Jacksonville, a National Historic gold mining town, is nestled in the rolling hillsides of Southern Oregon and is the Gateway of the Applegate Valley Wine Trail. Long time home of the Britt Music Festival, it offers plenty of outdoor activities. www.jacksonvilleoregon.org

Special events: The Star-Thistle Fly-Over in May or West Coast Paragliding Championship in June every year.

Value Package: Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up complimentary tickets for two to the Trolley Tour, anytime from mid-May through October. Must mention Bay Area Travel Show. May also purchase passes to the Applegate Valley Wine Trail wineries at the Visitor Center.