Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ending Forever: Mariposa Big Tree Tram Tour

Ending Forever: Mariposa Big Tree Tram Tour

A major restoration of the Yosemite sequoia grove is due. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bellagio Whimsy: Autumn Arrives in Sin City

Bellagio Whimsy: Autumn Arrives in Sin City

The talking tree and a gorgeous pony fill out the mum-marvelous garden decor. Read »

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Line: Hello Kitty Con's Official LA Stay

The Line: Hello Kitty Con's Official LA Stay

The famous pop feline-esque favorite is all the talk 'round the Koreatown spot. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Safari West Halloween: The Beauty of Bones

Safari West Halloween: The Beauty of Bones

The Santa Rosa preserve's osteology department offers an educational peek at the skeletal system. Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 10:44 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-Off: A Look Back

Some scale-tippers were seen -- and hefted -- at the 2013 contest. See Full Gallery »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dining Destination: Taste of Carmel

Dining Destination: Taste of Carmel

Wine Walk-by-the-Sea Passports and plates aplenty are part of the party. Read »

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 10:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Gold Country Quirky: Musical Organ Rally

Gold Country Quirky: Musical Organ Rally

Musical organs and their talented owners toodle towards Jackson. Read »

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pacific Grove Icons: Monarchs on the Way

Pacific Grove Icons: Monarchs on the Way

The ocean-sweet town wings-up for a welcome visitor. Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Painting the Lost Coast

Painting the Lost Coast

The five-day plein air event includes prizes, workshops, and a Quick Draw at the Benbow Inn. Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Island's Swashbuckling Weekend

Catalina Island's Swashbuckling Weekend

Play dress-up pirate at Two Harbors. 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.