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San Francisco is the Inspiration Behind Disney's 'Big Hero 6'

October 31, 2014 at 10:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

To celebrate the release of their new animated movie, Big Hero 6, Disney is giving away a trip to San Francisco.

During this Adventures by Disney getaway, one lucky winner and their family will explore the city that served as the inspiration for Big Hero 6's setting -San Fransokyo.

The four day/three night Disney Adventures San Francisco Long Weekend includes stops at the Walt Disney Family Museum and Lucasfilm, a guided tour of the Bay, a ferry to Angel Island State Park, and other activities.

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Travel Contest Roundup: Five Ways to Visit California for Free

October 31, 2014 at 8:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are five vacation contests to enter right now that will get you some California fun in the sun:

Pik-Nik Dolphin Tale 2 Sweepstakes

We’re not going to discuss the cinematic masterpiece that is Dolphin Tale 2, but we’re fans of the movie if it gets us to California for free. Enter by today—October 31—for a chance to win a trip to four to Los Angeles along with airfare, three nights accommodations, and VIP tour of Warner Bros. Studios.

Sunset Flavor Tour Napa Dream Trip Sweepstakes

California is all fun in the sun, but do not forget about all that agriculture as well—like the vineyards and the grapes. Win a trip for two to beautiful Napa, and you’ll be enjoying round-trip airfare, private car service, a personalized wine tour, and a four-night stay over at the Andaz Napa. There’s a few more surprises in store for the big winner, but just be sure to enter by the end of the month—that’s today.

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Photos: Inside the Reopened Delta Flight Museum at Atlanta Airport

October 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: the Delta DC-3

2014 has been a huge, huuuuuge year for airline anniversaries, and at the top of the list is Delta's 85th Anniversary of passenger service, which they celebrated with a reopening of their aviation museum at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Why a re-opening? Well, as it goes with museums, sometimes exhibits need polishing and the Delta Flight Museum had originally opened back in 1995. It's so much more than spit-shining some cases, however; an entire new aircraft was waiting to be added to the permanent collection.

Now visitors can finally get up close with the Boeing 767 "Spirit of Delta," which was actually purchased by donations totaling $30 million from Delta employees. This plane almost single-handedly allowed Delta to weather the tough economic times of the early 1980s and begin modernizing their fleet. She flew for 23 years and is now half time capsule, half museum-within-in-a-museum, and completely open for visitors to tour.

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Last Chance for Fans to Visit the 'Sons of Anarchy' Set in LA

October 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week Sons of Anarchy is shooting their final episode, ever. As the end of SOA nears, fans aren't just losing their favorite show, they're also losing one of L.A.'s most popular pop culture tourist attractions.

Sons' main set - the Teller-Morrow Automotive Repair Shop - is located next to their studio at 7333 Radford Ave, North Hollywood and is visible from the road, making it a must-see filming location for SOA fans visiting the Los Angeles area. Many fans have been lucky enough to see the show filming there, too.

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Beyond Rocket Science: The 8 Incredible Details You Never Knew About Virgin Galactic

October 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

How about Paris for the weekend, or a two-week trip around Southeast Asia? Forget it—that's so 2014, so terrestrial. Should Virgin Galactic have their way, 2015 will be the year you book a vacation of suborbital space travel, or perhaps a supersonic 45-minute flight from California to London.

This month SpaceShipTwo completed her 54th test flight, improving the odds that next year will indeed be the one to finally kick off space tourism. In fact, Virgin Galactic has already begun the big move from Mojave, CA to Las Cruces, NM, the latter being home to Spaceport America and, hopefully soon, flights to space full of paying passengers (6, to be specific, plus 2 pilots).

Seeing as the US treats spaceship technology with something of the same intense secrecy as defense technology, much of what Virgin Galactic's been up to out in their hangar in the California desert is hush-hush top secret. The 10th Anniversary of their Ansari X Prize win however opened up a small window for us to peek behind those massive doors. Here's what we can tell (and show!) you:

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Where and When to Join in the SF Giants World Series Victory Celebration

October 30, 2014 at 8:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, as last night in Kansas City they defeated the Royals 3 to 2—and took home their third World Series title in the last five years.

