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British tour operator Thomas Cook collapsed after failing to secure rescue funding. The U.K. said the return of 150,000 customers now abroad would be its largest peacetime repatriation in history.
The pleasure and pain points converge in the annual evaluation of your summer moments.
The problems plaguing the City by the Bay detract from its allure, plus an Amtrak rider complains, and the story on passes that can save you money left out a great deal for seniors.
Baggage Nanny has kiosks at the airport where you can drop off your bags until you need them.
Sierra storm first frosts Lake Tahoe, then swings down to leave a Thursday dusting in Mammoth Lakes. Can ski season be far behind? No, it’s just seven weeks away.
Is the Italian flavor of North Beach ebbing? This and how to stay at the real “Downton Abbey,” and where you’ll find its equally amazing polar opposite (Texas). Plus a toilet heist.
Experience the “Downton Abbey” setting on custom tours — or even stay in Highclere Castle, where the PBS drama was filmed.
WEEKEND ESCAPES
Weekend trip to Santa Cruz Mountains includes a stay in storybook- sounding Ben Lomond, wine tasting and a walk among the redwoods.
Page, Ariz., and Lake Powell, once primarily summer destinations, are seeing growing numbers of visitors during the spring and fall.
Family-friendly Bowen Island, a short ferry ride from West Vancouver, offers great hiking and paddling as well as a charming village with shops and restaurants.
Death Valley is hot and dry, but it’s free on Sunday for visitors who can take the heat. Fees are waived to mark the park service’s 103rd birthday.
Catalina Island is an ideal location for a family adventure, with a bison expedition, rock-climbing walls and a submarine ride among the attractions.
Durango, in southwest Colorado, revels in its Old West roots, as do many of the hip restaurants, bars and boutiques in the area. Perhaps best of all is a retro speakeasy with literary-themed cocktails.
Allowing the sale and consumption of marijuana at the festival is part of a test program that could expand to other major San Francisco events.
The little burg of Lee Vining is more than just a turnoff for Tioga Pass and Yosemite. It’s the starting point for hiking, bird watching and an amazing tour of Basque art carved into the area’s aspen trees.
A stay at the Lodge at the Presidio and a Warhol retrospective round out a weekend in San Francisco.
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