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Los Angeles: 5 great places to see art

Not long ago, Hollywood film premieres and private parties dominated Los Angeles' social landscape. Now the city's power brokers and celebrities lavish attention and money on exhibition openings and promoting great art – which is to the benefit of everyone else. Here are five of L.A.'s top spots for viewing world-class art:

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Los Angeles: 4 great beaches

In Los Angeles, it's beach weather all year-round. But in January you don't have to compete with nearly as many people for prime towel spots. All L.A.-area beaches are managed by the California State Parks Department, sometimes in cooperation with county or city governments.

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Outdoor adventures, inner Zen in Oregon's quirky Portland

Oregon's quirkiest city may tout its desire to "Keep Portland Weird," but it's the Zen of the place that takes hold at the Portland Japanese Garden. Tucked away in the steep hills of Washington Park, towering trees shade the winding paths in a haze of verdant green and gilded autumn hues. Lush gardens and flowing streams vie for attention. Time stands still.

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Prepare for CLT's busiest travel day

Thanksgiving is over but Charlotte Douglas International Airport expects its busiest day of the holiday week is still ahead. Sunday will see more than 31,000 travelers at the airport for departing flights, another 100,000 passengers on connecting flights and many more who call Charlotte home, returning from holiday travel. Monday will be a heavy-traffic day, too.
Davie Hinshaw dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
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