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California — Thanks mostly to the international glamour of Hollywood and the freewheeling reputation of San Francisco, even those who have never been to California have no trouble picturing the famously diverse state. Equally a source of wonder are the Napa and Sonoma wine regions, the towering redwood forests, the dramatic coastline of Big Sur, the sheer cliffs of Yosemite, and the desolate dunes of Death Valley.

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For everything from the natural and idyllic to the urbane and hedonistic, all packed into the Golden State.

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Smart Stay: The Pendry San Diego

October 18, 2017 by Laura Motta

Helping you find the best value lodging experiences around the world, from budget to luxury and everything in between. With an eye on courting young, ... Read More »


How-To: Get Into the Best Museums for Free

September 05, 2017 by Mollie Pendexter

On September 23, museums across the country will open their doors for Museum Day Live! - and it's all totally free. Led by the Smithsonian, which is gratis ... Read More »


Beyond San Francisco: How to Save Money and Avoid Crowds in Oakland

July 31, 2017 by Laura Kiniry

Often overlooked for its bridge-side sibling, Oakland, California still remains one of the San Francisco Bay Area's best-kept secrets — at least among ... Read More »


How to Plan a Budget-Friendly West Coast Road Trip

May 30, 2017 by Tyra Sutak

With an epic super bloom currently painting the hillsides and roadsides of the coast of California, and the official first day of summer just around the corner, ... Read More »


5 Great San Francisco Hotels for Value

May 12, 2017 by Mollie Pendexter

San Francisco is full of beautiful, historic hotels that can cost you a fortune. While location is especially important in this city, it can be hard to find ... Read More »

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