Mothership in South Park and the Space Pad in Oceanside

All aboard: Step inside two new spaceship-themed Tiki restaurant-bars

Tiki bars have been enjoying a revival for many years now, but the latest global Tiki trend is sci-fi fantasy/galactic bars that blend the tropical theme with out-of-this-world décor and drink concepts.

Wheelchair access, audio tours for vision-impaired visitors, and more

7 of the Best National Parks for Seniors

While the rugged, remote settings are a large part of the appeal of U.S. national parks, those same factors have made exploring them a challenge for seniors with limited mobility, sight, or hearing. H... Read more

Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the eastern seaboard

What To Know Before Catching The Cadillac Mountain Sunrise

Watching a spectacular sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain in southern Maine's Acadia National Park is a bucket-list trip for many travelers. Located on Mount Desert Island, it is, after all, the highest point on the eastern seaboard,... Read more

The most important meal of the day at the happiest place on Earth

The 14 Best Breakfasts At Walt Disney World

Did you know that Walt Disney World is home to many wonderful breakfast options? It's no surprise since you'll need fuel in the morning for visiting the parks and walking around all day.... Read more

Ready to enjoy the great outdoors with your significant other?

10 National Parks With The Most Romantic Views For Couples

National parks are often top the list of vacation destinations for families, friends, solo adventurers, and couples. There's no denying that there's truly something special, even romantic, about being in nature... Read more

Opened in 1893 as a train station, and now is a public market

10 Things To Find At Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market

When people contemplate visiting Philadelphia's treasures, they include historic sites and locations that continue to greet local residents and tourists. One among these hidden jewels is undoubtedly the Reading Terminal Market... Read more

From sharks to sea otters to octopus, over 100 aquatic exhibits

California's Largest Aquarium Might Be The Best Marine Experience Yet

With 100 exhibits and 12,000 animals, it's no wonder that the Aquarium of the Pacific attracts 1.7 million visitors each year. Located on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California, the aquarium is all ... Read more

The views are outstanding, as is the experience

Exclusive: San Diego’s Storied Hotel del Coronado Is Expanding With 75 Lavish Private Residences

Hollywood isn’t the only Cali locale with buildings that have graced the big screen. A little more than 120 miles south of Sunset, San Diego’s beachfront Hotel del Coronado has its own claim to cinematic fame.... Read more

Don't miss the fall foliage at these six national parks

The 6 Best U.S. National Parks to See Fall Foliage

One of the best parts of fall—aside from the arrival of "spooky season" and the return of pumpkin spice—is the beautiful foliage. There's nothing quite like heading outside and noticing autumn has emerged, with trees displaying vibrant shades of orange, red, and yellow.... Read more

You are going all that far, so get all that close

Where To Stay In San Diego For Easy Beach Access

“America’s Finest City” is a place of sun and sand, a destination where dreams come true. San Diego is visited by nearly 35 million people annually, proving that it’s more than just a place of travel ... Read more

An early influence for what became Disneyland

You can still visit the California amusement park that inspired Disneyland — here’s what it’s like today

A little-known but much-beloved amusement park in Oakland, California, pint-size Children’s Fairyland may have provided Walt Disney with some key inspiration for his Disneyland theme park... Read more

Can a pay-what-you-want cafe exist in a gentrified Gowanus?

What Urban Planners Can Learn From This Idealistic Coffee Shop

By any measure, the area around an industrial patch of Ninth Street in Brooklyn, straddling Park Slope and Gowanus, ought to emerge as an urbanist’s utopia — a space where painters, poets, craftsmen, professionals with artsy jobs... Read more

Disney travel experts share their favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World

12 Amazing Walt Disney World Restaurants According To Disney Travel Experts

Dreaming of dining at Disney? Our Disney travel experts weigh in on what’s worth your time and money on your next visit to The Happiest Place On Earth. When it comes to Disney restaurants, there is something for everyone. Kiddos love character dining, while Mom and Dad prefer fine/signature dining.... Read more

Here are some of the most underrated you should add to your travel list!

