Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Walnut Creek's Newest Wildlife Ambassador

Walnut Creek's Newest Wildlife Ambassador

Topaz, a Golden Eagle, is now greeting visitors at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Read »

Monday, Oct 27, 2014 at 7:31 AM

El Capitan Canyon's Rustic Autumn

El Capitan Canyon's Rustic Autumn

S'mores and suppers near a fire fill out the Santa Barbara spot's cozy offerings. Read »

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Monterey Bay Aquarium Awww: Baby Murres

Monterey Bay Aquarium Awww: Baby Murres

The chicks'll go on display at the institution in the middle of October. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Winemakers, Fall Breezes, and El Capitan

Winemakers, Fall Breezes, and El Capitan

People who know their grapes gab it up at the Ahwahnee. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Sonoma County Pairing: Giant Pumpkins & Fine Wines

Sonoma County Pairing: Giant Pumpkins & Fine Wines

Admire the mega gourds at the Kunde Family Estate in Kenwood. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Dark Sky, Death Valley: A Fall Star Gathering

Dark Sky, Death Valley: A Fall Star Gathering

Gaze deeply into the Milky Way from a silent national park. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 11:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

1930s Again: Evening on the Enchanted Hill

1930s Again: Evening on the Enchanted Hill

The after-hours tours have returned to Hearst Castle. Read »

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rosy Weekend: Russian Tea & Fragrance Fest

Rosy Weekend: Russian Tea & Fragrance Fest

Tea leaf readings and traditional dance festoon the Russian River Rose Company's fall party. Read »

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Whaley House's Creaky-Stair October

The Whaley House's Creaky-Stair October

Ghosty doings are afoot -- or afloat -- at one of the planet's most haunted abodes. Read »

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 at 10:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Savory November: Mendo's Mushroomy Month

Savory November: Mendo's Mushroomy Month

Have to have the fungi in practically everything? Go north, mushroomian. Read »

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A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Trip points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
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.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals, warmer weather -- yes, there are reasons to head south.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visitng Shamu at Sea World.

BAY'S BEST

Culture, wine, boating, hiking, beachcombing, museums. You don't have to drive far to get away.