Now it’s time to celebrate over in San Francisco, as the city is getting ready to welcome home the champions. With all these victories in the last few years they know how to throw a party, and it sounds like the celebration and parade is scheduled for this Friday, October 31. That just happens to be Halloween, which is perfect, as the Giants love both orange and black.

We’re sure more and more details will trickle out during the day, but here’s what you need to know to start planning things. The parade is going to star right at noon—local time—over at Market and Steuart streets, and then things will travel down Market Street. The shindig will end at Civic Center Plaza, and we can only expect lots of ticker tape, cheering, celebrating, and general merriment.

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New Details of the American and US Airways Frequent Flyer Program Merger

October 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've known for a long time that American and US Airways were planning on merging their frequent flier programs. This week, new details were released regarding how the programs will be integrated. Here's what AAdvantage and US Dividend Miles members need to know going forward:


· The two frequent flier programs will merge in the second quarter of 2015. You can see a full timeline here.

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Golden Gate Bridge Tolls Would Hurt SF Tourism

October 29, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve been to San Francisco there’s little doubt that the Golden Gate Bridge was on your travel to-do list, and rightfully so—it’s pretty darn snazzy. Taking things to the next level involves actually getting out of the car and walking or biking across the bridge, but it sounds like there are plans to monetize that experience.

Nothing is official as of yet, but city officials are kicking around the idea of charging tolls to both pedestrians and cyclists making their way across the bridge. We don’t want to get political—nor would we know what we’re talking about—but it was a close vote. So now what they’re going to do is study things to see what kind of impact the tolls would have, and also likely how much cash they could raise. We’d imagine that bridge is pretty expensive to maintain.

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$32 for 100 Floors: One World Trade Center Announces Observatory Details

October 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like only yesterday the steel girders began to rise, but in reality that was 2010 and now NYC is on the cusp of welcoming the first tenants to One World Trade.

While Condé Nast (our publisher, in full disclosure) spends this winter moving downtown and into the tallest skyscraper in the western hemisphere, the topmost floors will be putting the finishing touches on the One World Observatory.

Due to debut in spring 2015, the attraction spans three floors (100-102) and 125,000 square feet, and promises "unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters" after a zippy ride up in the elevators, or "Sky Pod" as One World Trade prefers to call them.

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The 'Landing Strip' at Detroit Airport Isn't What You Think It Is

October 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to extra-long layover ideas at Detroit-Metropolitan Airport, we would suggest such cultural activities as visiting the Yankee Aviation Museum, taking in the Detroit Institute of Art, or heading downtown for a Lafayette's coney dog. There is, however, one less than savory option that never fails to give us a little laugh on the drive into DTW from the highway: The Landing Strip Lounge.

There is some historical value to what has deemed itself "top flight topless entertainment"; The Landing Strip occupies a 1902 building near the airport and has what is arguably the best phone number in the area: 1-800-2-RUNWAY. There's even a complimentary shuttle from the terminals.

Should you plan a layover in Detroit just for the "experience?" Although it looks like the stereotypical neon-lit club straight out of a movie, the place has been raided.

Stay classy, Detroit.

[Photo: Yelp]

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How to Get Last-Minute Tickets to Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest

October 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest is less than two weeks away and, surprisingly, there are still tickets left. The annual music and comedy festival is taking place at Auditorium Shores on Nov. 7 -9.

This year they've packed even more awesomeness into a three day span with a lineup that includes Judas Priest, Nas,Death Cab For Cutie, Wiz Khalifa, Dinosaur Jr., Glassjaw, Mineral, The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, John Waters, Fred Armisen and many more.

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National Parks to Raise Entrance Fees in 2015

October 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

You best review those freebie days for your national park visit once 2015 rolls around, as it looks like Uncle Sam and friends might be raising admission prices.

Nothing is set in stone as of yet, but the National Park Service is kicking around the idea of increasing admission costs. This would be the first time in eight years or so in which they have done something like this, so we can only assume it’s not something they decide quickly. The proposals for fee increases are due early next year, so it’ll be at least around spring before we hear anything official.

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