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Bay Area things to do for fun off the beaten path

Staying close to home for the holidays? It's still possible to find affordable and convenient hidden gems throughout the Bay Area - especially spots where we can unwind and escape from the daily grind or San Francisco tourist crowds.<p>One of our favorite things about living in the Bay Area is, no …

Locals only: These are our favorite Bay Area day trips

Our favorite Bay Area day trips<p>Sometimes a day trip can be just as rejuvenating as a bigger vacation. Fortunately for us, the Bay Area has seemingly endless mini getaway options within a 1-to-3 hour drive.<p>One of the many things we love about living in the Bay Area is how quickly we can find a …

The best hidden gems and secret spots in San Francisco

San Francisco is a city that can excite you forever — it's one of those wonderfully dynamic places that's always ready to surprise. It's why, despite the rising costs and million other complaints, the city sticks with you.<p>But even the most beloved places can get a little worn. You've been to the …

San Francisco

This 'zero fuel' electric VW bus conversion features its own rooftop solar array

<b>When the classic style of a '73 VW bus is combined with an electric vehicle conversion and an onboard photovoltaic array, you get an eye-catching</b> …

National park tips: Disney Museum in San Francisco tells Walt's story

What did Walt Disney have to do with the national park system? Nothing. With San Francisco? Nothing again.<p>Yet since 2009 the Walt Disney Family Museum has been in residence among the old brick barracks in the city's Presidio. (Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt and a founder of the museum, lived …

National Parks

15 major North American ski resorts have just been sold | Adventure Sports Network

On Wednesday, the Missouri-based EPR Properties real estate investment trust announced that it was purchasing 15 major North American ski resorts …

Lassen Volcanic National Park is unmatched in the park system

The moment had arrived. That magical wisp of time at sunset when the earth is transformed by golden light and the sky takes on kaleidoscopic colors.<p>We had been following a trail around Manzanita Lake, one of the most iconic features of California's Lassen Volcanic National Park. We'd seen a young …

National Parks

Destination restaurants worth a day trip out of San Francisco

It's summer — or summer-ish, at least, depending on the weather and day — and the urge to get out of town is hitting most office workers right about now.<p>To satisfy those travel urges without getting on a plane or using vacation days, this local travel guide was put together. Setting a travel range …

Germany, Car Makers Near a Plan to Give Electric Vehicles a Boost

Heads of Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler to meet with Chancellor Merkel next week<p>BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government and the top brass of car makers Volkswagen AG, BMW AG, and Daimler AG are nearing agreement on a plan to charge up the country’s sluggish market for electric vehicles by …

30 Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer During a Job Interview

Interview prep 101 dictates that you should have your elevator pitch ready, a few stories polished, and a good sense of what you have to offer. So, …

Campus Sex … With a Syllabus

HARTFORD — “Where did I learn about sexual consent?”<p>Jonathan Kalin was standing before an auditorium of Trinity College freshmen, pressing play on a clip from the movie “Superbad.”<p>The 2007 film, you may recall, tells the story of two schlubby high school friends on a quest to lose their virginity …

The 100 best restaurants in America, according to OpenTable

To compile the ranking, OpenTable pored over more than five million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for 20,000 restaurants, covering all 50 states and Washington DC.<p>St. Francis Winery & Vineyards in Santa Rosa, California, earned the No. 1 spot, with Mama's Fish House in …

San Francisco

Radical electric Jaguar SUV planned for 2017

Jaguar electric SUV<p>Volvo XC90<p>Tesla Model X<p>Audi Q6 e-tron quattro concept<p>An all-electric Jaguar SUV will be revealed next year before going on sale in …

Electric vehicles beat gasoline cars in cradle-to-grave emissions study

A cradle-to-grave analysis finds driving an electric car in California creates less greenhouse gas emissions than even the most efficient gasoline vehicle.<p>A car running on electricity -- even when powerplant emissions are considered -- produces pollution equivalent to a theoretical conventional car …

Electric Vehicles

The Car That Killed Glamour

Tesla and the end of the automobile as an object of desire<p>The Tesla Model S is a supercar without equal. Recently, the P85D trim broke the Consumer Reports rating system, earning a score of 103 out of 100. They rounded down to just 100, calling it “closest to perfect we've ever seen.” The Model S …

