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This Website Highlights the Small Towns Most Pass By on California's Highway 1

Where: Highway 1, California, United States
September 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We all know that Highway 1 runs nearly the entire coast of California, from Mexico up through San Francisco to the Oregon border. Most people drive it in a day or two from San Diego or Los Angeles up to the Bay Area, with many itineraries including stops in Santa Barbara, Carmel, and Monterrey. Sprinkled between these well-known tourist towns is what this writer considers to be one of the best kept secrets in the country, the rural Central Coast of California.

San Luis Obispo has made headlines in recent years for its happy citizens, and San Simeon draws its fair share of attention thanks to Hearst Castle. Still, the Central Coast is largely bypassed and just a drive-through for out-of-state and international travelers in favor of the bright lights and beaches of Los Angeles and the beautiful bay of San Francisco. As a former resident of Santa Barbara, I had the pleasure of exploring this area in all its untouched glory, where the sea, mountains, and vines of wine country all come together along the coast.

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LAX Preps for Yet Another Crazy Major Facelift

September 17, 2014 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (2)

Earlier this year, LAX, the airport everyone loves to hate, unveiled their newest and flashest digs at Tom Bradley International Terminal and we thought it was pretty cool. Now it's Terminal 1 and 2's turn to revamp, and all with the help of Westfield.

After signing the $300 million check to refresh the tired space that's known as home to Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic (amongst others), airport officials now plan to create a unique experience divided up into three separate "districts." The terminal will be a far departure from the standard hallways you see now, as it introduces a "Commercial Hub" that connects to a Dining Terrace featuring plenty of lounge-style seating allowing travelers to end up in "The Strand," an open, flowing dining and shopping district with a grand, flowing staircase leading to a mezzanine with café that overlooks the common-area below.

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Locals and Tourists Once Again Clash in California at LA's Hollywood Sign

August 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember when SF decided to close one of its most infamous tourist attractions, the crooked Lombard Street, on certain weekends due to complaints by locals? Well, its rival city in the south, Los Angeles, is now experiencing similar problems with one of its landmarks, the Hollywood Sign.

According to the LA Times, an impromptu task force consisting of eight police officers has formed in response to "growing complaints from residents who say their neighborhoods are being overrun by tourist vans and rental cars drawn to the sign." Problems include double parking and congestion that has resulted in both physical damage and logistical frustration.

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It's Not Too Late to Kayak the Los Angeles River This Summer

August 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer might be winding down, but there are still tickets available for L.A. River Expeditions Summer 2014 Kayaking Trips in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area.

The guided tour takes kayakers through one of the most scenic stretches of the L.A. in San Fernando Valley for great views of wildlife and leisurely paddling.

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How To Get Tickets To Hello Kitty Con 2014

July 10, 2014 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hello Kitty is turning 40 this year and Sanrio is inviting all of her fans to help her celebrate this fall.

Hello Kitty Con 2014 will celebrate all things Hello Kitty with exclusive merchandise, pop-up shops, panels and discussions, art installations, photo opps, costumes, workshops, tattoos, and other activities for fans of every age.

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Take to the Streets of Downtown LA for the Kings' Stanley Cup Party

June 16, 2014 at 8:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Three Locations Where You Can Catch 'Sons Of Anarchy' Filming Their Final Season

June 6, 2014 at 10:42 AM | by | Comment (1)

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:

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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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This One Los Angeles Street is Home to Three of the City's Best Ramen Restaurants

Where: Sawtelle Street [map], Los Angeles, California, United States
April 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tacos and Mexican food may be the first things to come to mind when you think of the food scene in Los Angeles, but don't sleep on the city's other ethnic offerings that, according to The Daily Beast, score big points for their unwillingness to cater to a general audience.

"(The restaurants are) making no concessions to you, and the food thrives because of that," said Kogi BBQ Chef Roy Choi. "They’re cooking from the heart. They’re not considering, ‘Uh, would that be too spicy?’ You’re just in their part of town. You are the one percent.”

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Remodeled Qantas Lounge at LAX Set to Open Next Month

March 25, 2014 at 12:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Next week, Qantas plans to unveil its newest mega-lounge at LA's TBIT with a completely new design and refreshed service offering.

Looking to create a home away from home, the Flying Kangaroo has revamped the previously tiny lounge that's also shared with British Airways and Cathay Pacific in lieu of a more spacious area. The new escape will offer a wine bar, signature cocktails, and a circular fireplace area to get cozy before flying. Our friends down under at Australian Business Traveler got the inside scoop that the lounge will offer some local fare with a nod to typical LA street-food.

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Los Angeles Airport Open and Operating Normal After 4.4 Earthquake

March 17, 2014 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Happy St. Patrick's Day, LA!

Operations are normal this morning at Los Angeles International Airport, despite the city shaking from a 4.4-magnitude earthquake at approximately 6:35am PST. It was originally reported as a 4.7-magnitude, but was downgraded. According to Dr. Lucy Jones of the US Geological Survey, the quake was a shallow one and “epicentered in the Santa Monica Mountains between Westwood and Encino, closer to the Valley side, about five miles below the surface."

The city is conducting an emergency survey by ground and air to confirm that the earthquake hasn't caused any damage, but the LA Times did speak with a Westwood bagel shop owner who noted that "No bagels fell off the shelves and 'everything stayed in place.'"

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Compare and Contrast: Which of Los Angeles' Five Airports Sucks the Least?

March 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to Los Angeles travel, all airports are not created equal.

Although most travelers know of LAX, the area actually boasts five major airports, each with its own strengths, weaknesses, WiFi policies, and paparazzi specialties. And you can bet frequent flyers to the left coast feel loyalty for the airports nearly as much as the airlines.

For example, our Editor Cynthia loves Long Beach for its slick looks and tech friendliness. On the flip side, HotelChatter Editor and LA resident Juliana pledges allegiance to the flexibility and fancy upgrades of LAX. Contributor Andy swears by SNA, and Jaunted friend The Sterling Traveler seconds the Long Beach fascination.

What? No love for Burbank or Ontario International? Having sampled all five airports in our travels, it's time to compare and contrast:

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