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Travel tips

Safety tips for solo travelers. Whether flying, driving or ensconced in a hotel room, vigilance is key for solo travelers.,0,4568749.story



peace symbols

Rota’s peace sign seen from space on Google Earth. Satellite captured symbol that appeared only briefly years ago.

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Cruising the Coast: SoCal Beaches.,0,

Southern California Beach Guide. A complete rundown of all the best spots for sand and sun in our area, from Santa Barbara to Ventura and beyond.,0,3331356.storygallery



Belle Isle

Tourists awed, inspired by the ruins of Detroit.,0,71316.story#ixzz2oayZ1Gt8

Royal Oak

Royal Oak Woman's Club

Lighthouses of Michigan


Ghost Towns

Gold Point: the Nevada ghost town that wouldn't die. The old mining town is 3 hours away from Las Vegas, which makes it good for a day trip or an overnight in a cabin.


Calico Ghost town.

Ghost Town: The Bumpy Road To Bodie.

Death Valley struggles to make abandoned mines safe.,0,5534830.story

Ghost towns are prevalent in the West with 100 to more than 200 per state, but even states in the Midwest and some in the East have between 10 to 100 ghost towns apiece, said Todd Underwood of Prescott, Ariz., who hosts a Web site for ghost towners,

Rhyolite, Nev.,_Nevada





Is it irony that one of the most important advances in history is the machine built to measure it? On the surface, it seems unlikely that a tangle of gears, springs and weights charged with something so mundane as ticking off fractions of a day could be imbued with so much romance, dressed in so many forms and be the main reason medieval squares across Europe have towers. Clocks are the crack dealer to our junkie-like obsession with the passage of time and, well, life. Here are few stops geared toward horophiles - and those who just need a fix.,0,5510660.storygallery,0,4041595.photogallery

Best parks and wilderness areas in California.,0,4007035.photogallery

15 places to visit to see the real California. Yosemite & Disneyland? Sure. But you haven’t seen the real California until you’ve visited these places.

Automotive Museums in the Southwest.

Road trips from SoCal: California.,0,7836642.htmlstory,0,5191255.photogallery?83

10. Mojave art on the rocks, LITTLE PETROGLYPH CANYON, Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, Near Ridgecrest, Kern County. No one knows for sure who decorated Little Petroglyph Canyon with images out of a dreamscape, some thought to be more than 10,000 years old. Or why the basalt walls of a narrow wash in the bone-dry Coso Mountains at the northern edge of the Mojave became a magic canvas for flocks of bighorn sheep, hunters with bows and arrows poised and more. But the area is probably the richest Amerindian rock-art site in the hemisphere. To see the canyon, you must contact the Navy base or join a tour offered by Maturango Museum. It's a rough 40-mile drive to the trail head, followed by a hike and a scramble along the canyon. Visits only in spring and fall. Info: Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores Ave., Ridgecrest, CA 93555; (760) 375-6900, Private tours through the Naval Air Weapons Station, (760) 939-1683.

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Theme Parks

Knott’s Mine Train still rolling after 50 years.


The Bizz Johnson Trail spans from Susanville to Westwood in Lassen County on a long abandoned railroad line.

Enjoying California's volcanic legacy A trip along a scenic byway includes mudpots, caves, waterfalls, the friendly town of McCloud and Mt. Shasta.,0,332021.story

Lava Beds National Monument: underground cave exploration.


Red Rock Canyon State Park: An overlooked mini-badlands.

At Feather Falls, euphoria happens. From the viewing deck, perched on a knife-edged outcrop, you can take in a full frontal view of 410-foot Feather Falls. The sound of pounding water reverberates off the high walls and thunders down the canyon. It's so perfect that it can seem surreal. But the side trip to the brink of the waterfall snaps you back into the moment. From a boulder near the rim, watch a churning fountain of white water surge past through a rocky gorge, pound down a chute and then pour over the top. The air tastes clean and sparkles as mist from the falls rises. You could search across America and pay thousands of dollars in travel costs but still not take in more ecstatic moments than one experiences at Feather Falls. Yet it's located in the Sierra foothills east of Oroville, within range of a long day trip for many people in the Bay Area, Sacramento, Tahoe and Redding. Plus, unlike the Yosemite Valley, it's all free - access, parking and a small campground. Read more:

Patrick Ranch Museum opens the first weekend in April through the last weekend in October. The ranch will be open the first weekend in December for our Christmas Event. Saturday’s Hours: 10:00 am-2:00pm Optional donation fee of $2.00 per person. Children under 14 free when accompanied by an adult. Interpretive tours of the Glenwood Farm House, grounds and the County Store Museum. Visit the Chicken Coop, interact with our Rhode Island Red Hens and gather an egg or two. Bicyclist are welcome at the ranch. Come down the bike path on the Midway to visit us for a picnic.

