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Resort fees at 10 popular Las Vegas hotel-casinos set to increase

Resort fees are going up at 10 hotel-casinos in Las Vegas, including Caesars, Nobu and the Flamingo. Fees will increase between $1 and $3 a night starting March 1, according to Caesars Entertainment.

Resort fees are daily charges tacked on to your hotel bill for on-site amenities.

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Joshua Tree's wildflowers are just starting to bloom. Here are tours that will take you there

Things are slowly starting to bloom at lower elevations around Joshua Tree National Park. The namesake trees are beginning to show their creamy white blooms at the park’s west entrance and outside the park’s southern border.

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Just another day in paradise with this $993 round-trip fare from LAX to French Polynesia on Air Tahiti Nui

You can spend part of the spring and a bit of summer in Tahiti, thanks to a $993 round-trip airfare, including all taxes and fees, from LAX to Papeete on Air Tahiti Nui.

The fare, subject to availability, is for departures April 1-June 22 and for return by June 27. You may not stay more than 15 nights, and you must buy your ticket by Feb. 27.

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Revised orca shows, new virtual-reality swim with whales and new rides coming to SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego will debut a new “less theatrical, more natural” killer whale show this summer that may change orca shows at the marine theme park for decades to come.

Besides the Orca Encounter show, additions coming to SeaWorld this summer include a themed land with six attractions and a light show.

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Free entry to national parks and forests on Presidents Day

If you don’t have plans for Presidents Day, maybe it’s time to make some. National parks and national forests that charge entrance fees will be free to all on the Monday holiday.

That means you save $25 at Joshua Tree National Park and $30 at Yosemite National Park, for example. And, in the local Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles, you won’t need a $5 Adventure Pass to visit.

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Now you can have a boutique hotel experience at a big Waikiki Beach resort

Want to stay at a Waikiki Beach mega-hotel without all the crowds and noise? Now you can. Hilton Hawaiian Village recently opened a new hotel-within-a-hotel at its 2005 Kalia Road resort.

The Honolulu hotel’s Alii Tower in early February was turned into a separate space from the rest of the sprawling, beachfront property. And with that separation comes privileges.

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