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If you’re traveling to Yosemite, please be advised a January 22 rockslide necessitates the closing of Yosemite’s Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) beginning at 8:00 a.m. on February 29, 2012. The road will be closed between the Foresta Road junction and the El Portal Road (Highway 140) junction. According to a nps.gov press release, [...]

Several movies have used this popular California vacation destination as a filming location, the first of which was 1924’s ‘Rose-Marie’ (famous for Jeanette McDonald’s rendition of the song “Indian Love Call”). Here’s a clip: You can also witness Lake Tahoe’s beauty in a movie filmed 50 years later – the Oscar-winning ‘Godfather II’ starring Marlon [...]

Entrance fees for the California National Parks vary from park to park. For example, Yosemite’s current entrance fee is $20/car, but no entrance fee will be required if you decide to incorporate a visit to Channel Island National Park on your Los Angeles vacation (although you will have to pay for transportation – either by [...]