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July 3, 2011 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Whether you're shopping at Tiffany, contemplating the Liberty Bell, hiking in Yosemite National Park or throwing dice inLas Vegas, odds are good you'll meet an international tourist enjoying America alongside you. New York, Florida, California, Nevada and Hawaii (in that order) welcomed the most international travelers last year, according to the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (a branch of the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce). Combining data from the 2009 and 2010 reports, a and information from visitor bureaus and the National Park Service, here are the top eight groups of U.S.-inbound visitors by nationality.
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July 17, 2011
ZAMBIA Service and bike tour During World Bicycle Relief's cycling trip through Zambia, travelers help by building bicycles and distributing them to students (especially girls), small-business owners and medical caregivers. After the philanthropic work, there's a two-day tour of the region. Itinerary: Varies based on the nonprofit's needs, but arrival and departure is out of Lusaka. Dates: Oct. 8-16; 2012: May 19-27, July 21-29, Oct. 6-14 Price: $2,750, double occupancy, including all transportation within Zambia, food and lodging but not airfare.
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July 10, 2011 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Even though she was born 100 years ago next month and her mega-hit TV show premiered 60 years ago this October, there remains a single truth about Lucille Ball: We still love Lucy. "I Love Lucy" is in black and white, and the fashions are outdated, but the show continues to air in 80 countries and has been dubbed in 21 languages. Her fans are multigenerational. "My daughter is 15 and she just loves it," said Ginger Atkins, whose husband, Scott, treated her to a trip to Jamestown — Ball's hometown — for their 23rd anniversary.
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July 17, 2011
A nice little piece on the Lucille Ball museum ["A World of Funny" by Jay Jones, July 10] but Jones might also have noted that in and about the area is the resort town of Bemus Point on Lake Chautauqua, the Chautauqua Institution itself, across the lake, and the home and museum of Roger Tory Peterson, whose "Birds of North America" is the standard reference book on the subject. I'm not from the area but passed through there a number of years ago and … discovered that there were a number of interesting things besides the Lucy museum, which, by the way, is terrific.
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July 1, 2011 | By Susan Spano, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Although the Civil War was waged across the country — from Arizona to Maine — some of the heaviest and most decisive fighting took place in the beautiful rolling countryside of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The Piedmont, as it's called, stretching from the eastern flank of the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic seaboard, is dotted with historic sites, and U.S15 runs right through the thick of it.. Now, a 180-mile stretch of the old highway from Charlottesville, Va., to Gettysburg, Pa., has a new name: the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway, a designation granted in 2009 to recognize the historic richness of a region encompassing 13 national park units and the homes of nine U.S. presidents, along with a panoply of Civil War sites such as Manassas, Brandy Station and Ball's Bluff in Virginia, Antietam and Monocacy in Maryland and Harpers Ferry in what is now West Virginia but then was part of Virginia.
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July 3, 2011 | By Jen Leo, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Do we really need another members-only travel flash-sale site? If you've ever scored a deal on one, then yes, because they can be addicting. If one site doesn't have the destination you're looking for, another might. Introducing: Spire.com . Name: Spire What it does: Offers members (free to join) luxury hotel stays at 30% off the lowest offer found anywhere else for a limited time. What's hot: The site offers a "Best Deal Guarantee. " If you find the same room at the same hotel for a lower price, Spire will refund the difference between the lower rate and what you paid, plus give you $100 credit toward future Spire reservations.
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July 10, 2011 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Paul Revere was captured on April 18, 1775, before he could warn the residents of Concord, Mass., that the British were coming. (He did make it to Lexington, Mass.) No Revolutionary War battle was ever fought at Valley Forge, Pa., even though Gen. George Washington and his troops were there for nine months, including during a horrific winter. Gustave Eiffel - he of tower fame - gave our Statue of Liberty her backbone. In Boston, Philadelphia and New York last spring, I exercised my way through decades of U.S. history that I never seemed to have learned in school.
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July 10, 2011 | By Jen Leo, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Cooling your heels at the airport? This app will help you find dining options, plus deals for bargain-hunters Name: Gate Guru Available for : Android,iPhone What it does: Puts information on airport amenities at more than 120 airports in your pocket. Spans the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, with 50 more airports to be added soon. Cost: Free What's hot: The food section of this app is handy if you're looking for non-fast-food options or want to avoid restaurants with slow service.