10 Most Underrated National Parks In The United States

Nearly every traveler has heard of the incredible US National Parks, from the Grand Canyon to Yosemite and Yellowstone, and many visitors to the US come especially for these natural wonders.... Read more

Family-style dining and vibrant views from Living with the Land

My family of 4 spent $200 on dinner at Garden Grill in Disney World, and it was totally worth it

Garden Grill is a restaurant in the Land Pavilion at Epcot. When I ate there as a child, I remember reveling in the amazing fact that the restaurant slowly rotates... Read more

Ride the famed Sugar Pine Railroad outside of Yosemite National Park

Explore Yosemite From The Famed Sugar Pine Railroad

Yosemite National Park has long been a popular destination for travelers to explore. Travelers have many ways to explore the park, but perhaps they should consider the opportunity to... Read more

La Cocina Mesa, which is Spanish for “the kitchen table.”

Couple's new La Cocina Mesa restaurant grew out of worker relief meal program during the pandemic

When the pandemic shut down Jennifer and Grant Gottesman’s three Carlsbad restaurants in March 2020, they were forced to furlough 140 workers... Read more

The amazing wonders you come across when you get out

What It’s Like to Paddle Solo to the Largest Island on the Largest Lake in the World

It started as an innocent, non-threatening lark. I would hike and paddle my way to the largest island on the largest lake on the largest island on the largest lake in the world... Read more

Luring choosy shoppers with a less picked-over selection

Tired of Shopping the Same Old Vintage? Try Newburgh.

While driving to hike in Goosepond Mountain State Park in Chester, N.Y., one Saturday... Read more

The artist Michael Heizer’s astonishing megasculpture is finally revealed

It Was a Mystery in the Desert for 50 Years

Nearly everything about Michael Heizer’s land art megasculpture called “City” can seem hard to fathom. That it’s a mile and a half long and nearly half a mile wide, smack in the middle of a remote stretch of the high Nevada desert... Read more

Snorkel and paddle among quizzical lobsters, baby sharks, green turtles...

Let Summer Live on with a Visit to Biscayne National Park

Tropical Storm Eta was closing in on southern Florida by the time I made it to Biscayne in November of 2020. A child of the Gulf Coast and no stranger to hurricanes, I gritted my teeth and laughed at ... Read more

The oldest continuously operating amusement park in the United States

Visiting America’s oldest theme park: Lake Compounce

Connecticut's Lake Compounce blends history with some modern rides as it tries to balance being America’s oldest continuously operated theme park with something that today’s “on-demand” generation will enjoy.

10 unforgettable experiences for first-time and repeat visitors

10 Things To Experience At Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

The Aulani Disney Resort and Spa is one of the popular destinations in Oahu, Hawaii. The hotel has something for everyone, regardless of their tastes. Kids, couples, families, groups, and solo vacationers will equally find this gem magical.... Read more

Music lovers will need to make a trip to San Diego sooner than later.

The Country’s Coolest New Concert Venue Is In California

Fans of live music and memorable venues should get ready to add another amphitheater to their bucketlists. Opened in August of 2021, The Rady Shell in San Diego has quickly established itself as one of the country’s coolest concert venues... Read more

You'll need a good meal before you start your adventures

The 6 Best Restaurants Within National Parks

Exploring a U.S. national park is bound to be action-packed, even if you aren't tackling all of the hiking trails or climbing the highest peaks. There's so much more that these national parks offer... Read more

This one-of-a-kind roller coaster is an action-packed, 56-second rocky mountain adventure

Defiance Roller Coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Are you ready to defy gravity? The Defiance Roller Coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is OPEN!... Read more

Based on the California palate, which is middle Eastern, Southern European

San Diego's Cucina Urbana founder makes a culinary pivot: She will open a Jewish deli this month - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Trailblazing restaurateur Tracy Borkum, known for her portfolio of California Italian eateries, is introducing Gold Finch, her modern take on the Jewish deli

These four shops go beyond the basic drink

4 Extraordinary Boba Shops to Know in Southern California

It’s hard to count how many shops in Los Angeles and Orange County serve boba, but the number has to be in the hundreds, if not the thousands. With so many places to get the coveted drink, it’s often ... Read more

Zen-like gardens and chill vibes, perfect for outdoor drinking and dining

5 standout places to eat and drink outside in San Francisco

To prepare for San Francisco's sunny days following summer's end, SFGATE's food team went in search of the city's most inviting patios to soak up the sun, while also enjoying a few cold ones.

