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This Week in Travel

It’s only January, but desert gold and other wildflowers are already popping up in Death Valley National Park. To find desert flowers there and in Anza-Borrego, ask park rangers, who know the locations of the best blooms. (Phyllis Nefsky)
Hand-feeding dolphins is a popular activity on the beach at Monkey Mia. Nine dolphins come by daily for the fish. (Margo Pfeiff / For The Times)
The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is an offbeat mix of Moorish, Italian and Spanish Colonial styles. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
A 10-day tour of English gardens in May will stop at Sissinghurst. (Lucas & Randall European Tours)
Whale sharks love the waters off the North West Cape, where they draw in plankton like aquatic vacuum cleaners. (Margo Pfeiff / For The Times)