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Flash flood closes Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for a week as monsoons slam California deserts:

August 10th, 2022

The tramway, which ferries passengers from the floor of the Coachella Valley to near the top of San Jacinto Peak, will be closed for extended cleanup.

Yosemite's Mariposa Grove is site of celebration, relief as it reopens after monthlong fire closure:

August 5th, 2022

The vast majority of the famed Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias reopened Wednesday after the Washburn fire caused it to shut down for weeks.

Knott's Berry Farm extends 'well-received' chaperone policy to include Sundays:

July 27th, 2022

Knott's Berry Farm, which recently began requiring visitors under 18 to be accompanied by an adult on weekdays, is extending the policy to Sundays.

Yosemite plans to reopen south entrance Saturday morning. Here's what to know before you visit:

July 22nd, 2022

That entrance via Highway 41 — the most popular way in for visitors from Southern California — has been closed for several days as firefighters struggle to subdue to Washburn fire in the park's southern Wawona and Mariposa Grove areas.

Who is to blame for the summer of flight delays and cancellations?:

July 22nd, 2022

The summer travel season has been chaotic. Industry insiders put much of the blame on airline executives who scheduled thousands of extra flights to cash in on demand.

7 insider tips for visiting SoCal's new American Ninja Warrior Adventure Park:

July 21st, 2022

Inside the MainPlace mall in Santa Ana, you can climb, swing and leap through five obstacle courses modeled after the ones on the hit TV competition.

Knott's Berry Farm to require weekend chaperones after fights at theme park:

July 20th, 2022

After a series of fights last weekend, the Orange County theme park is requiring that all visitors 17 and younger be accompanied by an adult chaperone on Fridays and Saturdays.

Wildfires threaten Yosemite. Do you need to change your travel plans?:

July 20th, 2022

As firefighters seem to gain the upper hand on Washburn blaze, another fire is burning west of the park near the town of Mariposa. Here's how that might affect your visit.

'True Lassie': Dog leads rescue team to man who plunged 70 feet near Tahoe National Forest:

July 18th, 2022

Nevada County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team was led by a dog at Tahoe National Forest to find his injured owner.

You can (and should) kayak the L.A. River. Here's how:

July 14th, 2022

You might not think of the Los Angeles River as a kayaking destination, but the experience can be a remarkable respite from the city and an opportunity to learn about the importance of conservation.

Where's my car(toon)? Disney to add vehicle locator feature to park apps:

July 13th, 2022

The feature, which will use cellphone location services, launches at Walt Disney World this summer and Disneyland later this year.

Here's how the wildfire in Yosemite National Park could affect your visit:

July 12th, 2022

The Mariposa Grove, Wawona, and the Wawona Hotel and campgrounds are closed due to the Washburn fire. Conditions are smoky.

Dramatic new 6th Street Bridge opens, delivering a 'love letter' to Los Angeles:

July 9th, 2022

With its 10 pairs of tilted arches, it is the largest and most expensive bridge the city has ever erected.

Winter in Mammoth is great, but summer is when it shines:

July 1st, 2022

Thousands of L.A. families are making their way to Mammoth Lakes and surrounding areas for hiking, biking and birding adventures.

Great America was the Bay Area's Disneyland. Now it's a victim of Silicon Valley's tech boom:

July 1st, 2022

Santa Clara's Great America amusement park will close in six to 11 years after being sold to Prologis, a real estate developer, for $310 million.

This lush California trail has 'Jurassic Park' vibes. Here's how to book a reservation:

June 24th, 2022

With fern-covered walls that rise up to 80 feet, Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwood State Park is a dreamy oasis.

You've tried stand-up paddleboarding. But have you tried it while glowing under the moonlight?:

June 24th, 2022

After the sun sets, Pirate Coast Paddle Co. leads SUPers on an illuminating ride through the waters of Newport Beach.

Beverly Hills is getting an ultra-luxe hotel chain so exclusive you've probably never heard of it:

June 9th, 2022

The luxury Aman hotel will be part of the $2-billion One Beverly Hills condo-inn complex, designed as a lush landscaped oasis with gardens largely open to the public.

