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Where black history was made in California

Black History Month provides a good opportunity to explore the places where African Americans advocated for self-determination and the protection of their rights around California.

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Born to be wild (flowers): Three springtime delights in the desert

If spring wildflowers were people, they'd be a carefree lot, free spirits who don't set their alarm clocks and never check email. They'd toss their colorful heads with a mischievous catch-me-if-you-can dare, living by the seats of their pants. If they had pants. But they don't. They're flowers, born to be wild and au so naturel.

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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: : Carnival's new Vista is pure fun

The T-shirt reads "Free Hugs," and the man wearing it, Cruise Director Matt, is in the midst of a massive group squeeze while simultaneously snapping a selfie. Out on the Lido deck, a towel animal flash mob congregates poolside. In the Liquid Lounge, a giant envelope perched on a tripod and emblazoned with the word, "CLUE," rolls in - and dozens of amateur sleuths lean forward.

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6 apps that can bring pampering services straight to your hotel room

Like sock hops and soda fountains, house calls seem charmingly old-fashioned. Yet the rise of on-demand smartphone technology has brought the practice back in a big way. Now you can summon not only medical practitioners, but also an army of hair, makeup and wellness pros with just a few quick taps and swipes. Apps that bring these services to users are perfect for guests at hotels that might not have such amenities, but they are also enticing to luxury hotel guests, too - many high-end properties are teaming up with these companies to enhance guests' stays. So when you're on the road, and popping into your usual nail spa or hair salon isn't an option, consider transforming your short-term home into a full-on hotel-room haven.

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Catch cruise deals during 'wave season'

Never heard of wave season? The "calendar phenomenon," as one cruise industry executive calls it, is that sweet spot when cruise lines announce their best and broadest offers. Free air. Cabin upgrades. Discounted cruise fares. And heads up, cruisers, because it's happening right now.

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Packrafting the rivers and trails of Wyoming

A new sport called packrafting is transforming backcountry travel, allowing adventurers to carry compact inflatable rafts on the trail.
Brad Branan bbranan@sacbee.com
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

Immersed in beauty in the Japanese Tea Garden 1:02

Immersed in beauty in the Japanese Tea Garden

It's time to play in Golden Gate Park 0:59

It's time to play in Golden Gate Park