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From LAX, a $795 round-trip fare to the South Pacific's Cook Islands on Air New Zealand

You can get to the exotic Cook Islands for $795 round trip from LAX on Air New Zealand.

The fare, which includes all taxes and fees and is subject to availability, is for departures on Saturdays on these dates: Aug. 26-Sept. 24, Oct. 21-Dec. 15 and Jan. 20-March 31.

Returns are on Fridays. You must stay at least six days but not more than 20 days. You must buy your ticket by June 10.

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How Disney fit a Guardians of the Galaxy space age power plant into a theme park

The new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride set to open Saturday at Disney California Adventure looks like it was dropped from outer space into the middle of the Anaheim theme park. And that’s by design.

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Something else the Romans conquered in Vegas: shoppers. Forum Shops, first on the Strip, mark 25 years
Dr. Beach selects 2017's 10 best beaches in the U.S. One is in California

Beach expert Dr. Beach selected Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Fla., as America’s best beach in 2017. Only one California site made it into the top 10: Coronado Beach in San Diego.

Every year, Dr. Beach, a.k.a. Stephen P.

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Don't give up on visiting Big Sur. Here's what's still open after that massive landslide

Sunday’s enormous debris slide at Mud Creek on Big Sur’s southern coast buried about a third of a mile of Highway 1.

“People see video of the massive slide and are canceling reservations,” says Stan Russell, executive director of the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce.

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Roam with the wild horses on a weekend escape to Reno

We can thank Velma Johnston, better known as “Wild Horse Annie,” for the thousands of mustangs that roam the high desert of northern Nevada. In 1955 the Reno woman convinced state legislators to halt the roundup of wild horses on state lands for sale to pet-food makers. Federal lawmakers followed suit in 1971.

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