California State Railroad Museum -- Union Pacific - Building America for 150 Years! Saturday & Sunday, September 29-30, 2012 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

It's worth stopping along California 99 Taking the highway south from Sacramento to Bakersfield leads to museums of bugs, military aircraft and farm equipment; tasty tri-tip and Mexican food; and farms you can visit.,0,3240874.story




Wonders of the Sierra Nevada.

Pinnacles National Monument, a 26,000-acre swath of spectacular volcanic rock formations outside Soledad, Calif., would be elevated to a National Park under legislation introduced Thursday by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) Pinnacles is a nesting place for the endangered California condor, North America's largest soaring bird, with wingspans up to 10 feet. And it is a global destination for naturalists and outdoor adventurers attracted by the park's scenic views and unique rock-climbing landscapes. Making Pinnacles a National Park, Boxer said, would "draw even more visitors to this spectacular piece of California's natural and cultural heritage."

Eastern Sierras

Petroglyphs of the Cosos. China Lake Naval Weapons Center.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Water war reignites as L.A. resists fixing some Owens Lake dust. The L.A. DWP, which agreed in 1997 to fight dust pollution from part of the dry Owens Lake bed, wants to rework the deal and balks at an order to take responsibility for more territory.,0,6961679.story

Mt. Whitney in their sights. Three friends figure a weekend climbing the 14,497-foot Sierra Nevada peak will be fun and challenging. The journey turns out to be more than they ever imagined.


Laws. FLASH! The Museum will be offering demonstration rides on the 1927 Death Valley Railroad Car starting May 24 and 25th and again on Independence Day weekend, and Labor Day weekend, and other times as warranted. Fare will be $3 per person, children under 13 free when accompanied by an adult.

Going Down the Road. This is a series of interactive maps that revisit some of the states and landmarks in the American Guide Series of books, produced during the Great Depression by the Federal Writers’ Project. Writers and photographers were dispatched to outposts and urban areas to create the guide, which has become part of the canon of American travel writing.

Death Valley

Boy dies after getting stranded in Death Valley.

Death Valley National Park: A Land of Extremes.

The Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort is situated in a lush oasis surrounded by the vast and arid desert of Death Valley National Park, California - just 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada and 275 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. This is one resort with two hotels - the historic, 4-diamond, 66 room Furnace Creek Inn and the more family oriented 224 room Furnace Creek Ranch.

Suspicious fire guts Manson's remote Death Valley hide-out.

Way cool: Death Valley National Park charms families. Ghost towns, sand dunes and bizarre attractions are found a few hours outside of Los Angeles.

trip planning


Stop by the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce and pick up maps and brochures to plan your excursions. The Chamber is located on the second floor of the Nevada State Bank building (across the street from Saddle West). Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. (Closed Sundays & holidays.) Call 866-722-5800 toll-free, or 775-727-5800 while in Pahrump. The Amargosa River Basin section begins near Beatty, Nevada and ends in Death Valley National Park, California. The Las Vegas Area section begins on the north side of the Spring Mountains Range and continues east to Red Rock Canyon just west of Las Vegas.

Tonopah Historic Mining Park



Phoenix Inn.

Longstreet Inn & Casino.

Welcome to Xanterra Parks & Resorts.


Western Wanderer offers complete camping sets for different types of camping trips. These sets contain everything you need to go camping.

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San Diego Las Vegas

things to see

Las Vegas Monorail

Pinball Hall of Fame.


Neon Museum.

Open to the public daily, The Auto Collections is one of the top tourist stops in Las Vegas as it features hundreds of automotive treasures from the past. One never knows what they will be seeing when they visit the world's largest and finest classic car showroom. Visitors could see up close and personal, Johnny Carson's 1939 Chrysler Royal Sedan which he drove to his high school senior prom or "Eleanor" the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback used in the movie "Gone in Sixty Seconds".

more things to see

Burro Schmidt's Tunnel - Miner's Shortcut to No Where -

Ubehebe Crater: Possibly Younger but No Imminent Danger of an Eruption.

Death Valley 2-Day Excusion.

Cerro Gordo Ghost Town.

The backroads of Death Valley. Solitude, timelessness inhabit the peaks and ancient sea beds removed from main thoroughfares. Read more:

"Death Valley Days" 20 Mule Team Borax

Death Valley Junction, California,_California

"Death Valley Days"

Death Valley Days - intro

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Coachella Valley

Plan Your Visit

SoCal Close-Ups: A date with the Coachella Valley Palm Springs and environs are the most famous cities, with their tony shopping and midcentury splendor. Nearby are such timeless charms as date shakes and camel races.,0,935866.story

Joshua Tree

Kate's Lazy Desert: Please keep in mind that staying in an airstream is more of a camping experience - there are no telephones or TV's (there is cell service) we offer free Wi-Fi , air conditioning, and comfortable beds with linens, towels & down comforters provided. There are space heaters for those chilly desert nights which can happen even in the summer months. Each airstream has a small fridge, cooktop, coffee maker, plates/cups/glassware/silverware and basic cooking utensils, we also have a few small BBQ Grills- feel free to bring your own portable grill - and definitely bring a cooler with food for your stay if you plan on cooking in.

