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Tickets are still available for 2014's WonderCon Anaheim, but apparently they're going fast.
The pop culture expo, taking place April 18-20, is put on by the same folks behind San Diego International Comic-Con and recently made the move to the Anaheim Convention Center from the Bay Area to accommodate more fans. As the Con has grown, so has its roster of movie and television panels, comic previews, autograph sessions, book-signings, and screenings.
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For lovers of fashion, history, and a bit of good fun, there are plenty of "throwback" events in the year's social calendar. These primarily happen on the east coastfor example there are vintage baseball games and NYC's summer-favorite Jazz Age Lawn Partybut sometimes the west coast gets in on the retro fun as well.
Case in point: Dapper Day at Disneyland. The event began in 2011, with a few hundred amusement park-goers donning their best vintage duds to enjoy Disneyland the way Walt Disney envisioned it: with families dressed in suits and skirts instead of fanny packs and cargo shorts. Now, Dapper Day attracts around 20,000 (the "dapper" folk nearly outnumber regular visitors) in the one day, and it's spread to include the Disney parks in Orlando and Paris.
If we had to go and pick a favorite state then California would be close to the top. However, it looks like we might have a bit more difficulty picking a winner, as now there’s a plan to split up the Golden State into a few smaller nuggets.
There’s all kind of political implications, thoughts, and opinions surrounding the idea, but instead of taking sides or discussing the feasibility of the idea—we just kind of want to point out that this has become a thing. Basically a venture capitalist thinks that state is too big, and that by splitting things up into smaller states there would be more effective government and management of the new geographic units.
You’ve been missing out if you haven’t tried Sriracha yet. The chili-paste-meets-hot-sauce concoction is now used on anything and everything, and even Subway has commercials advertising the stuff slathered all over their five-dollar footlongs. Now those needing even more of a fix are welcome to do so, as the Willy Wonka of the Sriracha industry has opened up the factory for public tours.
Huy Fong Foods is the company behind the magic, and now free tours are available in Irwindale, California in and around their 650,000-square-foot factory.
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Unfortunately, the folks over at Yankee Candle have yet to concoct a creation that features new airport smell, so that means we need to enjoy the opportunity to breathe in fresh airport terminal air whenever it arises. That chance is this week, as San Francisco International Airport is busy putting the final touches on its latest terminal revamp and renovation. It held a public event over the weekend to check things out, but it’s officially open to flyers beginning tomorrow.
The new additions are happening at the airport’s Terminal 3, as the new slice of the airport is Boarding Area E—they’re calling it T3E for short. It’s where a lot of United flyers will depart and arrive, so passengers with United stamped across their boarding passes will be the ones enjoying the new restaurants and amenities.
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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:
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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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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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.
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.’
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 themThe 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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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.