San Francisco’s Iconic Cable Cars to Shut Down for Repairs

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco's iconic cable cars will stop running for 10 days starting Friday while they undergo the final repairs in a three-year restoration project of the gearboxes that propel the world-famous system up the city's notoriously steep hills....
Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite

Ahwahnee Hotel to Return: Yosemite Settles Trademark Fight

The Ahwahnee Hotel is coming back. Under a settlement of a drawn-out trademark dispute announced Monday, the names of several Yosemite National Park landmarks will be restored. Delaware North, the former concession vendor which claimed it owned "intellectua...

Time for Yosemite and Humanity to Take a Break?

The road to Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park is closed to cars, and the shuttle bus wasn’t running. Would the Three Stooges—my sons, ages 10, 8 and 5—agree to a 2 ½ mile uphill hike to see Yosemite’s signature sequoias? This month I made my first tr...
Photo of a gate blocking a parking lot to Land's End in SF

Park Service to Tap into Entrance Fees to Keep Operating

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service says it is taking the extraordinary step of dipping into entrance fees to pay for staffing at its highly visited parks in the wake of the partial government shutdown. "We are taking this extraordinary step to ensure th...