Southern California Close-Ups: Joshua Tree National Park and Desert Hot Springs Joshua Tree and environs offer camping, hiking, unusual sites (the famed Integratron), hotels, restaurants, watering holes and spas, where you can take a well-deserved soak.,0,1066939.story

Riverside County

Downtown Riverside is blossoming, right outside your hotel. There's a bustling arts and culture scene and appealing restaurants to offer sustenance as you explore the area.,0,6959464.story

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Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology.

Imperial County

Will Slab City Remain The Last Free Place In America? State considers selling the Imperial County spot that squatters call home

Salton Sea inaction could cause 'catastrophic change,' report says.

Hauser Geode Beds

"Slab City" a desert haven for recession's victims.

Slab City: Last free place in US? 10News' Steve Atkinson visits with people living 'off the grid' Isolated spot home to artists, nomads, outlaws.

140 miles one way 2-3 hours

Salvation Mountain Niland, California 92257

Down And Out Escape To 'Slab' In California Desert.

Rail fan

308 miles

688 miles

Palm Springs Amtrak


Ojai is such a magical place with its unique and diverse terrain. From it’s many hiking trails that can accommodate every level of hiker, to its easy access to Lake Casitas and the Pacific Ocean. It is truly awesome to hike one of the many mountain trails that look out over the Ojai Valley to the Pacific Ocean and see the Channel Islands floating like clouds on the horizon. The thrill of coming upon deer, bear, or maybe even mountain lion tracks and even catching a glimpse of one of those magnificent creatures. Here is a place where a wide variety of birds and reptiles can be found in abundance. I look forward to sharing some of these adventures with you and will regularly update the dates and difficulty level of upcoming hikes along with a brief description in the goojai blog.


Journey to the Railroad Construction Camp in Anza Borrrego By Surfponto16. February 2010 05:06

Thousands of years of human habitation on display at Indian Hill

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Culp Valley is at about mile 9.2 on Highway S-22. The turnoff to the spring, campgrounds and this lookout trail is on the north side, turning left when heading down into the desert. Drive in as far as you dare in a normal car; four-wheel-drive is highly recommended. This road ends with a circle parking area. Off the northeastern end of this parking area, you’ll see a sign for Pena Spring and the California Riding and Hiking Trail. The trail heads both north and south from here for 8 miles total, reaching from about 1.5 miles east of Ranchita off S-22 to about mile marker 16.5 off S-22, near the park headquarters.

Wildflower Reports.

California deserts will soon burst with wildflowers. A recipe of rain and warmth will turn austere fields in the Borrego Valley, Joshua Tree, Lancaster, Mojave and Death Valley into wildflower paradises with brilliant colors.,0,1926793.story

'Anza-Borrego: A Photographic Journey' celebrates the desert park in images

San Diego


Where Camino Ruíz and Peñasquitos Canyon got their names. Hike to a waterfall oasis amid towering rocks, cooling shade, and rich plant and wildlife.

Southern California Close-Ups: San Diego, Coronado and La Jolla. The city to the south is both kid- and adult-friendly, with cultural offerings, outdoor attractions, revitalized neighborhoods and great restaurants and bars.,0,1818715.story


Toro Peak HPWREN backbone site 33.52N 116.43W at about 8800 feet

High Point HPWREN site 33.36N 116.84W at about 6180 feet

Mt. Laguna HPWREN backbone site 32.89N 116.42W at about 6300 feet

Lyons Peak HPWREN backbone site 360-degree view 32.70N 116.76W at about 3700 feet

Los Pinos 360 degree view 32.73N 116.58W at about 4800 feet

Run/Walk events

Late May

Carrizo Gorge

Anza Borrego's Carrizo Gorge / Goat Canyon Trestle Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin started by NWB, Jan 4, 2016.

Goat Canyon Trestles


Riding the Rails of Carrizo Gorge May 22, 2015

Dos Cabezas Water Tank!i=1452224026&k=bFRZF9v

February 2013

Yuma to San Diego over the San Diego & Arizona Railway

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 The Impossible Railroad & Carrizo Gorge

Mortero Palms trail head Nov. 20th 2010

Carrizo Gorge Impossible Railroad 60 Lonnie Hoyle Uploaded on Jan 8, 2012 Tunnel 16 and east Lonnie Hoyle

Visiting Indian Hill gives us a renewed appreciation for this desert area. Humans have used the area for perhaps several thousand years. The last Indian cultural group to occupy this area was the Kumeyaay. It was later used by local cattlemen and, much later, beginning in 1912, by construction crews of the San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway — the “Impossible Railroad” — who dug tunnels, laid track, and built a large wooden trestle through Carrizo Gorge to connect with San Diego. Their construction camp was located near what is marked as Indian Hill on the USGS topographic map. The “real” Indian Hill, however, is another rocky hill to the southeast with a large shelter and morteros on its north side.

