Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 98th, National Park Service

Happy 98th, National Park Service

The venerable system marks the occasion by waiving admission at dozens of parks. Read »

Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 at 8:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Earth Week Treat: California's Facebooked National Parks

Earth Week Treat: California's Facebooked National Parks

Which Golden State destinations rank as the most visited on Facebook? 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 »

Friday, Jan 3, 2014 at 1:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Very Joshua Tree January

A Very Joshua Tree January

Peaceful times, good hikes, and crisp days await winter adventurers. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 6:49 AM
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By Angela Bull

Rock and A Hard Place

Rock and A Hard Place

Get a toe hold into an area famous for its outdoor recreation. Read »

Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Joshua Trees in Bloom

Joshua Trees in Bloom

The desert pops with subtle colors come April. Read »

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 8:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Days During National Park Week

Free Days During National Park Week

Admission will be waived at dozens of parks across the country. 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.