Extreme drought prompts closure of Joshua Tree trail to ensure water for bighorn sheep:

June 8th, 2022

Bighorn sheep increasingly rely on an oasis spring in the Fortynine Palms Oasis hiking area as drought makes surface water more difficult to find.

Stepping Back: A Filipino-American Sojourn:

June 1st, 2022

L.A. Times photojournalist Luis Sinco documents returning home to the Philippines and the election of Bong Bong Marcos.

The best California experiences, according to Californians:

May 27th, 2022

After we published the 101 best California experiences, readers shared their own recommendations.

One of the best walks you can take in L.A. is in a spot you already love:

May 27th, 2022

The Hollywood Bowl is a legendary concert venue, sure. But did you know it's also a sprawling public park that's perfect for a daytime stroll?

How to watch 'Letter to a Stranger' night at the L.A. Times Book Club:

May 26th, 2022

Pico Iyer, Maggie Shipstead, Michelle Tea and Colleen Kinder discuss 'Letter to a Stranger' at the L.A. Times Book Club.

Why flights are so expensive right now:

May 26th, 2022

A travel rebound was expected to drive up flight prices. But by this much? And will flight prices go down later in 2022? We show you the numbers.

Meet Ojai's queen of hip motels:

May 26th, 2022

Kenny Osehan of Shelter Social Club is the hotel 'preservationist' behind two of the community's most Instagrammed lodgings.

How we found the 101 best experiences in California:

May 19th, 2022

A Q&A with travel reporter Christopher Reynolds, who scoured the Golden State for the most delightful, fascinating and awe-inspiring things to do.

The L.A. Times guide to the 101 best California experiences:

May 19th, 2022

The Times set out to find the most delightful, fascinating and awe-inspiring things to do right here in the Golden State. Explore our top picks, print out our checklist and hit the road.

We've got merch! Check out L.A. Times' new 'California Collection':

May 19th, 2022

The sweatshirts, joggers, hats, totes and other items were created to celebrate life on the West Coast.

What is your favorite California experience?:

May 19th, 2022

A Los Angeles Times travel reporter shared his picks for the 101 best California experiences. Did your favorites make the list?

Winter's second wind: Mammoth Mountain resort extends ski season into June:

May 18th, 2022

April and May snowstorms have extended the season at Mammoth Mountain, but temperatures are forecast to rise in coming weeks.

'A walk back in time': Where two rivers join, California will get a new state park:

May 16th, 2022

The 2,500-acre property near Modesto is expected to open to the public within a year.

Powerful stories in 'Letter to a Stranger' will transport you around the world:

May 11th, 2022

The L.A. Times Book Clubs reads 'Letter to a Stranger,' a new collection that celebrates the serendipity of chance encounters.

A cactus prick on a SoCal trail became a medical emergency. What to do if you get spiked:

May 6th, 2022

Common throughout Los Angeles, coastal prickly pears are also some of the nastiest cacti to get poked by.

LAX sees 1 million monthly international travelers for first time since pandemic's start:

April 29th, 2022

Last month's tally is up 206% from a year earlier, according to Los Angeles World Airports, as passenger demand rebounds.

Want to camp in Yosemite? Here's how to snag a reservation this week:

April 26th, 2022

Yosemite National Park officials will release reservations for the Wawona Campground on Wednesday. Here's how to snag a spot.

Uncomfortable flying without a mask mandate? Some airlines may refund your ticket:

April 22nd, 2022

Airlines have different policies for hesitant fliers seeking to cancel travel plans and get a refund.

CDC's top COVID doctor explains how travelers can reduce risk in a mask-optional world:

April 21st, 2022

The CDC's chief medical officer has advice for travelers looking to stay safe when people around them have ditched their masks.

Uber? United? Southwest? LAX? Who is lifting travel mask rules and who's keeping them:

April 19th, 2022

Monday's ruling makes masks optional aboard trains, buses and airplanes. But some transit agencies and facilities are still urging residents to voluntarily mask up.

