Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 at 7:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Trees Are A-Turning: Mono County Fall

Trees Are A-Turning: Mono County Fall

Red and yellow leaves are fluttering near the 395. Need a free foliage map? Read »

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 11:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Vegas: Delano Hotel Debuts

It's a "touch of South Beach on the Strip" next to Mandalay Bay. See Full Gallery »

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 at 12:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tickets on Sale: 2015 Big Sur Foragers Festival

Tickets on Sale: 2015 Big Sur Foragers Festival

Mushroom mavens learn the intricacies of gathering the goods for supper. Read »

Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Prospector Rates Return to Furnace Creek

Prospector Rates Return to Furnace Creek

It's a Death Valley deal at two of the national park's famous properties. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 at 12:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Death Valley's Happening Nightlife Scene

Death Valley's Happening Nightlife Scene

The clubs are few -- well, non-existent -- but the spectacular show? So rich. Read »

Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 10:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 10th: The "Sideways" Celebrations Grow

Happy 10th: The

The parties are bubbling, like sparkling wine, around Santa Ynez Valley. Read »

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Bird Love: Vulture Day

Santa Barbara Bird Love: Vulture Day

One of the classic birds of autumn fiction gets its moment in the sun. Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wolf Awareness Week at the California Wolf Center

Wolf Awareness Week at the California Wolf Center

The Julian-close sanctuary throws a fundraiser for its beautiful denizens. Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sunset Soiree: Savor the Central Coast

Sunset Soiree: Savor the Central Coast

Adventure tours and special dinners festoon the foodie-famous to-do. Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 6:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Harvest, Humor, and Julian Wine: Grape Stomp

Harvest, Humor, and Julian Wine: Grape Stomp

Roll up those pants legs and limber up those toes, oenophiles. 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.