The Goat Canyon Railroad Trestle: Hiking There and Back Oct 30, 2011

Carrizo Gorge/Goat Canyon Trestle Aerial Mar 23, 2015

Mountain Biking at Carrizo Gorge - February 16, 2014

Ultimate Train Ride – Carrizo Gorge MTB ride May 15, 2011


Carrizo Gorge and Goat Canyon Trestle Teaser Video drone

Goat Canyon Trestle 2015 drone video

Carrizo Gorge Railway MTB February 22, 2015

Goat Canyon Trestle - comprehensive footage Oct 2011

Carrizo Gorge Run: March 2011

Goat Cyn Trestle Bridge Published on Jan 24, 2015 Goat Cyn Trestle Bridge with Perry's group

Mountain Biking Carrizo Gorge Railway up to Goat Canyon Trestle Published on Jan 20, 2015

Mountain Biking at Carrizo Gorge - November 2, 2014


Mountain Biking at Carrizo Gorge Railway. Published on Oct 23, 2014 May 2014 Just a leisurely mountain bike ride through Carrizo Gorge Railway and riding across Goat Canyon trestle (world's largest wooden railway trestle). Sorry, there's really nothing technical about this ride but has some great video scenes. Video was shot with a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition w/chest mount.

Dreams sometimes come true: A trip into the Carrizo Gorge 12/06/2003

Scenes around Jacumba 12/6/2003

Mortero Palms to Goat Canyon To Get there: From Interstate 8 at Ocotillo, drive 4 miles northwest on Highway S-2 to the unpaved Dos Cabezas Road on the left, signed EC119. You should see a field of windmills and one of the first buildings you will pass will be a tower and a maintenance yard for Siemens who takes care of the Ocotillo Wind project. Go south on this road and veer right after 1.1 miles. Continue another 4.5 miles west, staying north of the tracks, and look for the paved railroad crossover on the left. Cross to the south side of the tracks, and continue west a short distance. Then veer left ( southwest, away from the tracks) and proceed 0.9 miles to a road fork. Bear left there, and stay left again after another 0.3 miles. Drive 0.4 miles further (past an isolated, rocky hill on the left, and turn right toward Mortero Palms. Go 0.5 miles to the roads end overlooking a wide wash. Trailhead ( warning – do not use google maps to tell you the directions to the trailhead, it will take you the long way around. Also realize that Google earth and Google maps do not show the windmills)

Goat Canyon Trestle - At the Bottom of the Trestle

Plaster City

From the Sacatone Overlook area you can view Carrizo Gorge, which is theRailroad cars fallen off of the tracks narrow southern section of Carrizo Canyon. If you look across the gorge, you can see a portion of the San Diego to Arizona Railroad also referred to as "The Impossible Railroad". If you have a pair of binoculars, you may see some old railroad cars that have been abandoned on the hillside below the track. Near the overlook point is an old abandoned mine called "The School Mine." Do not enter the mine. It can be extremely dangerous. Poisonous gases within mines and open mine shafts can be life-threatening hazards. The Sacatone Overlook is located on Sacatone Spring Road, which leaves McCain Valley Road 2.8 miles north of Old Highway 80.

Dos Cabezos swtiching.

Impossible Railroad Mountain Bike Ride in Carrizo Gorge near Jacumba CA

bikes on the trestle

Goat Canyon Trestle - comprehensive footage.

Small train in Jacumba - Carrizo Creek

32.729115,-116.183333 Goat Canyon

Mortero palms, San Diego, California

The Gorge was opened again just last week, so the Railroad Police will most likely be working the Gorge again. The railroad is under new management with the Original operator as Vice President. April, 2012

The Goat Canyon Railroad Trestle: Hiking There and Back

Carrizo Gorge Trip This survey was done by several members of the Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum. Arne, the gentleman who owned the vehicle, got the highrail gear from CZRY. He was the president fo the Museum Association Board before he passed away. They had permission from the railroad and shared their results with us as we were working on Tunnel 8 at this time.

Take a ride on the Carrizo Gorge railroad though the famous and perils Carrizo Gorge and over the worlds largest wooden trestle spanning the Goat Canyon. Ride inside the locomotive cab though tunnels and amazing desert scenery.

A Ride to Goat Canyon Trestle in Carrizo Gorge, San Diego,CA

Goat Canyon Hike

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Jacumba Hot Springs & Resort

East County

Save Our Heritage Organisation

Hi folks, we would like to invite you to come on out, take a step back in time, when things weren't so hectic. Take a ride to the country, take a free tour of our auto barns, walk or drive our 25 acre family owned nursery. Use your vehicle as a shopping cart. Don't forget we have a long tradition of always giving our guests a nice cold apple, before they leave. Hope to see you here!

Running out of gas in undiscovered East County. Summer 2008 may be remembered as a season of disappointment, when gasoline prices topped $4 a gallon, energy market distortions spilled over into grocery prices, and families had to give up expensive vacation plans. How sad. Summer 2008 may be remembered fondly as the time we discovered the East County we thought we knew but seldom stopped to enjoy. “Staycation”, enjoying inexpensive outings close to home, has leapt into our vocabulary. How nice.

