Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

17-Mile Drive (by Segway)

17-Mile Drive (by Segway)

Call it a fresh way to take in the waves, cypress trees, and views. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Otters Return to Monterey Bay Aquarium

The refurbishment of the popular animals' two-story exhibit is complete. See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Movie Tour

Monterey Movie Tour

See where "A Summer Place" and "Play Misty for Me" were filmed. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Loggerhead in Monterey

A Loggerhead in Monterey

The aquarium gets a very special, very wee new resident. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Finding Old Hollywood Along the Coast

Finding Old Hollywood Along the Coast

Making for Monterey or the Central Coast? Discover spots with a starry past. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Welcome Back, Monarch Butterflies

Welcome Back, Monarch Butterflies

One of our state's most famous visitors alights near Santa Cruz. Read »

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 9:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mushroom Mania, Monterey-Style

Mushroom Mania, Monterey-Style

Beverages, spa treatments, and foraging excursions? It's fall all right. Read »

Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 3:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

55th Monterey Jazz Festival

55th Monterey Jazz Festival

One of the planet's great music confabs'll once again welcome fall. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Car Week

Monterey Car Week

Several headlining events draw vintage-loving auto aficionados to the area. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Jellies in Monterey

Rare Jellies in Monterey

Aquariums have never been able to keep Crown Jellies, but the Monterey Bay Aquarium found a way. 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.