Ultimate Travel Guide 2010

Ultimate Travel Guide 2010

California
From its parks to its beaches, we bring you the Golden State in all its glory.

San Francisco vs. San Diego: Which is the better getaway?

January 31, 2010

San Francisco vs. San Diego: Which is the better getaway?

Every year, millions of people find themselves craving a vacation from greater Los Angeles. Many of these people don't want to cross state lines or climb mountains or contend with deserts, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, redwoods, Gold Country or Mickey Mouse. Which leaves them facing this question: San Francisco or San Diego?

Inner Julia Child, please come out now

January 31, 2010

Inner Julia Child, please come out now

Until recently, the closest thing I'd come to a cooking class was watching the demo station at Trader Joe's. After seeing "Julie & Julia," I felt inspired to get in touch with my inner Julia Child. But who has the time and money to fly to Paris and study at Le Cordon Bleu?

Hollywood discovered Guadalupe Dunes decades ago

January 27, 2010

Hollywood discovered Guadalupe Dunes decades ago

Beneath untold tons of sands, the ancient Egyptian city is no longer intact. But what remains is in good condition. Shielded from the elements by burial, the once-towering monuments to the pharaohs continue to reveal themselves bit by bit.

San Francisco's Presidio snaps to attention

January 27, 2010

San Francisco's Presidio snaps to attention

For any San Franciscan worth his salt, the 1,491-acre wooded site known as the Presidio -- and its fate -- has been part of their lives for decades. In 2001, when the park changed hands from the U.S. Army -- under whose care it had rested for 148 years -- to the national park system, speculation and rumors about its future swirled.

San Francisco's flower power days

January 31, 2010

TRAVEL

San Francisco's flower power days

It's a bittersweet experience, chasing down hippie history in San Francisco. But at least the geography is simple.

San Diego's naval side

January 31, 2010

CALIFORNIA

San Diego's naval side

Since World War I, the Navy has been big in San Diego -- so big, in fact, that locals and tourists alike tend to take it for granted. But the Navy's footprint here is well worth examining.

Brides could be walking down the vineyard aisle

January 31, 2010

Brides could be walking down the vineyard aisle

More wedding bells could ring at Napa Valley wineries after a tough economic year that has some saying yes to a proposal to revise rules banning most vineyard vows.

California's national parks and scenic sites

January 31, 2010

California's national parks and scenic sites

Find out about historic and scenic sites as well as programs, fees and directions to California's national parks, monuments and recreation areas:

So many wineries, so little time

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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CALIFORNIA

So many wineries, so little time

Even if you spit, hire a designated driver and plan your route with the efficiency of a mom navigating Costco, there are only so many wineries you can visit in a day. Which is a problem in California, home to nearly 3,000 wineries. Most of them make terrific wine. And most of them are willing to pour you a taste.

Budget-friendly weekend escapes

January 31, 2010

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Budget-friendly weekend escapes

Want to travel more but spend less in 2010? It's not wishful thinking. If a cruise or a European tour isn't in the cards, you can tap the recreational resources of our local region, rich with natural wonders and diversity.

Cruising
We give you everything you need to know about cruising, including trends in 2010, a look at the world's largest cruise ship and ways to save money on your cruise.

Oasis of the Seas: Does size really matter?

January 24, 2010

Oasis of the Seas: Does size really matter?

"Wait'll you see the ship!" Myra, the Royal Caribbean check-in agent, gushed as I prepared to board the Oasis of the Seas. "We're going to have to pull you off by the teeth on Saturday."

Likes and dislikes about Oasis of the Seas

January 24, 2010

Likes and dislikes about Oasis of the Seas

This was not my first cruise, but it was my first on Royal Caribbean. Some RC regulars grumbled that the company has cut back. There were no bedtime chocolates on pillows, and there's a $3.95 charge for room service between midnight and 5 a.m. (This was done to curtail waste, one of the food staff members said. "People were ordering stuff they didn't eat.") In the bars, there were no complimentary hors d'oeuvres, only peanuts -- if you were lucky.

Victoria is latest queen in Cunard's lineage

January 24, 2010

Victoria is latest queen in Cunard's lineage

The rising sun peeked under red-orange clouds splayed over the Caribbean port of Cristóbal and backlighted the small armada of ships anchored there, waiting their turn at the Panama Canal. Cups of cappuccino in hand, my wife, Laurel, and I stepped out on the veranda of our cabin aboard Cunard Line's Queen Victoria, two weeks into its 2009 world cruise from Southampton, England.

The repositioning cruise fare game

January 24, 2010

The repositioning cruise fare game

Without too much effort, even a novice can snare a great fare on a one-way repositioning cruise.

Getting into shipshape on a macrobiotic cruise

January 24, 2010

Getting into shipshape on a macrobiotic cruise

Recently, a kid named Sandy Pukel, whom I haven't seen since high school, tracked me down through Facebook. Turns out he is no longer a kid (surprise!); in fact, he is a health food guru, and he mentioned he was running his annual Holistic Holiday at Sea vegan cruise to the Caribbean.

Cruises that fit the (modest) bill

January 24, 2010

Repositioning cruises fit the (modest) bill

Colin Markland relishes the feel of an ocean breeze as it musses his white hair. The 80-year-old retired doctor lives in Charleston, S.C., not far from his beloved Atlantic Ocean, a sea he has crossed by ship more times than he can remember.

Water, water everywhere on Oasis' deck

January 24, 2010

Water, water everywhere on Oasis' deck

"Think of bouncing up and down in the back of the school bus," Scott Butler says. "Now think of 135,000 gallons of water bouncing up from a tank at the back of a ship that's a quarter-mile long. Even seas that don't seem that rough at all can send water jumping out onto the deck."

Oasis of the Seas' food options

January 24, 2010

Oasis of the Seas' food options

When Oasis of the Seas is sailing at capacity, the food staff will prepare about 35,000 meals a day, from pizza and burgers to the $75 multicourse dinner at the exclusive Chef's Table.

January 24, 2010

CRUISES

First-timer finds that there might be something to this

When a trusted friend told me she loved her last cruise, my curiosity piqued. After all, she lives in a downtown loft and knows her Claret from her Cabernet. Still, I could hardly believe she willingly boarded (more than once) one of those vessels built for thousands.

January 24, 2010

Once around the British Isles

Invaders have long stormed Britain's shores from ships. Now, increasing numbers are storming ashore -- waving wallets instead of swords -- from cruise ships.

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