Beaches & Rivers

Oceanside getaway: Surf, seafood and the blare of train whistles. The town, which is a stamping ground for Marines, offers charming boutiques, good eats and a surf museum.,0,788500.story

River parks.

Kate Sessions Memorial Park Trailhead: Northeastern edge of park grounds, behind playground area. Park in the lot east on Park Drive off Soledad Road. Length: About 2 miles round trip Difficulty: Easy to moderate Hours: Dawn to dusk daily Cost: Free

North County

Warner-Carrillo Ranch House

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, owned and operated by the city of Carlsbad, isn't just a 27-acre vestige of Carrillo's original 3,000-acre spread preserved for today's suburbanites to stroll around. It's also a place where a dedicated group of aficionados keeps his legacy alive. This month, for instance, it's home to a film festival showing the venerated actor's films. Best known as a co-star of the popular TV series “The Cisco Kid,” Carrillo was a civic activist who helped the state acquire such parkland as Hearst Castle, near San Simeon.

In Rancho Carrillo, a romance with California's past. Actor Leo Carrillo's Spanish-style rancho is still the centerpiece of the Carlsbad neighborhood. A rural feel, including trails, adds to the charm.,0,5634905.story,0,3213586.photogallery

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

National City

National City on splendid display

The very year, 1868, that Alonzo E. Horton was founding New Town San Diego – today's downtown – Frank Kimball and his brothers were founding National City. They bought the old 26,632-acre Rancho de la Nación, a grazing ground in Mexican days, for $30,000 (just over $1 per acre, three times what Horton paid per acre) and set about founding industries and community institutions. To celebrate the founding days, local history buffs Marilyn Carnes and Matthew Nye assembled dozens of old photos into “Images of America: Early National City,” the latest in Arcadia Publishing's paperbacks on San Diego places. The Kimballs left New Hampshire in 1861 and settled in Oakland, where they were active in Civil War-era construction. With post-war prospects booming and propelled by the completion of the transcontinental railroad, they moved to San Diego. They established a lumberyard, built homes and farms and in the 1870s Frank was instrumental in enticing the extension of railroad service to San Diego with National City as the terminus. Before the boom of the 1880s went bust, Frank's net worth soared to $1.4 million, the equivalent of $30 million in today's money by one measurement. In the downturn, he lost everything and had to live in an apartment and, at age 70, make a living through manual labor, the authors said. But the Kimballs left behind stately mansions, some economic engines of growth and a heritage of philanthropy. Among the interesting photos in the book, well explained in lengthy captions, are such early businesses as Gus E. Schwenke's shoe store (the line of boots and shoes resemble today's shoe lineups in department stores); the Otay Watch Works, operated for only eight months in 1890, its first edition of 1,200 watches named the “Frank Kimball”; and impressive Victorian homes, some of which are still knockouts today. The Arcadia books on San Diego-area places and subjects are available at many local bookstores. Information:

Welcome to the Stein Family Farm!

Balboa Park

photo guide to Balboa Park's Desert Garden.

Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum Building San Salvador Replica. Keel Laid For Replica Of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's Flagship.

Old Town

Business goes south for Delaware North. Old Town concession holder can't match Powers' success.


A way of life slips out of range. Steve Tellam is a relic: a full-time cowboy in San Diego County. He says the business won’t last into the next generation.,0,1509558.story

French settlers made their mark on early days of Ramona.

An historic treasure of early Western culture can be experienced when you visit the historic Santa Maria Valley and the Guy B. Woodward Museum. Located in Ramona California, a rural country town 37 miles east of San Diego, this complex of historic buildings, including the famous Verlaque House, shops, antique exhibits and special artifacts, will delight the entire family.

Annual air show flies economy this year. Cost of gas means fewer performers.

Los Angeles

Train Trip, Tehachapi Loop

Empire Center, Burbank:

This was a great trip.

Crime: Monday Miracle Mile shooting shuts Wilshire, snarls traffic right where I was at Friday.

Amtrak was typical: I asked for a window seat on the right and the clerk whined and shuffled paper and when I got onboard the seat was on the left. The train was almost an hour late getting into Oakland.

The Waterfront Motel was good location and a great view.

The train ride in Niles Canyon was very nice.

I took BART to the airport. The station was 0.7 miles so kind of a long walk but then just 15 minutes to the terminal.

