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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 »

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 8:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

National Parks + Kids: A New Initiative

National Parks + Kids: A New Initiative

National Park Foundation and Disney want young people to enjoy the outdoors. 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 »

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Beasties and Beauty: National Park Week

Beasties and Beauty: National Park Week

Pay tribute to our wild places, and get in for free during the opening weekend. Read »

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 7:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

I Heart Parks: Get the Guide

I Heart Parks: Get the Guide

Sunsets, waterfalls, views: Find where to take your love in a national park. Read »

Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Nature Proposals: The National Parks Feel the Love

Nature Proposals: The National Parks Feel the Love

Proposals to weddings: A sweet Valentine's video toasts the parks. Read »

Friday, Feb 7, 2014 at 7:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Days in Nature's Splendor

Free Days in Nature's Splendor

Does your favorite national park have a get-in fee? It'll be waived for a weekend. Read »

Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fee-Free Days Ahead at the National Parks

Fee-Free Days Ahead at the National Parks

The first of 2014 is just ahead. Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Entry Weekend at the National Parks

Free Entry Weekend at the National Parks

Dozens of fee-charging destinations will waive admission in honor of Veterans Day. Read »

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 6:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fee-Free National Park Day: Celebrating Our Public Lands

Fee-Free National Park Day: Celebrating Our Public Lands

Thousands of volunteers will pitch in to clean up parks over a single day. 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.