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St. Louis Zoo To Open Animal-Themed Hotel

St. Louis Zoo To Open Animal-Themed Hotel Oct 8th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Flickr, Jorge Rodrigo Gonzalez The St. Louis Zoo has some major expansion plans in store for the next several decades, including an open savannah, a gondola crossing the park, a formal restaurant and a boutique hotel. The Missouri zoo will be making big changes to their existing park and developing a new site, bringing the total campus to over 100 acres, and creating new animal habitats and...

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...

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...

7 Deadly Sins: The Best Fast Food Mexican Restaurants In Southern California

7 Deadly Sins: The Best Fast Food Mexican Restaurants In Southern California Dec 7th, 2012 at 12:00PM: It really isn't fair. California has sun, beaches, mountains and legions of fit, attractive people. But Californians also get to enjoy otherworldly tacos and burritos too. I know, I know, there are good tacos and burritos to be had in other parts of the country, but when it comes to fast food Mexican, California is still king. Here's how I like to roll when I'm visiting California: start the...

A Zoo Hater Confronts The San Diego Zoo And The San Diego Safari Park

A Zoo Hater Confronts The San Diego Zoo And The San Diego Safari Park Dec 6th, 2012 at 12:00PM: I do not like zoos. I have no ideological problem with them, but every time I bring my children to a zoo, I feel drained - financially, physically and mentally - by the time we're ready to leave. When my wife and I had the first of our two children in 2007, I don't think I'd been to a zoo in more than 20 years. But since then, I've been coerced into visiting zoos in Chicago, Brookfield,...

Culture Shock In Green California, Where Even Homeless People Drink Craft Beer

Culture Shock In Green California, Where Even Homeless People Drink Craft Beer Dec 5th, 2012 at 9:00AM: I live in a very left-leaning community just outside of Chicago, a city that would sooner elect a Martian than a Republican to office. But even though I'm accustomed to mingling with people who listen to NPR's "Car Talk" in order to feel like honorary members of the proletariat and cast stink eyes at people who fail to bring their own bags to Whole Foods, traveling to California, the state that...

Dude, The Surf's Always Up In San Diego's North County

Dude, The Surf's Always Up In San Diego's North County Dec 4th, 2012 at 10:00AM: If you want a taste of quintessential California beach culture, complete with a heaping dose of surf, sand and tacos, head north of San Diego to North County. When I'm in Southern California, I don't mind soaking up the cliché tourist experience: I want to be on the beach, gazing out at the limitless Pacific Ocean, watching the surfers, preferably with a taco or three in hand. Here's an...

Video Captures A Day's Worth Of Airplane Arrivals At San Diego International

Dec 3rd, 2012 at 4:30PM: Remember that New York Magazine cover by Ryu Ho-Yeol showing the departure of a score of aircraft from a German runway? It's actually a composite image stitching all of the aircraft together, and we've now the same thing in video format. Over the Black Friday weekend, filmmaker Cy Kuckenbaker captured every single aircraft landing on one runway at San Diego International airport and merged...

Surf 'N Stay: 5 California Hotels Where You Can Learn To Ride The Waves

Surf 'N Stay: 5 California Hotels Where You Can Learn To Ride The Waves Jul 31st, 2012 at 10:00AM: If you're looking to try your hand at surfing this summer, there's no better place to pick up a board than California. For decades, California's surf beaches have beckoned rookies and professionals alike with their laidback atmosphere and consistent waves. Dozens of surf schools line the coast, offering instruction from beginner to advanced. But if time is limited and research intimidating,...

Video Of The Day: San Diego Fireworks Fail

Jul 5th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Millions of Americans went back to work today after the Independence Day holiday yesterday, and many began tweeting about the July Fourth fireworks display in San Diego. Apparently, due to a malfunction, instead of a 20-minute show, ALL the fireworks went off at one time, lighting up the sky for only a few seconds. YouTube user Andrew92106 uploaded today's Video of the Day, showing off the short...

What Goes On At Sea World At Night?

