Planning Your Trip to Disney

Disney World in California is a prime tourist destination for many travelers. It’s a great place for both kids and adults alike, as there are a plethora of activities and things to do while there. When it comes to actually traveling to the park, it’s important to plan out your trip accordingly so that it goes as smoothly as possible. The way to do this is by making arrangements months in advance to ensure that you are not only able to get a reasonable flight for a decent price, but also a hotel room where you’ll be comfortable staying.

 

Another important aspect to consider when traveling to the west coast is creating an itinerary that you and your family can follow. With this type of schedule, it’s easy to know which areas of the park you’re going to explore on which days. This is ideal for so many individuals who would otherwise miss sections because they do not know where to go. You can find a variety of maps and pamphlets on the park online, making it effortless on your part to figure out where you’ll be going on any given day. Once you make the trip to Disney with your loved ones and friends, you’ll realize why so many have said it’s the happiest place on earth. There are so many amazing things to check out within the park itself, making it an ideal hot spot for adults and kids who just want to have some fun away from home.

 

Where to Plan Your Next West Coast Trip

The scene of the U.S. West Coast amongst Seattle and Los Angeles is the absolute most lovely on the planet. It has the volcanoes of the Cascade Range, high cascades, old redwood timberlands, forested coastlines, enormous streams, untamed natural life, and the exuberant soul of the west. The full wonderfulness of the Pacific Ocean is in plain view when you go along the coastline. However, you need to be adventurous to see it. It takes two days on Interstate 5 to cover the 1,100 miles amongst Seattle and Los Angeles – one day for those who move quickly. However, in the event that you back off and explore the real roadway course, everything changes. In spite of the fact that you can’t turn out badly with any route, there are such a large number of efficient approaches that you ought to invest some time into. By investigating what every region brings to the table, you can broaden a day here or shorten one somewhere else. Lease a vehicle, drive one way and fly back, head back on I-5, or spend an entire weekend on the West coast. Overall, traveling to this part of America is a trip to remember. Because of the numerous possibilities, you won’t have a lack of options to explore. Make sure to pack accordingly and bring your best camera. The scenery along the I-5 is truly something to behold.

 

West Coast Renters Gain Higher Leverage In 2017

The great recession in 2010 shook off many people in the real estate market. Homeowners practically lost their property while renters bled out due to increased rent rates. In 2017, the apartment market is raving with huge demands from buyers and renters alike. But high rental prices have recently stabilized since the Great Recession in 2010.

 

The west coast rent growth rose to 150 basis points beyond the long-term average in 2010-2016 market recovery periods. Apartment renters saw a huge relief in reduced rates from late last year.2017 began with promising further declines in markets where rents were at an all time high.

 

Slow rent growth in 2017 shall benefit renters as opposed to landlords. During the last six years, in the west coast area, the standard annual rent hike averaged $516. It’s expected to decrease to about $345 in 2017, showing annual savings of about $172.

 

Ranking the Markets

Out of the 54 U.S. metro cities analyzed, those on the west coast showed yearly savings vary from $8 to $2,650, with average declines of $360 from the 2010-2016 average price. Prime markets like the San Francisco Bay Area, are expected to produce negative rent growth this year. Stable smaller markets are taking up the market rates drop, according to Axiometrics high-rise data.

 

Trends by Market

 

Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco lead the coastal area for the majority savings in 2017. San Jose apartment renters may pay an estimated lower cost of $2,647 a year compared to the last five years average rent. These markets witnessed a massive rent increase in the past, producing absurd unsustainable rates over the long term.

 

The positive change in flexible values in 2017, against to the long-term past rates reveal renters not ready to pay high rates in these markets. The impact of new apartment units, combined with emerging homeowners and a growing job market will eventually soften the escalating rent rates throughout 2017.

 

In this case, fluctuating degrees of elasticity reveal how renters respond to trends in rent in the west coast region. Housing is unpredictable, which means price hikes or drops do not entirely affect the supply demand chain in the property market.

 

Rent increase or decrease depends on the outlook of residents in every market. Where renters are not mindful of escalating property rates, the increase poses a minor factor in their property shopping decisions.

The American West Coast is Ripe for Gastronomical Tourism

Tourists in the United States who are looking for the best cuisine they can taste during their visits should strongly consider staying in the West Coast. According to the 2017 list of Best New Chefs published by Food & Wine Magazine, more than half of the selected chefs are from California, Oregon and Washington.

 

Up until the late 20th century, New York, Miami and New Orleans routinely topped the lists of best chefs; however, that no longer seems to be the case. The West Coast has been quietly dominating the American gastronomical scene, and this is a trend that many tourists are noticing.