Two San Diego museum expansions, one that defies critics, breathe new life into old infrastructure:

April 12th, 2022

Selldorf Architects' renovation of MCASD in La Jolla and LUCE et studio's redo of the Mingei museum give two established institutions a needed reset

You can now walk or bike across the L.A. River on a bright orange bridge:

April 6th, 2022

The Taylor Yard Bridge is here, connecting the communities of Cypress Park and Elysian Valley.

Can you see the northern lights in L.A.? Don't fall for this April Fools' joke:

April 1st, 2022

Is seeing the aurora borealis on your bucket list?

Guests and crew members test positive for COVID-19 aboard Princess Cruise ship:

March 28th, 2022

Passengers and crew members aboard the Ruby Princess returned from a 15-day Panama Canal cruise.

Sesame Street's new San Diego theme park is full of surprises:

March 26th, 2022

What it's like inside Sesame Place San Diego, which is open now with discounted tickets.

After two years, Hearst Castle is reopening:

March 24th, 2022

California's original mega-mansion shut down during COVID, then needed big road repairs.

Airlines push Biden to drop the mask mandate for travel:

March 24th, 2022

The nation's largest airlines are asking for an end to the mask mandate on flights that they supported at the start of the pandemic.

6 ridiculously fun runs to sign up for right now:

March 23rd, 2022

Whether you're a serious athlete or just in it for the swag bag, these events in Southern California are more memorable than your everyday 5K.

The Disneyland experiments that influenced Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser:

March 16th, 2022

Imagineers reveal lessons from Legends of Frontierland, one of Disneyland's playtests that led to the gamelike live-in theme park Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

7 gorgeous photos that show Joshua Tree in all its glory:

March 11th, 2022

LA Times photojournalist Allen J. Schaben offers insight into his process and some of his best Joshua Tree photos.

You've camped in Joshua Tree, but never like this. Inside the desert's new Airstream oasis:

March 10th, 2022

These desert digs come in high style with prices to match. I stayed a night. My observations.

Big Bear bald eagles Jackie and Shadow welcome first eaglet in two years: 'A star is hatched':

March 7th, 2022

The celebrity bald eagle couple had two years of misfortune with its eggs. A second egg is due to hatch soon.

Spring break travel is back, and so are high prices: 'Like bears coming out of hibernation':

March 2nd, 2022

Americans who stayed close to home during the pandemic are venturing out again, driving a rebound in travel and a rise in airfare and hotel prices.

Don't miss out on Carlsbad's picture-perfect flower fields:

February 25th, 2022

Timed tickets for the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are available now.

Commentary: Disneyland's Electrical Parade is ditching its patriotic float. Why that's a good thing:

February 22nd, 2022

Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade returns in April minus its U.S. flag float and with new characters from "Encanto" and "Raya and the Last Dragon."

It's 'firefall' season in Yosemite. Here's how to see the glowing phenomenon:

February 18th, 2022

Yosemite's "firefall" is usually best seen in February when Horsetail Fall flows.

Once-overlooked Oceanside has a new vibe. Visit now before it becomes a tourist hotspot:

February 17th, 2022

You'll find it between Camp Pendleton's Marines and Carlsbad's Legoland

Want to go to Yosemite this summer? Set an alarm on March 23:

February 16th, 2022

The park said the move should reduce summer crowding.

Midcentury Modern fans: Don't miss these 13 events at Modernism Week in Palm Springs:

February 16th, 2022

Modernism Week returns to the desert this week for its annual celebration of Midcentury Modern design.

Why are so many people heading to California's newest national park?:

February 10th, 2022

These peaks, caves and condors show up between Paso Robles and San Jose

The trailblazing career of Black winemaker Iris Rideau — plus a Santa Ynez Valley tour:

February 3rd, 2022

From the Deep South to the Central Coast, Iris Rideau has charted her own path through the vineyard

What you need to know before going to Yosemite and other national parks in 2022:

January 24th, 2022

Here's a look at national parks in California, Arizona and Utah. These tips could save your winter, spring or summer trip.

