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June 27, 2010
Camp Jabulani, South Africa: Ultimate USA Weddings, Inn at Aberdeen, Valparaiso, Ind.: Pearson's Pond, Juneau, Alaska: Mayhurst Inn, Orange, Va.: More out-of-the-ordinary wedding venues: L.A. Live, which offers several venues, including a street plaza: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia: http://www.
April 18, 2014 | By Alex Pulaski
KO OLINA, Hawaii - Hang around the fire-pit fire long enough, watching Uncle Ito breathe life into Hawaiian legend, and those rascally little menehune inevitably clamber into the conversation. Uncle Ito, one of the resident storytellers at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is blessed with an abundant sense of humor. In a recitation of the menehune people's favorite foods (banana, sweet potato, fish, poi), he's been known to insinuate a Disney reference to Mickey ice cream bars.
August 31, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
This Monday is Labor Day, and America will celebrate with a three-day weekend. But why should this great nation's working people wait until Monday to exercise their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of a deserved cocktail? Ducking out early on Friday is an American tradition to rival baseball and capitalism. Given the travails of the 99%, it's your patriotic duty to honor your laboring forebears and hit the pub while the sun's still high today. Here are a few of L.A.'s canonical three-martini lunch bars and early-evening happy hours.
April 13, 2014 | Jen Leo
Here's a website that can help you keep tabs on travel deals for your favorite destinations around the globe. Name: What it does: It's a search tool for discovering travel deals, including airfare and hotels. What's hot: The site remembers your home airport, so even if you don't like what you see on your main dashboard of "favorite" destinations, additional travel inspiration is just a click away. On the left nav bar you'll find topic lists such as "most amazing beaches," "top honeymoon destinations," "foodie cities," "family & kid friendly cities" and more.
July 25, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
To save a few bucks on your next business trip, stay clear of cities like Paris, London and New York and instead consider trips to such places as Las Vegas, Dallas and New Orleans. Those are the findings of a study released last week by a major travel website that calculated the cost of visits to the world's top 50 tourist destinations. The report by the website TripAdvisor ranked the cities by calculating some basic traveler expenses: the average cost of one night in a four-star hotel, a 5-mile taxi ride, a large cheese pizza and a dry martini.
March 12, 2006
THE March 5 Her World was Susan Spano's best column ["Cultural Gems in War's Cross Hairs"]. The idea of travel should be to visit destinations that have some historic value. I don't care for columns that mention hotels and restaurants as destinations. They should be considered tools for travel, not reasons for travel. We visited each of the places mentioned in Spano's column multiple times, except for Iraq. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Oradour, France (visited each twice), are both very special.
November 19, 1995
Below, the top 15 destinations for travelers leaving from Los Angeles International Airport, according to the most recent information available. They are, by rank: International Travel 1. Mexico City 2. Tokyo 3. Guadalajara, Mexico 4. London 5. Osaka, Japan 6. Vancouver, B.C., Canada 7. Frankfurt, Germany 8. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 9. Hong Kong 10. Taipei, Taiwan 11. Sydney, Australia 12. Guatemala City, Guatemala 13. Toronto, Ont., Canada 14. San Salvador, El Salvador 15.
April 11, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
For an air carrier whose parent company is still in bankruptcy, American Airlines doesn't show signs of retrenching. American announced plans Wednesday to add eight destinations out of Los Angeles International Airport in an effort to secure more big-spending business travelers. It will bring to 51 the number of domestic and international destinations from the airport. The new domestic destinations - Eugene and Redmond, Ore.; Pittsburgh; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Bentonville, Ark.; and Hartford, Conn.
January 6, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, Chicago and Los Angeles topped the list of most popular travel destinations in 2011, according to booking data and online searches reviewed by the travel website Orbitz. But what was surprising about the top 10 list was the absence of coastal vacation spots such as San Diego, Honolulu and Miami. All three beach destinations, as well as New Orleans, made the top 10 list in 2010 but were bumped off in 2011 by Boston, Los Angeles, Denver and Atlanta. Orbitz analyzed search inquiries and found that the most popular perks among travelers booking hotel rooms in 2011 were convenient transportation, pools and extras such as spa services, fitness centers and wireless Internet.
February 15, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Two California towns have earned a place on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of top heritage destinations for 2011. The nonprofit organization each year selects a Dozen Distinctive Destinations that "boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place," according to a statement released Tuesday. The coastal town of Eureka on Humboldt Bay was singled out for its Victorian homes and nearby old-growth redwood forests. Sonoma too was recognized for the town's wine-country roots that reach into the early 19th century.
April 12, 2014 | Chris Megerian and Paige St. John and Scott Gold
When they climbed on board the bus, most were strangers. Not friends, nor classmates. They were called together by aspiration: They were headed to Humboldt State University through a program designed for underprivileged students. Most would be the first in their family to go to college. They were called together, too, by fate: They were assigned to this bus because their last names began with the letters A through L. A little after 5:30 on Thursday evening, now 500 miles into the trip, their bus carrying 48 people thundered past the fertile farms that line Interstate 5. A FedEx tractor-trailer veered across a wide median and struck the bus head-on.
