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Vineyard and Zipline Trends Collide at the Pinot Express

Vineyard and Zipline Trends Collide at the Pinot Express Dec 11th, 2013 at 4:54PM: Chris Leschinsky Vineyards and ziplines have long been used to attract tourist dollars for destinations that, well, could use a little help: Regardless of the area's suitability for growing grapes, plop down a vineyard or winery and travelers will come for a taste and buy a sympathy bottle (pro tip: go for the ice wine as it's harder to mess up) Ski resorts looking to attract off-season...

Because There Aren't Enough Reasons to Visit San Diego in Winter, Now You Can Ice Skate

Because There Aren't Enough Reasons to Visit San Diego in Winter, Now You Can Ice Skate Dec 10th, 2013 at 3:32PM: Hotel Solamar Top reasons to visit San Diego right now: it's warm and you're not former mayor Bob Filner is under house arrest, so there's less of a chance you'll get harassed you want to ice skate outside but don't like the cold ...

Photo Of The Day: Bay Bridge, At Night

Photo Of The Day: Bay Bridge, At Night Oct 28th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Nan Palmero, Flickr Today's featured photo comes from frequent Gadling Flickr Pool contributor Nan Palmero. Did you ever think a bridge could look so stunning? We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons licensing!), tag @GadlingTravel on Instagram or email us at OfTheDay@gadling.com....

Two "Sea Serpents" Found Off Coast of California

Two Oct 23rd, 2013 at 10:00AM: Screenshot BBC Marine biologists are having a heyday in California, where in the last week a rarely seen species of fish has washed ashore, not once, but twice. In the last week, two carcasses of oarfish have washed ashore. The first one measured in at 18 feet long, and the second one, found by a group of third-graders on a school trip, was 14 feet long. Sightings of the extremely large...

Dry Ice Bombs at LAX Bring Increased Security, Quick Arrest

Dry Ice Bombs at LAX Bring Increased Security, Quick Arrest Oct 16th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Flickr/ oskay Regardless of how it happens, who made it or where it came from, when something explodes in an airport, it's serious business. After not one but two dry ice explosions occurred on consecutive days at California's Los Angeles International Airport, police are increasing securlty. They are simple enough to make; add dry ice to a 20 ounce plastic bottle and wait. There is plenty of...

Photo Of The Day: Lombard Street

Photo Of The Day: Lombard Street Oct 4th, 2013 at 6:00PM: teraplanner, Flickr If you've kept abreast of the news this week, you'll know it's been full of twists and turns. We leave you with this photo of the top of Lombard Street in San Francisco, California, in the hopes that things can straighten out a bit sometime soon. We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons licensing!),...

Photo Of The Day: Cancun Dreamin'

Photo Of The Day: Cancun Dreamin' Sep 23rd, 2013 at 6:00PM: Imgur I know, I know, the song by The Mamas & The Papas is about California, not Cancun. But with the weather turning so-slightly colder in Virginia, seeing photos plastered across Reddit of warmer, tropical climes found my fingers searching YouTube for the 1965 hit. We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons...

Serial Killer's Home Becomes Tourist Site

Serial Killer's Home Becomes Tourist Site Sep 18th, 2013 at 3:30PM: ilvadel, Flickr Between the beaches, national parks, vineyards and theme parks, California has plenty of tourist draw cards, but now an unlikely attraction has made the list -- the home of a serial killer. The boarding house run by Dorothea Puente, a Sacramento woman convicted of killing her elderly residents, became a tourist attraction when the city decided to add the building to its local...

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction Time-Lapse Video

Sep 4th, 2013 at 2:30PM: EarthCam put together this video documenting the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge via time-lapse – and it's amazing! The video captures over 42,000 hours of the construction work that took place over this four mile span in San Francisco. EarthCam's videos were on site gathering footage of the project since 2008. Enjoy. [Thanks, Laughing Squid]...

Faux Cityscapes: 5 Fake Places To Snap A Tourist Photo

Faux Cityscapes: 5 Fake Places To Snap A Tourist Photo Aug 30th, 2013 at 4:15PM: Steve Jurvetson, Flickr What are the main reasons people travel? To see the world, gain new perspective, learn about other cultures, get a photo of themselves in front of a famous destination. Let's be honest, in the world of social media, the latter is of the utmost importance, so important that some people will take a fake background rather than the real thing. Five places you can snap a...

The West is on Fire: Here's How Travelers Can Avoid the Burn

The West is on Fire: Here's How Travelers Can Avoid the Burn Aug 23rd, 2013 at 1:30PM: Colorado has their most destructive wildfire on record this season, while a massive California blaze is currently threatening Yosemite National Park. Several of Montana's most scenic highways were closed this week due to fire conditions, rerouting many travelers and affecting local businesses. Other recent blazes have plagued Idaho, including the popular Sun Valley resort, and Utah. Travelers...