Do you crave pancakes, waffles, omelets, pastries? All?

5 Standout Breakfast Spots to Try in Metro Phoenix

Our food writers have been on the breakfast beat for a few months now. We've been scoping out the scene of a.m. eats here in the Valley, dishing on non-obvious places where you can start the day right... Read more

More than 550 paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs

Always a collector, Cheech Marin brings his art to Riverside

Growing up, Cheech Marin was always a collector. It started with marbles. Later on, it was baseball cards, then eventually stamps. Now, at 75, he’s collected enough art to fill an entire museum.... Read more

Take a serene tour of a stunning place

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA in 4K Ultra HD

Capitol Reef National Park is one of the many jewels of Southern Utah. It has incredible geological variety and mesmerizing desert scenery, it is rich to rock formations, domes, mesas, monolyths, arches, hiking trails.

It’s a rum-fueled tropical escape perfect for this chilly winter

Winter warm-up: 5 new Bay Area tiki bars are adding a splash of innovation

As the modern tiki bar revival continues its colorful spread across the Bay Area, it brings bright cocktails and island vibes inspired by Donn Beach and Oakland’s own Victor Bergeron to pandemic patrons from San Jose to Oakland and Napa.

Raise a glass in the shadow of the Hollywood Hills at these glamorous bars

The 26 Best Rooftops in Los Angeles to Enjoy a Cocktail and a View

Los Angeles is internationally renowned for its iconic entertainment scene, diverse cuisine, and sublime weather–so why not combine all three of these assets into one of the most enjoyed pastimes for Angelenos and visitors alike at a trendy rooftop bar?... Read more

Recommendations for the classics and newcomers for the S.D. morning scene

40 Places to Brunch Like You Mean It

Whether you’re coming off a late night out or an early morning hike, the remedy to your cravings is served between 10 and 2, on the weekends, with bottomless bloody marys or coffee. Here are over 40 o... Read more

New rides, new experiences, & still a place for kids to bring their adults

First Look at California's The Lego Movie World

Karma mocks parents who try to comfort their children before a theme park ride. Woe unto any dad or mom who attempts to convince their wide-eyed child that "nothing's going to go wrong" when the number-one trope in the theme park industry is "...and then everything goes horribly wrong."

We're making #hotpotsummer a thing

6 Hot Pots to Eat Next and How to Order Them

’Tis the season to beat the heat, and there’s no better way than to fight fire with fire, by eating hot food on a hot day! Whether the heat comes from the spice, temperature, or both, consuming food that makes you sweat has been scientifically proven to cool the body down more than a bowl of ice cream (although we won’t say no to that, either).... Read more

From subtropical species to succulents, botanical gardens offer floral fun

Best Botanical Gardens In The U.S.

TravelAwaits readers voted in our 2021 Best of Travel Awards to help us determine everything from the best beaches to the friendliest small towns. Our readers have spoken. Here are the best botanical gardens in the United States.

20,000 sqft social hangout features a bar, coffee shop, lawn games and more

A massive dog - and dog owner - paradise is opening in San Diego

San Diego dog owners are getting a sprawling social destination to take their pets — and the spot is unlike any other dog park or party place in the city. The new 20,000 square-foot business is called The Dog Society and it’s built for the enjoyment of both dogs and their humans.... Read more

From New England to the Pacific NW, design-forward beach escapes

These 10 Coastal Hotels Ooze Made-in-America Charm

Jumping the waves. Lobster roll picnics at the beach. Sunset boating. For many, nothing says summer like being on the water. As life pivots to something resembling normalcy, it’s time to tap into old-fashioned on-the-shore fun at some of America’s top coastal retreats.

