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  • 9 Disneyland tips to ensure your best-ever visit

    Get advice on what to see, where to explore, and how to beat the crowds.

    Disneyland calls itself The Happiest Place on Earth. And we're not going to disagree. But even the happiest place can be a little bit happier if you know the tricks to enjoying it at its best. Sunset Editor-at-Large Peter Fish is a Disneyland fanatic. Here are his 9 tips for making the most out of your summer visit to Disneyland and California Adventure.

    Stay close
    Booking a hotel within walking distance of Disneyland means you don't have to deal with traffic or with the Disney parking lot. That gives you more time on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, which is more fun. The three Disneyland Resort Hotels (the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier, the Grand Californian) are all a quick walk to the entrance gates. And you'll find a number of outside-the-park-but-still-an-easy-walk-to-the-entrance hotels (at disneyland.disney.go.com/hotels/good-neighbor).

    Get there early
    A Disneyland rule: the early bird catches Indiana Jones. If

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  • 14 tasty kebabs

    Fire up the grill for these tasty kebabs and skewers, ready in 30 minutes or less.

    Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Romesco Sauce
    This is a chicken kebab dish that will please anyone with a refined palate. Use the leftover romesco sauce for eggs or roasted artichokes.

    Recipe
    Yield: Serves 4

    Ingredients
    8 wood or metal skewers
    2 pounds boned, skinned chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-in. cubes
    1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    2 teaspoons plus 1 tbsp. minced garlic
    1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
    1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika (pimenton; see Notes)
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    3/4 cup peeled roasted red peppers (canned or fresh)
    1/4 cup whole almonds or hazelnuts, toasted
    1 slice crusty bread, toasted and cut into cubes
    1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
    2 bunches green onions, root ends trimmed

    Preparation
    1. If using wood skewers, soak in cold water at least 30 minutes before using. In a large bowl

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  • The best national park lodge experiences

    A visit to one of these lodges can change your vacation from good to unforgettable.

    Best new wilderness escape: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

    Why we love it: Think of Kenai Fjords as the best of Alaska compressed into 1,046 square miles (roughly a quarter of the size of L.A. County). Icy blue fjords? Check. Glaciers? Check. Whales, bears, sea otters? Check, check, and check.

    Three years ago, Alaska Wildland Adventures added the only thing Kenai was missing: a nice place to stay. The lodge's woodsy main building and 16 boardwalk-linked cabins sit on the shore of Pedersen Lagoon, off Aialik Bay. Getting there requires a four-hour boat trip from Seward, which doubles as a whale-watching trip. Once there, options include guided hikes, canoeing, or simply relaxing on the porch, waiting for dinner-menu standouts include olive oil-poached halibut and caribou medallions-and admiring how Alaska has made itself so comfortable for you.

    Don't miss: Spotting otters, seals, and calving glaciers on

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  • 25 refreshing summer drinks

    Make martinis, margaritas, smoothies, and more cooling drinks that are ready in less than 30 minutes.

    Frosty Lemon Martini
    We take the lemon to a whole new level in this version of the lemondrop.

    Recipe
    Yield: Serves 2

    Ingredients
    1 tablespoon sugar
    Lemon wedge
    1 cup crushed ice
    6 tablespoons chilled lemon-flavored vodka (3 oz.; see notes)
    2 tablespoons chilled lemon-flavored liqueur (1 oz.; see notes)
    4 teaspoons lemon juice
    2 thin strips (3 in. long) lemon peel

    Preparation
    1. Pour sugar onto a small, rimmed plate. Rub rims of two martini glasses with lemon wedge to moisten, then dip rims into sugar to coat (see notes).
    2. Place ice in a cocktail shaker. Add vodka, liqueur, and lemon juice. Shake until mixture is very cold, about 10 seconds. Strain into glasses. Garnish each with a twist of lemon peel.

    Fritz's Sonoran Sunset
    Prickly pear and grapefruit juice work well to complement a good tequila in this desert thirst quencher.
    > Get the recipe

    Sunset-rita
    Try our take

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  • 12 no-cook recipes

    These low-cal, no-cook salads, appetizers, and entrées make quick solutions for summer meals, ready in 30 minutes or less.

    Spicy Peanut, Carrot, and Snap Pea Wraps
    These wraps take little work and are a great travel or on-the-go item. You could also serve the sauce on the side.

    Recipe
    Yield: Serves 2

    Ingredients
    1/4 cup natural crunchy peanut butter
    1 teaspoon Asian chili paste
    1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
    2 whole-wheat tortillas (9 in.)
    1 cup coarsely shredded carrots
    1 cup snap peas sliced diagonally

    Preparation
    1. In a small bowl, whisk peanut butter, chili paste, soy sauce, and 2 tbsp. water to blend. Evenly divide mixture between tortillas and spread in a rectangle down the middle of each, leaving a small border. Evenly top rectangles with carrots and snap peas, then roll-up burrito-style.
    Make ahead: Up to 4 hours, wrapped in plastic or foil.

