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Winter Near the Water: Blue Lantern Deal

Winter Near the Water: Blue Lantern Deal

Take a midweek getaway and get your second night for half off. Read »

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Fall Foliage Report: SoCal, You're Last Up

Fall Foliage Report: SoCal, You're Last Up

The California Fall Color blog reports on what areas are near peak color. Read »

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Afternoon Doldrums Dashed: The WOW Cart

Afternoon Doldrums Dashed: The WOW Cart

Snacks and sips on wheels? It's a treat for guests of the Hyatt Palm Springs. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Yosemite Tent Cabin: Pay the Previous Night's Low Temp

Yosemite Tent Cabin: Pay the Previous Night's Low Temp

Bed down in a Curry Village unheated tent and see your stay-over fee freeze over. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Glittery Water: Oxnard Parade of Lights

Glittery Water: Oxnard Parade of Lights

Yo ho: "A Buccaneer's Holiday" is the 2014 theme. Read »

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Announced: Mega Summertime Death Valley Run

Announced: Mega Summertime Death Valley Run

"The World's Toughest Footrace" heads from the hot national park to Mt. Whitney on its traditional course. Read »

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Dixieland Thanksgiving: San Diego Jazz Fest

Dixieland Thanksgiving: San Diego Jazz Fest

Happy 35th year to one of the country's brassiest bashes. Read »

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Palms and Pirouettes: The Del's Skating by the Sea

Palms and Pirouettes: The Del's Skating by the Sea

The turret-pretty hotel's seasonal rink debuts on Thanksgiving. Read »

Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Santa Barbara Baby: A Giraffe Is Born

Santa Barbara Baby: A Giraffe Is Born

Baby Buttercup weighed in at 186 pounds. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Lively Libations: Ventura Winter Wine Walk

Lively Libations: Ventura Winter Wine Walk

Stroll over three blocks and experience a host of grape-good tastes. Read »

About
A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive 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.

LA GETAWAY

People the world over book their vacations in Los Angeles. You can, too.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visiting Shamu at Sea World.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.