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California rains brought super bloom – and toxic invaders

Nonnative plants like carnation spurge and Volutaria are targeted by environmentally minded volunteers in Southern California wild areas, Santa Monica Mountains and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park near Borrego Springs. Heavy California rains caused colorful super blooms and “bad blooms” of invasive plants.


A guide to Paris for repeat visitors

"Where are the fan dancers?" I wondered aloud as I descended into a cave-like nightclub-cum-cabaret on the Left Bank. My friends and I sat down across from one another at a long table that spanned the rock-walled room. It was after midnight, and save for one other tipsy group, we had the place to ourselves.


New luxury at LAX

For all those celebrities and wealthy travelers who don't want to wade through the morass of paparazzi and regular passengers, a security company is debuting a unique LAX terminal with an exclusive entrance, luxury suites, well-stocked refrigerators, private bathrooms and even daybeds.


Albuquerque boasts plenty of sass and style

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – One of my fondest travel memories was of a trip I took with my grandparents on historic Route 66 from their home in Texas to California. One of our stops was Albuquerque, where my grandfather suggested dinner at La Placita Dining Rooms and Cantina in Old Town.


20 brilliant ways to save on summer travel

If you're planning to head out on a summer vacation this year, you're not alone. A 2017 AARP travel survey revealed that 99 percent of boomers intend to take at least one trip this year. And AAA said that more than a third of all Americans will embark on a family vacation in the next 12 months.


Travel deal: Rhode Island

The deal: Still planning a summer getaway? Consider Rhode Island, with its beaches, history and convenient Amtrak and ferry service. Homewood Suites by Hilton in Newport is perfectly situated to take advantage of the area's historic mansions, the breathtaking Newport Cliff Walk and getting out on the water.


Wellness springs eternal in Calistoga, Calif.

Old Faithful Geyser was showing off: spewing his endless stream of hot mineral water high into the blue sky. He is definitely the oldest "character" I met on a recent trip to Calistoga, Calif.: about several million years old, if you go way back to his humble geothermal beginnings deep underground. In the late 19th century he was released from his primordial prison and has reigned intermittently ever since. A friend and I sat and watched him for a while as we munched on a selection of take-out delicacies from Sushi Mambo. Not a bad way to begin a four-day immersion into the heart, soul and taste buds of this charming town.


Dramatic photos bring Sacramento couple's Everest wedding to life

James Sissom and Ashley Schmieder were married on March 16, 2017 at Mount Everest Base Camp. The couple from Sacramento is said to be the first to be wed in a gown and tuxedo there. Adventure photographer Charleton Churchill documented their journey.
Photos by Charleton Churchill Video produced by Jon Schultz. Music courtesy of Kevin MacLeod.
Dramatic photos bring Sacramento couple's Everest wedding to life 1:48

Dramatic photos bring Sacramento couple's Everest wedding to life

Snow turns Yosemite into a winter wonderland 2:47

Snow turns Yosemite into a winter wonderland

Packrafting the rivers and trails of Wyoming 1:44

Packrafting the rivers and trails of Wyoming

Beat the crowds at Yosemite 1:16

Beat the crowds at Yosemite