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Lesser Known Islands of the USA: Catalina Island, CA

May 22, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Breaking: San Diego Wildfires Force Evacuation of Legoland California

May 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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LAX Construction Disruptions Will Only Get Worse Before They Get Better

May 13, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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The West Coast Won't Get a 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' Until 2016

May 12, 2014 at 1:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

While the additions to Universal Studios Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park near completion for a summer debut, progress on the second Wizarding World finally has an update.

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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Three L.A. Food Trucks to Visit Before Seeing 'Chef' This Weekend

May 9, 2014 at 1:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Enjoy a San Francisco Treat

April 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

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" trip—a 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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How to Get (Last Chance) Tickets to San Francisco's Outside Lands Music Festival

April 29, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Strip Off the Winter Coat for a Frolick in These California Flower Fields

April 16, 2014 at 10:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Five Celebrities Who Never Miss Attending Coachella

April 14, 2014 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Avoid Summer Construction at SFO and Consider Another Bay Area Airport

April 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

We hope you’ve already starting planning your summer vacation, and that the mad search for affordable and attractive airfare has already been initiated. If you’re planning to visit San Francisco and the Bay Area this summer you’ve probably started to check out options to and from the city’s main airport—SFO. However, just be aware that you might want to check out some of the other airports in and around the area as well.

Obviously the more options there are the better chance of a deal, but what we’re most concerned about are potential delays over at San Francisco International Airport. Constriction work is arriving sooner than later, and the airport will be forced to close down two of its four runways between May 17 and the middle of September. Add in some of the area’s well-known weather—fog—and you’re all set for an extended delay arriving or departing the city.

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Cameron Diaz Shows She Knows How To Throw The Perfect Girls Getaway

March 24, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cameron Diaz is making the most of her downtime and taking her girlfriends along for the ride.

She was recently spotted on a relaxing beach vacation with friends in Antigua, just days after celebrating a girls weekend in Napa Valley.

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Emmy Rossum Praises the Peace of Flying American Airlines

March 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Shameless star Emmy Rossum was spotted at LAX yesterday after taking what sounds like the most relaxing American Airlines flight ever.

Rossum tweeted from the flight, writing, "#100happydays The peace of flying in an airplane makes me happy. #4happychicks."

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