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Labor Day: An affordable, activity-filled family getaway in Colorado

Here’s a last-minute idea for a Labor Day family getaway that requires air travel from Southern California but zero organizing: Get a mountain cabin in Colorado, where meals, lodging and activities — archery, canoeing, hiking and more — are all part of the package. The deal: YMCA of the Rockies runs an annual Family Camp at [...]

Despite jellyfish, swimmer Bruckner Chase succeeds in quest to cross Monterey Bay

Bruckner Chase spent a jellyfish-free day Wednesday recovering from a remarkable, nearly 14-hour swim from Santa Cruz to Monterey along the California coast, where he said stinging jellyfish were as thick as leaves on a tree. Chase is believed to be the second person to have successfully completed the swim. (Click here to see coverage [...]

Yosemite National Park: Marijuana farm raided, thousands of plants seized

For most of us, remote areas of Yosemite National Park are places to escape and unwind. But those same places can provide the perfect cover for illegal pot farms. Park rangers and other law enforcement officials raided an illegal marijuana farm (in photo above) inside the California park and nearby forest land Tuesday and seized thousands [...]

In World Cup’s wake, South Africa travel is up

Is it the rebounding economy or that bouncing black and white ball? The experts are stilling sorting out the reasons, but several travel companies say that since South Africa’s much-praised staging of the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament June 11 to July 11, they’re selling more South African vacations. Here’s a report from the field: > At [...]

Washington, D.C.: Get a Flip camcorder with your room at Liaison Capitol Hill

What if your hotel room came with a little camcorder to record your vacation? Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., not only has rooms available over Labor Day weekend but a package deal that includes that tech toy, all starting at $229 per night, plus tax. The deal: This hotel, operated by Affinia Hotels, has [...]

Attention, chocoholics: It’s festival time in San Francisco

Chocolate lovers can revel in the sweet smell of excess during a weekend festival planned in San Francisco Sept. 11-12. The 15th annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival, expected to draw 40,000 chocoholics, will feature  chocolatiers,...Show More Summary

Labor Day travel: Some California state parks still have space

California state parks are getting booked up for the Labor Day holiday, but 58 parks with campgrounds or cabins show some availability, according to a list issued Tuesday by the state. Most of the campgrounds I checked didn’t have all three holiday days available for online booking; some had sites open only for Fridays or Sundays. [...]

Alaska Airlines’ airfare sale includes many SoCal airports

Another day, another airfare sale? Limited-time sales, whether lasting for a day or a week, seem to have become the norm, with travelers either grabbing a seat or waiting until the next deal to commit. On Tuesday, JetBlue Airways launched a one-day sale; on Wednesday, Southwest Airlines started its sale, which ends Thursday. And there’s a [...]

Kauai Marriott: ‘Free for Fall’ rooms with extras start at $209

The Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach in Hawaii,  which recently completed a $50-million makeover of its 356 rooms, is offering a package that gets you an upgraded room, resort discounts and more starting at $209 per night. The deal: The Free for Fall package includes a free room upgrade; round-trip airport transfers; free golf for [...]

LAX-Mammoth airfare sale starts at $39 each way

Here’s one sweet deal for folks who still haven’t had their fill of Mammoth Mountain and Yosemite National Park this year. Head north in fall and spend just $39 each way to fly from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes, roughly half the usual cost, in a one-week sale that began Tuesday. The deal: Pay $39 each [...]

WindSeeker thrill ride to alter Knott’s Berry Farm skyline in 2011

The 301-foot-tall WindSeeker promises to change Knott’s Berry Farm’s skyline when the spinning swing ride debuts at the Buena Park theme park in 2011. WindSeeker will carry 64 riders in twin-seat gondolas to the top of the tower, where the ride’s metal arms will extend out at a 45-degree angle and spin for one minute. The WindSeeker [...]

JetBlue one-day sale: $39 each way to Bay Area, $59 to Seattle and $69 to Portland

Act quickly if you want to take advantage of a JetBlue Airways one-day sale offering fares from $39 to $129 each way from Southern California to points north and east. The deal: JetBlue is offering the following low one-way fares (tax is extra) from Long Beach: > $39 to Las Vegas, Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco > $59 [...]

Rocky Mountains: Four nights + activities for $189 per person

See amazing fall colors in the Rocky Mountains with a four-night stay at a condominium that comes with free activities, all for $189 per person in a group of four. The deal: Stay at a two-bedroom condo that sleeps four near Monarch Mountain, about 2½ hours from Denver, for a total of $756 plus tax for [...]

Hawaii: Baby dolphin checks in at Hilton Waikoloa Village

There’s a new arrival at the spacious Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Big Island — and it’s not a hotel guest. On Aug. 5 a female calf was born to Pele, a 25-year-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, at Dolphin Quest, an international organization that has run a program allowing visitors to swim and touch dolphins at the [...]

In Mexico, where the trouble isn’t

Here’s a tourism ad campaign for you: “Yucatan. No drug-related killings in 2009 or the first half of 2010.” Nobody’s actually putting those words into advertising. But as the drug wars worsen and debate persists about the risks of travel in Mexico, Yucatan is the only one of Mexico’s 31 states that can make that claim, according to [...]

South Bay: 4th night free at Shade hotel in Manhattan Beach

If you haven’t seen the big, red bowling-pin surfboard that’s been roving around Manhattan Beach for the past year, it’s a good excuse to visit the beach town and stay a spell. The small and sleek Shade hotel, a few blocks from the sand, has a winter package with restaurant credits and a fourth night [...]

Travel gear: LED Sport Vest is a flashy accessory

The newest LED Sport Vest ($20.99) from Nite Ize is designed to make walking or cycling at night safer. The lightweight, black-nylon mesh vest has bright-red, battery-powered LED-illuminated stripes front and back to announce your presence. A power button at the shoulder controls whether the LED lights glow or flash. The vest also has a white reflective [...]

Web Buzz: Estimate your cab fare on Bing Maps

You might be comfortable using MapQuest or Google Maps to get directions. But Bing Maps delivers a new reason to bookmark it: A feature that helps you estimate your cab fare. What’s hot: The new “Taxi Fare Calculator” lets you figure out how much a cab may cost when you’re searching route directions. I found it [...]

Preview of Radiator Springs Racers ride coming in 2012 to Disney California Adventure

What’s better than an E Ticket ride? How about an F Ticket? Radiator Springs Racers promises to redefine our expectations of an E Ticket attraction by combining a classic dark ride with a thrilling head-to-head drag race. Currently under construction at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, the $200-million ride, scheduled to make its debut in 2012,  will [...]

On the Spot: Passport snafu

Question: My husband, my son and I applied for our passports in May. Theirs arrived, but mine did not. When I checked, first the passport office told me mine was in process, then they told me I had an unofficial birth certificate. I sent the requested documents by express mail and asked for expedited service, [...]

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