LA County

Ridge Route repair group runs up against Forest Service Volunteers who for years have been trying to preserve the historic Ridge Route north of Los Angeles say the Forest Service keeps blocking their efforts.,0,6093628.story

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Train Trip, San Bernardino Railroad Days 2011 steam excursion

Wigwam Motel, 2728 W Foothill Blvd, San Bernardino, California 92410, Phone: 909 875 3005, Fax: 909 421 0844, Website:


The Los Angeles Police Museum has been named one of the "Most Awesome Museums" by Red Tricycle, an organization that promotes child-friendly activities. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck plans to highlight the award Thursday at the museum in the old Highland Park police station at 6045 York Blvd. "The nation's preeminent Police Museum, the LA Police Museum, shares LAPD's rich history via an engaging audio tour and numerous fascinating exhibits," wrote Red Tricycle. "This is the perfect place to take your kiddo who can't get enough of learning about the 'good guys,' and children 12 and under get free admission." Mug shots, jail cells and exhibits, such as one on the 1997 North Hollywood shooting, make the museum a unique window into the LAPD's history, with generations of police vehicles. The old police station has been featured in several movies and TV shows.,0,6277401.story

Griffith Park Trains

Jeffrey Tambor's Favorite L.A. Weekend. Travel Town

LACMA is located on Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Curson avenues—midway between Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

Griffith Park Trains

Griffith Park

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium (SMPA) is a marine science aquarium located beach-level, just below the Carousel, at the Santa Monica Pier.


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High in the hills, perched between Hollywood and Vine and the Hollywood sign, sits scenic Lake Hollywood, a reservoir held back by a dam designed by the great water wrangler William Mulholland. Flanked by a classic California mix of oak, pine, eucalyptus, agave and sage, and circled by a pedestrian trail reopened in April after being off-limits for seven years, this is one of the city's great mountain walking spots, and it's less than 10 minutes from the 101 Freeway.,0,7148144.story

L.A. Walks: Beachwood Canyon and the Hollywood sign. Nobody walks in L.A.? Ridiculous! This is one in a series of articles exploring the many opportunities for walking in (and around) a major city.,0,1518933.story

Forget the StairMaster. Hell, forget the gym. There's no need for fake indoor-climbing when Los Angeles is packed with so many public staircases on which to re-enact your "Rocky"-style visions of athletic victory. Spread from Westside to East, these four sets of steps are outdoor endurance tests that will have your backside burning after a few up/downs. Bring water, and make sure your shoelaces are tied tight.

the Big Parade, a two-day hiking and camping trip from downtown to the Hollywood sign – through 101 public stairways.

Walking in L.A.: An Introduction.

Many Los Angeles neighborhoods with steep streets are laced with networks of public stairways. Vestiges of a time when the city was served by electric trolleys and streetcars, they provided residents access to transport lines in hilly “suburban” communities like Echo Park, Highland Park, and Mount Washington.

Los Angeles Urban Rangers go on 'safari' in the city. The unofficial group teaches hikers about the shifting boundary between public and private space. Its latest outing: Malibu shores.,0,5428138.story

He’s taking steps, all 4,182 of them. You could climb Mt. Whitney – or, like writer Dan Koeppel, get exercise (and more vertical ascent) on a 16.2-mile ‘walking tour’ of Los Angeles’ outdoor stairs.

Harbor Cruise/Tours Rivers

Valley section of L.A. River opens to tours. A 1.5-mile stretch of the waterway through the Sepulveda Basin, which for years operated as a flood-control channel, is expected to become a summer tourist draw.,0,365733.story

On your port side, a smokestack and a sewage pipe. The Urban Ocean Boat Cruise shows visitors the grittier side of L.A.'s coast.,0,7594201.story


Starline Tours.


Historic Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden revived in Pasadena,0,3912021.photogallery?index=lat-la-lh-storrier-stearns-garden-la0008627879-20080724

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Wrigley Tournament of Roses Garden, Pasadena

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino

Living Desert, Palm Desert

Descanso Gardens: La Canada Flintridge, CA Descanso Gardens, located just outside Pasadena, is home to North America’s largest and rarest camellia collection – there are more than 700 camellia taxa growing over 20 acres.

In Van Nuys, 'Gene's Garden' is a hidden gem. 'It's the best-kept secret for 25 years,' says Gene Greene, who has long overseen the lush 61/2-acre Japanese Garden on the campus of the sprawling Tillman Water Reclamation Plant.,0,380683.story,-118.482571&sspn=0.017857,0.028152&ie=UTF8&hq=Tillman+Water+Reclamation+Plant+6100+Woodley+Avenue&hnear=&t=h&z=14

Southern California: A land for all seasons -- plus one more. We don't have that fall/winter/spring/summer thing, but that doesn't mean nothing changes. But you have to be paying attention.,0,6607827.story


Depression-era landmarks in Southern California.,0,7613836.photogallery

Places and Things to Visit

Chinese Friends Restaurant, near N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

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The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, California is an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic.

Exploring downtown Los Angeles in 11 mini-itineraries From Chinatown to Olvera Street to the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, downtown has a lot to offer. Here are 11 adventures to enjoy. Bradbury Building.,0,5100108.story?page=2

Bradbury Building

The Valley

Coco's Variety Store‎ 2427 Riverside Dr Los Angeles, CA 90039 (323) 664-7400

Ry Cooder’s American West.

Real People Inhabit Michael Connelly's Fictional L.A.

