Parlour Cars Removed From Amtrak’s Coast Starlight Train

Travelers who are looking for a unique way to experience the Pacific Coast may want to consider taking Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train. Despite the fact that this train no longer has parlour cars because of the high maintenance cost, the spectacular views along the way will amaze travelers.

Riders can choose to ride the train from Seattle to Los Angeles or from Los Angeles to Seattle. The train runs on a daily basis. They can also choose to stop at numerous points along the way. For example, bikers and white water rafters may want to consider adding a stop in Klamath Falls, Oregon and Dunsmuir, California. This is also a great area for a hike.Additionally, the train will pass along high rocky coastline along the Pacific Ocean, through the Cascade Mountains on its 30-hour journey. Riders can enjoy views of San Francisco Bay, Puget Sound and Mount Rainier.

A park ranger will board the train as it passes through Klondike Goldrush National Historical Park in Seattle or Portland, Oregon, to teach riders about the exciting history that happened there. Another park ranger will get on the train as it passes along the Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail.

This train is equipped with sleeping and dining cars. Those who choose to upgrade to business class can enjoy a complimentary wine and cheese event.

This trip that is usually priced at $180 when booked in advance often goes on sale making it a great way to explore the area without having to worry about traffic.

New Culinary Cruise Inspired by Mexican Cuisine

Princess Cruises has announced that its fourth Culinary Cruise will depart Los Angeles on March 22. The cruise theme this year will be local cuisine from Mexico and California. The company’s Ruby Princess will sail down the coast from Los Angeles on a four-day trip, serving various types of Mexican food to its hungry passengers.

Bill Esparza, a food writer for Los Angeles Magazine, is hosting the cruise. Esparza’s family hails from Aguascalientes, Mexico, and he has traveled throughout Latin America, studying and sampling local foods. He recently released his first book, L.A. Mexicano: Recipes, People and Places, an account of Mexican food in Los Angeles.

Chef Sabina Bandera, known as Mexico’s Street Food Queen, will also take part in the cruise. The proprietor of the La Guerrerense food stand in Ensenada, Mexico, Bandera has achieved recognition for her famous ceviche, attracting chefs like Anthony Bourdain and celebrities like Alejandro Fernández and Dita Von Teese.

Bandera will be joined in the kitchen by Carlos Salgado, the executive chef at the Taco María in Costa Mesa, California. Salgado specializes in Mexican-American cuisine and has won many awards for his dishes, including a 2015 Best Chef Award from Food & Wine.

During the four-day cruise, the chefs will provide cooking demonstrations for passengers. For those who are more interested in relaxing with a beverage, the cruise will offer bartending classes and tequila tastings. Passengers can also view films on the ship’s outdoor movie theater and play miniature golf on the ship’s putting green.

Disneyland’s Pixar Pier Opening Date Announced

At the Japan D23 Expo, Disney representatives announced that Pixar Pier is scheduled to open June 23rd of this year. The opening coincides with Pixar Fest, a park-wide celebration starting April 13th.

The area that was once known as Paradise Pier is in the process of being reimagined in order to immerse guests into the world of their favorite Pixar characters. This is just one of the many changes that has been made to Disney’s California Adventure park in recent years. The park is home to the popular Cars Land, which is also based off the Pixar movie.

Pixar Pier will include four mini lands, or neighborhoods. The Toy Story neighborhood will include the pre-existing Toy Story Midway Mania. The Inside Out neighborhood will offer a brand new attraction, which is set to open after the rest of Pixar Pier. Another neighborhood will include Mickey’s Fun Wheel. It was rumored that the iconic Mickey face would be replaced with the Luxo Jr. ball, but Disney has confirmed that Mickey will remain. Instead, the gondolas of the Wheel will be redesigned to include a variety of Pixar characters.

The E-ticket attraction of Pixar Pier will be the Incredicoaster. The high-speed ride will transport guests into the story of babysitting Jack-Jack and the chaos that ensues. Pixar Pier opens a few weeks before Incredibles 2 hits movie theaters on June 15th.

