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Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings, as over the weekend they defeated the New York Rangers to win the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in the last three years. The National Hockey League takes to the streets today in Southern California, as it’s time for a victory parade. Things take place today—Monday—so be sure to plan an escape plan from work sooner than later.
Although the city isn't necessarily known for its hockey fans there were around 250,000 in attendance a couple years ago, so we can only expect even more today when things kick of at around noon—local time. Downtown is where things will take place, as stuff will start at the corners of Figueroa and West 5th streets, and then the people and players will move south along Figueroa Street and end at LA Live. Things should run for no more than 45 minutes or so, and then there will be a fan rally inside the Staples Center—unfortunately it’s already sold out.
FX's most beloved series Sons of Anarchy is coming to an end, which has fans scrambling to find out where they might be filming their final episodes. Luckily you have us to ask; here's a look at three filming locations where you'll be able to catch Jax and company shooting throughout the summer:
It seems like we were just talking about Disney and their plans to increase admission to some of their theme parks, and now just weeks later they’re doing it again—this time over in California.
The parks that make up Disneyland Resort are rising once again, and this is certainly going to take away from your oversized turkey leg and churro budget. Things have been bumped up by roughly four percent, as Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park will now set you back $96. Parking is also going up by a buck, and that’s now going to cost $17 for each and every vehicle heading into the lots.
According to the calendar we’re just days away from the start of the summer season, and that means it’s time to turn our attention towards some great warm weather destinations. So get out on the water, wave goodbye to the mainland, and set you watch to island time.
What’s Catalina Island?
You’ve been to Southern California and visited its tourist attractions, must-sees, and hidden gems; however, we would have to guess that you have not made you way out to Santa Catalina Island. Known just as Catalina Island or Catalina to its friends, the spot does its thing as part of Los Angeles County roughly 22 miles off the coast from Los Angeles itself. It belongs to a larger chain of islands, and they’re all part of one big happy family—the Channel Islands. Some estimates put visitors at close to a million per year, so it’s probably one of the more well known of our lesser known islands.
How To Get There
Paddling a kayak isn’t going to be an option here, and the car is going to need to stay back on the mainland. Ferry service is available from a couple spots along the California coast, but it seems like the major route heads back and forth between Avalon—on the island—and San Pedro. Catalina Express is responsible here, and they also have options from Long Beach and Dana Point. Rates start at around $80 per adult including some mandatory wharf charges, but plan to add a few more bucks if bringing your bike or surfboard.
Around mid-day today, Legoland California evacuated guests and shut down rides due to operational disruptions caused by the three wildfires raging in the vicinity of San Diego.
The official word:
LEGOLAND California was affected by several power outages today caused by fires nearby. All the rides have been evacuated to ensure the comfort and safety of Park guests. The LEGOLAND California Park and SEA LIFE Aquarium are now closed but the LEGOLAND Hotel is still open.
Updates are being posted on their Facebook page, and guests planning visits to the part should monitor this and the wildfire situation in southern California over the next few days.
Summer is synonymous with vacation, but apparently the warmer weather also brings plenty of airport construction. We’ve already mentioned that both Newark and San Francisco will have their share of delays thanks to upgrade ands and improvements, and it looks like the construction crews are on the move once again—this time they’re headed over to Los Angeles and LAX.
The airport is in the middle of billions and billions of renovations, and airport officials recently admitted that traveling to or through the airport over the next few years might just be a pain. Even getting to the airport is going to take a little extra time and patience, as crews will be repaving and resurfacing the roads in and around the property.
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It was announced wayyyy back in December 2011 that the west coast would eventually enjoy their own Harry Potter-land at the Universal Studios in Hollywood, but there's no updates since. Sad face!
That is, until now, until Universal Studios dropped the news that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will boast a Hogwarts Castle and will open at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016, along with their "Transformers: The Ride 3D." That's quite a long time to wait, considering the excitement has been brewing since 2011, but not to worry as Universal Studios will keep you busy with a slew of new rides in the meantime.
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Jon Favreau wrote, directed, and stars in the new movie Chef, about a world-class chef who finds redemption in a food truck. Wondering what real-life L.A. food trucks inspired the director? He recently shared a few of his favorites.
Favreau worked closely with famed L.A. chef Roy Choi on the movie so his Kogi Food Trucks were an obvious choice. Choi helped create the menu for the movie and trained Favreau for his role. Kogi is pretty iconic in the Los Angeles food truck scene for starting the Korean Mexican taco movement. You can find the trucks' schedules at kogibbq.com.
Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" tripa Tax Refund Vacation.
Starship sang about it, Armistead Maupin wrote about it, Alfred Hitchcock often filmed it, and Rice-a-Roni fills our belly with it. We're talking about the golden child of the west coast, San Francisco, a city that offers up more than hilly thoroughfares, foggy afternoons, and an island prison.
Although it sits at number 14 on the list of largest cities in the U.S., 'Frisco' sits just behind New York City for population density, but don't let that deter you from exploring the 'City by the Bay.' With its unique architecture, healthy lifestyle, and the proximity to world-class vineyards, anybody flying into or out of SFO won't be disappointed.
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The Outside Lands Music Festival returns to San Francisco August 8 - 10 and there's just one last chance for tickets.
The annual festival brings together dozens of bands, local visual artists, wineries, breweries, and restaurants for three days in Golden Gate Park. With a lineup including Kanye West, Tegan & Sara, Death Cab For Cutie, Macklemore, and more than 70 other acts, it's no great surprise that General Admission tickets and most VIP Passes to the fest have sold out in less than two weeks.
Just the other day we shared a great place to tiptoe through the tulips, and now we’ve got another recommendation on where to check out all the glory that is the spring season. Pack your favorite allergy medicine—we’d recommend at least a Claritin or two—and head to Carlsbad, California, as The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are now in the business of blooming until May 11.
Not too far north from San Diego sit over fifty acres of blossoms, as Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers take over the rolling hills and fields. The Fields are open to the public each and every day of the week and, judging from the picture, it’s well worth the cost of admission. It’ll set you back $12 for the adults in your group, and the kids will be just $6—with those under two scooting in for free. If you like what you see, opt for a season pass that'll set you back $25.
It's no secret that celebrities love Coachella, but some celebs are more passionate about it than others.
Here's a look at 5 stars who never miss the annual music fest:
· Not even probation has stopped Lindsay Lohan from attending Coachella in the past, and this year was no different. Even though LiLo is fresh out of rehab she was spotted partying until 3:30 AM Saturday morning.