Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times

Mary Forgione

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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How to Airbnb a 'Downton Abbey' set, England's Highclere Castle

Experience the "Downton Abbey" setting on custom tours — or even stay in Highclere Castle, where the PBS drama was filmed. → Read More

A rooftop pool for Notre Dame? Here’s what Paris’ beloved landmark could look like

Design for reconstruction of the landmark cathedral runs from the traditional to the absurdly modern. European architects weighed in with some far-out ideas. → Read More

Amtrak's 2-for-1 ticket deal is good for train rides in the Northeast

Two travelers ride for the price of one between New York City and Boston or Washington, D.C. Other destinations are included in the fare sale. → Read More

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House becomes L.A.'s first UNESCO World Heritage Site

The house once slated for demolition is among eight Wright buildings that have been officially deemed world treasures. → Read More

Luxury for less during Phoenix hotels’ sizzling hot summer sale

Phoenix area hotels drop their prices during the heat of summer, making it a good time to sample the luxe life on the cheap. → Read More

Tour Frank Lloyd Wright homes in California that rarely open to the public

Private owners open their Wright homes in Bradbury, Bakersfield and elsewhere as a fundraiser to help save other sites built by the architect. → Read More

Don’t miss South America’s solar eclipse. Here’s where to watch online

Totality for this solar eclipse will be best seen in northern Chile. But you can watch live feeds at the Exploratorium in San Francisco or online. → Read More

Sahara hotel returns to Las Vegas in splashy renaming ceremony. Bye bye, SLS

The legendary hotel opened in 1952, closed in 2011, and now returns with the new-old name, and $100 million in renovations. → Read More

Watch webcam of Big Bear’s eagle chick trying to fly, but don’t go near it

Parts of the surrounding San Bernardino National Forest will remain closed to protect the eaglet until it takes off. → Read More

Save $1,000 on REI’s Galápagos Islands multisport tour

The 12-day vacation features hikes in Ecuador’s Otavalo highlands followed by kayak trips and snorkeling on the famed islands. → Read More

Trace your Irish roots (or just visit Ireland) for one unbeatable price

Aer Lingus offers a week's stay for $1,199 per person, which includes airfare from L.A., lodgings and a rental car. → Read More

You can swim in Hearst Castle's famous pools. It'll only cost you $1,250

The Neptune and Roman pools at William Randolph Hearst's one-time home will open on selected evenings for pool parties this summer. → Read More

Cruise lines give refunds for some Cuba cruises after U.S. ban

Carnival and Royal Caribbean are offering passengers who had booked a Cuba cruise a modified Caribbean sailing or a full refund of their tickets. → Read More

Explore India’s Taj Mahal and Nepal’s Kathmandu for one low price

World Spree takes travelers on a 14-day tour that includes the Taj Mahal, Jaipur and Kathmandu for $1,899, including airfare to and from Los Angeles. → Read More

DMV to go to airports, county fairs to explain Real ID driver’s licenses

The requirements for Real ID can be confusing. There's a lot you need to know before you apply for one. → Read More

Free L.A. airfare comes with these European tours

Overseas Adventure Travel is offering free round-trip airfare from Los Angeles with selected small-group tours to Europe. → Read More

For a big night out, start with OpenTable's list of 100 best restaurants

OpenTable compiled a list of eateries perfect for a night on the town, including eight in Los Angeles. → Read More

New thrills in Las Vegas: go-kart racing at the Speedway

Vegas Superkarts put you behind the wheel of a 4-stroke, gas-powered go-kart at the Las Vegas Speedway. → Read More

Doris Day’s hotel in Carmel is one of the pet-friendliest around

Travelers (with or without their pets) will find Doris Day movie posters and other memorabilia at the Cypress Inn. → Read More

Earth Day nature challenge: Scour L.A. for as many bugs, flowers, critters as you can find

When the 2019 City Nature Challenge begins April 26, local citizen scientists will compete with 150 cities worldwide to find the most species in four days. They'll also be adding to L.A.'s science studies. → Read More