Sometimes the best places to get food are the least assuming

Tony Hawk and a Line Cook Tour Hidden Burger Gems

Sometimes the best burgers are in the places where you least expect to find them. On today’s treasure hunt, skate legend Tony Hawk, Alvin Cailan, and Alvin's line cook, Christian Alquiza, are gonna tour some hidden gems of the burger world.... Read more

From stone-fruit panna cotta to crackling roast pork, new dining options

The Most Exciting Place to Eat in Los Angeles Is Chinatown

The zong are treasures, wrapped in bamboo leaves and tucked in the fridge at Pearl River Deli. Warm them up, and each parcel goes tender, the sticky rice shining with a sweet, delicious fat that filters through a cache of Chinese sausage, dried shrimp, mung beans, peanuts and salted egg yolk.... Read more

You have been ordered to assemble at the Avengers Campus!

Disney’s Avengers Theme Park Is Nerdy in the Mighty Marvel Manner

The Walt Disney Company’s latest theme park creation opens Friday at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California and every corner of it is filled with winks and nods to all things Marvel. But the film, TV, and theme park giant’s new “Avengers Campus” won me over when I saw the Lego Death Star.

From beers in a Baltimore church to Negronis at noon in San Diego

The Best Bars in America, 2021

On April fifteenth, at 8:42 p.m., I had a drink. Not on Zoom. Not alone on my couch. Not outside, under a heat lamp. Nope. Inside, on a stool, at the actual, physical bar. For the first time in more than a year. To sit shoulder to shoulder with friends again, chatting with the bartender about esoteric spirits, hearing the laughter of strangers—it felt new and raw.... Read more

From beach, to desert, to Africa (sort of), to being on a lake & farm

The Best Day Trips from LA When You Need to Escape

If your neighborhood bubble isn’t cutting it anymore and you’re itching for a getaway that won’t take an overnight, there are no shortage of day trips from Los Angeles! From beachside boardwalks to aerial trams, LA’s got plenty of great destinations that you can visit—and still get back home by bedtime. Read on for the best day trips from Los Angeles.

In the age of Amazon and e-books, independent bookstores remain important

Inside the World’s Most Beloved Independent Bookstores

Is there any more pleasant way to while away an afternoon than browsing the shelves of an independent bookstore and adding a few new finds to your to-be-read pile? Throughout history, bookstores have been more than places to pick up the latest title: They are places to meet, to learn, and to plan social revolutions.... Read more

An RV family of five touring the U.S. looking for great places to visit

10 BEST UNDERRATED National Parks in the USA

With so many beautiful national parks in the USA, its hard to make a bucket list of favorites. After traveling Americas lower 48 states and national parks, we have decided to share this list of amazing and underrated National Parks.

Named after European mineral waters, a very water oriented town

Visiting Carlsbad with kids: why Carlsbad California is perfect for a family vacation

One of our favorite beach destinations for families in California is the delightful city of Carlsbad. A laid-back village on the fabulous Pacific Coast, Carlsbad is located just to the north of San Diego. It ... Read more

3 themes: volcanoes, Sierras splendor and Michelin stars

Three World-Class Northern California Road Trips for When You’re Ready to Leave SF

There’s a happy medium between isolation and a mosh pit — and while we eagerly anticipate the return of the latter, we’re more about that middle point right now, especially as it relates to travel. We’re still going to be taking a pass on those middle seats for a bit. Mea... Read more

One of the earliest made dairy products - does that make it G.O.A.T.?

The untold story of the woman who changed California goat cheese forever

Forty years ago, the U.S. was a goat cheese wasteland. Outside of Europe, goat cheese — not to mention goat milk, goat kefir, and goat yogurt — simply didn’t exist. But in 1978, a small farm in Sebastopol and its owner, Jennifer Bice, changed everything.

Europe surrounds us in L.A.. But not all Euro substitutes are created equal

When L.A. impersonates Europe: We rank 21 local places

How wanderlusty are we getting in Southern California, while debate flares over Europe’s readiness for American tourists? Well, I’m sitting at home trying to decide which continental stand-in made me happier, a croque monsieur in Los Feliz or a gondola ride in Long Beach.

