July 4th 2020: What’s open and closed at beaches, parks, trails

Christopher Reynolds, Mary Forgione 2020-07-01 19:30:05 Southern Californians will face Independence Day with most fireworks shows canceled and beaches closed in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. So far, many other agencies that manage parks and trails are planning to be open, but the prospect of holiday crowds could prompt changes in days ahead. On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected...

Can’t go to Europe? You can find the Eiffel Tower, the London Bridge and more in the U.S.

Christopher Reynolds 2020-06-30 19:30:07 OK, I wasn’t planning on heading to Europe any time soon and neither were you.But now that the Europeans are on the brink of ordering us to stay away (because we might fatally infect them), we feel bad. We want immediate access to the Eiffel Tower, the Tuscan countryside, a German castle.Not to worry.To stand...

Airlines announce new coronavirus mask requirement on planes

Catharine Hamm 2020-06-30 05:07:06 Question: Do I have to wear a mask when I fly?Answer: Yes, unless you’re going by broomstick or private plane, options that are available only to a select few of us.We’ve all read and heard objections to wearing face coverings as a deterrent to spreading the coronavirus, so I checked with legal experts, doctors and even...

All California national parks are open. But it’s complicated

Christopher Reynolds, Mary Forgione 2020-06-26 22:55:51 All of California’s 11 national parks and recreation areas are now at least partly open, and Death Valley on Friday reopened several campgrounds and resumed collecting entrance fees. Several iconic sites still closed, however, include Alcatraz and Muir Woods in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to urge Californians to...

What L.A. pools are open amid the COVID-19 pandemic?

Christopher Reynolds 2020-06-26 19:30:10 If you’re aching to swim, your easiest option now is the ocean.Beyond that, some classic Southern California hotel pools and a handful of public aquatic centers have opened. Several are listed below.Many water parks and public pools (including all Los Angeles city pools) remain closed, as state and county officials gradually adjust their pandemic guidance.Facilities...

Sequoia, Kings Canyon parks will open 3 campgrounds July 6

Christopher Reynolds 2020-06-26 05:18:20 Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks Thursday announced the opening of three campgrounds for stays beginning July 6, along with some concession activities.Campsite reservations will open 7 a.m. Monday on recreation.gov for sites at Potwisha Campground and Lodgepole Campground in Sequoia and Sunset Campground in Kings Canyon.“Everyone starts from scratch,” said NPS spokeswoman Sintia Kawasaki-Yee, noting...

Hawaii hopes COVID-19 testing will help restart tourism

Jay Jones 2020-06-26 03:30:21 Hawaii plans to ease rules that require tourists and locals to quarantine for 14 days when they enter the state. Starting Aug. 1, anyone who shows proof of testing negative for COVID-19 will be allowed skip mandatory two-week confinement.Gov. David Ige made the announcement Wednesday, the same day New York, Connecticut and New Jersey started to...

Airport COVID-19 testing may help travelers avoid quarantine

Christopher Reynolds 2020-06-25 23:30:53 Several airports have begun offering COVID-19 tests as travel starts to revive and destinations worldwide compete to attract tourists and keep disease away. In many cases, the idea is that travelers land, get tested and receive a quick negative result — thereby avoiding the 14-day quarantine period often required by many countries and islands (including...

Las Vegas travel deals: $87 for 3 nights, more offers

Rosemary McClure 2020-06-25 20:30:00 Ready to party like it’s 2019? Las Vegas hopes you are.After three months of pandemic-imposed darkness, the world’s most electrifying city has switched on the lights, fired up the fountains and slashed prices for the summer.Of course, several things have changed in the interim. There are hand-sanitizing stations, masked employees and strict cleaning protocols for hotel...

9 L.A. bike trails to check out this summer

Brian E. Clark 2020-06-25 19:30:13 You don’t have to drive far to enjoy pedaling your bicycle if you live in Greater Los Angeles.Here are nine relatively flat bike paths of various distances that are all within 50 miles of downtown L.A. They can be found at TrailLink.com, part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.L.A. County San Fernando Road Bike Path ...