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Travel: Old-Fashioned Awe and Reverence

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Perfect Getaway: A Little Auld Twang Syne

Everything you’d ever want in a city comes together with a dose of weirdness in Austin, making it a fun, almost-warm winter getaway. Like a Southern-fried Portland, this progressive city celebrates all things local, handmade, and artistic in its stores and bazaars. Smart folks from the University of Texas and high-tech businesses coexist with enough musicians to keep the state capital’s more than 250 music venues humming.

Marina White’s Top Five Travel Tips for Adventurous Cheapskates

In The World’s Most Persistent Marathon Runner, we cover Marina White, a 27-year-old UC Irvine grad student who hasn’t won a single race. Here are her travel tips.

Perfect Getaway: Nashville, Tenn.

A downtown renaissance, a booming culinary scene, and a month-long arts celebration make “Music City” the must-see town this fall. And the recent return of ABC’s “Nashville” for its sophomore season puts the spotlight on the city’s famed live-music venues—historic Ryman Auditorium (aka “The Mother Church of Country Music” and the first permanent home of the Grand Ole Opry), the Bluebird Cafe, and Tootsies Orchid Lounge.

Perfect Getaway: Yucca Valley & Joshua Tree

Like a rare flower that blooms in unexpected places, the high-desert towns of Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree bring travelers surprising delights. Situated on a stretch of Twentynine Palms Highway about 30 miles north of Palm Springs, these adjacent communities offer the serenity of their remote location, extra-starry skies and, because of their 3,300-foot elevation, temperatures 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the valley floor

Perfect Getaway: Roughing It Right

Much has changed in this former mountain-man town, where a clean bed and hot coffee once were the height of luxury. Life and leisure are decidedly more upscale in Jackson Hole, the Teton County valley that surrounds the town of Jackson.

Perfect Getaway: Oceanside

Just across the San Diego County line, this city with a beachy vibe and a small-town feel is giving its neighbors another reason to visit. It marks its 125th birthday with fireworks the night before the nation celebrates its 237th. On Independence Day, downtown will host a craft-and-produce market with more than 150 vendors, kids activities, and music

Small-Town Getaways

If you’re in the mood for a quintessential Southern California outing—palm trees and shoreline, seafood and golf—then check out the Orange Coast guide to Del Mar. There are touches of post-war, old Hollywood glamour—including a racetrack—but also sanctuaries for appreciation of our rugged coast, notably the Torrey Pines State Reserve and Beach.

Small-Town Getaways Travel Information

Come along for five weekend escapes to nearby places where life just seems simpler, including Ojai, Julian, Avalon, Del Mar, and Montrose. We tell you what to see, where to shop and eat, what’s nearby, even what it costs to feed the main street parking meters—if there are any. For fun facts about each city’s small-town cred, click here.