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July 17, 2011
ZAMBIA Service and bike tour During World Bicycle Relief's cycling trip through Zambia, travelers help by building bicycles and distributing them to students (especially girls), small-business owners and medical caregivers. After the philanthropic work, there's a two-day tour of the region. Itinerary: Varies based on the nonprofit's needs, but arrival and departure is out of Lusaka. Dates: Oct. 8-16; 2012: May 19-27, July 21-29, Oct. 6-14 Price: $2,750, double occupancy, including all transportation within Zambia, food and lodging but not airfare.
TRAVEL
July 17, 2011
A nice little piece on the Lucille Ball museum ["A World of Funny" by Jay Jones, July 10] but Jones might also have noted that in and about the area is the resort town of Bemus Point on Lake Chautauqua, the Chautauqua Institution itself, across the lake, and the home and museum of Roger Tory Peterson, whose "Birds of North America" is the standard reference book on the subject. I'm not from the area but passed through there a number of years ago and … discovered that there were a number of interesting things besides the Lucy museum, which, by the way, is terrific.
TRAVEL
July 10, 2011 | By Jen Leo, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Cooling your heels at the airport? This app will help you find dining options, plus deals for bargain-hunters Name: Gate Guru Available for : Android,iPhone What it does: Puts information on airport amenities at more than 120 airports in your pocket. Spans the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, with 50 more airports to be added soon. Cost: Free What's hot: The food section of this app is handy if you're looking for non-fast-food options or want to avoid restaurants with slow service.
TRAVEL
July 10, 2011 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Even though she was born 100 years ago next month and her mega-hit TV show premiered 60 years ago this October, there remains a single truth about Lucille Ball: We still love Lucy. "I Love Lucy" is in black and white, and the fashions are outdated, but the show continues to air in 80 countries and has been dubbed in 21 languages. Her fans are multigenerational. "My daughter is 15 and she just loves it," said Ginger Atkins, whose husband, Scott, treated her to a trip to Jamestown — Ball's hometown — for their 23rd anniversary.
TRAVEL
July 10, 2011 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Paul Revere was captured on April 18, 1775, before he could warn the residents of Concord, Mass., that the British were coming. (He did make it to Lexington, Mass.) No Revolutionary War battle was ever fought at Valley Forge, Pa., even though Gen. George Washington and his troops were there for nine months, including during a horrific winter. Gustave Eiffel - he of tower fame - gave our Statue of Liberty her backbone. In Boston, Philadelphia and New York last spring, I exercised my way through decades of U.S. history that I never seemed to have learned in school.
TRAVEL
July 3, 2011 | By Jen Leo, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Do we really need another members-only travel flash-sale site? If you've ever scored a deal on one, then yes, because they can be addicting. If one site doesn't have the destination you're looking for, another might. Introducing: Spire.com . Name: Spire What it does: Offers members (free to join) luxury hotel stays at 30% off the lowest offer found anywhere else for a limited time. What's hot: The site offers a "Best Deal Guarantee. " If you find the same room at the same hotel for a lower price, Spire will refund the difference between the lower rate and what you paid, plus give you $100 credit toward future Spire reservations.
TRAVEL
July 3, 2011 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Whether you're shopping at Tiffany, contemplating the Liberty Bell, hiking in Yosemite National Park or throwing dice inLas Vegas, odds are good you'll meet an international tourist enjoying America alongside you. New York, Florida, California, Nevada and Hawaii (in that order) welcomed the most international travelers last year, according to the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (a branch of the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce). Combining data from the 2009 and 2010 reports, a and information from visitor bureaus and the National Park Service, here are the top eight groups of U.S.-inbound visitors by nationality.
TRAVEL
July 1, 2011 | By Susan Spano, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Although the Civil War was waged across the country — from Arizona to Maine — some of the heaviest and most decisive fighting took place in the beautiful rolling countryside of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The Piedmont, as it's called, stretching from the eastern flank of the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic seaboard, is dotted with historic sites, and U.S15 runs right through the thick of it.. Now, a 180-mile stretch of the old highway from Charlottesville, Va., to Gettysburg, Pa., has a new name: the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway, a designation granted in 2009 to recognize the historic richness of a region encompassing 13 national park units and the homes of nine U.S. presidents, along with a panoply of Civil War sites such as Manassas, Brandy Station and Ball's Bluff in Virginia, Antietam and Monocacy in Maryland and Harpers Ferry in what is now West Virginia but then was part of Virginia.
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