Southern California will soon be overcome by magical creatures and enchanting spells as the highly-anticipated “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” debuts at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7.
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Lake Havasu City may be the ultimate mixed metaphor — the home of a 187-year-old English bridge transported to a 38-year-old city on the eastern edge of the Mojave desert, where water sports reign supreme and 21st-century spring breakers love to party.
Oatman, Ariz., promises a fun, quirky time to visitors who go off the beaten path to get there.
Wildflower watchers across the Desert Southwest expect a very good blooming season for 2016, following an El Nino weather pattern that delivered fall and winter rains to much of the region. Gloomy January skies, snow in unusual places and cold nights have slowed plant growth in some areas, but that may just extend the season.
Bitter Spring Byway explores a region of rugged foothills and desert arroyos that seems remote from the sprawl of the urban Las Vegas Valley but actually lies not far to the north.
A veteran of the boom-and-bust cycles common to western mining towns, Calico ghost town thrives today as a popular San Bernardino County regional park near Barstow, Calif.
Valley of Fire State Park is a good destination during any season, but the cooler months are the most attractive time to visit this beautiful spot.
The Amargosa River, a strange desert stream that runs mostly underground, meanders 185 miles through the Mojave Desert.
There are 10 national parks, preserves and other recreational destinations maintained by the National Park Service that are located within an easy day's drive of Las Vegas.
JIGGS — This is what it's like to live in a town named after a century-old cartoon character, an isolated high-desert speck with a one-room schoolhouse and lots of Wild West history, a place still populated by cougars and mustangs if not the ghosts of long-gone cowboys.
You can fly to Elko for the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, but there are few or any direct flights so with flight times ranging from three and a half hours to 14, I opted for the overland route, a nearly seven-hour drive across some of the loneliest and most striking territory in the country.
One of Arizona's most popular ghost towns, Oatman thrives on tourism, welcoming crowds year-round.
Have you ever gone to a place so often that it becomes mundane? And then you return years later and rediscover why you went there in the first place?
One of the smallest parcels within the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service domain, the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a little-known oasis about an hour's drive from Las Vegas.
Nestled in the southern Sierra Nevada in California is Sequoia National Park, a 400-mile-or-so drive from Las Vegas, or about an hour-and-a-half drive from Fresno, Calif.
Gaze across some of the 3.4 million acres of Death Valley National Park and it's pretty obvious why a lost group of '49ers gave the valley its name. But if you know where to look, there's plenty of life in Death Valley.
TOKYO — 30 million passengers. By any airport's standards, that's a lot of people. A lot of bags to check in, mouths to feed and customers to keep happy.
Visitors will notice the Bay Area is in flux. They'll see a city struggling with growing pains, a booming food scene and the last years of some classic local institutions.
Arizona boasts plenty of attractions that contribute to a thriving tourism industry, including spectacular scenery, historic towns, museums and state and national parks. To bolster its appeal to visitors, the state has joined the national movement toward agri-tourism.
The Black Canyon. While it may bear a rather ominous name, the 12-mile stretch of cool water offers only the most adventurous voyagers passage to hidden caverns, otherworldly hot springs and secluded beaches.
Driving to Yellowstone National Park can result in a pretty long road trip. For families looking to give kids a chance to get out, play and stretch along the way, the "Real Pirates" exhibit at the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls and the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana, are two options.
Jerome, Arizona's liveliest ghost town, has turned the bust of its mining wealth into a boom of tourism income.
A logical halfway stopover on the long journey from Las Vegas to Denver, Grand Junction, Colo., is a worthy destination in its own right.
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