If you haven't seen any fall colors in California this season, there's still hope -- but just a little. In Southern California, colors are showy in the tiny community of Valyermo in north L.A. County and along waterways at Mt. Palomar State Park in north San Diego County.
The leaves may not last long, particularly if Santa Ana winds start blowing. California's fall color season began at high elevations in September and ends in the flatlands in late November. It's a good long run, especially when other parts of the country are already deep in snow.
Trees in Valyermo turned bright red this week and likely will last at least through the weekend.
Color spotter Frank McDonough of the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden reported in CaliforniaFallColor.com that he visited Valyermo (not far from Palmdale and Antelope Valley) and was "amazed at the intensity of the fall color. It's easily 70% to 80% there."
There are other good reasons to go to Valyermo too.
Late fall is perfect to tour...Read more
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Las Vegas tends to be relatively quiet, but there are still plenty of happenings, including college basketball and concerts by Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight.
Last year’s hotel occupancy on Thanksgiving was a relatively low 89% according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, although that figure was 8% higher than for the same weekend in 2012.
The competing schools include Baylor, Brown, Illinois and Indiana State, among others. Ticket packages start at $47.
The outdoor ice rink will return to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Skaters can warm themselves with comfort food such as grilled-cheese sandwiches, tomato soup and even s’mores. The giant rink is open 3 p.m. to midnight Mondays-Fridays and noon to midnight Saturdays and Sundays. All-day access costs $15, and skates can be...Read more
Plenty of coastal American cities have big aquariums. And plenty of global big cities have enormous Ferris wheels. Seattle belongs to both clubs, and once you're on the water, it’s just a short stroll from eels to wheel.
“A Minute Away” is a video series in which nothing much happens -- except you see the world, and hear it, and get a minute’s respite from workaday life. (Actually, some are as long as 1:40.) These are casual moments without talking heads or narration – just natural sound from Machu Picchu, Red Square, the Yucatan, an Alaska float plane or the reading room of the New York Public Library. We add new ones weekly, and we’ve got more than 60 of them now, so if you’d prefer a full hour away …Read more
Eighteen new restaurants, shops and services are coming to spiff up 53-year-old Terminal 6 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The terminal currently serves Alaska Airlines, US Airways, Panamanian carrier Copa and Great Lakes Airlines. The makeover boosts the number of dining options from five to eight, and the number of shops and services from two to 10, according to a statement by developer Westfield.
Home Town Buffet and Ruby's Dinette are out.
In come Osteria restaurant by "Top Chef" Fabio Viviani (who closed his North Hollywood restaurant Firenze Osteria in July), Point the Way Cafe, which features L.A.-made beer, and Blu2o, described as serving "beach-inspired cuisine."Read more
Here’s a Delta fare to Bermuda that’s cheaper than recent tickets to the East Coast -- and Bermuda is 640 miles east of North Carolina’s shores: $341 round-trip from LAX to Hamilton that includes all taxes and fees.
It requires a 14-day advance purchase and is subject to availability. It is for travel through October 2015, and there is no minimum stay.
Fares are higher for holidays and other peak travel times, such as spring break.
Info: Delta, (800) 221-1212
Love having company for Thanksgiving? Good, because you'll have plenty of it. More than 46-million Americans are expected to drive or fly to their destination this year, the highest number of Thanksgiving travelers since pre-recession 2007.
AAA Travel's Thanksgiving Forecast says almost 90% of travelers will be driving 50 miles or more from home. The average round-trip holiday drive is estimated at 549 miles.
The good news for drivers: Gas prices remain low. While the average U.S. price of gas is less than $3 a gallon, the California average is $3.21 a gallon — still lower than last year's Thanksgiving prices.
Fliers, however, aren't so lucky. They're paying 8% more for hotel rooms and 10% more for car rentals this year. AAA predictions cover the holiday period from Nov. 26th through Nov. 30th.
How to best navigate your way through holiday traffic?
Google Maps compiled Thanksgiving traffic data collected in 21 cities over the last two years to forecast what might be in store for...Read more