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Anaheim, California, Disneyland

Do your Mouse Ears wilt at the thought of shelling out the better part of a month’s pay to frolic in the happiest place on earth? While Disneyland has never (and will never) be a budget travel destination, it remains a steadfast must on any family vacation list. Here... Read More

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Santa Barbara beach/flickr/Damian Gadal

At 70 degrees and sunny nearly every day of the year, Santa Barbara is known as California’s playground for the rich and famous. Oprah, Ellen, and Brangelina all have weekend homes here (although the status of the latter may be in question) to get away from the bustle and smog of... Read More

Guestroom at Hotel Irvine in California
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A perfect autumn entails a getaway, family time, and of course, pumpkins. Luckily, the Fall Harvest package from Hotel Irvine combines all of those things. Here’s the scoop. Available through October 31, the package includes accommodations for a family of four, parking, $15 credit for the property’s Marketplace, and daily breakfast.... Read More

 Bayview Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites
Bayview Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites

San Diego is amid a hotel boom. After a long hiatus from construction, the city’s established accommodations are getting fresh faces, and there are more new hotels slated to open in the next two years than have opened in the last eight. Downtown alone will get 10 new properties — including a 400-room InterContinental on the waterfront, Marriott’s millennial-focused Moxy Hotel, and... Read More

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Backstage Hotel Amsterdam
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Music is striking a chord in the lodging industry — from the open mic nights at Hotel RL to in-room record players at The Redbury in Miami. But that’s only the beginning. For the music-obsessed, these seven hotels will make you feel like you’re with the band. Jaz in the City Jaz in the City, which opened in late... Read More

 LAX Terminal 1 rendering, courtesy Southwest Airlines
LAX Terminal 1 rendering, courtesy Southwest Airlines

In the past few years, those traveling to and from Los Angeles have been frustrated by the construction at LAX; the horseshoe-shaped airport gets congested and forces travelers to move slowly. But there’s light at the end of the runway: the $1.9 billion renovations to the Tom Bradley International Terminal — now a LEED... Read More

La Quinta Resort & Club
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With new nonstop flights on JetBlue via its New York City hub, it’s easier — and more affordable — than ever to get to Palm Springs. And the city’s booming hotel scene is ready to greet you when you get there. New and reinvented properties abound, with options for almost... Read More

Mama Shelter in Los Angeles, California
Mama Shelter

Finding an affordable hotel in L.A. might be the only thing harder than finding a parking spot. Unfortunately, we can’t help you with the latter, but for the former, there’s Mama Shelter. You wouldn’t think that one of L.A.’s trendiest new hotels would also happen to be one of its... Read More

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Powerplant Superfood Cafe

The City of Angels has something for everyone — especially vegans. Here are five meat-free L.A. eateries that will get even the most devout bacon-lover to veg-out. 1. Stuff I Eat Tourists don’t often venture to Inglewood, but this vegan soul food joint is worth the trek. Chef and owner Babette... Read More

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Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

The new Peanuts flick — appropriately titled “The Peanuts Movie” — opens on November 6. But if you can’t wait till then, here are five places you can hang with Snoopy and the gang as you count down the days.  ... Read More

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Huntington Beach, a great affordable Orange County spot
Visit Huntington Beach

Even if you aren’t planning to visit Disneyland, a trip to Orange County can be unbelievably expensive. But it doesn’t have to be — with a little planning, you can enjoy the beaches, attractions, and culture without spending a small fortune. ... Read More

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Torrey Pines State Beach Daytime -Courtesy Lisa Field SanDiego.org
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. ... Read More

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Ever used a CityPASS booklet? These bundled tickets for museums and attractions in tourism-heavy cities can save you lots of money – possibly. They claim to offer 50 percent savings on major attractions in 11 North American regions. But what’s included? And are these places that you’d actually want... Read More

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Ahhh…the family beach vacation. It’s as all-American as apple pie, a time-honored tradition where some of the best childhood memories are made. Everyone has their favorite sands, but when it comes to family-friendly options, not all are created equal. We’ve picked 10 great family beaches across the country that... Read More

Stay at a sprawling San Diego resort on the tip of Shelter Island, known for its beautiful harbor views and yacht-filled marinas. This fall, the Kona Kai Resort and Spa is offering rooms for as little as $97 per night — a savings of 40 percent on January and... Read More