Many businesses on the East Coast shut down over the weekend for Hurricane Irene. But for tourist industries that depend on the summer months to keep them going throughout the year, losing a few days of business can have big effects.
For years, the state of Washington has lured tourists to the Pacific Northwest with images of snow-capped mountains and Orca whales. But with a state budget fight in store, that marketing has come to an abrupt end.
With the Fourth of July just around the corner, L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus explains what travelers can expect from online travel sites, and offers some easy ways to cut costs from your vacation.