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FlightCar Makes Peer-To-Peer Rentals More Convenient

FlightCar Makes Peer-To-Peer Rentals More Convenient Mar 8th, 2013 at 1:00PM: If you can get comfortable with the idea of a stranger driving your car - or if you have the capacity to not think about it while the vehicle is out of your sight - it might make sense to rent your wheels while you're out of town. But the leading peer-to-peer rental agencies leave a lot of the logistics to the car owner. List your car with a service like Relay Rides, Getaround or Jolly Wheels...

Spring Breakers: Mammoth Mountain Has 16 Feet Of Snow On The Ground

Spring Breakers: Mammoth Mountain Has 16 Feet Of Snow On The Ground Mar 8th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Spring break is nearly upon us and while many travelers are looking forward to a relaxing escape in warmer climes, some of us prefer to hit the slopes for some late season skiing or snowboarding instead. It has been a banner year for many resorts across the western U.S., where heavy snows have fallen for much of the season, but if you're looking for the absolute deepest powder in the country there...

Photo Of The Day: Surfing Near San Francisco

Photo Of The Day: Surfing Near San Francisco Mar 5th, 2013 at 6:30PM: "Sometimes in the morning, when it's a good surf, I go out there, and I don't feel like it's a bad world," Nobel Prize-winning chemist Kary Mullis famously said. Today's Photo of the Day from Flickr user Jason Rodman captures the essence of that quote. Somewhere north of San Francisco, a lone surfer prepares to enter an ocean devoid of worries and distractions. There aren't any surf-worthy...

Can You Afford To Stay At A Celebrity-Owned Hotel?

Can You Afford To Stay At A Celebrity-Owned Hotel? Mar 4th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Tennis star Andy Murray, one of the U.K.'s most famous athletes and the reigning Olympic gold medalist, recently purchased the Cromlix House Hotel near his hometown of Dunblane, Scotland. Now closed for renovations, the country manor is expected to reopen in the spring, in time for the 2014 Ryder Cup golf tournament. Perhaps more than any other sport, tennis requires its stars to become...

Budget Locations For Spring Break Travel

Budget Locations For Spring Break Travel Mar 1st, 2013 at 10:00AM: Spring break is just around the corner, and if you haven't already planned a trip, our friends at Expedia have mined their price stats to come up with some of the most budget-friendly locations around. From family-friendly to party-hearty, these trips won't break the bank. Tampa, Florida Home of the New York Yankees' spring training camp, this sunny destination has much to offer both...

Disneyland Princesses Get Their Own, New Land

Disneyland Princesses Get Their Own, New Land Feb 10th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Disneyland Park in California will debut Fantasy Faire in March, a new interactive experience that gives guests a more personal experience with all the Disney princesses, all in one place. A natural expansion of Disneyland's Fantasyland, the addition has Disney princess fans excited for the March 12, opening, now less than a month away. Like sister-park Disney World in Florida, a big emphasis...

Google To Build Its Own Airport In California

Google To Build Its Own Airport In California Feb 9th, 2013 at 9:00AM: If owning its own fleet of private jets wasn't already enough, Google wants to go one better and build its own airport. The Internet giant is just a step away from starting construction on an $82 million dollar facility in San Jose, which would include an executive terminal, facilities for aircraft maintenance and ramp space big enough for large business jets like the Boeing 737 and 767 (see...

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta Feb 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Much ado about pork products is made on Gadling, with good reason. Even if you're sick to death of pork-centric eateries, and lardo this and sausage that, it's hard to deny the allure of the other white meat (I can't tell you how many vegetarians and vegans I know who still have a jones for bacon). For those of you wanting to attend the ultimate porkapalooza, get your tickets for Cochon 555, a...

Budget Guide 2013: San Francisco

Budget Guide 2013: San Francisco Feb 5th, 2013 at 11:00AM: San Francisco has a well-deserved reputation for being expensive, but that's not to say you can't enjoy it to the fullest on a budget. The joy of this compact, walkable city is that you don't need your own transportation. Remember, though, that food is the soul of San Francisco. That means loads of pop-up restaurants, street food, food trucks, farmers markets and ethnic bites for cheap. The...

The Best Of The West: Classic Ski Lodges

The Best Of The West: Classic Ski Lodges Jan 31st, 2013 at 9:00AM: Despite deceptively balmy temperatures in parts of the U.S., there's still plenty of ski season left. Why not spend it staying at a classic ski lodge or chalet out West? These regal or groovy remnants from the early-to-mid-20th century are a dying breed, although some have been refurbished to good effect, while still retaining their original style. They also tend to offer friendly, personalized...

