Floating the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon (photo credits: Arizona State University and Smart Sparrow) Arizona State University and Smart Sparrow have teamed up to create free immersive tours of the Grand Canyon that you can enjoy from wherever you are. The three tours provide close-up, 360-degree views of the Grand Canyon, its history, … Continue reading Take a virtual tour of the Grand Canyon
Image credit: The Kilroy Stars See the Kilroy Stars, four star sculptures created by Burning Man artists based in Oakland, California, at four locations on the West Coast through January 31. These stars are at highly visible locations in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The stars have more than 30,000 LED lights … Continue reading The Kilroy Stars shine on the West Coast until January 31
The eleventh annual Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair will look a lot different this year. Instead of the usual four-day event, the event has been reduced to a drive-in balloon night glow and movie at the Special Activities and Recreation Area (SARA) Park at the Rodeo Grounds in Lake Havasu City, Arizona (weather permitting). "It … Continue reading 2021 Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair reduced to drive-in night glow and movie
Photo by Cheryl Landes The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has moved online October 2-10 this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Enjoy watching early morning and dusk balloon glows, ascents, chainsawing carving exhibitions, gas balloon inflations, skydiving, and fireworks. Check out the lineup at balloonfiesta.com/Event-Schedule.
Photo by Cheryl Landes Pasadena is best known for the Rose Bowl, but most people aren't aware that the city has some of the best preserved architecture in California. Los Angeles Times contributor Sharon Boorstin created a guide to 16 sites, ranging from public buildings to mansions, with brief descriptions and directions. She plotted the … Continue reading Take a self-guided architectural driving tour in Pasadena
For five years on Sunday night, visitors to Venice Beach in southern California see a show like no other. Riders bring their bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and anything else with wheels that's human-powered decorated in LED lights for a parade along the beach. Marcus Gladney founded the parade to promote bicycle safety at night and to … Continue reading Venice Electric Light Parade shines on every Sunday night
Photos by Cheryl Landes Usually, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is held at the University of Southern California (USC) campus two days in April, but COVID-19 interfered this year. The festival was postponed, but now it's moving online for four weeks in October. When the festival launches on Sunday, October 18, it will … Continue reading 2020 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books moves online in October
Mice crash this tea party on the City of Sierra Madre's 2017 Rose Parade float, "The Cat's Away". (photo by Prayitno, Wikimedia Commons) On Thursday, officials for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, announced that the event on New Year's Day 2021 would be cancelled. Ongoing concerns with COVID-19 and the delays in reopening … Continue reading Tournament of Roses Parade cancels for the first time since World War II