Escape LA: Red Rock Canyon and Trona Pinnacles

Like an another planet: Trona Pinnacles, outside LA

More Escape LA, from Melissa Curtin: 48 hours in Ojai, California With gas prices so low, now is the time to take an LA road trip. If you find yourself needing an escape from the craziness of La-La Land, hop in your car, drive a few hours and spend the day hiking in Red Rock Canyon. […]

Attending the 57th Annual GRAMMYS with Hilton Hotels

Beverly Hilton GRAMMYS red carpet

If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter then you know my wife Natalie and I were fortunate enough to be guests of Hilton Hotels to experience the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night. Hilton invited us to help spread the word about their Hilton@PLAY call to action, which is inspiring and encouraging people to seek out the unfamiliar […]

Travel Video of the Week: Los Angeles Supermoon Timelapse

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I’ve been back in Los Angeles for the past 10 days and already I’ve been reminded why it’s one of my favorite cities in the world, and why I call it home. Here’s a new Los Angeles timelapse of the city and the recent supermoon from the TimeLAX team of RalphGM & RandyFX that might […]

15 Reasons to Stay in Long Beach When Visiting Southern California

Aquarium of the Pacific

Approximately 22 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, CA has spent a lot of time in LA’s shadow—but it has a whole lot to offer in its own right. Here are 15 reasons to stay in Long Beach—instead of LA proper—on your next visit to the area: 1. Long Beach has its own airport and is […]

Hakkasan Beverly Hills

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Restaurant: Hakkasan Beverly Hills Where: 233 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-888-8661 The concept: Originally opened in London in 2001, Hakkasan is now known the world over, from Miami to Mumbai, from San Francisco to Shanghai. And recently, Hakassan threw open its doors in Los Angeles. At Hakkasan Beverly Hills, modern Cantonese cuisine […]

L.A. LIVE Opens the Courtyard and Residence Inn

Residence Inn L.A. LIVE

On July 1, 2014 the city of Los Angeles opened the Courtyard and Residence Inn L.A. LIVE—a unique two-in-one hotel that brings a new punch to the Los Angeles hotel scene. It’s directly across the street from the J.W. Marriott and the Ritz-Carton, another two-in-one hotel. The Courtyard has 174 rooms and the Residence Inn […]

Travel Contests: Week of June 25, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines

This week’s travel includes: Win 120,000 HawaiianMiles plus a two-night stay at The Modern Honolulu! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win two tickets to Rio de Janeiro from TAM Airlines Win a trip for two to Los Angeles from Travel Channel Win a trip for two to Montreal from Tourisme Montreal Win a 6-night Kenya safari from The Explorateur […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Leave Extra Time Getting to LAX

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Leave Extra Time Getting to LAX I’ve warned you about construction delays this summer at Newark and San Francisco airports. Well, it gets worse, and now, you can add LAX to the list of airports undergoing major renovations. Fortunately, the projects at LAX (which you can read more about here) are really only going to affect travelers […]