The French America Line will be the newest player on America's rivers when the company sails its inaugural cruise in August. For those eager to go, the company is sweetening the pot by offering passengers up to $420 in prepaid gratuities.
The deal: Prepaid gratuities give you a break on the cost of the cruise. The $420 maximum would apply to a 10-day trip and apply per cabin, based on double occupancy.Read more
Question: We will be going to Loreto, Mexico, and may want to rent a car for a few days. I have been reading about insurance and about being billed for damage that was already done to the car. I’ve read about being pulled over and not having the proper papers, etc. Can you offer a list of what to get or decline or any other advice?Read more
La Casona, a beautiful ranch outside the city of Trinidad, is a prime location to spend three or four nights. The rooms are beautiful and the food is excellent; the pool and bar area overlook the valleys and hills of Trinidad. The owners are wonderful, friendly and helpful. Horseback ride or just explore Trinidad and nearby Cienfuegos.Read more
Experts offer tips on backpacking in Southern California, including local information and how to choose gear.
When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Woodland Hills, 6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Admission, info: Free. (818) 703-5300.
John Muir Trail
Get advice on planning and preparing for thru-hiking the John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney.Read more
If you need any inspiration to visit national parks this summer, take a look at these winning photographs in the 2015 Share the Experience contest sponsored in part by the National Park Foundation. Many feature public lands in the West, making them a close-to-home destination.Read more
Every fall, the Canadian town of Churchill in Manitoba lures people to the shores of Hudson Bay to see hundreds of polar bears waiting for the bay to freeze so they can head out onto the ice to hunt for seals.
But summer is also a good time to visit.Read more