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New Reservations Website for California State Parks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/03/2017, 12:00 AM

A new website for making reservations for campsites and activities at California's state parks debuts this week. From now on, you'll need to go to ReserveCalifornia to book tent space in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, a beach cottage at Crystal Cove in Orange County, a tour of Hearst Castle (pictured above) in San Simeon, or facilities at more than 100 additional sites across the state, with aroun...

Wait Times at Disneyland Keep Going Up

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/17/2017, 4:00 AM

Despite rising ticket prices and efforts to fine-tune ride reservation systems, wait times at Disneyland keep going up.  An extensive analysis of lines at the Anaheim, California theme park conducted by the Los Angeles Times found that the average wait for the most popular rides in the first six months of the year was 24.4 minutes—a 28% increase over the same period in 2015.  The longe...

Parts of California's Highway 1 Remain Closed Following Landslides

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/05/2017, 4:00 AM

Significant portions of California's Highway 1 between Monterey and San Simeon—a stretch that recently made our list of the country's most scenic drives for the way it showcases Big Sur's rugged coastal beauty—remain closed following landslides brought on by late-winter rains.  State transportation officials don't expect the full route to be reopened for another four to six weeks.  Clo...

Toll Proposed for San Francisco's Crooked Lombard Street

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/22/2017, 5:00 AM

A San Francisco city supervisor has proposed a toll for cars traveling on the city's famously crooked Lombard Street in order to ease the 600-foot thoroughfare's overwhelming congestion. About two million tourists visit the hilly zigzag each year, and the traffic can be maddening for residents, especially during the summer, when as many as 17,000 drivers and pedestrians come to Lombard Str...

In Final Days in Office, Obama Designates Five New National Monuments

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/17/2017, 5:00 AM

On Thursday, during Barack Obama's last full week in office, the president did for the (probably) last time something he's done more than anybody else who's occupied the White House: He designated some new national monuments. Five of them, to be exact.   Exercising his power under the 1906 Antiquities Act to preserve sites of historic, cultural, and ecological importance, Obama added t...

Have Joint, Will Travel....And Travel...And Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/10/2016, 11:00 PM

Though the election was a buzz kill for many, there was a silver lining for some: a growing haze of pot smoke. California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine all legalized recreational marijuana, which led industry magazine Travel Weekly to wonder if this is now the golden age of "cannabis tourism"? As the magazine noted, both Colorado and Washington State, which legalized bud several yea...

A True "Wow" in Airfares to Iceland

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Looks like the American takeover of Iceland is continuing apace. In 2016 alone 325,000 Americans have made their way to this land of geysers, massive waterfalls, fermented shark treats, and Northern Lights. Since the population of Iceland is just 332,000, American visitors are on pace to outnumber the locals quite soon. They're being helped by Iceland's upstart airline WOW. It already ...

A True "Wow" in Airfares to Iceland

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Looks like the American takeover of Iceland is continuing apace. In 2016 alone 325,000 Americans have made their way to this land of geysers, massive waterfalls, fermented shark treats, and Northern Lights. Since the population of Iceland is just 332,000, American visitors are on pace to outnumber the locals quite soon. They're being helped by Iceland's upstart airline WOW. It already ...

Pint-Size Princess Confronts Gaston at Disneyland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/21/2016, 4:00 AM

Now let's discuss the big debate of the week. We're talking, of course, about Gaston vs. Snow White. Dressed as that particular Disney princess, a 6-year-old girl named Lucy encountered the Beauty and the Beast bully at Disneyland in California this week. Lucy's mom, Katie Pettit, was filming the interaction, but she didn't coax the youngster to give Gaston a piece of her mind. Lucy di...

Modernized, Less Partisan Nixon Library Reopens

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/14/2016, 4:00 AM

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California reopens today following a $15 million overhaul. Previously criticized for a lack of modern technology as well as a partisan approach to chronicling the 37th president's controversial tenure in the Oval Office, the facility has been updated with videos, interactive touch-screen monitors, and a more even-handed, les...

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