San Francisco's Chinatown is caught between past and future:

January 21st, 2022

In the wake of Amazon and the pandemic, a new generation of restaurants and retailers is coming. Where does that leave S.F.'s Chinatown?

Bound for the Bay Area? Here are 10 tips to know before you go:

January 21st, 2022

With Omicron spreading, much is uncertain. If you are planning to travel to the Bay Area soon, these ideas will help you plan and travel with confidence.

Column: I just spent 45 minutes on hold, and here's what I thought of the music they blared at me:

January 14th, 2022

'Hold music' was an OK idea when it was invented 60 years ago, but in an era of unprecedented wait times, it's due for a rethink.

A glimpse into Disneyland's future? Disney may one day project 3-D images for individual guests:

January 7th, 2022

The Walt Disney Co. has been approved for a patent to project 3-D images on real-world objects in theme parks.

'Unwelcome just about everywhere': Europe tightens the screws on the unvaccinated:

January 7th, 2022

From mandating COVID-19 shots for everyone over 50 to excluding the uninoculated from more venues, European countries get tougher on the unvaccinated.

Landmark arch at San Luis Obispo County beach crumbles in December storms:

January 5th, 2022

The arch at Spooner's Cove near Montaña de Oro State Park in San Luis Obispo collapses during recent rains.

Leo Carrillo State Park will be closed through January after flood damage:

January 4th, 2022

Heavy rains last week caused flooding that forced the rescue of 50 campers at the state park in Malibu.

Airlines have a recipe to reach zero emissions by 2050. The key ingredient: cooking oil:

December 30th, 2021

Airlines say they must go carbon-neutral to satisfy consumers and avoid harsh regulations. Biofuels can get the industry partway there, but it will also require technological breakthroughs.

Record number of guns found in U.S. airports in 2021, despite travel slump:

December 30th, 2021

Even with air travel yet to return to pre-pandemic levels, the number of guns discovered at TSA checkpoints set a 20-year record in 2020. Officials point to rising gun sales.

Planning a trip with your dog? Here are 10 ways to make it stress-free for both of you:

December 28th, 2021

I had never gone on a trip with a pet before, so I was initially anxious about taking our puppy to five national parks in Arizona, Utah and Colorado. This is what we learned.

Flight cancellations continue at LAX as more bad weather rolls in, Omicron surge worsens:

December 27th, 2021

Dozens of flights were scrapped Monday at LAX, and hundreds were canceled nationally after a weekend of holiday travel woes.

Should I stay or should I go? People agonize over holiday travel plans:

December 24th, 2021

After sacrificing family get-togethers last Christmas, many Americans had booked plane tickets, hopeful about celebrating safely once again.

Watts Towers at 100: Junk turned into art still casts a spell:

December 24th, 2021

The story behind Sabato Rodia's obsession to create what remains one of L.A.'s most admired and least understood landmarks.

Postcards from Yosemite and beyond: Winter snowfall blankets the Sierra:

December 23rd, 2021

After nearly two years of focusing on COVID-19 and working inside 13 different hospitals for the Los Angeles Times, it was finally time to go outside.

Photos: Travel and testing ramp up as Omicron surge hits California during the holidays:

December 22nd, 2021

Up to 3.5 million people are expected to travel through LAX from Dec. 16-Jan. 3, airport officials said, making it the busiest travel period this year.

Flying over the holidays? Here are tips for reducing your Omicron risk:

December 20th, 2021

If you're traveling by plane this holiday season, here are tips for reducing your COVID-19 risk as much as possible at the airport and on your flights.

Bosque Gigante reabrirá meses después de que los incendios amenazaran a las secuoyas:

December 17th, 2021

El bosque ha estado cerrado al público desde mediados de septiembre debido al incendio del Complejo KNP, que quemó más de 88.000 acres.

3.5 million travelers expected to pass through LAX this holiday season as Omicron arrives:

December 17th, 2021

The airport expects nearly twice as many travelers as last year, reflecting a "cautious optimism" around the pandemic

Ski resorts are ready for the season. Here's what's new and how to hit the slopes safely:

December 16th, 2021

Winter resorts in the West have rolled out new features for skiers and snowboarders.