March 7, 2014 | By Rosemary McClure
GRANADA, Nicaragua - I came to Nicaragua to climb a volcano, to listen to howler monkeys scream in the trees of a rain forest and to walk along a deserted beach, watching the sun flame out at the end of day, turning the sea and sky ablaze. I did all those things and more in this star-crossed Central American nation, a place where culture, history and nature combine to offer visitors some of the hemisphere's most diverse experiences. Nicaragua, which calls itself "the next Costa Rica," has much to commend it: large tracts of nature reserves; sleepy surf towns; dozens of volcanic peaks; rain forests rich with biodiversity; seemingly endless, undeveloped beaches; and charming colonial cities alive with culture.
March 3, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Southwest Airlines, the nation's biggest domestic carrier, continued its expansion into international destinations by announcing new daily routes to Mexico and the Bahamas. The new routes represent only the second batch of international destinations that the Dallas-based carrier will begin to serve starting this summer. In January, Southwest announced that its first venture into international destinations will be to three beach cities in the Bahamas starting in July. Southwest said Monday that it is adding daily nonstop service to Cancun and Los Cabos in Mexico and to Nassau in the Bahamas starting in August.
February 28, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
With Clippers Coach Doc Rivers not at practice Friday because of what the team called “personal reasons,” no one else was willing to talk around Danny Granger signing with the team. That's because Granger won't officially be a member of the Clippers until he clears waivers at 2 p.m. West Coast time Friday and signs with them. Granger and Rivers met Thursday night in Los Angeles, and it was then that the small forward decided he wanted to play for the Clippers. Granger was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, making him a free agent who can sign with any team.
February 26, 2014
The Northern California couple who found rare gold coins in eight tin cans buried on their property said they will donate some of the proceeds to charity. John and Mary came upon the $28,000 in U.S. gold coins last year on their daily walk. When they realized what they had found, they dug a hole in their wood pile, placed the 1,400 coins in bags and boxes in an old ice chest and buried them again. The pair had walked the path on their gold country property for years before they spotted the edge of a rusty can peeking out of the moss last February.
February 23, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - When it comes to the NFL scouting combine, UCLA has done a U-turn. The Bruins, largely irrelevant here for much of the last decade, finally matter again. They have five players at the combine, and while that's two short of USC's contingent, UCLA has the region's most coveted player in linebacker Anthony Barr, a potential top-10 pick, and one of the event's best interior offensive linemen in guard Xavier Su'a-Filo. Also being put through the paces at Lucas Oil Stadium are Bruins receiver Shaq Evans, defensive end Cassius Marsh and linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, all of whom figure to be selected in the seven rounds of May's draft.
December 10, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
For skiers and snowboarders, Colorado can be a land of extremes -- and not just in terrain. When it comes to the cost of a day on the slopes, Durango is the best place for bargain-hunters and Vail certainly will appeal to high rollers. That's the word from a TripAdvisor's Ski Index 2012-13 of 25 destinations in the U.S. and Canada. The online travel company created it by tallying the daily cost of a lift ticket, hotel, gear rental, a burger-and-fries meal and even a mug of beer.
April 6, 2011 | By Jason La, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Days are warming up and wildflowers are in bloom . Sure, you could wait for summer's balmy weather, but you run the risk of higher gas prices . Now's the time to go. One question lingers. Where do I go? We're here to help. The Travel Section's road trip guide offers up to 188 destinations in the West, ranging from Lava Beds National Monument in Northern California to Valley of Fire State Park, about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas. It includes a handy tool for estimating how much you'll spend on gas. If you're a nature lover, head over to Joshua Tree National Park near Palm Springs, where wildflowers are in bloom.
February 23, 2014
Stunning photos and report on the Anasazi ruins of Cedar Mesa, Utah ["Rock of Ages" by David Kelly, Feb. 16]. Thank you. I went to Natural Bridges National Monument; now I'll go back and explore more ruins. The drive on Highway 261 south off the edge of Cedar Mesa into Mexican Hat is not for the faint of heart. They're not kidding when they recommend 5 mph. Anne Eggebroten Santa Monica Trust your map, or your spouse? Regarding the Letters column ["Women Can Read Maps Just Fine," Feb. 16]
February 21, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Spring break is right around the corner, and the most popular U.S. destinations for 2014 are clustered in Florida and the West, according to online travel booking site Travelocity . The rankings show South Florida as first and the Orlando area as second when it comes to hot places for students and families to visit between March 1 and April 15. The rest are: 3. Phoenix area 4. Fort Myers, Fla. 5. Las Vegas 6. Cancun,...
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