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April 11, 2010 | By Jen Leo
What's hot: Get video tours of the hostel's living room, computer hub, bunk beds, kitchen and more before you decide which hostel is right for you. The videos help the properties come to life — as opposed to seeing only property photos. Some videos also offer local tips and attractions. Keep your eye out for the Wi-Fi logo if that's important to you. What's not: You have to leave the website to book the hostel after you fall in love with the property on the video. But that does give you the opportunity to book it on a website that you may already know, such as Hostels.
March 3, 2013 | By Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
Where: Departs from Lincoln Heights Cypress Gold Line station When: 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and July 22 Price: $55 Info: (323) 223-2767,
February 1, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Gardening fans and plant lovers go behind the scenes at some of the best known gardens on the East Coast. Botanic, public and estate gardens in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., are featured on this 10-day tour as well as some attached to historic homes in out-of-the-way places in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The Gardens of American History begins in New York City with a private tour of the New York Botanical Garden, which includes its greenhouses. Then participants travel by bus to private estates turned public gardens in Pennsylvania: Chanticleer gardens in Wayne and Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square.
August 12, 2010
Did Bowersox get robbed? Does the iron-fisted, despotic rule of trigger-happy tween girls overly skew "Idol's" results? Put aside these questions for a moment and instead bask in the meta-media explosion that is "American Idols Live! Tour 2010," where all your favorites from last season band together to jockey for the ever-rare brass ring of a post-show career. Ticket sales have been rough around the country, so savor the fact that this L.A. show is still on. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $40.50-$76.
June 2, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
Tour company Secret Dalmatia cares passionately about sharingCroatia'srich cultural, historical and natural heritage. We just returned from a customized tour for two. Ours was an ideal balance of sightseeing, traditional and gastronomic meals with wonderful wine pairings. Our hotels were personally selected for their beauty by company founder Alan Mandic, who oversees all arrangements. Also offered are small-group tours and honeymoon trips. Croatia is a magnificent destination and worthy of a place among the best travel experiences in Europe.
October 9, 2012 | By Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys recent 50th anniversary tour reunited original members Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks and longtime member Bruce Johnston for the first time in almost two decades. Near the end of the tour in London, and the day before the band was saluted with a new 50th anniversary exhibition at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, Love announced that he and Johnston would continue touring under the Beach Boys' name in his pre-anniversary edition of the band, minus Wilson, Jardine and Marks.
November 1, 1992
A travel tip: On a recent cruise to Alaska, we were offered optional city/area tours in each of the three cities we were to visit. Each tour was about $29. We decided not to purchase those tours and to visit the cities by ourselves. After arriving in each city, we found independent tour companies there to greet the ship. Those independent tour guides offered the same tour at $10-$12.50 per person. MARSHALL FOX Santa Barbara
June 29, 2009 | August Brown
It's either a testament to the Warped Tour's longevity or a knock on its creativity that Bad Religion and NOFX, the bands headlining this 15th installment of the youth-skewing summer punk rock road show, could have played at any point in the outing's history. Both groups remain beloved staples of teenage counterculture, but at Friday's Warped kickoff date at the Pomona Fairplex, loyalists in the circle pit in front of the stage might have felt like it was 1999. Or 2004. Or 2008.
October 4, 2004
President Bush went AWOL for over a year during wartime on full pay from the National Guard. What did he get? An honorable discharge eight months before his tour of duty was up. What would you and I get if we pulled that stunt? A dishonorable discharge and a trip to the slammer. John C. McCarthy Claremont
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