Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:31 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Flower Fields, by Tractor and Air

The Flower Fields, by Tractor and Air

A new video takes bud buffs on a colorful swoop. Read »

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fab Photo Contest: The Flower Fields

Fab Photo Contest: The Flower Fields

Crazy for the colorful Carlsbad destination? Show your bud love. Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 6:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Straight Ahead: Carlsbad's Hue-Filled Hillside

Straight Ahead: Carlsbad's Hue-Filled Hillside

The ranunculus -- many, many, many ranunculus -- are on their whimsical way. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Historic Hotels of America (and California)

Historic Hotels of America (and California)

Three Golden State properties join a past-perfect lodging group. Read »

Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 8:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bloom Time: Flower Fields

Bloom Time: Flower Fields

Want to see Carlsbad's most colorful sight? It's happening now. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Early Look: The New LEGOLAND Hotel

The theme park gets its first hotel; colorful rooms and themed adventures are the... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

LEGOLAND's Brick-or-Treat

LEGOLAND's Brick-or-Treat

The costume-up party nights open at the Carlsbad theme park. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lompoc in Bloom

Lompoc in Bloom

The Santa Barbara-close town gets plenty of petals 'round the time summer begins. Read »

Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 7:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

La Costa Memorial Day Deal

La Costa Memorial Day Deal

Dream of being poolside for the long weekend? Best plan now. Read »

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 5:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Flower Fields Forever

Flower Fields Forever

Our favorite flower name to say -- ranunculus -- makes its splashy return to Carlsbad. 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.
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