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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...

A Major Celebration in San Diego Makes It the Californian City to Visit This Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/19/2015, 8:00 PM

In 1909, San Diego was a little city with really big ambitions. It decided to throw a world’s fair in 1915 to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal, which would make it the first U.S. city reached by ships after making the passage. San Diego would be the smallest city ever to host such an international event. And it would do so over the strong objections of neighboring San Francisco, which...

Minions, Mayhem and Universal’s Godzilla-Sized “Footprint”

By gretchen kelly

Posted on 05/06/2014, 3:30 PM

  Universal Studios Theme Parks & Resorts, flush with funds from its gajillionaire owner Comcast is going mano a mano with Disney in an all out bid to own the theme park world.  Speaking at an investor conference in January, Comcast’s CEO Brian Roberts vowed that the telecom giant was “doubling down on theme parks.”  Now Universal Studios Hollywood is promoting its newly opened “D...

You Only Live Once, But You Get to Serve Twice: The Low Down on Tennis Vacations from An Expert

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/10/2014, 11:45 PM

  Billie Jean King once said “Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.” And for many it’s that dichotomy, grace vs. sweaty exertion, that makes tennis the ideal vacation activity. With spring and summer just around the corner, I thought it was the right time to grill an expert on tennis vacations. Roger Cox is a long-time sp...

Disney Raises Prices Past the $90 Mark, So Your Summer Vacation to the Mouse Will Cost More Cheddar

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/03/2013, 10:00 PM

The Mouse has roared again. Each year it raises prices on us, and it did it again. A one-day, one-park ticket to its Magic Kingdom park now costs $6 more, or $95, and kids (which in Orlandoland are only children until age 9) cost $89. Interestingly, it is not hiking its other three Florida parks to the same level. They will be $90 adults/$84 kids. Disneyland broke the $90 wall, too. That's...

San Francisco's Bay Lights Are a New Tourist Attraction and Hotels Take Notice

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2013, 1:00 PM

Since March, San Francisco's Bay Bridge has been bursting with light nightly from dusk to 2am. At 1.8 miles long and in places 500 feet tall, the Bay Lights is now the largest LED light display in the world. It's been a big year for moving LED displays on American landmarks. Last fall, New York City's Empire State Building got its own dancing display, although it is usually static and rare...

San Francisco's Bay Lights Are a New Tourist Attraction and Hotels Take Notice

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2013, 1:00 PM

Since March, San Francisco's Bay Bridge has been bursting with light nightly from dusk to 2am. At 1.8 miles long and in places 500 feet tall, the Bay Lights is now the largest LED light display in the world. It's been a big year for moving LED displays on American landmarks. Last fall, New York City's Empire State Building got its own dancing display, although it is usually static and rare...

Zipcar is Zipping Home From the Airport

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/07/2013, 1:30 AM

  Getting home from the airport may just have gotten cheaper and easier. Last week, car-sharing firm Zipcar (www.zipcar.com) announced that it will parking vehicles at major airports around North America. If you book in advance online, you can skip car rental lines and head directly to the parking lot. This new development could drop the cost of getting back from the airport significan...

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