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California's Scenic Highway 1 Soon to Reopen in Full

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/06/2018, 12:45 AM

For the first time in more than a year, all of California's spectacular Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles will soon reopen to drivers.  Parts of the 650-mile route, famous around the world for its coastal views (particularly in Big Sur), have been closed to travelers for months due to damage caused by heavy rains and a huge landslide in 2017. Caltrans, the state's transportation depart...

Route 66 and Puerto Rico Among USA's Most Endangered Historic Sites

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/28/2018, 3:30 AM

Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Route 66 all appear on 2018's "Most Endangered Places" list, the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual roundup of important architectural and cultural sites in peril. The purpose of the list, the group says, is to raise awareness and spur action to protect landmarks—and in some cases landmasses—"facing a range of challenges and threats, from d...

Tips on Getting the Most Out of Your 2018 Summer Vacation

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/30/2018, 4:00 PM

Remember when summer really meant vacation? I’m talking, of course, of the time before you were able to vote, when summer meant freedom from school and adventures at camp, a fun summer job, or long lazy days doing very little. However you did it, summer was a break from the daily routine—and a welcome one. But for most of us, summer now means the same commute, the same job, the same responsibiliti...

How Not to Do Yosemite in Winter

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/20/2018, 9:00 AM

I sometimes think my real job as a travel writer is to be an idiot. It's my job to make mistakes and then report on them so that my readers can have fun, safe, and error-free vacations. This week, I really succeeded: I almost died twice. I just left Yosemite National Park in California. I had thought this column would be about the wonders of Yosemite in winter. And while it is wondrous, the famo...

Starting Oct. 13, Drive California's Highway 1 from Carmel to Big Sur Again

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/09/2017, 2:45 AM

With the completion of the new Pfeiffer Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California, a key portion of the state's spectacularly scenic Highway 1 is set to reopen on October 13.  The original bridge had to be demolished in March after damage caused by heavy rains. That cut Big Sur in two and made it impossible for drivers to complete the rugged central coast route that starts in Carmel—one of the country'...

Record Number of July 4th Travelers Expected

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/28/2016, 2:45 AM

A record 43 million Americans are expected to travel during Independence Day weekend (Thursday, June 30-Monday, July 4). And according to AAA, a whopping 84% of them will be traveling by car. You can credit low gas prices and a pretty strong domestic economy—two good things you might find yourself cursing as you try to navigate the nation's clogged highways. All told, the number of travelers is...

For Summer Road Trips, a Smartphone App That Avoids Traffic and Finds the Cheapest Gas

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/28/2013, 3:15 PM

Last week, at the Webby Awards, which is like the Oscars for online ventures, an interesting travel app took home the "Best Connected" prize. Here's what it can do: If you leave it running while you drive, it uses data from everyone else who also has it open and it determines the fastest route to your destination. So if there's an accident between you and your goal, when it finds out, it r...

By Advertising That They Are "American Owned", A Number of U.S. Motels Are Engaging in Utterly Improper Racism

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/11/2013, 4:15 PM

You don't have to drive long on U.S. highways until you see one: a motel sign loudly boasting the premises are "American-owned." And you don't have to stay in many motels to know that in the past 25 years, budget accommodations have become a major growth sector for immigrants from South Asia. A large proportion of America's budget hotels are now run by people born in and around In...

By Advertising That They Are "American Owned", A Number of U.S. Motels Are Engaging in Utterly Improper Racism

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/11/2013, 4:15 PM

You don't have to drive long on U.S. highways until you see one: a motel sign loudly boasting the premises are "American-owned." And you don't have to stay in many motels to know that in the past 25 years, budget accommodations have become a major growth sector for immigrants from South Asia. A large proportion of America's budget hotels are now run by people born in and around In...

It's Florida Drive Out Season! One-Way Rentals for $10/Day, No Strings Attached

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/02/2013, 12:00 AM

It's one of the best-kept secrets in vacationing: the annual Florida Drive Out.   This is the time of year when the big rental car companies need to rebalance the distribution of their fleets. To convince customers to help them shift their inventory away from winter vacation destinations by the start of the summer travel season, they mark down their prices to nutty levels. And I mean c...

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