The first visitors to Disneyland's highly anticipated new Star Wars attraction will each be given a four-hour window to take in the $1 billion expansion -- but how that deadline will be enforced is still unclear.
With six weeks to go before the May 31 opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Disneyland sent out emails over the weekend to fans who ...Read more
A new attraction that takes riders on an adventure through a New York City street scene with a group of unleashed pets will open next year at Universal Studios Hollywood, the park announced last week.
The ride, based on the 2016 Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment movie "The Secret Life of Pets," will put riders on a vehicle that ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Starline Tours is one of the biggest players in a city where tourists spend billions of dollars a year to gawk at the Hollywood sign, take selfies on Hollywood Boulevard and buy overpriced souvenirs.
But the 50-year-old company that was born in the shadow of Grauman's Chinese Theatre is facing a new, out-of-town rival to ...Read more
A city full of music
When I set out last year to write about great American music venues, the idea was to pick buildings whose histories are steeped in music, including familiar names such as Carnegie Hall in New York and half-hidden treasures such as Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla. New Orleans reshaped my thinking.
This city's musical roots ...Read more
The South African-born brothers Eddie and Jules Trump created Acqualina Resort & Spa on Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., in 2006. For the fifth year running, Trip Advisor has named it No. 1 luxury beachfront resort in the continental United States
The list of accolades goes on, including the coveted 5 stars awarded by Forbes, and having recently spent ...Read more
It takes 35 hours to get from Los Angeles to Seattle on Amtrak's Coast Starlight train. Thirty-five. Hours.
Tasked with finding out what it's like to ride a train for a day and a half, I armed myself with books and crosswords to combat boredom, an extra hoodie to serve as blanket and pillow leverage, and a bag of toiletries to limit my own ...Read more
Washington, D.C.'s cherry blossoms are expected to look their loveliest in early April, according to their stewards, the National Park Service. Here's a guide to the blossoms and the festival celebrating them.
What: The National Cherry Blossom Festival, a chance to enjoy and celebrate the beauty of the cherry trees planted along Washington, D.C...Read more
We darted across the frozen lake wearing wool socks and swimsuits, the icy snow crunching beneath our feet.
Under the pitch-black night sky, steam radiated off our bodies like translucent capes in the below-freezing air after sitting in the 200-degree sauna. A lantern on the ground marked the ominous black hole carved in the ice. One by one, my...Read more
In the gathering dusk of late summer, a crowd stares expectantly at the skies above Wakulla Springs State Park.
Just 16 miles from downtown Tallahassee, Fla., the 6,000-acre wilderness sanctuary is home to Wakulla River and the world's largest, deepest freshwater spring. The place so impressed Native Americans that they called it "Wakulla," ...Read more
Las Vegas resort fees are pesky, but travelers will be happy to know that some Vegas resorts are lowering their fees or offering no-resort-fee promotions to entice more guests and increase visitation rates.
Resort fees are daily additional charges for guest services such as Wi-Fi and pool and gym access, fees that are generally included in room...Read more
The Venetian is giving "the world" to its luxury travelers with a four-night $450,000 package. The "Want The World" package pulls out all the luxury stops in some outrageous ways.
Travelers who book the package will arrive in Vegas by private jet, be picked up by a Maybach car and whisked away to the Venetian.
They'll receive a VIP check-in ...Read more
Most of us are guilty of having stolen something from a hotel, whether it was a hair dryer or a fancy glass from the lobby bar.
However, instead of punishing sticky-fingered guests, one historic hotel in New Orleans will reward one of them with a free seven-night hotel package valued at $15,000.
Now through July 1, The Roosevelt New Orleans, A...Read more
CHICAGO--You've had beer. Maybe even enjoyed it.
But you haven't indulged in beer until you've indulged in beer: a 98-degree bath filled with hops, yeast, herbs and, yes, beer.
The beer soak, as it is called at Piva Beer Spa, is a transcendental moment in a day of beer-fueled relaxation. It dazzles every sense: the warmth of the water, the ...Read more
Amy and Christopher Gallant live in the "Wedding Capital of the World." But for their nuptials, the couple -- both of whom have East Coast roots -- traded in Las Vegas for New England, opting to be married in an 18th-century church with a clock tower and belfry.
In June 2018, the two traveled to Amherst, N.H., where Amy had grown up, to be ...Read more
No matter how you slice it -- or spread it, shred it or cube it -- Wisconsin cheese is worth a road trip.
Whether goat, sheep or cow; whether swathed in wax, riddled with holes or dotted with cranberries, the Dairy State takes its wheels and bricks seriously. As it should. Wisconsin produces around 26 percent of the nation's cheese, according ...Read more
The government shutdown earlier this year brought with it many hardships for millions of Americans who depended on those missing pay checks to feed and clothe their families. On a less drastic note, it also brought -- among a laundry list of other things -- the closure of the country's national parks.
That meant a not-open-for-business sign on...Read more
San Diego's Hotel del Coronado is a legendary property, one that has hosted a long list of presidents over the years and even served as the backdrop for Marilyn Monroe's "Some Like it Hot."
The iconic property is synonymous with luxury and elegance. But even the most revered hotels need a facelift now and then.
In the case of Hotel del ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When you enter Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the 14-acre expansion coming to Disneyland early this summer, you are faced with a choice.
Walk around a bend -- and under an archway crafted to look centuries old -- to discover the starship the Millennium Falcon, nestled comfortably under hand-sculpted mountains designed to evoke the...Read more
You can fly from California to New York in as few as four hours with a strong tailwind and no delays. Before the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago, the journey could take four months. The fastest and safest route was by sea, not land, or by a combination of sea-land-sea by crossing the malaria-infested Panama isthmus. ...Read more
The annual hotel rankings are out, and a select number of San Diego County luxury properties have made the cut for the uppermost tiers in 2019.
As has been the case for much of the past several years, the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in Carmel Valley and the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad ...Read more
- Beyond Yosemite: State parks to seek out off the beaten vacation path
- Mickey Mouse, get your rave on — Disneyland's new show is a laser-blasting dance party
- From saunas to snowshoeing, northern Minnesota's Camp du Nord hosts a peaceful winter escape
- Beer spa is a barrel of fun
- There is an entire cookbook dedicated to Wisconsin cheese; the featured creameries are worth a road trip
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