Photo Of The Day: Santa Monica Pier, Transformed

Photo Of The Day: Santa Monica Pier, Transformed Aug 21st, 2013 at 6:00PM: HarshLight, Flickr Our friends at AOL Travel just published the latest installment of their Best Beach Cruiser Rides, and it focuses on an 8½-mile journey from Santa Monica to Venice Beach in California. The Santa Monica Pier offers a pretty, scenic view of the Pacific Ocean during the day. But at night? The setting sun combines with bright paint schemes and flashy neon lights to create a...

Breaking Bad Sparks Unlikely Travel Boom

Breaking Bad Sparks Unlikely Travel Boom Aug 12th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Jimmy Emerson, Flickr TV shows and movies have been inspiring people to travel for decades, and I'm sure many of us can relate to wanting to jet off to Paris or sip wine in Tuscany after seeing some on-screen character do just that. But travel booms can also happen in the unlikeliest of places. Take for example the hit TV show Breaking Bad, which has sparked a surprising tourism boom in...

The Love Boat Makes Final Voyage

The Love Boat Makes Final Voyage Aug 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: StefanoF, Flickr The iconic MS Pacific, better known as "The Love Boat," has made her final voyage. Purchased for 2.5 million euro by a Turkish ship recycling company and taken to a scrapyard on the Aegean Sea coast of Turkey, the cruise ship will be stripped for metal and parts, as a renovation of the 42-year-old ship would have been too costly. Cruise Tips: Five Things to Splurge on...

The Plague Closes Los Angeles Forest

The Plague Closes Los Angeles Forest Jul 26th, 2013 at 10:30AM: CDC Officials evacuated and closed parts of the Angeles National Forest after finding a dead squirrel that was infected with bubonic plague, the BBC reports. Scientists are currently examining the squirrel to see if it died of the disease or of other causes. Park officials are using insecticides on squirrel burrows to kill off any fleas, which is how the disease spreads from one animal to...

Photo of the Day: Light Trails on 280

Photo of the Day: Light Trails on 280 Jul 16th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Jason Rodman, Flickr California's Interstate 280 might be just another freeway to most people. Photographer Jason Rodman, however, was able to capture some of those "most people" on their late night travels. With some of our Gadling staff traveling this week and weekend, it got me thinking -- where are you going next? Will your taillights be captured like this? We'd love to feature your...

Los Angeles County Museum Of Art Inaugurates African Gallery

Los Angeles County Museum Of Art Inaugurates African Gallery Jul 8th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Royal Museum for Central Africa, RG 22725, photo R. Asselberghs, RMCA Tervuren The Los Angeles County Museum Of Art is inaugurating its new Africa gallery with an exhibition of art from the Luba Kingdom. "Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa" examines the royal art of the powerful Luba Kingdom, which from 1585-1889 dominated central Africa. Its royal lineage...

How Hot Is It In Death Valley? Hot Enough To Draw Heat-Seeking Tourists

How Hot Is It In Death Valley? Hot Enough To Draw Heat-Seeking Tourists Jul 1st, 2013 at 1:00PM: David McNew, Getty Images Hotels in Death Valley are packed with visitors wanting to experience some of the hottest temperatures ever measured on the planet. As a historic heat wave engulfs the West, Death Valley hit 124 degrees on Saturday, and could eventually tie or surpass the 134-degree record it made in the summer of 1913. Chris Carlson, an Associated Press photographer, explains what...

Photo Of The Day: San Diego Flowers

Photo Of The Day: San Diego Flowers Jun 26th, 2013 at 6:00PM: My pick for today's Photo of the Day comes from California-based photographer Alexis Wiener. She enjoys exploring and photographing the coast of San Diego, which is fortunate for the rest of us because her photography is imaginative and captivating. I can't say for sure, but the flowers in this photo appear to be a Salvia Sage of some sort. If you know the exact type of flowers these are, please...

The Wandering Writer: A Tour Through San Francisco's Potrero Hill With Caroline Paul And Wendy MacNaughton

The Wandering Writer: A Tour Through San Francisco's Potrero Hill With Caroline Paul And Wendy MacNaughton Jun 23rd, 2013 at 10:00AM: Rachel Friedman, AOL One afternoon in 2012, Caroline and Wendy's cat slipped out the door and never returned. Until he did, that is – five weeks later, fat and happy, unperturbed by or unaware of the grief he'd caused his owners during his absence. "It was a devastating experience," says Caroline. "I'd had Tibby for 13 years and when he came back, I was like: I don't know this cat. He can...

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