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Pretend you're on a Greek island while visiting Catalina, an hour off the SoCal coast

<b>Why:</b> No cars? No rush hour? No problem. Just an hour’s ferry ride from Los Angeles, Catalina Island seems untouched by time, or the frantic pace of the gigantic city nearby. One of SoCal’s great day trips, it offers a fetching sea village, with plenty of splashy ways to have fun, or opportunities …

How have you used Netflix this long without knowing these 10 tips and tricks?

Study after study attribute the increased number of households without a cable or satellite TV subscription at least in part to Netflix is a …

Natural wonders that will blow your mind

For all our obsession with man-made wonders, technological advances and increasing urbanisation, nothing compares to the creations of Mother Nature.<p>Vast cave systems, wild desert landscapes and breathtaking waterfalls all remind us of our small place in earth’s story. And even with our …

12 things you miss when you leave California

1. Ideal weather.<p>With a mild climate around the state, it’s easy to forget that this is not the case everywhere else in the country. A winter on the …

A Guide to the Best Hiking Trails in Los Angeles

Photo credit: Chris GoldbergWaterfalls, caves, mountain peaks, and ancient forests. This probably doesn’t sound much like Los Angeles to those who …

The 15 most useful Google apps you never knew existed

Google can be your best friend when it comes to searching for answers or information online. Millions of people use it every day, but only few can …

I bought a Costco vacation — here's why the retailer has completely changed how I book travel

"You can buy a vacation through Costco?" I was asked at least a dozen times in recent months.<p>My answer: Yes, and it's incredible.<p>I only became aware of Costco's travel deals in May, when a friend suggested checking out the warehouse store's website while planning an upcoming vacation.<p>I was amazed …

The Best Place to Camp in Each Western State

Ready, set, camp<p>Numerous studies have found benefits to spending time in the outdoors: better concentration, elevated mood, even faster healing, and …

Smart, affordable & energy-efficient 352 sq. ft. prefab Kasita is now in production

Last year we took a closer look at Kasita, an Austin, Texas startup that's developed what they are calling an "iPhone for housing". The company's aim …

Prefab Homes

9 Great American Train Journeys too Epic to miss

There’s no need to get on an anti-septic flight or a tiring driving trip to get an amazing travel experience. Why not make the most of the best kept …

Trains

The Best Place to Camp in Each of the 50 States

Ready, set, camp.<p>Numerous studies have found benefits to spending time in the outdoors: better concentration, elevated mood, even faster healing and …

Get tricked at the Magic Castle in Hollywood

<b>Why:</b> The Magic Castle is the worst kept secret in Hollywood -- a private club in a tricked-out house that's devoted to magic. And if you really want to get in, it's not that hard.<p><b>What:</b> The castle, clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts, was built as a private home in 1908. But by the time it …

Los Angeles

Gulp! 5 Extreme Vacation Photos Only the Brave Can Capture

Steel your nerves and strike a pose.<p>It's no secret that the advent of Instagram and other one-upping forms of social media have changed the way we …

11+ of the best family friendly activities in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a fun and lively city great for kids and parents or grandparents to explore together. The most famous of all kid attractions in LA is …

9 Beautiful Things Around The World That Most People Don’t Know You Can’t See Any More

We've all come across those lists on Facebook. You know the ones. The bucket lists that you need to visit before you can't, or before they will cease …

The 6 best sites to find cheap flights

With rising airline costs, every penny you can save truly counts -- so when you score a cheap flight, it's a great feeling.<p>Flight deals may seem few and far in between, but there are alternatives ways to find an affordable ticket to your next destination. You may think the only option you have is …

Luggage

The Absolute Top Ten Best Things to Do in Seattle (The City of the Century)

Prior to moving to Seattle in 1996, I'd lived in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, and had traveled to many of the major cities of the world. By comparison, Seattle seemed beautiful, but small, provincial, and a little isolated...a pre-teen of a city.<p>But, somehow, …

Los Angeles

Dare to drive California's first freeway from L.A. to Pasadena

<b>Why</b>: To see where freeways in the western U.S. were born, and how far they’ve come.<p><b>What</b>: Covering a little more than eight miles between downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena, the Arroyo Seco Parkway -- a.k.a. the Pasadena Freeway, a.k.a. State Route 110 -- was the first freeway in the western U.S. It …

California

Why is looking out into space the same as looking back in time? (Beginner)

<i>Why do people sometimes say that when we look at stars that are very far away that we are "looking back in time"?</i><p>This is because of the finite speed …

Take a 10-minute tram ride from Palm Springs' desert heat to a snowy mountaintop

<b>Why:</b> Where else are you going to travel from the baking desert floor to a snowy mountaintop in 10 minutes?<p><b>What:</b> Plenty of crazy schemes have been hatched in the blast-furnace heat of the Coachella Valley, yet somehow this one came true. Back in 1935, a man named Francis Crocker proposed a tram ride …

Palm Springs

The Best Coastal State Parks in Washington

1 of 15<p>Birch Bay State Park<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 15<p>Cama Beach Historical State Park<p>3 of 15<p>Cape Disappointment State Park<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 15<p>Deception …

5 Great American Road Trips, Mapped From Start To Finish

Hit the road Jack!<p>There’s no doubt that international travel is glorious. But sometimes we’re so eager to go abroad that we forget to be tourists in our own country. Why not explore the beauty in your own backyard by taking to the open road?<p>We’ve mapped out five great American road trips from start …

AT&T launches DirecTV Now service with 120+ channels on Nov 30

After purchasing DirecTV over a year ago, AT&T is launching a full-fledged TV streaming service to take on cable and other services like Sling TV.<p>Called DirecTV Now, the service will launch on Wednesday, November 30 in the US, and offers multiple, fancifully named packages pulled from DirecTV’s …

The 50 Most Scenic Drives Across the Country

When you want to hit the open road, here's where to set your GPS.<p>Here are 50 drives—one in every state—where you'll lose yourself in the surroundings, stumble upon the unexpected, and possibly blank on where you're ultimately headed. Do final destinations really matter?

13 places in LA to take your out-of-town relatives - Curbed LA

With the holidays just about underway, out-of-town guests will be traveling to Los Angeles to visit family and friends in the coming weeks. Maybe these visitors have a clear-cut itinerary already planned, but more likely they'll show up secretly (or not so secretly) hoping you'll take them on fun …

Factories that made clothes for Forever 21, Ross paid workers $4 an hour, Labor Department says

It can be hard to ignore the lure of Forever 21, where fall jackets go for $18 and a halter dress can be had for $9.<p>But U.S. Labor Department investigators contend that those deals are costly for people like Pedro Montiel, who said he makes $4.50 an hour putting the labels and other finishing …

Southern California

Insider's Guide to Olympic National Park

There are few places in the world with the diversity, beauty, and wilderness of Olympic National Park. Olympic is a temperate rainforest that …

National Parks

The Most Haunted Places in the United States

Travel<p>Discover the paranormal at these spine-chilling historical haunts.<p>In the spring of 1692, a dangerous hysteria descended upon the quiet town of Salem, Massachusetts, snaking through the community like an insidious virus. Over the coming months, a group of young girls claiming to be possessed …

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