24 Hours Inside San Francisco’s Hotel Zeppelin

While the rest of the country is happily ensconced in the depths of summer, San Francisco is sticking to its on-brand misery, stubbornly abstaining from sun and happiness with its torturous mix of rain, pre-winter temperatures, and gale-force winds. Visiting San Francisco in summer is a near pointless exercise.

Some of the city’s hospitality providers are more aware of this fact than others. See, a hotel in this weather-challenged city has to take into account sometimes, guests may prefer to hang out in the hotel itself rather than face whatever godawful fate awaits them outside the door. And so, a hotel must provide not just sustenance but entertainment as well, in tasteful, well-designed surrounds that make one’s incarceration as appealing as possible.

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LEGOLAND California offers free military tickets

LEGOLAND California Resort is inviting members of the military to visit the theme park for free in August.

The resort opened the new LEGO City: Deep Sea adventure submarine ride this summer. It features real sharks, rays and fish before a backdrop of LEGO models.

Active U.S. military personnel must show their military ID at any resort ticket booth or window for a same day Resort Hopper ticket during the month of August.

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Film commission launches Map of the Movies contest

The local film commission is launching a contest they hope will bring visitors to the shooting locations of some of the biggest movies to be made on the North Coast.

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission’s contest starts Aug. 1 and is based on its Map of the Movies, according to a commission press release. Published in 2014, the Map of the Movies includes permanent markers at more than 30 filming locations of feature films made in the Redwood Region over the past 100 years, according to the press release. According to the film commission, it’s one of the most popular free activities for locals and tourists.

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Comic-Con International 2018 Travel Tips

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If you’re attending Comic-Con International in San Diego this week, you may want to take a couple of minutes to read this post.

Our officers have been screening outgoing Comic-Con travelers at the San Diego International Airport (SAN) for over a decade now, and we’ve gained some valuable tips from them that could help ease your screening experience.

Every year during Comic-Con International, our officers have issues with the various items that people purchase and pack in their bags. These come in the form of figurines, costume items (including replica and real weapons) and other mementos that generally alarm our checkpoint and checked baggage screening systems and result in a bag check.

Here are our suggestions on how to avoid the most common problems:

Why This Glamorous Big Sur Getaway Is the Best Resort in California

No matter what you do at the Post Ranch Inn, you’ll have a beautiful view. And that’s just one reason why Travel + Leisure readers voted this the Best California Resort Hotel in our 2018 World’s Best Awards.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe— to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.

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Cartoon Museum Displays ‘Treasury of Animation’

Cel from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves on display at The Cartoon Art Museum's "A Treasury of Animation"

If you’re visiting San Francisco this summer, you’ll have to make sure you stop at The Cartoon Art Museum to check out the show, “A Treasury of Animation.” The first major exhibition drawn from the Cartoon Art Museum’s permanent collection since its reopening in Fisherman’s Wharf, the show features historic never-before-seen work. On display is some amazing original production art following the evolution of animation from the 1920s onward.

“Our permanent collection houses thousands of animation cels and concept drawings,” says CAM Curator Andrew Farago, “but only a small portion of that artwork can be shown at any given time. This exhibition is an opportunity for us to show off the best of the best from the museum’s archives.”

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A Field Guide to Anime Expo

A Field Guide to Anime Expo

One of Downtown Los Angeles’ most colorful events is back this week. It’s the time of year when anime enthusiasts, video game fans and lovers of Japanese culture converge on the Central City for four days.

Anime Expo takes over the Los Angeles Convention Center on Thursday-Sunday, July 5-8. The celebration of Japanese animation, comics, games and culture draws more than 100,000 people each year to meet anime creators, attend panel discussions, enjoy screenings and catch sneak peaks of everything from cult classic “FLCL” to current sensation “Attack on Titan.”

Single-day tickets are $70 while four-day passes go for $120. Enjoying the brilliant costumes of people wandering through South Park all weekend is free.

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