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Get Your Sweet Tooth On at the California Candy Festival This Weekend

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Every week, we'll be featuring a guest post from the travel writers behind Worth the Drive, a blog featuring nearby getaways, festivals, and sweet travel deals on NBC Bay Area.

Five Essential Travel Booking Apps

As fun as apps like Words with Friends, Angry Birds, and Shazam may be, it’s often the practicality of an app that is most important to consumers. This couldn’t be any truer then when traveling.

Five West Coast Train Trips

There’s a certain timelessness to train travel. Maybe it’s the kid within us all who is taken back to childhood memories of playing with our toy train sets, or maybe memories of singing and dancing to Quad City DJ’s C'mon N' Ride The Train, although more likely the former. As “old timey” as it may be, there’s a certain draw to train travel, since it typically offers access to places that you just can’t get from driving. Today, we’re featuring a few of the best train trips on the west coast.

Escape from SF: Anderson Valley

Drive 100 miles north up Highway 101, then veer west toward the ocean on Highway 128 and you'll find Anderson Valley. It's a place to escape the crowds, channel your inner cowboy, sharpen your wine knowledge, and see more stars than you have in a long time. 

Splash in the Russian River to the Beat of Jazz & Blues

The kids may be back in school, but don’t buy into the 'summer’s over’ frame of mind. Along with being prime festival season, September and October are two of the best months to get outside and soak up some sun. Sonoma County’s Johnson’s Beach, along the Russian River, is a great place to start, especially if you’re a fan of good music.

Four Amazing Autumn Hikes in the Columbia River Gorge

There’s something special about the Columbia River Gorge, where crystal clear water cuts through canyons and gushes down the steep cliffs of the Cascade Mountain Range.

The Gorge is stunning in every season, but as autumn covers the Pacific Northwest the 80-mile canyon built over eons by the mighty Columbia manages to become even more beautiful, draped in the oranges and yellows of fall-turning bigleaf maple, cottonwood and Oregon ash.

Beaches that Make Summer Last Longer

The calendar may say fall but in the Bay Area, but the weather and the calendar don’t always see eye to eye, so don’t pack away those summer clothes just yet. Think of waking up to a sunny morning as a day to stock up on much needed vitamin D. In other words, get to the beach. Here are a few sandy suggestions, in case you need some inspiration.

Zip the Day Away in Occidental, Sonoma County

Occidental is one of those hardly-ever-heard-of tiny Bay Area towns. Do you know where it is? Quick. No idea? You’re not alone, which in my book is an even bigger incentive to play a visit. Occidental is in Sonoma County, west of Sebastopol on the Bohemian Highway. At last count, its population barely topped 1,100. How many folks live in your apartment building?

California’s Most Unique Accommodations

As a top destination worldwide, it’s no surprise that some of the world’s most notable accommodations can be found in California. Whether it’s a boutique inn in Napa or luxury hotel in Beverly Hills, California is no stranger to first-class accommodations. However, beyond those notable California hotels exist accommodations that raise more then just a few eyebrows. Today we highlight a few of the most unique accommodations in California.

Eight Great Places to Get a Sandwich in Portland

Portland's own James Beard once said, "Too few people understand a really good sandwich." As is evidenced by what's going on between two pieces of bread all over our city, that statement simply doesn't apply here anymore.

Recently, the man who represents all things gluttonous, Travel Channel's Adam Richman, paid a visit to Portland and declared Big Ass Sandwiches' burrito-sized roast beef stuffed with two layers of shoestring fries, the Northwest king of sandwiches over Bunk's pork-belly Cubano and the Oxtail from storied Seattle shop Salumi.

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