Overnight Sleeper Ride between L.A. & San Francisco Gets Smoother: The overnight ride on Cabin—it’s the sleeper bus that makes the 380-mile trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, has gotten less bumpy. The service, which launched last year and has carried more than 10,000 passengers on the 8-to-9½-hour trip, has created what it reports is the first active suspension system to help passengers sleep better, designed to mute road turbulence and reduce the vibrations. Said the company in a statement: “This first-of-its-kind technology can effectively make the bumpiest highway roads feel like a smooth train ride.” The ride takes passengers 380 miles from downtown Los Angeles to downtown San Francisco. In San Francisco, arrival and departure is at Pier 48; in Los Angeles, it’s at Palisades Park at Ocean Avenue and Arizona in Santa Monica. The last ticket price we saw was $115. For more information, visit: www.ridethecabin.com.
Cartoon Character-Theme Hotel to Open Next Year in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: It is likely that no one has ever stayed in a hotel like the one planned to open next summer in Lancaster County—the Cartoon Network Hotel. From the 165-room hotel’s lobby to its kitchen guests will see characters from the network’s popular shows, such as Adventure Time, We Bare Bears, the Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10. Guests will have a chance to dine with some characters and will also be treated to new cartoons before their broadcast debut. Plans also call for an indoor arcade, kids play area, coffee lounge, wine bar and Cartoon Network store. Also, the new property is next door to the Dutch Wonderland Amusement Park, which has more than 35 rides, attractions and shows. The Cartoon Network Hotel is a project of Palace Entertainment owns and operates more than 20 amusement parks and water parks in the United States and Australia. The Cartoon Network Hotel project is Palace’s first partnership with an international brand on lodging. For more information, visit www.PalaceEntertainment.com, or call 949.261.0404.
Virgin Holidays is encouraging British holidaymakers to spend more time exploring the West Coast of the USA launching three highly personalized tours throughout California. Branded as The Showcase Collection, the three tours will test the appeal for greater escorted itineraries, with the tour operator prepared to roll out more Showcase tours across the US and Canada over the next 18 months. Virgin said the launch of the three new tours will support the two key West Coast gateways of Los Angeles and San Francisco and are designed to encourage more British holidaymakers to venture outside of key cities. All three tours will host between 20 and 40 guests and will run in June, August and September 2019. Each tour is a one-off, unique itinerary, exploring the breadth and diversity of the Californian state and targeted at three distinct travelers: families, empty nesters and the luxury market. The three tours include a 14-day Californian Family Adventure taking in Anaheim, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Huntington Beach from £4,769 ($6,200); a nine-day Virgin Vines tour from £2,686 (3,493) per person, taking in California’s Wine Country; and one called California Dreaming, a 10-day mixed board tour from £5,049 (6,566) per person from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Prices exclude flights. For more information, visit www.virginholidays.co.uk.