs

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:15:00 PST

Two years ago, a flash flood swept through historic Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park, causing serious damage to the building and the road. Starting Dec. 2, the attraction, which has been closed since October 2015, is set to reopen to weekly tours for visitors who want to see its renovations...

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Discover India with travel pro Susan Geringer on 14-day women-only tour

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:00:00 PST

Join Susan Geringer, a tour company founder who specializes in India, on a small-group tour for women that blends local life, arts, crafts and interactive experiences.

The 14-day itinerary includes the cities of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Narlai, Udaipur and Mumbai.

Highlights include...

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You may not fare as well, financially speaking, with basic economy

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 06:05:00 PST

Nice article on basic economy fares [“Is Basic Economy Worth It?” On the Spot, by Catharine Hamm, Nov. 5]. One surprising thing I've seen is that those fares are sometimes more expensive than regular economy fares. It makes no sense, but my frequent-flier friends and I have seen this fairly often...

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What's up for the weekend of Nov. 17-19: Hollywood, hot air balloons and Harry Potter

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 05:00:00 PST

Hollywood insiders, hot air balloons, Harry Potter, avant-garde transportation and women with beards are all part of next weekend’s festivities.

Burbank

Peek behind the magic curtain as animation professionals converge at the eighth CTN Animation eXpo. Nearly 100 small panels and workshops can...

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