Worth the Trip
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, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:25 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Lassen Camping Program: RentMyTent

New Lassen Camping Program: RentMyTent

Would you love to have your tent all ready when you arrive? You got it. Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sequoia National Park's First-Ever Dark Sky Fest

Sequoia National Park's First-Ever Dark Sky Fest

The park gathers Milky Way buffs and big tree fans for a sparkly starry night. Read »

Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy Birthday, Crystal Cave

Happy Birthday, Crystal Cave

The subterranean favorite marks a milestone and readies for summer. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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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.