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Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Mountain Glow: New Year's Eve Torchlight Parades

Mountain Glow: New Year's Eve Torchlight Parades

Tahoe Donner and other ski spots'll honor the visual tradition. Read »

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Pasadena's Big Show: The 126th Rose Parade

Pasadena's Big Show: The 126th Rose Parade

The New Year's Day spectacle boasts horses, music, and fabulous floats. Read »

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Salton Sea: Winter Solstice Kayak Tour

Salton Sea: Winter Solstice Kayak Tour

Acquaint yourself with the mysterious body of water, oar in hand. Read »

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM

In the Near Distance: Gray Whale Season

In the Near Distance: Gray Whale Season

Bundle up and be on the lookout for blowholes. Read »

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Holiday Time, Over-the-Top: Madonna Inn

Holiday Time, Over-the-Top: Madonna Inn

Splashy Christmas meals, shopping haps, and an ice rink round out the SLO scene. Read »

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Celebrating Frank Sinatra's 100th (at His Palm Springs Casa)

Celebrating Frank Sinatra's 100th (at His Palm Springs Casa)

Sip a cocktail poolside at the crooner's Twin Palms Estate. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Casita Updates Debut at La Quinta Resort & Club

Casita Updates Debut at La Quinta Resort & Club

The storied desert property undergoes a big renovation. Read »

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Rustic Seasonal: Carmel Valley Ranch Holiday

Rustic Seasonal: Carmel Valley Ranch Holiday

A Nutcracker tea, soap-making workshops, and Santa lend charm to the nature-close getaway. Read »

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 9:09 AM

The High Roller's Happy 12-13-14

The High Roller's Happy 12-13-14

Weddings on the giant Ferris wheel will be the theme of the magical Vegas day. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Vegas Yuletide: Sin City's Sparkliest Season

Vegas Yuletide: Sin City's Sparkliest Season

The Bellagio gardens and a life-sized chocolate Santa lend pizzazz. Read »

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Travel Kit

GET A ROOM

Hotel deals around the Golden State that don't nab all your gold.

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Giant drive-through donuts? We got your giant drive-through donuts right here.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

Attractions, eateries and secret spots that we won't tell the tourists about.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals -- yes, there are reasons to drive north.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

LOAD THE CAR SEAT

When you have to/want to take the kids along.

Authors
Alysia Gray Painter Alysia Gray Painter has served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.
Becky Stickney Becky Stickney is an editor for NBCSanDiego.com and has been a San Diego resident for more than 12 years. She's a mom who loves to travel around the Southwest, looking for interesting places to visit and photograph.