Travel to the US West Coast

There is a lot to see from travel to the West Coast of the USA, including California and other places like Las Vegas- etc. You can go to Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm in California. Also there is Sea World and Universal Studios- so there are plenty of attractions in Southern California. The weather is good, and the area is travelable, espcially via driving.

In Northern California there is also a lot to see, such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and other attractions. Alcatraz and the San Francisco Area area interesting, it is a nice area especially for tourists. California in particular is very drivable and additionally the drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco is nice. San Francisco and Northern California also have Napa Valley wine country and this is a great area to visit wine tasting events.

The drive across California is nice and you can also drive to the Sierra Nevada mountains for things like winter sports and sight seeing. Finally you can drive (or fly) from California such as San Francisco or LA to Las Vegas to see the sights. The Las Vegas strip is world famous and there is plenty of entertainment there. Nevada is also an interesting place and Hoover Dam is also an attraction to see locally.

All in all travelling to the USA west coast is fun and there are plenty of sites such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Three Places to Drink This Weekend in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is perhaps California’s premier destination for wine and spirits, and the Los Angeles bar scene is a crowded and exciting landscape. It can be hard to keep up with all of the openings and changes with L.A. bars and breweries. Luckily, Eater Los Angeles has come out with a list of bars to try this weekend.

The first bar on the list is The Normandie Club, described as a moody, laid-back lounge with retro R&B cuts playing quietly over expansive, dark booths. This would be an excellent spot for a large group looking to kick their feet up and enjoy the hip vibes.

The second bar on this list is The Woods, a casual hang-out spot in an unassuming strip mall in the outskirts of Hollywood, Los Angeles. While the majority of Hollywood bars fall prey to “upscale cocktails and fancy trappings (or worse, slushy touristy drinks)” the author laments, The Woods is a refreshing and eclectic surprise, full of eccentric characters and charming decor. The drinks are strong and the patrons are fascinating.

The third and final bar on the list is located in historic Koreatown, a well-known drinking and cultural hot-spot in Los Angeles. HMS Bounty is a Koreatown bar with a long history and a nautical theme, complete with matching decor. This bar features the “Wise-man Special” Cocktail, a can of Tecate and a shot of booze. Order one of these with a friend and try to grab a dusty, moldy booth in the back.

Is Traveling to Los Angeles Safe During the Wildfires?

The wildfires that are currently raging in the Los Angeles area have been going on for weeks. They have destroyed many homes and acres of wilderness. You might be thinking about going to Los Angeles on vacation. If this is the case, you might be concerned about your safety. There have been more than 200,000 people who have been forced to evacuate the area. Many of these people had no choice because there was a mandatory evacuation order given by local police. A state of emergency was officially declared by California governor Jerry Brown.

The reality is that it is still safe to travel to Los Angeles at the present time. There have been no messages on Twitter from the LAX airport about the wildfires. Likewise, the Long Beach Airport has not taken to social media to warn travelers about the wildfires. Therefore, it is safe to assume that you will be able to fly into the area without any problems.

It should be noted that train travel has been impacted by the wildfires. Pacific Surfline released a message on Twitter that said their service through the Los Angeles region has been stopped due to the wildfires. Therefore, people who booked tickets for rides on the train in that area will need to make alternate plans. It is unknown how long this delay in railroad travel will stay in effect. People are advised to monitor the Twitter feeds of the airline or railroad they have purchased tickets from to receive current info.

Burning Man Is Great For People Of All Ages

Burning Man is a great event to go to for those who are traveling to or near the West Coast.

The Burning Man event started in the summer of 1986, and has been happening annually ever since. During Burning Man, tens of thousands of people come to the Black Rock Desert In Nevada to erect a temporary city called Black Rock City. This city is dedicated to encouraging self-reliance, art, community and self expression. The event is held for a week prior to Labor Day.

People dress up in costumes, ride bicycles, put on art displays and make art during burning man. There is singing and dancing.