What Goes On At Sea World At Night? Jun 9th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Sea World, one of nation's top destinations, is known for being one of the heaviest trafficked, family friendly places. But not when the gates close at night, the park transforms. Over on Reddit there's an ongoing Q & A with "hghost," a graveyard worker at Sea World. Here is a cross section of some of the best questions posed by users and answered by the worker. Note, quotes are taken...

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob Mar 22nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Internet has brought us many ways to research and book hotels at prices much lower than the hotels' published rate. Aggregate sites like Kayak and Orbitz give you the best available rate (BAR) without pre-payment on a specific hotel, while "opaque" sites like Priceline and Hotwire allow you to bid for a room below BAR but the actual property remains hidden until after you book and the purchase...

An inspirational bike ride across America

Feb 22nd, 2012 at 6:30PM: This video is more than just one man's trip biking across the United States. It's a philosophical look into what makes life itself such an incredible journey. The filmmaker, Ryan Van Duzer, began his expedition using a quote from Helen Keller as his inspiration: "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all". Beginning in San Diego, California, he made his way toward Tarpon...

Orbitz "Insider Index" predicts London, Chicago and Austin will be popular in 2012, looks at 2011 and 2012 travel trends

Orbitz Jan 8th, 2012 at 11:00AM: According to Orbitz's annual survey, released this week, London, Chicago and Austin are primed to be top travel destinations in 2012. The "Insider Index" used both travel experts and the OTA's booking and consumer search data to predict what they think will happen in the 2012 travel market. Hotspots for 2012 London: London will mark its place in history as the only city to host the...

January is California Restaurant Month

January is California Restaurant Month Dec 2nd, 2011 at 12:00PM: As a native Californian and longtime former Bay Area resident, I have to confess there's no place like home when it comes to the American food/dining/wine scene (New Yorkers, feel free to sharpen your knives...). California's always been progressive when it comes to food and drink, from the early days of the vaqueros and Gold Rush-era San Francisco, right up to today's never-ending parade of...

Fourth of July travel deals from Viator

Fourth of July travel deals from Viator Jun 27th, 2011 at 12:15PM: Sometimes the best things come to those who wait. If you're looking for some last minute Independence Day deals, our pals at Viator have pulled together a list of Fourth of July bargains to help travelers get the most out of their three-day weekend. From New York to Oahu, below are some suggestions that will have you seeing red, white and blue without spending a whole lot of green. New York:...

Win a trip to SPY Boot Camp 9

Win a trip to SPY Boot Camp 9 May 21st, 2011 at 8:00AM: SPY Optics is gearing up for their ninth annual Boot Camp, which will take place August 4th - 10th in sunny San Diego, California.This year, they're giving one lucky fan the opportunity to attend the event and hang out with SPY-sponsored athletes as they surf, motocross, and party on the beach. Entering the contest couldn't be any easier. Simply click here and fill out the online form, and...

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade Apr 28th, 2011 at 1:30PM: First, it was underground supper clubs. Now, everything's coming up pop-ups. As with food trucks, this form of guerrilla cheffing borne of economic need has become a global phenomenon. Equal parts dinner party and dinner theater, a pop-up refers to a dining establishment that is open anywhere from one to several nights, usually in an existing restaurant or other commercial food establishment. ...

Ten great food co-ops in the western U.S.

Ten great food co-ops in the western U.S. Apr 22nd, 2011 at 1:30PM: If the concept of food cooperatives conjures up images of burning bras and withered, wormy produce, hear me out. The times they have a'changed, and today's co-ops (about 500 nationwide) can be the hometown equivalent of a certain high-end, multi-billion-dollar, national green grocery chain. As with farmers markets, all are not created equal, but when you hit upon a good one, it's easy to see why...

SeaWorld San Diego announces Manta roller coaster for 2012

SeaWorld San Diego announces Manta roller coaster for 2012 Feb 18th, 2011 at 3:00PM: SeaWorld San Diego recently announced plans for a new roller coaster set to open in 2012. The new highly-themed attraction will be called Manta and it will incorporate a marine-life exhibit. The ride will start with a tunnel boasting huge high-tech projection screens. The screens will project larger than life images of rays aimed at enhancing the ride's opening launch that will send the...

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