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Fiat 500L: It isn’t what you’d expect

I don't know what I expected when I got into the Fiat 500L, but it's better than I thought it would be. It feels substantial, it's fairly functional and almost fun to drive.

October 04, 2013 | | On The Road


Sonoma home to family-run wineries

SONOMA - The rolling hills and vineyards of the Sonoma Valley are just part of a natural tapestry that has beckoned art-lovers and wine connoisseurs to this region for decades. Indeed, the fathers who founded missions here were growing grapes hundreds of years ago. Then, in the late 1850s, a fellow named Col. Agoston Haraszthy figured it all out.

October 04, 2013 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | On The Road


Glacier ranger park service’s oldest

KINTLA LAKE, Mont. (AP) - With a can of bear spray on his hip and hearing aids in both ears, Lyle Ruterbories whistles and hums as he tends to this patch of wilderness along the Canadian border.

October 04, 2013 | | On The Road


Automakers see rebound in sales

DETROIT (AP) - Automakers expect little impact from the federal government shutdown, and they predict a fourth-quarter rebound after a rare sales decline in September.

October 04, 2013 | | On The Road


5 free things to do in New Mexico’s largest city

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Really, it's not that hard to spell. Just remember, there are three Us and a couple of Qs.

October 04, 2013 | | On The Road


An ‘Optima-l’ midsize ride

It may be one of among the most affordable midsize cars around.

September 27, 2013 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road


Tracy Ford deals keep popular cars rolling off dealership’s lot

By VINCE REMBULAT

September 27, 2013 | | On The Road


America Riviera is epitomized by El Encanto

SANTA BARBARA - If you're as fascinated as we are by the opulence of 1930s Hollywood - a time when parts of Southern California seemed as far removed from the Depression-era Midwest as the two regions' temperatures on a bright January day - there is an excursion you can take that is like going back to spend a weekend with Clark Gable or Carole Lombard.

September 27, 2013 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | On The Road


Jaguar F-Type Roadster: Confident, competitive

"All Jaguars have to look fast even when they are standing still." - Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar.

September 27, 2013 | By MARK MAYNARD Autoword | On The Road


Driving while using cell phone will go on DMV driving record

SACRAMENTO – Do you have questions about general driving related requirements like registration, licensing and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to driving? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. "Save Time, Go Online," at www.dmv.ca.gov. You can submit any DMV-related questions at AskDMV@dmv.ca.gov

September 27, 2013 | | On The Road


Bawdy side of Civil War-era Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Before the Civil War began, Ann Thomas was well enough known that her house would be used to give directions - "the grocery store opposite Ann Thomas."

September 27, 2013 | | On The Road


Juke NISMO: Motorsports pedigree

By VINCE REMBULAT

August 30, 2013 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road


Surprise: San Francisco has beaches, too

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco isn't perhaps as famous for other parts of California for its beaches. The southern part of the state, with its balmy sun-drenched climes, can give you the always-perfect weather of San Diego, or the sparkling opulence of Santa Barbara, to name but two.

August 30, 2013 | By LISA PARKER CaliforniaWeekend.com | On The Road


Hot hatch cools off with automatic transmission

The three-door Volkswagen GTI is a riot to drive. But does adding two more doors add mayhem or ho-hum to the melee?

August 30, 2013 | | On The Road


Lonely Planet founder’s new book ‘Dark Lands’

NEW YORK (AP) - Tony Wheeler wrote his first travel book with his wife Maureen in 1973 after driving across Europe and Asia. It sold 1,500 copies in a week and launched a guidebook empire called Lonely Planet.

August 30, 2013 | | On The Road


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