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India travel update: New Delhi is a work in progress for Commonwealth Games

Visitors to New Delhi face more than the usual chaos as the Indian capital prepares to host the Commonwealth Games, scheduled to open Oct. 3. For starters, workers are whitewashing street medians and installing sidewalk tile. Streets are torn up, and construction equipment leaves even less room for horses, cows, rickshaws, bikes and buses to fight [...]

Top 10 rides and attractions at Disney California Adventure

In compiling my Top 10 list for Disney California Adventure, I tried to combine the must-see attractions with the one-of-a-kind rides you can’t find anywhere else. The lesser-known and lesser-loved Disney California Adventure exists in the constant shadow of the Happiest Place on Earth. A $1.1 billion re-imagineering of DCA brings a much-needed dose of Disney that’s [...]

Santa Barbara County: Wineries tour on sale for $99

Santa Barbara’s backcountry brings wine country close to home, or at least closer than the Napa Valley. One of the smaller wine-producing areas with its own appellation lies between Lompoc and Buellton in the Santa Rita Hills, which has made a name for its pinot. You can sample wine on a daylong tour of the [...]

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree will bring noise, nausea to Disney California Adventure in 2012

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree promises to be the dizziest and noisiest of the new rides coming to Cars Land in 2012 at Disney California Adventure. The racket begins before you even board the spinning tractor and cart ride: A play area near the main entrance will feature an interactive junkyard of bangable hubcaps and honkable horns. Visitors enter [...]

Dolce Hotels to manage and reopen former Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas

At a distance, it looks a bit like the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. But the Mediterranean-style Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas hasn’t hosted guests since it shut down in May. Now Dolce Hotels and Resorts, a small company that manages 27 properties in the U.S. and Europe, says it will take over operation of the former [...]

Walt Disney World: Hotel + 5-day park pass comes with $200 gift card

Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla., is offering a five-day package at select “Disney Value Resorts” that includes a hotel room, park passes and a $200 gift card good at restaurants and shops. You might think about timing your visit to coincide with the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, where you can sample regional [...]

Man vs. plane: Pull, baby, pull! Charity event plays tug-of-war with jets

I can’t think of a better way to vent your air rage — over extra fees, poor service, canceled flights, take your pick — than to go to an airport, lasso an airplane and drag it around the runway. That’s not exactly what Jeff Henson had in mind when he organized what’s called a “plane pull” [...]

Top 10 rides and attractions at Disneyland

In compiling my Top 10 list for Disneyland, I tried to combine the must-see attractions with the one-of-a-kind rides you can’t find anywhere else. The granddaddy of American theme parks remains a national landmark and a cultural touchstone for generations old and new. Since Disneyland’s 1955 debut in Anaheim, “Walt’s folly” has entertained more than 500 million [...]

Yosemite National Park: Evergreen Lodge offers 25% off fall stays

Fall at Yosemite National Park takes on muted tones, largely because most of the California park’s trees are evergreen. However, big-leaf maples turn bright yellow and Pacific dogwood changes to red during a season that usually peaks in mid- to late October. Evergreen Lodge, a quiet respite in its own right northwest of the park, [...]

Concept art: Luigi’s Roamin’ Tires will recycle a beloved retread at Disney California Adventure in 2012

Riders aboard Luigi’s Roamin’ Tires will use a pair of joysticks to steer the levitating bumper car as it floats atop a surface similar to a giant air hockey table. The new ride, which will make its debut in the 12-acre Cars Land at Disney California Adventure in 2012, recalls the short-lived, breakdown-prone Flying Saucers that [...]

No soaring airfares for holiday excursions — yet, Bing Travel says

The airfare outlook for holiday travel nationwide looks fairly good for consumers, according to Bing Travel, with prices that don’t differ greatly from 2009. From Los Angeles, Thanksgiving airfares are up an average of 1.8 % above 2009 prices, Bing researchers found.  Round-trip airfares from L.A. for the Turkey Day travel period are averaging $398 to [...]

Having a baby-care meltdown? Legoland California vending machines sell diapers, pacifiers and more

This is such a simple and practical idea, why didn’t we think of it? Nanny Caddy, a sleek vending machine that dispenses everything from diapers to juice boxes or whatever parents may have forgotten to pack in the diaper bag, has popped up at three locations inside Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad. “Every mom has had [...]

Lake Mead: Splashy savings on houseboat rentals for Hoover Dam’s 75th year

Seventy-five years ago, what is now Lake Mead began to fill with water as workers put the finishing touches on Hoover Dam. To toast the anniversary of this icon of American engineering, Forever Resorts has a package for houseboat rentals that includes a free day, a free tank of gas, free rafting trips and $100 [...]

Puerto Rico deal: $579 for four-night air-hotel package

Peak season for visiting Puerto Rico runs from December to April, dates driven not by weather on the island but by weather on the mainland — specifically the icy grip of winter on the East Coast. You can avoid crowds and get discounts by traveling off-season. One catch: Some of these deals fall within hurricane season [...]

Ready to flee? ‘Living Without Reservations’ tells you how to travel endlessly

If Elizabeth Gilbert created the framework for self-discovery with the blockbuster “Eat, Pray, Love,” Barbara Elaine Singer has produced the how-to manual. “Go where you want to be,” says the 48-year-old author, who left a life of “shoulds” four years ago. “You can’t even imagine the possibilities or opportunities out there.” “Living Without Reservations: A Journey by [...]

California State Parks: E-mail alerts could mean more happy campers

Ever get shut out of your favorite California campground or cabin when trying to make reservations online? Now you can receive an e-mail alert that lets you know when someone cancels and a camping spot opens up. ReserveAmerica, the online booking service that handles campground, cabin and cottage reservations for most California State Parks, recently launched [...]

Thailand deal: 3 cities in 9 days + airfare from L.A. for $999

The canals, temple and markets of Bangkok, the bridge over the River Kwai and a 14th century World Heritage Site are among the highlights of a nine-day trip to Thailand. The deal: The Taste of Thailand package offered by Friendly Planet Travel includes stops in three cities — Bangkok, Kanchanaburi and the ancient city Ayutthaya — [...]

Duffy the Disney Bear coming to Disney California Adventure

A teddy bear more popular than Mickey Mouse at Disney theme parks in Japan will make his U.S. public debut at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim on Monday. Duffy the Disney Bear has become something of a fan phenomenon at the Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea theme parks, where the walk-around character draws lines longer than [...]

Travel gear: Time to organize

Baggallini’s nylon Ticket Organizer ($25.45) is a big, sturdy neck pouch with three slash pockets for tickets, passport and ID.? It measures 9-1/4 by 4-3/4 inches and is available in zebra? or giraffe patterns and a slew? of bright colors, plus basic black. The full-length zippered pocket on the other side is good for securing cash, [...]

Web Buzz: Let your inner planner run wild improves on your map and pushpin method of dreaming about your next trip or recounting your last adventure. What’s hot: Plan your journey or record it afterward with notes, photos, maps and music. Tripline can be used as a wish list too. Tripline user Katherine Park plotted a lineup of 13 Bay Area restaurants in [...]

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