Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Pacific-Close Creativity: Cambria Scarecrow Fest

Pacific-Close Creativity: Cambria Scarecrow Fest

The famous fall sights are funny, weird, and preparing for their close-up. Read »

Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at 4:11 PM

Lonely Planet's "Ultimate" List Loves on Local Gems

Lonely Planet's "Ultimate" List Loves on Local Gems

Several Golden States spots ranked among the top 500 "ultimate travel" destinations on the planet. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Safari West: Name That Monkey

Safari West: Name That Monkey

Pick the perfect moniker for the baby Patas and win a free tour of the Santa Rosa preserve. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 at 5:51 PM

Camp Indoors: Tahoe's Basecamp Grows

Camp Indoors: Tahoe's Basecamp Grows

Summer may be winding down, but you can "set up tent" even into the cooler months. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 at 5:12 PM

Capitola Flower Wow: Begonia Fest

Capitola Flower Wow: Begonia Fest

Delightfully decorated vessels take to the water over Labor Day Weekend. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 at 10:00 PM

Edible Education: Eating Ojai Tour

Edible Education: Eating Ojai Tour

Sup it up at a sextet of Ojai shops and/or eateries, with Ventura Food Tours as your guide. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 at 1:10 PM

Hello, Pretty: Tarantula Time at Mt. Diablo

Hello, Pretty: Tarantula Time at Mt. Diablo

Autumn must be nigh when the long-legged walks through nature start up. Read »

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 6:01 PM

Newport Beach + Disneyland: A Late-August Deal

Newport Beach + Disneyland: A Late-August Deal

Want to do some OC beach time *and* the Matterhorn? There's a cash-saving way. Read »

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 12:01 AM

Now in HD: Elkhorn Slough Otter Cam

Now in HD: Elkhorn Slough Otter Cam

Visit the Moss Landing-close sanctuary, and its star mammals, via your screen. Read »

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 9:05 AM
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Happy 10 Years, Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

The Dog Beach Del Mar fundraiser'll feature Fidos and their humans riding the... See Full Gallery »

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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.