FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Visit California Creates Platform Showcasing Native American Culture in the State

by Aoife O’Riordan

Sep 28, 2022

© Visit California/Max Whittaker


This month, tribal leaders and state officials joined Visit California at the future Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza to unveil a new statewide initiative. This initiative aims to showcase California’s native communities and cultural tourism experiences to domestic and international travelers. At the announcement, tribal leaders from across the state shared with journalists a sampling of the state’s vast array of offerings.



© Visit California/Max Whittaker

California is home to more than 100 federally recognized tribes. Each tribe’s history and culture spans centuries, existing long before Europeans stepped foot in North America or the United States was established. To honor each Californian tribe, Visit Native California plans to use $1 million to increase awareness of and travel to the state’s cultural heritage tourism experiences.


“As the state with the highest population of Native Americans, and one of the nation’s leading tourism destinations, California is poised to drastically boost national Native tourism promotion and interest with this undertaking,” said Sherry Rupert, CEO, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. “We’ve seen the economic benefits that come from uniting under a common banner, but more importantly we see the power of cultural tourism to support preservation and perpetuation of our culture. This is a tremendous opportunity for California’s tribes.”


© Visit California/Max Whittaker


Funded by a federal grant awarded as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (enacted to help communities hit the hardest by the pandemic), Visit Native California will serve as a vital source of information for visitors. Cultural tourism experiences across the state include museums, cultural centers, outdoor experiences like hiking and boating, restaurants, tasting rooms and more.


Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza plans to open spring 2023. This plaza will feature Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, an outdoor Oasis Trail and Spa at Séche. In addition to this new plaza, other efforts include native storytellers working to help expand the California Responsible Travel Code’s emphasis on preserving the state’s cultural heritage and natural resources while bolstering those providing and promoting native experiences across California.


Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza © Visit California/Max Whittaker


The busy Visitors Center in Klamath, operated by the Yurok Tribe in Northern California, leads tours of the river in jet boats and dugout redwood canoes to teach visitors about the majestic terrain. This operation serves as just one example of spreading awareness and showing appreciation for the state’s native cultural heritages.

Visit CA

© Visit California/Max Whittaker


“The Agua Caliente people have been deeply dedicated to bringing California’s tribal nations together to promote our shared history and a bright future that we’re eager to share with our California family and visitors alike,” said Reid D. Milanovich, chairman, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. “Today marks a great new chapter for California.”


FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.


Insta Feed
December 2022
Dec 9, 2022

Hidden Gem: Discover Istanbul’s Vibrant Balat Neighborhood

The UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood of Balat rivals İstanbul’s Old City for its historic significance, with an added splash of color. Its cobbled hilly streets boast a full rainbow of houses, cafés, restaurants and churches painted in pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues — parts even surpassing my native San Francisco’s steep, colorful corridors. The most vibrant stretch of homes, dating anywhere from 50 to 200 years old, runs along Kiremit Caddesi.

Alaskan Wild Wonders by Celebrity Cruises

Experience the beauty of Alaska and save 60 percent off cruise fares on your second and fourth guests. Plus, drinks, WiFi and tips are all included.

December 2022
Dec 8, 2022

Mail Call December 2022

Q&A with Haley Fogarty, Advertising Manager

December 2022
Dec 7, 2022

Away We Go!

It is amazing to be marking the 19th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards with our December issue. We look forward to hosting a gala evening at The Ritz-Carlton LA Live in Los Angeles on Dec. 6 to present the best the industry has to offer, all selected by you.

Discover Seoul’s Sustainable Side

Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.

eFlyer Reviews
Dec 7, 2022

Workshop Kitchen + Bar Review

Palm Springs became a destination of legend when Hollywood’s biggest and brightest during cinema’s “Golden Age” turned the desert community into their glamourous backyard. While restaurants and hotels epitomizing definitive Palm Springs luxury open, adapt and change with the times, it says something that one of its hottest restaurants sets up an outpost back in Los Angeles. And that’s exactly what chef Michael Beckman and restaurateur Joe Mourani did on the southern tip of the always-evolving Fairfax District.

eFlyer Lead
Dec 7, 2022

Will Resort Fees Become a Thing of the Past?

Resort guests have never liked them, and now the White House and President Joe Biden plan to target them: resort fees. Whether it’s adding them on to resort amenities, like WiFi or access to the hotel gym, resort fees exist and frustrate many.

75 Years Connecting the Americas

Copa Airlines is celebrating its 75th anniversary by showcasing a Boeing 737-800 NG in an aircraft livery that harkened back to the airline’s look in the 1990s. During that time, Copa Airlines launched an expansion of their network to become the Hub of the Americas®, changing the way to travel to and connect in our Continent.

December 2022
Dec 5, 2022

Luxuriate in London

My husband and I recently traveled to London, England, on vacation, our farthest trip since the pandemic started. We were there for longer than a week and planned to squeeze in as much sightseeing as possible during our stay. Ahead of our trip, we knew we would want to mix in some relaxation, so we booked a couple’s massage at The Lanesborough’s spa halfway into our visit.