Is the Left Coast the best coast for public golf?

Top 100 courses trip planner: 5 incredible West Coast golf trips

Golf can be seriously private, but GOLF’s list of Top 100 Courses You Can Play is not. This year, our expert group of course raters sat down with a simple goal: to build a list of the greatest courses you (yes, you) can tee it up at in a moment’s notice. The... Read more

Let’s get ready to mangia!

15 of the Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.

Are you craving some hand-made pasta, a bottle of Barolo, and maybe a little tiramisu to cap it all off? Luckily, you don’t have to go all the way to Italy in order to sample some of this exquisite cuisine. The United States is home to some incredible Italian restaurants where all you need is one bite to transport you from Bologna to Sicily.

Take a dip like never before in one of these sweeping swimming pools

Take a Look at the 7 Biggest Hotel Pools in America

Planning a wedding and organizing a vacation share few commonalities, but both processes start at the same place: the venue, which, more often than not, is a hotel. After all, hotels—whether they're in the middle of the Pacific or a bustling city—are like giant playgrounds for adults with plenty of activities on offer. One ... Read more

Less-crowded but not less beautiful, and worthy of a visit

9 Underrated National Parks You Should Visit in 2021

With 63 U.S. national parks spanning a variety of ecosystems, the U.S. National Park System offers seemingly endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Yet most visitors tend to gravitate toward our most iconic and well-known ones. In 2... Read more

From a mountain lodge in Yosemite to a resort in glowing expanse of desert

Three World-Class Southern California Road Trips for When You’re Ready to Leave LA

Only a few hours down the highway from coastal havens, mountains, and deserts, LA is just close enough to the wilderness to make things interesting. And never has a road trip been more appealing than durin... Read more

With a nickname of "Midway Magic", this ship has a lot of stories

A Look Inside the USS Midway

Take a look inside the longest running aircraft carrier of the 20th century, the USS Midway CV-41. This retired aircraft carrier is now a ship museum located in San Diego, CA.

These are the must-eat, must-drink menu items to try

8 Iconic San Francisco Eats (and Drinks) That Every Visitor Needs to Try

As the song goes, "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair." We're going to amend that statement to say that you should also be sure to bring some stretchy pants. That's because San Francisco is a culinary mecca on par with some of the greatest cities in the world. From... Read more

They built a second speakeasy even deeper into the guts of the building

First Look: Neighborhood/Noble Experiment/Youngblood

“Economically, it’s a completely irrational move,” says Arsalun Tafazoli. “We actually shrunk it.” He gutted Neighborhood, where it all started. He spent far too much money on a softcore carpet from Paris. One ... Read more

Each national park features at least one iconic lodge

Four seasons, four stunning national parks

If ever there stood a testament to the resurgent popularity of America’s national parks, it might be found in the two-hour-long spring break line of vehicles stretching outside the Grand Canyon’s South Rim entrance. For ... Read more

Five Vegas Golden Knights players open a restaurant

Wolfgang Puck Players Locker lights the lamp in Downtown Summerlin

The upscale “sports restaurant” (don’t call it a sports bar) offers a classy take on the practice of eating and drinking while watching feats of athleticism. Televisions, famed Knights sweaters and bl... Read more

It's hard to argue against a massive tub of pulled pork, sauce and a fork

The LAist BBQpedia: An In-Depth Guide To LA's Many Varieties of Barbecue And Where To Find Them — Vol. 1

About halfway through the episode of Chef's Table: BBQ about Tootsie Tomanetz of the legendary Snow's BBQ, Daniel Vaughn, Barbecue Editor at Texas Monthly, says, "In Texas barbecue, the pitmasters are willing to tell you everything that they do to the meat, and then they'll sit back and be like, 'Well, good luck.'" It's ... Read more

