Here are 8 summery SoCal day trips to take when you are ready

Head trail guide Cole Wade leads a group of riders near the Los Angeles Horseback Riding ranch in Topanga Canyon in July 2019. <span class="copyright">(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Head trail guide Cole Wade leads a group of riders near the Los Angeles Horseback Riding ranch in Topanga Canyon in July 2019. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

One day, you will be ready to roam again — maybe not far, but in familiar territory. Here are eight places to start, all within a day’s drive of Los Angeles, some with overnight options, a few with beaches and one with that small-town feel.

Qualms? Just because they’re open now doesn’t mean you have to go today. In fact, state officials are still urging Californians to avoid nonessential trips.

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As beach towns open, businesses are short foreign workers

BOSTON (AP) — At this time of the year, The Friendly Fisherman on Cape Cod is usually bustling with foreign students clearing tables and helping prepare orders of clam strips or fish and chips.

But because of a freeze on visas, Janet Demetri won’t be employing the 20 or so workers this summer. So as the crowds rush back, Demetri must work with nine employees for her restaurant and market — forcing her to shutter the business twice a week.

“It’s really disturbing because we are really busy,” said Demetri. “We can’t keep up once the doors are open.”

The

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Exciting new hotel openings 2021

New year, new hotels!

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the traveling game for many of us. With many destinations on some form of lockdown or enacting quarantine orders or other restrictions for visitors, much of your vacation time might be spent in hotels, so why not pick one that’ll still make you feel like you’re getting away?

From Las Vegas to Vietnam and beyond, new hotels are still popping up around the world – each with a different feel and vibe. Here are USA TODAY’s top picks for some of the buzziest hotels expected to open around the world

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Tide turns on plans for North Korean ‘Ibiza’ beach resort

Wish you were here? Wonsan, a port city on the east coast of North Korea. - Teun Voeten
Wish you were here? Wonsan, a port city on the east coast of North Korea. – Teun Voeten

 

ITS tourism potential has been lauded by no less a real estate expert than Donald Trump, who praised its “great beaches”. But six years after it was first proposed as North Korea’s answer to Ibiza, work on the country’s first international tourist resort appears to have ground to a halt.

Backed personally by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the Wonsan beach project was supposed to show a lighter side to the hermit state, with luxury hotels, a marina, and a sports complex.

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