Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spring Flowers: Death Valley's "Wild Surprise"

A bigger bloom than expected, given the dry winter, is popping in the desert. See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hot Clubs: Golfing in Death Valley

Hot Clubs: Golfing in Death Valley

Ready for the Spring Fling, golfers? How about June's Heat Stroke? Read »

Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 at 7:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Desert Wildflowers Outlook

Desert Wildflowers Outlook

A dry winter can lead to fewer petals out in our arid regions. Read »

Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fee-Free Days Ahead at the National Parks

Fee-Free Days Ahead at the National Parks

The first of 2014 is just ahead. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California's Remotest Castle

California's Remotest Castle

Death Valley's Scotty's Castle is a national park gem. Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Entry Weekend at the National Parks

Free Entry Weekend at the National Parks

Dozens of fee-charging destinations will waive admission in honor of Veterans Day. Read »

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Death Valley Autumn

A Death Valley Autumn

Those dramatic shadows are growing longer; where will you explore? Read »

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The National Parks Turn 97 (and You Get Free Entry)

The National Parks Turn 97 (and You Get Free Entry)

Find your perfect nature spot and sing a round of Happy Birthday. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 2:42 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Summer + Golf + Death Valley = Heatstroke Open

Summer + Golf + Death Valley = Heatstroke Open

Careful how fast you grab that metal club; you're in Death Valley in the summertime. Read »

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Desert's Heating Up (and That's Cool)

The Desert's Heating Up (and That's Cool)

Is it too late to go Death Valley? Nope; summer is a special season, too. 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.