It's no sin to stay at a brand new resort

Coming Soon: Las Vegas Strip Gets First New Resort in a Decade

The Las Vegas Strip is poised to get its first new resort in over a decade when the doors of the $4.3 billion Resorts World Las Vegas open on June 24. The 3,500-key resort, part of Hilton Honors, promises more than 40 food and drink choices that range from food-truc... Read more

A treasure trove of natural wonders

7 Fantastic East Coast National Parks to visit with kids for a perfect family getaway

East Coast National Parks for kids perfect for an East Coast family vacation in some of the US most beautiful spots.

signature combination of state-of-the-art games and cuisine

North Austin racks up hip new bowling alley and entertainment center

A Dallas-based group is hoping to bowl Austin over with its signature combination of state-of-the-art games and chef-inspired cuisine. Pinstack, a popular metroplex entertainment concept with location... Read more

Being Hawaiʻi, you may need to island hop some, but the rewards are great

The 5 Best National Parks in Hawaiʻi in 2021

Hawaiʻi boasts nine national parks, from the site of an attack that launched the U.S. into World War II to areas sacred to Native Hawaiians. These important sites are great places for visitors to explore and learn more about Hawaiʻi’s unique history and culture. (And it’s great week to do it—it’s National Park Week!) Here are the Top 5 national parks in the Hawaiian Islands in 2... Read more

Sometimes you don't want to ruff your accommodations - stay here

National Parks With Dog-Friendly Cabins

Is visiting a national park with Fido on your bucket list? Many of our national parks can seem a bit dog-unfriendly at first glance due to restrictions implemented to protect undisturbed natural areas, wildlife, and park visitors. Pets are generally allowed in developed areas, some campgrounds and l... Read more

Considered a form of agritourism, giving city folk a taste of the country

Dude Ranches Offer an Oasis of Western Tradition in a Turbulent World

An hour and a half south from Bozeman, Mont., surrounded by millions of acres of national forest, Nine Quarter Circle Ranch has endured for more than a century. First homesteaded in the 1890s as a working cattle farm, it joined a growing number of properties across the West when, in 1912, it welcomed its first guest. It’s... Read more

The Experience at Farmlinks is a destination course like no other

The World-Class Golf Course Where Greenskeepers Go to Sample New Products

Alabama has a long golf tradition, boasting 11 courses created by famed architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. across the state. But there’s one course in particular, near the rural town of Sylacauga, that should be added to any golfer’s wish list.

NYC romantic spots ripe for love and impending marriage

The 10 best places in NYC to propose

Some people think Valentine’s Day is a good day for a proposal, but those people are wrong. Valentine’s Day is a holiday that belongs to Hallmark, but the day you propose is one that belongs to you, w... Read more

Once belonged to a Hawaiʻi heiress is well worth visiting

New and Notable Reasons to Visit Doris Duke's Shangri La Estate

Nestled on the slopes of Oʻahu’s famous Diamond Head is an unexpected and opulent treasure: the estate-turned-museum of billionaire American heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke, once dubbed “the ric... Read more

Can you love Nashville if you're not a country music fan?

Why Nashville is the noisiest city in the US

Broadway at sundown. No, not that Broadway – I mean the one screaming through the centre of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. I’m standing on the second-floor balcony of the bombastic, three-level Honky ... Read more

Plenty of delights on a weekend jaunt around Pacific NW

Find Wine, Whales, and Water Adventures in Washington’s Scenic Puget Sound

There’s no denying the natural beauty of Washington’s Puget Sound region, with its serene waters and lush evergreen forests against the backdrop of towering mountains freshly dusted with snow. As Seat... Read more

Robynne Maii's hometown favorites

9 Restaurants You Have to Try in Honolulu

Honolulu-born chef Robynne Maii opened her first restaurant Fête, along with her husband Chuck Bussler, in 2015. Over the past five years, Fête’s approach to seasonal New American cuisine (think: meye... Read more

The strangest place in San Francisco to eat

Sail on, Silver Girl

Everything at the Silver Crest Donut Shop is out of order: the bathroom, the other bathroom, and the jukebox. Even the mini-jukeboxes on the counter have napkins stuffed in the coin slots. If you need... Read more