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How to Get To (and Escape From) Alcatraz — And Why It's Worth It

July 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

For 30 years, from 1933 to 1963, this tiny island 1.5-miles off the coast of San Francisco was a place that people never wanted to go. (Some even attempted to flee from it, albeit allegedly unsuccessfully.) Yet now the former island-prison is a tourist attraction that brings people from all corners of the earth to see where infamous criminals were incarcerated. Yes, the half-day trip is touristy — but it's well worth the cost and time to visit the abandoned penitentiary.

The trip will set you back about $30 per visitor, depending on the time of day; this includes the round-trip boat ride across San Francisco Bay. But don't be fooled by the multiple cruise companies offering trips to "The Rock," as Alcatraz Cruises is the only biz allowed to dock its boats at the National Park to bring visitors. (Yes, Alcatraz Island is now managed by the National Park Service.) The boat schedules include several trips per day; the early morning cruises are less crowded, but the evening trips offers some stunning views of the city as the sun sets. (Hence their higher price tag of $37.)

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What to Know About Visiting Santa Cruz in the Channel Islands

April 9, 2015 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

View from the Cavern Point Loop of Scorpion Bay

Yesterday, we showed you a glimpse of what it's like to hike around Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park. We continue that showcase today with more photos, but also with some practical information on how to make a visit a reality. Because of its location off the coast and the lack of services available on the island, all visitors, both overnight campers and day trippers, must be prepared and aware of what to expect.

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Wish You Were Here: Visiting California's Channel Islands 25 Miles Off the Coast

Where: Santa Cruz Island [map], Channel Islands, California, United States
April 7, 2015 at 5:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

California's Channel Islands are a group of five islands about 25 miles off the central coast, most dramatically visible from the shores of Santa Barbara County. Preserved as a National Park, outdoor recreation is the big draw for visitors to the chain. Hiking and kayaking are the most popular activities, and camping is permitted on all five of the islands.

This past weekend, we made our way to the largest island, Santa Cruz, and set up shop at Scorpion Bay camp site. With no services on the island, visitors must bring everything they need for the length of their stay. This week, we'll walk you through what you need to know: How to get there, what to bring, and what to see and do.

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5 Differences Between Nevada and California 'Partying' Laws in South Lake Tahoe

March 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Driving down the main drag towards the Nevada State line in South Lake Tahoe

Most of South Lake Tahoe is owned by California, but the very eastern tip is property of Nevada. The road that runs along the border between the two states is appropriately named Stateline Avenue, and as you cruise east on the Lincoln Highway, it will be very easy to know when you are nearing the border. Especially at night.

The two states operate under two very different approaches that are never more evident than they are in the town's nightlife,when the casino lights come on and locals and tourists alike begin to imbibe.

Travelers heading out for the night should be aware of a few contrasts of the law that exist within a block of each other. Drinking in public is okay in Nevada, but a ticketed offense in California, for example. Here are the main differences to keep in mind as you head out for the night in South Lake:

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Which Of Tahoe's Three Airports Should I Fly Into?

March 16, 2015 at 5:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

As the largest alpine lake in North America with over a dozen ski resorts and epic Ponderosa Pine covered wilderness, Lake Tahoe is a year round destination for active, adventure travelers. The town of South Lake Tahoe is slowly but surely developing a softer side to complement that once-rugged atmosphere, but we'll dive into that later this week. First, let's take a look at the best way to get there.

Lake Tahoe's own small airport hasn't run commercial flights in over a decade, and there remains three options for travelers flying in: San Francisco, Sacramento, or Reno. Where you're coming from will obviously determine the best fare and route, but all those things being equal, the Reno airport shines through as the clear winner in terms of proximity and convenience once on the ground. Driving times from San Fran and Sacramento are three and two hours respectively, but the drive from Reno to South Lake is just over an hour.

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'LAX Is Happening' and That Means Runway Construction and Delays

March 13, 2015 at 10:42 AM | by | Comments (3)

Traveling to or through Southern California is often a bittersweet experience. On the one hand everything is fine and dandy—‘cause California—but on the other is the airport known as LAX.

Airport officials are hard at work looking to fix things up, but just note that it’s going to get worse before it gets better as runway renovation has now begun.

