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Yosemite National Park reopening plan includes fewer visitors, required reservations

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FRESNO, Calif. -- Reservations will be required to visit Yosemite National Park when the popular California park reopens, possibly in early June, according to a draft reopening plan released this week.

Visitor capacity will be reduced by about 50% to promote social distancing in busy Yosemite Valley, Yosemite officials said while presenting ...Read more

Coronavirus concerns create an epic road trip

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GALLUP, N.M. -- Sliding off Interstate 40 about 100 miles west of Albuquerque presented another in a seemingly endless series of decisions during a 3,900-mile, 11-state journey. On one side of the east-west artery was a bustling truck stop. On the other, a decaying gas station that likely encountered its last mop during the Reagan administration...Read more

Foraging Europe's markets for the perfect picnic

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Although we've had to postpone trips to Europe due to the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here's one of my favorite European activities -- a tasty reminder of what's waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.

As a budget traveler, there's no better experience than a picnic sourced from a local ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Alyshia Ochse

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Based out of West Hollywood, Alyshia Ochse enjoys keeping busy. Her latest series, "#FreeRayshawn" is featured on Quibi. She had authored the self-help book "Life Letters: Key to Your Soul ... A Journey into the Self" (Starz Alyghn Inc., $12.99). And Ochse also hosts the podcast "That One Audition," profiling fellow actors such as Laurence ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Getting moms and daughters out of their comfort zones together

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When Steff Keene wanted to backpack for the first time, she didn't turn to adventure-loving friends for advice as most college students might. She turned to her mom.

"I go to school out of state and we don't see each other as much as we would like," said Keene, 21. "We are regular hikers but had never done an overnight backpack trip and didn't ...Read more

When will national parks reopen? Grand Canyon and others have phased plans

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National parks in the West are starting to open their gates, and more are likely to follow as the National Park Service boosts access and services in a "phased approach across all units" of the system. Each park said it has worked with federal as well as local public health officials in crafting reopening plans.

In many cases, parks will reopen...Read more

Get ready for the summer of the RV

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Some folks, well, some folks just like taking matters into their own hands.

And putting them on the steering wheel.

As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the industry, the demand for travel is slowly -- slowly -- creeping back up again. But many remain wary of getting on a plane, a train or a cruise ship and being packed tightly in ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Matthew Morrison

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Known for his acting roles in shows like "Glee," as well as starring on Broadway in musicals such as "South Pacific" and "Hairspray," Matthew Morrison has a new album out. "Disney Dreamin' with Matthew Morrison" includes songs he handpicked with his own child, Revel, in mind. The cuts include "When You Wish Upon a Star" ("Pinocchio"), "Friend ...Read more

Small towns across the Sierra fear tourists will bring coronavirus with them

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The Sierra Nevada towns that dot Alpine County, Calif., have no hospital. Nor do they have a single doctor's office or clinic.

In this region of small unincorporated towns, the workers who comprise its fellowship of coronavirus first responders look a bit different from their counterparts in metropolises a few hours away. They're a mix of civic...Read more

Taking the Kids: Let's hear it for moms everywhere (grandmas, too!)

Travel / Taking The Kids /

I'll admit it. Sometimes, when my kids were small, work was a welcome respite from the never-ending chaos at home -- and I had a pretty stressful job as a reporter for a big city newspaper.

One of my now adult kids reminded me the other day of all the times she would interrupt me when I was trying to make phone calls from home. "And you never ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Dorian Missick

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"As someone who was on a plane every weekend, I thought I was tired of traveling until now," says actor Dorian Missick ("Six Degrees," "The Manchurian Candidate," "The Good Wife"), who splits his time between Brooklyn and Los Angeles. "My family is already planning a trip to Bermuda after all of this. It's literally the topic of all of our daily...Read more

Taking the Kids: Thinking about adventures past and to come -- in Alaska

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Hold on tight! Not to the careening roller coaster that everyday life has become during this pandemic, but to the fishing pole, especially when you are fishing for halibut.

It's not easy to hold onto that pole -- or, at times, to normalcy these days. Stuck at home, reduced to homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2357543">Read more

Around the World: Virtual Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

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The annual Cinco de Mayo festivals staged by Mexican communities across the US are always robustly anticipated events that promise lively music and dance presentations, great food and cultural insights. Of course, this year’s festivities will be virtual – and the best part of that news is that you don’t have to plan ahead or actually...Read more

Wynn, Venetian announce protocols to reopen Las Vegas hotels

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There is no firm date to reopen the city of Las Vegas. In fact, Mayor Carolyn Goodman was widely criticized last week in an interview with CNN that left host Anderson Cooper burying his face in his hands when she said the city could serve as a coronavirus "control group" -- guinea pigs, of sorts -- for the rest of the nation by opening again for...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Evy Poumpouras

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"I was a week away from going to Mt. Everest when the unfortunate events of coronavirus caused all travel to be canceled," said former Secret Service Special Agent Evy Poumpouras. "Once things get back to normal, India is the next (destination) on my list. I'm fascinated by their culture and food. I just have to pinpoint exactly where in the ...Read more

Around the World: Book Future Travel at fire Sale Prices

Travel / Around the World /

For folks who find travel one of the greatest of life’s pleasures, the current coronavirus lockdown is particularly painful, and especially if a long awaited and much anticipated outbound adventure – distant or nearby, of long duration or weekender -- had to be cancelled

While trip cancellations were disappointing to ...Read more

Dreaming of New Orleans, waiting for the city's Jazz Fest to return

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No city knows how to bounce back better than the one whose latest cultural innovation is literally called bounce music.

New Orleanians have been dealing with calamity since their first major flood and two devastating fires in the 18th century on up to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Now comes the coronavirus, which has been especially cruel there, ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiting Golden Gate Park for its big birthday

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There were tents everywhere.

Tens of thousands of San Franciscans left homeless by the April 18, 1906 earthquake and the fires that followed set up camp in Golden Gate Park -- rows of tents and small houses called "Earthquake Shacks" that became de facto towns.

Sound familiar -- kind of like the pictures we've been seeing of the...Read more

Disney World, Disneyland may not be the same post-coronavirus. Here's what could change

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As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis leads a Re-Open Florida Task Force and says the state is seeing a flattening of the coronavirus curve, buzz about seeing popular businesses and attractions opening is alive.

One nonessential business that has Floridians itching about its possible reopening is Walt Disney World. But what would a reopened Disney look ...Read more

All the cool things you can see on national park webcams (including Old Faithful eruptions)

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Every April the National Park Service reminds us about the beauty and value of America's national parks. With most parks in the West and elsewhere closed to visitors, what's there to celebrate during this year's National Park Week?


Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, is taking time "to revisit places I have been ...Read more