 

Some of the best restaurants in the United States are either located in the West Coast or are otherwise managed by West Coast chefs. One such restaurant is Han Oak in Portland, operated by a chef who trained in New York before moving back home to open a Korean eatery that specializes in noodles, dumplings and barbecues.

 

The abundance of fresh produce in California, Oregon and Washington is another reason why local chefs are either returning or choosing to stay in the West Coast. Such is the case of Kismet, a trendy restaurant in Los Angeles that features a Mediterranean menu. It so happens that California’s agriculture offers many of the fresh ingredients needed in Turkish, Greek and Italian recipes, and this is something that chefs can certainly appreciate.

 

Another restaurant attracting many tourists is Californios, located in San Francisco. This restaurant is dedicated to the fusion of Californian and Mexican cuisines, and the result is tastier than Tex-Mex.

 

Chinese Tourists Flock to the West Coast in Search of Nature

Oregon is one of the most pristine tourism destinations in the West Coast of the United States, and this happens to be what many Chinese tourists are looking for these days.

 

Disneyland, Las Vegas and San Francisco are still popular tourism spots for tourists arriving from China, but those who are returning for a second and even third visit are more interested in the sheer natural beauty of Oregon as well as its culinary offerings.

 

According to a recent article published in China Daily, officials in charge of the Oregon Tourism Commission have noticed an emerging trend among Chinese tourists in the sense that they are more attracted to clean water, fresh air, pristine views, fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood cuisine, and craft beers. One of the reasons behind this travel trend is that many cities in China are overly industrialized and have lost their natural beauty.

 

Now that Chinese tourists can be approved for a 10-year travel visa to visit the U.S., tourism officials in Oregon are excited about the opportunity to lure more visitors. At the Active America-China Summit, a tourism industry meeting that took place in Portland in April, attendees noted that the $226 million spent by Chinese tourists in 2016 could be increased with the right marketing approach.

 

The most popular nature attraction for Chinese visitors is the Crater Lake National Park. These tourists are also very interested in visiting craft breweries and catching Portland Trailblazer when teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics visit.

 

Norwegian Airlines Sees Growth in Flights to West Coast

One of the most popular airlines today with consumers is Norwegian Airlines. The airline is well known with consumers for offering comfortable service, in a relatively new airplane cabin, from secondary airports in the United States to destinations all over the world. They offer some year round flight options, but are also known to offer a range of chartered flights to certain destinations are certain times of the year to match demand.

 

While Norwegian Airlines has already offered a range of different flight options, it appears that they are now set to offer a new flight option to customers located in California (http://www.anna.aero/2017/04/03/norwegian-now-links-copenhagen-oakland/). The airline just announced that later this year it will be offering a new long-haul service from Oakland, California directly into Copenhagen. The new flight option will be available all year long, but will only have two direct flights each way per week. Flights will take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays eve week.

 

This will be only the latest flight option to and from Copenhagen offered by the airline. The airline currently has nine additional long-haul options offering directly flights to and from the United States and other key cities across the world. The other long-haul options include Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, Bangkok, and San Juan.

 

Those that are looking to travel to and from Europe from the Bay Area now have a lot of different options. While San Francisco has offered direct flights for years, Oakland has seen a big resurgence due to the airline. Those that want to fly out of the airport to Europe can now get direct flights into a number of different cities including Copenhagen, London, Oslo, and Stockholm. Due to the increased demand for flights into and out of the area, Norwegian Airlines is actively considering other airline and route options as well. At this point, Norwegian Airlines does not face any direct competition for these strategic flights, but there is a good chance that some of the other major airlines around the world will look for ways to compete with the growing and popular airline.

 

Scenic Train Rides on the West Coast

Desperation motivated my first train ride. My car had broken down in Stockton, California and I had just a few hours to get to work in San Jose. 75 miles never seemed so far. Ruling out the bus (too slow) and a taxi (too expensive) I found my way to the A.C.E. train station. A commuter train, the Altamont Corridor Express runs daily from Stockton to San Jose and back. Boarding with the low expectation of a boring ride, I was instead treated to a gorgeous scenic journey through pasture lands and lush canyons. And I could relax with my coffee and actually enjoy the scenery. The short trip opened my eyes to train travel. The following are two of my favorite west coast train rides.

 

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight

 

The Coast Starlight makes an epic 35-hour trip from Los Angeles to Seattle, winding its way through some of the most picturesque parts of California, Oregon and Washington states. The train boasts an observation car with floor to ceiling windows and comfortable, outward facing, chairs to take in the grandeur. The route parallels the California coast before heading inland through rolling hills and vineyards. Although a portion of the journey occurs overnight, you can still witness many amazing lakes and waterways including Lake Shasta, the Columbia River, the Willamette River, Puget Sound and more. Amtrak also permits you to get on and off the train as often as you like, allowing for an extended tour if desired.