The construction crews are now on-site, and they’re going to be there for quite some time. Right now it looks like three years is the timeline, as work is completed to upgrade and improve the runway safety areas. That’s a good thing, as these things act as a bit of a buffer zone in case of a landing or takeoff issue. Travelers can expect rolling closures of runways and what not, so that means be prepared for delays and delays.

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Hyperloop Train Technology is About to Enter the Testing Phase in California

March 5, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

We're known for daydreaming of future travel concepts in this neck of the woods, and one particularly nice dream revolves around the idea of reducing the time it takes to travel from one place to the other. California has debated the idea of a high-speed train from Los Angeles to San Francisco for quite some time now, but now things look to really be progressing beyond political chatter.

Known as Hyperloop, the concept is tubular train travel that allows for speeds of up to 600 miles per hour. This is the type of speed that would really aid to connect cities across our own country, reducing travel times greatly. For example, San Fran to L.A. would take about 45 minutes. Things have come so far that the company that makes Hyperloop has now began testing its technology.

But before we get too excited, there are hurdles to overcome. Here's the latest that's coming out of camp Hyperloop:

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The Academy Museum Will Cure Your Oscar Hangover (But Not Until 2017)

February 23, 2015 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

From the winners and losers to the best and worst dressed—there’s a lot to discuss this morning regarding the Academy Awards. For those who truly love the Oscars it’s sad that it’s only a one-night affair, but there is hope. Officials behind the award are hard at work to provide a year-round place to pay tribute to those little gold statues, and the movies and people that won them.

While you won’t be able to cure your Oscar hangover with a visit this week, there are plans in the works to create and construct something known as The Academy Museum. Think cutting edge galleries, plenty of exhibition spaces, ample movie theaters, and a few spots to hold special events. As they put it, “it will be the world's premier museum devoted to exploring and curating the history and future of the moving image.”

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Super Bowl Sunday is Actually a Super Time for Ski Deals

January 29, 2015 at 11:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

As a resident of Denver, I can tell you very honestly that, during the football season, Sunday is not a bad day to be on the slopes. Many local NFL fans forgo the day on the mountain and retreat inside to watch games all day, leaving lift lines short and runs clear. Even though the Super Bowl doesn't start until the early evening out west, the same will be true on Super Sunday, probably to a much larger extent.

The fact that many ski areas are expecting reduced demand on Super Sunday equals great deals on lift tickets. So why not sneak in a few runs before the big game festivities begin? Bargain sites like Liftopia are showing discounts all across the country, such as 31% off at Arapahoe Basin, 30% off at Copper Mountain, 16% off at Killington, and 28% off at Snowbird, among others.

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Food Worth Flying For: The Best Burger in All of Wine Country

November 20, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).

For years and year it was known as Taylor's Refresher, but now it’s called Gott’s Roadside. The name may have changed but the roadside restaurant and its “tray gourmet” has remained the same. Sure Napa Valley is known for its wine, the English muffins over at The Model Bakery, and that perfect pork chop at Mustards Grill; however, to us the burger and fries are the reason we continue to visit year after year.

We realize that there are best of lists from here to eternity when it comes to burgers, but we have to say our pick is the Western Bacon Blue Ring at Gott’s Roadside. The thing is topped with barbeque sauce, an onion ring, local blue cheese, pickles, red onion, and bacon—and all of those ingredients are doing their thing between a toasted egg bun.

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Three November Beer Festivals in Warm Weather Locations

November 6, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s November and that means that the weather is turning a little bit cooler, but for this month let’s do our best to try to stay warm. Of course hitting up a few beer festivals can do exactly that, but it’ll work even better if the festivals are in warm weather locations. Check out these beer festivals doing their thing this month from spots to California to Louisiana:

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival – San Diego, CA

When it comes to beer they call themselves the “Capital of Craft,” and we’re not going to disagree with the friendly folks over in San Diego. This weekend—November 7th to November 8th—is when things will take place, as it’s the 12th annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. Sips and samples from over 50 breweries from in and around the area will be featured. Tickets will set you back $40, and that includes all the samples that you can enjoy. Food trucks will be on hand if you need something to eat, and there will be some live music to round out the fun.

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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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