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Chase Sapphire lounge at LAX: What cardholders should know

While a swanky airport lounge can’t alleviate Los Angeles International Airport’s infamous curbside gridlock, it can make it become a more distant memory. The latest predeparture sanctuary that will land at LAX? It’s from a company best known for its bank branches. Chase announced on Thursday it will open a 9,234-square-foot Sapphire Lounge at Tom…

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A roadmap to cannabis tourism spots in Mendocino weed country

Mendocino County, Calif. —  As you drive through some of California’s most storied agricultural land, a few hours north of the Bay Area, you’ll zoom past fields full of plants straining under the weight of their almost-ready-to-harvest bounty. After checking into your boutique hotel, you’ll get to sample some of the local flavor and watch the…

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Tell us: What’s your favorite local L.A. campground?

In late November, I prepared myself for one of the most common pastimes of any nature-loving Californian. I got up early and trekked a dozen steps over to my laptop, where I quickly logged onto Recreation.gov to secure a campsite near Yosemite National Park — for Memorial Day weekend. It’s the kind of vacation that…

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Review: Replacing Splash Mountain, Disney’s Tiana’s Bayou Adventure shines

Bay Lake, Fla.  —  As we dip into the bayou, the scene before us feels a tad mystical, all glowing fireflies with hues of blue and purple seeping through the trees. While there’s a comfortably paced current carrying our log-carved vessels through the fantasy wetlands, what’s ultimately propelling us forward is the sound of music….

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Mojave Desert ghost town Amboy fights to survive on Route 66

AMBOY, Calif. —  It’s a Friday afternoon in mid-May and a Czech biker is eating an ice cream cone at the counter of a gas station along a desolate stretch of the Mojave Desert. Outside, his entourage crowds around a towering atomic-age sign for a group photo before speeding away along Route 66. A British couple…

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Parts of Kings Canyon National Park set to reopen after closure

A popular area in Kings Canyon National Park is reopening after a closure caused by flooding damage that lasted more than a year. Cedar Grove will reopen to the public Monday, the National Park Service announced. The area at the bottom of Kings Canyon has been closed to the public since floods during the winter…

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Mosquitoes can ruin a hike. Here’s how to stop them

The hoot of a great horned owl. The munching of a mule deer enjoying grass. The crunching of your feet on the sandy soil. To any hiker, these sounds enhance the joy of being outdoors. But the endorphin rush of a great trail can be blunted by the high-pitched buzz of a mosquito hovering around…

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The best West Coast travel spots, according to L.A. Times readers

Sometimes 101 is just too small a number. Many readers, having digested our new list of 101 best West Coast experiences, have stepped up to make the case for destinations we left out, from a country road in Malibu to a remote beach town on a Canadian island. We’ve gathered a sampling of them here….

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How Southern California piers, from Santa Barbara to San Diego, endure

Over and over again, they stretch out their spindly little matchstick fingers into the mighty Pacific, and over and over again, they get their knuckles rapped. Rapped, broken, burned, smashed to bits. And yet what do they do? They keep sending those fragile digits out into the ocean, like a middle finger defying the elements….

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California climbers use pioneering techniques to summit Mt. Everest

Graham Cooper rejoices after reaching the summit of Mt. Everest. (Alpenglow Expeditions) Sleeping with your head in a bag works. Graham Cooper and Adrian Ballinger, California mountaineers whose acclimatization for Mt. Everest included sleeping at home with their heads in hypoxic tents meant to mimic the agonies of extreme altitude, reached the world’s highest summit…

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