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That $450-million Da Vinci? You can see it at Louvre Abu Dhabi

The museum, the only offshoot of the Louvre, opened Nov. 11. Its inaugural exhibition, “One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone,” will open Dec. 21. It ends April 7.

The show’s three sections will tell the story of the Louvre, with royal paintings from Versailles under King Louis XIV, the Louvre as a salon and residency for artists, and the ultimate creation of the museum.

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American themes, from Civil War to lobster bakes, set for 2018 U.S. river cruises

Retrace the footsteps of explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the Pacific Northwest, go on lobster bakes in Maine, or sail through Washington state's Puget Sound on a wine-and-dine cruise. The cruises are among 16 themed journeys being launched next year by American Cruise Lines.

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Thomas fire suspends part of Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner service, shuts resorts in Ojai and Santa Barbara

Amtrak’s rail service between Oxnard and San Luis Obispo on its popular Pacific Surfliner route continues to be shut Tuesday because of the Thomas fire raging in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Trains have been suspended indefinitely from traveling to stops in Ventura, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Surf, Guadalupe and Grover Beach.

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Megabus will give you a free bus ride if your holiday flight gets canceled

Megabus is offering holiday travelers a free bus ticket to their destination if their flight is canceled. It’s the first time the company has made such an offer to stranded airline passengers.

The move came this month after American Airlines announced that, because of a scheduling glitch, it had given too many pilots the holidays off.

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San Luis Obispo offers $100 cash to travelers who stay two nights in local lodgings

San Luis Obispo is giving travelers $100 in spending money if they spend two consecutive nights in a hotel or motel in the city. There’s no catch, just cash.

The deal: Check out the list of SLO town accommodations that qualify. There’s a little paperwork that comes with this offer: After you make a hotel reservation, email it to

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