Some people may get the impression that Burning Man is a hedonistic event for adults. In reality, it is actually a very family friendly event. Of course, there are large variety of activities to take part in. Some activities are obviously more geared towards adults, though there are many activities that are geared towards children and families.

People must bring their own supplies—water, tents, food and various other things. There are ATMs at Burning Man, though people use a barter system.

There are authorities all over Black Rock City. They are not around to harass people; they play an integral role in maintaining safety and security. Illicit drug use is not allowed. If someone becomes too disruptive or becomes dangerous, that person will catch the attention of the authorities.

At the end of the festival, a large piece of artwork representing “the man” is ceremoniously set on fire at nighttime.

The whole point of burning man is to develop a sense of community, a sense of gratitude, a sense of good will, a sense of moral responsibility and a feeling of love between people.

Santa Ana Winds Wreak Havoc in California

For those who are considering a trip out to the west coast—especially Southern California—it’s good to keep tabs on the weather. Currently, there are several fires blazing due to the unusually strong Santa Ana winds descending upon the region. Causing an extraordinarily low humidity level, these winds are heaping pressure upon an area that has experienced major damage during the past month. Unfortunately, forecasters are predicting that there is no end in sight. With the winds ramping up even more within the next few days, firefighters will struggle to keep the various fires contained.

Although it is the Thomas fire that has become the greatest threat thus far, it was the Skirball fire that made jaws drop around the world. The 405 is known as one of the busiest freeways on the planet. Those who were familiar with the landscape were utterly shocked to see the familiar freeway engulfed in flames. This fire would end up consuming six homes in one of the most affluent neighborhoods on the planet—Bel Air—while also damaging others. After some investigation, it was determined that the fire was caused by cooking at a nearby homeless encampment. Because homelessness has become an increasingly difficult issue in the greater Los Angeles area, it made the problem seem even more poignant.

Fire crews have been doing the best they can within the past few weeks, but it is crucial for visitors to Southern California to realize the extreme environmental stress being experienced right now.

More and More People Traveling to the West for the Holidays

It is important to remember that traveling during the holidays is something that almost everyone does. What is becoming more and more popular nowadays is to travel to better climates so that you can truly enjoy the holidays without it being a problem weather wise. This is why so many people are choosing to travel to the west to states such as California or Arizona. This allows them to truly enjoy the holiday season without the weather being an issue for them or their loved ones.

In order to have a great trip to the West, you need to plan out in advance to ensure that you have the best trip possible. This might include booking the flight that you are going to be taking as well as the hotel that you are going to be staying in while you are there. You might be staying at a family’s house, and this is fine if you would like to save money while you are traveling across the country.

It is not uncommon for a travel to be expensive for the majority of people who are doing it. This is why there are so many individuals who have made the decision that they need to plan well in advance to ensure that they have a wonderful trip to begin with on their own or with their loved ones by their side. There are lots of different options for you when traveling to a warmer climate for the holiday season, and now is the time for you to begin your planning so that everything goes according to your needs.

The Worst Times To Hit The Road On The West Coast

There is data available in regards to when the worst time of day is to hit the roads out on the west coast. Larger cities like Los Angeles have been the primary subjects of this research, but the results can largely be assumed to match up just about anywhere a person travels on the west coast.

A lot of people were curious about when the worst times were to be on the roads in Los Angeles recently due to the Thanksgiving holiday and all of the traffic associated with that. Fortunately, thanks to reporting by NBC Los Angeles, we have the answer to that question.

It turns out that the worst time to be on the roads in Los Angeles this past Thanksgiving was between the times of 3:15pm and 6:00pm. This was when the traffic was the heaviest in the city. This probably had a lot to do with when people tend to eat their Thanksgiving meal, and when they want to get out on the road and try to catch some of those infamous Black Friday deals that many retail stores now offer on Thanksgiving day itself.

If traveling in the west during any particular holiday, it is best to try to steer clear of the roads during those times. If it is possible for you to do your driving during the middle of the night, that would probably be the best possible solution. Baring that, try to avoid those mid-afternoon hours as much as you can.