Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 7:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Flavor: Tequila & Taco Music Festival

Santa Cruz Flavor: Tequila & Taco Music Festival

Enjoyed the California Beer Fest? The organizers have more in store. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 1:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Grizzly Bear Fest: Rancho del Oso Celebrates

Grizzly Bear Fest: Rancho del Oso Celebrates

The nature and history center honors an animal that was "once abundant" in the area. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 12:40 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Very Santa Cruz Summer

A Very Santa Cruz Summer

The beach boardwalk brims with movies, concerts, and more. Read »

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 90th, Giant Dipper

Happy 90th, Giant Dipper

Santa Cruz's behemoth of a roller coaster starts its 10th decade. Read »

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Mysteries of Cueva Valdez

The Mysteries of Cueva Valdez

Two special Island Packers trips'll head out to a Santa Cruz Island cove. Read »

Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hikers' Bus: Skyline to the Sea Trail

Hikers' Bus: Skyline to the Sea Trail

A Santa Cruz bus service takes hikers to the start of the famous hiking route. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Speedy Flight: Hummingbird Days

Speedy Flight: Hummingbird Days

The eensy garden stars get the fast-wing love, in Santa Cruz. Read »

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 9:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 100th, Santa Cruz Wharf

Happy 100th, Santa Cruz Wharf

The ocean-snug landmark gets the full centennial treatment. Read »

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 10:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Tastings: Santa Cruz Wine Passport

Rare Tastings: Santa Cruz Wine Passport

Dig tasting at wineries that are usually shuttered to the public? This is your deal, then. Read »

Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spicy Times: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off

Spicy Times: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off

It's an ocean-close rite of fall (and totally tasty to boot -- er, spoon). 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.