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Top 10 travel spots in the United States

Top 10 travel spots in the United States Jan 17th, 2011 at 1:30PM: So, Orbitz noted when we like to travel ... but where do we go? The top 10 destinations in the country were mostly predictable, with big tourist-magnet cities dominating the list. There were a few surprises, according to the information supplied by Orbitz: Boston, for example, didn't make the list, after having ranked ninth in 2009. Los Angeles, fifth in 2009, also fell off in 2010. New Orleans...

Legoland California announces Star Wars attraction

Legoland California announces Star Wars attraction Jan 7th, 2011 at 9:30AM: Legoland California will be the first Legoland theme park to launch a Star Wars Miniland area. The Star Wars Miniland, which will have models of favorite Star Wars scenes constructed entirely of Legos, is set to open March 31. Eight famous Star Wars scenes will be built in a 1:20 scale. The project will take more than 1.5 million Legos and, we're guessing, a dash of The Force. The scenes...

San Diego helps cruise ships go green

San Diego helps cruise ships go green Dec 16th, 2010 at 8:30AM: The Port of San Diego has now joined a small group of ports throughout the world in offering cruise ships the ability to plug in to shoreside electrical power. Environmental groups, strong critics of the cruise industry, like this. The new system lets cruise ships turn off their highly-polluting engines while in port. Providing up to 12 megawatts of much cleaner grid electricity, enough to...

SeaWorld to open new Shamu show next spring

SeaWorld to open new Shamu show next spring Nov 16th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Shamu will get a new show next spring at the SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego. The killer whale show will replace "Believe," which debuted four years ago. There's no word yet as to whether SeaWorld's killer whale trainers will be in the water with the orcas in the new show. The trainers have been out of the water since the February death of Dawn Brancheau at SeaWorld...

Pets at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay get their own "Pawsport" loyalty program

Pets at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay get their own Nov 12th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Do you own a pampered pooch? Thanks to Hyatt Regency Mission Bay's new Pawsport program, your four-legged friend can receive "top dog" treatment during their stay. "Stainless steel bowls, plush dog beds and a haute-dog menu ensure your pooch will be lavishly spoiled while away from home," said leader of the hotel pack, General Manager Moshen Khaleghi. At check-in, furry friends will...

Top ten Halloween theme park events

Top ten Halloween theme park events Oct 25th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Theme parks around the United States are getting in on the Halloween fun this week, with special events featuring everything from horror-filled haunted houses to magic shows to trick-or-treating for kids. Here's a look at our top 10 Halloween theme park events: 1. Halloween Horror Nights: Universal Studios Florida, Orlando, Florida Universal's Halloween scarefest, which tops lists of...

New York: best and worst city in schismatic survey

New York: best and worst city in schismatic survey Oct 21st, 2010 at 12:00PM: If you want to travel like a local, then it makes sense to know something about your destination ... and isn't the best city to live attractive? It's the kind of place you'd want to explore and see why it's so loved. And at the same time, you'd probably want to avoid the worst of the worst – who would want to go there? Well, a new Harris Interactive poll makes this thinking hard to...

Getting drunk: Twenty cities that don't know how to handle their liquor

Getting drunk: Twenty cities that don't know how to handle their liquor Oct 8th, 2010 at 9:00AM: California loves to get wasted! San Diego and San Jose are the top two cities that drink stupidly, according to a survey by Insurance.com. They lead the country in alcohol-related driving violations, a dubious distinction to say the least. So, if you step into the crosswalk in these two spots, take an extra second to look both ways. The reasons for hitting this list vary and include proximity...

Daily Pampering: Rock star rides at the Hard Rock San Diego

Daily Pampering: Rock star rides at the Hard Rock San Diego Aug 17th, 2010 at 4:15PM: Forget your drab rental car, the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is offering guests booking the high-roller packages a sweet ride from Enterprise Rent-A-Car's 'exotic cars' fleet. Enterprise Rent-A-Car will drop the cars off at the hotel for the guests to use throughout their stay. The top package is the Diamond Ride which pairs a 1,700 square-foot Diamond Rock Star Suite featuring two bedrooms and a...

Sun soaked: Southern California's secret beach spots

Sun soaked: Southern California's secret beach spots Jul 18th, 2010 at 3:30PM: You've probably walked Venice Beach, played volleyball on Manhattan Beach and spent a lazy day in Malibu, but have you scoped out SoCal's secret beach spots? Of the many things California is known for, its beaches are always at the top of lists. Here a few of the best kept secrets along California's coast: Coronado, California: Savvy sun-soakers pay to park at the Hotel Del Coronado, then dine...

