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Heading up the 395? Stopping to scope out the sights is time well spent

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

We’ve all probably done it. We load up the car and head north for Mammoth Lakes as quickly as possible.

I’ve finally learned that the 300-plus-miles drive mostly on U.S. Highway 395 can be as enjoyable, informative and enlightening as the time spent in that great mountain community.

And this time...


Three Tokyo day trips step into Japanese history

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Tokyo is perhaps the world's most relentlessly modern megalopolis, with bullet trains and robot cafes, cutting-edge architecture, fashions that won’t show up stateside for two years, and fun-seekers cruising around in Mario Kart-style racers.

So it's hard to fathom that there are easy day trips...


Mammoth calls out the plows as first snow of the season coats roads and village

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:05:00 PDT

It's snowing in the Sierra. Then again, when isn’t it snowing in the Sierra?

Mammoth Lakes got more than a dusting Thursday in the first snowfall of the season, with three inches reported in the village. Snow coated the roads so heavily that the plows were out, and locals left footprints on sidewalks.


What's up for next weekend? Hula, bananas, beer and hay rides

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

From bananas to beer, hula to reggae, and hay rides to Halloween, a quirky weekend is coming to SoCal.

Santa Monica

What could be more L.A. than relaxing on an old-timey lawn chair on Santa Monica Pier cooled by ocean breezes while you watch Front Porch Cinema’s showing of “La La Land”? Film got...


Knott’s returns to the fog with a stronger Halloween Haunt line-up

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:00:00 PDT

Knott’s Berry Farm’s less-is-more approach to Halloween Haunt in recent seasons has resulted in fewer but better haunted mazes with a greater focus on storytelling and attention to detail.

In its 45th season, the granddaddy of theme park haunted attractions is playing catch-up with Universal’s...


Key West port to reopen to cruise ships; Hurricane Maria forces Caribbean itinerary changes

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:40:00 PDT

Key West plans to reopen its port to cruise ships Sunday, two weeks after Hurricane Irma battered the resort area at the southern tip of Florida. Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas will be the first ship to visit, on its way to Cuba.

Cruise lines, which shuffled ships and itineraries when Irma...


Best hotels for relaxation or shopping? Expedia's new way to search for your next luxury stay

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:15:00 PDT

Expedia launched a new online resource Thursday that identifies the world’s hotels not by their price or their star rating but by vacation experiences.

Collections, as it’s called, offers travelers six curated categories from which to choose a place to stay for their next trip: beach, relaxation,...


See Hong Kong this winter, with $428 round-trip fare out of LAX

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Put Hong Kong on your New Year’ s wish list, with this $428 round-trip deal out of LAX.

The American Airlines deal, which includes all taxes and fees, is for travel between Jan. 20 and March 30. As with many of these offers, there are a limited number of seats available.

No minimum stay is required,...


Rail jam contests and Snoop Dogg to kick off Bear Mountain's snowboarding season (already?)

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:20:00 PDT

Expect to see snow and Snoop Dogg on Saturday at Hot Dawgz and Handrails, Bear Mountain’s kickoff event for the snowboarding season.

Snow and shaved ice will cover the course for rail jam competitions among top snowboarders at the Big Bear Lake ski resort.

In between and after the action, you can...


Knott’s Scary Farm sets meta maze inside a theme park ride

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

When Knott’s Halloween Haunt attraction designer Jon Cooke pitched the idea for a haunted maze set inside a theme park ride, everybody had the same response: “How have we not done this already?”

The new Dark Ride haunted maze at Knott’s Scary Farm takes “trespassers” inside the abandoned Castle...


A weekend escape to Santa's Village is not just for December anymore

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Santa never looked so good. That’s because he has been updated from the 1950s to the 21st century. At least, that's what's happened to the Santa Claus dwelling in Skyforest, Calif. Most native Southern Californians older than 30 are familiar with the original Santa's Village, a small Alpine-themed...


Rabbis lead Jewish heritage tour to Southeast Asia's synagogues

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Observe the Shabbat and discover the Jewish history and traditions of Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam on a 15-day tour escorted by two rabbis.

Highlights include dinner and services at Singapore’s historic Magen Aboth Synagogue; Shabbat at Myanmar’s Musmeah Synagogue, home to more than...


