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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Bright Boats of Channel Islands Harbor

Bright Boats of Channel Islands Harbor

It's a shore-close soiree with plenty of water-reflective lights. Read »

Friday, Dec 2, 2016 at 11:00 PM

Wintry Camping in Nevada City

Wintry Camping in Nevada City

The Inn Town Campground welcomes holiday-happy vacationers. Read »

Friday, Dec 2, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Desert Yuletide: La Quinta Resort & Spa

Desert Yuletide: La Quinta Resort & Spa

Find your inner "It's a Wonderful Life" spirit at the historic property. Read »

Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 at 9:41 PM

Evening Idyll: Cambria Christmas Market

Evening Idyll: Cambria Christmas Market

Wear something warm and shop/stroll the quaint village. Read »

Friday, Dec 2, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Furnace Creek's Pre-Holiday Deal

Furnace Creek's Pre-Holiday Deal

No stress here: Steal away to the desert when the bustle becomes too bustle-y. Read »

Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 at 9:42 PM

Leaves Hold On: Fall's Not Quite Done

Leaves Hold On: Fall's Not Quite Done

Find hue-bright foliage before winter says its first hello. Read »

Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Catalina Island's Festive December

Catalina Island's Festive December

A First Friday at the museum, shopping to-dos, and more dot the calendar. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 10:13 PM

Toot Toot: Muzeo Holiday Express

Toot Toot: Muzeo Holiday Express

Have some tracks around the base of your tree? Find inspiration and nifty sights at this train-tastic show. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 5:20 PM

Encinitas Wow: Botanic Garden to Glow

Encinitas Wow: Botanic Garden to Glow

The little lights will soon be on around the San Diego Botanic Garden. Read »

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 10:43 PM

Sippin' Street Fair: Ventura Wine Walk

Sippin' Street Fair: Ventura Wine Walk

Tastings, eats, shopping, and a snowfall give this annual party oomph. 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.