Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Thursday, Jul 5, 2012 at 5:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Big Bear's Old Miners Days

Big Bear's Old Miners Days

They're partying for several days up the mountain. One highlight? Outhouse races. Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

66th Riverside County Fair

66th Riverside County Fair

California's wintertime county fair prepares to get the midway glowing. Read »

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 at 5:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Tram Contest

Palm Springs Tram Contest

Can you guess when winter will wrap near Palm Springs? You could score some free tram tickets. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A New/Old Grand Canyon Cabin

A New/Old Grand Canyon Cabin

The oldest building on the South Rim, formerly closed for four decades, reopens for guests. Read »

Monday, Jan 9, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Less Car More Canyon

Less Car More Canyon

Leave the wheels in the far parking lot and board the train. Or the mule. Or hit the bikes. Read »

Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa in Irvine

Santa in Irvine

The Christmas Train is heading down the tracks with one very special guest. Read »

Saturday, Dec 3, 2011 at 9:25 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rock Face Rink

Rock Face Rink

Twirl at one of the world's most spectacular rinks. Read »

Monday, Dec 5, 2011 at 6:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

That Solvang Sparkle

That Solvang Sparkle

One of the Golden State's sparkliest villages turns up the wattage. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 6:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golden Leaves, Half Dome

Golden Leaves, Half Dome

It's getting more spectacular in one of the most spectacular places on earth. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 100th, Devils Postpile

Happy 100th, Devils Postpile

The Mammoth-close wonder opens for its 100th season on Wednesday, June 29. 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.