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Travel Ticker: NASA Launch Control Center tour, Yosemite art show

June 17, 2012|By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times

For the first time in more than 30 years, NASA is allowing Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests inside the Launch Control Center. The tour shows where NASA directors and engineers supervised all 152 launches for the space shuttle and Apollo programs, including Firing Room 4, where all 21 space shuttle launches since 2006 were controlled. Info: http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com. . . . The Yosemite Valley Visitor Center is featuring an exhibit of landscape paintings through the end of September. Artists Thomas Ayres, Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran are featured. . . . Atlanta's High Museum of Art invited three photographers to present their views of the American South, and the results, including slices of urban life, rural portraits and eroding marshlands, will be on display until Sept. 2. . . . Maui's Kaanapali Beach Hotel is offering this for $965: three nights in partial ocean-view room, choice of jet ski, parasailing or a sunset cocktail cruise for two, plus car rental. Through Dec. 15. Info: (800) 262-8450 . . . . Monterey County's Casa Munras Hotel & Spa is offering a summer camp for kids ages 5-12. Activities include ocean-themed crafts, outdoor scavenger hunts and camp songs. Info: (831) 375-0176. . . . Bask in a Lake Tahoe sunset with a glass of wine in hand this summer during the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor State Park. For details, http://www.laketahoeshakespeare.com. . . . The Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah is holding Cars and Conversation With Jay Leno on Saturday, July 14. Tickets at http://www.speedumfa.com . . . . Currently exhibiting more than 400 sculptures, the Cancun Underwater Museum is adding 60 new pieces this summer . . . . Travel quote of the week: "Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." (Henry James)

chris.erskine@latimes.com

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