Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 10:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Crew for a Day: Join the Historic Sierra No. 3

Crew for a Day: Join the Historic Sierra No. 3

Hop in the cab of a Gold Country favorite (and get to work). Read »

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Riding a Vintage Train Through Gold Country

Riding a Vintage Train Through Gold Country

The Sierra No. 3 is set to start its season. Read »

Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 6:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Riding the Movie Star Locomotive

Riding the Movie Star Locomotive

Sierra No. 3 may not be a household name, but the Gold Country engine is definitely a star. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

National Hotel's Haunted Halloween Dinner

National Hotel's Haunted Halloween Dinner

A Gold Country inn raises a toast to its resident ghosts. 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.