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First visitors to Disneyland's Star Wars land will get just four hours to see it all

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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

'The Secret Life of Pets' to become a Universal Studios Hollywood attraction

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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

London-based Big Bus makes push into LA tour service

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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

On New Orleans' Royal Street, the music is sweet, history is deep

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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

Two Florida resorts offer different types of luxury

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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

What it's like to take a 35-hour ride on Amtrak's Coast Starlight train from Los Angeles to Seattle

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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

A guide to seeing the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.

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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

From saunas to snowshoeing, northern Minnesota's Camp du Nord hosts a peaceful winter escape

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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

Spiraling swifts put on seasonal show at Florida state park

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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

Some Vegas resorts are cutting fees to increase visitation

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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's $450,000 package includes a private jet and diamonds

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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

Return a stolen item to this historic New Orleans hotel and you could win a free stay

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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

Beer spa is a barrel of fun

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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

Destination wedding trends: Here's where couples are getting hitched far from home

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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

There is an entire cookbook dedicated to Wisconsin cheese; the featured creameries are worth a road trip

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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

Beyond Yosemite: State parks to seek out off the beaten vacation path

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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

The reimagination of San Diego's iconic Hotel del Coronado

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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

Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge gamifies the theme park as it emphasizes play

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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

Utah celebrates the Transcontinental Railroad's 150th

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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

What makes these San Diego hotels outrank all others: A canine scavenger hunt could help

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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