Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Newport Dunes: Massive Inflatables Rule

Newport Dunes: Massive Inflatables Rule

Swim out into a colorful wonderland of water-based big toys. Read »

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 90th, Old Spanish Days

Happy 90th, Old Spanish Days

Santa Barbara's historic summertime festival brims with parades, mercados. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 2:42 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Venice Cool: Hotel Erwin's Fresh Extras

Venice Cool: Hotel Erwin's Fresh Extras

The water-close property boasts a suite with a DJ booth. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 7:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Magical Road Trip: Disney Fanniversary Celebration

Magical Road Trip: Disney Fanniversary Celebration

The traveling event puts the spotlight on classic favorites galore. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 7:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Zip by Night: A Catalina Island Adventure

Zip by Night: A Catalina Island Adventure

Get a different view of the hilly burg as evening falls (and you zoom). Read »

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Sideways" 10th Anniversary: Wine Country Celebrates

The Santa Ynez Valley looks back at the vino-loving film. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 7:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

104 Celebrities: Sin City's "Star Trek" Con

104 Celebrities: Sin City's

William Shatner and Kate Mulgrew are both due at huge Vegas beam-up. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 8:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pool in the Middle of the Mojave

Pool in the Middle of the Mojave

Artist Alfredo Barsuglia's "Swimming Pool" is drawing the curious and whimsy-loving. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Horsey Getaway: Grand Del Mar Package

Horsey Getaway: Grand Del Mar Package

It's all about the clip-clop 'round Del Mar, and a certain resort is putting the bells and whistles on. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Watch the Perseids at Glacier Point

Watch the Perseids at Glacier Point

A spectacular showing is due in August, and Tenaya Lodge has a fun field trip lined up. 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.