Travel Column: IN THE LOOP

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal

Autumn has kicked in with some familiar signs and many reopenings,.but as always, check ahead on websites and/or by phone to see what Covid restrictions may reply as you make plans from this monthly roundup of short trips and hops around the Golden State.

To the northwest, on the ninth floor of San Francisco’s DeYoung/Legion of Honor Hamon Tower, a break in the copper screen affords a 360-degree panorama with views of the Pacific Ocean, downtown San Francisco, and the “living roof” of the California Academy of Sciences, just across the Music Concourse.

Museum tickets are required to visit the observation level. A general-admission or special-exhibition ticket includes access to the observation level. You must reserve a Hamon Tower Observation Level ticket to visit the observation level if you do not have a general-admission or special-exhibition ticket (; 415-750-3600).

Out of Napa, the Napa Valley Wine Train combines gourmet dinner, murder mysteries, and scenic rail travel such as “Crime and Punishment” on Saturday. November 13 (; 800-427-4124).

Down below in Los Angeles at the Pantages, “Hamilton” will play for the foreseeable future (; 323-468-1770). At the Ahmanson, “Something Rotten” Sunday. November 21 – Friday, December 31 “tells the story of the Bottom brothers, floundering playwrights, as they go head to head with their rather popular contemporary, William Shakespeare, and in doing so create something revolutionary – the world’s very first musical” (; 213-628-2772).

Also in Los Angeles, the California Science Center, requires masks for everyone ages two and up when visiting and will observe timed entries. IMAX movies include “Journey to Space” (3d), “Under the Sea” (3D), and “Secrets of the Universe” (3D) (; 323-724-3623).

In Buena Park, Knott’s Merry Farm transforms the entire park into a holiday festival Friday, November 19 – Sunday, January 2 (; 714-220-5200).

To the southwest in Costa Mesa at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts enjoy “Jesus Christ Superstar” on Thursday, November 11, through Sunday, November 14, and Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” Suite full orchestra version Thursday-Saturday, November 11-13 (; 714-556-2787). At the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on Saturday, November 6, “Find out what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) does for you, our nation, and our world at this annual event, NOAA and Our Planet Day. The event will feature interactive booths where you can learn more about a variety of NOAA programs, the ocean, and weather. Learn how NOAA, a government agency, works to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment to help protect people and property and to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources.” On Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, Veterans and military personnel are invited to enjoy the Aquarium with free admission, and on

Saturday, November 13, the Autumn Festival offers “the arts, cultures, and marine environments of Asia” (; 562-590-3100).

Story First Published: 2021-11-05