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Jungle Cruise, Disneyland

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There’s more to Mickey Mouse than meets the eye. Believe it or not, Disneyland is a haven of secret lairs, wild felines, and a touch of magic at every corner. Here, four secrets (and a bonus) of Walt Disney’s playground that will have you in the know.

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Hotel Z

It’s not often that you can score a good rate at a brand-new hotel in a beach city, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Hotel Z, snug in San Diego’s hip Gaslamp Quarter.

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Disneyland

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With dozens of attractions that top must-do lists, a day or two spent wading through crowds and taking in the sights at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure can get dizzying. To ensure a memorable trip to the “happiest place on Earth,” make sure not to make these five mistakes.

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JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort and Spa, Arizona

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Time may be running out on summer, but those looking to squeeze in a last-minute getaway are in luck: a number of properties across the country are cutting rates for August and September stays, and some are even throwing in additional extras. From resorts and hotels coast to coast, we’re giving you a taste of what’s on tap:

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Solvang, California

Nilina Mason-Campbell

From the looks of windmills and half-timbered buildings in Solvang, you might think you’ve crossed the Atlantic and stepped into Scandinavia. But come here and you’ll actually find yourself in the sun-drenched mountains of California’s Santa Ynez Valley.

Founded by Danish settlers in 1911, the town is modeled to look like a miniature Denmark — and succeeds in just about every way. (Fun fact: The Danish royal family has visited on multiple occasions.) And unlike the real Denmark, this replica offers year-round sunshine. Here’s a glimpse of the quaint village:

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The Carlyle Inn

Riding high from a recent renovation, infusing $1 million into its 32 rooms and suites, The Carlyle Inn arrives on the Beverly Hills scene as one of Pacifica Hotels’ newest additions to its 28-hotel collection. With its unassuming façade, the hotel reveals itself on the second floor with open terrace motel-style rooms and a striking black-and-white striped motif. Delivering remarkable value as a boutique hotel where most luxury comes at a premium, here’s what we loved about our stay in The Carlyle Inn.

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The Velvet Scoop

One of the perks of summer is cooling off with a tasty summer treat,  and there’s no better place to find one than in San Francisco. Here are our seven favorite summer treats — some sweet, some savory — to cool you off in the City by the Bay.

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Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle

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On July 17, 1955, the world was introduced to a new force in family entertainment and vacations: Disneyland. Though many critics predicted that it would fail, the park’s millionth guest passed through the gates just seven weeks after its debut. Since then, Disneyland has set the standard for the theme park industry, eventually paving the way for nearly a dozen more Disney parks around the world.

A second park, Disney California Adventure, was added to the Anaheim complex in early 2001, delivering a completely different experience. Here, on the resort’s 60th anniversary, we take a look at some of the major differences between the two.

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Having recently undergone the shift in management from Sheraton to an independent hotel company, the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel reopened for business this past May, in preparation for kicking off Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary. We recently checked into the newly revamped resort — and found the property to be much more than a crash pad for the theme park. Here’s our full report.

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sea life in tide pool at point fermin park, san pedro, california

Nilina Mason-Campbell

Just south of Los Angeles proper, San Pedro is a major port that welcomes over one million passengers each year. In fact, it’s the largest cruise ship terminal in the U.S. on the Pacific Coast, and if you’re stopping in Los Angeles during a cruise, you’re likely to dock here. But San Pedro is much more than a port of call, whether you’ve arrived by boat or car, particularly when you exit the cruiser zone. Here’s where to explore the best of the region:

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Courtesy of Lisa Field / SanDiego.org

San Diego’s wide stretches of sandy beaches can be jam-packed with surfers, families, and sun worshippers — especially on summer weekends. Avoid the crowds at these three often overlooked beaches in San Diego, California.

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Planning a trip to Southern California and can’t decide between Disneyland and LEGOLAND? We break down the differences, and here’s what you need to know. Read more

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San Diego has several go-to neighborhoods for food, drink, and fun: Little Italy, Old Town, Del Mar, and La Jolla, to name a few. But, if you want to experience San Diego like a local, add these five neighborhoods to your itinerary. Read more

beach in chatham, cape cod, ma

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Vacations are short, and weekends are even shorter. And when the beach beckons with its sun, sand, and relaxation, you don’t want to spend most of the time stuck on the road. Luckily, you can skip the traffic and get to these great, easy-to-access beaches much more easily by train. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

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Hotel Zephyr

Earlier this month, Hotel Zephyr – an eclectic and colorful 361-room hotel snug along San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf — opened its doors. And there’s a great discount to celebrate.

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