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Why April Happens to Be the Best Month for Partying in Palm Springs

January 24, 2014 at 11:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

If case you haven't noticed, we've made no bones about our love for Palm Springs. In fact, we've even shared our 27 reasons why we think it's the bomb dignity. Naturally we aren't the only ones enamored with this oasis of retro style in the Californian desert, and it's becoming increasingly obvious that Palm Springs is becoming the place for festivals both new and old, for people of all persuasions.

In fact, spring 2014 will be the hottest season for happenings in the city, and the Palm Springs Board of Tourism shares the six most sizzling events, all in April:

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Three Celebrity Tours That Are Still Worth the Ticket Price

January 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

These days Celebrity Homes Tours can be easily duplicated online, a little embarrassing for the passengers, and often overrun with visiting families - moody teenagers and all. But, for all of their flaws, the tours can still be a fun way to catch up on the latest celebrity gossip and peek into a way of life most of us regular folks can only dream of.

Here is a look at three Celebrity Homes Tours that are still worth the ticket price:

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Throwback Thursday: Did You Know United Airlines Once Had Helicopters to Disneyland?

January 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

A collection of National Geographic magazines from decades past may take up shelf space, but it’s hardly something to take for granted. We recently leafed through a few mid-1960s issues from the small library in the lobby of Miami’s Freehand Hotel, and struck retro travel ad gold in this United page touting their helicopter transfer service from LAX.

These were the days of Boeing 707s, United’s campaign as “the extra care airline,” and obviously putting far too much text in magazine ads. The fine print explains it all:

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Coachella 2014

January 9, 2014 at 11:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

HOLY SMOKES, you guys. The dates have already been announced for Coachella 2014 and ticket sales begin tomorrow! They've timed it perfectly; now is the perfect time to make California desert plans when much of the country is snowed in or blown about by icy winds.

The dates you need to set aside in your iCal are: April 11-13 and April 18-20.

As with Coachella 2013 and 2012, 2014's version will be split into two identical weekends of performances from musicians old and new (Outkast is reuniting!), with a hologram or two thrown in for max viral appeal. The only thing that won't be identical are the attendees, since you have the option of hitting up the first weekend and being surprised, or hitting up the second and being well prepared. Either way, we recommend you start phoning your choice Palm Springs hotel now to inquire about early booking deals.

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Why Little Kids Will Love the New 'Beach' at Los Angeles International Airport

January 3, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Those traveling with kiddos have a new airport option when it comes to finding fun stuff during a layover. As part of their renovation and revamp the folks over at Los Angeles International Airport have added a whole new spot for the kids to run wild.

The play area is just one aspect of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal. The new place is after security—perfect for connections—and roughly 1,000 square feet for little kids and big kids to burn off some energy before or after flights. The place is open for those between ages 2 and 8, and it’s created with a beach theme in mind. In fact they’re calling the place ‘LAX Beach.’

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The Most Improved Airport of 2013 is...

December 31, 2013 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

It's with great excitement that we hand over this award to a 'little' West Coast airport that we all know better as LAX-Los Angeles International. More specifically we're highlighting Tom Bradley International Terminal, which saw a dramatic, not to mention much needed, facelift this year.

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Happy New Year, Los Angeles: Where to Find the Fireworks and Festivities

December 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around Los Angeles to celebrate the countdown to 2014.

With sprawling suburbs and events in each, there’s plenty of spots to ring in the New Year around LA. That makes it difficult to just pick that one perfect spot to welcome 2014, as there are several different firework displays from which to choose.

You could always climb aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach for one last (fake) cruise to end 2013. There will be different ports of call—in theory—and upon the arrival at each port the ship’s horn will blow as an announcement is made to welcome guests to the next stop on their journey. Signature cocktails are available to get you in the mood for your visits to India, Brazil, and New York City before the fireworks. Boarding passes start at just $99.

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How to Win Tickets to the SAG Awards Red Carpet in Los Angeles

December 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is celebrating the upcoming 2014 Hollywood Awards Season by giving away a glamorous prize pack to five lucky fans.

Winners will get two highly sought after tickets for the red carpet bleachers at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 18. The SAG Awards bring together the best actors from TV and movies as they are recognized by their peers. Meryl Streep, Jared Leto, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lawrence, along with the casts of Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, and Arrested Development are all expected at this year's event.

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Welcome to California. Here's a Glass of Wine.

December 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Apparently nothing makes you thirstier than a road trip across California, so of course it makes perfect sense to install a new kind of beverage vending machine at one of the state’s welcome dispensing wine.

Obviously you need to be careful if you’re the one behind the wheel, but for those along for the ride this certainly beats stopping for a soda and a bathroom break. The new wine welcome isn’t available where you think it would be—like Napa or Sonoma—but instead you'll find it at the California Visitor Center in Oxnard.

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You'll Have to Wait Until Next Year for Tickets to San Diego Comic-Con

December 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Comic fans will have a brief reprieve from the stress of purchasing San Diego Comic-Con badges for 2014.

Yesterday, organizers announced they’re postponing the always chaotic ticket-buying process for preregistered attendees until early next year so they can “fine-tune” the online system.

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Where to 'Read' the World's Largest Pop-Up Book This Week

December 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tourism New Zealand is once again capitalizing on their connection to The Hobbit Trilogy with a new exhibit in Los Angeles.

Yesterday, they kicked off the campaign by unveiling the World's Largest Pop-Up Book in Beverly Hills. The "book" includes original set pieces and props used in The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug, which premieres in Hollywood tonight.

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Peer-to-Peer Car Rental 'FlightCar' is Now Driving Through LAX

November 21, 2013 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Those looking to head out of town have a new option when it comes to the long-term parking lot, as FlightCar has recently started up shop over at Los Angeles International Airport. In case you don’t remember the deal with FlightCar—basically you rent out your car to others instead of just leaving the car in the parking lot. Someone gets the wheels they need, you don’t have to pay for parking, and you even make a little money on the deal.

The peer-to-peer car sharing system hasn’t really gone gangbusters as of yet, but the head honcho at FlightCar—he’s 19 years old—reports that the company has roughly 3,700 listings for the not really rental cars. We guess we would be a little concerned letting someone else take our wheels out for a spin, but at the same time the insurance, the liability, and other guarantees do provide some kind of warm and fuzzy feeling. Overall we think the idea is kind of awesome, and yet again we're jealous that we didn't think of this first.

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