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Share your summer vacation photos with the L.A. Times Travel section

Summer may be winding down, but you still have plenty of time to submit your summer vacation photos for the L.A. Times' annual summer vacation issue. The print edition will be Sept. 21; many more photos will appear online.

We first asked readers in June to share their photos, and since then, they've been rolling in from areas as varied as La Jolla and Vietnam, Belize and Alaska.

And the photographers are as varied as their photos. In the submission guidelines, we asked that all photographers be amateurs, but we didn't quite expect entries from readers so young.

Here, then, are some of our favorite submissions from young readers. They might be amateurs now, but based on the quality of these photos, we're not sure how much longer that will be the case.

A peaceful moment at Lake Powell

Manhattan Beach resident Nicholas Thomson was on a family vacation to Lake Powell, which straddles the border between Utah and Arizona, that he says was more than a little hectic.

"To say it was chaotic is...

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United, TripAdvisor, Starbucks add Uber booking to their mobile apps

Despite its regulatory woes, Uber is extending its reach in the smartphone world big-time. United Airlines, TripAdvisor, OpenTable, Starbucks, Hyatt Hotels

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West Hollywood: Eclectic lineup of authors to read at Sunset Marquis

The Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood will add something new to its fancy pool deck this fall: writers.

The hotel has planned four Sunday salons at which guests and the public can come for readings and conversations with popular authors.

Read@SunsetMarquis events organized with the Agency Group are free and a lovely way to spend a day at the hotel's gardens and pool (no swimming, though). The hotel at 1200 Alta Loma Road has played host to rock 'n' roll stars since it opened in 1963 and says on its website that it also has served as a "peaceful retreat" for writers.

First up is Matthew Specktor, founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, who kicks off the series Sept. 7 with a very Hollywood story. He'll be discussing "American Dream Machine," his book about fictional Hollywood talent agencies from the '60s and '70s and the power struggles that ensue.

Asa Akira on Oct. 5 will discuss her memoir, "Insatiable: Porn — A Love Story," which details her adult film acting career....

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Las Vegas Restaurant Week lets you eat well and help feed others

Great food is part of the Las Vegas experience and Restaurant Week provides an opportunity to savor some fine fare while helping a charity.

More than 150 restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines will participate Aug. 22-28. Proceeds help support Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank.

Las Vegas Restaurant Week, now in its eighth year, offers diners the opportunity to enjoy prix fixe, three-course lunches and dinners at prices from $20.14 to $50.14.

For each meal sold, restaurants will donate between $4 and $6 to Three Square. Since Restaurant Week began in 2007, it has raised more than $850,000 for the food bank.

Most of the restaurants have previously participated in the event, and most are along the Strip. They include:

--Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas

--Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace

--Rose Rabbit Lie at Cosmopolitan

--The Steak House at Circus Circus

--Top of the World at Stratosphere

The twice-yearly event will feature 11 newcomers this month.


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Best places to see L.A. harbor's tall-ships parade, big Rubber Duck

More than a dozen tall ships and a six-story-high Rubber Duck are scheduled to sail into Los Angeles' harbor at 2 p.m. Wednesday (today) at the start of the Tall Ships Festival L.A.

The duck, an inflatable art project that's turned up in cities around the world, will lead the parade.

Before the event begins, ships are to gather around noon in the waters off Point Fermin Park at South Gaffey Street and Paseo del Mar before sailing into the main channel.

Best high points to watch the action: Point Fermin and Angeles Gate Park at the Korean Bell (Gaffey and 37th streets). Both should offer good views of the lineup.

Closer to the water, visitors can go to Ports O' Call Village, where it costs $5 to park (enter from Harbor Boulevard and 6th Street) or buy a ticket ($15 to $19) to enter the Festival Grounds and get a dockside view.

Rubber Duck, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, will be "tethered to a heavy round barge" to keep it from blowing away and will be illuminated until 11...

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World War I network helps history buffs keep track of commemorations

The World War I Centennial Network is helping history buffs keep track of all activities and events in the United States related to the commemoration of the war's centennial. 

The network was founded two years ago by Paul Cora, the curator of Historic Ships in Baltimore. He said he hoped the network and its site would give travelers “any number of ideas about heritage destinations related to World War I.”

It lists upcoming, centennial-related activities on a monthly calendar on its website

These include an exhibition, on display through Nov. 2, of World War I propaganda posters at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Ill., and, in 2016, an exhibition at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine in Arts in Philadelphia that will examine the impact of the war on American art. 

Coming in late September: The World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous, at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio.  It will feature original and reproduction World War I aircraft, vintage automobiles and period...