Woman begins canoe trip from Seattle to San Diego

Woman begins canoe trip from Seattle to San Diego Jul 9th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Margo Pellagrino describes herself as "a stay-at-home mom who doesn't do a very good job at staying home." That seems an apt description considering she has just set off on a epic canoe trip that will see her paddling from Seattle to San Diego over the next couple of months, while raising awareness about the health of the world's oceans. Margo started her journey on July 3rd, and over the past...

Beach-bound? Head to these best beaches on the west coast

Beach-bound? Head to these best beaches on the west coast Jul 4th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Hanging 10 in Hawaii? Settling along the California coast? If the West is your destination this summer, don't miss a day at one of these fabulous west coast beaches. Not only are they free, they offer plenty to do if a day in the sand gets dull (although, we can't imagine it would)! Kaanapali Beach - Maui – West Maui's Ka'anapali Beach is undoubtedly is easily accessible by a concrete...

Summer lovin: Top seafood shacks in the U.S.

Summer lovin: Top seafood shacks in the U.S. Jun 23rd, 2010 at 2:00PM: Lobster rolls, fried clams, fish sandwiches... the tastes of summer comes from the sea at these top seafood shacks in America. Just add lemon or a little drawn butter, and you're good to go. Crabby Bill's, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida: The original real deal in Florida seafood offers four unique dining settings--a sushi bar, a family-style barn, an outdoor tiki area and indoor casual eatery open...

Thirsty? Drink up at one of these top 10 roofdeck bars

Thirsty? Drink up at one of these top 10 roofdeck bars Jun 22nd, 2010 at 2:00PM: It's been a long day, it's hot outside, and you need a cold beverage - stat! Maybe you're celebrating a good friend's promotion, or commiserating over a failed board meeting. Whatever the reason, rooftop bars were created for a reason - to relax, rejoice and re-hydrate while taking in some of the best views. Here are the top 10 roofdeck bars not to be missed: 1. Sky Terrace, on the Hudson Hotel...

America's Top 10 Beaches: Coopers Beach in Southampton, NY takes the top spot in 2010

America's Top 10 Beaches: Coopers Beach in Southampton, NY takes the top spot in 2010 May 28th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Coopers Beach, Southampton's stretch of white sand on New York's Long Island, has been named 2010's best beach in the America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman. "New York has world-class beaches, but I don't think a lot of people in the United States know about them," said Stephen Leatherman, director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research. Leatherman cited the fine...

Ten tips for visiting California on a budget

Ten tips for visiting California on a budget May 25th, 2010 at 3:00PM: California is one of America's most beautiful and popular states for tourism. From wintry ski resorts to dry desert landscapes you can have it all - but all that choice also means California can get expensive quick. Between airfare, big cities like San Francisco and admission to theme parks, a California traveler can spoil a budget in no time. Here are some money-saving tips to keep your...

17 great destinations for romance

17 great destinations for romance May 21st, 2010 at 3:30PM: Some say that romance is a lost art - but it's not. It's just hiding, waiting to be uncovered in some of the most beautiful places around the globe. Whether you are trying to show that special someone that they truly are special, making a proposal, or rekindling the flame you once had with your spouse, setting the stage is your first step to success. Whether you are searching for the perfect...

Legoland California Water Park prepares for May 28 opening

Legoland California Water Park prepares for May 28 opening May 12th, 2010 at 6:00PM: The water is flowing to fill up the pools and slides at the Legoland Water Park, which opens May 28 in Carlsbad, California. Legoland brought in local firefighters for a "bucket brigade" photo op to start filling the park's lazy river. In Legoland fashion, the river is called the Build-A-Raft River, and kids will be able to build their own raft out of soft Lego building blocks. The new park...

20 great bike rides

20 great bike rides May 7th, 2010 at 2:00PM: For many travelers, the default mode of transport is a plane or a car, but they're certainly not the only options. Have you ever considered adding a bicycle ride to your next trip? Riding a bike has a number of advantages over other forms of transportation. You'll move slower, no doubt, but with that slowness comes an increased awareness of your surroundings, a chance to get some fresh air and...

35 fantastic U.S. beaches for Summer

35 fantastic U.S. beaches for Summer May 4th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Summer is fast approaching. Where are you going to spend your vacation? How about visiting one of our country's many fantastic beach locations? Bring your lover or family, a bathing suit, sun lotion, a blanket and a picnic basket, and you are all set for a romantic get-away or a relaxing family get-together on one of these magnificent sandy stretches. Wondering if we picked one of your...

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