Tesla

To the Angry Shopper Who Criticized Our Black Lives Matter Display

This week, we received an anonymous letter in response to this window display commemorating the one year anniversary of Michael Brown's shooting:<p>There was no return address, and it wasn't signed. It was a very short message on a note card telling us that we had lost a customer. In it, the person …

California Has a Plan to End the Auto Industry as We Know It

Sergio Marchionne had a funny thing to say about the $32,500 battery-powered Fiat 500e that his company markets in California as “eco-chic.” “I hope …

Meet the 93-year-old woman who still works 5 days a week and never wants to retire

At 93, Betty Reid Soskin is something of a celebrity.<p>The park ranger assigned to the Rosie the Riveter-World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, writes frequently on her blog, has a Wikipedia page, and has been interviewed by NPR and People.<p>She's become so popular, …

National Parks

Best American beach campsites | CNN Travel

It's Not A Tesla But At A Fraction Of The Price Chevy Spark Electric Sales Jump

April sales surged for the Chevy Spark EV — an often-overlooked pure electric car from General Motors.<p>Chevrolet moved 920 of the compact electric cars in April, demolishing the old sales record for the car of just under 200 back in May 2014. The Spark EV has gone almost unnoticed since its …

Best lakes for summer (45-pic gallery)

This gallery of 45 of my favorite lakes — with their current levels listed — provides a good place to start to make your plans for the upcoming camping, fishing and boating season.<p>Dozens of lesser-known recreation lakes are in great shape for the start of summer.<p>It’s also true that across the …

Electric Car Evolution

<b>Published on</b> April 26th, 2015 | <i>by Zachary Shahan</i><p>32<p>Electric Car Evolution<p>April 26th, 2015 by <b>Zachary Shahan</b><p>Originally published on …

TEST DRIVE: 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf is an electric car for the real world

<i>Motor Trend</i> gave the VW e-Golf electric car its highly coveted <i>Car of the Year</i> award this year. Just about every other major automotive publication …

Top 10 reasons why people love the electric car

What’s not to love about an electric car? If you want to go on a hot electric vehicle date, go to the Electric Vehicle Fair 2015 at Science World in …

Lightning-fast Tesla Model S tops Auto Club's best Green Cars ranking

Expect to spend some green if you want to purchase the vehicles at the top of the best Green Cars list AAA published Monday.<p>Six of the top 10 cars tested by the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center cost about $50,000 or more and two are in the $100,000 range.<p>Tesla …

Top 10

In Clinton White House, Hillary's staff helped push on gay rights

LITTLE ROCK —Newly-disclosed documents show President Bill Clinton’s White House engulfed in a political firestorm over gay marriage in the mid-1990s, but they offer no indication that Hillary Clinton pushed her husband to abandon his opposition to such unions or to veto the Defense of Marriage …

Racism in schools is pushing more black families to homeschool their children

Homeschooling, common among white Americans, is showing an increase among African-Americans kids, as well. African Americans now make up about 10 percent of all homeschooled children in this fastest-growing form of education. However, the reasons for black kids to be homeschooled may not be the …

Homeschooling

Justice Department sues university over alleged discrimination against trans professor

• The US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University for alleged discrimination against a transgender professor, BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner reported.<br>• The Justice Department claims the university denied a promotion and tenure application to Rachel Tudor because …

Tips and tricks from 50 years of loving Yosemite

"OK," said my dad, "open your eyes."<p>He'd made me keep them shut as we drove up a mountain road and turned into a parking lot. I was 7 years old.<p>I blinked in astonishment and wonder. It was my first glimpse of Yosemite Valley, spread out before me in a perfect tableau: El Capitan, standing …

Plan your trip around outdoor adventures

When you come to the San Francisco Bay Area, you will discover one of the greatest regions for outdoor recreation in America.<p>No matter what you love, the reality is this: Many paths, one truth.<p>What sets you free? Hike, bike, fish, boat, wildlife watch or explore. It's all here, often with …

Hiking