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Highway 33 north of Ojai is closed until early February

Highway 33 north of Ojai won’t reopen at least until early February, ruling out using the mountain route as a detour around the big 101 Freeway closure from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara. Highway 33 from the 101 Freeway remains open to travelers heading to Ojai.

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Aliens on the Vegas Strip? New York-New York adds virtual reality to the Big Apple coaster

The New York-New York Hotel & Casino will add a virtual reality experience to the Big Apple roller coaster, taking riders on an aerial adventure through the Nevada desert and over the Las Vegas Strip.

The new up-charge virtual reality experience, set to open Feb. 7, combines make-believe computer-animated visuals with the real-world twists, drops and G-forces of a 67-mph coaster.

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With the Ojai Love package, you get a break on your hotel room, and the fire-stricken community gets a donation

Ojai wants you to come visit. Ten hotels in the Ventura County mountain town are giving travelers a way to use their vacation dollars to help the community recover from December’s devastating Thomas fire.

Ojai Love gives visitors 10% off room prices as well as 10% off prices at 50 local restaurants, shops and services.

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It's whale-watching season in Hawaii, and these creatures are ready to play

Humpback whale-watching tours are in full swing in Hawaii, and some visitors are discovering the giant mammals to be curious creatures.

Last week a young, playful whale appeared beside some kayaks off the island of Maui, surprising five tourists and their guide.

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Ten memorable things you can do with a car in California (including 8 you'll enjoy)

Your mileage (and opinion) may vary.

But in more than a year of roaming the state to compile our bucket list of 366 (and counting) compelling California destinations and adventures, my Travel section colleagues and I have found that some of our most memorable moments have happened while we were behind the wheel.

Most of them were happy.

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Winter stargazing party in the Santa Monica Mountains, and you're invited

Take a tour of the night sky in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area on Saturday evening when the moon will be a thin crescent and night sky visibility should be good.

The Winter Star Party, hosted by the National Park Service and the Ventura County Astronomical Society, will be held at Paramount Ranch in Agoura, which is part of the national parkland.

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