The OC Auto Show features cars from the entire automotive spectrum—classics, new models from major manufacturers, exotic vehicles, and Hooters. Toodle about in vehicles from Ford, GM, Nissan (the all-new electric LEAF), and Toyota; check out the adrenaline-fueled exotics from Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrari, and The Green Hornet; and cram your soft, pathetically non-chromed brain matter with all manner of shiny new mechanical facts.
Lux Travel Group's early-morning ground service chariots riders to Las Vegas in style, boasting luxurious service and perks similar to a first-class flight. Commence road trips with a champagne toast before sipping on two additional complimentary cocktails from the extensive drink menu. A continental breakfast or a lunch package consisting of a half sandwich, fresh fruit or salad, and a freshly baked cookie fuels passengers up for Olympic-level Internet surfing on the free WiFi (available on most routes, but subject to location and satellite interference from clouds and bandwidth-stealing UFOs). After reveling in the bus-centric festivities, wind down during a movie screening with a chocolate-mint-drizzled cake pop. Finally, a warm scented towel allows guests to freshen up for their triumphant arrival in Vegas.
Over 13 days, 31 people screamed as a madman stole their lives. The bitter, vengeful whispers of the dead urged him onward—drove him to slaughter—until he could bear it no longer and dug a grave for himself. He used his bare hands, scraping his knuckles raw, until the earth collapsed over him. Only then did the town quiet.
But the grave has been unearthed, and the horrors of that killing spree once again haunt the living. Inside the abandoned family mausoleum, visitors encounter dismembered bodies, a bride whose throat spills blood onto her white gown, and a skeleton with rotting flesh still clinging to its bones. As guests creep through hallways covered with gory handprints and stumble past broken fences, the grave’s fleet of masked monsters leaps out, raising goose bumps with impolite greetings—ranging from growls of “fresh meat!” to “arrrrrrgh!”—that would make Emily Post scream in horror.
As the days shorten and the temperature drops, the Anaheim Fall Festival celebrates the harvest season as it has for more than 75 years. You can wander through a pumpkin patch and listen to live music while enjoying carnival games and trick-or-treating, or enter a costume contest or the Miss Anaheim pageant. The Halloween Parade shows off costumed riders, elaborately decorated floats, and one confused carload of out-of-towners trundling behind the marching band. And a haunted house, populated with spooky guests but free of blood and gore, supplies age-appropriate frights for visitors of all ages.
The Canadian Rockies are a nature lover’s paradise and a photographer’s dream come true. But to describe the landscape as “dramatic” or “picturesque” would barely begin to capture the spirit of the place. Contiki Vacations aims to share some of its favorite destinations throughout the Canadian Rockies with young travelers aged 18–35. With a group of no more than 30, you’ll have a chance to visit national parks, towering peaks, and mountain towns during an 11-day guided tour. In addition to organized hiking, sightseeing, and local color, each tour comes with ample free time for travelers to put their feet up and enjoy the experience. Tour managers use firsthand local knowledge to deliver commentary, logistical planning, and social recommendations, and each tour follows a relaxed itinerary with prearranged transportation and hotel accommodations.Click here to see a detailed itinerary of the trip.Days 1–2: You and your tour mates meet up with the tour manager in Vancouver and exchange handshakes and blood pacts before hopping aboard an air-conditioned coach for a whirlwind tour of the city. As the night sets in, the coach points its nose toward Crystal Lodge in the village of Whistler. The next day, you can choose from a lineup of alpine activities, such as hiking, canoeing, or exploring Whistler, the 2010 Winter Olympics host.Days 3–5: The landscape alters dramatically as the coach, by this time nicknamed, winds down the mountains into the valley town of Lillooet, a former gold-rush capital. In 1860, Lillooet was the largest North American city between Chicago and San Francisco, but now it feels like a quaint backwater. Picture-perfect lakes, mountains, and rivers line the road into Kamloops, where you’ll spend the night at the Sandman Inn Kamloops. The next morning, after swinging past the sky-high Mount Robson, the coach heads east through the Rockies into Jasper National Park. A guided trek through Maligne Canyon's limestone is one of highlights this leg of the trip. You’ll spend two nights in the small town of Jasper at the historical Athabasca Hotel.Days 6–7: The Columbia Icefields Parkway passes the largest ice field south of Alaska en route to Banff. Stops along the way include the turquoise-hued Lake Louise and Athabasca Glacier, where you can sample pure glacial water in a blind taste test against Coke. Four-person loft rooms at the Tunnel Mountain Resort become the staging ground for the next two days in the resort town of Banff, with the options of hiking, shopping, and exploring the famous Banff Springs Hotel.Day 8: On the ride from Banff to Vernon, you’ll pass through three national parks. Craggy peaks dissolve into the terraced hills of the Okanagan Valley—British Columbia's wine country—just before the coach pulls into the Sandman Inn & Suites Vernon.Days 9–11: The tour finishes where it began in Vancouver. You and your travel mates get a few days to acclimate back to city life and check out some of the sights glimpsed on day 1. The Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre is an ideal base camp for exploring the historical neighborhood of Gastown and Stanley Park's seawall promenade.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Although Azteca serves staple south-of-the-border comfort food, the decor isn't what you'd find in a typical Mexican restaurant. To describe it in one word: Elvis. Aside from walls filled with King memorabilia such as bobbleheads and signed posters, Elvis impersonators regularly perform at the eatery's Bobby Vegas Karaoke Club. It's all a part of owner J.J. Jauregui's love for the legendary performer, a love that gives Azteca its distinct character. Nontraditional environment aside, the food itself traces its origins back to 1957, when Jaregui's Aunt Connie served family-recipe burritos on Garden Grove. Today, the menu has expanded to include pork tamales, taquitos, and strip steaks smothered in housemade garlic sauce.