Photo Gallery Slideshow. Michael Connelly writes about real places in Los Angeles. Here are a few of the locations mentioned in his books. Click on a picture to start a slideshow and to read the matching excerpt from the book. Most of the photos were taken by author Wendy Werris.

News & Links

Transit Map of 1906 LA, With Copious Streetcars.

Seeing L.A. in a way most natives never dare. A Northern California family — 2 grandparents, 2 parents and 3 children — prefers to travel by public transit, riding trains, buses and even a funicular to L.A.'s cultural hot spots.,0,1036064.story?page=1

Santa Barbara

Sweet, affordable places to sleep in Santa Barbara. What's not to love about Santa Barbara? Except maybe the lodging rates, which means a weekend getaway can cost a pretty penny.


Santa Barbara getaway might be cheaper than you think.

San Francisco

Best Muni routes for seeing San Francisco.

Stops along a good California road trip.

San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park

Privately owned public spaces: Guidance needed.



Antelope Canyon is located near Page on Navajo Nation land, just outside Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and close to AZ 98 a few miles east of town (at milepost 299). Antelope is the most visited slot canyon in the Southwest, partly because it is easily accessible and by far the most publicized, and also since it is extremely beautiful, with just the right combination of depth, width, length, rock color and ambient light; many other slot canyons are deeper, narrower or longer, and some have rock that is even more colorful and sculptured, but here conditions are ideal.

White Pocket, part of South Coyote Buttes.

Uncovering Arizona's hidden gems.,0,4479671.photogallery?13

Titan Missile Museum

Antelope Canyon on the Navajo Reservation in Page, Ariz.

La Posada Hotel in Arizona is a train stop with a history lesson. Built along the Santa Fe Railway by the Harvey Co., the building is undergoing a pricey renovation.



Nevada Day Parade: Saturday, October 27, 2012!



Atomic Testing Museum

Las Vegas' Atomic Liquors, where nuclear bombs lit the sky, reopens. Atomic Liquors, a Cold War-era liquor store and bar in Las Vegas, mixed cocktails with nuclear explosions. The bar, near the former Nevada Test Site, has reopened with history-minded new owners.,0,5375121.story?page=1

An offer you can't refuse: Las Vegas opens new Mob Museum.

Lost in Las Vegas.

Come for the Highway. Stay for the View.

The Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement — aka The Mob Museum.

Eldorado Canyon Mine Tours, where they first went to strike gold. The gold mine was active from 1861 to 1941. Now, it attracts about 10,000 people each year.

'Star Trek: The Experience' What? The live-action interactive "experience" opened at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1998 and added the "Borg Invasion 4-D" expansion in 2004. The attraction closed in 2008 due to declining attendance. But it was recently announced that the attraction would reopen at Las Vegas' Neonopolis Mall on May 8 to coincide with the release of the new "Star Trek" movie. When? May 8

In Las Vegas, 21 ideas -- all under $21. For the budget-minded, the list of free or low-cost events includes Mandalay Bay's weekly blues concert, a carriage ride on Mt. Charleston and dueling piano competitions.

Where to stay

Golden Nugget

Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel

to try:

El Cortez Hotel & Casino

Area 51

The Unlikely Struggle Of The Family Whose Neighbor Is Area 51

Nevada National Security Site Tours

National Atomic Testing Museum

Nevada’s best-kept secrets endure at Area 51

Nevada's Nuclear Test Site

In the Nevada desert, there's something out there -- the Black Mailbox,0,7141274.story

The Road to Area 51. After decades of denying the facility's existence, five former insiders speak out.,0,786384.story

Howard Hughes and the atomic bomb. Why the Central Nevada Test Area conducted only one nuclear test puzzles even the aficionados.,0,1389110.story




Road trips from Southern California: Nevada,0,1481.photogallery?index=la-tr-roadtrip-nev-blackrock

Nevada: The landscape burns bright in the Valley of Fire. The red rock, sculpted and chiseled, is plenty dramatic. Then there are the petroglyphs.,0,5164617.story,0,2831839.photogallery

A prominent sandstone arch at Valley of Fire State Park in southern Nevada has collapsed.,0,5352178.story

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"The International Car Forest of the Last Church”


Oregon Coast trip planning


  1. Seattle, city tour
  2. Seattle, Pike Market
  3. Tacoma, Glass Museum
  4. Tillamook Air Museum
  5. Newport, Oregon, Yaquina Bay State Park,,0,37,0,1,0-oregon-coast-newport.html
  6. Newport, Oregon, Oregon Coast Aquarium,
  7. Coos Bay
  8. Bodega Bay
  9. Fishermans Warf
  10. Emeryville,+WA&daddr=W+Marine+Dr%2FQuebec+Route+366+to:Northcrest+Dr+to:N+Main+St+to:Windy+Ln+to:The+Embarcadero+to:Emeryville,+CA&hl=en&geocode=FcJp1gIdWVy1-ClVM-iTLBCQVDGa1URpRmUlEA%3BFQjQwAId_E6e-A%3BFc5mfQIdYtqY-A%3BFejjWQIdFt-e-A%3BFSTrSAId1HSq-A%3BFdrTQAId9E-0-A%3BFZRCQQIdQRO2-Cmzjh_qFH6FgDEHcbCoMRgdSA&gl=us&mra=prv&sll=40.229218,-123.530273&sspn=2.134568,3.433228&ie=UTF8&ll=38.332147,-123.046993&spn=0.002142,0.003353&z=18

Ashland Historic Railroad Museum.