Uber and Lyft too expensive at LAX? You have options:

December 11th, 2021

Taxi fares don't change. The FlyAway bus between the airport and downtown is under $10. And surely you have a friend who's willing to pick you up.

These photos prove why a road trip to Tahoe in the off-season is worth it:

December 10th, 2021

Rainbows, aspens and salmon were just the beginning of my journey. Travel tips included.

Giant Forest to reopen months after fires threatened sequoias:

December 10th, 2021

The forest has been closed to the public since mid-September because of the KNP Complex fire, which burned more than 88,000 acres.

Visiting Disneyland over the holidays? Use the new Genie app (and follow these tips):

December 6th, 2021

The holiday season draws big crowds to Disneyland and California Adventure. These tips can help you make the most of your visit at a busy time.

What places are missing from our California winter list?:

December 2nd, 2021

We picked 40 experiences throughout California great for winter. Tell us: What activity did we leave off our list?

Snow or not, Big Bear ski slopes opening this week:

November 30th, 2021

Big Bear Mountain Resort, which includes Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, will open to pass holders Thursday and to the general public Friday.

LAX Thanksgiving travel expected to double, bringing new coronavirus dangers:

November 19th, 2021

Travel numbers are nearing pre-pandemic levels, and experts warn that a surge in passengers could also lead to a surge in coronavirus infections.

They set out to hike three of America's longest trails in less than a year. What could go wrong?:

November 19th, 2021

Jackson Parell and Sammy Potter hatched an ambitious plan during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic: to hike three of the nation's most arduous trails — the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide — in a single year.

Tips for safe Thanksgiving air travel:

November 19th, 2021

Among other recommendations, health experts suggest delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated.

L.A.'s COVID rules: Mask and vaccine guidance for out-of-town visitors:

November 18th, 2021

Some places in Los Angeles city and county won't let you in without proof of full COVID vaccination. Others will just ask you to wear a mask.

California gas prices soar to record highs:

November 15th, 2021

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in California has climbed to a record $4.682. Several counties, including L.A., neared record highs as well.

Sequoia National Park, charred by wildfire, to partially reopen Thursday:

November 10th, 2021

When Sequoia National Park reopens Thursday, visitors will see burned vegetation and charred trees, but they'll also see green grass thanks to recent rain.

Gift your loved ones memories they won't forget with these 17 California experiences:

November 4th, 2021

These California adventures can outshine traditional gifts and might brighten lives.

In 48 desert hours, I found these 22 Insta mirages:

November 3rd, 2021

I drove 570 miles through Southern California's deserts.

Death on the high seas: Cruise passengers face head winds with COVID lawsuits:

November 3rd, 2021

Cruise giants Carnival, Princess, and Royal Caribbean — which face dozens of COVID-19 related lawsuits — have the legal upper-hand, experts say.

What's it like to go on a cruise now? Here's how COVID changed the onboard experience:

November 3rd, 2021

Cruise passengers will see a lot of changes on the ship due to the pandemic

Hugs with Mickey? Not so fast. Disney attractions are coming back — slowly:

October 29th, 2021

Some favorite rides and traditions at Disneyland and California Adventure Park remain on pause. What's coming back and when?

Photos: Mammoth Mountain preps for early opening thanks to storms:

October 28th, 2021

Mammoth Mountain ski resort will open two weeks earlier than scheduled thanks to recent snowstorms.

Disneyland ticket prices go up as much as 8%, with parking rising 20%:

October 25th, 2021

Disneyland admission prices are going up 3% to 8%, plus extra for the highest demand days.

Mammoth Mountain to open two weeks early thanks to October snow:

October 22nd, 2021

Mammoth Mountain will open Halloween weekend, following a storm that is expected to dump up to two 2 feet of snow in the area next week.

Can TSA vaccinate enough screeners before the Thanksgiving travel rush?:

October 20th, 2021

Only 60% of TSA employees are vaccinated against COVID-19. It could mean trouble for Thanksgiving travelers.

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