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New resorts, Keith Urban, boxing are all part of Las Vegas' Labor Day

Vegas visitors can celebrate the Labor Day holiday at three new resorts on the Strip, take in a concert by Keith Urban and more over the long weekend that begins Aug. 29. 

The party to mark summer's last (if unofficial) blast extends well beyond the newest properties, but they top the list of places to check out over the holiday weekend.

After a face-lift, THEHotel at Mandalay Bay morphs into Delano when it welcomes its first guests Sept. 1 (Labor Day).

The property is themed with elements from the Mojave Desert. A 90-ton boulder, split in two to allow people to pass through it, will greet guests as they enter from valet parking. In the distance, small rocks suspended from the ceiling form the core of a creative work by Korean artist Lee Jae-Hyo

Elsewhere, visitors will find touches reminiscent of the Delano’s namesake South Beach hotel, with its profusion of water and sand. The Las Vegas resort’s Delano Beach Club won’t open until 2015.

That’s also when changes to Mix, the...

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Road-tripping in a Porsche and a Ferrari with hotel's driving offer

What would it take to put you behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Italia? It would cost $999 plus the price of a room if you stay at one of six Waldorf Astoria hotels (including one in Palm Springs) this fall.

The hotel chain offers guests the opportunity to take a sightseeing spin in three different super-cars.

This is no racetrack speed fest, but a curated road trip for car lovers who want to double down on luxury. The Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience takes guests out in the Ferrari plus a Porsche 911 Turbo and a McLaren MP4-12C.

You don't get to grab the keys and go; drivers follow a planned course with a professional race car driver in a fourth car as guide. Daytime sessions are offered at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and last up to three hours. Drivers may bring a guest along.

The driving experience is offered Sept. 30 to Oct. 5 at the Waldorf Astoria in Park City, Utah. The ride follows Highway 189 past scenic Provo Canyon and Bridal Veil Falls. Next up is La Quinta Resort...

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Santa Barbara: Budget hostel (you heard right) opens in the Funk Zone

Santa Barbara really doesn't do cheap when it comes to hotel rooms, but a newly built hostel in the city's Funk Zone is out to change that.

The Wayfarer at 12 E. Montecito St. is a new building with 31 rooms, some dorm-style with four or five beds. It's a stone's throw from the

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Travel, tourism groups join up to keep travelers informed about Ebola

If there's any good news out on the Ebola virus, it's this: You can't catch the deadly Ebola virus by casual contact with an infected person.

To make sure you know this and other information, the World Health Organization and global tourism, airport and airline organizations have formed a task force to help contain the spread of the disease in western Africa and keep travelers updated about their health risks.

The newly created Travel and Transport Task Force members include the International Civil Aviation Organization, the World Tourism Organization, the Airports Council International, International Air Transport Assn. and the World Travel and Tourism Council.

"Affected countries are requested to conduct exit screening of all persons at international airports, seaports and major land crossings, for unexplained febrile illness consistent with potential Ebola infection," the task force said in a Monday statement.

"Any person with an illness consistent with [Ebola] should not be allowed...

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Erna's Elderberry House to mark Yosemite act's 150th year

There are many ways to celebrate the 150th year since the signing of the Yosemite Grant Act that led to the creation of the national park. You could climb Half Dome or stay in Yosemite Valley and marvel at the wonder of its waterfalls and granite peaks.

Erna's Elderberry House in Oakhurst, Calif., has something more elegant in mind. The restaurant, part of the swank Chateau du Sureau near the south entrance to the park, has concocted a special dinner open to all on Sept. 12.

The meal is inspired by one crafted for Abraham Lincoln's inauguration, a restaurant statement says. Why Lincoln? Well, he's the one who signed the act on June 30, 1864, that decreed Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove would be protected wild lands that "shall be held for public use, resort and recreation."

And Abe (well, someone impersonating him) will be at Erna's dinner table too to talk about the role he played in Yosemite's history.

Back to the dinner. It has been created by chef Jonathon Perkins and will...

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Light rail now links downtown Dallas with the international airport

Light-rail service now connects Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the nation’s fourth busiest, with downtown Dallas.

The new service, which began Monday, is available on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit  (DART) Orange Line.

This quick (average time to downtown is 50 minutes), environmentally friendly link has been part of the plan since DART began operations in 1996. Now business and leisure travelers can make the 14-mile trip from the light-rail station outside Terminal A to Dallas for $2.50. A day pass is available for $5.

Think of all the money you’ll save on cab, car rental, or parking fees. And the traffic hassles you’ll avoid? Priceless.

Info:  Dallas Area Rapid Transit, (214) 979-1111.

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