Yaquina Bay Bridge, Dusk, Newport, Oregon.,0,37,0,1,0-oregon-coast-newport.html

The Oregon Coast Aquarium.,+Portland,+OR+97218+(Portland+International+Airport)&daddr=Seaside,+OR+to:Lincoln+City,+OR+to:Dunes+City,+OR+to:Coos+Bay,+OR+to:Brookings,+OR+to:Portland,+OR&hl=en&geocode=FTGMtwId9Z-x-CFQykmJplILhQ%3BFczMvQIdMhed-ClnZg62LGGTVDEi_RtU9AxkjQ%3BFdQBrgIdHaOb-Cl3vXYLdo3qVDFi6Cx9ag5TcQ%3BFaeanQIdVCea-Clb6RAwMNTDVDEN9ykRdxPDtA%3BFWW4lQId3pWY-CnhBGwcK4TDVDEpEsDdx_TXZw%3BFQOsgQIdspOX-CkXQ39SCKXaVDGfevQAYkezsQ%3BFfyhtgIdERyw-CkndKl9CwuVVDGRhdH25rk2HA&gl=us&mra=ls&sll=44.024422,-123.530273&sspn=3.925813,7.229004&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=6



Rail & Transit

Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation

Willamette Shore Trolley.

Oregon Electric Railway Museum.

Oregon Pacific Railroad

The Portland Aerial Tram is a convenient way to travel between Marquam Hill and the OHSU Center for Health & Healing at South Waterfront.

TriMet provides bus, light rail and commuter rail service in the Portland metro area. Our transportation options connect people with their community, while easing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution—making our region a better place to live.

Washington Park and Zoo Railway

“In Portland it’s almost like cars don’t exist, right? They ride bikes! They ride double-decker bikes! They ride unicycles! They ride trams, they ride skateboards!" — Carrie, Portlandia Carrie, the female protagonist of the comedy series Portlandia, has one thing right: in Portland, Oregon, it’s easy to get around without a car. Thanks to a commitment to transit-oriented development, environmental stewardship, and infrastructure investments, the second-largest city in the Pacific Northwest has developed an expansive, popular public transportation system. City-based transit ridership grew almost twice as fast as the population and three times faster than expansions in transit service between 1996 and 2006. Eighty-six percent of riders choose TriMet over driving, and transit ridership remains high throughout the week—even on weekends.

Your guide to a great green weekend in Portland.

street cars

things to see

Powell's book store


Sandstone formations in Goblin Valley State Park that are millions of years old create an eerie atmosphere in an area with great hiking and exploration potential.,0,4455209.story

Stepping back in time in Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Friends go on a classic American road trip through Utah, Colorado and New Mexico, with an emphasis on neon signs, midcentury charms and movie history.,0,6094611.story

HORSESHOE CANYON, Utah — In a remote arm of Canyonlands National Park, deep inside a warren of rock and sand, is one of the greatest and most mysterious collections of ancient art in North America. Towering, enigmatic pictographs, some more than 6,000 years old, stare down from stone walls, their meaning unknown yet their allure universal. This is Horseshoe Canyon, one of the loneliest places you're likely to find in this country, nestled amid southeast Utah's labyrinth of slickrock, arches and desert.,0,5292119.story

America’s Outback: Southern Utah.

In Utah, a treasure-trove of dinosaurs awaits. Moab, St. George and Provo are just a few of the prime prehistoric spots where ancient fossils are just part of the landscape.

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Flying Heritage Collection

Mexico's Copper Canyon railway

Mexico's Copper Canyon railway.

other places

New Orleans: Free walking tours that go beyond the French Quarter.,0,5007253.story

Bizarre and unusual destinations around the world.,0,1697008.photogallery

America's hidden gems: The 20 least-crowded national parks in 2009.,0,1882660.photogallery


American Stonehenge: Monumental Instructions for the Post-Apocalypse.

Stowell family adventures

Here are 29 spots for you to consider in 2009, selected by our Travel editors. We picked places near and far because they won't be crowded, they've become more accessible or there's a a compelling reason to go. So take a look--and happy travels.,0,6782196.special

Your six secret spots.,0,1342714.special

Overlooked attractions in the West. The region is full of overlooked gems, both wonderful and weird.

Encountering the Integratron in the Mojave Desert. Three sisters take over the dome in Landers, where therapeutic 'sound baths,' time travel and who knows what else are said to be possible.,0,6416796.story

The Official Center of the World, Felicity California