The California Bucket List: Your daily guide to the best adventures and experiences in the Golden State

2014 Trip Planning Guide

New adventures await in the new year. Pack our best suggestions on destinations -- budget or luxury, for children or for art lovers -- and our slate of useful tips, then get ready for the trip of your lifetime.

  • California national parks, monuments and sites

    A list, from Alcatraz Island to Yosemite National Park, with programs, fees and directions.

  • State and territory tourist office phone numbers and websites

    States and many U.S. territories have tourism offices to help visitors. When requesting travel literature, be as specific as possible. Alabama: Alabama Tourism Department, 401 Adams Ave., Suite 126, P.O. Box 4927, Montgomery, AL 36103; (800) 252-2262 or (334) 242-4169,

  • Major airline alliances

    You can often earn frequent-flier miles on your primary airline by flying with an airline partner. Here is a list of some of the major alliances. FF denotes "frequent flier." Oneworld ( members: Air Berlin (866) 266-5588 reservations/FF American Airlines/American...

  • Airline phone numbers and websites

    Here is a list of selected national and international airlines that offer flights out of major U.S. cities. In some cases, an airline may not have its own mileage-reward program but may partner with another airline. Note: "FF" denotes "frequent flier." Aer Lingus (800) 474-7424 reservations Frequent...

  • Hotel phone numbers and websites

    Major lodging companies' phone numbers and websites are listed below. Several hotel and motel brands may be managed by one umbrella company. Thus, different chains may share central reservation staffs and Internet systems. It's why Internet users logging on to get the URL...

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