Culver Hotel is hosting a masquerade party for Culver City's 100th birthday, and you're invited

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Culver Hotel is throwing a lavish masquerade party for Culver City's 100th birthday. And you're invited(image)

More than a museum: The Rolling Stones' 'Exhibitionism' display opens in Las Vegas

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:15:00 PDT

The Rolling Stones “want people to go away talking about” “Exhibitionism” — the band’s new Las Vegas retrospective. The Stones will be on tour in Europe this fall, but fans can get their fix at the interactive exploration set to open Saturday at the Palazzo.

The display featuring Mick Jagger, Keith...


Celebrity offers 'Moveable Feast' culinary cruises with popular PBS show's chefs

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Celebrity Cruises is offering “Moveable Feast” culinary cruises with chef-driven itineraries on upcoming sailings. The line is teaming up with the popular PBS series to offer special culinary nights in its dining rooms, hands-on cooking demonstrations and market excursions that emulate the show.


After earthquake, some airlines allow Mexico City travelers to change tickets without paying fees

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:00:00 PDT

Some airlines are allowing Mexico City travelers to change their tickets without paying fees after a deadly and powerful earthquake measuring 7.1 rocked central Mexico on Tuesday.

More than 100 people died when homes and businesses collapsed across hundreds of miles, according to an L.A. Times...


Is the Bronx another Brooklyn in the making? No jeers, just cheers for this urban revival

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 PDT

It's been nearly 115 years since a stand of stately tulip trees was planted to grace the lovely walkway and lawns leading to the New York Botanical Garden’s Mertz Library in the Bronx.

They joined a so-called mother tulip tree, which may be more than 100 years older, on the former grounds of the...


Five California places to visit that cost $10 or less — from bread to yoga classes

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:30:00 PDT

The mother of all sourdough is among the options. Or you can take a stadium tour, or try a workout at a San Francisco cathedral.(image)

Paris for $1,099 includes round-trip airfare from LAX and a four-night stay

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:15:00 PDT

Thinking about Paris in the off-season? Adventure Vacations' trip called Christmas Shopping in Paris costs $1,099 for round-trip flights from Los Angeles and four nights in a hotel, provided you bring along a friend or loved one. After that, what you spend on your shopping list is up to you.



Del Mar putting on a show for Breeders' Cup in early November, with golf, music, food

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Not only will the Breeders’ Cup showcase horse racing’s top talent Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar Racetrack but it’ll also shine a light on San Diego’s cuisine, culture and entertainment.

Heavy on music and food, the festival begins a week before the races. It also features golf tournaments, a beach run and...


Can't decide between a golf vacation or cruise? Now you can do both in Canada

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Tee up on some of Canada's most challenging seaside courses on a golf and cruise vacation that includes six courses.

The One Ocean Expeditions tour, called the Fiddles and Sticks Golf Expedition, begins and ends at Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

It visits Prince Edward Island, one of the most...


Cruise lines send ships and cash to help Caribbean islands recover from Irma

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:30:00 PDT

First they sent rescue ships. Now cruise lines plan to give millions to help Caribbean islands recover from Hurricane Irma.

Royal Caribbean International’s cruise ships made humanitarian aid trips last week to the hard-hit islands of St. Martin and St. Thomas.

Majesty of the Seas on Monday was...


Some luxury Honolulu hotels are changing their looks — and their names

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Where to stay in Honolulu this fall and winter just got more challenging. Three hotels are wrapping up top-to-bottom renovations, and two of them are even changing names.

The Pacific Beach Hotel has undergone the priciest makeover, with $115 million spent on the transformation. The hotel is expected...


Northern Italy walking tour takes you through the Lakes District

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:30:00 PDT

A walking tour in northern Italy takes you through the country’s Lakes District. Immerse yourself in the color and culture of the area on a weeklong, self-guided trip from Lake Maggiore to Lake Orta.

The area, which offers lakes, islands, mountains and stunning views, brings the flavor of the Alps...


Find your missing stuff, make sure you take your pills, pack smarter and take a compact back-country tool

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Gear that makes life easier gets gold stars. If it’s also lightweight, more stars. If it fulfills more than one function, even more stars. Here are some of the newer “making life easier” items:

Find it

Misplaced stuff is a vacation hazard. Enter the waterproof Bluetooth Pro Style Tracker from Tile....