If you live in a CityPASS town, you’ll be happy to learn that many are hailed as the top trick-or-treating cities in America. According to the real estate website Zillow, the number one city for devilish door knocking is San Francisco (which ironically has the least number of kids), followed by Boston, Honolulu, San Jose and Seattle. Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C, Portland, Ore., and Philadelphia. What do we mean by best? The rankings represent cities that will provide the most candy, with the fewest walking and safety risks. That means more full-sized Snickers bars and fewer wormy apples. But for those who feel a little bashful relegating their Halloween celebration to ringing doorbells like a spooky zealot, we offer a few mad pagan celebrations, located in CityPASS cities, for adults and families.
The travel industry has come a long way in just a few short years. A little over a decade ago, travel meant hopping in the family car with a glove compartment full of maps or boarding a plane for several hours, touching down at a destination with loved ones far from home, phones, and television. The question of “Does our hotel have Wi-Fi?” likely never passed a traveler’s lips -- mostly because Wi-Fi didn’t even exist. read more »
My husband and I are definitely Disney enthusiasts. We’ve visited Disneyland over Christmas, Halloween, spring break and Presidents’ Day. We've celebrated birthdays and anniversaries at the Blue Bayou. We flew my parents to Disneyland – and tagged along, of course – for their 50th wedding anniversary. Needless to say, I was psyched when I was asked to list my favorite Disney experiences. It was hard to keep the list to only 10, but here’s what I came up with. read more »
Does surfing call to mind hip youngsters with sun-bleached hair and too much time on their hands? Or big-wave daredevils with an apparently malfunctioning fear factor? Actually, much like mid-life professionals on Harleys, a surprising number of surfers take up the sport long after they’ve left their wild years behind. If the thought of hanging 10 has always appealed to you, Southern California’s more than 300 miles of sunny coastline make the perfect place to bring that dream to life. Anyone who’s reasonably fit and can confidently swim in the ocean can learn to surf. Schools up and down the coast offer instruction for surfers of all ages and abilities, and the wave options range from mildly thrilling to seriously intense. read more »
Due to habitat loss and human disturbance, only 1,600 giant pandas are believed to exist in the world. Wait. Make that one thousand, six hundred and one. And the latest is a very special “one.” On July 29, 2012, Bai Yun gave birth to her sixth offspring at the San Diego Zoo. Not only is Bai Yun one of the most prolific panda mamas in the world; now, with the arrival of her latest cub, that birth marks the San Diego Zoo as the site for the most giant pandas born at a breeding facility outside of China. read more »
One might think that having a haunted hotel would be something to hush, but across the country, many hoteliers are making their resident apparitions a part of their marketing pitch. San Diego’s splendid Victorian beachfront Hotel del Coronado is heralded as one of the country’s best beach resorts on the best beach. It features amazing brunches, memorable wedding celebrations and it has a 120-year history of entertaining the country’s most legendary stars, from Charles Lindbergh to Marilyn Monroe. But the Hotel del Coronado also entertains another guest, a long-time specter, Kate Morgan. She was a beautiful young woman who checked into the hotel in 1892 and spent five lonely days waiting for a man who never arrived. Kate was found dead on an exterior staircase leading to the beach with a gunshot wound to her head. read more »
What a treat it is to visit a Zoo and get a peek at a newly-arrived baby animal - some so tiny you're lucky to catch a glimpse, others larger than many adult humans, but all of them too cute to resist. Here, we highlight some baby animals that were born in Zoos across the U.S. in 2012. read more »
Few things are more exciting than taking your family to enjoy a few days at Disneyland, Disney California Adventures, and quenching your film addiction with a full day at Universal Studios. Others might prefer a trip to San Diego to party on the beach, and get soaked by wild sea animals and thrilling rides at SeaWorld.
Two days before the grand re-opening of the Disney California Adventure theme park, across the plaza from Disneyland, I got a sneak peek at its latest features: Buena Vista Street, Carthay Circle, and the long-awaited Cars Land, inspired by the Pixar movies. I also talked to Imagineers and Disney execs involved in the makeover. Their mantra during the redesign: Storytelling. read more »
I can trace my interest in supermarkets as tourist attractions to time I spent in the Dominican Republic 17 years ago, when, shopping with local friends, I was downright shocked by the variety of shapes and sizes of the kitchen tool invented to smash a once-fried plantain slice before tossing it back into the oil to make a tostón. read more »