 

 Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

 

The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad offers a charming 90-minute trip on board a steam-powered locomotive. This small, tourist train offers a fully open car, a covered car and a fully enclosed and restored passenger car. You can even ride in the engine car for a small additional fee. The train ride is family friendly and allows dogs in the open car. The views of Tillamook Bay are unsurpassed and the surrounding marshlands also offer unforgettable views. The most popular train ride goes between the towns of Rockaway Beach and Garibaldi, with a brief 30-minute layover.

Travel to the Real Life La La Land

The city of Los Angeles features prominently in the film that came so close to winning an Oscar for Best Picture. In La La Land, famous scenes of the freeways make a dazzling appearance, as well as many other landmarks in the city. For those who find themselves yearning for a trip to Los Angeles, there is so much to do in the “City of Stars”.

First, many people like to start with the traditional haunts of the movie stars. Those who love the glitz and glamour of Old Hollywood will want to check out all of the celebrities’ stars on Hollywood Boulevard. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is where the footprints and handprints of the famous are displayed, making it easy to see how one’s hands measure up to stars like Marilyn Monroe. Charlie Chaplin fans can take a walk down to his favorite restaurant, which is called Musso & Frank’s and is still in business and serving essentially the same menu today.

For those who appreciate a good view, there’s nothing quite like the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). Hop onto this majestic road and catch a glimpse of the dazzling, pristine Pacific Ocean right beside you. While you’re at it, you can stop at some of the most famous Malibu haunts of all time. Duke’s and Moonshadows are particularly well-known restaurants. If you stay on the PCH long enough, you can drive north all the way to Santa Barbara. This sleepy beach town is known for its picturesque views and stunning beauty.

Although many travelers fly into LAX when they choose to visit Los Angeles, the Burbank Airport is another excellent option. Central to most landmarks in the city—and without the massive amounts of traffic—it is also known as the Bob Hope Airport. Regardless of where you land, you’re bound to love La La Land.

LA Will House George Lucas’ Art Museum

After a long search for a home, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has found one: Los Angeles. In earlier rounds, some cities, notably Chicago, actively turned down the proposal. In the final round, which also included San Francisco, organizers chose Los Angeles since the museum would impact the area more positively than it would have in the proposed area in San Francisco.

 

The label “narrative art” reflects the nature of Lucas’ collection, which focuses on items that tell a story. Without a doubt, Star Wars memorabilia and artwork will feature strongly in the museum. But the collection will extend to everything from comic book art and Mad magazine covers to paintings and photographs from over the centuries. The museum’s curators will attempt to blur the boundaries between highbrow and lowbrow art.

 

The museum will represent an estimated investment of $1.5 billion, which will include the construction costs, the artwork, and an endowment. Lucas is paying for the museum on his own, which made it an attractive offer for many cities. The Los Angeles Exposition Park eventually won out, possibly in part because it already houses three other major museums.

 

Architects plan to complete the sleek, contoured building, which is reminiscent of something out of Cloud City, by 2020. In addition to being near the Metro line, it will come equipped with parking spaces for 1,800 vehicles. The galleries will be located on an elevated terrace, leaving room for people to walk below. Construction will begin later this year.

 

 

Legislative Effort in Washington State Seeks to Restore Tourism

Over the last few years, the tourism industry of Washington State has mostly languished. The Evergreen State is not the first choice for prospective visitor who wish to discover the wonders of the West Coast of the United States; most people think of California and Oregon, but Washington is not often mentioned.

 

Legislators who wish to revive the Washington tourism industry are pushing for a new marketing campaign and a revitalized office to tap into this important economic resource. Although Washington is blessed by the strong economic contribution of the Seattle Metropolitan Area, lawmakers believe tourism could add even more revenue that could be directed to smaller communities.

 

Washington House Bill 1123 was recently discussed by the Committee on Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs. If approved, the bill would create a new Washington Tourism Marketing Authority and a plan to attract people traveling to the West Coast over the next few years.

 

The legislative proposal would not impose new taxes. Tourism operators believe that Washington is ripe for discovery. Even without marketing, the tourism industry is the fourth largest sector of the state economy; however, this position could fall if marketing continues to be ignored.

 

Tourism could produce an annual gain of $21 billion to Washington State. The best part of this revenue is that it tends to be evenly distributed among sectors and communities. The new marketing program would ostensibly portray the Evergreen State as a region to be discovered beyond Mount Rainier. The program would include an introduction to Native American reservations where tourists are always welcome.