    Pressed Italian Sandwiches
    Use a flavorful tapenade, which soaks into the bread as it sits, to give this sandwich a

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  • 13 stunning glass homes

    Check out these homes that have breathtaking views through floor-to-ceiling windows and walls of glass.

    Mountain views
    Gorgeous views of the Santa Ynez Mountains are provided by this glass-walled Montecito home. As wildfires often ravage this part of the Santa Barbara coast, the architects chose fire-resistant materials (steel, concrete) for the construction.
    5 ways to protect your home from wildfire

    Double exposure
    Each floor of this Santa Monica home offers a great view. Open up the master bedroom's awning windows or slide open the ground-floor doors for even more exposure.

    Vineyard retreat
    This Sonoma County home capitalizes on its vineyard views. Three levels of windows give every room a gorgeous view-even the master closet.
    10 irresistible mini wine country escapes

    Modern duplex
    Designed by Richard Neutra, one of America's foremost modern architects, this duplex in San Francisco glows from its floor-to-ceiling steel-framed windows.

    Coastal getaway
    A huge dining bay gives

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  • 12 fast & fresh fish recipes

    Get dinner on the table in record time with these tasty fish recipes, ready in 30 minutes or less.

    Greek-Style Halibut
    All the flavors of the Greek Isles are a great complement to the subtle flavor of halibut. Serve with a nice red wine.

    Recipe
    Yield: Serves 4

    Ingredients
    2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    4 halibut fillets (about 4 oz. each)
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
    1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
    1 fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into wedges
    1 tablespoon ouzo or other anise-flavored liqueur
    2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    1 can (14.5 oz.) diced or chopped tomatoes
    1 can (14.5 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh oregano leaves

    Preparation
    1. Heat a 12-in. nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat with 1 tbsp. oil. Rub halibut with 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Lightly brown fish in frying pan on one side only, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
    2. Add remaining oil to frying pan along with fennel and ouzo. Cook, stirring

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  • Top things to see at Grand Teton National Park

    High in Wyoming, Grand Teton National park give you a view of the outdoors in a new and beautiful light.

    Snake River with the Teton Range
    Wake at sunrise to watch first light transform the majestic view of Teton Range. Then, spend the afternoon floating down Snake River.

    Phelps Lake
    Explore the 1,106-acre Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve (or LSR Preserve) on the shore of Phelps Lake. Opened in 2008, its state-of-the-art visitor center and the park's interpretive facility are among the most environmentally advanced buildings in the entire national park system.
    Grand Teton Activities

    Jackson Hole, Wyoming
    For anyone oriented toward the outdoors, Jackson Hole comes pretty close to perfection. 97 percent of the valley is state and federal land, while the Jackson Hole Land Trust has gained protection for another 15,000 acres of ranchland. This is where you'll find some of the country's best out-your-front-door recreation.
    With the Jackson Hole Community Center for the Arts, the

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  • 23 mouth-watering burger recipes

    Build a better burger with these delicious ideas for succulent patties, fresh toppings, and zesty sauces.

    New Mexico Green Chile and Frito Burger
    Give this Southwest-inspired burger a little kick with some chipotle BBQ mayo and grilled green chiles.

    Recipe
    Yield: Serves 4

    Ingredients
    1 pound ground chuck
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
    2 fresh Hatch or Anaheim chiles (4 oz. total) or 1 can (7 oz.) Hatch or regular green chiles, sliced
    4 slices (4 oz.) pepper jack cheese
    2 cups Fritos
    3 tablespoons mayonnaise
    2 teaspoons chipotle barbecue sauce
    4 kaiser rolls, split

    Preparation:
    1. Heat grill to medium (350° to 450°). Mix ground chuck, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until just combined (do not overmix). Divide into 4 portions and form into 1/2-in. patties with a slight depression in the center of each to help them cook evenly. Brush with 1 tsp. oil.
    2. Rub fresh chiles with remaining 1 tsp. oil. Grill over high heat,

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  • 9 top wow spots of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    From spewing lava to palm-strewn coastline, behold the park's most unforgettable sights.
    1. Volcanic view: Molten lava pours into the Pacific near Kalapana, just east of Hawai'i Volcanoes N.P. Near constant eruptions-its eastern flanks have been erupting since 1983, Kilauea Caldera since 2003-make the park's Kilauea Volcano one of the most active in the world.

    2. Kilauea Caldera: Clouds of steam rising from a valley of blackened lava-that's a classic view of Kilauea, heart of Hawai'i Volcanoes N.P. The current eruption centers on a portion of the caldera called Halemaʻumaʻu Crater.

    3. Chain of Craters Road: This 18-mile road leads through the heart of Hawai'i Volcanoes N.P., dropping 3,700 feet as it winds down the mountains to the Pacific. It comes to a sudden stop where the pavement was buried in lava in 2003; if you're lucky, you may get to see active lava flows yourself.

    4. Kilauea Iki Trail: Lush tropical vegetation covers portions of Hawai'i Volcanoes N.P. This 4-mile trail leads

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