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013 Jan 21st, 2013 at 9:00AM: Have you ever landed in a place to find out you arrived just after the town's can't-miss event of the year? Well, hopefully that won't happen again this year. Gadling bloggers racked their brains to make sure our readers don't overlook the best parties to be had throughout the world in 2013. Below are more than 60 music festivals, cultural events, pilgrimages and celebrations you should...

City Nicknames We'd Rather Not Hear

City Nicknames We'd Rather Not Hear Jan 15th, 2013 at 2:00PM: As a native Californian, few things get on my nerves more than hearing the abbreviation, "Cali." I don't know why it irritates me so much, but I suspect it's the knowing, insider-y tone that usually accompanies it. "Yeah, man, I just got back from a trip to Cali. It was hella cool." Aaargh. Also right up there is "Frisco." Let me just tell you that Californians do not, ever, under any...

The West's Best Hostels For Winter Sports Enthusiasts

The West's Best Hostels For Winter Sports Enthusiasts Jan 6th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be young, broke, or drunk to stay at a youth hostel. I'll be the first to admit not all hostels are created equal, but as a perpetually cash-strapped journalist in her 40s, they're often my only option for indulging in the snowy outdoor pursuits I love. Fortunately, there are clean, efficient, well-run hostels throughout the West that make a stay...

Trekking The Planet, Couple Passes 50,000 Mile Mark

Trekking The Planet, Couple Passes 50,000 Mile Mark Jan 4th, 2013 at 4:00PM: About a year ago, California couple Darren and Sandy Van Soye started trekking the planet on a global tour to raise awareness about world geography and make the subject more accessible to children. To make efficient use of their time and set an eco-friendly travel example, several legs of the journey have been traveled using Princess cruise ships. We caught up with the Van Soye's recently for a...

Pinnacles National Monument Set To Become National Park

Pinnacles National Monument Set To Become National Park Jan 4th, 2013 at 8:00AM: California's Pinnacles National Monument is set to be promoted to a national park after a bill to that effect passed through the U.S. Senate on Sunday. That same bill was approved by the House of Representatives in July and now only waits for President Obama's signature to make it official. Located in California's Gabilan Mountains, just east of the Salinas Valley, Pinnacles National Monument...

Magical Moments Of 2012: A Personal Review

Magical Moments Of 2012: A Personal Review Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:00PM: As the end of each year approaches, I try to take stock of the preceding 12 months, to absorb and assess the adventures, inner and outer. Reviewing this year, I've been filled with gratitude and wonder to realize that this has been one of the most enriching, exhilarating years I've had in a long time, especially the past six months, when I managed to squeeze six special trips into an...

California Completes Nation's Largest Marine Reserve

California Completes Nation's Largest Marine Reserve Dec 29th, 2012 at 8:00AM: More than 13 years after the California State Legislature passed the Marine Life Protection Act, the wildlife reserves that it was meant to create have now been completed. The final section of these preserves went into effect just before Christmas, officially protecting 16% of the state's waters and covering 848 square miles stretching from Oregon to the border of Mexico. The move also created the...

LA Is Still The City Of Dreams

LA Is Still The City Of Dreams Dec 27th, 2012 at 10:00AM: On my first night in L.A., I had pizza with a rock star and an actor. I didn't confirm it, but the guy who handed us our slices probably has a screenplay in the pipeline. Los Angeles is still the city of dreams and dreamers. I'm fascinated by cities people flock to in order to pursue a vocation. Writers love New York. Techies settle in the Silicon Valley. Car people need to be in Detroit. Those...

Photo Of The Day: The Walt Disney Concert Hall In Los Angeles

Photo Of The Day: The Walt Disney Concert Hall In Los Angeles Dec 18th, 2012 at 6:30PM: One of Downtown Los Angeles' great treasures is the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a Frank Gehry-designed structure home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Major Chorale. It is captured brilliantly in today's Photo of the Day, taken by Flickr user Nan Palmero using a simple Canon Powershot S95. The sky's brilliant blue casts a cool hue upon the structure's stainless...

Snowstorms Bring Plenty Of Powder For The Holidays

Snowstorms Bring Plenty Of Powder For The Holidays Dec 18th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Skiers and snowboarders who have been watching the weather, just hoping for an opportunity to hit their favorite ski resort this holiday season, are likely to be pretty excited at the moment. Snowstorms across the western United States have started dumping plenty of fresh powder on the region and it now looks like we could be on course for a much better ski season compared to last year. A late...

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