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New Concept Art for Disneyland's "Star Wars" Released

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/12/2016, 10:00 PM

Disney has released a new conceptual illustration of the hotly anticipated Star Wars-themed area being built at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Here's how the park's blog (breathlessly) describes it: "Nestled between towering spires of rock, this thriving port contains a seemingly familiar architecture of markets, landing zones and buildings. Look closely and you may find hints of some of t...

Short-Term Rentals Banned in Anaheim

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/05/2016, 12:45 PM

The city council of Anaheim, California—home of Disneyland—has voted to ban the operation of all short-term rentals, which will have to shut down within the next 18 months. Given that the city is a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to Orange County theme parks and beaches, Anaheim has a slew of vacation rentals listed at sites such as Airbnb and HomeAway, which offer travelers a...

Welcome to LA's New Observation Deck

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/25/2016, 6:15 PM

Skyspace's Skyslide was lifted into place in mid-March (Photo Credit: OUE Skyspace) We're amidst heady days for Los Angeles tourism. Last week, the city's Metro system scored a major advance for visitors intent on avoiding traffic. It opened an extension of its Expo Line that can now take you all the way to Santa Monica's world-famous beach to Hollywood to Universal Studios—all withou...

San Francisco-LA Sleeper "Bus" Debuts

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/13/2016, 10:15 PM

This week, there's been a lot of press about the "Hyperloop" companies that are racing to create magnet-powered trains that will shuttle passengers at the speed of sound inside vacuum tubes. Despite small-scale tests that were loudly turned into into public relations moments, they're still concepts unproven on a large scale that are at least a half-decade away from completion, if they eve...

Three New National Monuments Named

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/12/2016, 7:45 PM

Meet your newest National Park units. President Obama has set aside some 1.8 million acres of delicate Southern California desertland as three of the United States' newest National Monuments. They're no longer "proposed"—as of today, they're confirmed. The new areas are called Mojave Trails, Castle Mountains (both are in the Mojave Desert), and Sand to Snow (in the Sonoran Desert)...

$99 Fares from California to Europe? Wow!

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/13/2016, 2:30 PM

To promote the inauguration of new service from San Francisco and Los Angeles and Europe (via Iceland), WOW Airlines is throwing a quick but impressive sale. The planes won't depart until the summer but if you book now, and are able to game the system (more on that below), you may be able to snag $99 dollar flights, each way, to Reykjavik, Iceland and $199 flights to London and other cities th...

Pausing for Art in the Napa Valley: A Visit to the Spectacular di Rosa Preserve

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/14/2015, 10:45 PM

White, red, or rose, and whether to sip or spit—those are the choices and considerations that fill the days of most visitors to the Napa Valley wine region. But even the most avid oenophiles usually need to take a break from hour upon hour of vino. And when that happens, many head to the di Rosa Preserve, a sprawling, 217-acre visual arts complex that provides its own form of intoxication. ...

Kids Stay and Eat Free in San Diego

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/23/2015, 6:00 PM

Once again, as it has done annually for a while, the city of San Diego, California, has worked with some of its biggest hotels, restaurants, and attractions to offer a slew of deals in which kids vacation for free with their families. This year, those promotions include free admission to the famous San Diego Zoo, the original SeaWorld, and on Hornblower Cruises tours of San Diego's deserve...

New Free Trolley Rolling in Palm Springs

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/12/2015, 6:30 PM

Palm Springs has launched a free trolley service, Palm Springs Buzz, enabling visitors to more easily visit without a car—or after more sangrias.  Buzz runs Thursday through Sunday every 15 minutes from 11am to 1am the next morning. Essentially, it goes down Palm Canyon to Smoketree, and up Indian and Palm Canyons to Via Escuela—that's a big L shape that covers 10.5 miles of most of the ma...

The Sometimes Hokey, But Still Potent, Charms of Monterey, California

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/24/2015, 7:00 PM

The towns along the California coastline are somewhat like that line-up of starlets that was featured in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s “That’s Entertainment” movies. Each one is supernaturally gorgeous, and with a kicky spirit to boot. They’re blessed with golden beaches, towering cliffs, quirky boutiques and gourmet eateries. Big Sur has its overabundance of nature sites, a surfeit of celebrities (he...

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