Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary Mmm: West Coast BBQ Classic

Queen Mary Mmm: West Coast BBQ Classic

Great brush-wielding chefs shall 'Q it up, in Long Beach. Read »

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Extended: CHILL Set to Not Melt Quite Yet

Extended: CHILL Set to Not Melt Quite Yet

Balmy days making you long for winter? The Queen Mary hears ya. Read »

Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary Takes a New Year's Eve "Voyage"

Queen Mary Takes a New Year's Eve

The permanently docked ship will recall past ports of call with a global bash. Read »

Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

2,000,000+ Pounds of Ice, One Famous Ship

2,000,000+ Pounds of Ice, One Famous Ship

An ice-sculptured wonderland forms at a Long Beach landmark. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 6:48 AM
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By Angela Bull

High Seas Horror

High Seas Horror

You're on a boat, and in the middle of a hair-raising maze. Read »

Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Art Deco Weekend: Swells and Cocktails on the Queen Mary

Art Deco Weekend: Swells and Cocktails on the Queen Mary

Swells'll gather in Long Beach for a time-travel-y kind of to-do. Read »

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 8:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Waterski to Catalina (Really)

Waterski to Catalina (Really)

Ready to waterski to Catalina Island? And back? Read »

Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mmm, Savory: West Coast BBQ Classic

Mmm, Savory: West Coast BBQ Classic

Smoky, succulent meats are king on the Queen Mary. Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Two Royal Ships to Say Hello in Long Beach

Two Royal Ships to Say Hello in Long Beach

Rare ship visit: The Queen Elizabeth is set to sail by Queen Mary. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary at the Holidays

Queen Mary at the Holidays

An ice rink, ice sculptures, and a grand tree lighting mark a big boat's season. 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.