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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 98th, National Park Service

Happy 98th, National Park Service

The venerable system marks the occasion by waiving admission at dozens of parks. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Pedro Weekend: Tall Ships and Giant Ducks

San Pedro Weekend: Tall Ships and Giant Ducks

The world's largest rubber duck calls upon mast-filled spectacular. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vintage PJ Sleepover in Long Beach

Vintage PJ Sleepover in Long Beach

Wear your finest 1930s togs at the Art Deco Weekend on the Queen Mary. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Camping Cool: Santa Barbara Silver Safari

Camping Cool: Santa Barbara Silver Safari

Book a vintage beauty and round out the summer with a little R&R. Read »

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 10:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Headed for SoCal: California Beer Festival

Headed for SoCal: California Beer Festival

The traveling suds show turns southward, with local craft favorites in tow. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 12:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Del Mar Mmm: Gourmet Food Truck Fest

Del Mar Mmm: Gourmet Food Truck Fest

About 50 savory purveyors make for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Year to Go: Disney D23 Expo Tickets Go on Sale

A Year to Go: Disney D23 Expo Tickets Go on Sale

Want to start the 52-week countdown now, Mouseketeers? Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Posh Style: The Look of SLS Las Vegas

Posh Style: The Look of SLS Las Vegas

The new, 3-towered hotel, set for an Aug. 23 opening, was designed by Philippe Starck. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 6:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Westerns Rule the Lone Pine Film Festival

Westerns Rule the Lone Pine Film Festival

The Alabama Hills-close town fetes the genre it helped make famous. Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 7:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

50+ Libations: Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest

50+ Libations: Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest

Sample some of the deepest, smokiest beverages (and learn about the sips). 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.